In USSA, Journalism is a Crimeby William Norman Grigg
Aug. 02, 2013
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Author and activist Barrett Brown has been behind bars for nearly 300 days without a trial. Federal prosecutors have filed a 17-count indictment on charges arising from the act of republishing material obtained by hackers from HB Gary Federal and Stratfor, two private companies that are deeply involved in national security affairs.
Prior to being arrested, Brown endured months of harassment by the FBI. On one occasion FBI agents broke down his front door in his absence and confiscated documents. The Bureau also threatened his mother, which led Brown to produce a YouTube video describing his harassment in detail. In that video he condemned FBI agent Robert Smith by name while expressly disavowing any intention to see harm done to him.
This led to Brown’s arrest on charges of threatening and intimidating federal agent. He was held for weeks without bail until the Justice Department filed an indictment accusing him of trafficking in “stolen” information by disseminating the leaked material.
Brown’s supposed offense was to commit journalism by republishing information about politically privileged corporation that he didn’t personally acquire, and then to condemn a federal official who was harassing and persecuting his family. That’s the kind of thing that leads to prosecution in the American Reich.