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Feds Charge Mink Saviors with “Eco-Terrorism” – Can Face 10 Years in Prison and a $250 000 Fine

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A pair of animal rights activists has been indicted by federal authorities on charges of terrorism for freeing many thousands of minks nationwide. The minks were slated to be killed for their fur, a practice that activists around the globe condemn. The defendants were charged under the Conspiracy to Violate the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act and could face 10 years in prison and a $250 000 fine.

According to prosecutors, Joseph Buddenberg and Nicole Kissane funded cross-country animal liberation trips by selling things on eBay and Amazon. The government alleges that they transacted strictly in cash and avoided the use of cell phones or the Internet while active. They used unspecified “encrypted” e-mail, which if they are guilty could be helpful in limiting evidence. These tactics are known as “security culture” to groups such as the Animal Liberation Front.

Much of the evidence expressed in the federal indictment centers around the procurement of money and then circumstantially ties it to the alleged activities of the “animal rights extremists.” Technologists will get a chuckle out of the 2015 usage of the term “internet computers” in the indictment, which reads in part:

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On or about December 18, 2013, defendant [Nicole] KISSANE possessed multiple maps of various states, written material associated with the targeting and destruction of the fur industry, multiple cell phones, handwritten lists of fur farms and other animal enterprise, latex gloves, super glue, disposable gloves, heat resistant gloves, a knife, headlamps, a walkie-talkie set, and encrypted computers and USB drives.

On conviction, Kissane and Buddenberg could face up to 10 years in federal prison and a quarter million dollars in fines. A cursory search for communiques that may be linked to the activists the federal government is looking for (which may not be these two) yielded this statement from December 2012, in which the actors said:

The fur industry will be quick to respond to this beautiful act of compassion with baseless cookie-cutter form responses, in an attempt to discredit our actions and divert attention away from their sadistic industry.

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  1. Andrew Beveridge

    July 25, 2015 at 5:16 pm

    **Saviours**

    • P. H. Madore

      July 26, 2015 at 5:19 am

      The author is American. 😀

      • Geekoid

        July 27, 2015 at 10:09 pm

        Still doesn’t make it right :-{)

  2. Smitch

    July 25, 2015 at 9:24 pm

    If I would have caught them on my farm…two shots center mass and one to the head! DEAD Trespassers!

    • davidhollenshead

      July 25, 2015 at 9:38 pm

      If someone trespassed you would shoot them ?!? Your posting is very sick.

      • Smitch

        July 26, 2015 at 12:13 am

        Yes!! Don’t know if they are on my property to hurt me! “Castle Doctrine” in Arizona they don’t belong on our property, house, truck if they are there and you protect your life or our families life, It is the burden of the State to prove unjustifable homicide!

        • davidhollenshead

          July 27, 2015 at 7:37 pm

          Enjoy your life sentence then, as encountering a thief is not grounds for self defense in any state. They actually have to threaten your safety, to justify shooting them.

        • davidhollenshead

          July 27, 2015 at 8:27 pm

          And when you shoot an unarmed burglar or just a person who you think is a criminal, just remember to enjoy your life sentence, as the state can and will prove their case.

          • dionsius john

            July 29, 2015 at 2:58 am

            Not necessarily… it’s a crap shoot. And one does not need to prove that there was a credible threat, only that a reasonable person could interpret the situation as life threatening… and I think that it is a good idea. People shouldn’t have to hide in their homes waiting for the police, or the crims, to show up at their door..
            Still, with that said, there is no point, and no excuse for, slavering like an animal over the prospect of taking any life, human or no..
            As a sergeant of marines, I decided that I would do what had to be done, and deal with the crap later. I cannot though, for the life of me, understand how any sensible, emotionally stable, humankind, could relish the thought of taking another’s life, unless absolutely necessary…

          • davidhollenshead

            July 29, 2015 at 5:50 am

            Thank you for serving our country.

            We are fighting an “apparent” Municipal Fraud Ring here in Portland Oregon, which wants us to sell our house for the mortgage debt. The “apparent” latest intimidation is that the damage to the high pressure fuel line on my car was not the work of a Rodent, according to the garage that last serviced it. The Police Officer spotted the knife marks, and it could have lit up considering that five gallons of gas covered the underside when the line burst, if the catalytic converter was hot. Fortunately my wife couldn’t get the car into Reverse, so she did’t take it for her weekly shopping, and fortunately I took it on a very short trip to check the shift linkage. So the Catalytic Converter was cold.

