Posts Tagged ‘ political prisoners ’

With power of social media growing, police now monitoring and criminalizing online speech

January 6, 2015
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Glenn Greenwald The Intercept
by Glenn Greenwald  

"Despite frequent national boasting of free speech protections, the U.S. has joined, and sometimes led, the trend to monitor and criminalize online political speech. The DOJ in 2011 prosecuted a 24-year-old Pakistani resident of the U.S., Jubair Ahmad, on terrorism charges for uploading a 5-minute video to YouTube featuring photographs of Abu Ghraib abuses, video of American armored trucks exploding, and prayer messages about 'jihad' from the leader of a designated terror group; he was convicted and sent to prison for 12 years. The same year, the DOJ indicted a 22-year-old Penn State student for, among other things, posting justifications of attacks on the U.S. to a 'jihadi forum;' the speech offender, Emerson Winfield Begolly, was sentenced to 8 1/2 years in prison. ...As is true for all War on Terror abuses, this American version of criminalizing speech is spreading far beyond its original application, and is increasingly applied domestically. Anti-police messages are now being subjected to the same criminalizing treatment as anti-military and anti-U.S.-foreign-policy ideas." (01/06/15)

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Russia: Kremlin foe Navalny says he will not observe house arrest

January 6, 2015
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Big News Network [UAE/Australia]    

"Russian opposition leader Aleksei Navalny says he will no longer observe the terms of his house arrest and has cut off the ankle bracelet used by the authorities to monitor his movements. In a post on his website on January 5, Navalny called his confinement to house arrest illegal, saying Russian law states that the restriction can only be ordered for suspects or defendants who have not yet been convicted. ... Navalny, a prominent critic of President Vladimir Putin, was convicted of large-scale theft on December 30 after a politically charged trial and handed a suspended 3 1/2-year sentence. 'I am the only person in the history of Russian courts to be under house arrest after being sentenced,' Navalny wrote." (01/05/14)

http://www.bignewsnetwork.com/index.php/sid/229104521  

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NY: Jury rights activists rally around Silk Road trial

January 5, 2015
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Libertarian News Examiner    

"he trial of Ross Ulbricht, accused by the federal government of running the Silk Road 'dark web' site on the Internet, kicks off on Monday, January 5, in New York City. Libertarians see the trial as yet another unjust victimless crime prosecution. Jury rights activist James Babb issued a press release Friday announcing a month-long jury nullification campaign in the area around the US courthouse in Manhattan to coincide with the Ulbricht trial. The protest will feature large phone kiosk advertising posters in the area while an army of activists distribute nullification pamphlets in an effort to educate people about their rights and responsibilities as jurors." (01/03/15)

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Egypt: Regime court orders retrial for imprisoned Al-Jazeera journalists

January 1, 2015
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Bloomberg    

"An Egyptian appeals court ordered the retrial of three Al-Jazeera journalists imprisoned for more than a year in a case that reflected the strains that developed between Egypt and Qatar following Islamist President Mohamed Mursi’s ouster. The Court of Cassation accepted the appeal of Australian Peter Greste, Egyptian-Canadian Mohamed Fahmy and Egyptian Baher Mohamed, who were convicted on charges including undermining Egyptian national security, belonging to the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood and spreading false information." (01/01/15)

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Russia: Putin critic goes from court to protest to jail in one day

December 31, 2014
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The Daily Star [Lebanon]    

"Top Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny was detained by police Tuesday after he violated his house arrest to join a protest in Moscow over a guilty verdict against him and his brother in a controversial fraud case. Dozens of other people were also detained as hundreds gathered in central Moscow after the charismatic 38-year-old opposition leader called on Russians to take to the streets against President Vladimir Putin’s regime following Tuesday's court ruling." (12/30/14)

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Russia: Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny gets suspended sentence but brother jailed

December 30, 2014
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BBC News The Guardian [UK]    

