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This week in press freedoms and privacy rights

  • The travesty calling itself "the Bradley Manning court-martial", the kangaroo tribunal calling itself "the FISA court", and the emptiness of what the Obama DOJ calls "your constitutional rights".
  • Special Report | NSA Spying

Glenn Greenwald, Guardian (UK)

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A military judge this week refused to dismiss the most serious charge against Bradley Manning. Photograph: Patrick Semansky/AP 

I'm on a (much-needed) quick vacation until Sunday, so I'll just post a few brief items from what has been a busy and important week of events, particularly when it comes to press freedom and privacy:

(1) In the utter travesty known as "the Bradley Manning court-martial proceeding", the military judge presiding over the proceeding yet again showed her virtually unbreakable loyalty to the US government's case by refusing to dismiss the most serious charge against the 25-year-old Army Private, one that carries a term of life in prison: "aiding and abetting the enemy". The government's theory is that because the documents Manning leaked were interesting to Osama bin Laden, he aided the enemy by disclosing them. Harvard Law Professor Yochai Benkler explained in the New Republic in March why this theory poses such a profound threat to basic press freedoms as it essentially converts all leaks, no matter the intent, into a form of treason.

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Special Report | NSA Spying: Week of July 14, 2013, David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

 

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Special Project | Edward Snowden, Bradley Manning, Julian Assange, & Wikileaks: Week of July 21

David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

Despite freezing rain, dozens of Bradley Manning supporters rallied outside Ft. Meade before his hearing. 

Judge in Manning Case Allows Charge of Aiding the Enemy, Erin Banco, New York (NY) Times 

  • The judge, Col. Denise Lind, said the government had provided sufficient evidence to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Private Manning knowingly gave information to certain enemy groups such as Al Qaeda when he passed hundreds of thousands of documents to WikiLeaks in 2009.
  • Special Coverage | The Trial of Bradley Manning: Week of July 14, 2013

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How propaganda is disseminated: WikiLeaks Edition, Glenn Greenwald, Salon

On the eve of a new leak, widely trumpeted Pentagon accusations about the whistleblowing site have proven false.

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Special Coverage | The Trial of Bradley Manning: Week of July 7, 2013, Reader Supported News, FireDogLake

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Edward Snowden Isn't on the Run... We Are, Subhankar Banerjee, Huffington Post

  • We need all our voices of conscience to rise in unison so that Edward’s Snowden’s courageous and immensely important revelations don’t get side stepped by the government, the corporate media, and by the right- and left-wing pundits.
  • The lessons of the US whistleblower in Anne Applebaum’s Russia

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Special Coverage | The Trial of Bradley Manning: Week of June 30, 2013, Reader Supported News

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Indict the Criminals Responsible for Vast Government Spying, The Steering CommitteeWorld Can't Wait 

  • Hands off Edward Snowden
  • Call to action
  • Stop the crimes of your government
  • The Deeper Meaning of Mass Spying in America

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The Judicial Lynching of Bradley Manning, Chris Hedges, Truthdig

The First Amendment is dead. There is no legal mechanism left to challenge the crimes of the power elite. We are bound and shackled. And those individuals who dare to resist face the prospect, if they remain in the country, of joining Manning in prison, perhaps the last refuge for the honest and the brave.

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Julian Assange: Media's Failure To Defend Bradley Manning, WikiLeaks Emboldened DOJ, Ryan Grim, Huffington Post 

  • "It can only be described as a show trial. The prosecution has vigorously fought to exclude all evidence as to motives, and all evidence as to outcomes," Assange said. "No one was harmed as a result of the publications."
  • An Itty Bitty Pity Party for the Associated Press

 

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Special Coverage | The Trial of Bradley Manning: Week of July 21, 2013

Reader Supported News, FireDogLake

Manning 'Aiding the Enemy' Charge Is a Threat to JournalismYochai Benkler, Guardian UK

20 July 13 | Thursday, Colonel Denise Lind, the judge in the Bradley Manning court martial, refused to dismiss the "aiding the enemy" charge. The decision is preliminary, and the judge could still moderate its effect if she finds Manning not guilty. But even if she ultimately acquits Manning, the decision will cast a long shadow on national security journalists and their sources.

