It may not be something you have noticed but this blog has been neglected of late. I don’t even remember the last time I looked at the number of followers I had and I am pretty sure it was no more than 1000. Not even close. Now I see there are 4,729 followers!
Thank you for following! I feel pleasantly surprised and a wee bit guilty now, so I’ll post more for you.
But I really must ask because I’m terribly curious, where on earth did all you lovely people all come from?
PFC Manning has offered to plead guilty to various offenses through a process known as “pleading by exceptions and substitutions.” To clarify, PFC Manning is not pleading guilty to the specifications as charged by the Government. Rather, PFC Manning is attempting to accept responsibility for offenses that are encapsulated within, or are a subset of, the charged offenses. The Court will consider whether this is a permissible plea.
PFC Manning is not submitting a plea as part of an agreement or deal with the Government. Further, the Government does not need to agree to PFC Manning’s plea; the Court simply has to determine that the plea is legally permissible. If the Court allows PFC Manning to plead guilty by exceptions and substitutions, the Government may still elect to prove up the charged offenses. Pleading by exceptions and substitutions, in other words, does not change the offenses with which PFC Manning has been charged and for which he is scheduled to stand trial.
PFC Manning has also provided notice of his forum selection. He has elected to be tried by Military Judge alone.
Posted by Army Court-Martial Defense Specialist at 8:54 PM” —The Law Office of David E. Coombs: PFC Manning’s Offered Plea and Forum Selection
On extradition to Sweden…
“I’m against that, because I wouldn’t trust the Swedish government as far as you can throw them. They’ve given assurances before, and broken them. The Swedish government are not to be trusted, under any circumstances….
“The Swedish prosecutor has shown absolutely no bona fides in this case. The original prosecutor has had no basis for this whatsoever. The Swedish prosecutor has continued to refuse every reasonable legal way to interview Julian, from day one, including even at the Swedish Embassy in London, or Scotland Yard. So the motivations are, that if she has to interview him, then she either has to drop the case, or charge him. If she charges him, she has to give evidence. And she’s got no evidence.
Two representatives of the Swedish Prosecutor’s Office was invited to attend the extradition proceedings conducted against Wikileaksgrundaren Assange in London under the guise of law students, reports TV4.
It’s an email conversation between the British prosecutor and the Swedish prosecutor who reveal the intended guise.
Marianne Ny is the prosecutor in charge of the Swedish investigation against Assange. She did not participate in the extradition negotiations, as this could be perceived that she was trying to influence a decision.
Karin Rosander, the Authority’s communications director wanted to go, however, and wondered if she could travel for educational purposes, without any thought that she went on behalf of the Swedish prosecutor.E-mail Conversation
A strange image conjured up in conversation between the two authorities. The British side offered the two women to go to England because they could be presented as two young law students passing through. On the way the press would not be able to ask them questions, reports TV4.
- I was a little surprised. I was definitely not planning on going in any guise.However, I was anxious not to be afflicted by the media, says Karin Rosander told TV4.
After discussion with colleagues, they came to the conclusion that she still could be recognized and therefore chose not to go.
THE WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, has lost his final appeal in a British court and faces extradition to Sweden where he is accused of rape and sexual assault.
But the Supreme Court gave Mr Assange a stay of 14 days on the extradition order so his lawyer, Dinah Rose, QC, could apply to have the proceedings reopened. She said the judgment was partly based on a legal question that had not been raised during the hearing and which she had not had a chance to argue. She said this related to the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties.
Mr Assange did not appear in court. Supporters later said he had been stuck in traffic.
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In a majority decision of five to two, the judges decided that the European Arrest Warrant issued by Sweden asking for Mr Assange’s extradition was legal and should be enforced.
If the court does not allow its proceedings to be re-opened, his only other legal avenue would be the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg. If that court should agree to take his case, he would be allowed to remain in Britain until the hearing.
Even with founder Julian Assange under house arrest in Britain, WikiLeaks’s engines are set to “full steam ahead.” And the whistleblowing organization has a new partner: Anonymous.
WikiLeaks’s new and apparently effective relationship with Anonymous, the international group of hackers and “hacktivists,” was announced with the posting of more than 5 million classified emails on Monday. The documents were allegedly obtained by Anonymous from Stratfor, a global security firm based in Texas.
The emails date from June 2004 to December 2011 and have been dubbed the “Global Intelligence Files.” According to WikiLeaks, the emails give a look at the “inner workings” of Stratfor, which serves as a sort of intelligence network for private corporations.
The emails detail the company’s role as intelligence provider to major corporations, including Dow Chemical Co., Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon and various U.S. government agencies. The emails purportedly show that Stratfor pays global “government and diplomatic sources” for advance knowledge of world events, and that Stratfor “cultivates close ties” with U.S. government agencies by working with and hiring former employees of said agencies.
Assange, still editor-in-chief of WikiLeaks, commented on the leak in a press conference Monday morning.
