Posts Tagged ‘ political prisoners ’

The drug war in Delaware … and Will McVay

March 14, 2013
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Delaware Libertarian
by Steve Newton  

"If, as Libertarians, we do not actually stand by our people and our principles when times are tough and the State (as well as the State-dominated media) decide to target one of our own with exactly the tactics we have been decrying forever, then we might as well go home and wait for the end. Because we have no principles and no guts." (03/13/13)

http://tinyurl.com/d9cebjp  

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Bahrain: Regime abducts six for tweeting

March 13, 2013
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Fox News    

"The public prosecutor's office in Bahrain says six people have been detained for allegedly defaming the country's ruler on Twitter. ... The six were detained over the past couple of days and the prosecutor's statement Wednesday said they will be charged with misusing Twitter and insulting King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa." (03/13/13)

http://tinyurl.com/ago9w48  

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The war against Bradley Manning

March 13, 2013
posted by

Chelsea Manning Antiwar.com
by John W. Whitehead  

"Thanks to the U.S. government’s growing intolerance for dissidents who insist on transparency and accountability, oppose its endless wars and targeted killings of innocent civilians and terrorists alike, and demand that government officials abide by the rule of law, that list of so-called 'enemies of the state' is growing. One such 'enemy of the state' is Bradley Manning, an intelligence analyst who has been targeted by the Obama administration for holding up a mirror to the bloated face of American empire." (03/13/13)

http://tinyurl.com/af7o8gn  

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Manning speaks

March 12, 2013
posted by

Chelsea Manning Antiwar.com
by Bradley Manning  

Smuggled ecording of Bradley Manning's statement in court circa early March. [Flash audio] (03/12/13)

http://tinyurl.com/arw888a  

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China: Regime claims monk incited self-immolations

December 9, 2012
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Fox News    

"Police detained a monk and his nephew in China's Sichuan province and accused them of instigating the self-immolations of eight ethnic Tibetans on the instructions of the Dalai Lama and his followers, state media said. The report in the official Xinhua News Agency did not detail what evidence police had of the exiled Buddhist spiritual leader's involvement -- which was denied by the self-declared Tibetan government-in-exile in northern India." (12/09/12)

http://tinyurl.com/b829kkn  

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Manning vs. the Marines

December 4, 2012
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Kelley B Vlahos Antiwar.com
by Kelley B. Vlahos  

"As far as villains go, Pfc. Bradley Manning is hardly quintessential. At 5 foot 2 inches tall, his slender frame and bespectacled image has invoked snickers, sarcasm and according to reporting over the last two years, a lifetime of bullying. ... One can’t imagine worse conditions than being 21-year-old Manning in Army boot camp. Except a 23-year-old Manning incarcerated by the Marines." (12/04/12)

http://original.antiwar.com/vlahos/2012/12/03/manning-vs-the-marines/  

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Manning up

December 4, 2012
posted by

CounterPunch
by Randall Amster  

"Whatever one’s views about his alleged actions, you would need a pretty hard shell not to be moved by the case of Bradley Manning. Hero to some, traitor to others, this diminutive soldier has endured an unprecedented level of mistreatment, languishing in a largely incommunicado pretrial state for more than two years and facing repeated episodes of humiliation and degradation. Compounding this case is Manning’s status as a gay solider, for which he had experienced repercussions well before gaining international notoriety as a purported Wikileaks source for some of the whistleblowing site’s most damning allegations about governmental and military machinations around the world." (12/04/12)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2012/12/04/manning-up/  

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The humiliation of Bradley Manning

November 29, 2012
posted by

CounterPunch
by Ray McGovern  

"It is a bitter irony that Army Pvt. Bradley Manning, whose conscience compelled him to leak evidence about the U.S. military brass ignoring evidence of torture in Iraq, was himself the victim of cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment while other military officers privately took note but did nothing." (11/29/12)

http://tinyurl.com/bp2w5zw  

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TX: AG moves to steal polygamist’s ranch

November 29, 2012
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Salt Lake Tribune    

