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There is and never was anything illegal in the case of Julian Assange other than the continued and deplorable actions of dark elements within the US administration - actions which in any other instance would have seen the case thrown out - thrown out due to actions by these dark elements which themselves are outside of and shun both US and international law.
  Should the UK grant the US the Assange extradition request, then the UK administration and justice system will themselves become accomplices of those dark elements.
  One of the underlying tenets, or principles of modern journalism is to examine and report to the public any underhand, illegal or dubious activities of the powerful, including those in government.
  The current US witch hunt against Assange is the greatest threat to and assault upon journalism and the reporting of the truth in history.

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The wealth of a nation depends on the health and well being of its people and not on their enslavement by capitalism and its goals.
  The coronavirus tragedy unfolding in the US, which does not have a free national health service, will bear sad testimony to that.
  The same scenario is also unfolding in the UK, which once had one of the best free national health services in the world but which has been drastically under resourced by successive governments over the past decade and more.
  In the less developed and less sheltered countries the suffering caused in the main by other people continues unabated - except those suffering must now also face a pandemic.
  Humanity is truly at a crisis crossroads with few, if any, avenues of escape.
  We are not a pleasant species to ourselves when we find ourselves feeling backed into a corner, as human history undeniably shows.
  The only way out of the mess is for us all to work together as a cohesive species and try to forge a true global balance between nature and the survival of civilisation.
  At this present time such a reality appears further away than the ship smoke disappearing below the far horizon.
  Can we pull the ship closer?

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Julian Assange — a warning
The illegal seizure and arrest of Julian Assange should serve as a warning of just how corrupt the involved governments and their minions have become.
  One of the first tricks of dirty governing when faced with any embarrassing exposure of underhand activity is to attempt to discredit and assasinate the character of those releasing the information. History bears testimony to such acts.
  One of the accusations amongst many used to justify the seizure and arrest of Assange was that he used Wikileaks to “meddle” in the internal affairs of states.
  Given that such is exactly what the United States and United Kingdom has persistently done over the past 100 years, such an accusation can only be described as blatant, unashamed hypocrisy. History will reveal such human dregs for the garbage they truly are.
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German Court to Rule on UK Spycop's Operations       printable version
26 Jan 2022: posted by the editor - Human Rights, Europe, European Union, United Kingdom, Germany

A court in Schwerin, Germany will decide this week whether a British undercover police officer's spying was legal under German law.

Spycop Mark Kennedy infiltrated activists across Europe during his deployment from 2003 to 2009. The German court hearing is the culmination of a ten-year legal battle by climate campaigner and media activist Jason Kirkpatrick, who was targeted by Kennedy while coordinating press coverage during 2007 protests against a G8 summit in Germany.

The long-running scandal has exposed fifty years of police officers living as political activists for years on end, and taking key roles in organising campaigns. More than a thousand groups and political parties have been spied on since 1968. The issue is the subject of an ongoing public inquiry at which Kirkpatrick is a core participant.

Kennedy is already notorious in the UK for going deep undercover among climate campaigners in the 2000s, during which time he unlawfully deceived several women he spied on into long-term relationships. The Investigatory Powers Tribunal recently ruled that authorisations relating to Kennedy "were fatally flawed and the undercover operation could not be justified as 'necessary in a democratic society'."

Kennedy was also 'hired out' by British police to forces in at least nine other countries, including Germany. Irish police have admitted that they did not disclose his work for them to the government of the day. Whether the German police were any more transparent is one of the questions Kirkpatrick is hoping to have answered on Friday.

Jason Kirkpatrick said: "The recently released police files clearly show that they knew I was not known to be organising protests, and was doing normal journalistic work like writing articles and coordinating media. The police, whether in the UK, Germany, or anywhere else, should not be using such extreme tactics to actively sabotage climate protest movements. The power to end such tactics lies in the hands of top police chiefs and heads of state, and they must stop such measures."

