Wednesday, December 1, 2010

10-12-02 Hunting Down Assange and WikiLeaks // Caza Assange y WikiLeaks

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 December 01, 2010

Hunting down Assange and WikiLeaks:

WikiLeaks vs. the Political Class
Why They Hate Julian Assange
By Justin Raimondo
A revolution is indeed possible. That's why the Establishment of both parties, and pundits on the neocon right and the Obama-ite left, are out to knife Assange and bring down WikiLeaks.
TIME Interview: Assange on Secrecy, China and WikiLeaks' Growth:
Assange explained that exposing abuses can lead to positive change in two ways.
Australia opens WikiLeaks inquiry:
Release of hundreds of thousands of US diplomatic cables "could have breached" Australia laws, attorney-general says.
Harper advisor calls for assassination of Wikileaks director :
A senior advisor and strategist to the Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper today called for the assassination of Wikileaks director Julian Assange
Wikileaks cables culprit should be executed, says Mike Huckabee:
Republican presidential hopeful wants the person responsible for the WikiLeaks cables to face capital punishment for treason. His fellow potential Republican nominee Sarah Palin had already called for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to be "hunted down", and an adviser to the Canadian prime minister has echoed her comments.
WikiLeaks, hammered by attacks, loses Amazon host
"This morning Amazon informed my staff that it has ceased to host the WikiLeaks website," Joe Lieberman, an independent senator from Connecticut, said in a statement.
Bradley Manning, in his own words: 'This belongs in the public domain':
In May last year, the man suspected of downloading the US embassy files began a series of online chats with a fellow-hacker

10-12-01 US Department of Justice Inspector General is leaving - Good Riddance! // Inspector General de EE.UU. Departamento de Justicia se va - ¡Por fin! !

Inspector Gen. Glenn Fine Hanging it Up - Good riddance!

Eric Holder, US AG; President Obama

Is the Obama administration finally gaining control over the US DOJ?

Tenure of GLENN FINE as DOJ IG was no doubt distinguished:

1) Under the tenure of GLENN FINE as DOJ IG Senator PATRICK LEAHY called for a Truth and Reconciliation Commission on the US DOJ. [1]

2) Over the past year, refused to respond on complaint against KENNETH KAISER (FBI Assistant Director, Criminal Instigations) and KENNETH MELSON (then Director, US DOJ US Attorneys Office) for FRAUD ON US CONGRESS, pertaining to their responses to US Congress re: Allegations of widespread corruption of the courts in LA County, California.  IG Glenn Fine persisted in his refusal, even after Congressional Inquiry by Senator DIANNE FEINSTEIN. [2]

3) In recent years, DOJ IG GLENN FINE's stated goal was to restore the credibility of the US DOJ, undermined under his own tenure!

[1] 09-02-09 Transcript of Senator Leahy speech, calling for a Truth and Reconciliation Commission in re US Justice Department
[2] 10-02-26 Senator Feinstein's Inquiry on US Department of Justice Inspector General Glenn A Fine in re: Complaint against Kenneth Kaiser and Kenneth Melson, pertaining to their responses to US Congress in re: Alleged widespread corruption of the courts in Los Angeles County, California.

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"On July 26, 2010, Laurence Tribe, Senior Counsel for the United States Department of Justice, Access to Justice Initiative, delivered an important speech to the Conference of Chief Justices, challenging them to halt the disintegration of our state justice systems before they become indistinguishable from courts of third world nations."
Prof Laurence Tribe, Harvard Law School (2010), per National Defender Leadership Institute
"Innocent people remain in prison"
*     "...the LA Superior Court and the DA office, the two other parts of the justice system that the Blue Panel Report recommends must be investigated relative to the integrity of the system, have not produced any response that we know of..."
LAPD Blue Ribbon Review Panel Report (2006)
"...judges tried and sentenced a staggering number of people for crimes they did not commit."
Prof David Burcham, Dean, Loyola Law School, LA (2001)
"This is conduct associated with the most repressive dictators and police states... and judges must share responsibility when innocent people are convicted."    
Prof Erwin Chemerinsky, Dean, Irvine Law School (2001)
"...corruption of the courts and the legal profession and discrimination by law enforcement in California."
Inspector Gen. Glenn Fine Hanging it Up

Glenn Fine/doj photo
By Allan Lengel

WASHINGTON - Over the years, his Inspector General reports have stung such agencies as the FBI and ATF and DEA, pointing out flaws, offering suggestions that have not always been welcomed with open arms.

