19 Apr 2014

@StanleyCohenLaw’s April 13, 2014 Statement on Plea Deal and Defense Fund info

Stanley Cohen’s April 13, 2014 Statement on Plea Deal

 (reprinted from his blog http://istanleycohen.org/)

Tomorrow will be a difficult day but a necessary one for a number of reasons.

As many of you know I am currently under indictment in two separate US federal district courts for essentially the same allegation – impeding or obstructing the IRS. It is not a case, as some have stated, of income tax evasion. Although the government denies, it, we know that the investigation began more than 10 years ago when the DOJ began to investigate and tried to charge me with material support for terrorism as a result of my work as an attorney and interntional law advisor for a number of so-called terrorist groups- most prominently Hamas, who I have had the great honor and privilege of working with as an attorney since 1995; it continues through this day. When that witch hunt failed, in came the IRS and for 7 years or so we have battled these allegations at great cost with federal prosecutors in New York and Washington and in the courts. This fight has taken a tremendous amount of effort by my team of lawyers, my family, friends, supporters and clients. It has cost us more than six hundred thousand dollars, a large amount of which is still owed, and hurt my “non-political” practice by scaring off clients. Recently it has interfered with some critical work with various human rights groups and activists overseas and made travel abroad—essential to that effort – impractical. Most important it has taken an increasing toll on my family. After all this time we were on the eve of the first of what promised to be at least two trials in two different districts, possible appeals, and enormous additional expenses. Obviously these trials would have made the work that I love and live for, namely resistance, and support of resistance, ineffective for the foreseeable future.

After painful discussions with my family, friends, supporters and colleagues and clients at home and abroad I have elected to end this particular whitchhunt and harassment, and to do so tomorrow (April 14, 2014).

There is no doubt I have made mistakes which allowed the witchhunt to continue, and to produce a result not imposed against other like persons, but that comes with the turf.

Tomorrow I will plead guilty in the Northern District of New York to impeding the IRS. This plea will cover all outstanding charges and bring an end to this chapter. I will be sentenced likely in about 4-6 months to 18 months in prison – with actual jail time of likely a year. I will lose my law license of 31 years at the time of my sentence but will be able to reapply for it when I end my sentence.

Make no mistake about it, this plea will not change my commitment to truth, justice and resistance. Nor should it be seen as acquiescence to the naiive and liberal notion that this government and others and their respective criminal justice systems work or are just. The fight will go on but in different ways. I would expect to spend much of my time in prison working with and assisting the unjustly accused and those prosecuted because of color, class or politics. Perhaps that book will finally be written.

Meanwhile, until my sentence I will continue representing my clients, travelling and speaking out and, hopefully, continue to inspire others to fight on. We all know that there is a cost when you say no, when you refuse to go silently into the night, when you reject he notion of complicity. But the work must go on – there is no choice. Mourn not for me but for the millions of people murdered worldwide because of their race, religion, politics or activism. Mourn not for me but for the millions of stateless people reduced to ‘life’ in refugee camps, or who live under Apartheidand Occupation and who are subjected daily to ethnic cleansing, collective punishment and indefinite detention. Mourn not for me but for the whistle blowers, journalists and dissidents murdered, jailed and exiled because of a belief, a simple vision, a commitment to change.

To those who love or support me, my decision will not matter. To those who hate me, enjoy your smug smile and distorted sentiment, it will not however change the words I have spoken and will speak in the future and the fights I have embraced or those yet to come. To those who do not know me or care, life goes on. Most important to my friends who in some small way have been inspired by my words and work, this is not a loss but a predictable result of a lifetime of resistance. There is a price to pay when you say no. choose wisely and fight the fight. I will have more to say at the time of my sentence but meanwhile all my thanks and love. Up the Rebels.

بيان ستانلي كوهين في 13 أبريل 2014 حول صفقة الاعتراف بالمسؤولية.

غدا سوف يكون يوم صعب ولكنه ضروري لعدد من الأسباب.