"The Texas Attorney General’s Office moved Wednesday to seize the remote ranch where polygamous sect leader Warren Jeffs and other men [allegedly] sexually abused underage girls taken as plural wives. Authorities say sect leaders purchased the Yearning for Zion Ranch to commit crimes, which constitutes money laundering under Texas law and also makes the property subject to seizure laws as contraband,according to a 91-page search-and-seizure warrant." (11/28/12)

http://tinyurl.com/bshjgcm  

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Breaking Private Manning

November 27, 2012
posted by

Chelsea Manning CounterPunch
by Michael Ratner  

"By the time the 23-year-old soldier’s court martial starts on February 4, 2013, Bradley Manning will have spent 983 days in prison, including nine months in solitary confinement, without having been convicted of a single crime. This week, in pre-trail hearings, a military court is reviewing evidence that the conditions under which he has been held constitute torture. These conditions include the nine-month period spent 23 hours a day in a six-by-eight-foot cell where he was forbidden to lie down or even lean against a wall when he was not sleeping -- and when he was allowed to sleep at night, officers woke him every five minutes -- and where he was subjected to daily strip searches and forced nudity. The UN Special Rapporteur for Torture has already found this amounted to cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment, and possibly torture." (11/27/12)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2012/11/27/breaking-private-manning/  

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Cuba: Journalist sentenced to 14 years for “spying”

November 14, 2012
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Arizona Daily Star    

"A journalist with Cuba's Granma newspaper was sentenced to 14 years in prison for spying, a charge filed soon after he reported on the government's mishandling of a critical construction project, according to dissidents. Jose Antonio Torres was the correspondent for Granma, the official publication of the Central Committee of the ruling Communist Party, in the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba, the island's second-largest." (11/14/12)

http://tinyurl.com/cpyjlkb  

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Kuwait: Opposition activist held for insulting emir

October 30, 2012
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Associated Press    

"Opposition groups in Kuwait say a leading political activist has been arrested on charges of criticizing the Gulf nation's ruler during protests. The detention of former lawmaker Musallam al-Barrack is likely to raise tensions between Kuwait's ruling system and opposition factions led by Islamists, which seek to regain control of parliament in Dec. 1 elections." (10/30/12)

http://tinyurl.com/9gduyrd  

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Cambodia: Broadcaster sentenced to 20 years for “insurrection”

October 1, 2012
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Associated Press    

"A Cambodian court on Monday sentenced a dissident radio station owner to 20 years in prison on insurrection charges that critics claim are part of a political vendetta by the government. Judge Chaing Sinat of the Phnom Penh Municipal Court said 71-year-old Mam Sonando was convicted and sentenced on four counts related to an alleged secessionist movement in eastern Cambodia. He was charged with instigating an alleged insurrection in Kratie province in May this year and inciting armed rebellion." (10/01/12)

http://tinyurl.com/9fxlh8v  

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Declassified docs: US military considers Assange “enemy”

September 26, 2012
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Sydney Morning Herald [Australia]    

"The US military has designated Julian Assange and WikiLeaks as enemies of the United States -- the same legal category as the al-Qaeda terrorist network and the Taliban insurgency. Declassified US Air Force counter-intelligence documents, released under US freedom-of-information laws, reveal that military personnel who contact WikiLeaks or WikiLeaks supporters may be at risk of being charged with 'communicating with the enemy,' a military crime that carries a maximum sentence of death." (09/27/12)

http://bit.ly/Sn6OjH  

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NZ: Kim Dotcom case stumbles on illegal bugging

September 24, 2012
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Advanced Television [UK]    

"The Megaupload file-sharing piracy case may be in jeopardy as the New Zealand prime minister ordered an inquiry into the illegal bugging of Kim Dotcom before his arrest in January. ... The illegal interceptions related to 'Mr Dotcom' and some of his colleagues who were facing extradition to the US to face charges of internet piracy and breaking copyright laws, Dotcom’s lawyer, told the FT." (09/24/12)

http://bit.ly/Sqnnkc  

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Jailed Indian cartoonist released on bail

September 12, 2012
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ABC News    

"A political cartoonist who was jailed on sedition charges for drawings that mocked corruption in the Indian government was released on bail Wednesday. Supporters cheered and waved flags as Aseem Trivedi walked out of Mumbai's Arthur Road Jail after a high court said there was no need to hold him in prison. Trivedi had earlier refused bail until all charges against him were dropped. The local government has promised to review the charges against him. Sedition is punishable by up to life in prison." (09/12/12)

http://cbsn.ws/OGJWfB  

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India: Cartoonist’s arrest sparks outrage

September 10, 2012
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BBC News [UK state media]    

"The arrest of an Indian anti-corruption cartoonist on sedition charges has sparked widespread criticism. ... Mr Trivedi was arrested on Saturday for a series of cartoons lampooning politicians. He refused to apply for bail at Monday's hearing, and said if telling the truth made him a traitor then he was happy to be described as one." (09/10/12)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-19540565  

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Anonymous attacks UK, Russian government sites over Assange, Pussy Riot

August 21, 2012
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Anonymous SC Magazine [Australia]    