“One thing that has saved the world is that incompetence prevails in the dark,” said Assange, who is appealing extradition from Britain to Sweden in order to stand trial for accusations of sexual misconduct.
One batch of emails details how Stratfor carefully watched the “Yes Men,” a group of activists, on behalf of Dow Chemical. The Yes Men want Dow held responsible for a 1984 environmental disaster in India, which killed thousands of people and injured many more.
Four thousand of the intercepted emails were relevant to the “U.S. attacks against Julian Assange and WikiLeaks” and Stratfor’s mission to “subvert” the organization. Those conversations also indicate that Stratfor was interested in tapping into the “‘leak-focused’ gravy train” after WikiLeaks released classified information about the U.S. war in Afghanistan.
WikiLeaks will be working with media organizations throughout the world to dissect and share information in the massive email collection, as it has done with prior dumps. In the U.S., WikiLeaks has partnered with McClatchy and Rolling Stone instead of The New York Times and The Washington Post, with which the organization has previously worked.
In a press release, Stratfor said it was “not affiliated with any government,” that the emails are “private property” and were taken by “thieves.” Stratfor also said it would decline any questioning on the release.
The dump was announced on WikiLeaks’ official Twitter feed, prefaced by teaser messages about “extraordinary news” and a countdown to the press release.
Everyone should follow the WikiLeaks twitter feed closely. Extraordinary news sometime in the next 96 hours.
WikiLeaks and Anonymous, despite having somewhat compatible goals, have never worked together with such transparency. WikiLeaks’ press release did not directly reference Anonymous, but Anon-related Twitter accounts claimed responsibility for getting the Stratfor emails and sending them to WikiLeaks.
Anonymous doesn’t appear to be calling it a day, either. Soon after the Stratfor dump, an Anon twitter account said to be on the lookout for “something huge.”
What a day. First WikiLeaks begins publishing 5.5 million emails from Stratfor. Up next? #Anonymous announces the start of something huge.
WikiLeaks’s press conference on the Global Intelligence Files can be viewed below:
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For over than two weeks, the steadfast Baba Amro neighborhood in Homs has been under barbaric siege and shelling. Hundreds of its citizens are martyred. Children, women, and elderly are injured in addition to total destruction of dozens of buildings and the neighborhood’s infrastructure which d
eprives the citizens from the most basic and simple life requirements.
In Baba Amro Neighborhood, there is no place to bury dozens of martyred individuals. There is no way of treating or medicating hundreds of wounded and sick people since the regime prevents any attempt that aims to get medical and humanitarian aid to the neighborhood.
People there are waiting for the inevitable fate.
With leaked information from several sources, the regime is intending to break into Baba Amro and destroy the neighborhood entirely, after the later has proved it’s legendary steadfastness. So we appeal to our brothers in all Syrian districts to continue the revolution escalation march with all available means in order to exert pressure on this criminal regime. We also uphold the historical responsibility of both the Arab and International communities, as we ask them to do the maximum effort they can to establish humanitarian corridors for this neighborhood and other regions as well.
Baba Amro is officially a distressed region. We also demand the SNC to intensify their communications and lead a diplomatic and political escalation campaign that keeps up the uprising in order to accomplish the same demands,
Damascus, February 17, 2012.
The General Commission for the Syrian Revolution.
* the neighbourhoods in Hader are completely under siege and the sounds of gunfire and explosions are heard non-stop
* the neighbourhoods of the Souq is witnessing intensive security presence and random raids and arrests
* humanitarian situation generally bad in the city as there is lack of fuel, gasoline, medical and food supplies and complete power cuts in some neighbourhoods and partial power cuts in others while communications are completely cut
* the number of the injured who cannot be rescued is on the rise
* Snipers are deployed on all governmental buildings which the regime has evacuated completely
* intensive deployment of tanks and armored vehicles on the outskirts of the city
* Confirmed use of mortar shells in the bombardment of al-Haser neighbourhoods such as Hamedieh
* Al-Asi Square is occupied by a large number of military vehicles
* Bakeries have not opened for a second day in a row and a bread shortage is starting to strike the city
* The city is in dire need for medical and relief cadres asap
* the number of martyrs is unknown so far but it is at least 10 and many wounded
WE PRAY FOR ALL IN HAMA TONIGHT
مجلس قيادة الثورة في ريف دمشق|| التقرير اليومي للأحداث الميدانية 15 2 2012|| المكتب الإعلامي =================================== شهد…
HAMA; HOMS; ATARIB:ALEPPO; SAHEM:DARAA; UNDER SHELLING AND TANK ATTACK TO OBLITERATE ALL OPPOSITION TO MURDEROUS REGIME
(NO REPORTS FROM IDLEB AT PRESENT.)
HAMA: Hama: Al Hamidiyah, Al Sharqiyah and Al Manakh neighbourhoods have been stormed. Al Arbaeen, Al Amiriyah, Al Faraiyah, Al Eliliat, AL Bashourah and Bab Qibli are witnessing intensive shelling by heavy weapons including nail bombs. Many injured but cannot be reached due to the heavy shelling.
