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CIA Torture Whistleblower John Kiriakou Sentenced to 30 Months in Prison

In CIA, John Kiriakou, News, Other Leaks, Police State, Politics, USA, USA, World Revolution on January 27, 2013 at 10:48 PM

01/26/2013

As one of the lawyers for CIA whistleblower John Kiriakou, who has attended all of the public court proceedings, I was appalled and baffled by the bloodbath sentencing yesterday. The sentence itself was a foregone conclusion. Both sides had agreed, and the judge approved, 30 months for a single count of violating the Intelligence Identities Protection Act.

But the secret evidence, resurrected dropped charges, and new “facts” never charged–most never heard until yesterday and never by seen by the defendant–should trouble every American regardless of what you think of John Kiriakou.

John and I appeared together yesterday on Independent Television News (UK), Al Jazeera’s “The Stream,” and a heartbreaking Al Jazeera piece with Alan Fisher. Some terrific articles include those of FireDogLake’s Kevin Gosztola, POLITICO’s Josh Gerstein, and Unredacted’s Lauren Harper.

The news reports on John Kiriakou’s sentence yesterday are incomplete because neither the public, nor the defendant, were privy to the secret “victim impact statement” filed by “Covert Officer A” (a fiction steadfastly maintained in court with a straight face though he has been reported widely to be Thomas Donahue Fletcher, who headed the controversial “Rendition, Detention and Interrogation” program at CIA headquarters, which included torture.)

The most surreal aspect of the sentencing was the huge emphasis placed on how Kiriakou’s action endangered the supposedly-undercover officer and damaged the CIA’s ability to collect intelligence. But the public never heard a single word about how exactly the officer’s life was “endangered” (only that some family members had not known he worked for the CIA) because that assessment was in a secret statement that even the defendant was not allowed to see–because the government pulled Kiriakou’s security clearance the day before–specifically so he could not see what “damage” he was about to go to jail for causing.

Then there were all the other allegations from the Indictment, which had been dropped, but were paraded in front of the public and judge purely for theatrical and prejudicial effect and to erode Kiriakou’s massive public support: that he leaked the name of “Covert Officer B,” a second operative involved in the capture of Abu Zubaida–widely known to be Deuce Martinez–who was passing out his business card, containing all his identifying and contact information, like it was candy. This count was dropped as part of the plea agreement, but you would never know that from the government resurrecting this allegation as fact yesterday during the crazy piling-on fest that masqueraded as a pro forma sentencing hearing.

The icing on the cake of this Kafkaesque case is that allegations the public and defendant never heard–and that were never charged in the indictment–surfaced for the first time ever yesterday: that Kiriakou outed “numerous” covert officers.

Every American should be alarmed that government prosecutors can level allegations against you that are never charged, and sentence you based on a secret report to which you have no access.

P.S. US Attorney Neil MacBride’s statement that

Kiriakou betrayed the trust bestowed upon him by the United States and he betrayed his colleagues whose secrecy is their only safety

is belied by the facts that 1) the Pentagon IG found that Defense Department undersecretary Mike Vickers disclosed with impunity the identity of a covert U.S. Special Operations Command officer to the makers of Zero Dark Thirty and 2) supposedly-covert Tom Fletcher’s identity has been known for a decade by human rights activists and journalists, and because of this ill-conceived prosecution, is now know by all of America.

Jesselyn Radack Via DailyKos

PETITION: President Obama: Pardon CIA Whistleblower John Kiriakou

Related Links:

CIA Torture Whistleblower John Kiriakou on NBC Today 01/28/2013

Ex-CIA Agent, Whistleblower John Kiriakou Sentenced to Prison While Torturers He Exposed Walk Free

IMAGiNE BitTorrent Group Leader Sentenced to 5 Years in Prison

In Big Brother, BitTorrent, News, Police State, Science & Technology, USA on January 4, 2013 at 4:51 PM

01/03/2013

The former leader of a now-defunct online movie piracy group has been handed a record-breaking prison sentence in the United States today. Jeramiah Perkins was described as the sysop of the BitTorrent release group IMAGiNE, a group that was busted by the FBI in 2011 following an MPAA investigation. Perkins will now serve five years in a federal prison, the longest sentence ever handed out in a case of this type.

In 2011 the notorious IMAGiNE movie piracy group was dismantled by the FBI. The group had been releasing large numbers of movies onto the Internet, many of them still playing in theaters, and this had attracted the attention of the MPAA who launched an investigation.

Members of IMAGiNE were arrested and charged with with several counts of criminal copyright infringement, and one by one they have been receiving their sentences.

In November 2012, Sean Lovelady of California, a moderator with the group, received a 23 month sentence. In the same month Willie Lambert of Pennsylvania, an administrator, received a 30 month prison sentence.

