Tag Archives: political prisoners

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)


American political prisoner Chelsea Manning released

Source: NBC News

"Army whistleblower Chelsea Manning walked out of a military prison early Wednesday after seven years behind bars. Manning's 35-year sentence for leaking an enormous trove of military intelligence records was commuted by President Barack Obama in January. At the time, the White House said Manning had accepted responsibility, expressed remorse and served time. A U.S Army official confirmed to NBC News that she was released from Fort Leavenworth military prison at around 3 a.m. ET." [hat tip — David Klaus] (05/17/17)


Indonesia: Sharia thugs order public caning of gay couple

Source: ABC Online [Australia]

"Two young gay men have been sentenced by a religious court in the Indonesian province of Aceh to receive 85 strokes of the cane during a public ceremony. The men, aged 20 and 23, are the first people to be convicted of homosexuality in Indonesia. They were prosecuted under Aceh's strict sharia code. The sentence is greater than the original prosecution demand of 80 strokes each." (05/17/17)


West Bank: Israeli troops abduct at least 14

Source: Al Jazeera [Qatar]

"Israeli forces have carried out raids on homes across the occupied West Bank and [abduct]ed at least 14 Palestinians on Sunday, among them a prominent intellectual and former political prisoner. Suha Barghouti, the wife of Ahmad Qatamesh, said 'a large force' of Israeli soldiers arrived at their home in the West Bank city of al-Bireh at 4:30 am local time and [abduct]ed her husband. … Qatamesh's [abduction] comes as Palestinian prisoners enter the 28th day of a mass hunger strike inside Israeli jails. Palestinian media outlets estimate that more than 1,300 prisoners are currently refusing food behind bars, while Israeli officials have said the number is slightly lower. Barghouti, Qatamesh's wife, suspects that his writing and campaigning in solidarity with the hunger-striking prisoners is part of the reason Israeli forces targeted him for [abduction]." (05/14/17)


Russia: Blogger convicted for playing Pokemon Go in church

Source: Yahoo! News

"A Russian court on Thursday convicted a video blogger of inciting hatred against believers by posting videos online showing him chasing Pokemons in a church, giving him a suspended sentence. Ruslan Sokolovsky, a militant atheist who posted the videos on his YouTube channel, was detained in August 2016 and spent nine months in jail and under house arrest. His case, heard in the Urals city of Yekaterinburg, highlighted the role of the powerful Orthodox Church and sparked comparisons with the scandalous case that saw members of the Pussy Riot punk group sent to prison for a performance critical of President Vladimir Putin in a Moscow cathedral in 2012." (05/11/17)