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BLM – Tyranny of Taxation And Regulation Without Representation

In Activism, Alex Jones, Archive, China, News, NWO, Police State, UN, USA, USA, World Revolution on April 17, 2014 at 6:47 AM

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April 17, 2014

The vilification of the Bundy family is in full force now by the mainstream media who are trying to paint Bundy as a law breaker, tax evader and label him as part of the Sovereign Citizen Movement, a hot button label that effectively puts a bounty on his head as a terrorist as far as law enforcement is concerned.

June 1st 2013

In Bilderberg 2013, Blockupy Frankfurt, Bradley Manning, DAILY NEWS ARCHIVE, Economy, NWO, Occupy Gezi, Syria on June 1, 2013 at 1:16 AM

FREEBRAD NEWS

Worldwide Protests Planned on Eve of Bradley Manning Trial – RT

(PHOTO) The Bradley Manning Cage Via @seanbedlam/Melbourne

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#OccupyGezi

(PHOTO) ATTENTION! Democracy is under attack in Turkey #OccupyGezi

Istanbul Taksim Gezi Park is not about trees – LibCom

What Is Happenning In Istanbul? – defnesumanblogs.com

Riots, barricades, street battles as police fight protesters in Turkey – RT

Istanbul Flashes Lights In Solidarity With #OccupyGezi – @KhaledAkil Via LeakSource

LIVE UPDATES: Turkish police clamp down on anti-government protests – RT

LIVE STREAM Via @RevoltIstanbul

Police jamming Occupy Gezi protester cell phones – Via Reddit

(VIDEO) Anonymous: #OccupyGezi Revolution Song

TANGO DOWN President.Gov.TR (SCREENSHOT)

@TheRedHack publishes phone numbers of Turkish parliamentarians

Occupy Homecoming @ Liberty Plaza NYC 06/01/2013 in Solidarity with Occupiers in Istanbul

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Blockupy Frankfurt

Frankfurt riot police charge into marching Blockupy activists, scuffle with protesters – RT

LIVE STREAM 1 – Via RT

LIVE STREAM 2 Via @CastorTV2012

LIVE STREAM 3 Via @saitam

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WOOLWICH ATTACK

Woolwich murder, the MI6 connection: Younger brother of Michael Adebolajo “was paid thousands to spy in Middle East” – DailyMail

The Woolwich killing and the responsibility of Britain’s ruling eliteWorldSocialistWebSite

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BILDERBERG 2013

Hotel Breaks Law by Following Bilderberg Order to Cancel Reservations of Journalists – Paul Joseph Watson Via InfoWars

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BIG BROTHER

Google ordered to hand private customer data over to FBI investigatorsGuardian

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NEW FBI CHIEF JAMES CORNEY

Obama’s new FBI chief approved Bush’s NSA warrantless wiretapping schemeGlenn Greenwald Via Guardian

Obama appoints former Bush deputy attorney general to lead FBIWorldSocialistWebSite

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TOP 1% CONTROL 39% OF WORLD’S WEALTH

Top 1% Own 39% Of All Global Wealth: Hoarding Soars As We Hurtle Toward Economic Oblivion – Michael Snyder Via TheEconomicCollapse

(REPORT) Global Wealth 2013: Maintaining Momentum in a Complex World – BostonConsultingGroup

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UN ARMS TRADE TREATY

Obama to Sign U.N. Firearms Treaty Rejected by Senate – InfoWars

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SYRIA

The Geopolitics of Gas and the Syrian CrisisStrategicCulture

UK ready to supply arms to Syrian rebels if peace talks fail – FinancialTimes

Military Source: 2 Cylinders of Sarin Gas Seized in HamaSANA

The Chemical WMD Story is Being Used to Cover the Rebel Retreat in Syria – Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya Via StrategicCulture

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RUSSIA

Upon receiving Boreys RF’s Navy to resume strategic submarines patrol in southern latitudesItar-Tass

Russia to send nuclear submarines to southern seasReuters

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Army Forced to Release Documents Related to Secretive Bradley Manning Case

In Bradley Manning, Manning, News on February 27, 2013 at 12:59 PM

02/27/2013

After over one-thousand days of secretive legal proceedings, the United States government has released a small portion of the thousands of pages of courtroom documents from the case against alleged WikiLeaks source Pfc. Bradley Manning.

