Birgitta JÃ³nsdÃ³ttir, member of Iceland and one of the five individuals whose Twitter accounts were just subpoenaed by the American government for complete access to as they continue their witch-hunt against Julian Assange, was interviewed by Amy Goodman of Democracy Now on January 13, 2011. To quote from Democracy Now:
The U.S. Department of Justice has subpoenaed the internet company Twitter for personal information from several people linked to the online whistleblower website WikiLeaks. The subpoena asks Twitter for all records and correspondence relating to their accounts. Icelandic parliament member Birgitta JÃ³nsdÃ³ttir, who has collaborated with WikiLeaks, is one of the five people targeted by the subpoenas. "I think it opens up a whole can of worms when it comes to parliamentary immunity worldwide," JÃ³nsdÃ³ttir says. "Icelandic authorities are taking this very seriously."
Birgitta is a unique public figure. She is at war, intellectually, legally, artistically and spiritually, with global corporate financial Kleptocracy and Orwellian warfare states. And she is a shining example to all of us as someone not afraid to speak out against the evils of our times and who also knows how to use all of her talents to creatively take on corrupt power. She, and those she has allied with in Iceland and the rest of the world are the Tip of the Spear against the crumbling citadels of the desperate and degenerate, institutionalized Forces of Greed (FOG) in the world. today, fending off their depredations in Iceland while now creating a safe media-haven in that same country for whistleblowers to report on the ongoing FOG depredations and obscenities against humanity and Nature.
Following, after some more biographical information on Birgitta to bring you up to speed on this important woman, is Amy Goodman's interview with her.
BIRGITTA'S BIO :
Birgitta JÃ³nsdÃ³ttir, a fiery Aries, a suitable metaphor for her life, and now a member of Althing, the Icelandic parliament, has long been an artist, activist and Hell-raiser in Iceland when not shaking things up globally. Born in Reykjavik, Birgitta relentlessly, over time, developed multiple talents in the fields of poetry, visual art, music, writing, editing and publishing as well as becoming an Internet pioneer, world-traveler and political activist. She had her first poetry collection Frostdinglar (Icicles), published when she was in her early twenties, also becoming more and more vocal as a politically focused artist to the point where she was organizing "Art against war", a protest movement by Icelandic artists and poets against the war in Iraq.
To quote from Wikileaks, she "also set up the first Icelandic online art gallery in 1996 for the Apple Shop in Iceland. Birgitta has participated in several international projects related to writing and activism including "Poets Against the War", "Dialogue among Nations through Poetry", and "Poets for Human Rights". She also edited and published the two international books, The World Healing Book and The Book of Hope , which contains writings by Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Rita Dove, Dalai Lama, Rabbi Michael Lerner, John Kinsella, and Sigur RÃ³s. Birgitta is a founder of Beyond Borders Press and Radical Creations. Birgitta is a part of International Network of Parliamentarians' for Tibet (INPaT)" (source)
On 18 June 2010 she told ABC News' Brian Ross that Wikileaks will be releasing a leaked video of a US airstrike in Afghanistan "hopefully very soon".On 7 January 2011, Birgitta announced on her Twitter page that she had been notified by Twitter that it had been served by the United States Department of Justice with a subpoena demanding information "about all my tweets and more since November 1st 2009." According to Glenn Greenwald of Salon.com:
The information demanded by the DOJ is sweeping in scope. It includes all mailing addresses and billing information known for the user, all connection records and session times, all IP addresses used to access Twitter, all known email accounts, as well as the "means and source of payment," including banking records and credit cards. It seeks all of that information for the period beginning November 1, 2009, through the present. (source)*****
Birgitta is also famous for helping to rally the people of Iceland against the depredations of the International Bankers (Banksters) who were bankrupting Iceland through their sleazy derivatives and other Ponzi schemes while simultaneously demanding Icelanders pay for the gambling debts these unconscionable financial vampires incurred. Happily for Iceland, these efforts were largely rebuffed, the bankers were checkmated and Iceland is now on the slow road to financial recovery, sadder but wiser.
Birgitta's main website is: http://this.is/birgitta/ (click on the cartoon) and her English blog is: http://joyb.blogspot.com/
You can also access the E-Poet bio on Birgitta, where you can read up on her literary accomplishments and even access recordings of some of her poetry and spoken-word/musical works by clicking HERE.
And now, the Democracy Now interview with Amy Goodman: