LulzSec hacktivist Jeremy Hammond, who hacked Stratfor and leaked docs to WikiLeaks in 2012, is beginning his third week in solitary confinement. A guard accused him of "minor assault" for bumping him with a door.
UN's torture expert says solitary confinement "can amount to torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment" and called for an absolute prohibition of >15 days (about how long Jeremy's been there so far) cuz it can lead to lasting mental damage https://theintercept.com/2018/12/04/jeremy-hammond-stratfor-hack-solitary-confinment/
A disciplinary hearing last week (Jeremy wasn't allowed to attend in person) upheld the charge against him, and recommended he gets transferred to a medium-security prison. If he gets transferred, he'll probably not get to finish his college degree.
Because it's a disciplinary, not criminal, charge, he wasn't entitled to a lawyer, and doesn't know what evidence was presented against him, if any. He'll probably stay in solitary until the charge against him is resolved, however long that takes.
Jeremy has been taking college classes through a prison education system, and was on track to getting an Associate's Degree in General Studies next semester. Since he's been in solitary, he's been forced to miss classes, can't turn in assignments, is missing finals.
Classes are his favorite thing about this prison, and if he gets transferred to another prison he almost certainly won't get to continue his education https://twitter.com/FreeJeremyNet/status/1037697465145810946
Revelations that came from the Stratfor hack:
Dow Chemical, responsible for 25,000 deaths in the Bhopal, India 1984 gas leak, hired Stratfor to spy on activist group The Yes Men https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Stratfor-was-Dows-Bhopal-spy-WikiLeaks/articleshow/12062587.cms
Coca-Cola hired Stratfor to spy on PETA activists, worried they might be planning direct action https://www.ibtimes.co.uk/wikileaks-gifiles-assange-coca-cola-stratfor-vancouver-305295
US oil and gas industry hired Stratfor to spy on ProPublica, which broke the first stories about the environmental/health risks of fracking https://www.politico.com/states/new-york/albany/story/2013/12/wikileaks-propublica-and-albany-paper-started-anti-fracking-movement-010018
The Stratfor hack wouldn't have been possible without help from FBI informant Hector "Sabu" Monsegur, who at the direction of the FBI, first told Jeremy about Stratfor, found the initial vuln, and provided an FBI-controlled server to exfiltrate data to https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2012/mar/06/lulzsec-court-papers-sabu-anonymous
@micahflee He's getting devoured by the system.
@micahflee The man's a hero and deserves everyone's support. I wonder what US politics would look like if he and his antifascist political influence hadn't been taken out of Anonymous. I don't think that the "alt-right" would have taken off.
I guess now's a good time for folk to write that letter they had been putting off:
Jeremy Hammond, #18729-424
PO Box 1000
Milan, MI 48160
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