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Suicide Attempt?? Chelsea Manning Reportedly Taken to Hospital

UPDATE UPDATE UPDATE   rushed to hospital after suicide attempt.

Military whistleblower hero serving a 35-year sentence

Bradley Manning. Life in Jail for telling the terrible truth
Chelsea Manning…life in jail for telling the terrible truth

Whistleblower Chelsea Manning was reportedly taken to the hospital on Wednesday. (Photo: Alicia Neal, in cooperation with Chelsea Manning, commissioned by the Chelsea Manning Support Network)

U.S. military whistleblower Chelsea Manning was taken to the hospital on Wednesday. Though one reporter tweeted that it was a suspected suicide attempt, the reason for the medical visit is still unconfirmed.

Manning, who released a trove of government and military documents to WikiLeaks, is currently serving a 35-year sentence at the military prison in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Continue reading Suicide Attempt?? Chelsea Manning Reportedly Taken to Hospital

Eric King gets 10 yrs jail for Resisting Racist State Murder in Ferguson

Imprisoned anarchist comrade Eric G. King remained defiant in the face of 10 year sentence for a molotov attack against an empty Missouri congress office (USA) in a solidarity action after the Ferguson police repression.
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shared with thanks..supportericking.org..       Today, Eric King was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison in the federal district court in Kansas City, Missouri, USA. Eric accepted a non-cooperating plea to one count of “use of explosive materials to commit arson of property used in or affecting interstate commerce”

The action he admitted taking was throwing a hammer and two Molotov cocktails through the window of the empty office of a US congressperson from Missouri late at night on September 11th, 2014.

The statutory minimum and maximum sentences for that charge are both 10 years, meaning that the set penalty is 10 years. Eric will receive credit for time served for almost two years of pre-trial incarceration, leaving him a little more than eight years to serve.


..”My act as a very personal display of my anger and rage toward the state as well as an act of solidarity to everyone in Ferguson…”


We do not know where he will be spending those years, though we commit to keeping you all up-to-date on his placement and well-being until he is free once more. The most recent updates will always be at https://supportericking.wordpress.com/eric King anarchist prisoner

A number of people gathered together today and made it through the court’s security check to fill the rows with love and solidarity. Thank you to everyone who came out! Eric was in the best spirits one could anticipate considering the grim circumstances at hand. As always, he demonstrated the incredible balance of light-heartedness and serious commitment to his values that we have come to appreciate in him so much.


..”I have been incredibly fortunate to have so many people come into my life and take a stand with me so that I didn’t have to face this shit alone…”


He entered the courtroom smiling at supporters and signed “I love you,” to his partner, a gesture of affection that was quickly squashed by a US Marshall. Despite the shackles on his ankles and wrists, he was warmly animated throughout the proceeding, smiling and rolling his eyes at the more laughable court proceedings, and even flipping off the prosecutor.


He also delivered a powerful sentencing statement to the court, refusing to back down. Not even the gravity of the moment could keep his spirit down or his words in check.

Putting into words the emotions we’re all feeling right now is difficult. There is a certain sense of relief in knowing that he will soon be transferred out of Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) Leavenworth. CCA is notorious for abhorrent prison conditions, and Eric’s time there has consistently shown that infamous reputation to be well deserved.mail-google-com

We do not expect his time in federal prison to be good, but hope that he will have a better chance of getting his basic needs met in that system than he was able to find in the for-profit, slave-holding facility in Leavenworth. While there is a feeling of closure in this chapter of Eric’s story, there is also a palpable rage as Eric has been stolen from us and will remain locked away for the next eight years.

Prior to imposing the sentence and conditions of release, Judge Fenner felt it necessary to announce to Eric and enter into the court record that Eric is “obviously a sick, deranged and dangerous person” with a “history of mental illness.”

While there is always room for learning and growth every time a comrade is imprisoned, we refuse this narrative that Eric’s actions can be summed up as those of a deranged individual. We want to strongly counter this assertion of the state and remind those who hold power that resistance to and direct attacks against systems and structures of oppression is not a sign of mental illness nor delusion.

