Secrecy has been the hallmark and curse of British government for centuries. Under it, evil can flourish without proper checks on official action. It breeds suspicion and paranoia when it is the default setting, and the all-pervasive obsession with secrecy makes it hard to see what when it really is essential for the preservation of life and national security.Read more . . .
For those who may have forgotten, WikiLeaks, of which Assange is founder and publisher, exposed the secrets and lies that led to the invasion of Iraq, Syria and Yemen, the murderous role of the Pentagon in dozens of countries, the blueprint for the 20-year catastrophe in Afghanistan, the attempts by Washington to overthrow elected governments, such as Venezuela’s, the collusion between nominal political opponents (Bush and Obama) to stifle a torture investigation and the CIA’s Vault 7 campaign that turned your mobile phone, even your TV set, into a spy in your midst.Read more . . .
A British High Court decision to allow evidence in a rendition case to be heard in secret for the first time is an injustice where possible criminal conduct by government agents is being covered up.Read more . . .
Two men were charged with serious terrorism offences in Britain, their names were kept anonymous and the press and public was excluded from their trial, in a a totally unprecedented departure from centuries of open justice. Journalists have even been banned from reporting the fact that a trial was to be heard in secret!Read more . . .
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is a US citizen on Death Row in Colorado’s maximum-security federal prison. He was wrongly convicted as accomplice in the Boston Marathon bombings of 15 April 2013. According to human rights norms he should be freed, apologized to and all other legitimate remedies. In the present article Mary W Maxwell, J.D. , who has for years stood by Jahar’s innocence, introduces a new legal doctrine.Read more . . .
Australian Federal Police (AFP) spent seven hours ransacking a News Corp political reporter’s home in Canberra, and eight hours poring over and seizing files at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s (ABC) Sydney headquarters.
In an extraordinary admission, the AFP’s acting commissioner Neil Gaughan blurted out that the real reason for the raids was to protect the information that the Australian police and intelligence agencies receive from their “Five Eyes” counterparts. Five Eyes is a top-level network of intelligence agencies dominated by the US that also includes Britain, Australia, Canada and New Zealand.Read more . . .
Now comes forward an attorney, Mary Maxwell with a book. It is available online free. I read the first eight chapters, which was sufficient to comfirm me in my independent conclusion that there was no Boston Marathon bombing by terrorists. Irony is the style that she has chosen, and we must respect a person prepared to stand up to the murderous American establishment and to challenge one of the founding myths of the American Police State and Washington’s wars against the world.Read more . . .
SANA, Yemen — I LEARNED that my 16-year-old grandson, Abdulrahman — a United States citizen — had been killed by an American drone strike from news reports the morning after he died.
The missile killed him, his teenage cousin and at least five other civilians on Oct. 14, 2011, while the boys were eating dinner at an open-air restaurant in southern Yemen.Read more . . .
Mr Justice Nicol had originally ruled that the trial should take place entirely in private with the identity of both defendants withheld and a permanent prohibition on reporting the case.Read more . . .
Studying the transcripts of court testimonies can help gauge the fairness of trials. Here one example.Read more . . .
According to a survey by The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press for this guide, federal courts and many state courts allow for “super-secret” cases, which never appear on the public docket or are hidden using pseudonyms, such as “Sealed v. Sealed” or “John Doe v. Jane Doe.” Courts that maintain these secret dockets will neither confirm nor deny the existence of such cases. As a result, these cases proceed through the court system undetected.Read more . . .
The White House Office of the Press Secretary June 29, 2011 http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/06/29/remarks-john-o-brennan-assistant-president-homeland-security-and-counter Remarks of John O. Brennan, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, on Ensuring al-Qa’ida’s Demise – As Prepared for Delivery Paul H. Nitze School of … Read more . . .
How German leaders conspired with the U.S. and Syria in covering-up a secret operationRead more . . .
HUMAN RIGHTS COMMITTEE Ninetieth session Geneva, 9 to 27 July 2007 General Comment No. 32 Article 14: Right to equality before courts and tribunals and to a fair trial I. General remarks This general comment replaces general comment … Read more . . .
Human Rights Committee, General Comment 13, Article 14 (Twenty-first session, 1984), Compilation of General Comments and General Recommendations Adopted by Human Rights Treaty Bodies, U.N. Doc. HRI/GEN/1/Rev.1 at 14 (1994). 1. The Committee notes that article 14 of the Covenant … Read more . . .
The Right to Access to Court under the Caselaw of the European Court of Human Rights — Topic Brief http://web.worldbank.org/WBSITE/EXTERNAL/TOPICS/EXTLAWJUSTINST/0,,contentMDK:20760742~menuPK:1990386~pagePK:210058~piPK:210062~theSitePK:1974062,00.html The right to access to court is one of the components of the right to fair trial protected by Article … Read more . . .
A Commentary on the Justice Case by Doug Linder (c) 2000 No one contends, of course, that German judges and prosecutors destroyed as many lives as did the SS, Gestapo, or other agencies of the Nazi machine. Their victims number … Read more . . .