Posts Tagged ‘ political prisoners ’

FBI’s huge hacker bust could be bogus

May 19, 2014
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The Daily Beast    

"Dozens have been arrested in a king-sized global hacker crackdown. But it’s unclear whether the charges against these supposed cyber criminals will actually stick. In one of the largest coordinated crackdowns in the history of hacking and law enforcement, hundreds of people have been raided, questioned, or arrested for being connected with a commercially available program that sells for as little as $40 on the open market. It’s called Blackshades, and it’s a remote access tool, or RAT as it is known in the computer industry. ... The arrests were trumpeted with press conferences on both sides of the Atlantic. But it’s unclear how many actually used the software for criminal activity -- instead of merely possessing it. And it’s unclear whether the charges against all of these supposed hackers will actually stick." (05/19/14)

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Egypt: Junta “courts” “convict” 170 in mass show trials

May 19, 2014
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Houston Chronicle    

"A pair of Egyptian courts [sic] on Sunday convicted [sic] 170 suspected supporters of toppled President Mohammed Morsi on charges over violent attacks last year, the country's latest mass trials [sic] ahead of this month's presidential elections. The convictions in the courts in Cairo and in the Nile Delta city of Kafr el-Sheikh are the latest in a series over recent months that saw hundreds of people prosecutors identified as Morsi supporters sentenced to death or imprisonment. In some cases, the verdicts came after no more than two hearings, drawing criticism from human rights activists and foreign governments as Egypt's military-backed [junta] continues its crackdown on Morsi supporters and his Muslim Brotherhood group." (05/18/14)

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Occupied Ireland: Adams freed without charges

May 4, 2014
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CBS News    

"Sinn Fein party leader Gerry Adams was released without charge Sunday after five days of police questioning over his alleged involvement in a decades-old Irish Republican Army killing, an event that has driven a dangerous wedge into Northern Ireland's unity government. ... police said they have sent an evidence file to Northern Ireland prosecutors for potential charges later." (05/04/14)

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EU: Egypt junta’s mass death sentences in breach of international law

April 29, 2014
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The Star [Malaysia]    

"The European Union's foreign policy chief said on Tuesday Egypt's sentencing of 683 people to death breached international law and urged Cairo authorities to ensure defendants' rights to a fair and timely trial. An Egyptian court sentenced the leader of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood and 682 supporters to death on Monday, intensifying a crackdown on the movement that could trigger protests and political violence before an election next month." (04/30/14)

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Is journalist Barrett Brown a political prisoner?

April 28, 2014
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Reason Reason
by Zach Weissmueller  

"Barrett Brown is a journalist and online activist who sometimes spoke on behalf of the 'hacktivist' collective known as Anonymous. He ran into trouble with the federal government in 2012 after posting a link to leaked material obtained from a hack of private intelligence agenices Stratfor and HBGary. Although Brown did not perpetrate the hack, the FBI raided his home and seized several of his laptops and and hard drives without charging him. What really incensed Brown, however, was when the government threatened his mother with an obstruction of justice charge for allegedly hiding one of Brown's laptops from FBI agents. Brown began posting a series of videos to YouTube, which are still publicly available. Because of these videos and some of Brown's online writings, the FBI raided Brown again and arrested and charged him with threatening federal agents in addition to several hacking charges related to posting the link. All told, Brown faced up to 105 years in prison." (04/28/14)

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Judge recognizes Chelsea Manning’s name change

April 23, 2014
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Chelsea Manning CBS News    

"A Kansas judge has granted a request to formally change the name of the soldier convicted of leaking classified documents to WikiLeaks from Bradley Edward Manning to Chelsea Elizabeth Manning. The former intelligence analyst is serving a 35-year prison sentence for passing classified U.S. government information to the anti-secrecy website. Manning is serving the sentence at an Army prison in Kansas." (04/23/14)

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US Army general upholds Manning’s prison sentence

April 15, 2014
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Chelsea Manning Reuters    

"A U.S. Army general has denied clemency for Chelsea Manning and upheld the former soldier's 35-year prison sentence for [exposing the US government's crimes to public scrutiny], the Army said Monday. Major General Jeffrey S. Buchanan's decision to uphold the findings [sic] of Manning's 2013 [political show trial] will automatically send the case to the Army Court of Criminal Appeals, an Army statement said." (04/14/14)

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New Zealand: Court says US doesn’t have to show evidence to abduct Dotcom

March 20, 2014
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Reuters    

"Internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom on Friday suffered another blow to his fight against extradition to the United States to face online piracy charges after New Zealand's highest court rejected his appeal to access evidence to be presented at the hearing. ... Justice John McGrath said in the Supreme Court's decision that a summary of the evidence had been provided and that was sufficient. He said Dotcom had not indicated why he could not fight the extradition charge without full access to the evidence." (03/21/14)

