List of Well-known targeted Individuals (political_persecution_US)
Sat Jun 17 22:02:42 UTC 2017
The historical Jesus Christ
Muhammad (God’s Messenger: rasūl Allāh)
Martin Luther King Jr.
Andrei Sakharov (Андре́й Са́харов)
Ai Weiwei (艾未未)
The historical Jesus Christ questioned his Jewish authorities on the subject of God, was persecuted by his own people and Roman rulers, and snitched by his followers.
He was a social activist preaching against the excesses of greed, money and abuses of authorities, claiming to be a “witness to the truth”. Roman prefect Pontius Pilate wondered (John 18:38) Quid est veritas? (What is truth?) and ordered his crucifixtion. Muhammad: was God’s Messenger (rasūl Allāh) sent to confirm the essential teachings of monotheism preached by Brahamanic religions against idol worship and the polytheism practiced by the local tribes and rulers of the city. Tradition records at great length the persecution and ill-treatment towards Muhammad and his followers (some of which were assassinated for not giving up their faith). The Message (1976 film) is an epic historical drama chronicling his life. Socrates
of the seventeenth century. His contributions to observational astronomy include the telescopic confirmation of the phases of Venus, the discovery of the four largest satellites of Jupiter (named the Galilean moons in his honour), and the observation and analysis of sunspots. Galileo also worked in applied science and technology, inventing an improved military compass and other instruments.
Galileo’s championing of heliocentrism and Copernicanism was controversial during his lifetime, when most subscribed to either geocentrism or the Tychonic system. He met with opposition from astronomers, who doubted heliocentrism because of the absence of an observed stellar parallax. The matter was investigated by the Roman Inquisition
in 1615, which concluded that heliocentrism was “foolish and absurd in
philosophy, and formally heretical since it explicitly contradicts in
many places the sense of Holy Scripture.” Galileo later defended his views in Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems, which appeared to attack Pope Urban VIII and thus alienated him and the Jesuits, who had both supported Galileo up until this point.
He was tried by the Inquisition, found “vehemently suspect of heresy”,
and forced to recant. He spent the rest of his life under house arrest. While under house arrest, he wrote one of his best-known works, Two New Sciences, in which he summarized work he had done some forty years earlier on the two sciences now called kinematics and strength of materials.
Stephen Shellen Vaclav Havel Martin Luther King Jr.‘s telephone was tapped by the FBI, under written directive from Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy. Even though no evidence of “communist infiltration” or any other wrong doing emerged, the FBI used the incidental details about his private life and associations over the next five years in attempts to force King out of his leadership position. King was eventually assassinated[*]. Andrei Sakharov (Андре́й Са́харов) started receiving more attention from the
for openly protesting the nomination to the USSR Academy of Sciences of a Stalin supporter implicated in “the defamation, firing, arrest, even death, of many genuine scientists”. In 1967, when anti-ballistic missile defense became a key issue in US–Soviet relations, he wrote a detailed letter to the Soviet leadership advacing to them to “take the Americans at their word” and avoid an arms race. He also asked to let him innitiate a public discussion about the dangers of such developments. The government ignored him. Next year, after his essay: ““Reflections on Progress, Peaceful Coexistence, and Intellectual Freedom“, circulated in the Soviet Union and internationally. He was banned from conducting any military-related research and was widely recognized as an open dissident, who stood vigil outside of closed courtrooms, wrote appeals on behalf of more than two hundred individual prisoners, and continued to write public essays about the need for democratization. Bobby Fischer‘s single mother’s political activism, her fluently speaking 8 languages, previous life in Moscow (when/from-to)? and communist sympathies caught the attention of the FBI. Out of her 750-page file they couldn’t get any hard evidence or (in those times) even determine who Bobby’s father was. Yet, J. Edgar Hoover suspected the teenage US champion’s mother was a Soviet agent and that the KGB was trying to recruit him. Hoover eventually admitted that he was wrong on both counts, but not before he made misserable his mother’s and the chess prodigy’s life to the point of turning Bobby into a world pariah after his self-imposed exile from his home country due to relentless harassment by the U.S.
+government. A “Committee to Free Bobby Fischer” was set up at Narita Airport. Previos opponent Boris Spassky wrote a letter to U.S. President George W. Bush, asking “For mercy, charity”, and, if that was not possible, “to put [him] in the same cell with Bobby Fischer” and “to give [them] a chess set”.
