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Bradley Manning, WikiLeaks and Afghanistan - US Citizen in Guantanamo

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Adm. McRaven threatens legal action against troops telling secrets, after raid book announced 2012-08-24
Star Tribune WASHINGTON - Special operations chief Adm. Bill McRaven warned his troops, current and former, that he would take legal action against anyone found to have exposed sensitive information that could cause fellow forces harm. "We will pursue every option available to hold members accountable, including criminal prosecution where appropriate," the four-star commander...

SEAL behind Osama raid book identified 2012-08-25
Indian Express The US Navy commando who wrote an account of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden under a pseudonym was identified Thursday as Matt Bissonnette, who retired from the Navy...
Identity of Navy SEAL who authored book on Osama bin Laden raid is unveiled 2012-08-24
Detroit Free Press WASHINGTON -- The Navy SEAL who wrote an account of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden under a pseudonym was identified Thursday as Matt Bissonnette, who retired from the Navy last summer. Bissonnette was first identified by Fox News. One current and one former U.S. military...


Why I Wrote 'This Machine Kills Secrets,' A Book That Charts The History And Future Of Anonymous Information Leaks (Video)­

Two years ago, Forbes published my interview with Julian Assange along with a cover story I wrote on WikiLeaks and the new reality it represents, where data can be anonymously leaked from any institution on a massive scale.

Since then, I’ve been working to trace the history and future of this idea of high volume, untraceable data disclosures. And the resulting book, This Machine Kills Secrets: How WikiLeakers, Cypherpunks, and Hacktivists Aim To Free The World’s Information, publishes Thursday.

Following this story has led me around the world, into a volcanic ash cloud in Iceland, an underground Swedish data center, to a meeting of dissident journalists in Bulgaria, and finally to the Chaos Communication Camp, a gathering of radical hackers on the outskirts of Berlin. (See Wired’s excerpt from the book, also published Thursday.)

In that effort to track down both the ideas behind WikiLeaks and the spinoffs, copycats, and ideological descendants who want to become the next WikiLeaks, I found myself embroiled in more intriguing questions of cryptography, information security, and the limits of institutional secrecy than I ever expected.

Here’s a trailer that sketches out some of the ideas behind the book. Over the next week, I’ll also be posting short excerpts from the book in this blog. Check out the video below, and read more about This Machine Kills Secrets


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Brian De Palma on Redacted Troops, Iraq war 2007

IFC News coverage of the 2007 New York Film Festival Press Conference for the film "Redacted." Director Brian De Palma talks about the controversies generated by his films, and his experiences being labled a 'traitor.'

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1.2 million dead Iraqis is plenty reason to judge, wouldn't you say?
You don't risk your life for anyone. You are a useful idiot, who is there as cannon fodder for the neocons to make the region safe for Israeli aggression.
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In cases of extreme injustice neutrality merely re...(read more)inforces the status quo. Brian de Palma feels in no way obliged to aim for neutrality, and that is his crowning achievement. This film is brutal as the reality itself. He feels in no way obliged to make it palatable for the reviewer who wishes a ying for every yang. This is a bold film and its impact can only be apprecaited by those whose link to the world goes beyond the bandwidth on their WiFi. This film is a must see.
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I'm coming in late: What's the full story?

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Former Australian PM Condemns Australia for Abandoning Assange and Abdicating Sovereignty"underestimating the danger of the current relationship with the United States."­

"And nobody is held accountable. Nobody pays the price. Nobody loses their job. Nobody is demoted. Nobody is fined. Now, you have to have accountability."

In a wide-ranging exclusive interview with WL Central, former Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser has accused the current Gillard government of acting as though Julian Assange "doesn't exist, that he's not an Australian citizen." Mr Fraser slams the existing relationship between Australia and the United States as "far, far too close" and claims Australia is "a strategic colony of the United States, under current circumstances."

Condemning both major parties for doing "everything they can to help the United States and nothing that would offend the United States", Mr Fraser claims that "in many ways our parliament has abdicated Australian sovereignty".

