Unseen US/NATO Afghan War Exposed – WikiLeaks/Channel4

25 07 2010

Channel 4 has an exclusive interview with WikiLeaks.org editor Julian Assange.

-dcm

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Torture by The USA – “When Laws are Outlawed…”

13 07 2010

… only Outlaws will have Laws.”

That means the rest of Us, I guess.  The rest of the US Citizenry other than Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Rove, Gonzales, the weasels in Justice, the NSC, the NSA, the CIA, Blackwater, KBR, the Carlysle Group, Halliburton…  the list goes on and on, so long as Your a republican, or a democrat in congress over the past 10 years who acquiesced to “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” white house briefings to the point where they are worried about being co-conspirators implicated in any action towards impeachment and public trials.

Which we need, to repair the rule of law.

Here’s a snip of the very disturbing ACLU report on torture, with Glenn Greenwald of Salon commenting:

Wake Up.  Stand Up.  Stand Up for Your Rights.  ’nuff said?

-dcm





April 5, 2010, and Still WaitingForTheFederals

10 04 2010

Here’s the latest video I’ve had a chance to upload from the weekly jams I’ve been recording.

The tale is told of slaves in the American South at the end of the Civil War singing this to one another, hearing the gunboats coming up the river.

An online search turned up this accounting of lyrics.  More importantly, it turned up this banjo rendition.  It seems a useful reference archetypal symbol, musically speaking.  Moreover, I found this awesome list!

Since February 1, 2010, I have been posting video of the old time jam and hobo music at John’s Pub in Mystic CT on monday nites (the jam, not the posting).

All are mirrored at

I hope You Enjoy these as much as I have enjoyed making them!

Cheers, Dave Manchester

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U.S. must stop spying on WikiLeaks – Editorial

26 03 2010

UPDATE: Russia Today Video:

The following editorial now appears on WikiLeaks.

wikileaks logoU.S. must stop spying on WikiLeaks

Fri Mar 26 08:44:46 UTC 2010

Over the last few years, WikiLeaks has been the subject of hostile acts by security organizations. In the developing world, these range from the appalling assassination of two related human rights lawyers in Nairobi last March (an armed attack on my compound there in 2007 is still unattributed) to an unsuccessful mass attack by Chinese computers on our servers in Stockholm, after we published photos of murders in Tibet. In the West this has ranged from the overt, the head of Germany’s foreign intelligence service, the BND, threatening to prosecute us unless we removed a report on CIA activity in Kosovo, to the covert, to an ambush by a “James Bond” character in a Luxembourg car park, an event that ended with a mere “we think it would be in your interest to…”.

Developing world violence aside, we’ve become used to the level of security service interest in us and have established procedures to ignore that interest.

But the increase in surveillance activities this last month, in a time when we are barely publishing due to fundraising, are excessive. Some of the new interest is related to a film exposing a U.S. massacre we will release at the U.S. National Press Club on April 5.

The spying includes attempted covert following, photographng, filming and the overt detention & questioning of a WikiLeaks’ volunteer in Iceland on Monday night.

I, and others were in Iceland to advise Icelandic parliamentarians on the Icelandic Modern Media Initiative, a new package of laws designed to protect investigative journalists and internet services from spying and censorship. As such, the spying has an extra poignancy.

The possible triggers:

  • our ongoing work on a classified film revealing civilian casualties occurring under the command of the U.S, general, David Petraeus.
  • our release of a classified 32 page US intelligence report on how to fatally marginalize WikiLeaks (expose our sources, destroy our reputation for integrity, hack us).
  • our release of a classified cable from the U.S. Embassy in Reykjavik reporting on contact between the U.S. and the U.K. over billions of euros in claimed loan guarantees.
  • pending releases related to the collapse of the Icelandic banks and Icelandic “oligarchs”.

We have discovered half a dozen attempts at covert surveillance in Reykjavik both by native English speakers and Icelanders. On the occasions where these individuals were approached, they ran away. One had marked police equipment and the license plates for another suspicious vehicle track back to the Icelandic private VIP bodyguard firm Terr. What does that mean? We don’t know. But as you will see, other events are clear.

U.S. sources told Icelandic state media’s deputy head of news, that the State Department was aggressively investigating a leak from the U.S. Embassy in Reykjavik. I was seen at a private U.S Embassy party at the Ambassador’s residence, late last year and it is known I had contact with Embassay staff, after.

On Thursday March 18, 2010, I took the 2.15 PM flight out of Reykjavik to Copenhagen–on the way to speak at the SKUP investigative journalism conference in Norway. After receiving a tip, we obtained airline records for the flght concerned. Two individuals, recorded as brandishing diplomatic credentials checked in for my flight at 12:03 and 12:06 under the name of “US State Department”. The two are not recorded as having any luggage.

Iceland doesn’t have a separate security service. It folds its intelligence function into its police forces, leading to an uneasy overlap of policing and intelligence functions and values.

On Monday 22, March, at approximately 8.30pm, a WikiLeaks volunteer, a minor, was detained by Icelandic police on a wholly insignificant matter. Police then took the opportunity to hold the youth over night, without charge–a highly unusual act in Iceland. The next day, during the course of interrogation, the volunteer was shown covert photos of me outside the Reykjavik restaurant “Icelandic Fish & Chips”, where a WikiLeaks production meeting took place on Wednesday March 17–the day before individuals operating under the name of the U.S. State Department boarded my flight to Copenhagen.