Manning, a 25-year-old Army intelligence specialist, was arrested in May 2010 and accused of passing hundreds of thousands of sensitive military documents to the anti-secrecy whistleblower site while working as an intelligence officer in Iraq. The soldier is scheduled to be formally court-martialed beginning this June and could be sentenced to life in prison for his role in providing WikiLeaks with privileged material. Since details from the pre-trial motion hearings have been scarce, however, little has been known publically about the government’s prosecution until now.

On Wednesday, the Military District of Washington informed members of the press that 84 judicial orders and rulings from the pre-trial hearings have been reviewed, redacted and uploaded to a military-run website where they can be viewed “In response to various Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests and inquiries from news agencies.” The trove so far includes minor legal rulings regarding Pfc. Manning’s proposed plea, court orders sent to mental health professionals and other rulings made by the judge.

The Army says that the seven-dozen documents published on Wednesday make up just a small sampling of the more than 500 files that have already been either filed by attorneys for both sides in the matter or the military judge presiding over the case, Col. Denise Lind. In all, those documents total more than 30,000 pages, and the Army says materials will be continuously published online as they are prepared for release. They warn the media, however, that “due to the voluminous nature of these documents,” it could be a long time coming before the rest of the papers are vetted appropriately for publication.

The statement from the military comes just one day after Col. Lind ruled that although Pfc. Manning has been detained for over 1,000 days, the government did not violate the speedy trial statute in the military’s Rules for Courts-Martial. Lind admitted to the court that delays in the case have occurred in part due to the continuous efforts the government has undertaken to audit the trove of documents relevant to the case, but said the defense was not hindered by the slow-moving trial. David Coombs, the civilian defense attorney for Pfc. Manning, had unsuccessfully asked the judge to dismiss all charges against his client due to the lingering, nearly three-year process.

Previously, Coombs implored the court to free Pfc. Manning by arguing that the treatment his client endured while detained in a military brig after being captured was tantamount to torture. Lind agreed, in part, and said 112 days will be subtracted off of any sentence handed to the officer. When Coomb’s latest request was declined, however, journalist Ed Pilkington wrote for The Guardian that the government’s absurd quest for total secrecy has left Manning to stand trial in an “Alice-in-Wonderland world.”

“Lind spent an hour and a half without pause reading out a judgment that must have stretched to 50 pages, at a rate that rendered accurate reporting of it diabolically difficult,” he said of Lind’s response to Coomb’s last unsuccessful appeal. “No copy of the ruling has – then or now – been made available to the public, presumably on grounds of national security, even though every word of the document had been read out to the very public that was now being withheld its publication.”

“This prosecution, as it is currently conceived, could have a chilling effect on public accountability that goes far beyond the relatively rarefied world of WikiLeaks,” Pilkington wrote. Only hours later, the Army said they would start releasing courtroom filings.

Last May, the Center for Constitutional Rights sued the US government over the lack of transparency in the Manning trial. “Public scrutiny plays a vital role in government accountability. Media access to the Manning trial proceedings and documents is critical for the transparency on which democratic government and faith in our justice system rests,” CCR Legal Director Baher Azmy said in a statement when the petition against the Army Court of Criminal Appeals was filed. Additionally, a legal brief urging the government to release documents was filed last September and endorsed by The Associated Press, Atlantic Media, Dow Jones, Gannett, Hearst, CNN, McClatchy, The New York Times, The New York Daily News, Reuters, the Washington Post and other media outlets.

Pfc. Manning is expected to testify on Thursday this week when he is scheduled to formally offer a plea. He may avoid a life sentencing by pleading guilty to lesser charges.

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Via RT

Bahrain bans ‘Anonymous’ Guy Fawkes mask

In Bahrain, Bahrain, News, OpBahrain on February 26, 2013 at 11:36 AM

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02/26/2013

The Guy Fawkes mask – which has come to represent a universal symbol of protest – has been banned in Bahrain. The move is the latest in a series of measures implemented by the Gulf state to quell a two-year pro-democracy uprising.

A ban on orders of the mask – which was popularized by the 2005 Hollywood adaption of the comic book ‘V for Vendetta’ – has been ordered by the Gulf kingdom’s Industry and Commerce Minister, Hassan Fakhro.

The decision was carried out following a request by the country’s Interior Ministry, which said the move was in the “public interest,” Bahrain’s Official Gazette reports.

The ministry has instructed the country’s border and port authorities to prevent the masks from being imported, and anyone attempting to circumvent the ban could potentially be arrested.

The measure has been interpreted as an attempt to eliminate a potent symbol against the monarchy’s rule. And to deprive anti-government demonstrators of a means of masking their identity.