"If we could ever again get a government that would stand up for Australian independence, that government would of necessity have to do a number of things that the United States would not like," said Mr Fraser, citing a range of issues, from US bases to immigration policies, where the government was failing in its duties.

"And nobody is held accountable. Nobody pays the price. Nobody loses their job. Nobody is demoted. Nobody is fined. Now, you have to have accountability."

The former right wing Liberal Party leader says today's supposedly left wing ALP government is "far more right than I was". Defending his own record in government, which included conscription for the Vietnam War, the establishment of "shared" military facilities such as Pine Gap, and rumours of CIA involvement in the dismissal of the Whitlam government, Mr Fraser insisted that even former ALP PM Paul Keating, who recently condemned Australia's' diminishing influence, "underestimates the danger of the current relationship with the United States."

Full transcript below­

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Bradley Manning LIVE Wash DC - CSpan
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Atty. David Coombs Discusses U.S. v. Bradley Manning: Live Now­
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Bradley Manning lawyer: soldier's treatment a blemish on nation's history
David Coombs criticises the WikiLeaks suspect's detention at Quantico military prison in rare speech outside courtroom
Ed Pilkington in Washington, Tuesday 4 December 2012 14.39 GMT - 12 Min­

Supporters of Bradley Manning protest during his scheduled motion hearing, outside the gates of Fort Meade, Maryland.

David Coombs, the civilian lawyer representing Bradley Manning at his court martial for supplying WikiLeaks with a trove of US state secrets, has described the soldier's treatment in solitary confinement at Quantico marine base as criminal and a blot on the nation's history.

Making rare comments outside the courtroom, Coombs addressed an audience of Bradley Manning supporters in a Unitarian church in Washington on Monday night and lashed out at the military hierarchy for allowing the intelligence analyst to be subjected to nine months of harsh suicide prevention regime against the advice of doctors. "Brad's treatment at Quantico will forever be etched into our nation's history as a disgraceful moment in time," he said.

"Not only was it stupid and counter-productive, it was criminal. An entire group of individuals, who I have no doubt were honourable, chose to turn a blind eye to how he was being treated … They cared about something more: the media impact."

Coombs made his criticism in his first and what will probably his only speech in a civilian setting since he became Manning's lawyer two years ago. He explained to the audience that he has consciously avoided all public engagements and interviews with the press partly on Manning's instructions and partly because the soldier "deserved an attorney entirely focused on the courtroom".

Manning was arrested in May 2010 for allegedly handing hundreds of thousands of US diplomatic cables, Iraq and Afghanistan war logs and videos of helicopter attacks to the whistleblower website WikiLeaks. He has effectively admitted to passing the information, but denies the most serious charge, that he "aided the enemy" by doing so.

The comments on Quantico are all the more poignant because the Article 13 hearing – a defence motion alleging unlawful pre-trial punishment of the WikiLeaks suspect – is still ongoing at the court martial in Fort Meade Maryland. Coombs had timed Monday night's speech to mark the end of the hearing and the transition from the motion phase to the trial phase of the proceedings, but there has been such lengthy witness testimony, including two days in the stand by Manning, that it has been extended and will reconvene on Wednesday.

Despite his excoriating remarks on Quantico, Coombs painted a generally optimistic picture of Manning's state of mind now and of his hopes for the future. He described the jail facilities at Fort Leavenworth in Kansas, where Manning was transferred in April 2011 from Quantico, as having "magical waters" that had healed his client.

Asked about Manning's current state of mind, Coombs said: "He is very excited about having his case move forward. He is very encouraged at this point by the way things are going, and confident they will ultimately turn out OK for him."

Coombs recalled one conversation in which he had asked Manning what he wanted to do in future. "He told me his dream would be to go to college, and then into public service and perhaps one day run for public office. I asked him why, and he said: 'I want to make a difference.'"

He went on: "I hope that some day soon Brad can go to college and give back in public service. But he doesn't have to worry about making a difference – he has made a difference."

Coombs spent 12 years in active military duty and is a lieutenant colonel in the reserves. He told the audience that given his extensive experience of military justice he was convinced that a court martial system was more likely than the civilian courts to give Manning a fair trial.