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Team Leader Suddenly Remembers Manning Insulted the Flag, Scott Galindez, Reader Supported News

20 July 13 | Specialist Jirhleah Showman was Manning's team leader prior to deployment in Iraq. During a counseling session with Manning, Showmen said she asked Manning why he joined the military and he replied, "To get an education." Showmen testified that she then looked at Manning, tapped the flag on her shoulder, and asked, "What does this mean to you?" Showman said Manning told her that the flag did not mean anything to him.

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Live Blog: Showman's Superiors Rebut Her Testimony, Scott Galindez, Reader Supported News

19 July 13 | One of Specialist Showman's superiors, Chief Warrant Officer 1 Balanek, testified that he did not hear any reports of Manning's disloyal statements. He testified that he felt the charge was serious and should have been reported in writing.

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Live Blog: Manning's Team Leader Suddenly Remembers Manning Insulted the Flag, Scott Galindez, Reader Supported News

19 July 13 | Specialist Jirhleah Showman was Manning's team leader prior to deployment in Iraq. During a counseling session with Manning, Showmen said she asked Manning why he joined the military and that he replied, "To get an education." Showmen testified that she then looked at Manning and tapped the flag on her shoulder, and that Manning told her that the flag did not mean anything to him.
 

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Scott Galindez | Shining a Light on Truth Should Not Be a Capital Offense, Scott Galindez, Reader Supported News

19 July 13 | I know many people think Bradley Manning is a traitor and should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. Many probably say hang him. One problem with that thinking (among many others) is it wouldn't just mean punishing Manning, it would stifle anyone courageous enough to bring the truth to the light of day. 

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Live Blog: Bradley Manning Court-Martial Day 20, Scott Galindez, Reader Supported News

19 July 13 | The Army's rebuttal case will continue today. Both witnesses will counter testimony on Manning's motive. One witness will testify that Manning told him/her that he would be famous someday. The witness was told this by Manning in May of 2010. What that has to do with Manning's motives at the time of the leaks is a mystery to me.
 

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Manning Judge Does Not Dismiss "Aiding the Enemy" Charge, Scott Galindez, Reader Supported News

18 July 13 | udge Denise Lind did not dismiss the "Aiding the Enemy" charge against Bradley Manning, stating that the Army did present evidence that Manning should have known, based on his training, that the enemy would be able to access the information he released to Wikileaks. She also stated that evidence was presented that Manning did know that the enemy could use the SIGACTS (mapping of incidents in a region) he leaked in the same manner that the Army uses them. 

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Significance of Military Judge’s Decision to Not Acquit Bradley Manning of ‘Aiding the Enemy’Kevin Gosztola, FireDogLake 

Thursday July 18, 2013 | A military judge issued a ruling in the trial of Pfc. Bradley Manning today where she declined to acquit Manning of the “aiding the enemy” charge.

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The Trial of Bradley Manning: Day 18, Scott Galindez, Reader Supported News

16 July 13 | Today was mostly procedural. The Army and the defense argued the scope of the Army's rebuttal testimony that will begin on Thursday. They also argued two of the defense motions for dismissal of charges including "Aiding the Enemy." 

Reader Supported News Files Lawsuit in Manning Court-Martial, Marc Ash, Reader Supported News

  • 15 July 13 | We have filed our lawsuit in the Manning court-martial affair. Here you will find a copy of the suit as prepared by RSN counsel Bill Simpich.
  • The issue is media access, or the lack thereof. But it's broader than that. It's about your right to know. It's about the role of a free press in our democracy. And yes, it's about the well-being of a courageous young man that stood up and showed us what we are forbidden to see, and have every right to know. 

 

 

 

 

 

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Trayvon Martin Family Attorney: ‘The Biggest Mistake Was To Ignore Race’

  • The state’s decision to ignore the role race played in the case was a major strategic error and may have allowed Zimmerman to escape a guilty verdict.
  • Zimmerman saga was all about race

Judd Legum, Think Progress

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The legal team that prosecuted George Zimmerman

Jul 18, 2013 | In a press conference immediately after George Zimmerman was acquitted, State Attorney Angela Corey declared “this case has never been about race.”

The legal team for the Trayvon Martin family disagrees. In an interview with ThinkProgress, Natalie Jackson — one of three lawyers representing Trayvon Martin’s parents — said the prosecution’s “biggest mistake was to ignore race.”

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Zimmerman saga was all about race, Paul Campos, Salon

Saturday, Jul  13, 2013 | Let's Get Real

 

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