In fact, in many cases these acts of resistance, large or small, are the most sound reaction one could take when faced with the daily horrors and brokenness that are imposed on us all. Eric expressed no regrets today in court and we continue to stand in solidarity with him.

We’ll be sharing the transcript from the hearing as soon as we have it, including Eric’s sentencing statement (which he improvised in the moment).

Overall, he lambasted the classist, racist, and patriarchal government and the way it destroys families and communities for the sake of the rich. He insulted the court, the judge, and the supposed “justice” they claim to represent. He stood proudly behind his act of rebellion, refusing to beg for mercy or to apologize for his actions.

“This court is a farce. I stand by what I did. I’m happy I did it. I’m sorry that I got caught.”

statement and thanks from Eric

We’d like to close with some of Eric’s own words, transcribed from a phone call with Eric last night:

“This has been a really fucking long and hard journey. CCA sucks. It is a horrible, horrible place. They have done everything imaginable just to drain all of the life and soul out of everyone here. I have been incredibly fortunate to have so many people come into my life and take a stand with me so that I didn’t have to face this shit alone. I have seen how difficult prison can be when you don’t have a support team and don’t have folks in your corner. I wouldn’t wish that on anybody but unfortunately it is the reality for most. The system breeds such an environment.1265011_10151766560676743_1651319365_o-980x600

“There have been so many people that interjected themselves in my life with the sole purpose of being there for me and limiting the state’s crushing effect. I don’t know what I would do without those people.

From the smallest greeting to the big gestures, everything has meant so much to me. Prison support is a real tangible thing that people can do for each other. We cannot have a functioning radical community without it. So thanks to everyone who reached out to me, if we still talk or not, you have been awesome.

“Now that said, I stand by my actions. After seeing what happened in Ferguson, so close down the road, I was disgusted by the lack of mobilization in my city. Three hours away people were fighting for their lives and we weren’t even taking to the streets. We were doing nothing.

My act as a very personal display of my anger and rage toward the state as well as an act of solidarity to everyone in Ferguson. We never know our own strength until we are tested and even with my ridiculous sentence I feel at least proud to have been able to stand strong and refuse to cooperate with the state”.

“I am just really happy that I don’t have to take this alone and have so many amazing people standing next to me. Until all are free.”

“Thank you for your roles in my life and for your support.”

Keep posted for future updates on Eric. And drop him a line to show him your solidarity:

Eric King
27090045
CCA Leavenworth
100 Highway Terrace
Leavenworth, KS 66048
USA

You can also donate to his support fund at http://fnd.us/c/316cDf/sh/a4jVK6. You can get a kick-ass support t-shirt when you donate $20 or more!

Love and rage,

EK Support Crew

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This entry was posted on Thursday, June 30th, 2016 at 11:39 am

British Activist and Anonymous Hacker Faces 99 Years In Prison for US Government Hacks

          update update Alleged Brit hacker Lauri Love bailed amid US extradition battle lull
ClJrll7UgAENkJ0 June 29th, 2016 | by righteous               Lauri Love is wanted in the United States and faces up to 99 years in prison for his action in #OpLastResort – an Anonymous operation which made the US government a target after their treatment of Aaron Swartz. Love is accused of hacking into US Army, NASA, the Missile Defense Agency, the Federal Reserve, The EPA and several other government agencies from 2012 – 2013

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Lauri is currently being held in a British prison, facing extradition to the United States for sentencing. Activists and fellow countrymen alike are trying to persuade their government to ignore international pressure and keep him in Britain.

Love is accused of breaking into Uncle Sam’s computers as part of #OpLastResort – the codename for a string of online protests that followed cyber-activist Aaron Swartz’s suicide in 2013.

While cross-examined this morning by US government lawyer Peter Caldwell, Love spoke of his admiration for Swartz and described him as a wunderkind who was “persecuted by the Department of Justice.”

Love’s lawyers had drawn a comparison between their client and Schwartz, who killed himself after he was accused of breaking into a network hardware closet on the MIT campus to download almost five million academic papers.


