A prosecutor from the International Criminal Court has opened a probe into possible war crimes in the Palestinian territories. Israel wasted no time lashing out, threatening to dismantle the ICC.
Potential cases [prosecutor Fatou] Bensouda could take on include allegations of war crimes by Israel during last summer’s Gaza war where the Palestinians suffered heavy civilian casualties. Israel’s settlement construction on occupied Palestinian lands could also be examined.
The cases could also include alleged war crimes by Hamas, which controls Gaza, including the firing of thousands of rockets at Israeli residential areas from crowded neighborhoods.
[Israeli prime minister, Benjamin] Netanyahu (Read more…)
Iceland is the de facto home of Wikileaks and is also a country concerned with privacy issues. The country is now considering leveraging their experience and reputation of being digital-data friendly to the next level. Presently, the country is considering branding itself as the “Switzerland of Data.”
If Iceland does move ahead with this, it means that the country will become one of the most important players in the 21st century similar to how Switzerland was with banks in the 20th.
The International Modern Media Institute (IMMI), a non-profit organisation, has played an instrumental role in designing and promoting (Read more…)
It's been five years since the young American soldier now known as Chelsea Manning began downloading hundreds of thousands of Pentagon files.And in the process not only revealed the horror, the brutality, and the hypocrisy of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the diplomatic world. But also the U.S. intelligence machine's most closely guarded secret.That in order to spy on their enemies, they would now spy on us ALL.Read more »
The out-of-control police response to protests against the killing of Michael Brown in a St. Louis, MO suburb, continues.
Our reporter @rdevro was shot with rubber bullets/beanbags by police last night, spent night in jail. Is due to be released w/o charge soon.— The Intercept (@the_intercept) August 19, 2014
Yesterday more journalists were arrested without charge, leaving little evidence for the wronged reporters to seek damages in a civil lawsuit.
.@DrDawg I see his point, but his exceptions are really rendered moot by the racist justice system. No opportunity for oppressed to sue.— Saskboy K. (@saskboy) (Read more…)
Julian Assange of Wikileaks fame, has just released the draft text of a secret, fifty country deal, to deregulate the banking industry. Dubbed the Trade in Services Agreement or TISA, the scheme would also allow the global sharing of our personal financial information.
It is said to be a push back against regulations imposed after the 2008 financial meltdown, when the public was forced to bail out the banks. If allowed to go through, it would set us up for a repeat performance.
Apparently Canada is one of the signatories.
This is not surprising.
Stephen Harper has always supported (Read more…)
by: WikiLeaks | June 19, 2014
Whistleblowing website WikiLeaks has published the a secret draft text of the World Trade Agreement’s Trade in Services Agreement (TISA) Financial Services Annex, which aims to “further deregulate global financial services markets.” According to the draft, Canada is among the 50 countries that are part to the negotiations.
BREAKING: #WikiLeaks publishes secret Trade in Services Agreement (TISA) – Financial Services, covering 50 countries https://t.co/BT5QkAMTPo
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) June 19, 2014
Today, WikiLeaks released the secret draft text for the Trade in Services Agreement (TISA) Financial Services Annex, which covers 50 countries (Read more…)
An interesting ethical debate is taking place. FirstLook Media, the controversial and adversarial media outlet owned by PayPal’s inventor, has withheld the name of the 5th country the NSA collects recordings of all phone calls from. SOMALGET and MYSTIC are Top Secret programs revealed by the Snowden leaks from the NSA. Following on the earth shaking revelations of last year starting with the “metadata” gathering in the US called PRISM, MYSTIC is again changing Americans’ views of what their spy agencies are actually working toward.
Wikileaks might cause a shitstorm this week if/when they reveal what country's communications the US (Read more…)
Some NSA efforts to destroy Assange and intimidate people supporting Wikileaks have been revealed.
ANTICRISIS GIRL was a system to spy on Wikileaks searchers.
This other item is big news too, because Matt’s been an important journalist covering Wall St. crimes.
Over 125,000 people – including tens of thousands of Canadians – have now spoken out about the damaging Internet censorship proposals in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). We know from leaked drafts all about how the TPP would make your Internet more expensive, censored, and policed.
Now, our friends in Australia are sounding the alarm about how the TPP could wreak havoc on Canada’s economy. Australians know well the economic damage that unbalanced and extreme Internet censorship rules can cause. Australia was forced to adopt extreme copyright rules as part of the Australia-U.S. Free Trade Agreement (AUSFTA) – rules which (Read more…)
Private Chelsea Manning (formerly Bradley Manning), who risked her freedom and her life so that people would see the truth about the US occupation of Iraq, is spending another birthday in prison. This is Manning’s fourth birthday behind bars. She was held in solitary confinement (a recognized form of torture) for 10 months, and was sentenced to 35 years in prison for releasing the video now known as Collateral Murder and other information to Wikileaks. Not one person was harmed as a result of the information becoming public.
