Barrett Lancaster Brown is a writer and activist who possesses a unique combination of ability, courage, wit and determination. This resume of personality traits turned him into a threatening individual once he decided to direct much of that energy against the prevailing corrupt status quo. This is also why he’s one of the roughly roughly 2.4 million Americans locked up within these United States; many of them for non-crimes.
The Feds went after Barrett Brown in the same manner in which they went after Aaron Swartz (tactics that led to the suicide of the latter). They came out with a bunch of trumped up charges, including that of copying and pasting a link (that charge was later dropped), and threatened him with 105 years in jail.
Brown has now served over two years in federal penitentiary without bail and his sentencing is tomorrow. He faces 10 years in jail for basically exposing the shady relationship between intelligence contractors and the U.S. government.
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If you watched the excellent Anonymous documentary We are Legion, you will be familiar with Barrett Brown. The interview below is from March 2011, but I found it really interesting since in it Barrett cryptically discusses his potential future arrest; an event that ultimately took place in September 2012. When asked about him being targeted for arrest he states amusingly:
I mean Texans and indictments…it’s like a Texas Bar Mitzvah. My dad was indicted, you know, I have friends that have been indicted, have gone to prison…it happens.
There is a Free Barrett Brown twitter account if you have any interest in following his story further.
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I watched this movie last night at the precipice of the end of the world and it blew my mind on so many levels. I had no idea about the history of this movement or even any of the central players involved. It’s sad what many of them have been put through just to send a message, but the good news is that it proves the establishment is scared. It’s really an incredible documentary. I waited until this evening to post so that it would go up when people might have the time to sit and watch. I highly suggest you do. If for the lulz if nothing else. I’m glad these guys are on our side. Enjoy.