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Revenge from The Crown against Julian Assange just began with a 50 week sentence. The next shoe will drop soon that will transport him to a U.S. prison. Justice has nothing to do with the court systems when the law only protects the power elites.

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MMXIX Vol. 288 - May 2, 2019



 Assange Sentenced to UK Jail


Asssange faces charges in the US, with the US Attorney’s Office issuing one count of conspiring with former army intelligence analyst Manning in the hacking of intelligence computers to expose intelligence operations in the United States.

There were concerns he could face the death penalty in the US if he were extradited and found guilty.

The public gallery was packed full of supporters, and many more couldn’t get seats in court. Outside, hordes of supporters repeatedly called out “free Assange!”

Julian Assange’s lawyer believes the Australian WikiLeaks founder faces “the equivalent of the death penalty’’ if the US is successful in its extradition request.

Geoffrey Robertson QC and Jennifer Robinson from London’s Doughty Street Chambers believe the single US hacking charge, which brings five years’ jail, will be expanded upon if Mr Assange reaches American soil.

Mr Robertson believes the US has other charges ready to charge Mr Assange with, which could add up to 45 years in jail, which is “the equivalent of the death penalty for someone of his age and health problems’’.
 
He will face a video link court appearance on May 2 in relation to the US extradition and that case and any appeals will continue through the courts while he serves the British sentence.

Julian Assange has been sentenced to 50 weeks in prison for breaching bail and spending seven years holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy in London.

The Wikileaks founder was sentenced at Southwark Crown Court on Wednesday morning after his arrest last month.

He had sought refuge in the South American country’s embassy in 2012 after being told he was to be extradited from the UK to Sweden to face allegations of sexual assault.

Sweden has since withdrawn its extradition request but Assange - who denies the allegations - is also wanted in the US where he is charged with conspiring to hack into Pentagon computers and aiding whistle-blower Chelsea Manning.

A hearing will rule if he can be extradited there on Thursday.

He now faces US federal conspiracy charges related to one of the largest leaks of government secrets.

The UK will decide whether to extradite Assange to the US in response to allegations that he conspired with former US intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning to download classified databases.

He faces up to five years in a US prison if convicted.


Judge Deborah Taylor said Wednesday that Assange merited near the maximum sentence of one year because of the seriousness of his offense.

She rejected his claim for leniency based on the nearly seven years he spent in the Ecuadorian Embassy.

The white-haired Assange stood impassively with his hands clasped while the sentence was read. His supporters in the public gallery chanted “Shame on you” at the judge as Assange was led away.

Earlier, his lawyers argued that he had jumped bail because he was a “desperate man” fearing extradition to the United States.


VIPS: Extradition of Julian Assange Threatens Us All

A pattern of retaliation against high-profile national security whistleblowers includes the following tactics:

  1. relentless campaigns of character assassination and misinformation about facts of the case;
  1. hostile, lengthy government investigations, often for minornever proven orcircumstantial offenses;
  1. terrorization of the whistleblower and associates with threats (see here and here), solitary confinement and armed home invasions for non-violent, alleged offenses;
  1. pre-trial declarations of guilt from influential officials, such as Barack Obama’s declaration (as the military’s Commander-in-Chief) that Army Private Bradley (now Chelsea) Manning “broke the law” — potentially influencing the Army court that heard her case.
  1. a Balkanized judicial process that restricts most such cases to onejudicial venue cherry-picked by prosecutors for speedy deference to government, a venue sealed off from public scrutiny and, some say, justice;
  1. prosecution under the Espionage Act, a “vague” and “draconian” law, similar in those respects to the CFAA;
  1. continuing persecution—isolation, marginalization, blacklisting, and more—after time has been served (see here and here) or after charges are dropped.

 
NRA Leadership Infighting

The present National Rifle Association dust-up between Wayne LaPierre and Oliver North has many supporters of the pro gun organization concerned. For the casual observer, the underlying dispute does not appear on the radar screen. The persona of Wayne LaPierre has been a NRA fixture for decades, while Oliver North bears the baggage of the surreptitious Iran–Contra affair. Just maybe, the NRA is in need of new blood to defend the second amendment and explain that a well armed citizenry is essential to achieve a free society. While there are several advocate groups that champion individual possession of fire arms, the NRA maintains a high public profile.