Now, Glenn Fine, the Justice Department's Inspector General, is hanging it up, Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. announced. He will leave in January.

"For more than fifteen years, Glenn Fine's commitment to integrity and professionalism has helped the Department of Justice fulfill its most important responsibilities," Holder said in a statement.

It has been a privilege to work with Glenn during my service as both Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General. Throughout his decade-long tenure as Inspector General, he has embodied the Justice Department's highest ideals and greatest traditions of service.

In the Justice Department's most critical operations and practices, especially our efforts to combat corruption, fraud, waste and abuse, the work done by the Office of the Inspector General is essential. Thanks to Glenn's outstanding leadership, this Office has never been stronger.

I am grateful for his service, and I am certain that the Justice Department and the American people will continue to benefit from Glenn's enduring contributions."

10-12-01 Bank of America on the WikiLeaks Radar? // Bank of America en el radar de WikiLeaks ?

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The founder of the whistleblower site, Julian Assange, told Forbes blogger Andy Greenberg earlier this month that he plans to release a bunch of documents involving a major U.S. bank - documents that Assange said "will give a true and representative insight into how banks behave at the executive level in a way that will stimulate investigations and reforms, I presume." He didn't name names, but in a 2009 interview with Computer World, Assange mentions that "we are sitting on five gigabytes from Bank of America, one of the executive's hard drives." From Greenberg:
There's no telling what might be revealed in any Bank of America documents-if Assange does indeed have them-but it could be old news. By the time of publication, the documents would be more than 14 months old. And, as much as any bank on Wall Street, BoA has been scrutinized in recent years by everyone from plaintiffs' attorneys in class-action investor suits to the New York Attorney General's office. And why would Assange hold onto the documents for so long before publishing them? He's said he simply has too much material.
My sense is that we have crossed a Rubicon, and there is close to nothing we can do about it. It is inherent in the kind of communication technology we now all use. Anything can easily be leaked; there is no real limit on the amount of private or secret data that can be widely disseminated within minutes; it only takes one or two individuals to break faith and spill every bean. We live increasingly in a world with no curtains or even veils. This is true personally - ask Brett Favre or Christine O'Donnell - and collectively - ask Don Rumsfeld after Abu Ghraib. The era of secrecy is over. What we need to do is adjust, not simply regret or attack.

Bank of America - beyond financial recklessness - corruption of the courts:
[1] 10-11-11 SEC v Bank of America Corporation (1:09-cv-06829) US District Court, Southern District of NY: Did US Judge JED RAKOFF Engage in Impeachable Misconduct?
[2] 10-06-11 Dr Zernik's Complaints Filed with Office of Comptroller of the Currency and SEC against Countrywide, Bank of America (NYSE:BAC), and Brian Moynihan - alleging fraud and extortion on Dr Zernik, fraud on shareholders, on banking regulators, and on the US taxpayer
[3] 10-05-05 Countrywide, Bank of America (NYSE:BAC), and its President Brian Moynihan - Compilation of Records - Evidence of Racketeering
[4] 10-05-05 Chairs of US Congress Committees of the Judiciary and Banking Are Requested to Join Senator Feinstein’s Inquiries on Comptroller of the Currency and US Dept of Justice Inspector General

10-12-01 Welcome Canada - Last New Visitor! // Bienvenido Canada - Visitante Mas Reciente!


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10-12-01 Welcome Guam - Newest Country! // Bienvenido Guam - Pais Mas Reciente!


Newest Country

Last Visited December 1, 2010

10-12-01 WikiLeaks to release US banking records // 10-12-01 WikiLeaks para liberar los registros bancarios EE.UU. 

WikiLeaks plans to release a U.S. bank's documents

WASHINGTON | Mon Nov 29, 2010 6:52pm EST

(Reuters) - The founder of whistle-blower website WikiLeaks plans to release tens of thousands of internal documents from a major U.S. bank early next year, Forbes Magazine reported on Monday.

