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30 Nov 2012 (updated 30 Nov 2012 at 20:08 UTC) »

EXCLUSIVE: Julian Assange on WikiLeaks, Bradley Manning, Cypherpunks, Survei...

via Democracy Now! by mail@democracynow.org (Democracy Now!) on 11/29/12

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In his most extended interview in months, Julian Assange speaks to Democracy Now! from inside the Ecuadorean embassy in London, where he has been holed up for nearly six months. Assange vowed WikiLeaks would persevere despite attacks against it. On Tuesday, the European Commission announced that the credit card company Visa did not break the European Union’s antitrust rules by blocking donations to WikiLeaks. "Since the blockade was erected in December 2010, WikiLeaks has lost 95 percent of the donations that were attempted to be transferred to us over that period. ... Our rightful and natural growth, our ability to publish as much as we would like, our ability to defend ourselves and our sources, has been diminished by that blockade." Assange also speaks about his new book, "Cypherpunks: Freedom and the Future of the Internet." "The mass surveillance and mass interception that is occurring to all of us now who use the internet is also a mass transfer of power from individuals into extremely sophisticated state and private intelligence organizations and their cronies," he says. Assange also discusses the United States’ targeting of WikiLeaks. "The Pentagon is maintaining a line that WikiLeaks inherently, as an institution that tells military and government whistleblowers to step forward with information, is a crime. They allege we are criminal, moving forward," Assange says. "Now, the new interpretation of the Espionage Act that the Pentagon is trying to hammer in to the legal system, and which the Department of Justice is complicit in, would mean the end of national security journalism in the United States." [includes rush transcript]

Syndicated 2012-11-30 18:13:00 (Updated 2012-11-30 18:13:33) from proclus

EXCLUSIVE: Julian Assange on WikiLeaks, Bradley Manning, Cypherpunks, Survei...

via Democracy Now! by mail@democracynow.org (Democracy Now!) on 11/29/12

Julian_assange

In his most extended interview in months, Julian Assange speaks to Democracy Now! from inside the Ecuadorean embassy in London, where he has been holed up for nearly six months. Assange vowed WikiLeaks would persevere despite attacks against it. On Tuesday, the European Commission announced that the credit card company Visa did not break the European Union’s antitrust rules by blocking donations to WikiLeaks. "Since the blockade was erected in December 2010, WikiLeaks has lost 95 percent of the donations that were attempted to be transferred to us over that period. ... Our rightful and natural growth, our ability to publish as much as we would like, our ability to defend ourselves and our sources, has been diminished by that blockade." Assange also speaks about his new book, "Cypherpunks: Freedom and the Future of the Internet." "The mass surveillance and mass interception that is occurring to all of us now who use the internet is also a mass transfer of power from individuals into extremely sophisticated state and private intelligence organizations and their cronies," he says. Assange also discusses the United States’ targeting of WikiLeaks. "The Pentagon is maintaining a line that WikiLeaks inherently, as an institution that tells military and government whistleblowers to step forward with information, is a crime. They allege we are criminal, moving forward," Assange says. "Now, the new interpretation of the Espionage Act that the Pentagon is trying to hammer in to the legal system, and which the Department of Justice is complicit in, would mean the end of national security journalism in the United States." [includes rush transcript]

Syndicated 2012-11-30 18:13:00 (Updated 2012-11-30 18:13:33) from proclus

30 Nov 2012 (updated 30 Nov 2012 at 19:08 UTC) »

Bradley Manning Testimony Reveals Brig Counselor Deception Regarding Abusive...

Bradley Manning Testimony Reveals Brig Counselor Deception Regarding Abusive...

30 Nov 2012 (updated 30 Nov 2012 at 19:08 UTC) »

Quantico Psychiatrist: Military's Mistreatment of Pfc. Manning 'Unprecedented'

via (title unknown) by jon on 11/29/12

The government psychiatrist charged with evaluating Pfc. Bradley Manning during his early detention at the military brig at Quantico told the judge at a pre-trial hearing on Wednesday that his recommendations for the Manning's treatment were repeatedly ignored by the Marine guard unit responsible for him.

