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November 8, 2012 2:52 pm
thepeoplesrecord:

Obama’s reelection marks the 899th day of detention without charge for Pfc. Manning.
Here’s to four more years of drone strikes, the war on whistleblowers, indefinite detention of Americans in military camps without trial or charge, more Guantanamo renovations, the expansion of the prison industrial complex, billions in funding for the Israeli apartheid, public education cuts, the ever-expanding targeted kill/capture list, the failed War on Drugs, etc. etc. etc.!
Now, let’s organize. 

thepeoplesrecord:

Obama’s reelection marks the 899th day of detention without charge for Pfc. Manning.

Here’s to four more years of drone strikes, the war on whistleblowers, indefinite detention of Americans in military camps without trial or charge, more Guantanamo renovations, the expansion of the prison industrial complex, billions in funding for the Israeli apartheid, public education cuts, the ever-expanding targeted kill/capture list, the failed War on Drugs, etc. etc. etc.!

Now, let’s organize. 

October 21, 2012 10:15 am

f="http://leftish.tumblr.com/post/34038527661/topics-you-will-never-see-addressed-in-any-debate">Topics you will NEVER see addressed in ANY debate:

Here’s a short list of Taboo Topics (because the candidates AGREE on all these issues!) that I would like to see addressed, that never will be:

Bradley Manning’s illegal treatment - The Obama Administration called him a criminal before he’d ever even been charged.  Would Mitt be worse?  Yes.

Obama’s raids on legal (within their state) Medical Marijuana Clubs, after promising to leave the states alone.  Would Mitt be worse?  Yes.

Obama’s war on Wikileaks and Julian Assange, after promising greater government transparency.  Would Mitt be worse?  Yes.

The 960 Executive Orders Obama has signed (the previous high record of Executive Orders signed belonged to GW Bush, at 60).  Would Mitt be worse?  Probably.

The illegal assassinations of American Citizens in foreign countries without benefit of trial.  Would Mitt be worse?  Probably.

The Obama Administration’s war on Organic Raw Dairy and Livestock Farmers.  Would Mitt be worse?  Yes.

Obama’s quiet approval of the lower half of the Keystone XL Pipeline, and the seizing of private lands under the cover of “Eminent Domain” - this for a pipeline which will produce oil that is not even targeted to be sold in the U.S.  Would Mitt be worse?  Yes.

Obama’s silent approval of the vicious and illegal treatment of the Occupy Wall Street movement by nationwide police forces.  Would Mitt be worse?  Yes.

Obama’s support of Online Privacy Restrictions such as NDAA, SOPA and PIPA.  Would Mitt be worse?  Yes.

Obama’s refusal to prosecute George W Bush and Dick Cheney for War Crimes.  Would Mitt be worse?  Yes.

Obama’s refusal to prosecute the Fat Cats on Wall Street who caused the Great Recession.  Would Mitt be worse?  Yes.

Obama’s continued caving to the demands of Big Oil, “Clean Coal”, Fracking, Nuclear Power and other 20th Century Fossil Fuel technology.  Would Mitt be worse?  Yes.

ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION - Obama’s massive war on illegal immigrants, having deported way more than GW.  Would Mitt be worse?  Yes.

GREEN ENERGY - Obama’s doublespeak - trying to be both Green and a big supporter of fossil fuels all at the same time.  We have increased our Fossil Fuel production to the greatest levels EVER under Obama, and he proudly boasts about this…all while talking out of the other side of his mouth that he is in favor of implementing a Greener Energy Policy for America.  HUH?  Would Mitt be worse?  Yes.

There’s so very many more, but this list is a good smattering of some of the most worrisome issues for anyone concerned about Civil Liberties, Online Privacy and the Environment…

I think these public debates are just a show for those American citizens who are not huge political junkies, but do still vote.

Hopefully Monday’s third and final debate will at least be entertaining!

September 27, 2012 5:32 pm

VIDEO: JULIAN ASSANGE ADDRESSES THE UNITED NATIONS - 9/26/12

[NOTE* from Leftish: I’m just curious - did you see this covered on any of the Cable News Shows today?]