Read the entire article on the "Reign of Terror" archives
  
Wealth Destruction for the 99.9 Percent

Blaming the 1% for diminished prosperity avoids the real reasons for designed poverty. In round terms, the seven billion souls that populate this planet translate into seventy million to be part of the 1%. Well, that amount is still a very large number to blame for the systemic transfer of riches into the hands of the few. A far more relevant approach is to examine the .001% or around seven million that fall into the mover or shakers of asset and possessions. Before targeting this group of mega wealth, that figure includes a very significant number, who are non players when it comes to global politics or transnational finance.     
 

 
May 01, 2019 04:00 pm | SARTRE

Juan Guaido has initiated a violent uprising in an attempt to overthrow Nicolas Maduro, and it appears that the U.S. may be preparing to intervene in the conflict militarily.  The USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker accurately tracks the current positions of U.S. naval assets, and according to them the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower has left port […]


May 01, 2019 11:55 am | SARTRE

These judges act like medieval rulers, jailing people at their whim for refusing to say whatever the rulers demand. Apparently a judge’s contempt of court order trumps due process, the Fifth Amendment right to remain silent, and all semblance of Western legal standards. Just think about how dictatorial the US is acting. Because a journalist […]


May 01, 2019 11:37 am | SARTRE

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido failed to kick-start a military uprising on Tuesday. After this fizzle, RT reports that his life may be in danger from his own CIA backers, the director of the Ron Paul Institute argued in a debate. Daniel McAdams and Ron Paul, the former libertarian representative from Texas, discussed the repeated attempts by Guaido […]


May 01, 2019 10:29 am | SARTRE

The effort on the part of the Trump administration to shut down Iran’s ability to export oil is predicated on the false notion that the rest of the world will fall in lockstep with U.S. policy. But has President Donald Trump really thought through what would happen to the economic health of the world if […]


May 01, 2019 09:54 am | SARTRE

The Justice Department’s senior counterspy prosecutor who worked on both the Hillary Clinton email probe and the initial Russian election meddling probe recently criticized Special Counsel Robert Mueller for not completing his team’s investigation. David H. Laufman, until recently chief of the counterintelligence and export control section of the Justice Department national security division, also […]


                                                
 

Vice President Biden routinely complained about “backsliding” over Ukraine’s fight against corruption, while at the same time, his son, Hunter, with no background in the gas industry, earned a huge salary as a consultant to gas mogul Mykola Zlochevsky’s Burisma Holdings, which is mired in allegations of corruption. This example of nepotism is, as reported in The Washington Post, a problem for U.S. soft power as Hunter Biden’s appointment “looks nepotistic at best, nefarious at worst.” Former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Steven Pifer said the lack of due diligence in the Vice President’s office was surprising as Hunter Biden’s employment by Burisma “undercut that message of anti-corruption.”



“I think there is enough there that any other person who had engaged in those acts would certainly have been indicted,” she said at the “Time 100” summit. “But because of the rule in the Justice Department that you can’t indict a sitting president, the whole matter of obstruction was very directly sent to the Congress.”

“I’m really of the mind that the Mueller report is part of the beginning, it’s not the end,” the former secretary continued, arguing that “there’s still so much more that we should know and that we should act upon.”

 
 
 
Humpty Dumpty Has Had a Great Fall
 
While the crazed and corrupt people who comprise the Democratic Party and US print and TV media continue to insist that Russiagate is real, a very real threat is emerging in Russia, China, North Korea, and Iran. The threat arises from the fact that Washington has taught each country to have no trust in America’s veracity. The governments of the four countries have learned that everything Washington says is a lie.

Moreover, the countries have learned that Washington does not accept their sovereignty and objects to their existence. Each of the four countries has experienced sanctions designed to overthrow their governments or cause them to submit to Washington’s will.

 

 

The bad roots of Progressivism make for a poisonous tree
 
Meliorism is the Enlightenment-era name for the ideology of progressivism. Meliorism has two main tenets, which are the basis for the modern progressive movement.

The first is a belief in the progress of human nature. We, in the present, are superior to previous ages.

The second tenet of Meliorism is a belief in the natural goodness of man, corrupted by society.

The conservative's counter-argument to these tenets and to Meliorism in general is what I've called "The Tragic Nature" of the human condition. The rebuttal to the first premise is that human nature is constant and not progressing. 

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POTUS Trump planning massive counterstrike against Deep State coup conspirators


If you’re a supporter of POTUS Donald Trump and you’ve been patiently waiting for him to launch a legal and political counterstrike against the Deep State co-conspirators who strategized with former President Obama to depose him, you won’t have to wait much longer.

It appears that time has come.
 


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