Judge Orders Chelsea Manning Released From Jail Following Suicide Attempt


13-03-20 08:52:00,

Chelsea Manning was ordered on Thursday to be released from jail, after a federal judge ruled that her testimony against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was no longer necessary. The decision comes one day after Manning reportedly attempted to commit suicide while in federal custody in Alexandria, VA. 

Judge Anthony Trenga of the Eastern District of Virginia said that because the grand jury was finished deliberating, Manning’s testimony was no longer necessary – ending the former Army analyst’s incarceration which began last May after refusing to appear before the panel and testify against Assange.

Manning was convicted in 2013 of leaking US military secrets and sentenced to 35 years in military prison at Fort Leavenworth before her sentence was commuted in 2017. Assange, meanwhile, was indicted in 2018 on a federal charge of conspiring with Manning to assist in the transmission of U.S. state secrets to WikiLeaks.

For refusing to comply with the order to testify, Manning was hit with a $256,000 fine according to The Hill.

Manning’s publicist, Andy Stepanian, said on Wednesday that his client was recovering in a hospital after the suicide attempt.

Last month, Manning’s lawyers argued for her release on the grounds that detention was unlawfully punitive and served no purpose.

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Judge Orders Assange Held in Glass Box During Extradition Trial – Activist Post


28-02-20 07:42:00,

By Kevin Gosztola

Shadowproof — Defendants in the United States sit with their counsel. They are not held in a “secure dock” in a manner that physically removes them from proceedings.

Yet, in the United Kingdom, where WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange faces extradition to the U.S., a magistrate court judge decided he must remain isolated in a glass box at the back of the courtroom.

The first proceedings in Assange’s extradition hearing concluded on Thursday at the Woolwich courthouse in London, which is adjacent to Her Majesty’s Prison Belmarsh where Assange is detained.

Assange is charged with 17 counts of violating the U.S. Espionage Act, and a computer crime offense, which contains language from the Espionage Act.

The defense requested that Judge Vanessa Baraitser allow Assange to sit with his attorneys in the “well” of the courtroom.

“[We’ve] now been in court for four days, and Mr. Assange has dealt with those four days stoically,” defense attorney Mark Summers declared. Yet, there are “cumulative problems” for Assange that “arise from a number of factors.”

Summers raised the issue of Assange’s health and noted that the glass box impinges on and prevents “proper communication in a confidential way with legal representatives.” The legal team cannot see when Assange wants to communicate with them.

Due to the layout of the court, Assange’s ability to speak confidentially through “glass slats is difficult.” Conversations must happen in “proximity of security guards” [and] “representatives of the U.S. government.”

What is said may be overheard by microphones, a concern for Assange given the espionage operation that was conducted by a Spanish security company that targeted him on behalf of the CIA while he was in the Ecuador embassy. Microphones were planted to eavesdrop on attorney-client privileged communications.

Summers encouraged the judge to permit Assange to sit with his legal team and enjoy “free, uninterrupted unoverheard conversations with his lawyers” about evidence that will be presented during an upcoming three-week extradition proceeding in May.

The judge flatly rejected this request. She maintained Assange has had “no difficulty at all in attracting the attention of those who sit on the legal team” in the back row of the well.

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UK Judge Forbids Parents to Protest Outside of Schools Against Sodomy Lessons for Children


09-01-20 05:00:00,

Justice Warby stipulated that the restriction “does not amount to unlawful discrimination against the protesters”

Despite Ofsted declaring the lessons to be “age-appropriate”, some families have claimed that classes teaching LGBT education to their children are in contradiction to their religious outlook and are not appropriate for students of ages 4 to 11.

A UK judge ruled that protests from parents frustrated that their children are too young to be taught about LGBT politics have been permanently banned outside the school.

High Court judge Mr. Justice Mark Warby granted a request made by Birmingham City Council, who sought a court order to impose restrictions on demonstrations at the school and extend the exclusion zone around Anderton Park which forbids their right to protest.

Following a five-day hearing, Justice Warby stipulated that the restriction “does not amount to unlawful discrimination against the protesters”.

Under the 2010 Equalities Act, schools must prevent any unlawful discrimination based on the characteristics of students, including their religious beliefs, and ensure that parents are aware of the content being taught to their children. 

He explained that protesters had “misunderstood and misrepresented what is being taught at the school”, and that the new lessons were not “promoting homosexuality” nor were they teaching sex education, as was alleged by the opposition.

Those who oppose the introduction of LGBT classes claim that they are against their religious beliefs and that their children are too young to be subject to the “sexualisation” of education.

While the classes were opposed by members of both the Christian and Muslim communities, the majority of the protesters were of the Muslim faith and have been staging regular demonstrations outside the school in recent years outside of Anderton Park Primary School in Birmingham.