HOMS: Warplanes flew over Baba Amr and blew up an oil pipeline; this has resulted in columns of smoke and a number of cases of people choking.
ALEPPO: ATARIB: Besieged and under heavy firing. Random gunfire toward the houses from the tanks, several people fell injured. Storming houses under heavy gunfire and the village is besieged from all directions with huge numbers of tanks, armored vehicles and buses full of thugs and security elements. The roads from and to Aleppo is closed near Arom Al Sughra area.
SAHEM: DARAA: Regime forces raided the town using tanks and heavy machinery amid heavy gunfire from heavy weapons.
BARZEH: Damascus Suburbs: Hamam neighbourhood stormed and campaign of arrests
(Posted to Facebook 13 hours ago)
تفجير انبوب النفط هام -ابو صلاح-2-2012.avi
Adnan Hassan Umran, 9 years old, found tortured to death.
News of “a new Hamza” came from @tweets4peace on Twitter.
#LCC: #Lattakia: This child was kidnapped by security forces on 08/02/2012 and his body was found today with his legs cut off and (2) #Syria
#LCC: #Lattakia: his eyes ripped out; in addition there were signs of electrical burns evident all over his body. (3) #Syria
MASAYFRAH: DARAA: We are finally able to release a report from the Regime attack on Saturday and Sunday which shows the lengths the Regime will go to in the smaller towns to obliterate the rebels, civilians and Free Syrian Army.
The military campaign led by the regime’s army last Saturday and Sunday resulted in 22 martyrs, among them the town’s chant leader, Hussein Rashid Al-Zou’bi, nicknamed “Msaifara’s Qashoush.” In addition, 8 members of the FSA were martyred. The regime’s heavy weapons completely destroyed 7 homes; security forces arrested 90 people, including many children; and refused to release the martyrs’ corpses.
Baba Amro: Shells target the mosque of Abullah Ibn al-Zubeer 15-02-2012
Assad thugs continue their assault on the flashpoint neighbourhood of Baba Amro using rocket launchers, Shilka and T72 tanks, mortar and Artillery.
Baba Amro: Shells target the mosque of Abullah Ibn al-Zubeer 15-02-2012
The number of unconfirmed deaths is much higher and many bodies may not be found for days or weeks under the rubble of Homs, Zabadani, Rankous and Ma’arrat Al Numan, where bodies could not be reached today.
The brutal destruction continues (below).
الحولة الدمار في مدينة الحولة 12/2/2012
An hour ago Homs Revolution reported AL RASTAN: The occupation army having bombed the city of Al-rastan are now trying to get into the city. (4 hours ago)
Homs: Zafarana: A group of military defectors split on Friday saying that Russia is Killing our Children and joined the Free Army Brigade. Khalid Bin Al Waleed, below.
انشقاق وانضمام للواء خالد بن الوليد جمعة النفير
Defectors to the Free Syrian Army.
معرة النعمان انشقاق مجموعة عناصر عن الجيش الأسدي
Smoke from the Bombing of Hama
حماة-تصاعد الدخان من وادي الجوز على أثر القصف 12-2-2012
“President Bashar Assad was accused of orchestrating the blasts to distract the world from the bloody shelling of Homs where battles have been raging for six straight days.” - The Sun
Wreck … site of bombing in Aleppo being blamed on Syrian regime At least 25 people were killed and 175 wounded in Aleppo as explosions …
Fight … Syrian rebels armed with rocket By TOM NEWTON DUNN, Political Editor The Government wants to help the bitter fight to topple ty…
Statement from the LCCS
We congratulate the Arab League for suspending its observer mission in Syria and making the decision to improve its performance in its national and humanitarian duty to the Syrian people. The Arab League will have fulfilled its duty to the Syrian people in creating an overarching Arab and international committee that is more professional, objective, and neutral, and that can protect the lives of Syrian civilians. We encourage the Arab League and United Nations Security Council members to raise the issue of the severity of the regime’s crimes and to do all they can to prevent further bloodshed, which would ultimately cause Syria to be a failed state and would represent a source of even more misery for the Syrian people. We in the Local Coordinating Committees in Syria welcome any efforts to re-energize the peaceful demonstrators and help the Syrians to control both their present-day and future circumstances as we transition to a united, free people in a united land. We therefore appeal to brotherly and friendly nations, international organizations, and non-governmental organizations around the world to expedite development and relief programs to help Syrians in overcoming the daily oppression and injustice under which they live. We also call on all Syrian political and activist entities to coordinate their efforts under a consolidated framework to ensure that relief supplies and other assistance are delivered immediately to those who need them.
the Local Coordinating Committees in Syria
(See the link below for the original post to facebook.)
We congratulate the Arab League for suspending its observer mission in Syria and making the decision to improve its performance in its na…