Posts Tagged ‘ political prisoners ’

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)

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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)

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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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What is to be done?

June 2, 2015
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Thomas L. Knapp KN@PPSTER
by Thomas L Knapp  

"A number of individuals -- including but not limited to US Attorney Preet Bharara, Assistant US Attorneys Serrin Turner and and Timothy T. Howard, and US District Court Judge Katherine B. Forrest -- did openly and publicly conspire to deprive Ross Ulbricht of his liberty; to steal tens of millions of dollars' worth of Bitcoin which they believed belonged to him; and, ultimately, to steal his life by caging him for the duration of said life. Don't tell me they were just doing their jobs. So was Reinhard Heydrich." (06/02/15)

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No, Ross Ulbricht did not order six murders

June 2, 2015
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Avens O'Brien The Libertarian Republic
by Avens O'Brien  

"On many of the posts I've seen, shared, or written myself, dissenters have replied that Ulbricht got such a harsh sentence not for facilitating drug sales, but for allegedly hiring assassins to 'take out' people he needed gone, such as former employees or 'snitches.' The oft-repeated claim is five or six ordered murders, and it's a fast derail to any reasonable discussion to the benefits of Silk Road. The problem with this claim is that it is simply not true. It is a lie. It is a character assassination without basis in fact." (06/01/15)

http://thelibertarianrepublic.com/no-ross-ulbricht-didnt-murder/  

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Ross Ulbricht and the courage to break the law

June 2, 2015
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Students For Liberty Students For Liberty
by Jason Byas  

"On May 29, Ross Ulbricht was given a life sentence. His lawyers say they will try to appeal. The charges for which Ulbricht will likely spend his life in prison all center around the Silk Road marketplace, which allowed users to peacefully trade illegal drugs over the internet. Though he admitted to originally creating the site, Ulbricht has maintained that he quickly handed it off to others. Rather than dwelling on the details of the case, though, I want to focus on something else -- Ross Ulbricht is a hero, worthy of our praise, whose virtues we ought to cultivate in ourselves. He deserves our respect for his courage to break the law." (06/01/15)

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No, a myriad of new silk roads will not rise up to replace the old one

June 2, 2015
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Liberale et Libertaire Liberale et Libertaire
by dL  

"By now, I'm sure anyone reading this post is aware of the sentence handed down to Ross Ulbricht(aka,'Dread Pirate Roberts'). The purpose of this post is not to extend a commentary on the barbaric character of the sentence. That will be for another time. Instead, I want to counter the conventional postscript that concludes virtually every postmortem of the drug war. 'Just another example of an irrational,failed drug war. Take one down, fifteen will rise up to take its place ...' Nope. Not the case. Particularly, in this instance." (06/01/15)

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US political prisoner Ross Ulbricht sentenced to life

June 1, 2015
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Wired    

"On Friday [Ross] Ulbricht was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for his role in creating and running Silk Road's billion-dollar, anonymous black market for drugs. Judge Katherine Forrest gave Ulbricht the most severe sentence possible. The minimum he could have served was 20 years." (05/29/15)

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Silk Road sentence sets dangerous precedent

May 31, 2015
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Darryl W Perry Free Press Publications
by Darryl W. Perry  

"There are three simple facts of this case that help explain the dangerous precedent. Ross Ulbricht created a website. People used the website to sell things that other people wanted to buy. Ross Ulbricht goes to jail for life. When Philip Markoff arranged meetings with people through Craigslist and then killed them; the creator of the site wasn't held liable. When people have been arrested attempting to hire prostitutes through various online classified sites, the owner of the website is not charged with being a pimp. The same rationale should apply to Ross Ulbricht, whose family has vowed to appeal the conviction and sentence." [text, Flash audio or MP3] (05/31/15)

http://fpp.cc/silk-road-sentence-sets-dangerous-precedent/  

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Dread Pirate Roberts, beyond the law!

May 31, 2015
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C4SS Center for a Stateless Society
by Ryan Calhoun  

"Ross Ulbricht has been sentenced to die inside a cage. We call this a 'life sentence,' but it is a death sentence. His fate is quite literally to die in a cage in order to punish him for operating the online drug market known as the Silk Road. But truly, that is not his crime. His crime is defiance, or really, his crime is truth telling. The truth is, there is life beyond the law. When sentencing him, that is what the judge justified her sentence with -- he lived without regard to what she wished he would believe. We are told none of us are 'beyond the law,' but this is merely a catch phrase. People like Judge Katherine Forrest depend on this fable of dependence to the law, but in what remains of this article I wish to propose a different story to you." (05/31/15)

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China: Regime abducts artist who posted humorous photo of Xi

May 28, 2015
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USA Today USA Today    

"Authorities have detained an obscure Chinese artist after he posted online a humorous portrait of President Xi Jinping, his wife said Thursday. Judy Zhu said police accused her husband, Dai Jianyong, of 'creating a disturbance' after detaining him Tuesday near their Shanghai home. Dai is known for posting eclectic photos on social media, including some showing himself and others scrunching up their lips and eyes. Dai posted images of Xi with the same expression while wearing a mustache." (05/28/15)

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Egypt: Regime court sentences Morsi, others to death

May 18, 2015
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The Washington Post Washington Post    

"A Cairo court sentenced ousted president Mohamed Morsi to death Saturday on charges of conspiring with foreign militants to break out of prison during Egypt's uprising four years ago. The verdict, which can be appealed, marks a stunning blow to the pro-democracy revolt that saw thousands of Egyptians rise up against an increasingly corrupt police state. ... More than 100 other defendants, most of whom were tried in absentia, were also sentenced to death on the same charges. In a separate case, 16 defendants were given the death penalty for allegedly leaking state secrets to Iran while Morsi was in power." (05/16/15)

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