"A Russian court gave Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny a suspended sentence on Tuesday for embezzling money but jailed his brother for three and a half years in a case seen as part of a campaign to stifle dissent. Navalny led mass protests against the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, three years ago, when tens of thousands took to the streets in Moscow and St Petersburg to protest against corruption in Putin’s government and inner circle. Opposition figures say jailing Navalny risked a new wave of protests and so it was decided to punish him by jailing his brother instead." [editor's note: And of course to guarantee his "good behavior" by taking a hostage - TLK] (12/29/14)

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After a year, Al Jazeera journalists jailed in Egypt seek end to ordeal

December 29, 2014
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Times of India [India]    

"A year after three Al Jazeera English journalists were arrested in Egypt, they and their families are pleading for justice and an end to their ordeal. The unprecedented arrest and prosecution of Australian Peter Greste, Egyptian-Canadian Mohammed Fahmy and Egyptian Baher Mohammed sent a chill through the media in Egypt. They were detained in a raid on suspicion of helping the Muslim Brotherhood, which the government later declared a terrorist organization, and were sentenced to between seven and 10 years in prison in a trial that most observers called a politicized sham that lacked any evidence to incriminate the journalists of anything beyond doing their job." (12/29/14)

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Reports: US Representative Michael Grimm (R-NY) to plead guilty to keeping “too much” of his own money

December 23, 2014
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United Press International    

"U.S. Rep. Michael Grimm, R-N.Y., is likely to plead guilty Tuesday under numerous indictments related to felony tax charges, multiple news outlets reported, citing unnamed sources. The congressman was indicted in April on 20 charges accusing him of underreporting wages and profits for his chain of Manhattan health-food restaurants, Healthalicious." (12/22/14)

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NY: Regime court sentences Shrem to two years

December 22, 2014
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Bloomberg    

"Charlie Shrem, the former Bitcoin Foundation Inc. executive who pleaded guilty to charges tied to the illicit online bazaar 'Silk Road,' was sentenced to two years in prison by a judge who rejected his bid to remain free and 'change the world.' Shrem, 25, a prominent evangelist for the virtual currency, admitted in September to helping send money on behalf of an operator of an illegal bitcoin exchange called BTCKing." [editor's note: The judge's name is "Rakoff." Serendipitous, given that the dominant US organized crime ring not getting its demanded rake-offs is what this whole thing is about - TLK] (12/19/14)

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The latest twist in the bizarre prosecution of Barrett Brown

December 19, 2014
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The Intercept The Intercept
by Michelle Garcia  

"Barrett Brown entered the federal courtroom shackled, with a slight swagger in his step and squinting into the light. He took his seat next to his defense team and quietly set about flipping through a stack of loose-leaf papers and then began writing. When asked by the judge if he knew why he was in court that day, Tuesday, Brown -- who has spent two years in federal custody -- leaned into the microphone and with a warbly Texas accent, said clearly and plainly, 'I am to be sentenced today.' And then he returned to his papers." (12/17/14)

https://firstlook.org/theintercept/2014/12/17/barrett-brown-sentenced/  

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Happy birthday, Chelsea Manning

December 18, 2014
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Gawker    

"This week marked the 27th birthday of Chelsea Manning, the U.S. military whistleblower who currently sits in prison for leaking material to Wikileaks. Here are some birthday wishes for her from people who have spent time in similar circumstances." (12/17/14)

http://gawker.com/happy-birthday-chelsea-manning-1672414989  

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Douglas Lucas on The Scott Horton Show

December 17, 2014
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The Scott Horton Show
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"Douglas Lucas, a writer, researcher, and journalist based in Texas, discusses 'hactivist' writer Barrett Brown’s sentencing hearing in a Dallas federal court, where he faces up to 8.5 years in prison on a plea deal. He was arrested in September 2012 after posting YouTube videos threatening an FBI agent, and a litany of charges was then added by prosecutors who accused Brown of colluding with the Anonymous hacker collective in criminal acts, rather than just covering their findings as a journalist." [Flash audio or MP3] (12/16/14)

http://scotthorton.org/interviews/2014/12/16/121614-douglas-lucas/  

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Government’s final onslaught delays Barrett Brown’s sentencing

