Peter Van Buren writes about the Barrett Brown case, arguing this was a test case for a US government seeking to find ways to deal with sites like WikiLeaks that publish classified information.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday January 22, 2015 10:00 am|
In a case which dragged on for well over two years, journalist Barrett Brown was sentenced to five years and three months in prison by a court in Dallas. The judge accepted most if not all of the “sentencing enhancement” proposed by the government. Brown pled guilty to three charges that stemmed from uploading YouTube videos containing a threat directed at the FBI, redacting sensitive emails procured by hackers and hiding laptops in a kitchen cabinet.
|By: DSWright Wednesday November 5, 2014 3:01 pm|
Ultimately the sentence will be determined by Judge Sam Lindsay which is why Free Barrett Brown is asking for Barrett Brown supporters to write a letter to Judge Lindsay asking for leniency. The letters should be addressed to – but not sent to – Judge Lindsay and be signed.
|By: DSWright Thursday August 7, 2014 1:00 pm|
Certain things are obvious, or at least seemingly obvious after having been pointed out. The implications of these obvious things, though, tend towards obscurity.
In April of 2009, Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen expressed some concern over America’s ongoing debate on the subject of torture, a discussion he worried had been “infected with silly arguments about utility: whether it works or not.” Those silly-billies who believe that it does not work, we are told, are simply being gloomy gusses. “Of course it works—sometimes or rarely, but if a proverbial bomb is ticking, that may just be the one time it works,” he hypothesized, or something.
Fair enough; there are quite a few commentators who believe likewise, and Cohen is certainly entitled to his opinion. In fact, he is apparently entitled to two of them.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Saturday July 19, 2014 10:30 am|
The tenth Hackers on Planet Earth (HOPE X) conference has been organized around supporting dissenters, especially how to support hackers or hacktivists who are targeted by the government.
A number of talks highlighting the government’s targeting of hackers and the nexus this has with the government’s war on whistleblowers were held on July 18 in the “Manning room,” which was a room in the Hotel Pennsylvania renamed to honor Chelsea Manning.
On the conference website, a page lists out the famous dissenters they are championing. This list includes people like John Adams, Noam Chomsky, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Emma Goldman, Arthur Miller and Rosa Parks.
|By: DSWright Wednesday April 9, 2014 2:10 pm|
The following is an excerpt from Barrett Brown’s forthcoming book “Keep Rootin’ for Putin: Establishment Pundits and the Twilight of American Competence.” The book will be available on the official Free Barrett Brown website soon.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday April 3, 2014 2:56 pm|
There has been no acknowledgment by his attorney who is under a gag order but journalist and writer Barrett Brown, who has been jailed for over a year and a half, has reportedly agreed to the terms of a plea deal.
|By: DSWright Friday March 14, 2014 5:40 pm|
“The columnist is happy to explain; the book is a composite of columns that he wrote mostly in 2001 and 2002, followed by a great deal of previously unpublished notes from a similar time frame. ‘My hope is that this collection and diary will constitute a ‘word album’ for the September 11th experience,’ he writes. ‘There are many photo albums that people will collect to remind themselves, their children, or their grandchildren what it was like to experience 9/11. These columns and this diary are an attempt to capture and preserve in words, rather than pictures, some of those same emotions.’”
|By: Peter Van Buren Friday March 7, 2014 1:25 pm|
Barrett Brown is an internet guy. He may or may not have been involved with web naughty boys Anonymous and most certainly was deeply involved with broad free speech issues online. In 2011 Brown posted a link in a chatroom, pointing to data that was obtained during the late-2011 hack of Stratfor Global Intelligence. The link pointed to the Wikileaks site.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday March 5, 2014 11:10 am|
Journalist Barrett Brown has won a huge victory. The government has moved to dismiss all of the counts related to his sharing of a link to a file from the private intelligence firm, Stratfor, that was already publicly available to others.