            Yet somehow, I still will continue to address any stranger on our property as not a treat, unless they make themselves one. The last stranger was a scared young woman who was was literally looking for a safe place outside to spend the night. She was trying to get to friends in Seattle, after something happened between her and her family that she would not describe. I put her up for the night, and bought her a $20 Bolt Bus ticket, which was priceless.

            Don’t assume everyone is bad, as that recently worked out really bad for a Detroit man who will be spending the rest of his life in a cage, because he misjudged a situation.

        • R V

          July 27, 2015 at 8:35 pm

          If you do shoot you still need to go through the legal process to determine if it was absolutely necessary to shoot to protect your lives. If it was not critical but merely your desire to shoot trespassers you will very likey due prison time.

          Trespassing is not a legal right to kill on a whim. You have to be justified to use deadly force. Trespassing by itself is not a capital crime and is not a license to kill no matter how ornery a landowner is.

          • R V

            July 27, 2015 at 8:39 pm

            And your belief you may be harmed does not automatically constitute a legal right to kill. People have shot other people merely for knocking on their doors because they wrongly beloved they were in danger. Such people deserve to be prosecuted and they usually are.

          • Smitch

            July 27, 2015 at 10:28 pm

            Yes I agree! I would never shoot them in the back! If they are running away they are breaking off the attack. If they step foreword game ON two shots center mass and one to the head!

          • dionsius john

            July 29, 2015 at 2:51 am

            He says, as he sprays his audience, and flecks of spittle collect at the corners of his mouth….
            God damn, it’s people like you that make me ashamed to admit I’m an Arizonan…. get a life, hunh?

          • Smitch

            July 29, 2015 at 11:56 am

            Got one!

          • Smitch

            July 27, 2015 at 10:33 pm

            The bottom line if you are were you don’t belong, you are taking your life in to your own hands! I don’t go into someone’s home just because I want to! I don’t want to get shot!

  3. Ty Savoy

    July 26, 2015 at 2:15 pm

    One of the oft heard knee-jerk reactions to events like this, people releasing mink from mink ‘farms’, is that the mink released will have a detrimental effect on wild animal populations.

    Wild animal populations are already at risk from mink farms. Studies show that Aleutian Disease, an extremely virulent parvo virus, a lot like parvo in dogs, affects many species of wild animals. The closer you get to a mink farm, the more Aleutian Disease you find. I’ve read that Aleutian Disease virus in ferrets can survive up to 2 years in dried urine. It’s no wonder it’s such a huge problem for the mink ‘farmers’.

    Anyone living near a mink farm will tell you that sightings of escaped mink are a common thing.

    This 2011 Ontario, Canada study, shows Aleutian Disease in wild populations. in relation to proximity to mink farms. (Mink Farms Predict Aleutian Disease Exposure in Wild American Mink

    http://bit.ly/1BYMAFl )

    And this 2013 Nova Scotia study, shows Aleutian Disease found in many wild species, in areas where mink farms are located. Including Wild American mink, short-tailed weasels, striped skunks, North American river otters, raccoons, and bobcats. ( Aleutian mink disease virus in furbearing mammals in Nova Scotia, Canada http://1.usa.gov/1Mw6z4g )

    Scotland, a country that banned these ‘farms’ back on 2000-2002, is still dealing with the invasice American Mink escapees. A very good effort is now underway to rid themselves of these pests, called The Scottish Mink Initiative.

    http://www.scottishmink.org.uk/

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Alleged FBI Hacker Lauri Love Ordered to US Extradition by UK Home Secretary

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The long-running court saga of Lauri Love, a British hacker and activist accused of compromising and stealing data from the likes of the FBI, NASA and the US Federal Reserve has been ordered by the UK’s home secretary for his extradition to the United States.

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31-year-old Love who has Asperger’s syndrome launched a legal challenge to avoid his extradition to the U.S., following a court ruling by a UK judge in September 2016. Love, who suffers from depression and eczema argued against the extradition ruling, claiming it could lead him to a mental breakdown or suicide. Despite his plea, the ruling district judge, Nina Tempia, determined that Love would be cared for by medical facilities in the United States, while accepting that Love suffered “both physical and mental issues.”