Julian Assange declined in an interview with Forbes to identify the bank, but he said that he expected that the disclosures, which follow his group's release of U.S. military and diplomatic documents, would lead to investigations.

"We have one related to a bank coming up, that's a megaleak. It's not as big a scale as the Iraq material, but it's either tens or hundreds of thousands of documents depending on how you define it," Assange said in the interview posted on the Forbes website.

He declined to identify the bank, describing it only as a major U.S. bank that is still in existence.

Asked what he wanted to be the result of the disclosure, he replied: "I'm not sure. It will give a true and representative insight into how banks behave at the executive level in a way that will stimulate investigations and reforms, I presume."

He compared this release to emails that were unveiled as a result of the collapse of disgraced energy company Enron Corp.

"This will be like that. Yes, there will be some flagrant violations, unethical practices that will be revealed, but it will also be all the supporting decision-making structures and the internal executive ethos ... and that's tremendously valuable," Assange said.

"You could call it the ecosystem of corruption. But it's also all the regular decision making that turns a blind eye to and supports unethical practices: the oversight that's not done, the priorities of executives, how they think they're fulfilling their own self-interest," he said.

Assange also told the magazine that his group has material on many businesses and governments, including in Russia, and that it has some documents on pharmaceutical companies, which he did not identify.

More than 250,000 cables were obtained by the whistle-blower website and given to the New York Times and other media groups, which published stories on Sunday exposing the inner workings of U.S. diplomacy, including candid and embarrassing assessments of world leaders.

Before Sunday, WikiLeaks had made public nearly 500,000 classified U.S. files on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

(Editing by Mohammad Zargham)


Bank of America - beyond financial recklessness - corruption of the courts:
[1] 10-11-11 SEC v Bank of America Corporation (1:09-cv-06829) US District Court, Southern District of NY: Did US Judge JED RAKOFF Engage in Impeachable Misconduct?
[2] 10-06-11 Dr Zernik's Complaints Filed with Office of Comptroller of the Currency and SEC against Countrywide, Bank of America (NYSE:BAC), and Brian Moynihan - alleging fraud and extortion on Dr Zernik, fraud on shareholders, on banking regulators, and on the US taxpayer
[3] 10-05-05 Countrywide, Bank of America (NYSE:BAC), and its President Brian Moynihan - Compilation of Records - Evidence of Racketeering
[4] 10-05-05 Chairs of US Congress Committees of the Judiciary and Banking Are Requested to Join Senator Feinstein’s Inquiries on Comptroller of the Currency and US Dept of Justice Inspector General

10-12-01 Welcome France - Last New Visitor! // Bienvenido Francia - Visitante Mas Reciente!

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Visited December 1, 2010

2010-12-01 Wikileaks: US Role in the 2009 Military Coup in Hounduras // Wikileaks: EE.UU. y el Golpe de Estado en Honduras, 2009


