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Gary McKinnon escapes US torturers, by staying outside US borders

US efforts to extradite Wikileaks publisher Julian Assange and UK hacker Gary McKinnon, the latter thwarted today by UK courts, point to a puzzling question. Should it matter where accused are charged or tried if the US is looking for justice? The activities of both men are essentially curtailed by house arrest, so why is a timetable frustrated? Probably what the US can only achieve by extradition, where the public eye prevents CIA rendition, is INDEFINITE DETENTION. In American hands, that also includes psychologist-crafted "we don't torture" torture. In effect, the Department of Justice has defined being within US borders as differential enough in the correctional scheme of things. House arrest in the UK is not a sufficient deterrent to would-be leakers and hackers apparently, US declared adversaries must be remanded to where the Empire already has its dissidents contained, in the custody of US borders.

Let’s not forget Wikileaks snitch Adrian Lamo, saboteur Daniel Domscheit-Berg and Swedish Woman in Red Anna Ardin

While we're praising Wikileaks and its impact on our revolutionary times, let's call out those who betrayed the cause, they're already erasing their tracks on Wikipedia. First there's hackster-confidant Adrian Lamo who turned in Bradley Manning; there's fired Wikileaks volunteer Daniel Domscheit-Berg who permanently dismantled the anonymous leak submission mechanism; there's jilted neoliberal faketivist Anna Ardin who schemed to bring Julian Assange to an ultra-right prosecutor's attention in Sweden; there's de facto honeypot Sofia Wilen whose complicity is still a mystery; and there's President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder who persist in persecuting whistleblowers, who've empaneled a grand jury against Assange and who consider Wikileaks a terrorist enterprise.

Julian Assange and Bradley Manning put lie to Western pretense of freedom and rule of law

The UK wouldn't extradite Pinochet, but they're threatening to storm the Ecuadorian embassy in London to see that Wikileaks impresario Julian Assange is extradited to Sweden where a prosecutor wants to decide whether to charge him for sexual violations, more likely so that the Australian can then be rendered to the US to be imprisoned like Bradley Manning and face the death penalty for espionage. The US denies this intention, though it voted against Ecuador's allies to hold a meeting about the continuing US-UK assault on journalism and whistleblowers. Can the Western empire let Assange and Manning escape severe reprimand? The two are only the mastermind and the alleged-source who've ignited the global uprising behind the anti- austerity movements, Arab Spring, and Occupy. President Obama cannot leave either off the hook without encouraging a deluge of more insider defections. Bradley Manning is already under torture in military custody, but Assange continues to evade US clutches. Should he escape to asylum in Ecuador where Obama's exterminator drones can deal "American Justice"? The US has yet to condemn a white man to targeted assassination, but in the Global South, in darker-skinned populations, who will know? I favor Ecuador expanding its

How to testify at a grand jury: David House “invokes” on Bradley Manning, Julian Assange, & taking illegal notes

Bradley Manning supporter David House was called last year before the grand jury preparing charges against Julian Assange, in the event Assange is successfully remanded to Sweden. Despite being told a transcript was forbidden, House took notes which have now found themselves (A)nonymously online, reproduced here with David House's refrain in bold. Here's Grand Jury, a comedy:   35505

Wikileaks to release Syria Files, but to whose fortuity, and whose Wikileaks?

At first glance it looks like the Wikileaks cavalry to the rescue! Wikileaks and embattled Julian Assange back in the saddle, to expose the behind-the-scenes on Syria, to undermine the shelf-worn NATO Powerpoint Presentation, this time against Syria, the NATO powers' prelude to war. YAY WIKILEAKS! But there are interesting anomalies: the leaked correspondence is as recent as March, yet Wikicreep Daniel Domscheit-Berg sabotaged the group's anonymous leak gathering system a year ago, and so far the files purport to embarrass Assad... Were these leaked by the CIA-backed rebels? Stay tuned.