Fischer and Miyoko Watai, then President of the Japanese Chess Association (with whom he had reportedly been living) wanted to become legally married, so he could stay in Japan. He also tried to apply for German citizenship on the grounds that his father was German. Fischer publicly stated that he wanted to renounce his U.S. citizenship, and appealed to U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell to help him do so to no effect.
Japan’s Justice Minister rejected Fischer’s request for asylum and ordered his deportation. Seeking ways to evade for/media/sda2/Users/Public/cmllpz/prjx/wikipedia/REFeful deportation to the U.S., Fischer wrote to the government of Iceland January 2005, who sympathetic to Fischer’s plight, but reluctant to grant him the full benefits of citizenship, granted him an alien’s passport. To his last days he was still pointing out missing combinations by his opponents, still being haunded by the U.S. government, to the point he even wrote an introductory letter to Osama Bin Laden.[*] He refused surgery or medication to treat what initially was a urinary tract blockage and died in Iceland. Ironically, even if he bitterly opposed the way the Russians used chess as a means of propaganda, his 1972 widely followed contest with the Russian Boris Spassky was promoted by Western Media as “the clash between freedom and repression”.
[*][his movie][*] Malcolm X Alan Turing Aaron Swartz Highly awarded author, investigative journalist and embedded reporter
Michael Hastings exposed crass abuse of power, crimes against humanity, corruption and widespread contempt for civilian concerns by the highest echelon of the hieararchy of the U.S.-led occupying coalision of NATO forces during the
war in Afghanistan, ultimately resulting in
General Stanley McChrystal‘s resignation.[*][*][*] He became a staunch critic of the surveillance state, particularly the curtailing of the freedom of the press (citizen’s rights specifically protected by the 4th and 1st Amendments of the U.S. Constitution), by the Obama administration; openly calling fellow journalists belonging to the establishment mainstream media to “declare war on the government”, pointing out that -free press- doesn’t mean “‘free’ when the government tells you to do the press” for them.[*][*][*].
Hastings tended to be nonchalant about possible repercussions, saying: “whenever I’d been reporting around groups of dudes whose job it was to kill people, one of them would usually mention that ‘they were going to kill me’”[*]. However, in the days before his death, his family said Michael was experiencing a “manic episode” and after a prior visit from the LAPD, USA Today reported that Hastings suspected his car was being “tampered with”. He bcc’ed his war-time friend, Sergeant Joe Biggs, on an email to his BuzzFeed colleagues, advising to them to seek legal protection and he twitted wikileaks lawyer Jennifer Robinson hours before his death, letting them know that he needed/intended to go “off the radar” while he worked on yet another exposé of the U.S. government[*][*][*][*][*][*][*][*], the specifics of which he told his lawyer, but didn’t reveal to his wife, who had defended Hastings’ earlier reporting and protested a slander in an obituary published by the NY Times, “in order to protect her”[*].
On June 18th, 2013 at 4:23 AM, the LAPD received 911 calls about fiery explotions apparently relating to a single-vehicle crash of what turned out to be a new Mercedes C250 Coupé which after speeding through a red light was jackkniffing and sparking from its bottom prior to jumping the median towards a palm tree. The car’s engine was found without signs of burning next to a telephone poll 50 to 60 yards away from the palm tree in the opposite direction the car was going (defying physical principles if that was a crash), making what would be a right angle to its stop position after the crash.
The car’s body itself didn’t seem to be that mechanically damaged.
Neither traces of the engine having rolled or having been dragged to that point, nor skid marks were visible on the road, on which debries was found. As pictures show, the nose of the car sticking out beyond on the side of the tree seemed relatively undamaged given the high speed at which the car was speculated to be going at and the fire clearly affected mostly the driver seat.
An eye witnesses watching the rescue from her own window related that it took 3-4 minutes for the fire department to arrive, then lots of different kinds of police arrived, who cordoned off the area and were taking pictures. The coroner got there 3 hours later at 7:30 AM and another FD crew came with tools to “cut” the car open in order to take Michael’s body out. His face was totally charred but the rest of his body was intact, that he seemed “too pale for someone living in California”.
They put the body on the ground and moved it by the arms to check his back pockets.
The LAPD confirmed the identity also through his fingerprints.