"People are often suspicious that the military judge may be subject to pressure and the the system is built to obtain a certain outcome, but having in the state and federal courts I can tell you the court martial system is by fair the fairest."

Coombs made a stern warning about the first charge facing his client – "aiding the enemy" – a clause of the espionage act that carries a maximum sentence in this case of life in military custody. Speaking generally, he called the charge a "scary proposition" as it held up the threat of prosecution of anybody who passed information to the press even if they had no intention of that information being used by the enemy.

"Right there, you will silence a lot of critics of our government, and that's what makes our government great – that we foster criticism and through it make changes. This is a very serious charge not just for my client but for all of us in America."

Coombs thanked on Manning's behalf the 72,000 people who have written personally to the soldier in custody, and the 14,000 people who have donated to his defence fund. One of those supporters, he said, was Daniel Ellsberg, the Pentagon Papers whistleblower from the Vietnam war era, who has spoken out on Manning's behalf.

History had judged Ellsberg very well, Coombs said. "I hope that history will judge PFC Bradley Manning in a similar light."

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Judge in hacker case is married to a Stratfor client
Jeremy Hammond who was denied bail and faces life in prisonison­­

Jeremy Hammond is a political activist that is being charged with involvement in the December 2011 hack of Stratfor. He is accused of releasing the Stratfor information to WikiLeaks.

The judge presiding over Jeremy's case is named Loretta Preska. During Jeremy's bail hearing Judge Preska portrayed Jeremy as a terrorist more dangerous than murders and sexual predators, denied his bail and, before Jeremy and a gathering of his friends and family, announced the sentence he would face if found guilty: 360 months to life.

What Judge Preska did not disclose at this hearing was that she is bound by law to recuse herself of this case due to a direct conflict of interest.

Please note the following:

On September 11, 1983 Loretta Preska married one Thomas J. Kavaler, currently a partner at the lawfirm Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP.

If you examine the Stratfor database, which was published by Wikileaks, you will find on Starfor's clientele list the e-mail address: This address can also be found on, the website of Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP, on a bio of Thomas Kavaler, Judge Preska's husband.

Judge Preska by proxy is a victim of the very crime she intends to judge Jeremy Hammond for. Judge Preska has failed to disclose the fact that her husband is a client of Stratfor and recuse herself from Jeremy's case, therefore violating multiple Sections of Title 28 of the United States Code.

Judge Loretta Preska's impartiality is compromised by her Husband's involvement with Stratfor and a clear prejudice against Hammond exists, as evident by her statements.

In the interest of justice, the public, media and defense should demand Judge Preska remove herself from Hammond's case or if she will not, demand a superior court provide a writ of prohibition forcing her to step down.

Without justice being freely, fully, and impartially administered, neither our persons, nor our rights, nor our property, can be protected.

UPDATE Dec. 3rd: Jeremy Hammond’s lawyers plan to file a motion this week for Judge Preska’s recusal. Sparrow Media reported that Preska was made aware of the published connection between her husband and Stratfor and that her husband’s Stratfor-related information was published by Wikileaks, but “Preska indicated that this personal connection to the Hammond case ‘would not effect her ability to be impartial’.” A video from last week’s press conference featuring journalists, attorneys and civil liberties advocates is posted below.

Nov. 28th: Hacktivist Jeremy Hammond was told last week by federal judge Loretta Preska that he was being denied bail and could face life in jail for his alleged involvement with the Anonymous/LulzSec hack into the computers of the private intelligence firm Stratfor.

Civil liberties advocates have decried the state’s harsh treatment of the activist, who was reportedly held in solitary confinement for five days in Manhattan’s Metropolitan Correctional Center and has so far been imprisoned for eight months without trial. Now, Hammond’s supporters believe they have an extra and important string to their bow: a release from Anonymous reported that the federal judge who denied Hammond bail is married to a client of Stratfor and was personally affected by the infamous hack.

