Dirty truth sparks global manhunt for Assange
posted by Keito
2012-08-15 14:07:16I guess in this time of massive national pride and patriotism - following the Olympics and Royal Weddings/Jubilees - someone has to counter-balance things.
I'm truly disgusted in our country for taking part in this political charade surrounding Julian Assange. The entire extradition process we seem determined to fulfil has nothing to do with sexual conduct without condoms; it is simply a drawn out means to get Assange on US soil, where he will likely face life behind bars, if not the death penalty.
In a time when most are waving their flag high above their head, I am ashamed to call myself British.
WikiLeaks still under MASSIVE sustained DDoS attack.
posted by Keito
2012-08-13 19:14:16I find it mighty suspect that the same week WikiLeaks releases information pertaining to the US Government-led project 'TrapWire', it also suffers a sustained Distributed Denial of Service attack.
"The secret-busting organization WikiLeaks says it's been the victim of a sustained denial-of-service attack which has left its website sluggish or inaccessible for more than a week.
In a statement released late Saturday the group said the assault intensified around the beginning of August and has since expanded to include attacks against affiliated sites.
Denial-of-service attacks work by overwhelming websites with requests for information. WikiLeaks has said it's been flooded with 10 gigabits per second of bogus traffic from thousands of different Internet addresses.
Josh Corman, with online content delivery company Akamai, characterized that as "a bit larger" than attacks commonly seen in the past few years.
WikiLeaks, which has angered officials in Washington with its spectacular releases of classified U.S. documents, remained inaccessible Sunday."
You read that right, 10 gigabits per second! That's a serious attack right there.
"The DDoS traffic, has effectively crippled the site, and raised all sorts of questions as to who might be behind it. While Wikileaks has no shortage of enemies, it recently published a number of classified U.S. documents detailing what may be a huge, secret surveillance project.
Conveniently enough, the DDoS attack has rendered the documents in question largely unavailable, a fact you can attribute to either coincidence or conspiracy depending on the way your mind works. Wikileaks is no stranger to being attacked, but reports that in this case, they're facing a bit more firepower than they have before. The site is down at the moment, but has proven to be quite resilient in the past. It'd take a whole hell of a lot to take Wikileaks down for good, but that might just be what someone is trying to do."
Armed & Bailed: US 'Blackwater' mercs pay crimes with fine
posted by Keito
2012-08-10 11:18:10Looks like Academi (formerly Xe Services LLC, Blackwater USA and Blackwater Worldwide) is in trouble once again. A ruthless mercenary group with the backing and support of the US Government.
"Department of Justice is letting a contractor away with a fine despite it being charged with arms smuggling and other crimes. The group formerly known as Blackwater must now fork out over seven and a half million dollars to avoid criminal prosecution.
Retired US Army Lieutenant Colonel Anthony Shaffer warns it's a dangerous precedent to set."
Sign Daniel Ellsberg's new petition to help free Bradley Manning...
posted by Keito
2012-08-03 22:15:32Daniel Ellsberg, a name sure to send shockwaves through public offices across the USofA. A former United States military analyst who, while employed by the RAND Corporation, precipitated a national political controversy in 1971 when he released the Pentagon Papers, a top-secret Pentagon study of U.S. government decision-making in relation to the Vietnam War.
The man changed history forever when he disclosed top secret information to an unwitting public.
Fast forward a few decades and we find ourselves in a similar situation, only this time the leaks are not quite so high in classification, yet the punishment for whistleblowing appears to have increased ten-fold.
Below, is the link to a petition, created by Daniel Ellsberg himself, in support of Bradley Manning, the now infamous WikiLeaks whistleblower. Manning has been detained for over 800 days now, in conditions that are tantamount to physical and psychological torture.
Please, take a minute of your time to sign the petition, to show that you too are willing to stand against war crimes and the governments attempts to silence such public disclosures.
"Why this is important?
Accused WikiLeaks whistleblower and Nobel Peace Prize nominee Bradley Manning will spend the rest of his life in prison for telling the public the truth, if US officials get their way. Government conduct, apparently aimed at discouraging whistleblowers, has ignored due process and made a fair trial impossible. But, in the past, outrageous government conduct has led judges to dismiss the charges against whistleblowers. Tell the judge in Bradley’s military Court Martial to do the same!
