Posts Tagged ‘ political prisoners ’

VA: 17-year-old sentenced to 11 years for unapproved political beliefs and tweets

August 31, 2015
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Tech Times    

"A 17-year-old boy from Virginia has been sentenced to 11 years in prison after it was found that he was behind a powerful pro-ISIS Twitter account and that he had helped a friend travel to Syria in order to join the terrorist organization. Prosecutors suggest that the sentencing against Ali Shukri Amin is a demonstration of the stance that the government is trying to take in aggressively confronting ISIS' efforts to spread its reach through the use of social media. Earlier in the summer, Amin confessed to being behind the Twitter account, which had 4,000 followers at its peak right before it was shut down. The account often posted pro-ISIS tweets and links to tutorials on how to send money to ISIS through bitcoin." (08/28/15)

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China: Regime says netizens who spread rumors about Tianjin blasts, stock slide among 197 punished

August 31, 2015
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Greenfield Daily Reporter    

"People recently punished in China's campaign against online rumors include those who circulated an inflated death toll in the Tianjin blasts and who alleged a man committed suicide because of the country's stock market woes, state media reported Monday. The official Xinhua News Agency said 197 people have been punished in a special campaign, citing the Public Security Ministry, but did not say over what period." (08/30/15)

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Follow the Silk Road

August 28, 2015
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Abigail R. Hall Blanco Independent Institute
by Abigail Hall  

"In October 2013, the founder of [Silk Road], Ross William Ulbricht was arrested in the United States on a variety of charges including money laundering, computer hacking, and conspiracy to traffic narcotics. In February 2015, Ulbricht was convicted on seven charges and was sentenced to two life terms without the possibility of parole. Well, congrats are in order to the government for putting Ulbricht in jail, assuming they're interested in increasing instances of overdose, illness, and even deaths related to drugs. How so? Wouldn't shutting down a website dedicated to assisting people in acquiring hard drugs make people safer? Simply put, no. The reason why lies in basic economics." (08/27/15)

http://blog.independent.org/2015/08/27/follow-the-silk-road/  

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After Silk Road, online illicit marketplaces for drugs and weapons grow, with more to come

August 25, 2015
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JD Tuccille Reason
by JD Tuccille  

"Well, the online marketplace for illicit goods' competitors and successors live, anyway. The original Silk Road and its operator were taken down by the United States federal government in an over-the-top campaign that featured stunningly corrupt federal agents. Beyond its employees' sticky fingers, the federal government almost certainly hacked servers hosted overseas in the course of its efforts and then shrugged its institutional shoulders over the legal status of the tactic. But even as the feds brutally targeted Ross Ulbricht and his underground marketplace, new sites proliferated on the anonymous TOR network to more than replace what the U.S. Government had shut down." (08/25/15)

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Who is Mordechai Vanunu and why should you care?

August 20, 2015
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Antiwar.com Antiwar.com
by Will Porter  

"Not everyone is capable of striking as strong a blow to the menace of nuclear weapons as Mordechai Vanunu, but libertarians, peaceniks, humanitarians -- humans -- should reject them on principle." (08/20/15)

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Manning found guilty but no solitary confinement for contraband

August 19, 2015
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The Guardian The Guardian [UK]    

"[US political prisoner] Chelsea Manning has been found guilty of possessing unapproved reading material by a panel at Fort Leavenworth prison but will be spared the indefinite solitary confinement that had reportedly been among her possible sentences, according to a tweet sent from her official account. Instead the prison board ruled during a disciplinary hearing held on Tuesday that Manning will face 21 days of restrictions on her recreational activities, including no access to a gym, a library or the outdoors. Manning was given a 35-year sentence for leaking US state secrets to WikiLeaks." (08/18/15)

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Freedom Feens Radio, 08/15/15

August 17, 2015
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Freedom Feens Freedom Feens
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"Lyn Ulbricht is the mother of Ross Ulbricht, founder of the Silk Road. Topics discussed include the myths surrounding the Silk Road, the lies about Ross, the truth about The Dread Pirate Roberts, and how courts actually work. Interview by Ben Stone and James Babb." [various formats] (08/15/15)

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The persecution of Chelsea Manning

August 14, 2015
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Conor Friedersdorf The Atlantic
by Conor Friedersdorf  

"According to her lawyer, the former intelligence analyst is being threatened with indefinite solitary confinement for the most minor transgressions imaginable." (08/13/15)

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It’s classified: A tale of two scofflaws

August 14, 2015
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Thomas L. Knapp William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp  

"Chelsea Manning is an American heroine who knowingly exposed classified information for the purpose of revealing war crimes in Iraq and other government lawlessness, including Clinton's orders to her State Department underlings to bug the offices of UN diplomats. Hillary Clinton is a power-monger who carelessly exposed classified information because she believes she's above the law. Like the late Richard Nixon, on whose impeachment papers she worked as a young congressional staffer, she believes that if Hillary Clinton does it, it's not illegal." (08/13/15)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/2579  