Before the ban, the crowds could be seen shouting slogans and insisting that same-sex relationships stand in contradiction to their families’ religious beliefs.

The protestors adamantly deny accusations of homophobia, saying that they do not discriminate against anyone. 

In response to the rulingPaul Whiteman, the general secretary of the National Association of Head Teachers, said that the decision made it “abundantly clear” that the school entrance was no place for a protest.

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Assange’s Judge Out After Military/Intel-Linked Conflicts Of Interest Exposed


17-11-19 04:43:00,

Via ConsortiumNews.com,

Lady Emma Arbuthnot, the Westminster chief magistrate enmeshed in a conflict of interest, will no longer be presiding over the extradition proceedings of imprisoned WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange, said WikiLeaks lawyer Jen Robinson, at an event in Sydney on Friday night .

“Yes, there was some controversy about her sitting on the case,” Robinson said.

“She won’t be sitting on the case going forward.” 

Robinson told Australian journalist Quentin Dempster at the event that she was “not sure” who would take over from Arbuthnot.

Robinson made her remarks in response to a question from the audience about Arbuthnot’s reported conflict of interest in the case. Robinson did not provide further details. She spoke in future tense, but it is not clear if she was referring to Arbuthnot maintaining supervision of the case while turning over the courtroom duties to another judge, which she did weeks ago, retaining the right to influence rulings, or whether Arbuthnot has recused herself from the case. Consortium News has contacted Robinson to provide clarification.

— Consortium News (@Consortiumnews) November 16, 2019

On Thursday, Matt Kennard and Mark Curtis of the Daily Maverick reported:

“Lady Arbuthnot has recently appointed a district judge to rule on Assange’s extradition case, but remains the supervising legal figure in the process. According to the UK courts service, the chief magistrate is ‘responsible for… supporting and guiding district judge colleagues.’”

The report said that Arbuthnot’s husband, Lord Arbuthnot of Edrom, a former British defense minister, “has financial links to the British military establishment, including institutions and individuals exposed by WikiLeaks.” It said the judge herself had also received gifts “including from a military and cybersecurity company exposed by WikiLeaks.”

The Daily Maverick reported further on Friday:

“The son of Lady Emma Arbuthnot, the Westminster chief magistrate overseeing the extradition proceedings of Julian Assange, is the vice-president and cyber-security adviser of a firm heavily invested in a company founded by GCHQ and MI5 which seeks to stop data leaks,

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Texas judge rules father of ‘transgender’ 7yo will have rights, possibly halting puberty blocker treatment


25-10-19 09:42:00,

The bitterly divorced parents of James Younger, 7, will have joint medical decision-making powers, a judge ruled, blocking the mother’s attempts to pursue irreversible “gender affirmation” treatments to transition him into a girl.

Judge Kim Cooks of the 255th Family District Court ruled on Thursday that Jeff Younger will have equal rights in the matter with Anne Georgulas, who had previously been given sole custody and guardianship over James and his twin brother Jude.

Georgulas contended that James feels like a girl named “Luna” and wanted to pursue “affirmation” parenting – including puberty blocker treatment, as documents presented during the trial showed. Younger called this a “chemical castration” and campaigned to stop this, urging “watchful waiting” instead.

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This appears to roll back Monday’s jury decision to award sole conservatorship to Georgulas, which attracted national attention, with prominent conservative journalists and politicians mobilizing in Younger’s support.

Congressman Chip Roy (R-Texas-21) sent a letter about it to US Attorney General Bill Barr, the director of the National Institutes of Health, and the director of the National Drug Control Policy. Governor Greg Abbott said the state authorities were looking into the case as well.

According to the Texan, a local outlet that closely followed the trial – but was barred from the courtroom for the final verdict – Georgulas and her team of lawyers argued she was only pursuing a “social transition” for James. At one point, however, Younger’s lawyer produced medical records that showed James would be referred to a clinic for puberty suppression treatments – a “medical transition” – when he reached the age of eight or nine.

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Dr. Benjamin Albritton, who appeared as a paid expert witness for Georgulas, told the court he had seen those notes before but did not include them in the final report to the court “because he did not think it seemed relevant,” according to the Texan.

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British Judge Jails Assange Indefinitely, Despite End of Prison Sentence – Global Research


16-09-19 09:13:00,

In a hearing at Westminster Magistrates’ Court yesterday morning, British District Judge Vanessa Baraitser ruled that WikiLeaks’ founder Julian Assange will remain in prison, despite the fact that his custodial sentence for “absconding” bail expires on September 22.

The ruling is the latest in a series of attacks on Assange’s legal and democratic rights by the British judiciary. It means that the publisher and journalist will be detained until court proceedings next February for his extradition to the US, where he faces 175 years imprisonment for exposing American war crimes.

