Tag Archives: edward snowden

Chelsea Manning to walk free in May

Chelsea Manning, the US Army private who blew the whistle on ‘collateral murders’ and other secrets the government would rather not address, has received a sentence commutation from President Obama and will go free in May. Prison was clearly killing her–she had attempted suicide, and it was clear that she would never survive the long sentence she was […]

Another reason to vote against HRC

This meme has gotten a real workout over the past few weeks as a Hillary talking point. The implication is that if the Senate won’t confirm Obama’s pick for SCOTUS as a replacement for Antonin Scalia, we should all vote for HRC because she’ll put Obama in the position. *sigh* One of the problems I […]

FBI and Political Assassination–the Occupy Houston story

  A federal judge has blocked an attempt by researchers to learn the name (or names) of individuals in Houston who had planned to assassinate members of Occupy Houston to prevent a shutdown of the Houston port. The lawsuit was brought by a researcher who had learned of the plot through a previous FBI FOIA […]

Cecily McMillan–a critical Occupy trial at hand

If you read this space, you know that I write about troublemakers. The three kinds of troublemakers I’ve written about are: Intentional troublemakers who expect prison time for their deeds. This is a relatively small group–the Plowshares activists come to mind. Their whole point is to be arrested in protest because the thing they’re protesting […]

We interrupt this blog for an important bulletin…

Today, February 11, is a day of protest against unwarranted and illegal Government surveillance of the citizens of this country. I’ve blogged about this before, but what you need to know is that there is now an organized protest against the NSA surveillance revealed by Edward Snowden and others. It is also a protest against […]

Amnesty for Edward Snowden?

Note: I had begun this post back in mid-December. It has regained relevance with the recent NY Times and Guardian editorials calling for amnesty for Snowden. The Guardian might be acting out of altruism, but I wonder about the motives at the Times. Is this a big sea-change at the Grey Lady? Or are they sending some kind of message […]

Glenn Greenwald’s partner detained;

So in case you haven’t heard this already, Glenn Greenwald (who broke the Edward Snowden case through The Guardian) reported that his partner David Miranda was detained for nine hours in the UK under Britain’s Terrorism Act. Miranda was in flight from Berlin back to his home in Brazil and not even staying in Britain–and […]