I've never made it a secret that Jeremy Hammond is a friend of mine and one that I am proud to have. He has been in prison since his arrest in March of 2012 for hacking the emails of a security firm known as Strategic Forecasting (Stratfor). The hack on Stratfor, which bills itself as a “private CIA," exposed that they was spying on ecological and corporate justice activists and marketing it's intelligence to major corporations and government agencies for a subscription fee that often ran to $40,000 and counted the husband of the Federal Judge in his case, Laura Preska, as a client.
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The internet is happy today because a few high profile and long incarcerated political prisoners languishing in the sprawling Bush-Obama gulag. No doubt many if not all of them were unjustly tried, convicted and given draconian sentences. Of the many pardons and sentence commutations Obama has recently passed out, the commutation of Chelsea Manning's insane 35 year sentence has gotten the outgoing president the biggest gold star from Centrist Democrats and the soft-left.
The Senate is close to bi-partisan approval of new gun control legislation in the wake of the Orlando Pulse massacre carried out by former prison guard and private military contractor Omar Mateen. There had been opposition from both sides of the aisle on the use of the already existing “no-tfly list” as a basis for prohibiting the purchase of firearms by certain people. The no fly-list is secret. How someone gets put on it is secret. How someone gets off it is impossible. The new list will be based on something called the “Selectee List.” This list is even more chilling.