December 17, 2014
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WhoWhatWhy    

"Even with a conviction secured by a plea deal, prosecutors doubled down against a brash journalist who dared to expose the national security machinery and threaten an FBI agent. Hacktivist writer Barrett Brown's sentencing in Dallas on Dec. 16 was supposed to be a one-day affair, ending with the handing down of a prison term of not more than eight-and-a-half years. But prosecutors surprised the court and Brown's defense team with hundreds of pages of evidence and exhibits to push for the longest prison term possible. The sudden onslaught and ensuing testimony prompted Judge Sam A. Lindsay to order Brown to return on Jan. 22 to find out his fate." (12/16/14)

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Why the sentencing of political prisoner Barrett Brown matters to freedom in America

December 16, 2014
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Liberty Blitzkrieg Liberty Blitzkrieg
by Michael Krieger  

"Barrett is a Jedi of the Republic, a relentless investigative weapon of status quo destruction who presents a serious threat to the corrupt and criminal American crony 'elite.' That's why the system wants him locked up in a cage, and it's precisely why we need him back on the streets." (12/15/14)

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Turkey: Police raid anti-regime media, abduct 27

December 15, 2014
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The National [UAE]    

"Turkish police have launched a sweeping operation to arrest dozens of supporters of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s rival, US-exiled imam Fethullah Gulen. The operation, carried out on Sunday, included a raid on the offices of the Zaman daily newspaper, which is close to the cleric. It came just two days after Mr Erdogan signalled a new campaign against supporters of Mr Gulen, who the president blamed for orchestrating a corruption investigation against members of his inner circle almost a year ago." (12/14/14)

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Bangladesh: Court convicts British journalist for doubting war death toll

December 2, 2014
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The Guardian [UK]    

"A court in Bangladesh has found a British journalist guilty of contempt for questioning the official death toll in the country’s 1971 independence war. Judges from a special war crimes court on Tuesday ruled that a blog and two other articles written by David Bergman 'hurt the feelings of the nation' and ordered him to pay a 5,000 taka (£41) fine or go to prison for a week." (12/02/14)

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Vietnam: Police detain blogger for “bad content” posts

December 2, 2014
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ABC News    

"Vietnamese police have detained a blogger for posting comments critical of the communist government in the latest crackdown on dissent. Hong Le Tho, 65, was taken into police custody in southern commercial hub of Ho Chi Minh City on Saturday, the Ministry of Public Security said in a statement posted on its web site. The statement says his house was searched." (12/01/14)

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NH: Fed gangsters have trouble selling property they stole from tax resisters

December 1, 2014
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ABC News ABC News    

"It turns out there isn't a huge market for a $250,000-plus, 100-acre property that may be booby-trapped. The sale of the compound owned by a now-jailed pair of tax [resisters] who held off police during a nine-month armed standoff is beset by problems both procedural and perilous: High bidders would have only seven days to come up with the financing for the property they have to buy largely sight-unseen because it could be filled with hidden explosives. No bidders showed up at an Aug. 15 auction at federal court in Concord, where Deputy Chief U.S. Marshal Brenda Mikelson went through the motions of soliciting a minimum bid of $250,000 on the Plainfield compound where fugitives Ed and Elaine Brown holed up in 2007." (11/29/14)

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Egypt: Junta court sentences 78 teenagers for pro-Morsi protests

November 27, 2014
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Sydney Morning Herald    

"An Egyptian court has sentenced 78 minors to between two and five years in prison for taking part in demonstrations calling for the return of ousted president Mohammed Mursi. The authorities have engaged in a crackdown on Dr Mursi's supporters since his overthrow by the army last year, with hundreds jailed in mass trials which the United Nations has described as 'unprecedented in recent history.' On Wednesday, a court in the city of Alexandria sentenced 78 teenage boys aged from 13 to 17 for joining Muslim Brotherhood rallies during the past three months, a judicial official said." (11/27/14)