An even tougher sentence was handed to 53-year-old group sysop Gregory Cherwonik of New York. He was jailed for 40 months by Virginia District Court Judge Arenda Allen and ordered to pay $15,000 in restitution to the MPAA.

At the time Cherwonik’s sentence appeared to be the harshest ever handed out in a case of this type, but court documents show that another IMAGiNE member, Brad Newell who “cammed” movies for the group, received a sentence of 48 months in 2010.

But even that hefty punishment was surpassed today with the sentencing of Jeramiah Perkins of Portsmouth, Va.

In the U.S. District Court in Norfolk, Perkins – a sysop with IMAGiNE – was sentenced to a record-breaking five years in federal prison and ordered to pay $15,000 restitution.

After his imprisonment ends Perkins will be subjected to a further three years of supervised release and will be banned from possessing “any electronic device with the capability or reproducing and distributing copies of copyrighted materials.”

Guidelines of between 70 and 87 months had mentioned in a December 2012 court memorandum. United States Attorney Neil MacBride eventually asked for 60 months, an amount matched precisely today.

“The nature and circumstances of defendant Perkins’ offense are serious, as he both organized and led the IMAGiNE Group – one of the largest and most effective organized copyright crime groups on the Internet,” MacBride wrote.

IMAGiNE as whole achieved their aim of being the group that first released many new movies on to the Internet, the attorney notes, and were responsible for 41% of all English language theatrical audio piracy from September 2009 to September 2011.

MacBride said that Perkins was responsible for establishing IMAGiNE’s BitTorrent tracker, Unleashthe.net, registering domain names for the group, and carrying out numerous technical tasks such as encoding and syncing. He was also responsible for opening PayPal accounts to receive donations from Unleashthenet members and selling advance copies of new releases to “outsiders” in order to generate funds to keep the group going.

“Simply stated, defendant Perkins not only led and served as the chief executive officer of the IMAGiNE Group on a day-to-day basis for well over a year, but also proactively and regularly participated in the many tasks that were essential to the Group’s criminal objective — to release a steady stream of infringing copies of motion pictures and other copyrighted works.”

The five year sentence handed down to Perkins should be a deterrent to others engaging in similar conduct, MacBride adds, noting that it is appropriately longer than the sentences handed to lower placed members of the group who all “received credit for substantially assisting the United States in the investigation and prosecution of others.”

Via TorrentFreak

U.S. Marine’s Rank Reduced & Fined $500 for Urinating on Dead Taliban Fighters

In Afghanistan, News, NWO, Other Leaks on December 21, 2012 at 3:11 AM

 

12/21/2012

RT:

A US Marine has had his rank reduced and been fined $500 fine for urinating on corpses of Taliban fighters in Afghanistan after pleading guilty at a special court martial in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.

Staff Sgt Joseph W. Chamblin pleaded guilty to charges of wrongful desecration, failure to properly supervise junior Marines and posing for photographs with battlefield casualties.

Footage of the incident, which occurred during a counter-insurgency operation in Afghanistan’s Helmand Province in July 2011, quickly went viral after it was uploaded to the Internet in January this year, sparking world-wide outrage.

The video shows four Marines in uniform laughing and joking while urinating on the bodies of three bearded men. One of the men says, “Have a nice day, buddy.” A caption identifies them as members of Scout Sniper Team 4.

 

US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta called the Marines’ behaviour “utterly deplorable” and promised an investigation, while Afghan President Hamid Karzai condemned the actions as “inhuman”. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton also promised that the Marines would be punished after expressing her “total dismay”.

However, following an eight-month investigation, the Marine Corps decided on undisclosed administrative punishments for three of the Marines in August. All three had pleaded guilty to misconduct charges, including “wrongly video-recording” the incident, failing to report it, as well as posing next to the bodies.

The relatively lenient punishment will only spark more violence against the American troops in Afghanistan, says Ann Wright, a retired US army colonel and a US diplomat.

There will probably be a violent reaction to the news that this is what the punishment is and retaliation on US government officials should be predicted,“ she told RT.

Their records will also be permanently marked, preventing them from any future promotions or re-enlistments.

Criminal charges were only filed against Chamblin and one other, Staff Sgt. Edward W. Deptola, whose case is still pending. The charges include “being derelict in their duties by failing to properly supervise junior Marines, failing to require junior Marines to wear their personal protective equipment, failing to stop and report the misconduct of junior Marines, failing to report the negligent discharge of a grenade launcher, and failing to stop the indiscriminate firing of weapons.”