كما يعلم الكثير منكمأنا حاليا تحت لائحة الاتهام في محكمتين منفصلتين من محاكم مقاطعات فيدرالية أمريكيةعلى أساس نفس الإدعاء – إعاقة أو عرقلة مصلحة الضرائبإنها ليست حالة من التهرب من ضريبة الدخلكما ذكر البعضعلى الرغم من أن الحكومة تنفي ذلكنحن نعرف أن التحقيق بدأ منذ أكثر من 10 سنوات عندما بدأت وزارة العمل بالتحقيق ومحاولي اتهامي بتهمة دعم مادي للإرهاب نتيجة لعملي كمحام ومستشار قانون دولي لعدد من ما يسمى بالجماعات الإرهابية – أبرزها حماسالذي كان لي الشرف بالعمل معهم كمحام منذ عام 1995, ولا زالت مستمرة حتى يومنا هذاعندما فشلت تلك المطاردةجاءت مصلحة الضرائب ولمدة سنوات تقريبا قمنا بمحاربة هذه الادعاءات بتكلفة كبيرة مع المدعين الفدراليين في واشنطن ونيويورك وفي المحاكموقد اتخذت هذه المعركة قدرا هائلا من قبل فريقي من المحامينوعائلتيوالأصدقاءوالمؤيدين والعملاءفقد كلفتنا أكثر من ستمائة ألف دولارولا يزال مستحق علي كمية كبيرة منهاوتضر ممارستي الغير سياسية بتخويف العملاءمؤخرا تدخلت مع بعض الأعمال مع جماعات مختلفة من حقوق الإنسان وناشطين في الخارج وسافرت خارجا – ضرورية لهذا الجهد – غير عمليالأهم من ذلك أنها اتخذت عبئا متزايدا على عائلتيبعد كل هذا الوقت كنا في عشية أول ما تم التعهد بأن يكون على الأقل محاكمتين في منطقتين مختلفتينالطعون محتملةونفقات إضافية هائلةومن الواضح أن هذه المحاكمات من شأنها أن تجعل العمل الذي أحب وأعيش لأجله وهو المقاومة ودعم المقاومةغير فعّال في المستقبل القريب.

بعد مناقشات مؤلمة مع عائلتي والأصدقاء والمؤيدين والزملاء والعملاء في الداخل والخارجلقد اخترت إنهاء هذه المطاردة والمضايقة الخاصةوالقيام بذلك غدا (14 أبريل 2014)

لا شك بأنني قد ارتكبت أخطاء سمحت لهذه المطاردة بأن تستمرولتقديم نتيجة لا تفرض ضد الأشخاص مثل غيرهاولكن هذا يأتي مع السياق.

غدا سوف أقر بأنني مذنب في منطقة شمال نيويورك بإعاقة مصلحة الضرائبوهذا الإقرار سوف يغطي جميع الرسوم المستحقة ويضع حد لهذا الفصلسيتم الحكم علي بحوالي 4-6 أشهر إلى 18شهرا بالسجن – مع عقوبة السجن الفعلي لمدة سنة على الأرجحوسوف أفقد رخصة قانون 31 سنة في مدة عقوبتيولكنني سوف أتمكن من إعادة تقديم طلب لها بعد الانتهاء من عقوبتيلا يخطئ أحد في ذلكهذا الإقرار لن يغير التزامي للحقيقة والعدالة والمقاومةولا ينبغي النظر إليه على أنه قبول للفكرة الساذجة والليبرالية بأن هذه الحكومة وغيرها ونظم العدالة الجنائية الخاصة بكل منها تعمل أو مجردةوسوف تستمر المعركة ولكن بطرق مختلفةوأتوقع أن اقضي الكثير من وقتي في السجن في العمل مع ومساعدة المتهمين ظلما والذين جرت مقاضاتهم بسبب اللون أو الطبقة الاجتماعية أو السياسةولعل ذلك الكتاب سيتم كتابته أخيرا.