The persecution continues against the West’s two main political dissidents, Bradley Manning and Julian Assange

Gosh, I wish I had a penny for every American moron who told me in my lifetime that I definitely live in a democracy according to them. I would be a billionaire if I had that money! And thinking now about the West's two most important political dissidents at this moment. See Julian Assange: The price of being Western dissident. Asylum in Ecuador for Julian and Freedom for Bradley! And how many other political prisoners of the US and its allies are there? Free them all!

Bradley Manning, Guy Fawkes, and the star chamber awaiting Julian Assange

You wonder what Elizabethan era failed coup plotter Guy Fawkes means to Anonymous. Their now iconic mask is actually an image under license from the film V FOR VENDETTA. The mask's smirk connotes an elusive rabble-rouser and perhaps mocks Guy's namesake bonfire holiday in Britain, meant to commemorate the burning of the would-be king-killer but ambiguously may also celebrate his near success. Anonymous wants to project an indomitable rebellious spirit, omniscient and untouchable, but Guy Fawkes most certainly met the death of revolutionaries immemorial. 28255

Tom Hayden says there’s nothing to a US conspiracy against Julian Assange, and he’s got the nothing to confirm it

What an ugly hit piece against Julian Assange, by Tom Hayden in The Nation. Formerly of the American Left, Hayden used to need no introduction, now he mistakenly cross-posts assignments for the State Department (see A view from Sweden). Hayden dismisses notions of a US-led conspiracy to render the Wikileaks mastermind from the UK to Sweden and thence into the US torture system, along the logic that such accusations only anger the Swedes and make the outcome self-fulfilling. Hayden's argument is to shoehorn Assange to Sweden now, to take his licks, before you make Dad really angry.   Based on everyone he's talked to, Hayden says there's no conspiracy. Seriously, that's his logic. And he admonishes us against speculating wildly about unknowns. Whenever a writer prefaces their investigation with "some facts will never be known" I can picture them already leaning on the shovel. Even if Hayden intended to dig, it's like he's come upon a suspect's backyard full of holes. Glancing into each one he concludes, yep, no evidence here. 25487

Slavoj Zizek Not Gaga for Pop

Slovenian philosopher Slovaj Zizek has a cult following like Lady Gaga, but denied this weekend any romantic connection. I write this with tongue in cheek, Slavoj's, because of his comic protestations. Zizek was cajoled by Amy Goodman at Saturday's London Fronline Club event: did he categorically denied the rumor? Zizek said "Absolute denial on everything." But he wasn't dissing Gaga or the notoriety of the mischievous meme, even as he protested: "I didnít even listen to not one of her songs!" The audience ate it up; how total a rejection. Except Zizek continued playfully: "My God, I listen to Schubert and Schumann songs. Sorry, Iím a conservative." And there you have the reigning academic of pop cultural references, who cannot make a point without recalling a movie scene, rejecting not Lady Gaga, but Pop. Obviously Zizek's pop culture isn't yours. 25465

Warmonger Hillary says “Taliban made wrong choice”…Wikileaks disproved it

Part of the reason she wants Herod to serve up John Baptists errr Julians head on a silver charger. She was at the Asia Conference, telling the Taliban they must Bow before Her Imperial Majesty, or else... and that in 2001 they had made a "Wrong Choice" by "defying the international community and refusing to hand over al Qa'eda". She was Lying Through Her Teeth in other words. Wikileaks merely confirmed what the Bush and now Obama administrations have been denying for 9 years, the Taliban HAD offered to deliver Osama bin Laden to an international tribunal at the Hague. 23007

Hillary Free speech part two

While she was speaking... she had a 71 year old Former CIA analyst BEATEN by Capitol Pigs for "heckling" her... not by screaming denunciations, but by quietly standing up and turning his back on her LIES. Like Sarah Palin having people beaten and arrested for not sitting down and not shutting up while she was lying HER ass off about "don't sit down and don't shut up" You must to sit quietly while the Fuhrer speaks, then applaud at appropriate moments! Alle Sieg HEIL! 23003