September 26, 2012 6:12 pm
Did you know that Julian Assange addressed the United Nations today?
Well, he did…and he spoke very directly about the persecution that he, Bradley Manning, other people on his staff, David House and others, have suffered.  He directly called out Obama and the U.S. for their policies.  Recently it was revealed, via an FOI request, that Wikileaks and Assange have been declared an “Enemy of the State”.
I’m curious to see how many media outlets even cover this story.
…Assange to UN: ‘It is time for the US to cease its persecution of WikiLeaks’ (VIDEO)

Did you know that Julian Assange addressed the United Nations today?

Well, he did…and he spoke very directly about the persecution that he, Bradley Manning, other people on his staff, David House and others, have suffered.  He directly called out Obama and the U.S. for their policies.  Recently it was revealed, via an FOI request, that Wikileaks and Assange have been declared an “Enemy of the State”.

I’m curious to see how many media outlets even cover this story.

…Assange to UN: ‘It is time for the US to cease its persecution of WikiLeaks’ (VIDEO)

5:43 pm
BREAKING: US calls Assange 'Enemy of State'

Brisbane Times, AUSTRALIA

September 27, 2012

THE US military has designated Julian Assange and WikiLeaks as enemies of the United States - the same legal category as the al-Qaeda terrorist network and the Taliban insurgency.

Declassified US Air Force counter-intelligence documents, released under US freedom-of-information laws, reveal that military personnel who contact WikiLeaks or WikiLeaks supporters may be at risk of being charged with “communicating with the enemy”, a military crime that carries a maximum sentence of death.


Assange remains holed up in Ecuador’s embassy in London. He was granted diplomatic asylum on the grounds that if extradited to Sweden to be questioned about sexual assault allegations, he would be at risk of further extradition to the US to face espionage or conspiracy charges arising from the leaking of hundreds of thousands of secret US military and diplomatic reports.

US Vice-President Joe Biden labelled Assange a “high-tech terrorist” in December 2010 and US congressional leaders have called for him to be charged with espionage.

Sarah Palin and Mike Huckabee - both once involved in presidential campaigns - have both urged that Assange be “hunted down”.

Assange’s US attorney, Michael Ratner, said the designation of WikiLeaks as an “enemy” had serious implications for the WikiLeaks publisher if he were to be extradited to the US, including possible military detention.

US Army private Bradley Manning faces a court martial charged with aiding the enemy - identified as al-Qaeda - by transmitting information that, published by WikiLeaks, became available to the enemy.


Read more: http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/opinion/political-news/us-calls-assange-enemy-of-state-20120927-26m7s.html#ixzz27csZSFCS

June 26, 2012 3:28 pm
(via The Mirror) Julian Assange seeks Ecuador asylum: Wikileaks founder goes to the country’s London embassy saying he’s persecuted
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has taken refuge in Ecuador’s embassy in London claiming political asylum.
The country’s foreign minister Ricardo Patino told a news conference that the controversial whistleblower said he was being persecuted and was seeking asylum.
He said that Assange, an Australian, had argued that “the authorities in his country will not defend his minimum guarantees in front of any government or ignore the obligation to protect a politically persecuted citizen.”
Referring to the Unites States, he said it was impossible for him to return to his homeland because it would not protect him from being extradited to “a foreign country that applies the death penalty for the crime of espionage and sedition.”
The move comes less than a week after Britain’s Supreme Court rejected Assange’s bid to reopen his attempts to block extradition to Sweden, where he is wanted for questioning after two women accused him of sexual misconduct during a visit to the country two years ago.
He denies the allegations.
READ MORE…
[NOTE* from Leftish: Have you seen this story covered on any Cable News shows other than Democracy Now or The Young Turks?  I haven’t!  The media thinks that they can ignore Julian Assange, and he’ll disappear.  Betcha didn’t know he has a show on RT.com either.  Eric Holder’s censure trumped everything else in the news cycle when this story broke, and then it was trumped by the story of the 68 year old School Bus Aide getting bullied which was WAY more important than THIS story, right?]

(via The Mirror) Julian Assange seeks Ecuador asylum: Wikileaks founder goes to the country’s London embassy saying he’s persecuted

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has taken refuge in Ecuador’s embassy in London claiming political asylum.

