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Urgent Call to Action! PayPal14 due in court date on May 13. A show of solidarity with the PayPal14.

PayPal14:
Christopher Cooper aka Anthrophobic, Josh Covelli /Absolem, Dennis Collins /Iowa, Mercedes Haefer /No, Donald Husband /Ananon, Vincent Kershaw /Trivette, Drew Phillips /Drew010, Jeffrey Puglisi /Jeffer, Ethan Miles, James Murphy, Keith Downey, Daniel Sullivan, Tracy Valenzuela, Christopher Vo.

In a little over one week from now, the internationally lauded ‘PayPal 14′ are due in San Francisco Federal Court (450 Golden Gate Avenue) on Monday, May 13th, 2013 and Anonymous is calling for a rally all day beginning at 9:30am (may go as late as 5pm) to support the heroes who allegedly dared to act against the gross media censorship by e-Bay’s subsidiary PayPal after terminating its donation processing service for Wikileaks when nation-states began targeting them for revealing international war crimes and crimes against humanity from the Bush-era of the “War on Terror.”

The defendants were arrested in July of 2011 after PayPal reportedly suffered 3.5 million pounds in damages in 2010 due to a cyber-sit-in or DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attack on their website. The incident was allegedly a response to the online giant’s unprecedented decision to cut off journalists Julian Assange and Wikileaks from revenue and legal defense funds.

Please come show your support for whistleblowers,
First Amendment Rights and their heroic defenders.

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We would like to offer sincere thanks to @small_affair for covering the April 10th, 2013 Hammond hearing in NYC, and live streaming the event. We have reprinted her account here, but encourage you to view the original post at the Occupy The Stage site, to see included media. Occupy The Stage and @small_affair have been tireless supporters of FreeAnons, producing media, making parade floats, and encouraging us with their fantastic media, and we deeply appreciate their work.

“On April 10, 2013, I sat in courtroom 12 A of the Federal Courthouse in New York City  with dozens of Jeremy Hammond supporters. I watched Jeremy Hammond, dressed in a grey jumpsuit, as he was escorted into the courtroom to sit with is defense team. Once seated, he turned around and said quietly, “What’s up everybody” while smiling. His mother was in the courtroom for the first time since his arrest on March 5, 2012, and his friends and family smiled and waved until Judge Loretta Preska entered the courtroom.

Jeremy is accused of accessing the intelligence firm Stratfor and its database, releasing emails that were later released to the public by WikiLeaks. He could spend 37 years to life in prison for allegedly accessing information detailing  a global surveillance system Trapwire that’s been monitoring activists groups like Occupy Wall Street and PETA and the spying on victims of the Bhopal disaster.  See What would we know without you, Jeremy Hammond? for details.

I traveled to New York specifically to show court solidarity for Jeremy’s appearance.  Although I have never met Jeremy, I cannot ignore the level of governmental corruption surrounding his case. Already, Jeremy Hammond has spent over one year in prison with time in solitary confinement; he has been denied bail by a judge with a conflict of interest, and he has been refused access to his own case materials. These materials include 59,00 chat logs that contain 3.5 million lines of text. During the fourteen visits between Jeremy and his defense team, the government issued laptop has only been available four times. Since the February 21, 2013 recusal hearing Jeremy has had five additional hours of time with a computer to work on his defense, bringing the total amount of time to eleven hours. This is simply not enough.

In Judge Preska’s courtroom, the defense attorney explained that despite the fact that a laptop was provided to them in January by the U.S. Government, they have been unable to review materials related to Jeremy’s case in a timely manner.  While they have been working with Adam Johnson at the Metropolitan Correctional Center to make sure this computer is available when they visit Jeremy, the defense has experienced what seems to be a communication problem amongst staff at MCC. It is my understanding that the defense puts in a request for the computer to be available prior to a scheduled meeting with Jeremy. Mr. Johnson receives the request and then puts the computer up front, but the staff may change shifts and not know the laptop is there when the defense arrives to meet with Jeremy. This causes delays as defense attorneys wait in the MCC for the staff to find this laptop and has severely limited the time they’ve been able to spend reviewing the “discovery.” Moreover, the computer itself cannot access the internet, so the defense is unable to conduct internet research while meeting with Jeremy and may have to leave the meeting to conduct research elsewhere. Eleven hours is not enough.