“Judge Loretta Preska’s impartiality is compromised by her husband’s involvement with Stratfor and a clear prejudice against Hammond exists, as evidenced by her statements … Without justice being freely, fully and impartially administered, neither our persons, nor our rights nor our property, can be protected,” the Anonymous release noted.

The criminal complaint against Hammond alleges that the Statfor hack exposed the private information of 860,000 Stratfor clients, as well as 5 million emails, which WikiLeaks has been publishing in batches. “Some of this data released belongs specifically to Judge Preska’s husband,” stated a release from Sparrow Media, which is helping to organize a press conference in New York Thursday during which activists and attorneys, including National Lawyers Guild New York president Gideon Oliver, will brief the media on their call for Judge Preska to immediately recuse herself for failure to disclose this conflict of interest.

Watch a video of last Thursday presser, via Sparrow Media:­


200 take part in largest strike in fast food history (?)
New York workers from a dozen Wendy's, McDonald's and Burger King stores walk out­


Study: Porn stars aren’t “damaged”­

The study, authored in part by Sharon Mitchell, a former porn performer and founder of the Adult Industry Medical Health Care Foundation, engages in plenty of speculation about what might account for these various differences — for example, in explaining the higher incidence of bisexuality, researchers suggest that “the adult entertainment industry acts as a facilitator of sexual fluidity by providing a supportive culture of same-gender sexual interactions and offers financial rewards for engaging in those behaviors.”


Why care about Cooper Union?
11 students have occupied part of the prestigious art school, but student dissent and free education is at stake­

Occupy universities; desent on campus

new anti-Occupy billHR 347­


Christopher Weatherhead, 22, who used the name Nerdo
Student 'hacktivist' convicted of attacking PayPal
11:52am, Thu 6 Dec 2012­­


A 22-year-old student from Northampton was convicted of being part of computer hacking group Anonymous's cyber attacks. 'Hacktivist' Christopher Weatherhead was found guilty of taking part in attacks against the website PayPal, one of which costs the company £3.5 million.

The court heard that PayPal was targeted after it decided not to process payments on behalf of Wau Holland Foundation, an organisation involved in raising funds for WikiLeaks.

Weatherhead was studying at Northampton University when he joined the cyber campaign which also attacked sites including MasterCard, Visa, and the Ministry of Sound.
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Priti Gulati Cox­­

Priti Gulati Cox Cox is an artist who lived in India until she moved to Salina, Kansas in 2000. In 2008, she began work on a project entitled Vanishing India that reveals the effects of corporate globalization on the social, political and economic fabric of India. In 2010 she also started a sister project entitled Stree Jaati (Community of Women), documenting the effects of India’s increasingly free-market-oriented policies on the women of her country.

In 2008, she created a guerrilla installation, Unfinished Portrait, to draw attention to loss of life in the invasion and occupation of Iraq. From October 2012 through October 2013, the work will take the form of a traveling exhibit/performance and will be a re-created and expanded version of the 2008 installation, that includes the post-2008 victims of the Iraq debacle as well as those of America’s longest war, the one in Afghanistan. The work attempts to bring us face-to-face with the consequences of the US-led invasions of these countries, for all - the soldiers fighting these wars, the soldiers returning home, the civilian populations of these war-torn countries, the predicament of accused Wikileaks whistle-blower Bradley Manning, and Truth. This outdoor work is time-based, with each presentation starting in daylight and ending in darkness. The tour at this point includes Kansas City, MO, October 2012; Wassaic, NY

December/January 2012; and Detroit, MI, March 2013. More events will be added through the year.
Priti recently started writing articles on some of the issues she addresses in her artwork. Her writings have appeared in AlterNet, Counter Currents, Green Social Thought and CounterPunch. Beyond Salina, some of the places she has exhibited and performed include the 2010 Women and Water Rights Exhibit in Minneapolis; Woman Made Gallery in Chicago; the 2010 United States Social Forum in Detroit; the 2011 Women’s Caucus for Art’s conference on Art and Social Justice in St Louis; thePercolator in Lawrence, Kansas; the 2012 American Friends Service Committee project, Unfinished Portrait, an Afghan War Memorial in Kansas City.
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