The country’s foreign minister Ricardo Patino told a news conference that the controversial whistleblower said he was being persecuted and was seeking asylum.

He said that Assange, an Australian, had argued that “the authorities in his country will not defend his minimum guarantees in front of any government or ignore the obligation to protect a politically persecuted citizen.”

Referring to the Unites States, he said it was impossible for him to return to his homeland because it would not protect him from being extradited to “a foreign country that applies the death penalty for the crime of espionage and sedition.”

The move comes less than a week after Britain’s Supreme Court rejected Assange’s bid to reopen his attempts to block extradition to Sweden, where he is wanted for questioning after two women accused him of sexual misconduct during a visit to the country two years ago.

He denies the allegations.

READ MORE…

[NOTE* from Leftish: Have you seen this story covered on any Cable News shows other than Democracy Now or The Young Turks?  I haven’t!  The media thinks that they can ignore Julian Assange, and he’ll disappear.  Betcha didn’t know he has a show on RT.com either.  Eric Holder’s censure trumped everything else in the news cycle when this story broke, and then it was trumped by the story of the 68 year old School Bus Aide getting bullied which was WAY more important than THIS story, right?]

April 28, 2012 1:18 pm
Bradley Manning Judge won't toss WikiLeaks case

Manning’s lawyers had sought dismissal of all 22 charges, contending prosecutors had failed their duty to share information that could be helpful to the defense, a legal process called discovery.

Lind agreed that prosecutors had wrongly assumed the discovery rules didn’t pertain to classified information but she found no evidence of prosecutorial misconduct, turning down the motion to throw out the case.



Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2012/04/25/MNMD1O8VH7.DTL#ixzz1tEq2qPrN

April 27, 2012 11:20 am
Bradley Manning Judge Warns Military Prosecutors in WikiLeaks Case
Judge refuses to dismiss most serious charge but tells prosecution it must prove private knew he was aiding the enemy.
The military judge in the court-martial of the US soldier accused of handing WikiLeaks the biggest trove of unauthorised state secrets in American history has put army prosecutors on notice that they must prove Bradley Manning knew he was helping the enemy or face the possibility that the most serious charge against him be dismissed.
Colonel Denise Lind refused to throw out the charge – “aiding the enemy” – as had been requested by Manning’s defence lawyers. But she told the military prosecution that during the trial, now scheduled for the end of September, that they would have to prove that the intelligence analyst was fully aware that he was helping the enemy when he allegedly handed hundreds of thousands of secret US documents to WikiLeaks.
Aiding the enemy is the most serious in the list of 22 charges that have been brought against Manning. It carries a maximum penalty of life in prison.
The trial will start on 21 September and is expected to last three weeks. It is certain to be closely followed in America and around the world, both by those who see Manning as a traitor to his country and military superiors, and by those who believe he was a hero who is being punished for being a whistleblower.
In seeking dismissal of the most serious offense, defense attorney David Coombs had argued that the charge did not properly allege that Manning intended to help al-Qaida when he allegedly sent hundreds of thousands of classified Iraq and Afghanistan war reports and state department diplomatic cables to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks.
Manning stated in an online chat with a confidant-turned-informant that he leaked the information because “I want people to see the truth”.
Prosecutors had argued that Manning knew the enemy would see the material when it appeared on WikiLeaks, regardless of his intentions.
Manning hasn’t entered a plea to any of the charges. He also hasn’t yet decided whether he will be tried by a judge or a jury.
Earlier Thursday, Lind rejected a motion to consolidate some charges that the defense said were duplicative. She said the defense could raise the motion again for sentencing purposes if Manning is convicted.
READ ENTIRE ARTICLE…

Bradley Manning Judge Warns Military Prosecutors in WikiLeaks Case

Judge refuses to dismiss most serious charge but tells prosecution it must prove private knew he was aiding the enemy.

The military judge in the court-martial of the US soldier accused of handing WikiLeaks the biggest trove of unauthorised state secrets in American history has put army prosecutors on notice that they must prove Bradley Manning knew he was helping the enemy or face the possibility that the most serious charge against him be dismissed.