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DC: Woman jailed in White House protest had purple pistol

November 23, 2014
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USA Today    

"A Michigan woman remains in jail Saturday after being arrested with a gun during a protest outside the White House -- the second person to be detained with a firearm in two days. April Debois, 23, of Mount Morris, Mich., initially was identified during her Thursday arrest as April Lenhart, prosecutors said. She was arrested about 30 minutes after the start of President Obama's immigration speech during a protest along the White House's north fence when Secret Service officers noticed that she was wearing a purple handgun in a holster along her right front waist, according to charging documents released Friday. ... She was charged with carrying a pistol without a license in the District of Columbia, possession of an unregistered firearm and possession of unregistered ammunition." (11/22/14)

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Swedish court upholds warrant on Assange

November 21, 2014
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BBC News BBC News [UK state media]    

"A Swedish appeal court has upheld an arrest warrant against Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, wanted for questioning over sexual assault claims. The Court of Appeal refused Mr Assange's attempt to have a detention order issued in 2010 revoked. Mr Assange, who denies the allegations, has sought refuge in the Ecuadorean embassy in London to avoid extradition. If he goes to Sweden, he fears he could be extradited to the US to face charges of leaking government documents." (11/20/14)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-30129453  

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Thailand: Regime thugs abduct students after “Hunger Games” salute

November 21, 2014
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CNN    

"Five university students who used the signature three-fingered salute from 'The Hunger Games' in front of Thailand's Prime Minister were detained Wednesday and told they'll face a charge of breaking martial law, a lawyer said. ... The third movie installment in the series, 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay -- Part 1,' is due to hit theaters in Thailand on Thursday. But one cinema in Bangkok canceled all showings of the movie after a pro-democracy student group bought tickets and planned to hold a meeting at the Lido Scala in the center of the city, according to Ratthapon Supasopon, of the League of Liberal Thammasart for Democracy (LLTD)." (11/19/14)

http://www.cnn.com/2014/11/19/world/asia/thailand-hunger-games-salute/  

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Egypt: Regime abducts Muslim Brotherhood leading in ongoing crackdown

November 20, 2014
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Deutsche Welle [Germany]    

"Egyptian police have arrested one of the last Muslim Brotherhood leaders not already in detention or in exile. Thousands of the group's members have been rounded up in a mass crackdown. The Muslim Brotherhood leader, Mohammed Ali Bishr, was arrested at his home in the Nile Delta on Thursday, security officials said. Bishr, who served as a cabinet minister under ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi, was accused of having called for mass protests on November 28, state media reported." (11/20/14)

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Should YOU be free to use silver as money?

November 20, 2014
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Downsize DC Downsize DC
by James Wilson  

"Two years ago, we acted on behalf of Bernard von NotHaus. You can learn about his 'counterfeiting' case here. There you will find a link to the letter Downsize DC President, Jim Babka, wrote to the judge in this case. Regrettably, his request for a retrial was denied earlier this month. He now faces sentencing in December. But we can protect others from future injustice by telling Congress to pass the Free Competition in Currency Act." (11/18/14)

https://downsizedc.org/blog/should-you-be-free-to-use-silver-as-money  

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“US Marshals” gang announces plan to fence 50,000 stolen Bitcoins

November 19, 2014
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Coin Report    

"On Monday, the US Marshals Service (USMS) announced it plans to auction off 50,000 Bitcoins -- valued between $19 million and $20 million USD -- that were [stolen] in connection to the now-defunct online black market Silk Road, report several news outlets. According to Forbes, from 8 am to 2 pm EST on December 5, the Bitcoins will be auctioned off via email. ... Forbes reported that the December auction follows one the [gang] held in June, when it auctioned off about 30,000 Bitcoins [stolen] from the Silk Road servers last October, but the service held onto more than 144,000 Bitcoins discovered on computer hardware belonging to [political prisoner] Ross Ulbricht ..." (11/18/14)

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