Defending the Rule of Law

Statement of Pier Virgilio Dastoli, secretary of Movimento Europeo on defending the rule of law:  “So, three elements: first, a constituent process, secondly a majority in the Parliament supporting a political Commission, thirdly respect for the rule of law.”

The relevant section.

The Laws Surrounding Assange Being Broken Currently

There are so many laws broken by both the U.K. and the U.S. in this case, it is hard to list them all. Some include invasion of privacy, human rights violations, coercement of foreign governments, persecution, slander and libel. That only names a few.

In a tweet from @NilsMelzer, he mentions the following:

The UNCAT he mentions is the United Nations Convention Against torture. The article he refers to are the following:

Article 3

1. No State Party shall expel, return (“refouler”) or extradite a person to another State where there are substantial grounds for believing that he would be in danger of being subjected to torture.

2. For the purpose of determining whether there are such grounds, the competent authorities shall take into account all relevant considerations including, where applicable, the existence in the State concerned of a consistent pattern of gross, flagrant or mass violations of human rights.

In an article seen here:

By ratifying CAT in 1988, the UK agrees to prevent acts of torture in connection with activities that include:

  • returning, expelling or extraditing someone to another country where there are real grounds to believe he or she will face torture
  • arrest, detention and imprisonment
  • interrogation
  • the training of police (civil or military), medical staff, public officials and anyone else who may be involved in the arrest, detention and questioning of a person

After reading up on this issue, Assange currently being incarcerated for breaching bail because he sought asylum is illegal. It is very definitely true he will be tortured in the U.S. not just because of the Stratfor emails (seen below) but because of what they did to Manning. Chelsea was subjected to solitary confinement and psychological torture, including but not limited to, being paraded around in front of troops naked.

(Stratfor is an American geopolitical intelligence platform and publisher founded in 1996 in Austin, Texas, by George Friedman, who was the company’s chairman. Chip Harmon was appointed president in February 2018. Fred Burton is Stratfor’s chief security officer.)

In early 2011 Fred Burton revealed in internal Stratfor correspondence that a secret Grand Jury had already issued a sealed indictment for Assange.: “Not for Publication. We have a sealed indictment. Please protect.  According to Burton: “Assange is going to make a nice bride in prison. Screw the terrorist. He’ll be eating cat food forever.”

A  few weeks earlier, following Julian Assange’s release from a London jail where he had been remanded as a result of a Swedish prosecutor’s arrest warrant, Fred Burton told Sky News: “extradition to the US is more and more likely”.

E-mails from Fred Burton reveal that the US government employs  the same counterterrorism strategy against Julian Assange and Wikileaks as against Al Qaeda. “Take down the money. Go after his infrastructure. The tools we are using to nail and deconstruct Wiki are the same tools used to dismantle and track aQ (al-Qaeda). Thank Cheney and 43 (former US president George W. Bush). Big Brother owns his liberal terrorist arse.”

Ten days after the CIA reportedly assassinated Osama Bin Laden, Burton wrote in an e-mail sent to Stratfor’s “secure” mailing list that he can get access to “the materials seized from the OBL (Osama Bin Laden) safe house.”

Burton states:  “Ferreting out [Julian Assange’s] confederates is also key. Find out what other disgruntled rogues inside the tent or outside [sic]. Pile on. Move him from country to country to face various charges for the next 25 years. But seize everything he and his family own, to include every peson linked to Wiki.”

The U.K. ruling in favor of extradition would also violate international law as well as its own. The U.K. Home Secretary Sajid Javid is satisfied that Assange will neither face the death penalty or torture by signing the extradition warrant placed before him by the United States. (So he sees no problem in his being extradited).

There is also the fact that the extradition of Assange is politically motivated and is dealing with military issues. There are many issues the U.K. needs to take into consideration if Julian is to receive a just decision. For instance:

  • His mental and physical well being. Is Julian even healthy enough to face extradition.
  • Passage of time: where so much time has passed since the supposed offense occurred
  • Extraneous issues: politically motivated. The U.S. has an ulterior motive
  • Human rights issues: not just torture
  • Free Speech and Free Press: The arrest and extradition of Assange will set a precedent that will destroy these rights permanently. It will change Western society forever.

Simply by brutally arresting Assange, detaining him for 9 years and not allowing him sunlight, fresh air or proper medical care, the U.K. has already breached the ratification of the UNCAT laws. They may as well have never passed it into law at all if their judicial system will not abide by it.

The fact that the U.K. is abiding by the U.S.’s requests at all shows their inability to justly decide Assange’s fate. Everything indicates there will be a farce of a court case stateside. He will be handed over, silenced permanently and we will never know what really happened to him.

The simple reality is that the U.S. and U.K. intend to let Assange rot slowly in prison as his life goes by and his health deteriorates even further. Every day a new law seems to be broken in this case, setting a standard neither country can recover from.

Unity4J Greece

Αn Afterthought from Nils Melzer United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment

Why spend so much breath on Assange, when countless others are tortured worldwide? Because this is not only about protecting Assange, but about preventing a precedent likely to seal the fate of Western democracy. For once telling the truth has become a crime, while the powerful enjoy impunity, it will be too late to correct the course. We will have surrendered our voice to censorship and our fate to unrestrained tyranny.

United in Solidarity for Julian Assange


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