Questions from Ferguson

By: Tuesday November 25, 2014 11:30 am

What happened in Ferguson matters to us all as Americans. Are we doomed to remain a nation hopelessly, violently adrift in a swamp of racism? Do we have a justice system that is indeed just? Can everyone expect to receive fair treatment in our system, from the moment police confront an alleged criminal to the moment some sort of final decision is reached? Do our police forces exist to “protect and serve,” or does that only apply to some groups of Americans, while for others the police are deadly enemies?


Boston Bombing News: Phillipos Trial – Tazhayakov Testifies

By: Wednesday October 8, 2014 2:35 pm

What can be counted as the second day at trial in the case of US v Robel Kidane Phillipos began at 9.00 am at Moakley Courthouse in the city of Boston today, (10/07/14), with Judge P. Woodlock presiding, Stephanie Siegmann and John Capin in court for the prosecution and Susan Church and Derege Demissie for the defense.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Clark Stoeckley, The United States vs Pvt. Chelsea Manning: A Graphic Account From Inside The Courtroom

By: Sunday June 15, 2014 1:59 pm

Each day of Chelsea Manning’s trial, I would pull my rental car into the lot where media waited to be escorted into Fort Meade by the military. Just about every day Clark Stoeckley would be there with his WikiLeaks Truck daring the military to tell him he could not drive his truck on base. His truck would then sit parked by the media center all day as he drew his sketches—sometimes from the media center, sometimes from inside the courtroom.

Stoeckley’s book, The US vs. Private Chelsea Manning is the first book that gives the world an accessible account of what unfolded at Manning’s court martial.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Mark Ebner, Poison Candy: The Murderous Madam: Inside Dalia Dippolito’s Plot to Kill

By: Saturday April 19, 2014 1:59 pm

Dalia Dippolito surely personifies the adage that “truth is stranger than fiction.” If the twists in her life weren’t documented in Poison Candy, it would be difficult to believe the extent of her greed and evil nature. The book’s Prologue hooks the reader immediately. The book’s title is explained in this early passage: “She was poison candy—sweet, delicious, mouthwatering on the outside, but deadly within, and designed to cripple the innocent. She was something only a monster could imagine, or something you’d find in a fairy tale.”

Kevin Gosztola Reports From The NATO 3 Trial, Day 3

By: Friday January 24, 2014 9:38 am

Follow Kevin Gosztola (@kgosztola) on Twitter for live updates from the courtroom of the “NATO 3″ trial in Chicago. Read more about the NATO 3.

George Zimmerman Is Truly a “Creepy Ass Cracka”

By: 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.

Army Intelligence Report on WikiLeaks ‘Threat’ Being Used to Argue Bradley Manning Knew He’d Aid Enemy

By: 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.”

Assange Statement on the First Day of Manning Trial

By: 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.”

Defense: Bradley Manning Was Naive to Think He Could Change the World But Had Good Intentions

By: 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.

UN Torture Chief’s Report Officially Condemns US Treatment of Bradley Manning

By: 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.

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