Given that the extradition proceedings will likely involve a protracted legal battle, Baraitser’s decision potentially confines Assange to the maximum-security Belmarsh Prison for years to come.

The court case was widely presented in the corporate media as a bail hearing for Assange. A statement posted by the official WikiLeaks Twitter account this morning rejected these claims, explaining:

“This morning’s hearing was not a bail hearing, it was a technical hearing. Despite this, the magistrate preemptively refused bail before the defence requested it.”

WikiLeaks stated:

“Magistrate says Assange to remain in prison indefinitely. He has been in increasing forms of deprivation of liberty since his arrest 9 years ago, one week after he started publishing Cablegate.”

“Cablegate” refers to WikiLeaks’ 2010 publication of hundreds of thousands of US diplomatic cables, exposing the sordid intrigues of the American government and its allies around the world.

In remarks directed at Assange, Baraitser reportedly stated:

“You have been produced today because your sentence of imprisonment is about to come to an end. When that happens your remand status changes from a serving prisoner to a person facing extradition.”

She continued:

“Therefore I have given your lawyer an opportunity to make an application for bail on your behalf and she has declined to do so. Perhaps not surprisingly in light of your history of absconding in these proceedings.”

This claim, however, is contradicted by the WikiLeaks statement, accusing the judge of preempting any application for bail by Assange’s lawyers.

Baraitser declared:

“In my view I have substantial ground for believing if I release you, you will abscond again.”

A further administrative hearing is scheduled for October 11,

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Can AI Be a Fair Judge in Court? Estonia Thinks So | Light On Conspiracies – Revealing the Agenda


03-05-19 04:13:00,

Government usually isn’t the place to look for innovation in IT or new technologies like artificial intelligence. But Ott Velsberg might change your mind. As Estonia’s chief data officer, the 28-year-old graduate student is overseeing the tiny Baltic nation’s push to insert artificial intelligence and machine learning into services provided to its 1.3 million citizens.

“We want the government to be as lean as possible,” says the wiry, bespectacled Velsberg, an Estonian who is writing his PhD thesis at Sweden’s Umeå University on using the Internet of Things and sensor data in government services. Estonia’s government hired Velsberg last August to run a new project to introduce AI into various ministries to streamline services offered to residents.

Deploying AI is crucial, he says. “Some people worry that if we lower the number of civil employees, the quality of service will suffer. But the AI agent will help us.” About 22 percent of Estonians work for the government; that’s about average for European countries, but higher than the 18 percent rate in the US.

Siim Sikkut, Estonia’s chief information officer, began piloting several AI-based projects at agencies in 2017, before hiring Velsberg last year. Velsberg says Estonia has deployed AI or machine learning in 13 places where an algorithm has replaced government workers.

For example, inspectors no longer check on farmers who receive government subsidies to cut their hay fields each summer. Satellite images taken by the European Space Agency each week from May to October are fed into a deep-learning algorithm originally developed by the Tartu Observatory. The images are overlaid onto a map of fields where farmers receive the hay-cutting subsidies to prevent them from turning forests over time.

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For almost 30 years investigator Ole Dammegård has been on a quest to find the truth behind some of the worst conspiracies in the history of world – such as the murders US President John F. Kennedy, Robert Kennedy, John Lennon and the blowing up of m/s Estonia killing at least 852 innocent people. This has taken him on a very frightening and dangerous journey into unknown territories. What has been claimed as acts by lone madmen has turned out to be connected to the International military industrial complex and top level high finance,

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US judge rejects parents’ challenge to NYC mandatory measles vaccine order


19-04-19 06:56:00,

A Brooklyn judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought by an anonymous group of parents who argued the mandatory measles vaccination order imposed by the mayor earlier this month was unconstitutional.

A fireman need not obtain the informed consent of the owner before extinguishing a house fire. Vaccination is known to extinguish the fire of contagion,” Judge Lawrence Knipel wrote in his decision, calling the mandatory vaccination order “a rare but necessary step” and dismissing the parents’ arguments that it violates their religious freedom, medical ethics, and “internationally accepted human rights principles such as the Nuremberg Code.”

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Five parents, identified only by their initials, challenged the constitutionality of the order earlier this week in Brooklyn Supreme Court, slamming the measure as “arbitrary and capricious” and demanding an immediate halt to enforcement. In addition to violating their right to “individual autonomy, informed consent and free exercise of religion,” they claimed the city had failed to show evidence of a genuine public health crisis. 

The emergency order mandates vaccination in anyone over the age of six months who lives, works, or attends school in several Brooklyn zip codes, home to large concentrations of Orthodox Jews. At least three parents of unvaccinated children have already been slapped with a $1,000 fine and threatened with another $2,000 penalty if they do not appear in court. Several Orthodox schools and preschools have been temporarily shuttered for failing to turn over their immunization and attendance records to city health authorities, while over 20 more have received warnings.