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Lauri is said to suffer from depression and Aspergers syndrome, a form of autism. Mental health experts as well as his family have stated in court that if Love Love was extradited, it is likely he might attempt to take his own life – just like Aaron Shwartz.

To avoid extradition, prosecutors are demanding that Love hand over any and all information that he obtained. Before he was arrested, Love was able to lock his computer and conceal the information. From the time he was first arrested through to his first trial last April 12th, Love has refused to hand over his encryption keys and passwords.Lauri-Love-hacktivist

Activists organized a rally on his behalf and urged everyone to show up the Westminster Courts in London and show support from him through his struggle. Threy also planned a carnival/party including speakers, live music and entertainment.

Read More About Lauri Love’s Story: http://anonhq.com/?s=lauri+love

SOLIDARITY CALL FOR VEGAN ‘STRAIGHT EDGE’ PRISONER NAHUEL

update: Nahuel has stopped his latest  hungerstrike after winning medical attention. Thursday’s demo goes ahead demanding his immediate freedom!
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see details here.. English /Español: SOLIDARITY CALL FOR VEGAN ‘STRAIGHT EDGE’ PRISONER NAHUEL

From Manuel “I was arrested with other friends for being part of Straight Edge Madrid. The government considers us a terrorist group. The reason? Being a part of the demonstration against the government here in Spain. For being part of the people that never left alone the ones who lost their homes. Me, like my friends, were part of the anti-eviction movement, and also the animal liberation movement. They call us terrorists. They call me terrorist. But we were a group of friends that wanted to create a drug free space in the anarchist and antifascist hardcore punk scene in Madrid”.

Plataforma Nahuel libertadplataformanahuellibertad.blogspot.com/  Reiteramos la convocatoria para el día jueves 30 de Junio de 2016 para la CONCENTRACIÓNNAHUEL LIBERTAD. En la calle Alcalá 38.

NahuelWe wanted to show that being Straight Edge is much more than expensive shoes, mosh dancing or stage dancing. It means to make a change. I use my sobriety for helping others who want to fight their addictions. I used it to fight injustice and oppression, to claim animal and human liberation. This is my crime, being a dissident.”   Diet: Vegan

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¡¡ Andrés Bódalo Libertad !!

¡¡ Nahuel Libertad !!

¡¡ Alfon  Libertad !!

ESPAÑA: ULTIMA HORA: NAHUEL EN HUELGA DE HAMBRE!!! + COMUNICADO DE NAHUEL

sxeEl 21 de Junio del 2016 el compañero Nahuel en prision desde noviembre del 2015 acusado de diversos atentados incendiarios, se declara en huelga de hambre indefinida desde el Centro Penitenciario Sevilla II exigiendo su salida a la calle. Inmediatamente los carceleros decidieron bloquear sus comunicaciones telefónicas y dificultar sus visitas. El compañero mantiene hace años problemas gastrointestinales, por lo que la huelga puede resultar bastante perjudicial para su salud.

Comunicado de Nahuel iniciando la Huelga de Hambre

Llevo 232 días en prisión preventiva, en régimen FIES y aislamiento. En estos siete meses he estado en cuatro centros penitenciarios, tres en Madrid y ahora en Sevilla, a más de quinientos kilómetros de mi familia, amigxs, compañerxs y de mi abogado.13331040_620302708134386_3916694329728509729_n

En varias ocasiones se ha desestimado mi puesta en libertad bajo fianza, aludiendo a razones como riesgo de fuga o falta de empleo. En estos momentos la única explicación que encuentro para que no se me conceda la libertad provisional, se me traslade y aleje constantemente y se aplique con desidia y de forma discontinua el derecho reconocido judicialmente a la dieta vegana es el racismo debido a mi origen peruano.

Agotada la vía institucional para ejercer mis derechos, he decidido iniciar una huelga de hambre indefinida.