Colonel Denise Lind refused to throw out the charge – “aiding the enemy” – as had been requested by Manning’s defence lawyers. But she told the military prosecution that during the trial, now scheduled for the end of September, that they would have to prove that the intelligence analyst was fully aware that he was helping the enemy when he allegedly handed hundreds of thousands of secret US documents to WikiLeaks.

Aiding the enemy is the most serious in the list of 22 charges that have been brought against Manning. It carries a maximum penalty of life in prison.

The trial will start on 21 September and is expected to last three weeks. It is certain to be closely followed in America and around the world, both by those who see Manning as a traitor to his country and military superiors, and by those who believe he was a hero who is being punished for being a whistleblower.

In seeking dismissal of the most serious offense, defense attorney David Coombs had argued that the charge did not properly allege that Manning intended to help al-Qaida when he allegedly sent hundreds of thousands of classified Iraq and Afghanistan war reports and state department diplomatic cables to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks.

Manning stated in an online chat with a confidant-turned-informant that he leaked the information because “I want people to see the truth”.

Prosecutors had argued that Manning knew the enemy would see the material when it appeared on WikiLeaks, regardless of his intentions.

Manning hasn’t entered a plea to any of the charges. He also hasn’t yet decided whether he will be tried by a judge or a jury.

Earlier Thursday, Lind rejected a motion to consolidate some charges that the defense said were duplicative. She said the defense could raise the motion again for sentencing purposes if Manning is convicted.

READ ENTIRE ARTICLE…

March 28, 2012 12:24 pm
New Australian Laws Specifically Target Wikileaks

As Julian Assange tilts at the Senate, new laws have been passed that will make it harder for organisations like Wikileaks to operate legally - and there are more to come, writes Matthew da Silva

The Labor Government is tightening up Australian law in areas that will have a direct impact on organisations such as WikiLeaks. Only the Greens are challenging the new bills in parliament, and they are receiving scant media attention.

There’s a new extradition law that will make it easier for foreign governments to request extradition of Australians and a new spying law that broadens ASIO’s reach, which has been dubbed the WikiLeaks Amendment.

And finally there’s a bill that will make it easier to retain digital data for Australians, and easier also to pass that information to overseas law enforcement agencies. Senator Scott Ludlam, the Greens’ spokesperson for communications, told New Matilda that the Attorney-General wants all digital records for all people for all time to be trapped and recorded so that intelligence agencies, law enforcement agencies, and welfare agencies can mine the data.

READ ENTIRE ARTICLE…

March 17, 2012 1:30 pm

f="http://leftish.tumblr.com/post/19469589935/staff-sgt-robert-bales-slayer-of-innocent-civilians">Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, slayer of innocent civilians sent to same Kentucky Prison that tortured Bradley Manning.

Bales went berserk in Afghanistan, killing 16 innocent people…Bradley Manning’s crime was REPORTING the slaying of innocent people!

What do you think?  Will they make Staff Sgt. Bales spend most of his time naked, without a blanket?  Will they wake Staff Sgt. Bales up every five minutes to make sure he’s alive because they’ve determined that he is “suicidal”, as they did with Private Manning?  Will they keep Staff Sgt Bales in solitary for 23 hours a day?

Or is Whistleblowing on a Government that illegally kills innocent people looked upon with more hatred than a soldier who just does it directly?

February 23, 2012 6:50 pm
CIA Wages Spycraft War on WikiLeaks

Clandestine cellphones, meetings in darkened doorways… the stuff of spy movies, or reporters interacting with WikiLeaks contacts?

The New York Times has an interesting read about the lengths reporters have to go to safely work with sources at the popular online whistle-blowing outfit, and the high-tech war being waged by the U.S. and global intelligence community against WikiLeaks:

“In a second case, against Jeffrey A. Sterling, a former C.I.A. officer accused of providing classified information to another Times reporter, James Risen, for a 2006 book, the government has been more aggressive, insisting that Mr. Risen must testify. He has refused to say anything about confidential matters, and Judge Leonie M. Brinkema of the Federal District Court in Alexandria, Va., has sided with him. She said there were other ways to prove the case against Mr. Sterling, including “numerous telephone records, e-mail messages, computer files and testimony that strongly indicates that Sterling was Risen’s source.”