Wikileaks tests domino theory: Tunisia

In my imagination the Wikileaks war room in Ellington Hall, the Suffolk manor where Julian Assange is under house arrest, is not a book club reading circle racing through the "not much new" of Cablegate waiting for someone to cry BINGO. It's a war room. The wiki drip is not which diplomatic cables are the juiciest, or which can be released to garner the maximum exposure. Wikileaks is dropping the cables like depth charges, calibrated to explode where the enemy hull is the weakest. Who is trying to sink the great American ship of state terror? With our traditional adversaries won over to Capitalism, the American empire found wars it could pick safely, damn the collateral civilians, full speed ahead. But with Wikileaks it looks to me the US has finally met its match. Forget the communist peril attempting to topple regional dominoes, this is the barbarity of real Democracy at our gates. Attribute the Tunisian revolution to Wikileaks, or color-code it Jasmine to pretend it was USAIDed, I believe the first domino has fallen.

Dutch TV interview with Julian Assange

Julian Assange has been doing lots of interviews --strange the US media isn't asking. We'd rather dissect the minutia of Loughner's rants, to an incomprehensible end, rather than connect the dots with Wikileaks. What pretext do Americans grant the corporate media that we do not expect them to seek out and interview Assange?

What Twitter resisted releasing to DOJ, and we may presume Facebook did not

So the US Department of Justice wants Twitter's records on the Wikileaks crew. So what, it's social media -- why expect that spooks can't follow like everybody else? Except the USG wants to know more than followers or tweets, they want IPs, whose computer, network, when, etc, plus they don't want persons of interest or the public to know what info they're gathering. That's a standard MO when investigating crimes like racketeering, but this is a DoJ fishing expedition with aim to criminalize journalism and whistle-blowing, in the meantime violating the privacy of untold thousands, if you are reading this, very likely yours. 21589

Palin signed off on Giffords shooting, grizzly lipstick plot to direct gunmen

AZ representative Gabrielle Giffords was one of twenty crosshairs on Sarah Palin's checklist directing political assassinations.   Whether Jared Lee Loughner was a lone gunman, or in a TP or al-Qaeda cell, shouldn't the DOJ investigate the grizzly mastermind who is inciting these acts? While they're at it, Vice President Biden for illegally targeting Wikileaks' Julian Assange, and Boss Obama who commands extrajudicial assassinations via military/CIA drones. If this was a GPS map of Pakistan the "unhinged shooters" would be Predator Drone operators. 21378

As Wikileaks threatens establishment, Apple wields sledgehammer FOR 1984

Remember when Apple pretended to be the defiant sledgehammer to 1984? Today as Julian Assange swings the hammer, Apple joins its big brothers on the giant screen as it removes the Wikileaks app for iPones and iPads. Did you think there were any heroes in the corporate firmament? Amazon, Paypal, Visa, Mastercard, now Apple, nobody wants YOU to get un-manipulated news. But here Steve Jobs has missed an innovation bigger than he has ever rolled out. For man's innate curiosity about himself, Wikileaks has become the reason to get up in the morning. Every new day is a chance to learn or confirm something you intuited about the facade erected around you. Odd, but isn't that what the NEWS used to do? 20962

Wikileaks information freedom fighter granted bail – Swedes appeal what?

Although reporting of the CableGate leaks is taking a backseat to Julian Assange's arrest, the Wikileaks media powertrain has grown into a monster truck. Nothing like a jailed dissident to illuminate tyranny. And of course the oppressiveness of the private sector is unveiling itself, as Assange points out from jail: "We now know that Visa, Mastercard and Paypal are instruments of US foreign policy. It's not something we knew before." If not a revelation, it's confirmation.   BREAKING-- Unprecendented: British judge allows tweeting from the courtroom. Accruing list includes London Times correspondent Alexi Mostrous, ABC's Jim Sciutto, transparency author Heather Brooke, at http://twitter.com/notmytribe/assange-trial. 20763

Nominate Julian Assange for a Nobel? Time Person of the Year? No, jail him.