On the other hand, the men who cooked up the highly profitable (Read more…)
1:08:38 SFU History grad, Sean Tucker of Business Administration, “I don’t know if we need a Whistleblower policy on campus or something”.
An academic has their priorities askew if they don’t protect whistleblowing, even while its result is not directly in the immediate favour of their organization. Protecting the right to speak and hear the truth, is an important aspect of a functioning democracy and a transparent academic institution.
1:16:16 I speak my mind. I’d rather the University offer WikiLeaks server space, if there’s any sort of policy on whistle-blowing.
Here’s a statement by WikiLeaks journalist Sarah Harrison on NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden’s temporary asylum in Russia, granted in August.
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On Friday I was invited to talk about blogging, on Regina’s community radio station CJTR. The show was Human Rights Radio by Jim and Gord, and we spent the hour going over what a blog is, why it’s useful to have one, and how it could be used to promote human rights. You can give a listen to it!
The second half of the show is on YouTube too, if you want to look at the ceiling for most of it:
Also, if you’re in Saskatchewan, check out the “Get Active with Amnesty” 2013 conference. I was a guest speaker (Read more…)
I noticed another person with a CIBC 2-factor authentication fob on their key chain last week. It displays a seemingly random number that actually only a special server knows, so if a password is stolen, so too must the fob containing the random number code that changes every minute. Without both the password, and the fob, a thief is unable to log into a stolen account.
Passwords make the Web work, so we can have ‘our’ stuff, and keep unwanted and very unwelcome people from viewing it and changing our own information. So a title like “Kill the Password: (Read more…)
It is good and funny. Enjoy!
“LONDON — Dressed as an 1980s rocker and donning a fake mullet, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has made a bizarre bid for votes by starring in a YouTube music video.The spoof ends with Assange singing rocker John Farnham’s 1986 hit “You’re the Voice.”
Read the story at NBC News.
Abby Zimet reports on Common Dreams: Days before Bradley – now Chelsea – Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison for helping expose U.S. war crimes in Iraq, the Obama Department of Justice filed a petition in federal court arguing that the perpetrators of those crimes – Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld et al – enjoy “absolute immunity” against criminal charges or civil liability. The filing came in a suit brought by Sundus Shaker Saleh, an Iraqi single mother and refugee now living in Jordan, who alleges that the planning and waging of the Iraq war under false pretenses constituted (Read more…)
Here are two important things you can do to help support Chelsea Manning.
1. Do whatever you can to work for her pardon. You can sign the petition to President Obama here.
You have to create an account, but that only takes a few moments, and the form accepts Canadian postal codes. Please sign and share widely.
2. Write her. According to her support team, she’s looking forward to being able to correspond with her supporters for the first time. The mailing address will say Bradley Manning, as that’s the only name the military will recognize. But you can and (Read more…)
In case you haven’t seen it, this link at Democracy Now! has the transcript of Bradley Manning’s statement, read by his lawyer David Coombs, after Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison. The decisions that I made in 2010 were made out of a concern for my country and the world that we live in. Since the tragic events of 9/11, our country has been at war. We’ve been at war with an enemy that chooses not to meet us on any traditional battlefield, and due to this fact we’ve had to alter our methods of combating the risks (Read more…)
Turns out the Young Liberals at the University of Calgary is seen as an organization of real influence by the US State Department. Below is a quote from Wikileaks that talks about how the UofC Liberals were able to influence the policy of the party and shake up a whole other party. 6. (SBU) The […]
Whenever we learn something new and impactful about what our governments or other institutions of power are doing, we owe ourselves a public discussion of these new revelations. Perhaps we accept the revelations as acceptable or desirable, or perhaps we find them unacceptable and harmful in which case the public discourse can lobby these institutions of power to change their ways. As with Wikileaks before it, the NSA leaks provide us with precisely such new revelations about what our government is doing and we ought to have such a public discussion. Unfortunately, and as with Wikileaks, that discussion is largely absent and (Read more…)
I believe that all Bradley Manning did was to expose the atrocities committed by the Americans in Iraq. He is a whistle-blower. Instead of making accountable and punish those who committed these crimes in Iraq; including Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld who invaded Iraq on false pretences; Bradley Manning is being punished. He is one of the many scapegoats. This is pure injustice.
Here is an interesting comment on Manning and Snowden case on the NBC story.
“Close the Fed“So let this be a lesson Americans,,,,,“,,,,, if you DARE tell the truth about how our corrupt government is trampling (Read more…)
Military judge Colonel Denise Lind found whistleblower Bradley Manning not guilty of the serious charge of “aiding the enemy”, and guilty of lesser charges which still carry the possibility of over 100 years behind bars.
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In this open letter to President Barack Obama and US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, European parliamentarians demand the immediate release of Bradley Manning.
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