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North Korea: Regime abducts another Christian missionary

February 19, 2014
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Time    

"Australian missionary John Short was scheduled to return to China this Friday from a group tour to North Korea. But a day after landing in the country last weekend, the 75-year-old was questioned and detained, his wife, Karen Short, says. She got the news Wednesday when his traveling companion journeyed back solo. 'I pray for my husband to come back soon,' she told TIME. North Korea has yet to comment on Short’s case, but his family believes he was probably apprehended for carrying Korean-language Christian pamphlets into the secretive state." (02/19/14)

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Mexican man gets 30 years in US “Fast and Furious” case

February 11, 2014
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Baltimore Sun    

"A Mexican citizen who pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in the 2010 shooting death of a U.S. Border Patrol agent in a late-night gun battle near the Arizona border was sentenced on Monday to 30 years in federal prison. Manuel Osorio-Arellanes, 37, was sentenced during a hearing in U.S. District Court in Tucson to 30 years in prison for the murder of Border Patrol agent Brian Terry, with credit for 38 months served." (02/10/14)

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FL: Miami gang abducts Bitcoin traders

February 10, 2014
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Bloomberg    

"Two South Florida men were arrested last week on what a local prosecutor said may be the first state law charges over the use of Bitcoin virtual currency as part of an alleged money laundering scheme. Pascal Reid, 29, and Michel Abner Espinoza, 30, face two counts of money laundering and one count of engaging in an unlicensed money servicing business, according to court filings in Miami state court. Both men were arrested Feb. 6 and are being held in Miami-Dade County jails." [editor's note: The gang's shot caller is identified as "Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle;" the article references New York's Preet Bharara crime syndicate, but the relationship between the two mob operations is unclear - TLK] (02/10/14)

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Free Barrett Brown

February 5, 2014
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Justin Raimondo Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo  

"As long as Barrett Brown is in jail, claims that the United States is a 'free country' -- indeed, the 'beacon of freedom' in the world -- are just so much horseshit." (02/05/14)

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Egypt: Junta plans show trial for 20 Al-Jazeera journalists

January 30, 2014
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BBC News [UK state media]    

"Egypt's crackdown on press freedoms gathered pace today as the military-led government said it would put 20 journalists from the al-Jazeera television network on trial, including two Britons. The announcement was made by Egyptian prosecutors, who said that the Britons four -- along with an Australian and a Dutch national -- stood accused of 'airing false news.' The charges are thought to be linked to complaints that al- Jazeera has broadcast interviews with members of the Muslim Brotherhood, whose government was toppled in last June’s military coup." (01/29/14)

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Bitcoin exec arrested

January 29, 2014
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Foundation for Economic Education Foundation for Economic Education
by Michael Nolan  

"Charlie Shrem, who ran bitcoin (BTC) exchange BitInstant, has been arrested. It looks like he’s one of the bonus busts from the feds’ shutdown of the Silk Road website. He’s charged, in effect, with not spying enthusiastically enough for the government. Formally, of course, he’s charged under money-laundering laws -- which is a nice way to imply he was doing something nasty. Then again, BTC offers competition with the State’s currency, and if there’s one thing the State can’t abide, it’s competition." (01/28/14)

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NY: “DoJ” gang abducts BitInstant CEO

January 27, 2014
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Time    

"Charles Shrem, who ran a New York-based Bitcoin exchange, was arrested Monday and charged with engaging in a money laundering scheme with a user of Silk Road, the notorious deep web black market. In the federal criminal complaint, the Southern District of New York charges Shrem, the 24-year-old CEO of BitInstant, with three counts, including one count operating an unlicensed money transmitting business, one count of money laundering conspiracy and one count willful failure to file suspicious activity report." [editor's note: Shrem appears to have been targeted by Preet Bharara, the gangland kingpin ("US Attorney") who similarly abducted Ross Ulbricht. Bharara should be assumed armed, dangerous (or accompanied by accomplices who are) and inherently a threat to the life, liberty and property of anyone he approaches - TLK] (01/27/14)

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Saudi Arabia: Activist sentenced to 300 lashes, four years in prison

December 16, 2013
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MSNBC    

"A political and human rights activist in Saudi Arabia was sentenced to 300 lashes and four years in prison for defying the king and calling for democracy, a rights group said Sunday. Omar al-Saeed, a member of the Saudi Civil and Political Rights Association (ACPRA), was sentenced in the city of Buraidah on Dec. 12 and is the fourth of his group to be imprisoned this year." (12/15/13)

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NH: Activist abducted, charges unknown

December 16, 2013
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Independent Register    

