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Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning, and Irwin Schiff’s Legacy of the Freedom of the Press

As the U.S. government persecutes and imprisons Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning for their dissidence and their informing the American people of the crimes committed by their rulers, the Trump administration is threatening yet another war, against Iran, for no good reason.

Over the decades and centuries, we can see why the agents of the United State don’t like the freedom of the Press. And the U.S. government’s imprisonment of dissidents doesn’t just apply to the government’s foreign policy, but has applied to its domestic policy as well.

Carl Watner writes about the silencing of dissent in this article at the Voluntaryist, using tax protester/dissident Irwin Schiff as an example. Irwin was sentenced to jail for years and years for not filing taxes. But really, it was his tax-opposition activism and his best-selling books that were the real reasons why Schiff was confined to prison for so many years.

Irwin Schiff’s books, The Biggest Con: How the Government Is Fleecing You, How Anyone Can Stop Paying Income Taxes, The Great Income Tax Hoax: Why You Can Immediately Stop Paying This Illegally Enforced Tax, and The Federal Mafia: How It Illegally Imposes and Unlawfully Collects Income Taxes, exposed U.S. government’s fraudulent income tax, and turned him into a political prisoner. (And no, I am not suggesting or encouraging anyone to be a tax protester or to withhold income taxes. I myself have not done and would not do anything illegal. I also hardly have much of an income.)

It was Schiff’s book, Federal Mafia, that was supposedly banned by the judge. According to Wikipedia, “the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals found the book to be fraudulent and upheld an injunction issued by a U.S. District Court in Nevada under 26 U.S.C. § 7408 against Irwin Schiff and associates Cynthia Neun and Lawrence Cohen against the sale of this book by those persons.” However, Schiff has been able to give the book away for free on his website (although, as you can see by clicking on the link in the previous paragraph, it is available now at Amazon).

And I believe the current situation with Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning is a similar situation. Just as the feds don’t want the American people to know the truth about their illicit apparatus of theft and plunder, in the Assange/Manning case the feds don’t want you to know about the war crimes and other evil crimes of the U.S. government — so, they are imprisoning Assange and Manning.

The Schiff case and the judge’s literally banning one of Schiff’s books was a case not as much about the income tax but freedom of speech and freedom of the Press.

While Carl Watner does not address the WikiLeaks case, in regards to the freedom of the Press Watner does address the Irwin Schiff case. Watner writes,

In Schiff’s case, the judge tried to prevent Schiff from “poisoning the minds of the people.” There was no way that the government could allow Schiff to refuse to pay his taxes, and get away with it. The Bolsheviks of the Russian Revolution were the first to use the term “poison” with regard to “contaminating” people’s minds. It was they who labeled the capitalist press “poisoners of the mind of the people.”

State hegemony and the ability to command obedience actually grow out of ideas. It is ideology, not force or its threat, which causes most people to obey. That is why governments are so concerned about the unrestricted exposure of their people to a wide variety of ideas, particularly to those ideas which question its legitimacy. It would be suicide for a State to stand idle while it was being criticized and its power base was being undercut. If the State is to remain in control, it can never reconcile itself to unrestrained freedom of the press. Whether the State is trying to retain its legitimacy or fight for its life, as in time of war, it must generally control what the people think.

So, as the Trump administration seems to be threatening to attack Iran, and for no good reason just as the Bush administration attacked Iraq and Afghanistan, there are a lot of people including those shameful members of the compliant news media who obediently believe the feds’ outright propaganda and lies to justify another war of aggression.

So, we need truth tellers like Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning, like Irwin Schiff, to use their freedom of the Press to let the American people know the truth of the criminal racket that is their U.S. government.

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Paul Craig Roberts has this post on how the Assange/Manning cases discredit humanity, and he sure is not afraid to say what’s on his mind here. Corrupt U.S. national security state bureaucrats and judges are trying to pressure and coerce Manning to falsely testify against Assange, in other words to commit perjury, just as they were trying to coerce Jerome Corsi to commit perjury as part of the “Trump-Russia collusions” false accusations. Here, the agents of the U.S. regime want revenge against Manning and Assange for revealing the war crimes of the military.

Jon Rappoport’s WordPress.com blog is still down. But a blogger or twitter commenter linked to an archived article of his, from July of 2015: “Vaccines: an ideal covert op to genetically re-engineer humans.”

Gareth Porter asks, Do Iranian “threats” signal organized U.S.-Israel subterfuge?

Thomas Knapp says that a U.S. war on Iran would be evil, stupid, and self-damaging.

Ann Garrison reviews professor Stephen F. Cohen’s book, War with Russia?

And Laurence Vance says that Roe v. Wade did not legalize abortion in the United State. (Hmmm. Vance says that abortion actually was already legal in some states but with restrictions, prior to the Roe v. Wade decision. Especially in New York, which had the most liberal abortion policy.)

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José Niño on why the elites look down on manual labor.

Robert Wenzel discusses Alex Tabarrok’s preferring more government interventionism than less in Venezuela, and Tabarrok’s misunderstanding of what is socialist and what is anarchist.

Jacob Hornberger says, Impeach Trump but only for the right reason.