The toxicology report released by the LAPD’s coroner found minor trace amounts of weed and amphetamine which were unlikely to have an intoxicative effect. Michael’s family attested that he had stopped drinking 5 years ago. No autopsy was performed and the government cremated his body without family consent returning an urn to them [youtube.com/watch?v=ksX-jyze7sE].
Based on FEMA statistics only 0.26% of fiery crashes result in fatalities. All cars built after the mid nineties contain easily hackable
Electronic Control Unit (ECU) also acting as blackbox. Mercedes Benz, known for the high safety of their cars, has offered to “help the LAPD” finding out what could have technically happened with that car, never receiving a call back from them.[uN0C0HYwja0: (3:55) * car companies have gone as far as to prohibit any conversation about how dangerously easily hackable cars are]
U.S. counter terrorism tsar
Richard Clarke remarked in relation to Hastings accident: “There is reason to believe that intelligence agencies for major powers—including the United States—know how to remotely seize control of a car. So if there were a cyber attack on the car—and I’m not saying there was, I think whoever did it would probably get away with it.”, which was taken as a not so veiled and undirect threat to journalists.
His widow, Elise Jordan, who is deeply compromised with the U.S. government, contrary to her initial stance: “I will find out who did this! I will not let them roll over it. This isn’t an accident, asked Michael’s friends to stop investigating and weeks later showed up on a CNN interview with Piers Morgan on which he asked her how she was doing and what her take was on the “conspiracy theories” suggesting that Hastings “car accident” may be related to one of his typically intense investigations, to which she answered all too nervously smily: “I was blessed to have the time with him that I had, so I feel very ‘lucky’ for that, and [I am] taking it day by day.” … “I have no doubt that he was pursuing a hot story. He always had at least five hot stories going. That was Michael, right now the LAPD still has an active investigation … my gut here is that it was just a really tragic accident and I’m ‘unlucky’ in the world, the world was very ‘unlucky’.”[*][*][*][*]; while, as an example of Hastings warnings, AP
president Gary Pruitt has allerted society about the Department of Justice
breaking its own rules, failing to give journalists notice of subpoenas and acting as “judge, jury and executioner in private and in secret” in the seizure of the news organization’s phone records. [*]
Yoani Sánchez, listed by Time magazine as one of the world’s 100 most influential people in 2008, is a philology graduate from
the Faculty of Arts and Letters of the University of Havana/Cuba with a degree in Hispanic philology and a specialty in contemporary Latin American literature, with a thesis titled: Words Under Pressure. A Study of the Literature of Dictatorship in Latin America. Sánchez says that by the end of her university studies: “I understood two things: the first, that the world of intellectualism and high culture disgusted me and the saddest, that I no longer wanted to be a philologist.”. Sánchez decided to emigrate to Switzerland, where she was eventually joined by her son and husband. Two years later she decided to return to Cuba “for a two-week family visit” on a round-trip ticket and, by destroying her passport. She was able to avoid being forced on a plane back to Switzerland.
After finally resettling in Havana, she founded, together with a group of Cubans –all based on the island– the magazine, “Consenso”, and helped establish the web portal “Desde Cuba” (From within Cuba) dedicated to reflections and debate. Sánchez abandoned anonymous blogging and would openly challenge propaganda efforts by
Mariela Castro (daughter of Cuban dictator Raúl Castro)
at a forum at the University of Havana, which provided her with both wide international support and the attention of the Cuban state police (“seguridad del estado”). She reports gang stalking (even documenting it with the candid participation of her stalkers!), intimidation and smear campaigns against her and her family. Once, after a call from an agent who identified himself as a police and threatened him, her husband challenged him to meet him on the streets to openly discuss the matter. He was fielded, harassed and attacked by “the enraged citizenry” (“el pueblo enardecido”), while plain clothed police seemed to protect him[*]. Sánchez reported being abducted with other three Cuban dissident bloggers and being shoved, hit and put in the back seat of a car by plain clothed police with a fellow blogger by state security agents one of whom “she grabbed from his balls” (literally!) as she tried to fight him off. As they were driven off before arriving at their destination, one of the agents opened twitter and noticed that the whole world knew and was talking about it already. They had taken the precaution to post the possibility of such an incident occuring before they were detained.[*][*][*][*]. Laura Poitras is one of the initial three journalists to meet Edward Snowden
in Hong Kong and with fellow journalist Glenn Greenwald
received full copies of the leaked NSA documents, has been subjected to monitoring and harassment by the U.S. government, which became more intense
after a wire transfer to an Iraqi medical doctor and Sunni political candidate who was the subject of her documentary My Country, My Country.. She authored the 2014 documentary
Citizenfour and since 2008 her filming work has received numerous awards. After living in Berlin for some time she relocated to her native NYC. Ai Weiwei (艾未未)
has been highly and openly critical of the Chinese Government’s corruption and cover-ups, in particular
the Sichuan schools corruption scandal.