Chamblin waived his right to a jury and pleaded guilty to the charges, for which he was sentenced to 30 days’ imprisonment, a reduction in rank by three grades and a $2,000 fine. However, the initial sentence will be reduced by a marine general to a $500 fine and one grade reduction in rank, based on a plea agreement.

Wright argues that the behaviour of both the marines and the court which judged them will enrage the local population in the war-torn country. It also indirectly sanctions similar behaviour by other US troops in other combat zones, “where you have sergeant Bales killing sixteen Afghans, you have this incident of marines urinating on the bodies of the Taliban and you have the issue of Karan being burned on a military base. Afghanis are outraged about these things.”

UK Activist Roger Hayes Arrested & Tried in Secret Court for Non-Payment of Tax

In News, NWO, Other Leaks, Police State, Viral Videos on July 4, 2012 at 9:19 AM

07/03/2012

InfoWars:

British Constitution Group Chairman Roger Hayes was arrested by police yesterday morning in scenes “reminiscent of Stasi East Germany,” before being tried in secret and sentenced to prison over Hayes’ refusal to pay state taxes.

Concerned supporters called Merseyside Police in an effort to get information on Hayes’ arrest.

 

Hayes has become the figurehead for a Tea Party-style movement in the United Kingdom. A former member of UKIP, Hayes has refused to pay council tax and other state taxes, both as a protest against the government’s use of the money to fund the expansion of the EU and as a result of Hayes clearly proving that council tax is illegal.

Last year, members of the “lawful rebellion” movement staged a dramatic attempt to arrest Judge Michael Peake at Birkenhead County Court during a ruling on Hayes’ case. The British government later ordered You Tube to remove videos of the incident from the Internet.

Four officers in two police cars arrived to arrest Hayes at his Wirral home yesterday morning at 8:30am.

“The first his family heard of him was at 18:30 this evening via a telephone call from a Warder in Liverpool prison, to say that Roger had been tried and sentenced to prison,” reports the UK Column.

“At no time were the family or any other members of the public informed of his arrest, and it is understood that he was tried in a secret court without a Jury.”

Hayes’ arrest and secret trial represents a new intensity in the British government’s efforts to stop a tax revolt spreading across the country in light of yet more financial scandals with the news that Barclays Bank was responsible for an interest rigging scandal to manipulate the Libor rate between 2005 and 2009.

Britain was rocked by a tax revolt which led to riots and the eventual abolition of the highly unpopular poll tax in 1990.

In a statement carried on the Lawful Rebellion website, Common Law is cited as a means through which lawful rebellion will be conducted to address “political treason and criminality being imposed on the law-abiding people of the British Isles.”

“It is clear, beyond all reasonable doubt and with evidence that would stand up in any properly-conducted court of law, that an influential network of rogue British politicians across the parties is unlawfully involved in carrying out the hidden strategies and agendas of a centuries-old, secretive and criminal global elite who are seeking the imposition of unlawful global governance on the unsuspecting peoples of the world. Known broadly by researchers as the New World Order (NWO) – though some refer to them as the Illuminati or Zionists (please note that this does not mean Judaism) – the modus operandi of these powerful traitors and criminals is now clear for all to see,” reads the statement.

The group lists the Committee of 300, the Bilderberg Group, the Trilateral Commission, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the Club of Rome as just some of the organizations who control “Subservient and compartmentalised national networks of influential politicians, industrialists, campaigning groups, charities and key individuals in trusted positions.”

The British Constitution Group and the movement of “lawful rebellion” is strongly supported by Brian Gerrish, a former Royal Navy Lieutenant Commander who publishes the UK Column newspaper, which documents how Britain is being destroyed by globalist interests as well as the insidious “Common Purpose” organization which has infiltrated every level of British society.

“Roger’s family is shocked both at his arrest, and at the realisation that Britain is now sliding into a police state, where husbands, fathers and other good people can be lifted off the streets and imprisoned. There is now no doubt that Britain is further under the control of domestic terrorists in Westminster,” reports the UK Column.

UPDATE 07/04/2012:

Related Link: Activist Roger Hayes Sentenced to 21 Days in Prison by New British Secret Courts

Egypt’s Ex-President Hosni Mubarak Sentenced to Life in Prison

In Egypt, News, NWO, Viral Videos, World Revolution on June 2, 2012 at 7:03 PM

 

06/02/2012

Egypt’s ex-President Hosni Mubarak has been jailed for life over the killing of demonstrators last year.

 

The 84-year-old remained silent as the verdict was read, but fighting immediately broke out between his supporters and protesters inside and outside the court.

 

Huge crowds gathered in Cairo’s Tahrir Square to protest against the verdicts, and protests were also held in Egypt’s second city Alexandria, Suez and Mansoura.

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