Per Bylund says that tariffs are attacks on property rights and freedom.

Laurence Vance asks, Who actually pays for tariffs?

Robert Murphy debunks 3 modern arguments for tariffs.

Ron Paul says that the Violence Against Women Act does violence to the Constitution.

And Ammo.com with an article on the corresponding rise of antidepressants and mass shootings.

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Jacob Hornberger asks, Is Pearl Harbor the model for a Trump-Bolton war with Iran?

Chip Gibbons says that the crackdown on Chelsea Manning and Julian Assange is about protecting U.S. empire.

Doug Bandow on Iran: “Hell no!” to Trump’s aggression.

Ray McGovern discusses pretexts for an attack on Iran

And Donald Boudreaux asks, What if real wars were fought like trade wars?

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Laurence Vance says that serving in the military can be hazardous to your mental health.

Elizabeth Vos discusses the revelations of WikiLeaks: No. 2, The leak that “exposed the true Afghan War.”

Kelley Vlahos on the new Secretary of Boeing.

Catherine Frompovich discusses how vaccine information censorship works on the Internet.

Doug Bandow says that China isn’t an enemy and hawks shouldn’t turn it into one.

Thomas DiLorenzo on why blockades are weapons of war.

David Stockman on DEFCON Donald.

George F. Smith asks, What will you do on Election Day?

John Whitehead on the deadly perils of traffic stops in the American police state.

Danny Chabino says, Stop stumping for Tulsi.

Richard Ebeling says that all socialisms are antisocial.

Gareth Porter says that John Bolton is spinning Israeli “intelligence” to push for war against Iran.

Jacob Hornberger on immigration tyranny and cruelty.

Caitlin Johnstone says that Silicon Valley giants collaborate with the U.S. government on Venezuela.

Dr. Marilyn Singleton says that Congress should prioritize healing, not hypocrisy.

Yvonne Lorenzo with an article on Prof. Stephen F. Cohen’s discussions on Russia.

Thomas Knapp says that Trump’s trade war is a war on you.

Philip Nelson on how LBJ expropriated control over the Pentacon and CIA soon after the inauguration of the Kennedy-Johnson administration.

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Zero Hedge with an article on a new app in which easily offended sheeple can report anyone who offends them to law enforcement immediately.

Ray McGovern discusses “Turnkey Tyranny” on the streets of Washington.

Jacob Hornberger on the world’s dictatress.

Owen Walsh with an article on corporate media targeting Tulsi Gabbard for her anti-interventionism.

Ryan McMaken says that Bernie and Ocasio-Cortez declare war on the poor with anti-credit card law.

And Craig Murray on the real Muellergate scandal.

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Tor Ekeland says that the law being used to prosecute Julian Assange is broken.

Jacob Hornberger asks, Which new war next: Iran or Venezuela?

William Astore on how the Pentacon took ownership of Donald Trump, 6 ways to curb America’s military machine.

Giorgio Cafiero says Baghdadi is alive — and so is the ISIS narrative.

Thomas Knapp has a debate proposition: “Resolved, that there is no difference in principle between sticking a needle in someone’s body without his or her permission and sticking a penis in someone’s body without his or her permission.”

And Richard Ebeling says that the presidential political circus has begun.

Julian Assange Being Tortured in Captivity

Karen Kwiatkowski has an article on Julian Assange’s kidnapping and false imprisonment at Belmarsh Prison in London, U.K., in which he is being harshly interrogated by both British and U.S. goons.

According to Kwiatkowski’s sources, Assange is being forcibly given 3-quinuclidinyl benzilate, which causes psychotic episodes, in which the victim is out of touch with reality, and sometimes is imagining one’s murderers who aren’t there. So, if that is what that drug does, then what is the point of interrogating him if you are trying to get truthful answers?

No, the CIA and MI6 don’t care about truthful answers from their victim. They just want to break him psychologically. Government criminals use torture mainly to coerce or extract false confessions or to falsely implicate others. It has nothing to do with getting the truth. In fact, since the truth is what Assange has been publishing from his WikiLeaks, this is exactly why they are after him.

Government criminals don’t like being outed in their crimes. So they persecute, harass, or jail whistleblowers and leakers to punish them. That is what they did to NSA whistleblowers William Binney and Thomas Drake, and CIA whistleblower John Kiriakou (who exposed the CIA torture program that the criminals of the U.S. government want to hide).

So because Julian Assange operates WikiLeaks that was responsible for exposing the Iraq War crimes, Afghanistan War crimes and the diplomatic cables fiasco, and the Collateral Murder video, he and WikiLeaks were called a “Hostile Intelligence Service” by the now Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, the former CIA director. Like past Secretaries of State, Mike Pompeo is really the “Secretary of Belligerence,” quite frankly.

In fact, in an article this week Paul Craig Roberts accurately describes Pompeo as an “ignorant warmonger masquerading as an American Secretary of State,” an “idiot,” “moronic imposter.” All true. Roberts states that Pompeo doesn’t get Article 2 of the U.S. Constitution. But wait a minute, when Pompeo was in Congress, he was a member of the “Congressional Constitution Caucus,” in which those congresspeople were supposedly supporters of the U.S. Constitution! (Most of them voted for indefinite detention of Americans to show off their knowledge and expertise of the U.S. Constitution, just to be clear.)