"Anarchist activist and libertarian femme fatale Amanda Billyrock will be sitting in a cage this weekend. According to Ademo Freeman of Cop Block, Billyrock was soicalizing with him and others when she was arrested. He says the only video of the arrest was taken with her phone. A call to the Belknap County 'Department of Corrections' wasn't very enlightening. The individual I spoke to said that he 'couldn't' tell me what the charges were against her, but did say that there was no bail. He added that 'she probably refused bail.' 'I believe she was arrested for not answering questions, like what’s your address?,' Freeman said. 'So they are not telling us the charges because a) they don't want to or b) they haven't decided yet.'" (12/14/13)

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Anonymous hackers plead guilty to 2010 PayPal cyberattack

December 9, 2013
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Anonymous CNet News    

"Thirteen people have pleaded guilty to charges they were involved in a 2010 cyberattack on PayPal for the eBay unit's refusal to process payments for WikiLeaks. The hacktivist collective claimed responsibility for engineering the December 2010 distributed-denial-of-service attack in retaliation for the online payment processing company's suspension of an account linked to WikiLeaks after the document-leaking organization released a large number of classified documents." (12/08/13)

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FL: Cop arrested for wearing “Anonymous” mask at protest

December 3, 2013
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Raw Story    

"A North Miami Beach police officer who was protesting the Affordable Care Act was arrested this weekend when he refused to remove the Guy Fawkes mask he was wearing. According to the police report, Ericson Harrell was wearing the mask, a black cape, and holding an inverted United States flag when police confronted him. He told them he was 'protesting Obamacare,' but when he 'was asked several times to remove his mask and produce some form of identification or tell us his name,' he refused. He told officers that 'my anonymity is my cause,' thus the mask." [editor's note: If you arrest someone for not doing X, you weren't "asking" them to do X, you were "ordering" them to do X. And of course, the guy's identity was none of their f-ing business in any case - TLK] (12/02/13)

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Judge denies bail for alleged Silk Road founder Ulbricht

November 21, 2013
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Reuters    

"A federal judge on Thursday denied a petition to release alleged Silk Road founder Ross Ulbricht from jail before his trial, concluding that the bail proposal his defense team presented was not strong enough to dispel worries that the 29-year-old would try to flee or take violent action. ... Ulbricht's lawyer had proposed a bail package worth $1 million that restricted Ulbricht's movements and cut off his access to the internet. But a Manhattan federal prosecutor argued there was reason to believe Ulbricht would try to leave the country if released, and that his alleged participation in six murder-for-hire plots rendered him too dangerous to remain outside of jail." (11/21/13)

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Ukraine: Tymoshenko release hangs in balance

November 13, 2013
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BBC News [UK state media]    

"A vote scheduled for Ukraine's parliament, on which hangs the fate of both jailed opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko and Ukraine's EU hopes, may not even take place. Attempts to agree a bill that would allow Tymoshenko to leave the country for medical treatment have stalled. ... The former prime minister, and long time bitter rival of President Yanukovych, has been serving a seven-year jail term since being convicted of abuse of power in 2011 over a controversial gas deal with Russia." (11/13/13)

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The path to peace: Why not the Manning way?

October 10, 2013
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Come Home America Come Home America
by Joe Scarry  

"Okay, I’ll go out on a limb here and say I think there will be an announcement tomorrow awarding the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize to Chelsea Manning." (10/10/13)

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Concerns regarding 2013 Sean MacBride Peace Award

October 10, 2013
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Guardian [UK]
by Chelsea Manning  

"From my perspective at least, it's not terribly clear to me that my actions were explicitly done for 'peace.' don't consider myself a 'pacifist,' 'antiwar,' or (especially) a 'conscientious objector.' ... I'm a 'transparency advocate.' I feel that the public cannot decide what actions and policies are or are not justified if they don't even know the most rudimentary details about them and their effects." (written 10/07/13; posted 10/09/13)

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Silk Road: Suspicions grow that server was hacked ahead of abductions

October 9, 2013
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Guardian [UK]    

"There's a new theory about how the FBI And CIA tracked down the physical location of the Silk Road servers, and it has nothing to do with the man accused of being the site's operator, Ross Ulbricht, or queries he might have made on StackExchange. Instead, the rumour in hacker circles is that the CIA -- with or without the help of the National Security Agency -- accessed the server via Tor, and somehow ran an exploit on it which meant that they could locate it over the 'normal' internet." (10/09/13)

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Lawyer: Manning’s gender identity disorder under review

September 25, 2013
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USA Today    

"The lawyer who defended Army Pvt. Chelsea Manning against charges of leaking classified information said Wednesday that his client is being assessed at a military prison for gender identity disorder, and that he's hopeful the military will allow Manning to receive hormone therapy. Civilian attorney David Coombs spoke to more than 150 students and faculty at Roger Williams University School of Law, where he has taught. Manning, previously known as Bradley, is serving a 35-year sentence for a July conviction on espionage and other offenses for sending more than 700,000 documents and some battlefield video to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks." (09/25/13)

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