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Sanders and Gabbard Stand Up for Julian Assange

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Julian Assange has been hit with an indictment which includes 17 counts of violations of the Espionage Act of 1917 for committing 17 acts of journalism. For each violation, he could receive the death penalty.

Long before the indictments, the only Presidential Candidate speaking out against the charges surrounding Assange was Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard. Following his arrest in the UK, she immediately stated she saw his arrest as a slippery slope. Later, when questioned by Joe Rogan, she clearly stated that she would drop charges against Assange.

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This all fits with Tulsi Gabbard's bills to re-instate the Constitution of the United States . (For those who don't know, many of the Presidential acts and bills that have been adopted into law in recent decades directly contradict the U.S. Constitution.) Of special note is her bill to make paper ballots the determiner of elections. This is part of her effort to prevent the disaster of the 2016 primaries where the exit polls dramatically mismatched the election results. Sanders supporters from 2016 continue to state unequivocally that the nomination was rigged against Sanders and they have the exit poll data to prove it. Gabbard never pushed Russiagate and never accused Sanders supporters of being controlled by Russia.

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Though being heavily criticized by his own supporters for being silent on the arrest of Assange, Sanders came out swinging following the indictment. In doing so, he tweeted:

"Let me be clear; it is a disturbing attack on the First Amendment for the Trump Administration to decide who is and who is not a reporter for the purposes of a criminal prosecution. Donald Trump must obey the Constitution, which protects the publication of news about our government."

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While at the same time attacking Assange by calling him a "bad actor" and falsely stating that he had harmed national security (something that has been disproven), Liz Warren expressed opposition to Trump's using the case to make war on the First Amendment. Oregon Senator Ron Wyden said stated he was concerned about the precedent this set.

Former Alaskan Senator Mike Gravel has regularly spoken out against the mistreatment of Julian Assange. Gravel has been a frequent contributor to the weekly show, Unity4J, aimed at educating the public with the truth, that Julian is a hero, not a criminal. It was Mike Gravel who read the Pentagon Papers into the Congressional Record. Mike Gravel, though a declared Presidential candidate, is not expected to be in the debates. He has expressed his support for Tulsi Gabbard.

The indictments against Assange and the war the U.S. Government is perpetrating on people of Venezuelaare expected to have a major impact on the 2020 primaries. Tulsi Gabbard remains the leader on these issues, speaking out against War and sanctions on Venezuela. So far she is the ONLY Presidential candidate to speak out against sanctions that have already killed 40,000 Venezuelans and are expected to kill a great many more. Trump's latest planned sanction against the Venezuela CLAP food program that provides food to 2/3 of the Venezuelan people is targeted at starving and killing people and children simply because the Venezuelan people want to keep Nicolas Maduro, the leader they elected, as their President. Bernie Sanders has said he is opposed to military intervention but has yet to express opposition to the sanctions which are killing so many Venezuelans. Tulsi Gabbard was the only Presidential candidate to speak out in support of the Embassy Protection Collective, which was invited by the Venezuelan Government to protect that country's embassy in Washington D.C. On the issue of Venezuela, Bernie and Tulsi are ahead of the crowd of Presidential candidates who have either been silent on the issue or who support war. But beware of polls that only include those over the age of 50 and that do not include Tulsi Gabbard's name. Mainstream media polls are now a form of propaganda, rather than an indicator of popularity of the candidates.

If the British go against their own rule of law and extradite Assange to a country that has indicted him on charges that carry the death penalty, the best chance that Assange and all other journalists have to themselves avoid prosecution under the Espionage Act is a Sanders or Gabbard Presidency. As all the actions Assange was indicted for doing are actions that all journalists engage in, the indictments make journalism a death penalty offense in the USA. Even Rachel Maddow could one day find herself on death row for leaks she claims to have published. The indictments are not limited to American journalists. Julian is not an American. The charges make it clear that all journalists throughout the world could be prosecuted the Espionage Act and could be brought to the USA for execution.

 

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This article is NEWS! It's highly important for readers to know that both Gabbard and Sanders have spoken out in favor of Assange. Voters need to know they're in a category by themselves, as the author insightfully recognizes.

As a board member of Bernie or Bust 2.0 (I co-founded the original movement), I have expressed our movement's strong preference for Bernie or Tulsi as the next president. (Realizing Tulsi's chances of being nominated this time are minuscule, we've decided to keep the popular "Bernie or Bust" brand in our updated movement.) But in my article announcing our revived movement, I make it clear that I prefer Tulsi as Bernie's running mate, since we'll need gutsy stewards to implement the ambitious Green New Deal over MANY presidential terms (Bernie's old, and he can't legally run for four terms like FDR.)

