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Jailed activist Barrett Brown to fight government attempt at media gag

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posted on Sep, 4 2013 @ 01:24 PM
Barrett Brown and his attorney's responded today in court to a a "gagging" order requested by the Fed's in his case. It is very clear they don't want Brown's story being discussed in the alternative media or heaven forbid in the mainstream. The bastages don't want people aware that they are prosecuting Barrett for posting a link and going after a sentence of around 100 years.

If you don't know about Barrett Brown, please read about his story.

Brown's lead defence attorney, Ahmed Ghappour, has countered in court filings, the most recent of which was lodged with the court Wednesday, that the government's request for a gag order is unfounded as it is based on false accusations and misrepresentations. The lawyer says the attempt to impose a gagging order is a breach of Brown's First Amendment rights as an author who continues to write from his prison cell on issues unconnected to his own case for the Guardian and other media outlets.

In his memorandum to the court for today's hearing, Ghappour writes that Brown's July article for the Guardian "contains no statements whatsoever about this trial, the charges underlying the indictment, the alleged acts underlying the three indictments against Mr Brown, or even facts arguably related to this prosecution."

The lawyer adds that since the current defence team took over in May, Brown has made only three statements to the media, two of which where articles that did not concern his trial while the third ran no risk of tainting the jury pool. "Defendant believes that a gag order is unwarranted because there is no substantial, or even reasonable, likelihood of prejudice to a fair trial based on statements made by defendant or his counsel since May 1, 2013."

Brown, 32, was arrested in Dallas on 12 September last year and has been in prison ever since, charged with 17 counts that include threatening a federal agent, concealing evidence and disseminating stolen information. He faces a possible maximum sentence of 100 years in custody.


Why is Barret Brown facing 100 years?

The Strange Case of Barrett Brown
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posted on Sep, 4 2013 @ 01:28 PM
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Committee to Protect Journalists

Brown is a reporter and commentator whose work has appeared in the Guardian, The Huffington Post, and Vanity Fair. He has been described as being "obsessed" with exposing intelligence contractors, about which he has written extensively. This journalistic obsession ultimately came at a price: beginning in 2012, federal prosecutors in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas in Dallas began hammering Brown with a succession of felony charges. Brown currently faces a raft of charges that, if he is convicted on all counts, could put him in prison for more than 100 years.

Although Brown's charges loosely relate to breaches of data belonging to intelligence contractor Stratfor Forecasting by the hacker collective Anonymous, Brown himself has not been accused of hacking. Instead he is charged, in three separate indictments, with threatening an FBI agent, obstructing justice, and charges related to trafficking in stolen credit card information.

It is this third set of charges that is so particularly troublesome to technology and press freedom advocates. Prosecutors allege that Brown posted a hyperlink to a file available on the Internet to a chat room he set up to crowdsource information about the intelligence contracting industry. For doing so, he faces years in federal prison.

posted on Sep, 4 2013 @ 01:33 PM
Feds Seeking To Silence The Media Over Barrett Brown, After They Locked Him Up For Posting A Link

from the prosecutorial-overreach dept
We've covered the immensely troubling case against Barrett Brown a few times here. Brown is the journalist and activist who was arrested on a series of highly questionable charges, mostly focused on taking the astounding step of copying a URL pointing to a bunch of Stratfor emails that people in Anonymous had hacked, and placing it in a chat room that Brown managed, to try to crowdsource information about intelligence community contractors, known as Project PM. No one has accused Brown of being responsible for the hack -- but rather just posting the link to the hacked contents, which the feds are claiming is a federal crime, in part because the data it pointed to contained credit card info. There are two other charges, including concealing evidence (he put his laptop in his mother's dish cabinet) and "threatening a federal agent" based on a rambling video he had posted to YouTube, which was probably inappropriate, but was in response to being constantly harassed and threatened himself for merely reporting on the various information that had been leaked. Glenn Greenwald's summary from earlier this year is well worth reading.

The incredible thing is that the linking to leaked materials, including those that reveal hacked documents and things like passwords is fairly common. As the EFF pointed out a few weeks back, if what Brown did with the link to Stratfor emails was a crime then plenty of other publications are guilty of the same thing, including The Daily Beast and Buzzfeed, who both posted links to what some claimed were passwords for email accounts of Congressional staffers.

Even more ridiculous, however, is that the government is seeking to silence the media from reporting on the case, claiming, ridiculously that press coverage related to the case is something it can blame on Brown himself because various publications are reporting on the ridiculous details of his arrest and the charges against him.

Techdirt's take and Court Docs

posted on Sep, 4 2013 @ 02:38 PM
The judge granted the gag-order. Only tweets available right now. What a joke.

Free Barrett Brown

posted on Sep, 4 2013 @ 02:58 PM
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A copy of the order. It is chilling and affront to freedom of the press. They don't want this one getting out. Although Barrett has excellent defense counsel, I really am afraid for him and the precedent that this case may set.

Please pass this story around.

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posted on Sep, 4 2013 @ 03:45 PM
Edited out entire post after reading further....

Although I have to admit now after reading further, that teensy link provided the complete details for 5,000 Statfor Forcasting credit cards including verification codes. Along with their names, addresses, email addresses etc... Thus making them available to criminals. Thus every one of those cards would have to be closed down and replaced and the frauds sorted.. Yeah that sounds like a whopper to me.

Perhaps this wasn't malicious, but it was utter stupidity. I think time served should be adequate.

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posted on Sep, 4 2013 @ 04:13 PM
So the question is whether he'll hang himself or die in a car crash.

posted on Sep, 4 2013 @ 04:17 PM
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Seriously??? You obviously don't know the whole story. It was a link to the Stratfor emails. I believe this is also what Hastings scoop was all about. They already silenced one, looks like they just shut up the other one too.


What Brown actually did was post a link to a “data dump” of stolen information, including credit-card numbers, on his own Internet Relay Chat forum. He also had one or more text files containing about 10 stolen credit-card numbers on his own computer.

If that’s the case, then dozens of technology journalists, including possibly this writer, as well hundreds of technology researchers, might be considered just as guilty as Brown.

Many online news reports include links to websites where politically motivated hackers post their manifestos, and those manifestos in turn often contain links to file-sharing sites that house stolen data.

Are journalists who post those links trafficking in stolen goods?

Barrett Brown Is Being Railroaded and Why You Should Care
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posted on Sep, 5 2013 @ 02:38 AM
I would never obey a gag order from what amounts to a pimply faced mcdonalds employee, nor would I play legalese speak, treason speak, with them. i really find it evil to allow rogue governments, rogue judges to call any shots in any country. People need to organize as the first level of government and the strongest, the level that gets things done, and be in everyone else's face with bullhorns by the countless kazillions, period. But I consider it evil or becoming one of them to give an inch to their tyranny so the judge would be told that as a employer group I am witnessing his job performance, period. And he can only free will gag himself, come near me and he is rogue criminal and will be treated thusly and fired. I don't understand anyone's attitudes towards governments or courts.

Also, its time to get those counsels of citizens overseeing everything.
edit on 5-9-2013 by Unity_99 because: (no reason given)

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