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Chelsea Manning and Hillary Clinton: A case of double standards

August 14, 2015
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Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo  

"Chelsea Manning didn't mishandle signals intelligence: she gave Wikileaks, among other things, a video showing the US military shooting down innocent Iraqi civilians in cold blood and then laughing about it among themselves. Chelsea didn't deny what she did when confronted with the facts: unlike Hillary, she admitted her 'crime' and bravely took her punishment like a ... woman. Yet Chelsea is being left to rot in jail, subjected to the harassment and cruelty of her jailers, while Hillary routinely flies around in a private jet, lying to the American people and refusing to answer questions from reporters." (08/14/15)

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UK: Regime charges Muslim cleric with saying things regime doesn’t like

August 5, 2015
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Daily Mail [UK]    

"Controversial Islamic preacher Anjem Choudary has been charged under the Terrorism Act for 'inviting support for ISIS,' Scotland Yard has said. The 48-year-old from Ilford, north east London, is being held in police custody and is due to appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court at 2pm this afternoon. He has been accused of supporting the organisation in lectures published online along with another man, Mohammed Mizanur Rahman, 32, from Whitechapel, east London." (08/05/15)

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Thailand: Junta court jails ten for insulting monarchy

July 14, 2015
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Voice of America [US state media]    

"A Thai military court on Tuesday sentenced 10 people to prison terms for distributing online content that it said insulted the country's monarchy. The 10 sentenced on lese majeste charges were part of what police said was a network headed by Hassadin Uraipraiwan, known online as 'DJ Banpodj.' Hassadin created video clips and uploaded them to sites such as YouTube, from which members of a Facebook group reposted them." (07/14/15)

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Turkey: Protesters ransack Thai consulate over Uighur deportations

July 9, 2015
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Christian Science Monitor Christian Science Monitor    

"On Thursday, Turkish protesters vandalized the Thai consulate in Istanbul following the deportation of more than 100 Uighurs from Thailand. Human rights groups claim that the deported Uighurs hold refugee status and that they will face persecution and violence in China. Uighurs (pronounced 'WEE-ghers') are a Muslim Turkic ethnic group, mostly residing in the western region of Xinjiang. Ethnic violence in the region has left hundreds dead over the past two years. Chinese authorities blam Uighur extremists for the unrest. For Thailand, the refugees were not their problem, according to Thai Prime Minister Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha, and that they would be sent to a different country that would deal with the refugees according to its own judicial system. He did not mention China." (07/09/15)

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Singapore: Regime court sentences political prisoner Yee to time served

July 6, 2015
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Al Jazeera Al Jazeera America    

"A Singapore teenager who posted online a video that was deemed offensive to Christians, and an obscene image of late leader Lee Kuan Yew, will be released after a court sentenced him on Monday to jail time already served. The case has reignited concerns about censorship and social controls in the Southeast Asian financial hub, and has drawn criticism from human rights activists. Amos Yee, 16, was sentenced to four weeks of imprisonment from June 2, which means he could be released immediately after spending 50 days in custody." (07/06/15)

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France: Two Uber execs abducted, charged for competing with politicians’ cab cronies

July 1, 2015
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The Australian The Australian [Australia]    

"For months, Uber Technologies Inc. executives have argued their company was beyond the reach of a new French law designed to rein it in. On Tuesday, French prosecutors called their bluff. Investigators indicted Uber's two top executives in Paris on a raft of charges, including enabling illegal taxi services, that could bring fines and jail time. After holding them overnight, prosecutors set a trial date for late September, lightning speed in a country where suspects can remain under formal investigation for years." (07/01/15)

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FL: Judge tosses terrorism allegation against imam arrested for reading the wrong books

June 30, 2015
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The Washington Post Washington Post    

"A federal judge says prosecutors took snippets of information out of context to create a nonexistent terrorism plot by an Islamic scholar in Florida. U.S. District Judge Gregory Presnell last week ordered the imam, Marcus Robertson of Orlando, released from jail for time served. ... Robertson was convicted of tax fraud in 2013. Prosecutors claimed he committed the fraud to pay for another man to go to Mauritania to be trained in violent jihad. Prosecutors backed up their claim by saying Robertson's computer contained documents by Islamic extremists. But the judge noted those documents were only about 20 works out of 10,000 on the computer." (06/30/15)

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Germany should release courageous al Jazeera journalist Ahmed Mansour

June 23, 2015
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James Bovard JimBovard.com
by Jim Bovard  

"The German government seized one of Al Jazeera's best known and most courageous journalists, Ahmed Mansour, this weekend at the behest of the Egyptian government. Al Jazeera has done some of the best work of any media organization in the world exposing the abuses and oppression of the Egyptian government. It is appalling that a western government would even consider becoming complicit in Egypt's growing tyranny." (06/22/15)

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Germany: Court to consider handing journalist over to Egyptian regime

