Chris Hedges: Jeremy Hammond Exposed State’s Plan to Criminalize Democratic Dissent

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with Chris Hedges

TheRealNews on Nov 14, 2013

Chris Hedges, on the sentencing of Jeremy Hammond, says there will be no free press without figures like Hammond and Manning.


The Real News Network
Nov. 14, 2013


JAY: So, quickly, for people–most of our viewers must know this, but quickly, just what is it that Jeremy exposed?

HEDGES: He broke into the private security firm known as Stratfor, which does work for a variety of intelligence agencies–for the Marine Corps and the Defense Department, the Pentagon, but also for corporations, including Raytheon, Dow Chemical, and others. And he turned over 3 million emails, email exchanges within the company to Rolling Stone, WikiLeaks, and other publications.

Now, this was quite a significant dump, because it illustrated two or three very chilling things about the security and surveillance state, first of all that there was no division between corporate spying and government spying. It was seamless, including the same people going back and forth. It was from that dump that we realized the extent to which the Occupy movement was being spied upon and infiltrated and monitored and followed. And we also found from those email exchanges that there was a concerted attempt on the part of security officials, both inside the government and within the private security contracting agency, to link, falsely, nonviolent dissident groups with terrorist groups so that they could apply terrorism laws against these groups.

And when I sued Barack Obama over Section 1021 of the National National Defense Authorization Act, which permits the U.S. military, overturning 150 years of domestic law, to seize U.S. citizens who “substantially” support–that is not a legal term, it’s not material support, it’s an amorphous term–“substantially” support al-Qaeda, the Taliban, or something called associated forces–again another nebulous term–hold those citizens in military facilities without due process indefinitely, part of the email exchanges were entered as evidence in my case. And those email exchanges showed that this private security firm, along with government officials, was attempting to link a group called U.S. Day of Rage, founded by a journalist and activist named Alexa O’Brien, who was one of my coplaintiffs, with al-Qaeda. And why were they trying to link that group with al-Qaeda? So that they could employ the draconian terrorism laws against nonviolent democratic dissidents. That all came out from Hammond.


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from the archives:

Chris Hedges: Detention of David Miranda on Terrorism Charges Amounts to the “Criminalization of Journalism”

Julian Assange: Edward Snowden Safe But Journalists Dealing With Him At Risk

Julian Assange, Glenn Greenwald, Alexa O’Brien, David Coombs: The War on Whistleblowers and Their Publishers

‘We Steal Secrets’: State Agitprop by Chris Hedges + Secrecy Cult: ‘Manning leaked less than 1% of classified docs’

Julian Assange: Stratfor Hacker Jeremy Hammond Guilty Plea Part of Crackdown on Journalism, Activism

see also

Chris Hedges | The Revolutionaries in Our Midst

8 thoughts on “Chris Hedges: Jeremy Hammond Exposed State’s Plan to Criminalize Democratic Dissent

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  4. Time to organize a world day of whistleblowing (truth-telling) where every man, woman and child is invited. Expose all the “secrets” on Earth and there will no longer be any need for this pathetic charade.

  5. Security and Surveillance State ~ not just “SS” but triple $$$.

    I totally endorse Chris Hedges’ argument.

    Such “technically illegal” activities are pallid, compared to the heinous activities of the corporate oligopolists & criminal extractors, their “government” contractual puppets & political mercenaries ~ the despicable cohorts of bribed yes-men (& women) that parasitize the body public.

    It’s almost as though a satirical C19th parody had assumed total cartoon-control of the destiny of billions (of souls, not dollars….).

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