وفي الوقت نفسهحتى عقوبتيسأواصل تمثيل موكلي والسفر والتحدث علناعلى أملالاستمرار في إلهام الآخرين على مواصلة القتالجميعنا نعلم أن هناك ثمنا عندما تقول لا“, عندما ترفض أن تذهب بصمت في الليلوعند رفض فكرة التواطؤولكن العمل يجب أن يستمر – لا يوجد خيار آخرلا تحزنوا علي ولكن على الملايين من الناس بلا جنسية انخفضوا إلى الحياة” في مخيمات اللاجئين,أو الذين يعيشون تحت الاحتلال والفصل العنصري والذين يتعرضون يوميا للتطهير العرقي والعقاب الجماعي والاعتقال إلى أجل غير مسمىلا تحزنوا علي بل على كاشفي الفساد والصحفيين والمعارضين مقتولينمحبوسين ومنفيين بسبب اعتقادرؤية بسيطةوالالتزام بإحداث تغيير.

لأولئك الذين يحبونني أو يدعمونيقراري لا يهملأولئك الذين يكرهوننيتمتعوا بابتسامتكم المتعجرفة ومشاعركم المشوهة فهي على أي حال لن تغير الكلمات التي قلتها وسأقولها في المستقبل,المعارك التي تبنيتها أو تلك التي لم تأت بعدلأولئك الذين لا يعرفونني أو يهتمونالحياة تستمرالأهم من ذلكلأصدقائي الذين قد استلهموا في بعض الطرق الصغيرة من كلماتي وعمليهذه ليست خسارة ولكنها نتيجة متوقعة لعمر من المقاومةهناك صمن يجب دفعه عندما تقول لااحتر بحكمة وخوض المعركةسيكون لدي الكثير لأقوله في وقت عقوبتي ولكن في هذه الأثناء كل الشكر والحبيحيا المتمردون.

Stanley L. Cohen, Attorney At Law, New York — Legal Defense Fund

Over the three decades that I have practiced law and criminal and political defense I have made many friends and powerful enemies. Now the U.S. Government seeks to silence and to deter me from continuing to challenge it at home and abroad. It will not work. More than 20 years ago I was indicted in Canada for seditious conspiracy when I represented Mohawk Warriors for four months behind the barricades against the Canadian army. Ultimately that case was dismissed. Now I stand charged by the U.S. Government with a bizarre violation for “impeding the administration of the tax code”. Like my stand at Oka 20 years ago I will fight back now. I can not be an advocate for others if I will not advocate for myself. Over the last 5 years that we know of, I have been the subject of an enormous investigation by law enforcement agencies connected to “national and international security”, the treasury department, and now the I.R.S. Five years of this WITCH HUNT has produced this BOGUS charge. To date my defense has cost hundreds of thousands of dollars as we challenged this investigation in court and out. To continue will cost many times as much over the next several years. This persecution is designed to wear me down, to destroy my practice, to punish my clients, and ultimately to silence me. It will not work. But to succeed, I need your support. People who know me and my practice are aware that much of my work over the years has been pro-bono or for nomimal fees. It is not easy particularly in the current economic climate to ask my friends and supporters for help. But to prevail, I must. Please contribute what you can to my LEGAL DEFENSE FUND, and spread the word.

Indictment Won’t Sway Me!

