From 24 January 2013: Barrett Brown Has Been Indicted For a Third Time: A Case of Prosecutorial Abuse

Jay Leiderman
By: Jay Leiderman
November 28 2016

This article about Journalist and activist Barrett Brown concerns his third indictment in 2013.  Barrett was charged with making “threatening videos” directed at an FBI agent, linking to information to a data dump from a hack of a private CIA company called Stratfor and for putting his laptop in his mother’s kitchen cupboard.

Originally posted on Thursday, January 24, 2013

Here are some of the early reports and links on Barrett Brown’s newest case.

For those that do not know who Barrett Brown is, I encourage you to Google him. Barrett is an information activist, journalist and author.  Barrett founded Project PM, a wiki that tracks the surveillance state.  He is in a federal detention facility in Texas and is facing 100 years in prison, if I’ve done my quickie math in my head right.

His crimes, you ask? He is alleged to have made threatening YouTube videos aimed at the FBI agent that raided his home, he is alleged to have shared a link that contained credit card and access information, and he supposedly hid laptops when the FBI came-a-knocking.  That’s right, that sorta stuff could cost you 100 years these days.

Please consider donating to his defense fund.  Barrett is interested in hiring a private attorney.  He is pleased with his present Federal Public Defender, but has expressed interest in an attorney that can dedicate more time to visiting with Barrett to discuss the evidence and strategy.  This money will be used to retain a local attorney, it is not to pay for my services.

Barrett Brown
Political Prisoner Barrett Brown

http://freebarrettbrown.org/

Donation link: https://www.wepay.com/donations/free-barrett-brown

Indictment: http://www.scribd.com/doc/121967213/Barrett-Brown-1-23-13-Indictment

Wired

Feds Pile On More Charges Against Anonymous Agitator Barrett Brown

By Kim Zetter

http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2013/01/more-chargesfor-barrett-brown/ 

The Guardian

Hacktivist anger over US government’s ‘ludicrous’ cyber crackdown

By Karen McVeigh

http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2013/jan/24/hacking-us-government-cyber-crackdown 

Dallas Morning News
By Robert Wilonsky

For the third time in three months, feds indict Anonymous’ not-spokesman Barrett Brown, charging him with obstruction

http://crimeblog.dallasnews.com/2013/01/for-the-third-time-in-three-months-feds-indict-anonymous-not-spokesman-barrett-brown-charging-him-with-obstruction.html/

The Dallas Observer

By Anna Merlan
Barrett Brown Was Hit With a Third Indictment Yesterday, This Time For Concealing Evidence

Ars Technica

When the FBI comes knocking, don’t hide laptops in your mom’s dishes

Barrett Brown faces two new counts of “concealment of evidence” in federal case

Barrett Brown
#FreeBarrettBrown

9 thoughts on “From 24 January 2013: Barrett Brown Has Been Indicted For a Third Time: A Case of Prosecutorial Abuse

  1. “The Prisoner’s Song,” Vernon Dalhart (1925)
    Told from the viewpoint of a man about to be incarcerated, “The Prisoner’s Song” was one of the first “country” records to be a national hit. It predates by two years the fabled Bristol Sessions that launched the careers of the the Carter Family and Jimmie Rodgers. Why the man is going to jail and for how long are matters never addressed. But the song gave us the immortal line, “Now if I had wings like an angel/Over these prison walls I would fly.” As a narrative, the song falls short, but it sparkles with vivid images.
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  2. United Nations – Human Rights
    Webpage to the U.N. Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, this site focuses on the functioning of the United Nations system in the field of human rights. Find educational information as well as recent issues, publications and press releases.
    URL: http://www.ohchr.org/

  3. Write and complain about the prosecution and persecution of Barrett Brown

    Department of Justice – Criminal Division
    The US Dept of Justice Criminal Division developes, enforces and supervises the application of all federal criminal laws. It oversees criminal matters under more than 900 statutes and certain civil litigation about C.D. Look at topics of special interest and what’s new.
    URL: http://www.justice.gov/criminal/

  4. Barrett wrote about abuses in the BOP for his column in the intercept. Check that out and then click on this:

    Bureau of Justice Statistics
    The Bureau of Justice Statistics contains a wealth of information on various statistics including corrections (jailing, arrests, etc.,) courts and sentencing, crime types, employment expenditure, and local and federal law enforcement. Find methods of return in data tables, publications and press releases.
    URL: http://bjs.ojp.usdoj.gov/

  5. American Board of Criminalists
    The American Board of Criminalists (ABC) provides peer-reviewed certification programs in the fields of criminalistics as well as forensic biology,. drug chemistry, fire debris, and trace evidence. Certification based on assessment of competency using written examinations and proficiency testing.
    URL: http://criminalistics.com/

  6. Up on the Blue Ridge Mountains, there I’ll take my stand.
    Up on the Blue Ridge Mountains, there I’ll take my stand.
    A rifle on my shoulder, six shooter in my hand;
    Oh Lord, I been all around this world.

    Lulu, my Lulu come and open the door.
    Lulu, my Lulu come and open the door.
    Before I have to walk in with my old ‘forty-four’.
    Oh Lord, I been all around this world.

    Mama and Papa, little sister makes three.
    Mama and Papa, little sister makes three.
    They’re comin’ in the mornin’ ; that’s the last you’ll see of me.
    Oh Lord, I been all around this world.

    Hang me, oh, hang me, so I’ll be dead and gone.
    Hang me, oh, hang me, so I’ll be dead and gone.
    I wouldn’t mind your hangin’, boys but you wait in jail so long.
    Oh Lord, I been all around this world.

    Up on the Blue Ridge Mountains, there I’ll take my stand.
    Up on the Blue Ridge Mountains, there I’ll take my stand.
    A rifle on my shoulder, six shooter in my hand;
    Oh Lord, I been all around this world.

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  7. Awesome post.

    dont ease, dont ease, dont ease me in.
    ive been all night long comin home, dont ease me in.

    when i turned around sweet mama, she was way across town
    so im walkin down the street with a dollar in my hand
    ive been lookin for a woman sweet mama, aint got no man.

    the girl i love, shes sweet and true,
    you the dress she wears, sweet mama, its pink and blue,
    she brings me coffee, she brings me tea,
    she brings me bout every d*mn thing but the jailhouse keys.

    New York: Prison Resources | Human Rights Watch
    https://www.hrw.org/news/2016/07/13/new-york-prison-resources

  8. I was born in the desert
    Raised in a lion’s den
    I was born in the desert
    Raised in a lion’s den

    Oh, my number one occupation
    Is stealing women from their men

    Well, I’m a wanted man in Texas,
    busted jail and I’m gone for good.
    Said, I’m a wanted man in Texas,
    busted jail and I’m gone for good.
    Well, the sheriff couldn’t catch me,
    but his little girl sure wished she could.

    Legal resources | Prison Policy Initiative
    https://www.prisonpolicy.org

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