So, government criminals obviously don’t want their crimes exposed, which is mainly what WikiLeaks and Assange have been doing for the past 10 years now. When bureaucrats’ crimes are exposed, watch the government criminals scamper like cockroaches when you turn the lights on.

Government criminals are even worse than private sector criminals, because government criminals have the law and authority on their side. Government bureaucrats ARE the law! When they act criminally, it is very difficult for those who are ruled over to get justice. This is why, for example, James Comey, John Brennan, James Clapper, Andrew McCabe, Sally Yates, Peter Strzok, Loretta Lynch and Obama will probably get away with their instigating a false accusation narrative of “Trump-Russia collusions” and abusing their FISA spying authority to spy on their political opponent.

And that is why Hillary Clinton will probably get away with all her corruption and Clinton Foundation quid pro quo collusions with Russia, Saudi Arabia, and her ties to Christopher Steele and the notorious “Steele Dossier.”

Much of that story that we now know about, we know thanks to WikiLeaks.

Instead of going after the criminals in charge such as those mentioned above, “law enforcement” bureaucrats go after successful private sector people such as Martha Stewart and Michael Milken, people who weren’t even criminals!

And also, these so-called “intelligence” agencies like CIA and MI6. They are not so “intelligent.” For instance, CIA’s coup in Iran during the 1950s and support of the Shah’s regime and SAVAK police state led to the further radicalizing of the Islamic ideologues in Iran which led to the 1979 Revolution and the taking of American hostages there, which led to further tensions between Iran and the U.S. for decades since then. They shouldn’t have instigated that coup in 1953 is a reasonable conclusion.

And in England, MI6 is their “CIA,” while MI5 is their “FBI,” I believe. (And GCHQ is the U.K.’s NSA who spies on innocent people for no good reason.) In 2017 the Manchester, England Ariana Grande concert bombings and London Bridge attack were blowback for British government “intelligence” interventions and intrusions, according to Mark Curtis, who even suggested that one of the London attackers was part of a British covert op in Libya, “trained by U.K. and U.S. ‘liaison’ officers.” And Nafeez Ahmed in this article stated that the “terrorists who rampaged across London on the night of 3 June were part of a wider extremist network closely monitored by MI5 for decades.” In other words, MI5’s incompetence let the bombings go on, just like the FBI’s buffoonery leading to the Boston Marathon bombings after being warned in advance by … the Russians!

These bombings are all blowback for the U.S. government and U.K. government and other Western government’s atrocities and aggressions mainly in the Middle East.

If George W. Bush didn’t start the two wars of aggression that he started, for no good reason, then all those subsequent bombings and mass shootings would not have occurred. And there wouldn’t have been the Iraq and Afghanistan War crimes that occurred in which we had whistleblowers to reveal the crimes, and thus WikiLeaks would not have HAD to publish the information for the people to see what their own governments had wrought. And if Bush’s bureaucrat father, George H.W. Bush, now deceased, had not started his first war of aggression against Iraq, there wouldn’t have been a 9/11, and on and on.

But they all did those things, and we have WikiLeaks in order to know the truth about our government criminals, and now the bureaucrat criminals in charge are torturing the messenger, Julian Assange, for telling us the truth.

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John Solomon of The Hill has this article about former Fusion GPS contractor Nellie Ohr’s emails to her DOJ flunky husband Bruce Ohr, emails just recently released due to a FOIA request, followed by members of Congress who have now filed a criminal referral with the DOJ. Nellie had tried to tie Donald Trump and Paul Manafort to Russian gangsters in 2016.

And Solomon also has this article on the Ukrainian embassy which confirmed that a DNC insider tried to solicit from the Ukrainian government any possible dirt on Trump and his campaign chairman in 2016.

Russia expert Prof. Stephen F. Cohen details some little-noted aspects of the first volume of the Mueller report.

Bradley Thomas on freedom or government control — there is no true “third way.”

Art Carden says that people are desperately fleeing socialism, if they are allowed.

Joe Lauria with an article on Assange to the extradition court: “I won’t surrender to the U.S. for doing journalism.

Jacob Hornberger discusses U.S. government hypocrisy on Venezuela.

Andrew Bacevich on when Nixon told us invading Cambodia would save civilization.

Laurence Vance discusses Cory Booker’s “tax cuts” proposal, i.e. expanded welfare.

And Danny Sjursen says the Left needs to stop crushing on the generals.

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Jacob Hornberger on healthcare socialism versus healthcare freedom.

Doug Bandow says that Trump is just another jailer of the Cuban people.

The Intercept with an article on U.S. government-led coalition killing 1,600 civilians in Raqqa, Syria.

Michael Munger discusses capitalism in three principles.

Eoin Higgins says that Facebook has hired the same person involved in concocting the Patriot Act, as general counsel.

Richard Ebeling says that central banking is central planning.

And OrganicOlivia discusses Lyme Disease and the CDC cover-up.