It's easy to picture Tulsi--as FDR did with the original New Deal--"welcoming the hatred" of the anti-GND establishment. Her political courage makes her a rarity--and ESSENTIAL for our times.

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I'm with Walker. We badly need a peace candidate, but right now it looks like Sanders/Gabbard is more realistic than Gabbard/Sanders. But let's talk about a Gabbard Plan along the lines of the post-WW2 Marshall Plan. Marshall wasn't president either. Give her her special territory before the election.

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Gabbard needs to be running US foreign policy. Whether she's president or VP.

My sense is the US is committed to war for reasons that go back decades if not centuries.

But that doesn't mean we should not get behind these unequivocal candidates (Gabbard and Sanders, particularly Gabbard).

There will never be a Improved GND or Medicare for All, etc. until US imperialism ends. In the end that will require, in my opinion, a complete system replacement.

(Let me parenthetically add: John Adams feared that one of the greatest (not only by a long shot) threats to a democracy is a cult of personality. What makes Gabbard all the more attractive to me is that she has never let popularity override her moral compass and principles.)

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"There will never be a Improved GND or Medicare for All, etc. until US imperialism ends." Exactly, thank you! For decades, prioritizing issues has been ass-backwards. Like you, the clear thinking, political observer Renee Parsons truly gets it: it's all about setting priorities: intrepidreport.com/archives/27097

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The duopoly's integration into the MIC fold has left us without the contrasting alternatives customarily available to a bona fide democracy, so that the choices we make are circumscribed in a preset agenda. The result is that our future is determined by who assembles the list of issues to prioritize.

For example, the shape shifting pricks in the democratic party have offered the public a deck of issue cards missing the four aces of peace, non-intervention in the affairs of sovereign nations, military budgeting for defense only and shuttering foreign military bases. With full acceptance of the MIC agenda completed, the DNC deliberately ignores the fact that there will be no substantive progress on any domestic issue as long as the US pursues imperialism and continues to ratify a war economy as the correct course moving forward.

"Political conflict is not like an intercollegiate debate in which the opponents agree in advance on a definition of the issues. As a matter of fact, the definition of the alternatives is the supreme instrument of power; the antagonists can rarely agree on what the issues are because power is involved in the definition. He who determines what politics is about runs the country, because the definition of alternatives is the choice of conflicts, and the choice of conflicts allocates power." E. E. Schattschneider

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I suggest we pick the best and do all we can to advocate for her. In her own words, why she would be better as Commander-in-Chief than Sanders, who didn't announce his run until after she did: click here

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Common Dreams reports that Elizabeth Warren offered a very guarded, mealy-mouthed defense of Assange - that he is abhorrent but should not be extradited. gee thanks.

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Isn't it odd? There are still so many once-Democrats(liberal) who are unable to jump

to where we now are, basically, perhaps, freethinkers. Many are yet 'establishment'.

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Great article. Its so encouraging to see candidates have courage and moral conviction. Of course this will garner them the disdain and criticism of the main stream media. We are up against a huge propaganda machine and Assange, along with anyone who supports freedom and democracy, is of course being demonized in the corporate press. Thank you for writing and continuing to provide a voice on the other side. Thank care, Mic

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That's really good to hear. If he comes here, court better be live TV. We will know who all the guilty are after.

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It is no surprise that Tulsi Gabbard defends Assange as for those who have gotten to know her, primarily through YouTube, as she is either being silenced from the Presstitute Media Propagandists (PMP) or is invited on their programs in order to smear her which tells us she is the real deal and the establishment does not want her to catch on as she is against this never-ending war agenda of the war profiteers and would prefer to put the money wasted in dropping bombs to repairing our decaying infrastructure, healthcare for all, improving our educational system from K-College, providing free college tuition, increasing renewable energy while reducing dependency on fossil fuels, making our vote casting and counting reliable, restoring our Constitution including our civil liberties and rights that have been stripped from us, and more.

That said, she is not simply the "promising talk" of a candidate but has presented several bills in Congress addressing these things. She is a doer, not a "promiser". Get to know Tulsi and I believe you will also feel she would make us proud to have as our first woman in the Oval Office.

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From all I've heard/read, Tulsi Gabbard is the best (as in, honest, brave and progressive) candidate for President! She needs our support at least to get her into the Debates.

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