Kirkpatrick has a clear message to both PM Boris Johnson and the German chancellor Olaf Scholz: "You shouldn't allow climate change activists to be spied on. It's you who is responsible for stopping this abuse done upon good-willed people by the police - get it sorted."

Lois Austin, from Campaign Opposing Police Surveillance which speaks for those who were targeted by spycops, said: "Time and again Mark Kennedy's spy operations against activists have been labelled by the police and courts as violating human rights, resulting in police apologies and large payouts to victims. In September 2021 the Investigatory Powers Tribunal stated Kennedy's targeting of activist Kate Wilson 'was neither necessary nor proportionate, it was one of the most substantial and gravest interferences of its kind' and was 'abuse of trust of the highest order'."

Austin continued: "With UK courts finding multiple failings done by Kennedy and senior officers, it should be clear that German courts need to follow the precedents of those courts, and agree that Kennedy violated the human rights of Jason Kirkpatrick."

References
1. The German court's press release has been posted on Jason Kirkpatrick's Twitter:

https://twitter.com/SpiedUpon/status/1483447534890721282?s=20 (original German)
https://twitter.com/SpiedUpon/status/1483560381272530956?s=20 (English translation)

2. Although the Undercover Policing Inquiry has told lawyers for voctims of spycops that more than 1,000 groups were targeted, it has refused to publish the list. In 2019, The Guardian worked with researchers to compile as complete a list as possible.
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/ng-interactive/2018/oct/15/uk-political-groups-spied-on-undercover-police-list

3. The Undercover Policing Inquiry was announced in 2014 by then-Home Secretary Theresa May. Around 200 of the most significantly affected people have been designated core participants, including Jason Kirkpatrick
https://www.ucpi.org.uk/individuals/jason-kirkpatrick/

4. In 2015, the Metropolitan Police apologised and reached settlements with a number of women deceived into relationships by undercover officers, including 'Lisa' and 'Naomi' who had been in relationships with Kennedy:
'Met Police apology for women tricked into relationships', BBC News, 20 November 2015
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-34875197

In 2017, they extended this to Sarah Hampton:
Letter from T/Assistant Commissioner Fiona Taylor, 19 January 2017
https://www.yumpu.com/xx/document/view/56826058/letter-from-ac-taylor-to-bindmans-llp-19jan17

This week, they settled with Kate Wilson:
'Met Police: Deceived activist Kate Wilson awarded compensation', BBC News, 25 January 2022
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-nottinghamshire-60132610

5. 'Deceived activist Kate Wilson wins tribunal against Met Police', BBC News, 30 September 2021
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-nottinghamshire-58749590

6. 'Ministers kept in the dark over British spy', The Times, 13 April 2017
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/ministers-kept-in-the-dark-over-british-spy-6kp5shhgt

7. See extract from UK police internal document posted by Jason Kirkpartick on Twitter, 5 January 2022
https://twitter.com/SpiedUpon/status/1478780365389144070?s=20

8. Judgment, Case No: IPT/11/167/H, Investigatory Powers Tribunal, 30 September 2021
https://www.statewatch.org/media/2799/uk-spycops-ipt-judgment-30-9-21.pdf

COURT CASE DETAILS:
Case name: Kirkpatrick vs. State of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
Deutsch: (Kirkpatrick ./. Land Mecklenburg-Vorpommern)
Case number (Aktenzeichen): 7 A 2862/16 SN
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                                                     Origins of Poverty
When man came on earth he did not live in a society or hierarchy nor was he endowed with poverty. Good health, longevity, natural cheerfulness were his own even as he found himself amidst plenty. Like other species he lived or perished as the external resources permitted but he lived or perished as a group. Only when the society organised itself into a hierarchy, it was possible for one layer to exist while another persisted during times of scarcity. Organised ways of living, knowledge of all descriptions, systems created for comfort etc. interfered with the natural living of MAN in hundreds of ways. With the passing of time these stratifications of society come to stay and even create a psychology by which even the victim takes his victimization for granted. No question arises in his mind. ...

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