In my last post, I’d asked:
‘Will citizens have any civil rights in the end? Will the most draconian laws and protocols sunset eventually, or be covertly extended for other purposes? Israel, for instance, is using counter-terrorism protocols cell phone data to monitor the movements of citizens who’ve tested positive for the virus.’
Many citizen civil and privacy rights are being ceded voluntarily; many are being trampled on far more covertly.
Day One is here: Café version, caucus99% version. First, let’s start with the end of Day One’s session in court:
‘Julian Assange was ‘handcuffed 11 times and stripped naked’; WikiLeaks founder’s lawyers complain of interference after first day of extradition hearing’, the Guardian, Feb. 25, 2020
‘Julian Assange hearing: ‘journalism is no excuse for breaking law’; Lawyers for US government deliver opening arguments as extradition case begins’, Ben Quinn, the Guardian, Feb. 24, 2020 (Title an hour changed to: ‘Informants named in WikiLeaks files disappeared, Assange hearing told’ with many additions including this at the top):
Phase one will last a week, according to District Judge Vanessa Baraitser; phase two will commence in May and take up to three weeks..
‘First they came for Julian, next for you’: Waters, Westwood join massive London rally against Assange extradition (photos and video)’, RT.com, Feb. 22, 2020
You’ll likely remember that Julian Assange has long believed that after WikiLeaks had published the CIA Vault 7 in 2017 was the date that brought the DoJ to put pedal-to-the-metal and charge him with 17 counts of espionage, and ‘persuade’ the London Police to drag him out of the Ecuadorian Embassy on April 12, 2019. The po-po also stole all his electronic belongings and turned them over to the US DoJ, partially in the quest to discover who the Leaker was.
There was indeed speculation that if Schulte were to offer any defense close to ‘Assange made me do it!’, he’d be offered immunity from prosecution for his testimony.
It’s written by the brilliant word-smith JP Sotille, Feb. 7, 2020, newsvandal.com, who’s kindly given me permission to republish it. Not having known about his first participation in this year’s National Prayer Breakfast, I dug out a video and transcript of Himself’s part in the production.
‘Barr & Durham travel to Rome, as walls close in on [Russia-gate’s] mysterious Professor Mifsud (Video)’, October 10, 2019, raymcgovern.com
Ray links to the Oct. 8, 2019 duran.com video (25 minutes; but worth it), he explains:
“The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris discuss the highly unusual trip to Rome, Italy, taken by U.S. Attorney General William Barr and Russiagate-origin-Investigator, John Durham. Their ostensible purpose was to listen to a secret tape of Maltese Professor Joseph Mifsud, the man many believe is the contracted spy who kicked off the Mueller investigation. They did more, of course, than simply listen to a tape.
The origins of Russiagate are about to unravel. The trip to Rome, plus the expected results of the investigation of those who approved the FISA warrants for surveillance of Carter Page, which is led by Justice Department IG Michael Horowitz, have seriously rattled the Democrats, corporate media, and other aficionados of the Russia-gate caper. The best defense being an aggressive offense, they came up not only with “Ukraine-gate,” but also with an “impeachment inquiry!” The “inquiry” appears to be on shaky legal/constitutional grounds and Trump’s lawyers today explained why he refuses to cooperate. Hold onto your hats.”