Tag Archives: political prisoners

Ross Ulbricht’s 144,336 Bitcoins

Source: Bitcoin.com
by Edward Craig

“From Colorado, Paul Grant, criminal and civil defense attorney for Ross Ulbricht, sighed when reached by phone Monday afternoon, ‘It’s over. This part of Ross’ struggle, his fight, is over.’ Mr. Grant is referring to a United States District Court Southern District, New York, online publication of the civil asset and forfeiture stipulation and order agreed to by Mr. Ulbricht. … [Acting United States Attorney Joon H.] Kim’s press release, touting its windfall, clumsily recounted widely disseminated basics of the case while managing to spell Mr. Ulbricht’s last name incorrectly just prior to listing ‘statements made during other public proceedings, and other court documents.’ Curiously, there was no mention of the two undercover federal agents serving time for their crimes committed during the Ulbricht case. ‘And there is no reason to believe that all of their illegally obtained assets have been recovered,’ Mr. Grant incredulously laughed.” (10/04/17)


Martin Shkreli imprisoned for being mean to Hillary Clinton

Source: ABC News

“A judge jailed former pharmaceuticals company CEO Martin Shkreli on Wednesday after [pretending] that he violated his bail on a securities fraud conviction with a social media posting she [pretended] posed a threat to Hillary Clinton. Defense attorneys had argued at a hearing in federal court in Brooklyn that the post by Shkreli, offering a $5,000 bounty to anyone who could grab him one of Clinton’s hairs while she’s on a book tour, was political satire. But U.S. District Judge Kiyo Matsumoto didn’t see the humor, saying the offer could be taken seriously by fellow Clinton detractors. The Clinton offer could be viewed [by a complete idiot] as ‘a solicitation of an assault,’ the judge said before revoking Shkreli’s $5 million bail.” (09/13/17)


Butthurt snowflake US AG to try woman a second time for laughing at his dumb ass

Source: New York Daily News

“She may not get the last laugh after all. A woman who was arrested for chuckling during Jeff Sessions’ confirmation hearing in January will be tried a second time, according to HuffPost. Desiree Fairooz had been previously convicted for her noisy disruption, but the 61-year-old protester caught a break when a judge threw out the guilty verdict in July. She had a chance to avoid a second trial, but rejected a plea deal because it would have been an admission of guilt, she told HuffPost. Now the Justice Department, headed by Sessions, will put Fairooz on trial again in November.” (09/01/17)


Hong Kong: Regime sentences protesters to 6-8 months in jail

Source: South China Morning Post [Hong Kong]

“Three prominent pro-democracy student leaders who stormed government buildings in the run-up to the Occupy protests of 2014 were jailed for between six and eight months on Thursday, and therefore face a five-year ban from public office, as the government won its bid for harsher punishments. The prison terms replaced the community service orders initially meted out to Demosisto leaders Joshua Wong Chi-fung and Nathan Law Kwun-chung, as well as the suspended three-week jail sentence for former student union chief Alex Chow Yong-kang.” (08/17/17)


Basil Khartabil, in memoriam

Source: Electronic Frontier Foundation
by Danny O’Brien

“Bassel Khartabil, the Syrian open source developer, blogger, entrepreneur, hackerspace founder, and free culture advocate, has been executed by the Syrian authorities. Noura Ghazi Safadi, his wife, received confirmation of her husband’s death by the Assad-led Syrian government yesterday. The execution took place in secret in November 2015. It has taken the Syrian government nearly two years to officially communicate that fact to his friends and family. Bassel had been imprisoned by the Syrian authorities since his abduction from the streets of Damascus on March 15, 2012.” (08/01/17)


The Ancap Barber Shop, episode 20

The Ancap Barber Shop

Source: Pax Libertas Productions

“We discuss Ross Ubricht and the Silk Road — Free Ross.” [various formats] (07/14/17)


China: Political prisoner Liu Xiaobo dies

Source: USA Today

“The imprisoned Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo has died of multiple organ failure, Chinese officials announced Thursday. He was 61. Friends of Liu had risked detention earlier Thursday by visiting the First Hospital of China Medical University where he was being treated under guard for advanced liver cancer in northeast China. … Liu was convicted in 2009 of inciting subversion for his role in the ‘Charter 08’ movement calling for political reform and was sentenced to 11 years in prison. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize a year later while serving his sentence. Liu, a former professor, had helped negotiate with the military for the safe passage of students during the 1989 Tiananmen Square protest.” (07/13/17)


Political prisoner alert: Woman faces sentencing for laughing at Sessions

Source: New York Daily News

“A woman convicted after laughing during Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ confirmation hearing is expected to be sentenced on Friday. Desiree Fairooz, a 61-year-old activist with the Code Pink group, was arrested for ‘disorderly or disruptive conduct’ in January after laughing when an Alabama senator testified that Sessions had a record of ‘treating all Americans equally under the law.’ Her lawyer asked a Washington, D.C. judge to toss the jury’s verdict because it couldn’t be proven that Fairooz’s conduct had disrupted the congressional hearing.” (07/11/17)


Intercept assisting accused NSA leaker, admits partial fault in outing her

Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

“The parent company of The Intercept online news outlet announced Tuesday that it is helping the legal defense of the Augusta suspect in the National Security Agency leak investigation. At the same time, The Intercept admitted some fault in Reality Winner’s predicament. ‘The ongoing criminal case prevents us from going into detail,’ Intercept editor-in-chief Betsy Reed wrote online Tuesday, ‘but I can state that, at several points in the editorial process, our practices fell short of the standards to which we hold ourselves for minimizing the risks of source exposure when handling anonymously provided materials.’ The U.S. Justice Department has accused Winner of leaking to The Intercept a top-secret NSA report about Russia’s meddling in the 2016 presidential election.” (07/11/17)


American political prisoner Ross Ulbricht transferred without warning

Source: Bitcoin.com

“Ross Ulbricht, the alleged ‘Dread Pirate Roberts,’ was suddenly transferred to another location on Thursday. The move happened without warning or notice. Family members went to pay him a visit, and they discovered he was no longer at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York. Soon after the family realized what happened, they tweeted Ross was no longer there. It took until the next day before they realized he was being transferred to another correctional unit. Ross finally called and let them know he was being moved.” (07/09/17)