On the other side of the pond, Love potentially faces legal proceedings in three different US jurisdictions, reports the Guardian. Meanwhile, the UK home secretary had been given a deadline of November 16, in order to decide if Love was to be extradited or not. A day before the deadline, Rudd signed the order for Love’s extradition to the US. His lawyers believe he faces up to 99 years in prison if convicted of charges related to hacking.

The UK Home Office stated that Rudd had “carefully considered all relevant matters” before ruling:

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[Love] has been charged with various computer hacking offences which included targeting US military and federal government agencies.

The case drew parallels to that of Gary McKinnon, a British hacker whose extradition to the US was blocked by Theresa May in 2012, as the home secretary at the time.

Love’s legal battle with the ruling garnered support from The Courage Foundation, whose acting director Sarah Harrison stated:

The US has ruthlessly persecuted hackers and digital activists for years, and nobody expects that to improve under President Trump. Theresa May set a good example by protecting Gary McKinnon back in 2012. For a home secretary in her government now to willingly send a brilliant and vulnerable UK citizen to Donald Trump’s America beggars belief.

Love was bailed earlier this year in June when US prosecutors were already doing plenty to extradite him stateside.

Lori’s alleged hacking endeavors were a part of #Oplastresort, an operation by Anonymous, the global hacktivist collective. This particular operation was in response to the treatment endured by Aaron Swartz a prominent programmer and hacktivist. Swartz faced 35 years In prison, asset forfeiture and a million dollars in fines with two counts of wire fraud. Swartz committed suicide for his alleged computer crimes.

Love’s legal defense is certain to bring up the unfortunate series of events that led to Swartz committing suicide under the threat of persecution. Love has 14 days to appeal against Rudd’s order and will almost certainly do so.

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WikiLeaks: Podesta Received E-mails On Extraterrestrial Disclosure

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While most fallout from the Podesta emails has been political, there are extraterrestrial implications for some of the e-mails released by whistleblower source WikiLeaks. 

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An email on behalf of Apollo astronaut Dr. Edgar Mitchell to Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta turned up in the recent data dumps. The email was sent by Rebecca Wright of the Institute of Exoconsciousness. 

Mitchell requested in an email dated July 29, 2014 to meet with President Barack Obama to discuss extraterrestrial disclosure, but was partially rebuffed.

“Fifty years ago Battelle, Brookings and RAND studies on UFOs convinced the government to remove knowledge of the extraterrestrial presence from the citizens of our country. These organizations advised with their best information. However, today much, if not most, of the extraterrestrial reality they examined is known by our citizens,” the e-mail states. “These organizations’ resultant strategies and policies of 50 years ago no longer hold credibility or benefit.” Mitchell says a well-informed public is important to further disclosure. 

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Podesta’s secretary wrote Mitchell saying Mr. Podesta would rather meet alone before arranging a meeting with Obama. A Skype meeting was scheduled for Aug 11, but whether or not the meeting happened is unclear. Mitchell died in February 2016.

According to the leaks, former Blink 182 frontman Tom Delonge emailed John Podesta twice about extraterrestrial beings.

“Things are moving with the project. The novels, films and nonfiction works are blooming and finishing,” DeLonge said in an October 2015 email to Podesta. “I would like to bring two very ‘important’ people out to meet you in DC. I think you will find them very interesting, as they were principal leadership relating to our sensitive topic.” DeLonge emailed again later.

“When Roswell crashed, they shipped it to the laboratory at Wright Patterson Air Force Base. General McFasland was in charge of that exact laboratory up to a couple years ago,” DeLonge wrote. “He not only knows what I’m trying to achieve, he helped assemble my advisory team. He’s a very important man.”

Hacked reported in 2015 that DeLonge was working on various ET-related projects, and the former pop-punk superstar, whose 1999 album Enema of the State sold 15 million copies worldwide, has since released books and plans to release a documentary on extra terrestrials.

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12 Hacktivists You Should Know About

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Hacktivism, a phenomenon specific to the digital age, represents the subversive use of computers and computer networks. The term was coined by the Cult of the Dead Cow in 1994.

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Hacktivists represent a broad range of personalities and goals. They’ve recently played a greater role in the collective conscious as cyber attacks at banks and governments become a more regular occurrence.

1. Edward Snowden

President Obama once said of Edward Snowden: “I’m not going to be scrambling jets to get a 29-year-old hacker.”

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Edward Snowden became notorious after blowing the whistle on mass surveillance in the United States and abroad. It’s been estimated that, since the whistleblowing, Snowden is one of the most powerful figures on Twitter.

