Tag Archives: political prisoners

Otto Warmbier, US student abducted by North Korean regime, dies

Source: BBC News [UK state media]

"The American student who was released last week after being held in captivity for more than 15 months in North Korea has died, his family says. Otto Warmbier, 22, returned to the US last Tuesday, but it emerged he had been in a coma for a year. North Korea said botulism and a sleeping pill led to the coma, but US doctors have disputed this account. Mr Warmbier was sentenced to 15 years of hard labour for attempting to steal a propaganda sign from a hotel." (06/19/17)


Russia: Opposition leader Navalny abducted ahead of protest

Source: ABC News

"Protests spearheaded by prominent opposition figure Alexei Navalny were taking place across the country on Monday, but Navalny himself was reportedly arrested outside his Moscow home en route to the centerpiece demonstration in the capital city. Navalny's wife, Yulia, said on his Twitter feed that he was arrested about a half-hour before the demonstration was to begin. There was no immediate statement from police. … Navalny's website reported Monday that protests were held in more than a half-dozen cities in the Far East, including the major Pacific ports of Vladivostok and Khabarovsk and in Siberia's Barnaul. Photos on the website suggested turnouts of hundreds at the rallies." (06/11/17)


Pakistan: Regime thugs announce intent to kill man for Facebook posts

Source: Associated Press

"A minority Shiite Muslim was sentenced to death in Pakistan for sharing blasphemous content about Islam on social media, a government prosecutor said. Judge Shabbir Ahmed announced the sentence for 30-year-old Taimoor Raza on Saturday in Bahawalpur in eastern Punjab province, according to Shafiq Qureshi. Raza was arrested last year for allegedly posting derogatory content about Sunni Muslim religious leaders and the wives of the Prophet Mohammed on Facebook. … The [regime] has never executed anyone convicted of blasphemy, but the mere accusation is enough to ignite mob violence or lynching in the deeply conservative country. Right[s] groups say the harsh blasphemy laws are often used to settle personal scores." (06/11/17)


Snowden: Prosecution of Reality Winner without jury a "threat to free press" in America

Source: Washington Examiner

"Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden on Tuesday condemned the charges against accused NSA leaker Reality Leigh Winner and called for Americans to resist the Espionage Act. Calling it 'a World War I era law meant for spies,' Snowden criticized the Espionage Act because it 'explicitly forbids the jury from hearing why the defendant acted, and bars them from deciding whether the outcome was to the public's benefit.' … Snowden also said that regardless of opinions on the specific charges against Winner, Americans should get behind allowing her release on bail pending trial because she is not a 'threat to public safety nor a flight risk.'" (06/06/17)


Cuba: Regime arrests Libertarian Party members — "only the Communist Party is legal"

Source: PanAm Post

"Members of the Cuban Libertarian Party were arrested this week without warrant or cause, a party spokesperson reported. … a group of 15 special agents entered the house, violently attacking those inside while tearing apart the house, [Nelson Rodriguez] Chartrand said. President of the party Caridad Ramirez Utria, Vice President Heriberto Pons Ruiz and party member Eduardo Ramos were transferred to a detention center while Nelson and Miguel Lopez, best known as 'Miguelito cartelito,' who are currently on a hunger strike in solidarity with illegally imprisoned Libertarian political prisoners, were sent to a different one." (06/02/17)


Second Circuit court upholds Ulbricht's double life sentence

Source: Free Press Publications
by Darryl W Perry

"In short, the judges said 'Ulbricht hasn’t proven the evidence was tainted, therefore it wasn’t.' This contradicts one of the edicts of our system of justice, that the prosecution is supposed to prove the defendant guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. The fact that the agents, who again were corrupt, had full access to the site and the ability to impersonate Dread Pirate Roberts (the alias of the Silk Road operator) should bring about reasonable doubt as to whether or not the evidence is legitimate. If there are reasonable doubts as to the validity of the evidence, there should likewise be reasonable doubt as to the guilt of the defendant." [text, Flash audio or MP3] (06/04/17)


Stand with Ross Ulbricht. Shun his tormentors.

Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

"The polite language of procedural appeal in criminal cases is 'reversible error' by the judge. But Katherine Forrest didn’t fumble around and screw things up. She intentionally fixed the trial at every opportunity, for the express purpose of seeing Ross Ulbricht convicted of, and giving him the maximum possible sentence for, 'crimes' for which he deserved not a day in prison even if he had in fact done the things he was accused of. In any sane universe, Ross Ulbricht would be a free man and Katherine Forrest would be removed from the bench, disbarred, and sued down to her last dime for damages. Instead of correcting this massive injustice, federal appellate judges Jon O. Newman, Gerard E. Lynch, and Christopher F. Droney chose to ignore the plain facts, become Katherine Forrest’s co-conspirators, uphold her clearly criminal actions, and keep Ross Ulbricht caged." (06/01/17)


Robed scumbags uphold life sentence for American political prisoner Ross Ulbricht

Source: US News & World Report

"Ross Ulbricht, the accused mastermind behind the underground Silk Road website for the sale of illegal drugs to customers worldwide, failed to persuade a federal appeals court to overturn his conviction and life sentence. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan on Wednesday rejected Ulbricht's claim that he was denied a fair trial because he could not introduce evidence of corruption by two federal agents involved in his probe. It also rejected the 33-year-old Ulbricht's claim that his prison term of life with no possibility of parole, was too long. The three-judge panel cited the 'staggering' $183 million of illegal drugs sold on Silk Road from 2011 to 2013, and a lower court's finding it more likely than not than not that Ulbricht [did things he was never tried for]." [editor's note: The walking, talking, human-shaped stacks of feces responsible for this atrocity are judges Jon O. Newman, Gerard E. Lynch, and Christopher F. Droney. They should be thoroughly doxed, universally shunned, and otherwise treated in accordance with their revealed natures by all decent people – TLK] (05/31/17)


Former political prisoner Chelsea Manning posts first post-release photos

Source: CBS News

"Army Pvt. Chelsea Manning posted a new image of herself after being freed from a Kansas military prison and a 35-year sentence for leaking classified materials. The transgender soldier formerly known as Bradley Manning took to Twitter and Instagram on Thursday, posting a portrait photograph of her with short-cropped hair, bright red lipstick and a dark outfit with a plunging neckline." (05/18/17)


No prison could ever hold Chelsea Manning

Source: Center for a Stateless Society
by Ryan Calhoun

"In January 2010, Chelsea Manning began changing the world, and she never stopped. As a private in the US army, she saw the evil, the corruption, and the criminality of the institution she had enlisted to serve. To ignore this and do nothing would have only corrupted her, and so she did what she knew she had to do to expose it. Through the then little-known publisher Wikileaks, she released this vital information to the world, for all to see and judge. That’s a narrow view of what she released though, because — without a doubt — her decision in this matter also released a tidal wave of activism for freedom of information and the rights of leakers like her. It is far more than difficult to imagine what our political landscape today would look like without this singular choice: this one noble act of will." (05/17/17)