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From the ‘Occupy’ movement in America to Arab Spring uprisings in neighboring states, the mask has become what the comic’s illustrator David Lloyd described as a “placard to use in protest against tyranny.”

Bahrain is now the second Gulf country to ban the use of the infamous Guy Fawkes visage – the UAE issued a warning proscribing the wearing of the mask on National Day, December 2.

Bahrain, a country where over 75 percent of the country is Shia, is ruled by a Sunni monarchy.In February 2011, thousands of protesters swamped the streets of Bahrain’s capital Manama, demanding democratic reforms and the resignation of Prime Minister Sheikh Khalifa bin Salman al-Khalifa.Since the start of the uprising, at least 82 protesters have been killed, including nine children.

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Via RT

Why massive national security leaks are good for us

In News on February 23, 2013 at 12:23 PM

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02/23/2013

Today, Saturday, February 23, US Army Private First Class Bradley Manning is spending his 1,000th day in pretrial detention for allegedly leaking classified material about our Iraq and Afghan Wars. Former CIA official John Kiriakou just started serving a three-year sentence for a leak about his former employer’s use of torture. Thomas Drake, a former National Security Agency analyst, has had his career (and finances) destroyed after being prosecuted for leaking to the Baltimore Sun about waste and illegality in the NSA’s domestic surveillance programme. All this prosecutorial energy is sorely misdirected, for the simple reason that leaks are good for us.

We depend on leaks – they’re often the only way to get essential information about what our government is doing. Without government officials leaking to the media, we might never have heard of the Watergate break-in, or our increasingly frequent (but still “secret”) drone strikes in a growing list of countries.

President Obama may insist that his is the most transparent administration ever, but the facts say otherwise. According to the Information Security Oversight Office, a federal agency, the government classified 92 million documents in 2011, up from 77 million the year before, up from 14 million in 2003 (hiding so much from the public costs $11 billion a year, according to the ISOO).

That’s some pretty extreme secrecy. At the same time, Washington is wonderfully indulgent of elite officials leaking top-secret material to media (good thing too – how else would we have learned in 2007 that Iran isn’t building an atomic weapon but from a leaked National Intelligence Estimate?). Obama’s former Chief of Staff William Daley has bragged about how much he leaked to the media – though not as much as his predecessor, Rahm Emanuel, whom Daley affectionately referred to as “the leaker in chief”.

But officials in Washington find it less adorable when those of lowlier status leak items less flattering to the government. Defence analyst Daniel Ellsberg found this out when the Nixon administration filed criminal charges against him for leaking the Pentagon Papers, the top-secret study of the Vietnam War. Today, Obama’s Department of Justice has launched twice as many Espionage Act prosecutions against domestic leakers and whistleblowers as all previous administrations combined.

The most controversial leaks since the Pentagon Papers are the WikiLeaks disclosures, which have provided fodder for thousands of new stories about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and US statecraft in general. This is the biggest leak in our history – yet it amounts to less than one percent of the material Washington classified last year. Three years after the release of the WikiLeaks material, no one has been able to show any resulting harm to a single soldier or civilian, despite much lurid speculation about the terrible damage to US interests.

By contrast, Washington has been rather reticent about the horrific costs, in blood and money, of extreme government secrecy. After all, it was official secrecy, distortion and even a few lies that led us headlong into disaster and carnage in Iraq, killing hundreds of thousands of Iraqi civilians and 4,500 US soldiers, all at a cost measured in trillions – the wages of Washington’s addiction to secrecy.

In the case of Bradley Manning, his alleged leaking is a clear act of civil disobedience. Neck-deep in the worst foreign policy disaster since Vietnam, Manning surmised that if American citizens had some clue of what was actually happening in Iraq and Afghanistan, it might help avoid such disasters in the future. In Manning’s own words, he wanted “people to see the truth… because without information, you cannot make informed decisions as a public”.

What’s so objectionable about well-informed decisions? After all, the notion that government ought to be as open as practicable was not dreamed up at the annual Defcon hacker convention – it’s a central part of American political thought. It was James Madison who wrote that “a popular government, without popular information, is but a prelude to a tragedy or a farce, or perhaps both”. And yet it was only in the summer of 2010 that the National Security Agency finally saw fit to declassify material from Madison’s presidency – two centuries earlier.

The past calamitous decade has shown that our foreign policy elites require greater public supervision, which only leaks can provide. The real threat to American security isn’t leaks and whistleblowers, it’s our current regimen of extreme official secrecy. Until our dystopian classification system is overhauled, leaks remain an essential public service, and those who provide them deserve both gratitude and clemency.

Via Aljazeera

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