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Syndicated 2012-11-30 17:40:00 (Updated 2012-11-30 17:40:21) from proclus

Quantico Psychiatrist: Military's Mistreatment of Pfc. Manning 'Unprecedented'

via (title unknown) by jon on 11/29/12

The government psychiatrist charged with evaluating Pfc. Bradley Manning during his early detention at the military brig at Quantico told the judge at a pre-trial hearing on Wednesday that his recommendations for the Manning's treatment were repeatedly ignored by the Marine guard unit responsible for him.

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Syndicated 2012-11-30 17:40:00 (Updated 2012-11-30 17:40:21) from proclus

Indefinite detention

Friends,

I just received this important action alert from Demand Progress:

The 2012 National Defense Authorization Act allows the United States military to detain civilians indefinitely and without charge or trial -- even American citizens. Help us reverse this travesty of justice by clicking here to email your senators:

http://act.demandprogress.org/letter/ndaa_2013/?referring_akid=1874.45919.7zi...

The Senate is taking up the 2013 NDAA TOMORROW (Thurs). Several senators are poised to put forth amendments to revoke or narrow the indefinite detention powers that we've been fighting so hard over the last year.

Demand Progress members have sent hundreds of thousands of emails to Congress and have helped fund the courageous lawsuit by Chris Hedges et al -- which recently spurred a federal judge to rule that indefinite detention is unconstitutional.

Because there are several amendments in play, our ask is broad and simple: Please urge your Senators to support any and all amendments to revoke or narrow indefinite detention powers.

Earlier this year we helped push an anti-indefinite detention amendment to the House's version of the NDAA to the brink of passage. The Senate is friendly turf for us: We have a real chance of winning this fight.

Please email your senators right away:

http://act.demandprogress.org/letter/ndaa_2013/?referring_akid=1874.45919.7zi...

Syndicated 2012-11-29 17:00:00 (Updated 2012-11-29 17:00:34) from proclus

Stop the Monsanto Riders

Hi,

So-called 'Monsanto riders,' quietly slipped into the multi-billion dollar FY 2013 Agricultural Appropriations bill, would require - not just allow, but require - the Secretary of Agriculture to grant a temporary permit for the planting or cultivation of a genetically engineered crop, even if a federal court has ordered the planting be halted until an Environmental Impact Statement is completed. All the farmer or the biotech producer has to do is ask.

That's why I signed a petition to The United States House of Representatives, The United States Senate, and President Barack Obama, which says:

"Stop the Monsanto riders. Unless a citizen's army of farmers and consumers can stop them, Congress is likely to ram these dangerous riders through any day now."

Will you sign this petition? Click here:

http://signon.org/sign/stop-the-monsanto-rider?source=s.em.cp&r_by=985589

Thanks!

Syndicated 2012-11-26 23:57:00 (Updated 2012-11-26 23:57:12) from proclus

Join farmers vs. Monsanto

On January 31, family farmers will take part in the first phase of a court case filed to protect farmers from genetic trespass by Monsanto’s GMO seed, which contaminates organic and non-GMO farmer’s crops and opens them up to abusive lawsuits. In the past two decades, Monsanto’s seed monopoly has grown so powerful that they control the genetics of nearly 90% of five major commodity crops including corn, soybeans, cotton, canola and sugar beets.
In many cases farmers are forced to stop growing certain organic and conventional crops to avoid genetic contamination and potential lawsuits. Between 1997 and 2010, Monsanto admits to filing 144 lawsuits against America’s family farmers, while settling another 700 out of court for undisclosed amounts. Due to these aggressive lawsuits, Monsanto has created an atmosphere of fear in rural America and driven dozens of farmers into bankruptcy.

Farmers need your voice today. Please spread the word.

http://action.fooddemocracynow.org/sign/farmersvs_monsanto/?referring_akid=.3...

Syndicated 2012-11-24 22:46:00 (Updated 2012-11-24 22:46:35) from proclus

President Obama's decision time on Keystone XL

Dear Friend,

Now that President Obama has been re-elected, he's got a choice to make.

And in the wake of the devastation caused by climate-change-fueled
Superstorm Sandy, it shouldn't be much of a choice at all.

He must reject the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.

President Obama will likely decide early next year. As he looks to the
priorities in his second term, and to the legacy of his presidency, we
need to send an immediate, unambiguous message right now.

Tell President Obama: Reject the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline:

http://act.credoaction.com/campaign/kxl_test/?r_by=50623-3052123-teD_FJx&rc=p...

Syndicated 2012-11-17 15:20:00 (Updated 2012-11-17 15:20:16) from proclus

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