2. Aaron Swartz

Aaron_Swartz_4_at_Boston_Wikipedia_Meetup,_2009-08-18American hacktivist Aaron Swartz took part in the development of the web feed format RSS, as well as the organization Creative Commons. A partner in Reddit, he ultimately committed suicide while under federal investigation for data-theft.

Arrested by MIT police on January 6, 2011, Swartz faced breaking-and-entering charges due to installing a computer in an Institute closet to download academic journal articles from JSTOR. Federal prosecutors charged him with two counts wire fraud and eleven violations of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.

Swartz faced $1 million in fines and 35 years in prison. Swartz declined a plea bargain under which he would have served six months in federal prison. When prosecution rejected his counteroffer, he was found dead by hanging in his Brooklyn apartment two days later. In June 2013, Swartz was posthumously inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame.

3. The Jester

Who The Jester is, nobody knows. He claims responsibility for many, many DoS (Denial of Service) attacks against WikiLeaks, Islamist sites, homophobic sites and the President of Iran. He claims responsibility for developing DoS software, XerXes.

With Wikileaks in the news, almost makes you wonder: Where’s The Jester now?

4. Barrett Brown

Barrett Brown worked closely with Anonymous. The former writer was not a formidable coder or hacker, but he became a marketing figure for the hacking group, including news appearances. Brown has faced numerous charges related to hacking. In January 2015, he was sentenced to 63 months. 

5. Hector Xavier Monsegur (Sabu) 

Sabu co-founded Lulzsec, going onto receiving press attention after a 50-day hacking spurt targeting the likes of the CIA, Fox, Stratfor, and the US Senate and others. Sabu later turned away from hacktivism, becoming an informant for the FBI and working for them for more than ten months. 

6. Jake Davis (Topiary)

This once active member of Anonymous moved onto LulzSec. During a court appearance in 2011, he pleaded guilty to a charge related to a hack on the Serious Organised Crime Agency’s (SOCA) website. Davis ran the LulzSec Twitter account. Details on his computer leaked him to a hack of Sony. 

7. Oxblood Ruffin

Canadian hacker Oxblood Ruffin is the “Foreign Minister” of the Cult of the Dead Cow network, a hacktivist group. Oxblood can often be seen in the media criticizing the actions of Anonymous and LulzSec

8.  Deric Lostutter (KYAnonymous) 

When two members of an Ohio high school football team were charged with the rape of an intoxicated 16-year-old girl, Lostutter helped leak a video of two Ohio high school football players joking about the rape of an intoxicated 16-year-old girl. He faces charges for hacking a fan page of the football team and could face a 10-year prison sentence.

9. Ron Gonggrijp

This Dutch hacker speaks out against surveillance on citizens by governments and the lack of security in public electronic voting systems. He became a well-known teenage hacker and even appeared in the Jan Jacobs’s book Kraken en Computers (Hacking and computers, Veen uitgevers 1985, ISBN 90-204-2651-6) which details the early hacking scene in the Netherlands.  Authorities in the Netherlands and the United States considered him a “major security threat.’

10.  Jacob Appelbaum

Appelbaum, a Cult of the Dead Cow member, is reportedly a key player behind Tor and now an American journalist. He is the co-founder of the San Francisco hackerspace Noisebridge and has worked for kink.com and Greenpeace. Appelbaum was a trusted confidant of NSA’s Edward Snowden and had access to Snowden’s top secret documents during the 2013 global surveillance disclosure. 

11. Gary Mckinnon

Mckinnon is responsible for what’s called the “biggest military computer hack of all time.”  He hacked almost 100 American military and NASA servers in 13 months from 2001 to 2002.  His goal while hacking NASA was to discover evidence of extraterrestrials.

 “A NASA photographic expert said that there was a Building 8 at Johnson Space Center where they regularly airbrushed out images of UFOs from the high-resolution satellite imaging,” he said. “I logged on to NASA and was able to access this department. They had huge, high-resolution images stored in their picture files. They had filtered and unfiltered, or processed and unprocessed, files.” 

12. John McAfee

The 2016 Presidential Candidate, John McAfee, had a run-in with authorities who he claims set him up for murder. He hacked every major computer of Belize government bureaucracies to prove his innocence. He found evidence that implicated officials in corruption, laundering, drug running and murder. He organized his own escape out of Belize to avoid arrest. He recently posted on social media he got into a shootout with police, though this was a joke. 

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