June 22, 2015
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BBC News BBC News [UK state media]    

"A German court will consider an extradition request from Egypt concerning a senior journalist from the al-Jazeera channel. Ahmed Mansour, who works for the network's Arabic-language service, was detained as he tried to board a flight from Berlin to Qatar. A court in Egypt's capital Cairo sentenced him to 15 years in prison in absentia last year on torture charges. ... Al-Jazeera says the claims made against Mr Mansour, who has dual British and Egyptian citizenship, are absurd and false." (06/21/15)

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VA: Teen pleads guilty to running Twitter account US government didn’t like

June 11, 2015
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The Washington Post Washington Post    

"A Woodbridge teenager admitted in court Thursday that he was the secret voice behind a pro-Islamic State Twitter account, which once counted more than 4,000 followers, and that he helped another teen travel to join the Islamic State in Syria. Ali Shukri Amin, 17, a former student at Prince William County's Osbourn Park High School who was arrested earlier this year, pleaded guilty to conspiring to provide material support to a terrorist organization. As part of a deal with prosecutors, he admitted that he helped arrange a successful trip to Syria for an 18-year-old Prince William County man who wanted to fight with the Islamic State." (06/11/15)

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Saudi Arabia: Court upholds flogging verdict against blogger

June 8, 2015
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Sydney Morning Herald [Australia]    

"Saudi Arabia's highest court has upheld a verdict against liberal blogger Raif Badawi, in a case that has triggered international protest. ... Badawi, 32, who is in prison, was convicted of insulting Islam on an Internet forum he had created for public debate. He received the first 50 lashes in January." (06/08/15)

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Ross Ulbricht is a political prisoner

June 4, 2015
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Thomas L. Knapp William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp  

"Ross Ulbricht was accused and convicted of operating a business, which coordinated the sale and purchase of goods between willing sellers and willing buyers, without the permission of people who think they're entitled to control everyone else. Full stop. THAT is what Ross Ulbricht stands convicted of. Ross Ulbricht was convicted of living his life as a free human being instead of as a compliant, obedient slave." (06/04/15)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/1576  

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Wrong message in the Ulbricht case

June 4, 2015
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Jacob G Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger  

"The first thing that entered my mind upon reading that New York City Federal Judge Katherine Forrest had sentenced Silk Road mastermind Ross Ulbricht to life in prison without parole was, 'What in the world could that woman be thinking?' At the sentencing hearing, Forrest indicated that the draconian sentence she was imposing on Ulbricht was meant to serve as a message to discourage other people from following in Ulbricht's path. How in the world did she arrive at such nonsensical reason for locking Ulbricht away for the rest of his life -- without any possibility of parole?" (06/04/15)

http://fff.org/2015/06/04/wrong-message-ulbricht-case/  

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Jeff Deist on The Scott Horton Show

June 4, 2015
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The Scott Horton Show
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"Jeff Deist, president of the Mises Institute, discusses his article about Ross Ulbricht, the 31-year-old former operator of the Silk Road online marketplace, who was given the extremely harsh sentence of life in prison without parole for facilitating black-market transactions." [Flash audio or MP3] (06/02/15)

http://scotthorton.org/interviews/2015/06/02/6215-jeff-deist/  

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Life in prison (x2)?

June 3, 2015
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Paul Jacob Common Sense
by Paul Jacob  

"According to the BBC, 'Prosecutors say that six people who died from overdoses bought drugs via the site and that such untraceable deals earned Ulbricht at least $18m.' This is supposed to make us hate him as a 'drug dealer.' Which he wasn't. He set up a trading website -- albeit a no-tax, black-market one. The actual trades were the responsibility of the traders. Like on eBay. Emptors caveated, knowing what they were doing. Curiously, his site could only be accessed using software produced by the U. S. government. Using the judge's rationale, maybe the federal government should be tried?" (06/03/15)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2015/06/03/life-in-prison-x-2/  

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Is Ross Ulbricht a libertarian hero?

June 2, 2015
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Jeff Deist Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Jeff Deist  

"The central issue in the Ulbricht case, as always, is an evil and unbridled federal government. No human being should be locked away for engaging in (or facilitating) peaceful, voluntary commerce among willing participants. Dark sites like Silk Road, and the cyber payment systems they employ, exist because of state prohibitions on voluntary human conduct. They are natural market reactions to government interference. This cannot be overstated. But is Ulbricht a commendable libertarian martyr by definition, simply by virtue of falling into the crosshairs of an immoral federal government waging an unjust drug war? Does lamenting his indefensible sentence mean celebrating him and his actions? The libertarian blogosphere certainly seems to think so." [editor's note: For all their complaints about "lifestyle libertarians," the LvMI crowd seems to exemplify the phenomenon -- libertarians are only "heroic" if they embody bourgeois lifestyle values -- and yes, Deist does use the b-word - TLK] (06/02/15)

https://mises.org/library/ross-ulbricht-libertarian-hero  

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