In 2005, Ai was invited to start blogging by the biggest internet platform in China, which he did for four years, turning out a steady stream of scathing social commentary, criticism of government policy, thoughts on art and architecture, as well as autobiographical writings, until his account was shut down. He then turned to Twitter and Instagram, claiming at least eight hours online every day. He supported the Amnesty International petition for the Iranian filmmaker and musician brothers Hossein Rajabian and Mehdi Rajabian.
In 2011, he was arrested at Beijing Capital International Airport and held for 81 days without any official charges which then became a detention on charges of “economic crime”: tax evasion and intentionally destroying accounting documents of a company he controlled.
Ai’s supporters widely viewed his detention as retaliation for his vocal criticism of the government. Professor Wang Yujin of China University of Political Science and Law stated that the release of Ai on bail shows that the Chinese government could not find any solid evidence of Ai’s alleged “economic crime”.. Much social justice and politically active art and movies have been made by and about him.[*] Charles Chaplin‘s filming and artistic career generated worldwide adulation and controversy from the silent film era, to the “talkies” (media he initially resisted), to then Technicolor and widescreen. His deeply poetic, yet, hillarious and unambiguous messages (as kicking an immigration officer in the butt, which J. Edgar Hoover considerd “disrespectful”, “a bad example for the masses”), rounded by his acting and artistic skills had no par. His depiction of humanity in frontal and subtle ways in an era of slapstick and mechanical story lines moved people to tears.
One of his early screen persona, “the Tramp“, became a worldwide icon still recognizable and exploted as a meme a century later.
Chaplin, who could never detach himself from the abject poverty in which he was raised (his single mother was institutionalized in a mental hospitar due to innanition),
had strong civic and moral views,
considered himself a “peacemonger”
and openly questioned the delay of direct combat role of the U.S. military in WWII (which only participated in the last fifth of the war), was accused of a being a Jew (he was Roma from his mother’s side, but refused to “clarify” that matter) and of “communist sympathies”. After arguments with FBI‘s director J. Edgar Hoover, every opportunity was used to generate negative publicity about him, through smear campaigns, from absurdly using an ancient statute such as the Mann Act in order to accuse him of “sexual abuse”, to
subpoena him to appear before the
House of Un-American Activities Committee, to being accused of “moral turpitude” based on the story line of his movies declaring him the father of a child for whom he had to pay support until she turned 21, even though blood tests biologically indicated otherwise (which his own lawyer refused to bring up!)
and to hiring gangs of perpetrators to outrightly sabotage his movies.
Representative John E. Rankin told Congress in June 1947: “[Chaplin’s] very life in Hollywood is detrimental to the “moral fabric of America”. [If he is deported] … his loathsome pictures can be kept from before the eyes of the American youth. He should be deported and gotten rid of at once.”
Hoover’s pet TI he himself acting as perpetrator
Can’t enjoy just being a rich guyAleksandr Solzhenitsyn was involved in major action at the front in East Prussia during WWII as an artillery officer of the Red Army.
He witnessed how noncombatants and the elderly were robbed of their meager possessions and women and girls were gang-raped to death by the Soviet military; reflected upon a few years later in his poem “Prussian Nights“. In February 1945, Solzhenitsyn was arrested, accused of anti-Soviet propaganda and sent to a forced labor camp for writing on a private letter to a friend derogatory comments about the conduct of the war by Joseph Stalin.
In 1962, “One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich” was published in edited form in 1962, with the explicit approval of the very premier Nikita Khrushchev. After Krushchev’s removal in October 1964, the cultural climate again became more repressive. In 1965, the KGB seized some of his papers, including the manuscript of “The First Circle”.
In August 1971, he was targeted by an assassination attempt (allegedly by the KGB) using an unknown biological agent, which left him seriously ill but was unsuccessful.