I Am Just Sick. Julian Assange arrested, denied bail, confined to a UK jail cell deemed unsuitable for Bush, Blair or their murderous peers. Britain even assured Israel that its war criminals could visit England without fear of politically motivated arrest warrants. So much for the Assange-is-Mossad rumor. Arrested for what? Publishing evidence of governments conspiring against their peoples' interests, in their own words? Really, what's next for our pretense of Democracy? 20743

Wikileaks reveals inventory of US possessions critical to corporations

To complain that a wikileaked list of off-US-soil "critical infrastructure and key resources" provides a checklist of targets for aspiring terrorists is to pretend that opponents of the US empire are as simple minded as American television viewers. The importance of most of the so-called Critical Foreign Dependencies is self-evident, more curious is how the US deems these proprietary interests, to what extent it will protect them, and for whom. Sole manufacturers of vaccines might be vital to public health, but what of communications cables, international ports, supplies of industrial metals and suppliers of components to US weapons systems? Those are critical only to bottom lines. The 2008 report in the State Department cable leaked yesterday reveals infrastructure critical to multinational corporations, whether US or not. 20724

Need another reason to boycott 900 lb bully Amazon? Censoring Wikileaks

Amazon booted Wikileaks from its cloud server service, at the behest of Zionist warmonger Joe Lieberman. Twittered Wikileaks in response: "If Amazon are so uncomfortable with the first amendment, they should get out of the business of selling books." The corporate media is already censoring "Cablegate" with misdirection, describing the leaked diplomatic cables as indelicate embarrassments, as opposed to incriminating revelations of America's imperialist anti-democratic outrages. The Interpol has declared an international manhunt of the Wikileaks founder based on scurrilous accusations of sexual misconduct, Canada is calling for Julian Assange's execution via US drone, our politicians want to prosecute the Australian Assange under the draconian 1917 US Espionage Act. Amazon's cowardly deed today is a reminder of the private sector's omniscient control over everyone's access to information. Imagine a world where whistleblowers are denied whistles. Shopping bags only please. On Amazon's internet no one can hear you scream. 20678

Rap News and Wikileaks thumb noses at US junta and its News World Order

I'd say Juice Media's Hugo Farrant and Wikileaks' Julian Assange are showing up the powers that be. Catch today's episode of Rap News: Some may imagine kindred discontents at MSNBC and the Daily Show, but Jon Stewart's chatting up Obama tonight couldn't make the facade plainer. Developments this week with the Iran War Logs from Wikileaks and here, from fellow Aussies at Juice Media, show the next generation aims to derail US military state propaganda with impunity. 20410

US considers using 1917 Espionage Act to thwart Julian Assange and Wikileaks

The first targets of the regrettable 1917 Espionage Act were antiwar labor organizers against US WWI conscription. Read the March 1917 cover of the anarchist THE BLAST:   "This man subjected himself to imprisonment and probably to being shot or hanged under the new Espionage Bill   The prisoner used language tending to discourage men from enlisting in the United States Army   It is proven and indeed admitted that among his incendiary statements were---   Thou shalt not kill     and Peace on earth good will to men"

Contaminants in the runoff water

Seems they predate the Homeless Camping debate by at least a decade. One of the problems that was present when the City and County of Pueblo sued Colorado Springs for fouling their water, e-coli. Seems Colorado Springs and Springs Utilities reached a plea-bargain mitigating the judgment against the Springs by making necessary repairs to the sewage system. This includes that bad ol' StormWater that the right wingsters keep whining about. The wastewater treatment facilities were overwhelmed on several levels, not the least of which were the BlowHard Extremists like Douglas Bruce not wanting to pay their bills. Have their cake, eat it too, and then have somebody else pay for the cake. 20155

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