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Welcome Home Stanley Cohen

Dearest Stanley,

We have been impatiently waiting for the day that we are able to enjoy your company once again.  We have read all of your articles and shared them to inspire others.  Your return home to those who have missed and loved you is a day of celebration.  Twitter has been a quiet place during your absence.  We know you have lost ones that you love during your time in the prison system and we have done our best to show them love and kindness in the hopes that we can follow your lead and display the strength that you have shown during the time that the Bureau of Prisons felt they needed a bit of your time and award winning personality.  But it’s time to come home now Stanley and so many are here waiting for you.  It’s time to return the Political Prisoners to the ones that need them.  Freeanons has been honored to be able to interact with you and to ensure that your needs are met (As much as a prison system will meet the needs of anyone we suppose).

It is with great pride and love that we send our welcome home wishes to you.  Your strength brings courage to many.  Your heart helps us to realize that this world is about the ability to assist others before oneself.   We had a dream while you were away, Stanley.  Owen was looking down on  as you slept in your bunk during a restless night sleep.  He was there to remind you that he is never far away from you.  He reminded us about the true love and respect he had for you.  He told us to be patient and that soon Stanley would be back with the ones that love him.  Well, it’s time, Mr. Big Mouth…Time to bring it on home and make the world a better place.

UP THE REBELS!!!

With much love from Freeanons to you.

Stanley Cohen Writings

The following song is dedicated to Stanley Cohen, please listen.

We Do Not Forgive, We Do Not Forget.

Have We Forgotten Them?

Since 2011, Freeanons has seen the arrest and unrealistic persecution of so many anons fighting for what they believe in.  When realizing the names of so many strong minded people being persecuted for their beliefs, it it literally overwhelming to us.  This list barely scratches the surface of worldwide arrests but we would like to give you even a small glimpse of the cases we have worked with over the 4  last years.  Your help is desperately needed to assist us in ensuring that these freedom fighters are never forgotten, ignored and that their causes remain our causes.  Take a small glimpse into our world or have you forgotten them?

Aken:  Green Rights activist and loved throughout the Anonymous community arrested in May, 2015,  is presently on house arrest with no access to friends or family outside of the home.  He faces decades in prison in his home country of Italy.

Otherwise:  A much loved activist residing and arrested in Italy in May, 2015 also threatened with decades in prison and spending time in isolation on house arrest.  These two men are deeply loved by many and have the full support of their comrades at Anonymous Italy.

3 French Anonymous related arrests:  Ercun, Seamymsg and Boby all accused of suspected attacks on institutional websites including the Ministry of Defense and all are facing up to ten years in prison in addition to 150,000 euros in fines.  We have yet to receive a final outcome on all 3 cases.

Adam Bennett aka Lorax:  Arrested on May 17, 2014 in Australia and currently awaiting trial while being restricted from the internet.  Lorax was a host of Radio Anonops always speaking truth to power.

Mathew Hutchison aka Rax:  Arrested in May, 2014 for the making of a YouTube video.  He is required to serve community service and be under the watchful eye of the Australian Government until such time he is released from oversight.

Justin Michael Soyke aka Absantos:  Also arrested in Australia and currently serving a 3 year prison sentence with release following 12 months and the completion of his sentence on supervised release status.

Stanley Cohen Attorney/Activist standing up for the rights of all:  Ultimately jailed for one year for interference with the IRS (we still have no idea what that implies) sentenced to one year in prison to be released on December 15, 2015.  Welcome Home Stanley!!!

Fidel Salinas:  was arrested in October, 2013 and ultimately sentenced to 6 months in prison and $10,600.00 in fines after his arrest.  He was represented by Tor Ekeland who was able to reduce the 440 year sentenced Salinas was threatened with.  Salinas continues to stand by his report that the FBI arrested him after he refused to provide assistance to the FBI.  According to Tor Ekeland Fundamentally this represents the FBI trying to recruit by indictment,” Ekeland recently said. “The message was clear: If he had agreed to help them, they would have dropped the charges in a second.”

