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Barrett Brown Pleads Not Guilty on Newest Charges of Concealing Evidence, Faces Up to 100 Years in Prison

In Anonymous, Barrett Brown, News, Other Leaks, Science & Technology, USA, USA, World Revolution on February 1, 2013 at 12:12 PM

01/30/2013

In a brief hearing this morning, United States District Judge Sam Lindsay found former self-proclaimed Anonymous spokesperson Barrett Brown mentally competent to stand trial. The judge will issue an order to that effect later today or early tomorrow. At the same time, Brown was arraigned and pleaded not guilty to his newest charge, concealing evidence, for which he was indicted last week.

Those charges were added onto two other indictments, for allegedly threatening an FBI agent in a YouTube video and for disseminating information from the Christmas Day hack of intelligence firm Stratfor. All told, Brown faces potential prison time of around 100 years.

The courtroom was mostly empty this morning, save for a few reporters and Brown’s parents, a slim woman with a blond bob and her husband, a short guy with a dark-blue sweater and a sandy mop of brown hair. They declined to give their names or speak with reporters after the hearing. Brown shuffled into the courtroom accompanied by two U.S. marshals, his hair cut short, looking prison-sallow and unhappy under the fluorescent lights. His mother smiled at him.

“Sir, are you Barrett Lancaster Brown?” Judge Lindsay inquired.

“No, Your Honor.” Brown replied.

There was a brief, loaded pause.

“You’re not?” Lindsay asked. “What is your name?”

“My name is Barrett Lancaster Brown, Your Honor,” Brown replied.

Lindsay paused again. “That’s what I said,” he answered, finally.

Other than that brief spot of weirdness, things proceeded uneventfully. In response to questions, Brown told the judge that he understood he was there in order for the court to determine his mental competency, after a prison psychologist at the Federal Correctional Institution in Fort Worth recently issued a report recommending he be found competent.

Brown’s public defender, Doug Morris, told Judge Lindsay that when Brown was first indicted, back in September, “I had some concerns initially” about Brown’s mental state. He asked a magistrate judge to remand Brown to the facility in Fort Worth, where he could receive medical treatment.

Brown told the judge that in Fort Worth he was “under the sporadic care of a psychologist,” after spending a week and a half under medical supervision while undergoing withdrawal from Suboxone, a drug used to treat opiate addiction. “I was addicted to Suboxone,” he told the judge. He said that he now takes Zoloft, an anti-depressant, and risperidone, an anti-psychotic (although Brown characterized it as an anti-depressant and sleep aid, which it’s sometimes also prescribed for).

“He appears to be in much better shape than when he was brought in,” Morris told the judge, adding that Brown has “a pretty good grasp” on the charges against him, his plea options, and the consequences of pleading guilty.

In short order, Lindsay ruled that Brown “does not suffer from a mental disease or defect” that would make him unable to stand trial or participate in his own defense. The judge then read the newest charges of concealing evidence to Brown. There are two of them: obstruction by concealing evidence and corruptly concealing evidence.

“Would you like to have the indictment read aloud in open court?” Linday asked.

“Oh, that’s all right, Your Honor,” Brown replied, before pleading not guilty.

The assistant U.S. attorney prosecuting the case, C.S. Heath, then asked that the first set of charges — on the threat to the FBI agent — be tried separately from the other two indictments, which she asked be tried together.

“There’s an individual referenced [in the newest indictment] who may ultimately be named as a defendant,” she explained. “That individual does not need to be in the same trial.” (An anonymous source told our own Jim Schutze that person, referred to as “KM” in the indictment, may be Brown’s mother.)

Lindsay set a trial date of April 8 for the first charges and May 6 for the second two. However, Brown’s lawyer may file for a continuance; he told the judge during the hearing that the evidence “takes up multiple terabytes” and may need time to review.

With that, the hearing was over, and the marshals escorted Brown away. Out in the hallway, an AP reporter asked Brown’s attorney if anyone from Anonymous had been in touch with his client.

“I have no idea about any of that,” Morris replied, adding that he doesn’t really track whom his client writes to. “But my suggestion is for him not to talk.”

Via DallasObserver

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Michael Moore’s Bodyguard Arrested on Airport Gun Charge

In Gun Control, News, Other Leaks on December 22, 2012 at 11:07 AM

01/20/2005

FOX News:

Filmmaker Michael Moore’s bodyguard was arrested for carrying an unlicensed weapon in New York’s JFK airport Wednesday night.

Police took Patrick Burke, who says Moore employs him, into custody after he declared he was carrying a firearm at a ticket counter. Burke is licensed to carry a firearm in Florida and California, but not in New York. Burke was taken to Queens central booking and could potentially be charged with a felony for the incident.

Moore’s 2003 Oscar-winning film “Bowling for Columbine” criticizes what Moore calls America’s “culture of fear” and its obsession with guns.

The words Liberal and hypocrite are synonymous

[Tunisia] Ben Ali Faces 18 Charges

In News, NWO, Tunisia, World Revolution on April 18, 2011 at 10:43 PM

Tunisian authorities say they want to try former President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali on 18 different charges, including voluntary manslaughter and drug-trafficking.

Justice Minister Lazhar Karoui Chebbi said the charges were among 44 to be made against Mr Ben Ali, his family and some former ministers.