- Bradley was held in pre-trial solitary confinement for 11 months, in conditions condemned by the UN Rapporteur on Torture as “cruel, inhuman and degrading,” including being stripped and made to stand naked at roll call. This was a clear violation of the US military’s Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ: Article 13). Yet, only worldwide outrage--including over 500,000 Avaaz members signing a petition--ended this illegal treatment.
- Both President Obama and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Dempsey have declared publicly, prior to trial, that Bradley “broke the law." Their statements make a mockery of presumption of innocence and have prejudiced the proceedings with Unlawful Command Influence (UCMJ: Article 37).
- Article 10 of the UCMJ promises defendants a speedy trial. However, Bradley was imprisoned for nearly two years before his pretrial proceedings even began, and his court-martial trial has yet to start.
- The prosecution has withheld key evidence which the defense believes will show that Bradley's alleged actions have not damaged US national security. And there is clear evidence that the leaks were motivated entirely by conscience. Yet the military says that Bradley's intention should not even be considered by the court, and that he should be convicted of 'Aiding the Enemy' and sentenced to life in prison, regardless of any moral motive, lack of harm, or overwhelmingly positive results of the disclosures. Against all Justice, this would make any kind of whistleblower defense impossible.
Call on Judge Lind to acknowledge the outrageous government conduct in Bradley’s case, and dismiss the charges against him, and tell President Obama to pardon him in the event of any conviction!
The information released has helped inform public understanding of the realities of the War on Terror, and revealed governmental and corporate corruption and collusion. It has contributed to the ending of the Iraq War and to positive people-power movements such as the Tunisian Revolution and the Occupy Movement. Tens of thousands of regular citizens worldwide have supported Bradley and funded his legal defense (See: www.bradleymanning.org). It is time for US officials to stop obstructing democracy and free Bradley Manning!
Daniel Ellsberg, Pentagon Papers whistleblower
Center for Constitutional Rights
Bradley Manning Support Network"
Sex, Lies and Julian Assange
posted by Keito
2012-07-23 18:33:03As a British citizen, I feel thoroughly let down by the UK government and legal system... Not that I'm surprised mind you. Our politicians are the very definition of useless, and our judicial system so thoroughly broken, it beggars belief. The fact they have even entertained this bullshit extradition case is simply staggering. It looks like there are very few countries in this world that won't drop their pants and bend over for the the Corporate States of America.
This is a stitch up, pure and simple. The US Government will seemingly stop at nothing in order to get their hands on Assange.
In a world where War Crimes go unpunished, but the mere telling of such War Crimes occurence becomes punishable by indefinite detention, we can safely conclude that something is very wrong indeed with our 'democracy' and our governments actions.
"It is not the Swedish judicial system that presents a “grave danger” to Assange, say his lawyers, but a legal device known as a Temporary Surrender, under which he can be sent on from Sweden to the United States secretly and quickly. The founder and editor of WikiLeaks, who published the greatest leak of official documents in history, providing a unique insight into rapacious wars and the lies told by governments, is likely to find himself in a hell hole not dissimilar to the “torturous” dungeon that held Private Bradley Manning, the alleged whistleblower. Manning has not been tried, let alone convicted, yet on 21 April, President Barack Obama declared him guilty with a dismissive “He broke the law”."
"The United States strongly condemns the illegal disclosure of classified information. It puts people's lives in danger, threatens our national security, and undermines our efforts to work with other countries to solve shared problems." ~ Hillary Clinton, US Secretary Of State
... Hmm, I'm pretty sure bombing the absolute hell out of other countries and letting troops kill indiscriminately and run amok is what's threatening your National Security Mrs Clinton.
"Stopping terrorism is simple. Just quit screwing around with other people's countries and the terrorists
will go home. But the government of the United States wants to go on screwing around with other
people's countries, refuses to stop, indeed views it as Manifest Destiny for the United States
Government to persist in screwing around with other people's countries, and views the inconvenience,
increased tax burden, loss of civil liberties, and even deaths among the American people as just
another cost of doing business." ~ Michael Rivero