Lauri Love:  First arrested on October 28, 2013, is an outstanding activist and friend to many is currently facing extradition to the U.S. from England, a fate that could prove to be life in prison.  Lauri is charged with breaching multiple U.S. government computers.  He is in dire need of support worldwide to prevent extradition to the U.S.  Lauri is also a beneficiary of the Courage Foundation:  Lauri Love Courage Foundation

Jonathan Cowden:  Arrested and served 13 months and 2 days in prison in May, 2013 for hacking into Israeli websites in support of Palestine.  Since his release from prison, he has been placed in such severe restrictions that locating employment has become nearly impossible.  Due to a violation of probation (possession of a pocket knife and a tablet computer)  Jon was transported from a loving home with his very supportive girflfriend in California to Missouri where he is currently being housed.  The sad fact of this case is that Jon served his initial sentence out of the watchful eyes of Anonymous and without the moral support needed to carry him through.  We cannot allow this same error to occur while he remains incarcerated at the time of this writing.  You can find his address on our letter writing event post.

John Anthony Borell aka @ItsKahuna:  Also a member of the CabinCr3w and arrested on hacking charges while facing ten years in prison.  He signed a plea agreement on April 15, 2013 resulting in 36 months in prison and $230,000.00 in restitution.  He has been released from prison but will be burdened with unrealistic restitution for the rest of his life.

Higinio Ochoa aka W0rmer:  Member of the CabinCr3w accused hacker and supporter of the Occupy Movement, W0rmer was arrested on March 20, 2012 and charged with hacking various government websites.  He accepted a non-cooperating plea deal and was released on August 14, 2014 and was returned to the loving arms of his wife and infant son.  He continues to be required to pay nearly $14,000.00 in restitution.  He was banned from internet access for nearly one year following his release from prison, making caring for his family nearly impossible. Hig remains a great speaker and presently has a blog talk radio show with access to the internet reinstated.

Matt Dehart:  A search warrant was issued on the home of Matt Dehart on January 2, 2012 and was executed on January 25.  After applying for a student Visa to travel to Canada, Matt was arrested and detained at the Canadian border and taken into custody by the FBI.  Matt’s home was searched for suspected child porn but in reality, charges of espionage were being investigated against him. During his time of incarceration, Matt reports being drugged and abused.   He filed for asylum in 2013 to enter Canada.  Ultimately he was deported from Canada and back to the U.S. where he was promptly arrested and has been jailed since this date of March 1, 2015.  On November 13th 2015 he pled guilty to having explicit photos of under aged teenagers and for fleeing from his trial in a Tennessee court, accepting a seven and a half year sentence in the process and avoiding a possible 70 year sentence. The Courage Foundation claims DeHart was “cornered” into making the deal and that the government agreed to the plea to “prevent a drawn-out trial in which Matt’s political activity, the files he unearthed and the treatment he endured could come to light”.  Matt’s fate remains completely unknown at the time of this writing.

Matt DeHart Courage Foundation

Barrett Brown, Journalist and founder of Project PM:  Arrested on September 12, 2012 and sentenced to 63 months in prison for sharing a link and ordered to pay more than $900,000 in restitution to Stratfor, the spy firm exposed by Hammond.  Scheduled for release on May 25, 2017.

Barrett Brown Courage Foundation

Lulzcart:  A Romanian hacktivist  arrested and charged with 11 other defendants  with hacking multiple  government websites in 2012.  He was jailed for two months as he awaited trial and reported literally horrific conditions in prison.  He was ultimately given 3 years  suspended sentence and 6 years probation.

Reynaldo Rivera aka Neuron:  Affiliated with LulzSec  was arrested on August 29, 2012 and charged with the hack of Sony.  His plea deal included 366 days in prison, 13 months house arrest, 1,000 hours of community service restitution in the amount of $605,666.00.  Court documents state Hector Monsegur aka Sabu was an informant in The case against Neuron and multiple other members of LulzSec.

Cody Krestinger aka Recursion:  Affiliated with LulzSec was arrested  on September 22, 2011 and charged and  with the hack of Sony received 366 days in prison, 13 months house arrest, 1,000 hours of community service and restitution in the amount of $605,666.00.  It is stated in court documents that Hector Monsegur aka Sabu was also an informant in this case.

Christopher Weatherhead aka Nerdo:  Affiliated with Operation Payback, arrested and jailed in the UK and sentenced to 18 months in prison.

Ashley Rhodes aka Nikon Elite:  Affiliated with Operation Payback, arrested and jailed in the UK and sentenced to 7 months in prison.

Peter Gibson age 24:  Affiliated with Operation Payback and given a 24 month suspended sentence.

Jake Birchall aka Fennic: age 16 at the time of his arrest in the UK:  Affiliated with Operation Payback sentenced to community service due to his age.

Jeremy Hammond aka Anarchaos and member of Antisec:  Sentenced to ten years in prison for his role in the hack of Stratfor.  Eligible for Parole, as of the time of this writing, 2/22/2021.