WikiLeaks Honduras: State Department Busted on Support of Coup

by: Robert Naiman, t r u t h o u t | News Analysis

The streets of Honduras following a coup in July 2009. (Photo: codepinkhq)
By July 24, 2009, the US government was totally clear about the basic facts of what took place in Honduras on June 28, 2009. The US embassy in Tegucigalpa sent a cable to Washington with the subject, "Open and Shut: The Case of the Honduran Coup," asserting that "there is no doubt" that the events of June 28 "constituted an illegal and unconstitutional coup." The embassy listed arguments being made by supporters of the coup to claim its legality, and dismissed them thus: "None ... has any substantive validity under the Honduran constitution." The Honduran military clearly had no legal authority to remove President Manuel Zelaya from office or from Honduras, the embassy said, and their action - the embassy described it as an "abduction" and "kidnapping" - was clearly unconstitutional.
It is inconceivable that any top US official responsible for US policy in Honduras was not familiar with the contents of the July 24 cable, which summarized the assessment of the US embassy in Honduras on key facts that were politically disputed by supporters of the coup regime. The cable was addressed to Tom Shannon, then assistant secretary of state for western hemisphere affairs; Harold Koh, the State Department's legal adviser; and Dan Restrepo, senior director for western hemisphere affairs at the National Security Council. The cable was sent to the White House and to Secretary of State Clinton.
But despite the fact that the US government was crystal clear on what had transpired, the US did not immediately cut off all aid to Honduras except "democracy assistance," as required by US law.
Instead, a month after this cable was sent, the State Department, in its public pronouncements, pretended that the events of June 28 - in particular, "who did what to whom" and the constitutionality of these actions - were murky and needed further study by State Department lawyers, despite the fact that the State Department's top lawyer, Harold Koh, knew exactly "who did what to whom" and that these actions were unconstitutional at least one month earlier. The State Department, to justify its delay in carrying out US law, invented a legal distinction between a "coup" and a "military coup," claiming that the State Department's lawyers had to determine whether a "military coup" took place, because only that determination would meet the legal threshold for the aid cutoff.
Question: And so - sorry, just a follow-up. If this is a coup - the State Department considers this a coup, what's the next step? And I mean, there is a legal framework on the US laws dealing with countries that are under coup d'etat? I mean, what's holding you guys [back from taking] other measures according [to] the law?
Senior State Department Official: I think what you're referring to, Mr. Davila, is whether or not this is - has been determined to be a military coup. And you're correct that there are provisions in our law that have to be applied if it is determined that this is a military coup. And frankly, our lawyers are looking at that exact question. And when we get the answer to that, you are right, there will be things that - if it is determined that this was a military coup, there will be things that will kick in.
As you know, on the ground, there's a lot of discussion about who did what to whom and what things were constitutional or not, which is why our lawyers are really looking at the event as we understand them in order to come out with the accurate determination.
But the July 24 cable shows that this was nonsense. The phrase "military coup" occurs nowhere in the document, a remarkable omission in a cable from the embassy presenting its analysis of the June 28 events' constitutionality and legality one month after the fact, if that were a crucial distinction in assessing US policy. And indeed, initial press reports on the statements of top US officials in response to the coup made no such distinction, using the descriptions "coup" and "military coup" interchangeably.
Why did the State Department drag its feet, pretending that facts which it knew to be clear-cut were murky? Why didn't the State Department speak publicly after July 24 with the same moral clarity as the July 24 cable from the embassy in Honduras? Had the State Department shared publicly the embassy's clear assessment of the June 28 events after July 24, history might have turned out differently, because supporters of the coup in the United States - including Republican members of Congress and media talking heads - continued to dispute basic facts about the coup which the US embassy in Honduras had reported were not subject to reasonable dispute, and US media reporting on the coup continued to describe these facts as subject to reasonable dispute, long after the embassy had firmly declared that they were not.
As the Center for Economic and Policy Research noted in an August 2009report, in the previous 12 months the US had responded to other coups by cutting US aid within days. In these cases - in Africa - there was no lengthy deliberation on whether a "coup" was a "military coup."
What was the difference?
A key difference was that Honduras is in Central America, "our backyard," so different rules applied. Top officials in Washington supported the political aims of the coup. They did not nominally support the means of the coup, as far as we know, but they supported its political end: the removal of the ability of President Zelaya and his supporters to pursue a meaningful reform project in Honduras. On the other hand, they were politically constrained not to support the coup openly, since they knew it to be illegal and unconstitutional. Thus, they pursued a "diplomatic compromise" which would "restore constitutional order" while achieving the coup's central political aim: removal of the ability of President Zelaya and his supporters to pursue a meaningful reform project in Honduras. The effect of their efforts at "diplomatic compromise" was to allow the coup to stand, a result that these supporters of the coup's political aims were evidently content with.