Our production meeting used a discreet, closed, backroom, because we were working on the analysis of a classified U.S. military video showing civilian kills by U.S. pilots. During the interrogation, a specific reference was made by police to the video—which could not have been understood from that day’s exterior surveillance alone. Another specific reference was made to “important”, but unnamed Icelandic figures. References were also made to the names of two senior journalists at the production meeting.

Who are the Icelandic security services loyal to in their values? The new government of April 2009, the old pro-Iraq war government of the Independence party, or perhaps to their personal relationships with peers from another country who have them on a permanment intelligence information drip?

Only a few years ago, Icelandic airspace was used for CIA rendition flights. Why did the CIA think that this was acceptable? In a classified U.S. profile on the former Icelandic Ambassador to the United States, obtained by WikiLeaks, the Ambassador is praised for helping to quell publicity of the CIA’s activities.

Often when a bold new government arises, bureaucratic institutions remain loyal to the old regime and it can take time to change the guard. Former regime loyalists must be discovered, dissuaded and removed. But for the security services, that first vital step, discovery, is awry. Congenitally scared of the light, such services hide their activities; if it is not known what security services are doing, then it is surely impossible to know who they are doing it for.

Our plans to release the video on April 5 proceed.

We have asked relevant authorities in the Unites States and Iceland to explain. If these countries are to be treated as legitmate states, they need to start obeying the rule of law. Now.

—Julian Assange (editor@wikileaks.org)

Fundraising drive

We have received hundreds of thousands of pages from corrupt banks, the US detainee system, the Iraq war, China, the UN and many others that we do not currently have the resources to release to a world audience. You can change that and by doing so, change the world. Even $10 will pay to put one of these reports into another ten thousand hands and $1000, a million.

We have raised just over $360,000 for this year (our yearly budget is around $600,000.).

The Sunshine Press (WikiLeaks) is an non-profit organization funded by human rights campaigners, investigative journalists, technologists and the general public. Through your support we have exposed significant injustice around the world— successfully fighting off over 100 legal attacks in the process. Although our work produces reforms daily and is the recipient of numerous prestigious awards, including the 2008 Index on Censorship-Economist Freedom of Expression Award as well as the 2009 Amnesty International New Media Award, these accolades do not pay the bills. Nor can we accept government or corporate funding and maintain our absolute integrity. It is your strong support alone that preserves our continued independence and strength.

We are releasing some time sensitive disclosures on this page until the moment of our re-launch. [link added – dcm]





HuffPo’s Misleading “Upstage” Headline Generates Thousands of Comments

5 08 2009

Today the Huffington Post broke Trust with hundreds of thousands of Readers with a petty, misleading, slanted and rude headline about the 2 journalists freed by North Korea.

In the face of tens, possibly hundreds of thousands of irate Reader Comments demanding the headline be corrected, it has remained for going on 5 hours now.

I tweeted the following to Arianna Huffington (Please RT):

@ariannahuff Do You think purpose of Bill Clinton’s trip to NKorea was to upstage Hillary? Why? That’s what HP headline says. Why?

No reply so far.

I contacted a couple of organisations concerned with accurate reporting.  For what it’s worth, here is what I wrote:

To Whom It May Concern,

You might want to cover this.

August 5 the Huffington Post carried a story about Bill Clinton going to Korea to get 2 US based journalists released from prison.  The HuffPo’s front page carried the headline (Red and very Big):

BILL UPSTAGES HILLARY… ONCE AGAIN

This misleading, petty, small minded headline generated thousands upon thousands of irate comments from readers demanding it be corrected to highlight the real story – the release of the journalists.

I am going on strike wrt linking to HuffPo.  I will not link to it for as many months as hours the misleading headline remains on the front page. Right now it’s about 4 months and counting.

Here are the comments I made on their site, fwiw:

Bill Clinton, the Comeback Cat

It’s a shame that this site chose to write a misleading headline about Bill upstaging Hillary, because that’s not the story. There are now actually 2 stories.

1 Two US based journalists freed

2 HuffPo keeps misleading headline up despite tens of thousands of irate comments. -dcm

posted Aug 05, 2009 at 13:31:48

Freed journalists home in US after NKorea pardon

Daily Beast is okay, but I find both the headlines and the reporting at RawStory better. Much of the reporting is original, and not just reprinting the AP wire. At least the headlines have some relation to the actual events reported. Without an obvious slant. -dcm

posted Aug 05, 2009 at 11:45:09

Freed journalists home in US after NKorea pardon

For the Record: Whoever wrote the headline “Bill Upstages Hillary…” is a Putz.

1. It isn’t the Sec. of State’s job to take the spotlight all the time.

2. This story is not about Bill and Hilly.

3. This story is about getting a totalitarian regime to release 2 journalists.

4. The fact they were going home to a regime that has fallen victim to a totalitarianistic vision of executive authoritarianism with specific corporate sponsorship is beside the point as well. fwiw, , -dcm

posted Aug 05, 2009 at 11:16:34

Best Regards,

David C. Manchester
https://dredeyedick.wordpress.com

Enjoy these links, HP.  They are the last You’ll get from me for a while.





Whistleblower Protections Gutted by Congress, Again – 123 Real Change

5 08 2009

National Security victim / whistleblower Sibel Edmonds notes that Congress has screwed our most patriotic and honest National Security workers again, denying legal protections.

Edmonds has written an appeal to President Obama, asking for him to keep his promises. 123 Real Change

Here is Obama’s promise.

Well, Mr. President?

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Raw Story » Helen Thomas hits White House for lack of transparency

2 07 2009

Sometimes I think Helen Thomas is the ONLY real Reporter in the room…  and then someone like Reid shows up and reaffirms a bit of my faith. -dcm

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