Jeremy Hammond Courage Foundation

Ryan Ackroyd aka Kayla and member of Lulzsec:  Served a 30 month sentence in England

Mustafa Al-Bassam aka T Flow and member of Lulzsec:  Received a 20 months suspended sentence and required to serve 500 hours of unpaid community service.

Jake Davis aka Topiary and member of Lulzsec:  Sentenced to 24 months in a Youth Offenders Institute.  He ultimately served 38 days and underwent electronic monitoring for 21 months.

PayPal14:  A strong group of activists arrested for a DDos attack on Paypal.  All were charged in 2011 and underwent years of court proceedings and upheaval of their lives throughout their case.  Attorney Stanley Cohen represented one of the PayPal defendants but was a strong voice in support of the actions of this dedicated group who believed their actions should be viewed as a form of protest.  Ultimately they were given various sentences and ordered to pay tens of thousands of dollars in restitution to PayPal.

Payback13:  A group of activists who took part in Operation Payback and arrested in the U.S. and charged in connection with the targeting the websites of entities committed to protecting copyrighted material.  All pleaded not guilty but ultimately accepted varying plea deals.  Contrary to some speculation, since these individuals were not known to each other, the accusation of snitching is a false accusation and should be ignored.

Dennis Collins aka Owen:  Defendant in both the PayPal14 and Payback13 cases fought viciously not only for himself but in the best interest of his co-defendants.  He lost his battle with a chronic and incurable illness on July 16, 2015, giving his life for a cause he believed in.  RIP Dear Owen.  You are so dearly missed by many.

Eric Rosol:  Eric was arrested and charged in relation to #opWisconsin which resulted in a shutdown of Koch Industry Websites  on February 27 and 28, 2011 was sentenced to 2 years Federal Probation and $183,000.00 fine.  He was facing 5 years in prison and $250,000.00 in fines.

Aaron Swartz:  (November 8, 1986 – January 11, 2013) was an American computer programmer, entrepreneur, writer, political organizer and Internet hacktivist. He was involved in the development of the web feed format  RSS and the Markdown publishing format, the organization Creative Commons, the website framework web.py and the social news site, Reddit, in which he became a partner after its merger with his company, Infogami. He was arrested on January 6, 2011 and  committed suicide while under federal indictment for data-theft, a prosecution that was characterized by his family as being “the product of a criminal-justice system rife with intimidation and prosecutorial overreach”.

FreeAnons Supports Stanley Cohen

I once heard a joke by Stephen Fry that stuck with me.

Q: What do lawyers and sperm have in common?
A: A one in a million shot at being human.

 

Stanley Cohen is that one in a million. Cohen is an activist and human rights attorney. Many of you may be familiar with his work on the PayPal 14 case as counsel for Mercedes Haefer. Others may recognize him from his appearance in We Are Legion.

 

Stanley Cohen has supported us, and now comes our opportunity to support him. In a recent post on his website Cohen addressed the ongoing investigation on him by the U.S. Department of Justice:

 

“As many of you know I am currently under indictment in two separate US federal district courts for essentially the same allegation – impeding or obstructing the IRS. It is not a case, as some have stated, of income tax evasion. Although the government denies, it, we know that the investigation began more than 10 years ago when the DOJ began to investigate and tried to charge me with material support for terrorism as a result of my work as an attorney and interntional law advisor for a number of so-called terrorist groups- most prominently Hamas, who I have had the great honor and privilege of working with as an attorney since 1995; it continues through this day. When that witch hunt failed, in came the IRS and for 7 years or so we have battled these allegations at great cost with federal prosecutors in New York and Washington and in the courts. This fight has taken a tremendous amount of effort by my team of lawyers, my family, friends, supporters and clients. It has cost us more than six hundred thousand dollars, a large amount of which is still owed, and hurt my “non-political” practice by scaring off clients. Recently it has interfered with some critical work with various human rights groups and activists overseas and made travel abroad—essential to that effort – impractical. Most important it has taken an increasing toll on my family. After all this time we were on the eve of the first of what promised to be at least two trials in two different districts, possible appeals, and enormous additional expenses. Obviously these trials would have made the work that I love and live for, namely resistance, and support of resistance, ineffective for the foreseeable future.

 

After painful discussions with my family, friends, supporters and colleagues and clients at home and abroad I have elected to end this particular whitchhunt and harassment, and to do so tomorrow (April 14, 2014).

There is no doubt I have made mistakes which allowed the witchhunt to continue, and to produce a result not imposed against other like persons, but that comes with the turf.

