News from North America, Tuesday 4th June 2013

BBC News: “Military prosecutors have said US soldier Bradley Manning ‘systematically harvested’ a vast trove of secret documents to share with Wikileaks.

At the start of Pte Manning’s court martial, a prosecutor said Osama Bin Laden had received leaked information.

But defence lawyers said Pte Manning, 25, was young and naive when he shared the files with the anti-secrecy site.

He has not denied his role in the leak, and faces up to life in prison if convicted of aiding the enemy.”

Reuters: “A Mississippi martial arts instructor was named in a five-count indictment charging him with mailing ricin-laced letters to President Barack Obama and two other public officials, authorities said on Monday.

The U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Mississippi said James Everett Dutschke, 41, who was arrested on April 27, faced a maximum penalty of life in prison for threatening the president and others by mail and ‘possessing a biological agent, toxin and delivery system for use as a weapon.’”

The Guardian: “The US army psychiatrist charged in the 2009 Fort Hood shooting rampage will represent himself at his upcoming murder trial, meaning he will question the more than two dozen soldiers he’s accused of wounding, a military judge ruled Monday.

Major Nidal Hasan’s attorneys will remain on the case but only if he asks for their help, the judge said. Hasan, 42, faces the death penalty or life in prison without parole if convicted of 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder.”

Daily Telegraph: “A man who gave his children Nazi-inspired names dressed up in full fascist regalia on Monday as he appeared in a US court seeking to secure visitation rights to his youngest son.

Heath Campbell – father of Adolf Hitler Campbell, 7, Joyce Lynn Aryan Nation Campbell, 6, Honzlynn Jeannie Campbell, 5, and Heinrich Hons Campbell, 18 months – donned a German Nazi uniform for the hearing in Flemington, New Jersey.

The 40-year-old, who also sports a large swastika tattoo on his neck, was appearing before the court in a bid to win the rights to see Heinrich Hons, who was taken into care by social services shortly after his birth in November 2011.”

The Gazette: “The U.S. Postal Inspector will investigate reports from several Security-Widefield residents who received invitations to join the Ku Klux Klan that were taped to their mail boxes Sunday.

El Paso County Sheriff’s Lt. Jeff Kramer confirmed they got calls from alarmed residents on Drew Drive, Cardinal Street and Painted Rock Drive.

‘We contacted the postal inspector, who indicated this was a violation of federal law,’ Kramer said. ‘The Sheriff’s Office will play an assistant role to the investigation.’

The fliers were in ziploc bags, containing literature targeting racial groups and listing a phone number that resulted in a voice message claiming white supremacy.”

Comment: Huffington Post: ‘Pushing Past the ‘Grey Area’ on Homegrown Radicalization’ by Peter Henne and Jonathan Kennedy. “In a recent article in Foreign Policy, Jane Harman echoes a growing concern that homegrown radicalization is likely to persist even if the United States successfully disrupts terrorist threats overseas. We wholeheartedly agree with Harman that the United States must do more to prevent radicalization here at home. We would like to push her point even further, however, and highlight three aspects of homegrown radicalization that remain ambiguous in her argument, as well as current efforts to address them.”

Comment: Huffington Post: ‘Winning the Ideological Battle Against Terrorism’ by Salam Al Marayati. “In President Obama’s counterterrorism speech at the National Defense University, he said, ‘The success of American Muslims’ is the antidote to al-Qaeda’s narrative and that of its affiliates.

On the one hand, the U.S. is winding down its wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and shrinking those theaters as major front lines in the fight against terrorism. On the other hand, the front line has shifted to the U.S., where lone wolves get captivated by Internet theater, luring them with false promises of delivering justice in exchange for their self-destruction. In that line of thinking, a moment has arrived for American Muslims — prevail or perish, not in a physical sense, but in terms of relevance to America and to young American Muslims, in terms of winning the ‘battle of wills and battle of ideas’ against Muslim extremism, and in terms of overcoming fear about Islam along with intimidation towards its adherents.”

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