‘Pandora’ Frame-Up of Anarchists: Case Dismissed .. Zero evidence

 
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 CASE DROPPED!!!..the 2nd part of the Pandora operation against the “anarchist terrorism”
The National Court said that after eight months of investigation it has only been proved that the nine detainees are active in anarchist collectives, but there is not even evidence that they participated in the commission of any crimes.

As we knew from the beginning our comrades are amazing occupiers, resisters and community activists fighting the plague of corrupt capitalist  evicters who are destroying the planet.. NOT ”TERRORISTS” even in the state’s wide definition of the term.piñata victory

The state is the real  terrorist, spending millions to cynically  try to suppress our movement by imprisoning activists, intimidating supporters, raiding the Occupied Social Centers and promoting a vast campaign of media lies….but this time THEY HAVE FAILED.

In fact more people than ever have shown solidarity against obvious Frame-Ups and more people identify, support or at least recognise the anarchist movement as progressive, necessary and useful.


The Pandora II operation used about 500 police agents        / VICTOR SERRI

from  Diagonal   rough translation of part..
“The accused attended certain meetings, which gathered in public places, and took part without referring to any events related to terrorist activities.”

This is one of the conclusions reached by the Central Court of Instruction No. 3 of the National Court after eight months of investigation into the nine people arrested, on October 28, 2015, in Barcelona and Manresa in the framework of the second phase Pandora operation against the alleged “anarchist terrorism.” One detainee was remanded in custody for several weeks.

All the arrested in the Pandpra and Piñata raids were related to two anarchists awaiting trial for allegedly bombing a church! The Spainish right are still furious about this as it referred to the mega crimes of the church in aiding the fascist dictatorship, many of the arrested anarchists were accused of being in a prisoners support group for the two, Fransico and Monica. The campaign for their release continues with hope after the Piñata raids seem to be falling apart.
All the arrested in the Pandora and Piñata raids were related to two anarchists jailed without evidence for allegedly bombing a church! The Spanish right, who control the courts,  were furious about this as it referred to the mega crimes of the church in aiding the fascist dictatorship, many of the arrested anarchists were accused of being in a prisoners support group for the two, Fransico and Monica. The campaign for their release continues with hope after the Piñata raids cases have fallen apart.

The head of the court, Judge Carmen Lamena, has decided to shelve the case against these nine persons, who the Catalan police accused of belonging to a terrorist organization.

Read more:Monica and Francisco trial. Day 1 report. State has NO EVIDENCE

….Records made the day of this second phase of the operation Pandora,  note that “despite the elapsed time” researchers have not yet contributed any result of the study of computer devices and documents seized. The case also refers to the judgement of Monica and Francisco, in which the court ruled out the existence of an “anarchist terrorist conspiracy”…

 'piñata' is a multi wrapped parcel full of goodies that's hung up at kids birthdays and whacked by blindfolded children till all the treasures fly out.
‘piñata’ is a multi wrapped parcel full of goodies that’s hung up at kids birthdays and whacked by blindfolded children till all the treasures fly out.

….”The only result obtained by researchers is the finding that the investigated relate to people from anarchist collectives. They  have been limited to report on their meetings, trips and visits to prisons,” explains the document.

“Faced with such poor results, I believe that they have not obtained in the present process objective data accessible to third parties and verifiable that may be considered evidence to state, not even circumstantially, participation in the alleged offences”…….


Archivada la segunda parte de la operación Pandora contra el “terrorismo anarquista”

La Audiencia Nacional afirma que, tras ocho meses de investigación, sólo se ha probado que las nueve personas detenidas militan en colectivos anarquistas, pero no hay ni siquiera indicios de que hayan participado en la comisión de delitos.

  from   Diagonal

La operación Pandora II tuvo un dispositivo formado por alrededor de 500 agentes de los Mossos d’Esquadra. / VICTOR SERRI

“Los investigados asisten a determinadas reuniones, que se reúnen en sitios públicos, y que mantienen conversaciones, sin que se refiera en ninguna de ellas hechos relacionados con actividades terroristas”. Ésta es una de las conclusiones alcanzadas por el Juzgado Central de Instrucción Número 3 de la Audiencia Nacional después de ocho meses de investigación sobre las nueve personas detenidas, el 28 de octubre de 2015, en Barcelona y Manresa en el marco de la segunda fase de la operación Pandora contra el supuesto “terrorismo anarquista”. Uno de los detenidos estuvo en prisión preventiva durante varias semanas.