 

Tomorrow I will plead guilty in the Northern District of New York to impeding the IRS. This plea will cover all outstanding charges and bring an end to this chapter. I will be sentenced likely in about 4-6 months to 18 months in prison – with actual jail time of likely a year. I will lose my law license of 31 years at the time of my sentence but will be able to reapply for it when I end my sentence.

 

Make no mistake about it, this plea will not change my commitment to truth, justice and resistance. Nor should it be seen as acquiescence to the naive and liberal notion that this government and others and their respective criminal justice systems work or are just. The fight will go on but in different ways. I would expect to spend much of my time in prison working with and assisting the unjustly accused and those prosecuted because of color, class or politics. Perhaps that book will finally be written.

 

Meanwhile, until my sentence I will continue representing my clients, travelling and speaking out and, hopefully, continue to inspire others to fight on. We all know that there is a cost when you say no, when you refuse to go silently into the night, when you reject he notion of complicity. But the work must go on – there is no choice. Mourn not for me but for the millions of people murdered worldwide because of their race, religion, politics or activism. Mourn not for me but for the millions of stateless people reduced to ‘life’ in refugee camps, or who live under Apartheid and Occupation and who are subjected daily to ethnic cleansing, collective punishment and indefinite detention. Mourn not for me but for the whistle blowers, journalists and dissidents murdered, jailed and exiled because of a belief, a simple vision, a commitment to change.

 

To those who love or support me, my decision will not matter. To those who hate me, enjoy your smug smile and distorted sentiment, it will not however change the words I have spoken and will speak in the future and the fights I have embraced or those yet to come. To those who do not know me or care, life goes on. Most important to my friends who in some small way have been inspired by my words and work, this is not a loss but a predictable result of a lifetime of resistance. There is a price to pay when you say no. choose wisely and fight the fight. I will have more to say at the time of my sentence but meanwhile all my thanks and love. Up the Rebels.”

We at FreeAnons will continue to support Stanley in any way we can and urge you all to do the same. We salute Mr. Cohen for his resilience, tenacity, and bravery as an activist, attorney and friend of Anonymous. Up the rebels, Stanley. Up the rebels.

 

Donations to the Stanley Cohen legal defense fund can be made here and more information and updates will be available via his website here.

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Christopher Wayne Cooper of the PayPal14 has a WePay fund set up to help him collect donations, so he can ease the overall burden placed on him by the PayPal prosecution, which took three years of the defendants’ lives. The fund helps him pay state fines, and furthers him along the path of putting this prosecution behind him. Please donate if you can, or spread the message on social media.

“Chris will successfully complete his Alabama probation as soon as he finishes paying off restitution and fines in full. $1,434.00 is left to pay and the goal is to get that paid off by February 2014 when his probation would otherwise terminate successfully. Chris has made payments whenever his sporadic income as a cook and computer-fix it guy permits. The sooner he pays it off, the better his chances are of not being revoked in Alabama for the good decisions he made to accept responsibility in his federal ‘Anonymous’ PayPal. Each and every donation, regardless of amount is a great help and inspiration to Chris! Thanks a ton!”
And please follow him on Twitter @Anthrophobic

Our 2012 1120 tax form was filed on September 15, 2013. We had an extension within which to file. The following are our sworn figures to the IRS. These figures are taken directly from our 2012 1120, and declared under penalty of perjury as true to the IRS, and if they are incorrect, could incur prosecution: 2012 Gross receipts or sales: $5868.13 This represents all income, from any source, including donations, cds, and income from MyAnonStore.

Compensation of officers or salaries and wages: 00.00. We have never paid any salaries, wages or compensation to any person. No person is compensated for their work with us.

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Taxes filed with the IRS 1120 totaled $420.00 thus far in 2012. This figure may increase if we decide we need to pay more tax, or decrease if the IRS determines we have overpaid.

Total Donations made in 2012: $4960.00. We keep full records of every donation made. Each donation can be proved by cancelled check, money order or wire transfer made in the arrested person’s name, or that of their designated representative. While we are obligated to keep confidentiality, some of the Anons who have publicly acknowledged donations from us include: Jeremy Hammond, Barrett Brown, Higinio Ochoa, John Borell, Vincent Kershaw, Gabriel Baleasa, Josh Covelli, and the travel fund for PayPal14, which was maintained by their supporters. If more supporters mention us publicly, we will publish their names.

Our income figures for 2013 will be filed when due, and those figures published here as well.

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