Typical communication methods– email, cellphones, etc. as well as even using credit cards to buy plane tickets would tip off the NSA or CIA to help them narrow down the identity of possible informants. Author Adam Liptak quotes a former Justice Department official, “You have to meet a reporter face to face, hand him an envelope and walk away quickly.”

January 22, 2012 8:24 pm

f="http://leftish.tumblr.com/post/16335035928/how-bradley-mannings-fate-will-be-decided">How Bradley Manning’s Fate Will Be Decided

The soldier accused of giving files to WikiLeaks will likely face a court-martial — an expert explains how it works.

This week, Bradley Manning came one step closer to being tried for allegedly leaking a trove of secret American cables to WikiLeaks when a military officer made the formal recommendation that Manning should face a court-martial on 22 criminal charges.

One of the counts, aiding the enemy, carries the possibility of the death penalty, but prosecutors have already said they will not seek it in Manning’s case.

The recommendation this week was made to Maj. Gen. Michael Linnington, commander of the Military District of Washington, who is what is known as the convening authority in the case. The military justice system has important differences from the civilian system, so I spoke to Eugene R. Fidell, who teaches military justice at Yale Law School, to explain the basics.

We’ve now had the investigating officer as well as another officer this week recommend a court-martial to the Military District of Washington commander. What’s the next step?

December 21, 2011 12:07 pm

f="http://leftish.tumblr.com/post/14575337632/i-kinda-cant-believe-how-little-reblogs-any-post-i">I kinda can’t believe how little reblogs any post I make about Bradley Manning gets…

I figure folks are afraid to even put their name on anything that might draw the attention of the Government….’cause I can’t believe my politically-engaged followers just DON’T CARE about Bradley Manning.

Be assured, if you follow me, you are probably already being watched!

It’s like doing a search on Sep 11.  Every time I research that subject I am aware that my IP address has been harvested (yet again), and I am being watched merely because I am curious about what REALLY happened that day.

So, please stay engaged with the Manning Trial - he needs our support.  He knowingly gave up his own security when he submitted those papers to Wikileaks.  He is a courageous hero who needs our support.

December 19, 2011 11:50 am

HEY!!  PLEASE WATCH THIS VIDEO: GRAHAM NASH AND JAMES RAYMOND’ST RIBUTE TO BRADLEY MANNING

[NOTE* from Leftish: I can’t stress enough how important Bradley Manning is to the entire planet, on so many levels!  His case demonstrates how clearly our government has been corrupted since the days when Whistleblower, Daniel Ellsberg was hailed as a hero for exposing wrongdoing in the Nixon Administration. Manning’s case represents Freedom of Speech, Cruel and Unusual Punishment, Anti-Gay Discrimination in the Military, as well as our Government’s willingness to shoot the messenger rather than fix the problem of wrongdoing that they are so desperately trying to cover up.

Bradley Manning’s actions inspired Mohamed Bouazizi, the Tunisian Fruit Vendor, who set himself on fire, which inspired the Arab Spring…and the Arab Spring inspired the Occupy Movement…so in my opinion, Bradley Manning is at the heart of it all - in fact, the world might not be in the current situation if not for him, so I heartily encourage you to watch this amazing video, for Bradley’s sake.]

"Truth is the first casualty of war." so begins this powerful video in support of Bradley Manning, with photos of him, rallies in his support and injured Iraqi civilians.

 When anyone asks me, ‘Who started Occupy Wall Street?’ sometimes I say ‘Goldman Sachs’ or ‘Chase’ but mostly I just say, ‘Bradley Manning.’ It was his courageous action that was the tipping point — and it was not surprising when the dictator of Tunisia censored all news of the Wikileaks documents Manning had allegedly supplied. But the internet took Manning’s gift and spread it throughout Tunisia, a young man set himself on fire and the Arab Spring that led eventually to Zuccotti Park has a young, gay soldier in the United States Army to thank.” ~ Michael Moore