"The hacktivist group Anonymous is taking credit for a series of attacks that took down the websites of the UK's Ministry of Justice and Home Office. A popular Anonymous Twitter account said the attacks were launched out of solidarity with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange .... Meanwhile, on Tuesday, hackers defaced the website for the Russian court where last week three members of punk rock band Pussy Riot were sentenced to two years in prison." (08/21/12)

http://bit.ly/NZDalk  

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Assange to Obama: Stop Wikileaks witch hunt

August 19, 2012
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Wikileaks CBS News    

"WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has called on President Obama to end a "witch hunt" against his secret-spilling website, after appearing in public for the first time since he took refuge inside Ecuador's embassy in London two months ago. ... He also called on the U.S. to release Pfc. Bradley Manning, the U.S. soldier who has been charged with aiding the enemy by passing the secret files to WikiLeaks and is awaiting trial." (08/19/12)

http://cbsn.ws/PIenps  

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New Zealand: Megaupload boss wins right to see US evidence

August 16, 2012
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Sydney Morning Herald [Australia]    

"The boss of file-sharing site Megaupload has the right to see US evidence against him so he can defend a bid to extradite him from New Zealand on online piracy charges, an Auckland court ruled on Thursday. ... [Kim Dotcom] was arrested in January when armed police cooperating with a US copyright investigation into his Megaupload file-sharing business raided his Auckland mansion. The raid was subsequently found to be illegal by a New Zealand court, a ruling that prosecutors are also appealing." (08/17/12)

http://bit.ly/QHrMJq  

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UK: Regime threatens to invade Ecuador’s embassy, abduct Assange

August 15, 2012
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Wikileaks Guardian [UK]    

"Britain has told the Ecuadorean authorities it believes officials can enter its embassy in London and arrest Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, according to Ecuador's minister for foreign affairs, Ricardo Patino. ... An Ecuadorean government spokesman said: 'We are deeply shocked by the British government's threats against the sovereignty of the Ecuadorean Embassy and their suggestion that they may forcibly enter the embassy. This a clear breach of international law and the protocols set out in the Vienna Convention.'" (08/15/12)

http://bit.ly/R34OAR  

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New Zealand: Kim Dotcom judge quits after calling US “the enemy”

July 18, 2012
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Russia Today [Russian state media]    

"New Zealand Judge David Harvey has stepped down from the Kim Dotcom trial after making remarks that could cast doubt on his impartiality. Harvey was to oversee the extradition case against the internet entrepreneur, who is wanted by the US. ... Harvey, who is also an internet law expert, was a featured speaker at a conference discussing the TPP treaty .... Harvey noted that under the terms of the treaty, those who change regions on region-restricted DVDs would be classed as criminals. 'We have met the enemy, and he is US,' summed up Harvey." (07/18/12)

http://www.rt.com/news/kim-dotcom-megaupload-judge-quirs-481/  

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Bradley Manning’s support system

July 17, 2012
posted by

Chelsea Manning Antiwar.com
by Kelley B. Vlahos  

"Manning’s trial is scheduled for September, but with all the legal wrangling, could easily be pushed back to the winter of 2013, making it even more difficult to keep the public’s attention on the case and the funding stream steadily flowing to defend him, say supporters. Indeed the mission to save Bradley Manning is a race against time and even more importantly, against a wall of secrecy. And apathy." (07/17/12)

http://bit.ly/LnANFW  

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NZ: Dotcom offers US deal on extradition

July 10, 2012
posted by

Wired    

"Kim Dotcom and his Megaupload associates are seeking to break the legal impasse between him and the FBI, by offering to fly to the United States without an extradition hearing in New Zealand. In return, Dotcom demands a fair trial guarantee and return of money to support their families and to pay legal fees which are thought to be in the millions of dollars after several months of court battles. ... Having made the offer, however, Dotcom says the FBI will never agree to the deal as it can’t win the case against him and Megaupload and knows this already." (07/10/12)

http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2012/07/dotcom-surrender/  

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New Zealand: Court finds Megaupload search warrants illegal

June 28, 2012
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Canoe Technology [Canada]    

"Search warrants used when 70 New Zealand police raided the mansion of the suspected kingpin of an Internet piracy ring were illegal, a New Zealand court ruled on Thursday, dealing a blow to the FBI's highest profile global copyright theft case. ... 'The warrants did not adequately describe the offences to which they related,' [High Court Judge Justice Helen] Winkelmann said in her ruling. 'Indeed they fell well short of that. They were general warrants, and as such, are invalid.'" (06/28/12)

http://technology.canoe.ca/2012/06/28/19929191.html  

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