An international warrant for Mr Ben Ali’s arrest is in force.

He was ousted in January amid a popular uprising and fled to Saudi Arabia.

Authorities said at the time they had arrested 33 members of his family, reportedly on suspicion of plundering the country’s resources.

In an interview on state TV late on Wednesday, Mr Chebbi said 18 legal cases had been prepared against Mr Ben Ali, including ”conspiring against the state, voluntary manslaughter and drug use and trafficking”, reported Tap state news agency.

Mr Chebbi said authorities had issued a request to Interpol to freeze the assets of Mr Ben Ali and his family, and said a delegation was being sent to Interpol headquarters in Lyon, France, to try to speed up the enforcement of the request.

Mr Ben Ali is accused of ordering security forces to crack down on the revolt that began in mid-December.

The UN calculates 219 people died during the Tunisian uprising – including 72 in the country’s jails – a far higher toll than that provided by Tunisian authorities.

Caretaker authorities have appointed a new government and the notorious and extensive secret police service has been dissolved.

Correspondents say the authorities are under pressure to establish their legitimacy in the eyes of protesters.

Tunisian demonstrators have rallied outside the Saudi embassy in the capital Tunis to demand the extradition of ousted President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali from Saudi Arabia.

The Saudi embassy in Tunis witnessed around 300 peaceful protesters coming from the Friday prayers and demanding that Riyadh hand over Ben Ali to stand trial on corruption charges in his home country,

Arsalan Iftikhar, an International Human Rights lawyer and founder and managing editor of the global news portal, The Crescent Post, speaks to Al Jazeera on this issue.

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Bradley Manning Faces 22 New Charges with Possibility of Death Penalty

In Anonymous, Bradley Manning, Manning, News, NWO, WikiLeaks on March 3, 2011 at 11:16 PM

The U.S. Army announced yesterday that it has filed 22 additional charges against Bradley Manning. The most serious new charge is for “aiding the enemy,” a capital offense under Article 104 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice. Although military prosecutors stated that they intend to seek life imprisonment rather than the death penalty for this alleged crime, the military tribunal is still empowered to sentence Manning to death if convicted.

Jane Hamsher of FireDogLake.com and Pfc. Bradley Manning’s friend David House explain that Manning has been treated unfairly since being accused of giving documents to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

Democracy Now! interviews Glenn Greenwald, constitutional law attorney and legal blogger for Salon.com. “Although the charging document does not say who the ‘enemy is,’ there’s only two possibilities,” Greenwald says. “Either they mean Wikileaks … or any kind of leak now of classified information to newspapers where your intent is not to aid the Taliban, but expose wrongdoing.”

Yale Law School’s Eugene Fidell discusses the charges against Bradley Manning. He notes that the charges don’t specify who the “enemy” is in the “aiding the enemy” charge nor does if identify the “means” that information was allegedly passed from Manning to the “enemy.”

Military Judges’ Benchbook instruction on the elements of the offense of Article 104

AIDING THE ENEMY—GIVING INTELLIGENCE TO THE ENEMY (ARTICLE 104)

ELEMENTS:

(1) That (state the time and place alleged), the accused, without proper authority, knowingly gave intelligence information to (a) certain person(s), namely: (state the name or description of the enemy alleged to have received the intelligence information);

(2) That the accused did so by (state the manner alleged);

(3) That (state the name or description of the enemy alleged to have received the intelligence information) was an enemy; and

(4) That this intelligence information was true, at least in part.

d. DEFINITIONS AND OTHER INSTRUCTIONS:

“Intelligence” means any helpful information, given to and received by the enemy, which is true, at least in part.

“Enemy” includes (not only) organized opposing forces in time of war, (but also any other hostile body that our forces may be opposing) (such as a rebellious mob or a band of renegades) (and includes civilians as well as members of military organizations). (“Enemy” is not restricted to the enemy government or its armed forces. All the citizens of one belligerent are enemies of the government and the citizens of the other.)

Bradley Manning’s Lawyer Lt. Col. David Coombs,  just posted the following on his website:

Last night, PFC Manning was inexplicably stripped of all clothing by the Quantico Brig.  He remained in his cell, naked, for the next seven hours.  At 5:00 a.m., the Brig sounded the wake-up call for the detainees.  At this point, PFC Manning was forced to stand naked at the front of his cell.

The Duty Brig Supervisor (DBS) arrived shortly after 5:00 a.m.  When he arrived, PFC Manning was called to attention.  The DBS walked through the facility to conduct his detainee count.  Afterwards, PFC Manning was told to sit on his bed.  About ten minutes later, a guard came to his cell to return his clothing.

This type of degrading treatment is inexcusable and without justification.  It is an embarrassment to our military justice system and should not be tolerated.  PFC Manning has been told that the same thing will happen to him again tonight.  No other detainee at the Brig is forced to endure this type of isolation and humiliation.

NYTimes:

First Lt. Brian Villiard, a Marine spokesman, said a brig duty supervisor had ordered Private Manning’s clothing taken from him. He said that the step was “not punitive” and that it was in accordance with brig rules, but he said that he was not allowed to say more.

“It would be inappropriate for me to explain it,” Lieutenant Villiard said. “I can confirm that it did happen, but I can’t explain it to you without violating the detainee’s privacy.

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