|By: Brian Sonenstein Friday January 24, 2014 9:38 am|
|By: hasira Tuesday July 2, 2013 6:30 pm|
Last week in the Trayvon Martin trial one of the more explosive moments came when Rachel Jeantel uttered the words “Creepy Ass Cracka” (translation…Cracker) in her account of Trayvon’s description of his soon-to-be murderer. When Rachel recounted this epithet, the courtroom went dead silent while the social media channels exploded with chatter. Pundits, both on and offline, grabbed a hold of this moment and rode it until the proverbial wheels fell off, most failing to see the significance of this statement and even fewer exploring the historical accuracy of Trayvon’s haunting description.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday June 4, 2013 10:55 am|
A 2008 report produced by the Army Counterintelligence Center highlighted how WikiLeaks had cited two thousand pages of “leaked US Army documents with information on the Tables of Equipment (TOEs) for US and Coalition forces in Iraq and Afghanistan as a perfect example of the sort of information that would benefit from a global analysis.” It consisted of descriptions of equipment and the total number of equipment assigned to military units “assigned to US Central Command in April 2007.”
|By: Julian Assange Tuesday June 4, 2013 10:00 am|
As I type these lines, on June 3, 2013, Private First Class Bradley Edward Manning is being tried in a sequestered room at Fort Meade, Maryland, for the alleged crime of telling the truth. The court martial of the most prominent political prisoner in modern US history has now, finally, begun.
It has been three years. Bradley Manning, then 22 years old, was arrested in Baghdad on May 26, 2010. He was shipped to Kuwait, placed into a cage, and kept in the sweltering heat of Camp Arifjan.
“For me, I stopped keeping track,” he told the court last November. “I didn’t know whether night was day or day was night. And my world became very, very small. It became these cages… I remember thinking I’m going to die.”
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday June 3, 2013 2:00 pm|
Today, The defense for PFC. Bradley Manning delivered its opening statement in his trial.
David Coombs, Manning’s defense lawyer, opened with an account of an incident that occurred in Iraq on December 24, 2009. An American military convoy was moving through and a vehicle with five civilians moved to the side of the road to get out of the way.
A roadside bomb went off and missed the convoy but injured all five civilians in the car. One civilian died en route to the hospital.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday March 12, 2012 12:44 pm|
After fourteen months of investigation, UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan Mendez has published his report on the United States’ “cruel and inhuman treatment” of Pfc. Bradley Manning, who allegedly released classified information to WikiLeaks. The findings are part of a report on “torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment” in countries of the world.
|By: Autumn Sandeen Saturday September 3, 2011 11:00 am|
If you’re a heterosexual man or woman, and/or if your appearance is one where you’re perceived as not violating western society’s sex and gender norms, your life is more valuable than mine. That’s because I’m transgender.
At least, that’s what the hung jury in Brandon McInerney’s murder trial for the killing of Larry King tells me. The hung jury in the case tells me gay panic and trans panic defenses — “blame the victim” defenses — are still alive and well in my home state of California.
|By: Bill Egnor Monday June 27, 2011 12:35 pm|
So, former disgraced Governor Rod Blagojevich has been convicted of 17 of the 20 counts that were being retried after the previous jury deadlocked on the charges except the charge of lying to the FBI.
The main charge, that Gov. Rod tried to sell the seat of then president elect Obama to the people that could do the most for him is among the ones he has been found guilty of today.