Federal Appeals Court Restores US Government’s Indefinite Detention Power Previously Blocked by Judge

By: Wednesday July 17, 2013 2:55 pm

A court order enjoining the United State government from using a provision of the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act has been overturned by a federal appeals court.


Government Accepts Bradley Manning’s Plea to Lesser Offense Related to Disclosure of Diplomatic Cable

By: Tuesday May 21, 2013 1:05 pm

The government had previously indicated it would present all evidence related to all charges, regardless of the fact that Pfc. Bradley Manning pled guilty to some of the offenses he faced. But, in military court today, a military prosecutor informed the judge that the government would not be making a case that Manning committed the greater offense alleged in relation to the disclosure of a diplomatic cable from the US embassy in Reykjavik, Iceland.

Jónsdóttir: If Bradley Manning Had Leaked State Secrets in Iceland, He’d Have Been a Hero

By: Tuesday April 9, 2013 10:20 am

Icelandic parliamentarian Birgitta Jónsdóttir, who has been a target of the United States’ government’s wide investigation into WikiLeaks, visited the US to show her support for Pfc. Bradley Manning. She was involved in the release of the “Collateral Murder” video of a 2007 Apache helicopter attack in Baghdad, Iraq, that was released just over three years ago. During her visit, she participated in multiple speaking events and spoke with US media interested in speaking with her.

Jónsdóttir was here for five days. I participate in a panel event with her and others in New York City on Friday, April 5 (that can be viewed here). I interviewed her while she was here. Part 1 of our interview was already published. Here is Part 2.

Icelandic MP Birgitta Jonsdottir, During Visit, Describes Being Targeted by US Government

By: Sunday April 7, 2013 8:00 am

On April 3, Icelandic parliamentarian Birgitta Jonsdottir arrived in the United States. It was her first visit since she helped WikiLeaks release the “Collateral Murder” video showing a 2007 Apache helicopter attack by US forces in Iraq, and it coincided with the three-year anniversary of the release.

LIVESTREAM: “To Private Manning, Thank You” with Kevin Gosztola, Birgitta Jónsdóttir, Alexa O’Brien and Others

By: Friday April 5, 2013 4:55 pm

A live panel discussion on whistleblower Pfc. Bradley Manning featuring Firedoglake investigative reporter Kevin Gosztola, Icelandic MP and Wikileaks activist Birgitta Jónsdóttir, independent journalist Alexa O’Brien and FAIR Activism Director and Media Analyst Peter Hart. Sam Seder will be the moderator.

Permanent Injunction Against Indefinite Military Detention in NDAA Issued by Federal Judge

By: Thursday September 13, 2012 8:55 am

A federal judge issued a ruling on September 12 that permanently enjoined a provision of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that was signed by President Barack Obama codifying indefinite military detention into United State law last year. She found that the writers, journalists and activists who were plaintiffs in the lawsuit had demonstrated actual and reasonably that their First Amendment-protected activities could subject them to indefinite military detention and ruled the public had a greater interest in preserving the First Amendment and due process rights than allowing law enforcement to have this tool.

Government Heightens Fears of Those Pushing NDAA Lawsuit

By: Thursday August 2, 2012 2:57 pm

Plaintiffs who won a preliminary injunction in May against a provision of the Homeland Battlefield Act or the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) are pushing for a permanent injunction to this provision of the NDAA. Citing recent statements made by the United States government that it made in a filed brief to a federal court, plaintiffs now have a heightened fear that that the provision—specifically known as Section 1021, which Judge Katherine B. Forrest temporarily enjoined—could potentially be used against them for engaging in First Amendment activities.

How Does a ‘Common Citizen’ Know If They Can Be Target of NDAA?

By: Friday March 30, 2012 1:21 pm

At the start of the first hearing on a lawsuit challenging the Homeland Battlefield Act, a federal judge appeared to be “extremely skeptical” that those pursuing the challenge had grounds to sue the US government. However, by the end of the hearing, the judge acknowledged plaintiffs had made some strong arguments on why there was reason to be concerned about the Act, which passed as part of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) on New Year’s Eve last year.

WikiLeaks: Court Upholds US Subpoena for Twitter Records

By: Friday March 11, 2011 2:45 pm

In a 21-page opinion, US Magistrate Judge Theresa Buchanan of the Eastern District of Virginia District Court has just granted the United States Department of Justice subpoena demand for records in the WikiLeaks investigation.

What the Government Might Be After with Its Twitter Subpoena

By: Saturday January 8, 2011 7:50 am

After a member of Iceland’s Parliament and former Wikileaks volunteer, Birgitta Jónsdóttir, revealed on Twitter yesterday that Twitter has been subpoenaed for details on her Twitter account, Glenn got a copy of the subpoena. The subpoena was first submitted to Twitter on December 14, and asked for account information for six people as well as any account associated with Wikileaks, going back to November 1, 2009. Of particular note, they ask for:

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