Solzhenitsyn, while living in a gulag, at times almost mortally ill in hospitals, during the Russian Stalinist era under the direct watchful eye of the no-nonsense KGB was still able to keep musing his ideas and writing his moving and vertically moral novels which earned him the Literature Nobel Prize, by keeping his ideas to himself (not even telling his like-minded best friends) and writing his own notes on paper in semi cryptic ways. Some of
his oftern cited quotes are from “The First Circle” (1968):
“For a country to have a great writer … is like having another government. That’s why no régime has ever loved great writers, only minor ones”
and from “The Gulag Archipelago“:
“If only there were evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds, and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. And who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart?”
Ernest Hemingway had a strong influence on 20th-century fiction, while his life of adventure and his public image influenced later generations. Many of his works are considered classics of English literature. He gladly accepted the 1954 Nobel Prize money, but modestly told the press other writers deserved it. Hemingway was a cub reporter after leaving high school before becoming a novelist. In 1918, he responded to a WWI Red Cross recruitment effort and on his first day in Milan/Italy, he was sent to the scene of a munitions factory explosion, where rescuers retrieved the shredded remains of female workers, which he described in his non-fiction book, Death in the Afternoon: “I remember that after we searched quite thoroughly for the complete dead we collected fragments”. He was only 18 whe he was seriously wounded by mortar fire. Despite his wounds, Hemingway was condecorated for assisting Italian soldiers to safety. He said of the incident: “When you go to war as a boy you have a great illusion of immortality. Other people get killed; not you … Then when you are badly wounded the first time you lose that illusion and you know it can happen to you.” During Spanish Civil War he was among the last journalists who witnessed the last Republican stand. In 1939, he crossed to Cuba in his boat where he with his lady friend bought the winter home “Finca Vigía” (“Lookout Farm”), from where he enjoyed fishing excursions (to them “patrol” the waters of the Carribbean frequented by German U-boats) on his boat named “Pilar” (a Spanish girl name). He rightly suspected the FBI had been actively monitoring his movements and indeed, they had opened a file on him during World War II. J. Edgar Hoover had an agent in Havana watch Hemingway during the 1950s. The FBI knew Hemingway had been registered under a friend’s name at the Mayo Clinic where “an aura of secrecy surrounded his treatment”[*]. He was treated with electroconvulsive therapy as many as 15 times in December 1960, and in January 1961 was “released in ruins”[*], after which he committed suicide July 1961. John Perkins had been monitored, tested and profiled by the NSA before he graduated from Boston’s University Business School, after which he was recruited for “his potential”, encouraging him to get involved in the peace core. While having a hard time finding information about countries he was interested in, “Claudine”, who knew all about him, showed up at the Boston Public Library and gave him a book with her business card inside on the page containing the information he was looking for. Eventually he authors the partially biographical “Confessions of an Economic Hit Man” in which he critizices his role and describes in details the different types of techniques used by the United States government to economically bankrupt various Third World countries, as well as corrupt and assassinate their democratically elected leaders. Muhammad Ali: publicly declared himself a conscientious objector, elaborating: “why should they ask me to put on a uniform and go ten thousand miles from home and drop bombs and bullets on brown people in Vietnam while so-called Negro people in Louisville are treated like dogs and denied simple human rights?”. He was arrested and his boxing license suspended and stripped of his title. His communications were intercepted by the NSA. In 1971, his Fight of the Century provided cover for an activist group, the Citizens’ Commission to Investigate the FBI, to successfully pull off a burglary at an FBI office in, which exposed the COINTELPRO operations that included illegal spying on activists involved with the civil rights and anti-war movements. One of the COINTELPRO targets was Ali, which included the FBI gaining access to his records as far back as elementary school; one such record mentioned him loving art as a child. Lech_Wałęsa: Wałęsa and his family were under constant surveillance by the Polish secret police and he was arrested several times for participating in dissident activities. However, long held doubts about his relationship with the secret police have surfaced and been admitted by him.
“There is nothing that so assists the awakening of omniscience within us as insistent thoughts about one’s own transgressions, errors, mistakes. After the difficult cycles of such ponderings over many years, whenever I mentioned the heartlessness of our highest-ranking bureaucrats, the cruelty of our executioners, I remember myself in my Captain’s shoulder boards and the forward march of my battery through East Prussia, enshrouded in fire, and I say: ‘So were we any better?'”