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New York Mayor Bill de Blasio declared the emergency almost two weeks ago, citing an alarming rise in measles cases and blaming “anti-vaxxers” for spreading “fake science.” The disease has infected 329 New Yorkers since September, many of them children of Orthodox Jewish families living in Brooklyn, making it the worst “outbreak” since 1991 – though some have argued that 329 cases of a non-fatal disease in a city of 8.6 million people does not rise to the level of a “crisis.”

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US federal judge allows lawsuit over illegal experimentation on Guatemalan subjects


21-01-19 09:12:00,

Rafael Azul

21 January 2019

As the US government prepares ever-more stringent anti-immigration measures aimed at the thousands of Central American workers and peasants fleeing violence and hunger, a decision by a US federal judge has provided a further exposure of the criminal responsibility of US imperialism and US corporations for these intolerable conditions.

On January 3, Theodore Chuang, a US federal judge in Maryland, allowed a $1 billion suit to proceed against various divisions of Baltimore’s Johns Hopkins University (hospital, school of public health, health system corporation), the Rockefeller Foundation, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, Bristol-Myers Squibb US Pharmaceutical Group and Mead Johnson & Company for their roles in a medical experiment in which hundreds of Guatemalans were infected with syphilis and gonorrhea by the US government between 1946 and 1948. The purpose of the experiments was to test the effectiveness of a then recently developed drug (penicillin) in preventing and curing sexually transmitted diseases, in part because of the high costs associated with US troops becoming infected by those diseases.

The defendants argued a Supreme Court decision shielding foreign corporations from lawsuits over human rights abuses also applied to them. The suit, by the Estate of Arturo Girón Álvarez and 733 others, was launched in 2015.

The experiment, which was similar to the government’s infamous Tuskegee study on US Afro-American share croppers (1932-1972), left unwitting subjects infected with syphilis and untreated. Similar studies were done on prisoners in Terre-Haute, Indiana.

In this study, some 1,500 healthy individuals, prostitutes, peasant military conscripts, prisoners and mentally ill patients (male and female), were deliberately infected, either through the use of prostitutes provided by the scientists, or by pouring the germs onto skin abrasions the researchers caused. The idea was to test penicillin’s effect on various strains of these diseases. None of the subjects was informed of the experiment; alcohol was often used to “lubricate” the participants. The illegality and criminal character of the study (both under Guatemalan and US laws) and the fact that it took place as Nazi doctors were being tried in Nuremberg for similar crimes required that it be kept secret. Needless to say, those that organized the experiment were fully conscious of their criminal conduct.

As the experiment progressed,

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Did the judge who refused to withdraw Julian Assange’s arrest warrant labour under a gigantic conflict of interest?

Did the judge who refused to withdraw Julian Assange’s arrest warrant labour under a gigantic conflict of interest?

15-02-18 08:35:00,

“I find arrest is a proportionate response.” That was the judgement delivered in court last Tuesday by Judge Emma Arbuthnot, presiding over the case brought to court by Julian Assange’s lawyers. Their argument had been that the warrant for his arrest ought to be withdrawn because arresting him (after the extradition request from Sweden had been rescinded)  “was no longer proportionate or in the public interest“.

The elephant in the room is, of course, the fact that the whole affair was always about the thinly veiled US plan to apprehend Julian, throw him into the type of unfathomable cell in which Chelsea Manning was incarcerated for 18 months, and deny him any opportunity to defend himself from ludicrous spying charges. Given that both sides of US politics have confirmed that this is indeed their intention (a rare occasion when Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have agreed), it was quite interesting to read Judge Arbuthnot’s response:

“I accept that Mr Assange had expressed fears of being returned to the United States from a very early stage in the Swedish extradition proceedings but, absent any evidence from Mr Assange on oath, I do not find that Mr Assange’s fears were reasonable.” 

As remarkably circular statements come, this is truly extraordinary: Judge Arbuthnot is dismissing as unreasonable Julian’s fears that if he were to exit the Ecuadorian Embassy in London to be arrested by police he would be extradited to the US before being thrown into the US supermax, Guantanamo-like, system. And why did she dismiss his fears? Because Julian did not step out of the Ecuadorian Embassy and into her court to express them!

Now, of course, I am no lawyer and most certainly have no expertise, or right, to pass judgement on the good judge – except to state my puzzlement at the logicality – or otherwise – of her verdict. However, there is a serious matter on which all of us, who were observing with interest this case, have a duty to bring to the fore. It is a matter that concerns a potentially mind boggling conflict of interest afflicting  Judge Arbuthnot.

If my sources are correct (and I do stress this if), Judge Arbuthnot is the wife of Lord Arbuthnot,

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