La titular del juzgado, la magistrada Carmen Lamena, ha decidido archivar el causa contra estas nueve personas, a las que los Mossos d’Esquadra acusaba de pertenencia a organización terrorista.

Leer más: Nueve detenciones en una nueva fase de la Operación Pandora

El auto señala que de cada uno de los investigados se han referido acciones pasadas ya y se ha afirmado su integración en determinados grupos anarquistas catalanas –denominados en el auto también con las siglas GAC como Grupos Anarquistas Catalanes–, “sin que se les relacione con acciones concretas constitutivas de delito”.abolish prisons

En cuanto a los registros realizados el día que tuvo lugar esta segunda fase de la operación Pandora, el auto apunta que “pese al tiempo transcurrido” los investigadores no han aportado aún resultado del estudio de los dispositivos informáticos y documentos intervenidos. El auto hace referencia también a la sentencia de Mónica y Francisco, en la que el tribunal descartó la teoría del “terrorismo anarquista”

Leer más: La Audiencia Nacional condena a 12 años de prisión a los acusados por la detonación de El Pilar

“El único resultado obtenido por los investigadores es la comprobación de que los investigados se relacionan con personas del colectivo anarquista. En los sucesivos oficios se han limitado a informar sobre sus reuniones, viajes y visitas a centros penitenciarios”, explica el auto. “Ante tan escasos resultados, estimo que no se han obtenido en el presente procedimiento datos objetivos, accesibles a terceros y verificables que puedan considerarse indicios para afirmar, ni siquiera de manera indiciaria, la participación de los investigados en los hechos que se les imputa”, continúa.

solidarity demo against the earlier raids and arrests.. attacking one of us they attack us all..
Huge solidarity demo against the earlier raids and arrests.. attacking one of us they attack us all..

La magistrada finaliza el texto afirmando que no hay avances que permitan continuar la investigación y que el Ministerio Fiscal se ha limitado a “afirmar de manera genérica la existencia de indicios sin concreción alguna sobre persona determinada”.

read more here
3rd day: Can Vies Uprising spreads like Wildfire # EfectoCanVies

 

Gabriel is FREE and unrepentant, after 30 years jail

Gabriel Pomba

Our anarchist comrade Gabriel Pombo is finally outside the walls
by Cruz Negra Anarquista. on June 10th, 2016

see story here: Anarchist Gabriel may be released after 30 years

Dear anarchist comrades; (en español abajo)

Finally, after many ‘laters’ and ‘maybes’  by the prison institutions and the interior miunistry, they were forced to enforce their own laws,  and here I am finally free, writing these first words of gratitude and love all and all the @ s that during these last 30 years have accompanied me and reaffirmed in my own anarchist beliefs, holding values as basic principles of anarchism such as mutual support and solidarity..

…you have finally managed to pluck me from the clutches of the prison beast and I will continue fighting from the street without forgetting obviously the fight  being foughtindide, because for me, basically there is little difference between one system and another. Continue reading Gabriel is FREE and unrepentant, after 30 years jail

JUne 11th prison Solidarity day for Anarchist, Longterm and all Prisoners

June 11th statement by anarchist prisoner Jeremy Hammond

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JUNE 11th statement  by Jeremy Hammond
Revolutionary greetings on this June 11! Solidarity with all Earth warriors and anarchists behind bars!

We are up against a system of power and profit, a system which is destroying the planet and forcing the people into poverty and imprisonment. Many of us who have fought back found ourselves in the crosshairs of an extensive counter-intelligence apparatus who use trumped-up “terrorism” charges and entrapment by informants to put us in prison for years. Continue reading JUne 11th prison Solidarity day for Anarchist, Longterm and all Prisoners