Computer access is critical for the defense, and considering the current conditions of Jeremy’s incarceration, it seems unlikely that he can possibly receive a fair trial. Had he been released on bail, he would have been able to analyze this material with his defense team constantly. As it stands, the defense team needs to be able to review these 3.5 million lines of text with Jeremy because only he may recognize information that will aid in his defense. Preska’s denial of bail has heavily impacted this case to the point that one questions whether Jeremy’s entrapment by an FBI agent whose plea bargain was  presided over by none other than Judge Loretta Preska and lack of access to his own case materials is by design. This system does, after all, allow Stratfor to engage in secret, illegal surveillance;  the federal government continues to pursue activists and journalists like Matthew Keys and Barrett Brown and obviously wants to keep some of its secrets hidden (Occupy NOLA is especially grateful to Matthew Keys for providing this information about the FBI monitoring NOLA activists). It seems likely that Jeremy’s freedom jeopardizes this web of secrecy and entrapment. While the FBI had no problem allowing the Stratfor emails to be turned over to WikiLeaks, their use of an informant and nature of the “discovery” (the  3.5 million lines of text with possibly up to 45000 chat participants/co-conspirators) indicates that the United States does not want more of its secrets uncovered. I have not seen the “discovery” but question how the prosecution can prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Jeremy Hammond is guilty.

They are undoubtedly attempting to prove just that; the US government can access these documents whenever they want; additionally, they can be assisted by the very hacker/informant who orchestrated the Stratfor event. I am under the impression that Hector Monsegur (aka Sabu) is allowed to access the internet to assist the US government and possibly wreak havoc on the lives of other activists, while Jeremy Hammond is not able to work with his attorneys on his own defense.

At Hammond’s April 10 court appearance, the US Attorney requested an additional twenty days to determine a trial schedule. These twenty days will not count towards the speedy trial provision.

The courtroom was packed with family, friends, and supporters in what Jeremy’s twin brother Jason described as the largest group of courtroom supporters since Jeremy’s arrest. The defense requested a ten minute visit for Jeremy and his mother and brother.

Judge Loretta Preska asked the U.S. Marshalls if they could accommodate this.

“It’s up to the judge,” one Marshall replied.

Judge Preska permitted a ten minute visit that could not allow physical contact or passing of papers. After the courtroom emptied, Jeremy Hammond was able to turn around in his chair and face his family from his chair across and talk.  Jeremy Hammond was granted his first meeting with his mother and brother since his arrest, and it was ten minutes long.  After the gross abuse of power by the courts, this ten minutes seemed like a precious gift and not what citizens should be able to expect from the Criminal Justice system.

 

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Revolution News has published an urgent call to action, regarding the rally for support to be held at Foley Square on February 21st, the day Judge Loretta Preska considers a Motion to Recuse herself for bias in Jeremy’s case. The full press release is here. Revolution News will be updating the page as new information becomes available before and after the hearing. The event page is here, hosted by Jeremy’s amazing supporters at Free Jeremy Hammond Support Network.

The Pella Report will be live streaming video, here.

The Network has managed to gather an impressive list of speakers and media support.
Here is the lineup: Jeremy Hammond Courthouse Support Rally, this coming Thursday at 9:30am, Feb. 21st, Foley Sq. NYC.

– Jason Hammond, Jeremy’s twin brother.

– Alexa O’Brien, founder of the US Day of Rage and exceptional journalist covering the Wikileaks Gitmo files and trial of Bradley Manning.

– Heidi Boghosian, the Executive Director of the National Lawyers Guild.

– Micheal Ratner, the President of the Center for Constitutional Rights.

– Andrew Blake, from the news agency RT will be there to report on the days events.

The date for Jeremy Hammond’s court hearing and rally have been delayed a day to November 20, 2012.

Jeremy Hammond, a 27-year old Chicago native, was arrested by the FBI on March 5, 2012. Hammond is accused of taking part in the compromise of Strategic Forecasting, Inc (aka “Stratfor”) computer systems, and providing information to Wikileaks. This information, released by Wikileaks under the name “The Global Intelligence Files,” revealed even further corruption within the U.S. intelligence community- including plans to target and infiltrate domestic popular movements such as Occupy.

We are happy to announce that due to the postponement of Jeremy’s hearing until Tuesday the 20th, Jeremy’s “other mother”, Sue Crabtree, the heart & soul of the Jeremy Hammond Support Network will be available Monday for interviews & to discuss Jeremy’s support network. While we have no doubt that the court’s last minute postponement of Jeremy’s bail hearing is an attempt to quell his growing support we thank the Court for the opportunity to build even wider support for Jeremy. We intend to demonstrate that such attempts to cause hardship on Jeremy’s family, friends, and supporters will prove a failure.

#Freeanons would like to note that this is 2nd Anonymous court case, both scheduled for appearance next week, to be subjected to unexpected and unexplained delay. Please see here for an update on the Christopher Weatherhead trial.

This is a recording of Jason, Jeremy Hammond’s brother, giving a speech earlier today at the rally for Jeremy in NYC. The speech was prepared by Jeremy for the rally.
There was a police presence but the rally was very successful.

– We want to thank everyone who has been showing support for Jeremy.
– I know it means a lot to him and he means a lot to us.