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: Peter Van Buren Tuesday January 6, 2015 5:57 am|
Let’s all do something useful today. Call it a New Year’s Resolution. Prison sucks. Being in prison because you blew the whistle on our government sucks harder. Getting a letter makes it suck less. So if you want to do something good today, write a short letter to one of these guys. It need not [...]
|By: Peter Van Buren Thursday October 23, 2014 1:19 pm|
Firedoglake and I spent several years looking for each other.
In my final months at the State Department, just before getting pushed out because of my whistleblowing, Firedoglake was one of the web sites firewalled from our desktop computers because of its Wikileaks content. Despite sites like FDL being available everywhere (it is called the world wide web after all), State pretended the Chelsea Manning-disclosed material was still protected and thus while I could see it on my government classified computer without turning into a pumpkin, I could not view it on sites like FDL. Odd.
I was looking for Firedoglake without knowing it. I do not get paid for my work here, just as you do not pay to read the site. But if we both want this resource to keep on going, we need to step up. I’ll keep on writing at no cost to FDL. Won’t you consider a small donation to keep us online? This stuff really matters, never more than now.
|By: Peter Van Buren Wednesday October 23, 2013 8:40 am|
g to the Uniform Code of Military Justice, Convening Authorities can reduce or eliminate a convicted soldier’s sentence. They use this power when they feel the court martial failed to deliver justice. As Commanding General of the Military District of Washington, Major General Jeffrey S. Buchanan is the only other individual besides President Obama (and there ain’t no joy there unless Manning qualifies as a Syrian kid) with the power to lessen Pvt. Manning’s sentence.
|By: Lisa Derrick Saturday October 19, 2013 7:52 am|
Props to the filmmakers for showing the Collateral Murder video and reminding people of that and of what Private Manning risked in order to release the video and subsequent documents.
|By: Jane Hamsher Thursday August 22, 2013 2:25 pm|
I was on MSNBC yesterday with Tamron Hall discussing the sentencing of Bradley Manning (prior to the announcement that henceforth she would like to be called Chelsea).
|By: Kurt Sperry Saturday August 17, 2013 12:50 pm|
Julian Assange claims the Russians are playing nice with Snowden and not trying to pry information from him. This strikes me as entirely reasonable–-if Snowden was one of literally thousands of admin with access to the same information it’s probably safe to assume that the Russians already knew essentially everything Snowden does, in fact almost inconceivable that they didn’t. Further, the considerable propaganda value of the whole affair from the Russian point of view would be destroyed either by reports of coercive interrogations or any unexplainable prolonged silence from Snowden necessary to conceal such interrogation.
|By: Brian Sonenstein Wednesday January 30, 2013 1:35 pm|
Unless we act now, whistleblower John Kiriakou will be the first and only person to go to prison in connection to CIA torture. Please donate $10+ to put this ad on YouTube and recruit supporters from across the country to call on President Obama to pardon John Kiriakou.