My indictment in the Northern District of New York for impeding the administration of the federal tax code strikes me as a ringing endorsement of my thirty years as a political activist and criminal defense attorney. Good lawyering is like any craft: plumber, surgeon, house-framer; you do it well, people notice. Only in this business, doing it well means beating the government on behalf of accused people, or fighting for unpopular causes, and the people who notice are often very powerful, and don’t like it much. I came to this profession from earlier careers as a social worker, and organizer and I’ve never been interested in any other kind of law but defending the individual against the state. I am an advocate for many people the government would like to silence or put in jail: Palestinian freedom fighters, Muslim preachers, North American natives living on Indian reservations, marijuana dealers, anti-war protestors, radical squatters, the homeless, “hacktivists”, anti-Zionists and everyone in between. I live my ideology in the job I do, and I try to be aggressive in vindicating the rights of clients. I have challenged the state at every opportunity. I’ll keep doing this in the Lower East Side, in Washington, DC, in the International Criminal Court in the Hague, in Israel and in the West Bank and Gaza. It is my passion. I have known for almost a decade that some prosecutors in the Justice Department have been looking for a way to curtail my practice, and that law enforcement has been investigating me actively for years. I have every reason to believe that my oppositional politics have drawn the attention resulting in this indictment. Prosecutorial power in our system is an evolving beast, with a long and controversial history right at the heart of what makes our republic special; today it flexes muscles it may not have had a century ago. But I have made a life out of pushing back against this power; it’s our duty and I intend to do so on my own behalf with the same passion which I’ve shown for my clients. My prosecution and my trial won’t change my politics or silence me.

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Please sign the petition located HERE and my testimonial to Stanley’s character HERE

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18 Apr 2014

URGENT Petition | No Jail Time for @StanleyCohenLaw

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And Stanley Cohen fights for us!

Please sign this petition to help keep my lawyer Stanley Cohen from being sentenced to any jail time for trumped up charges.
Stanley is an amazing person, and through his law practice, he defends many clients, including myself (  I’ve never been arrested or charged, but he told me that he would take my case if I ever was ), on a pro bono basis because he fights for justice.
He is one of a small handful of lawyers willing to take cases  of Anonymous comrades who are charged with arcane statutes.
He has been a public supporter of Anonymous in the media, with many television appearances explaining the technical aspects of charges and explains them with regards to their real life equivalents (ie  equating ddos to a sit-in or other protest).
He has come to our defense on numerous occasions, now it’s time for us to do the same for him. Do what you can to help, if nothing else please sign this petition.
Whether you agree with him or not, he deserves better.

https://www.change.org/petitions/hon-norman-a-mordue-no-jail-time-for-stanley-cohen

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18 Apr 2014

Wake Da Fuq Up! episode 3

Wake Da Fuq Up! episode 3 : Try Not To Be A Dick

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Tonight our guest is singer songwriter, veteran and activist Emily Yates @trynottobeadick. Please sign her petition urging Eric Holder to transfer her case to Veterans Treatment Court.

https://www.change.org/petitions/eric-holder-insist-my-case-be-tried-in-a-veterans-court

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14 Apr 2014

Wake Da Fuq Up! episode 2

Wake Da Fuq Up! episode 2 : Idle No More

Online Talk Radio at Blog Talk Radio with Wake Da Fuq Up on BlogTalkRadio

Idle No More is a protest movement which began in December 2012, originating among the Abooriginal Peoples of Canada comprising the First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples and their non-Aboriginal supporters in Canada.

For episode 2, I interview Nina Wilson, one of the founders of Idle No More. We listen to a short documentary on Idle No More in Oakland, take a few calls from listeners, get an update from Occupy San Diego from Donna Pirahnna, and go off on all sorts of tangents like any good conversation.

 

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14 Apr 2014

Wake Da Fuq Up! episode 1

Wake Da Fuq Up! episode 1 : Wave of Action

Discover Current Events Internet Radio with Wake Da Fuq Up on BlogTalkRadio
For my first episode, I’m going to be getting calls from people across the country giving report backs on the actions held in their cities, and what over-reaction the police may have had.
Subsequent shows will cover current events, corruption, leaks, protests, revolt, uprisings, activism, news the mainstream corporate puppets won’t touch or are afraid to report, hacktivism, Anonymous, Occupy, and all the other resistance movements around the world, as well as interviews with independant journalists, streamers, activists, and people who are doing things to better the world. Join Us!!
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