Why does this matter now?
First, the constitutional and political crisis in Honduras is ongoing, and the failure of the US to take immediate, decisive action in response to the coup was a significant cause of the ongoing crisis. After nominally opposing the coup, and slowly and fitfully implementing partial sanctions against the coup regime in a way that did not convince the coup regime that the US was serious, the US moved to support elections under the coup regime which were not recognized by the rest of the hemisphere, and today the US is lobbying for the government created by that disputed election to be readmitted to the Organization of American States, in opposition to most of the rest of the hemisphere, despite ongoing, major violations of human rights in Honduras, about which the US is doing essentially nothing.
Second, the relationship of actual US policy - as opposed to rhetorical pronouncements - to democracy in the region is very much a live issue from Haiti to Bolivia.
Yesterday there was an election in Haiti. This election was funded by the US, despite the fact that major parties were excluded from participation by the government's electoral council, a fact that Republican and Democratic Members of Congress, in addition to NGOs, complained about without result. The Washington Post reports that the election ended with "nearly all the major candidates calling for the results to be tossed out amid 'massive fraud'": "12 of the 19 candidates on Sunday's ballot appeared together at a raucous afternoon news conference to accuse the government of President Rene Preval of trying to steal the election and install his chosen candidate, Jude Celestin."
Yesterday's election in Haiti had the fingerprints of the US government all over it. It was funded by the US "Security" for the election was purportedly provided by UN troops, paid for by the US And the crucial historical context of the election was the 2004 coup that deposed democratically elected President Jean Bertrand Aristide, a coup engineered by the US with years of economic destruction clearly intended to topple the elected government.
Last week, Bolivian President Evo Morales called out the US for its recent history of supporting coups in the region.
AP's treatment of President Morales' remarks was instructive:
Morales also alleged US involvement in coup attempts or political upheaval in Venezuela in 2002, Honduras in 2009 and Ecuador in 2010.
"The empire of the United States won," in Honduras, Morales said, a reference to the allegations of former Honduran President Manuel Zelaya that the US was behind his ouster.
"The people of the Americas in Venezuela, Bolivia and Ecuador, we won," Morales continued. "We are three to one with the United States. Let's see what the future brings."
US officials have repeatedly denied involvement in all of those cases and critics of the United States have produced no clear evidence. [my emphasis]
It's certainly true that critics have produced "no clear evidence" of US "involvement" in any of these cases - if your standard for "clear evidence" of US "involvement" is a US government document that dictated in advance everything that subsequently happened. But this would be like saying that critics have produced "no clear evidence" for the Armenian genocide because researchers haven't yet found a Turkish Mein Kampf. [Some who dispute that there was an "Armenian genocide" do actually claim something like this - "there is no proof of a plan" - but claims like this are generally not taken seriously by US media - except when the US government is an author of the crime, and the crime is recent.]
In the case of the coup in Venezuela in 2002, we know the following:
- Groups in Venezuela that participated in the coup had been supported financially and politically by the US.
- The CIA had advance knowledge of the plans for a coup, and did nothing to warn the Venezuelan government, nor did the US do anything meaningful to try to stop the coup.
- although the US knew in advance about the plans for a coup, when these events played out, the US tried to claim that there was no coup.
- the US pushed for international recognition of the coup government.
- the International Monetary Fund, which would not take such action without advance approval from the United States, announced its willingness to support the coup government a few hours after the coup took place.
These facts about US government "involvement" in the coup in Venezuela are documented in Oliver Stone's recent movie, South of the Border. This is why it's so important for as many Americans as possible to see this movie: because there are basic facts about the relationship of actual US government policies - as opposed to rhetoric - to democracy in Latin America that major US media simply cannot be counted upon to report straight. In order to successfully agitate for meaningful reform of US government policy in Latin America, Americans have to know what the actual policy of the US government has been.
And this is why Just Foreign Policy is urging Americans to organize house parties on December 10 - Human Rights Day - to watch South of the Border. You can sign up to host a screening here.
Here is a clip from South of the Border, in which Scott Wilson, formerly foreign editor of the Washington Post, describes the "involvement" of the US in the coup in Venezuela:
And here is a clip from South of the Border in which President Morales talks with Oliver Stone about the role of the media:
Oliver Stone: "Now [Morales] joining the Hugo ranks, becoming more the 'bad left' in the American media."
President Morales: "The media will always try to criminalize the fight against neoliberalism, colonialism, and imperialism. It's almost normal. The worst enemy I have is the media."

Robert Naiman is Policy Director at Just Foreign Policy
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