Posts Tagged ‘ political prisoners ’

New Zealand: MPAA … er, US … lawyers say Dotcom paid $3 million for movie copies, should be extradited

September 29, 2015
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Ars Technica Ars Technica    

"In a New Zealand courtroom, the US government has begun making its case as to why Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom should face criminal copyright charges. Dotcom, who was arrested at his Auckland home after a dramatic raid in 2012, has long argued he shouldn't be extradited to the Eastern District of Virginia. Today, Crown lawyer Christine Gordon, representing the [Motion Picture Association of America], read out loud communications between Megaupload executives and users who uploaded copyrighted material to the site." (09/28/15)

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New Zealand: Hearing begins on US regime’s attempt to abduct Kim Dotcom

September 21, 2015
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stuff.co.nz [New Zealand]    

"Internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom's long-awaited extradition hearing finally got underway on Monday -- and immediately got bogged down in technical, legal argument. The United States is seeking extradition of Dotcom and his co-accused -- Mathias Ortmann, Fin Batato and Bram van der Kolk -- for alleged copyright and piracy offences. But the first day's business of the hearing was mainly procedural, with lawyers for the United States and those representing Dotcom and his co-accused arguing over what order different parts of the case should be heard. However, Dotcom did secure one early victory, being allowed to bring his own chair to the hearing, saying he needed it because he had back problems." (09/21/15)

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Cuba: Regime forces abduct protesters ahead of Pope Francis’s Havana mass

September 20, 2015
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WSB TV    

"Cuban security personnel have detained at least three people who appeared to be trying to distribute leaflets ahead of Pope Francis's Mass in Havana's Revolution Square. The officials dragged them away and picked up the flyers that were left on one of the streets surrounding the plaza. It's not clear what the protest was about. The three were in white T-shirts and were yelling before they were tackled and dragged away." (09/20/15)

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Turkey: Regime releases two foreign political prisoners, continues to hold one

September 4, 2015
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Telegraph [UK]    

"Turkish authorities have released two British journalists arrested on terror charges in the southeastern province of Diyarbakir. Jake Hanrahan, 25, and Philip Pendlebury, 28, from Vice News, were arrested last week along with their Iraqi translator Mohammed Ismail Rasool. Mr Rasool remains in custody, pending investigation. It was not immediately clear whether Mr Hanrahan or Mr Pendlebury would be able to leave Turkey, where they had been reporting on the conflict pitting Turkish authorities against the militant youth wing of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK). Specific charges against the journalists remain unclear." (09/03/15)

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The whistleblower the CIA couldn’t break

September 3, 2015
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Kelley B Vlahos The American Conservative
by Kelley Vlahos  

"After the former CIA agent was charged and convicted with leaking classified information and sent to prison in 2013, he became one of the 2.3 million Americans incarcerated by the state. It was a shock. Everything he had developed in the 40-odd years of his life -- independence, dignity, strength, sense of purpose, and justice -- had been challenged, as if he were suddenly a nobody, another number, or worse, a disposable man. The entire experience changed how Kiriakou sees himself in the order of things. And it changed how he perceives the government in that order of things." (09/03/15)

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Egypt: Regime summons British ambassador over al-Jazeera political prisoner comments

September 1, 2015
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Philadelphia Tribune    

"Egypt's Foreign Ministry summoned the British ambassador in Cairo on Sunday to protest comments he made after a judge sentenced three Al-Jazeera English journalists to three years prison each for reporting 'false news.' The ministry said in a statement that John Casson's comments were 'unacceptable interference' in the country's judiciary, and 'incompatible with diplomatic norms and practices.' In a post on Twitter, spokesman Ahmed Abu Zeid said Egypt 'rejects any foreign criticism of judicial verdicts.'" (08/31/15)

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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)

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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)

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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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