Iceland’s Pirate Party Leader Plans Risky Trip to USA
Into the Lion’s Den
Pirate Party Iceland’s Birgitta Jónsdóttir will travel to the USA early in April 2013, at great risk to her own liberty, to bring attention to the fact that whistle blower Bradley Manning has been held for over 1000 days without charge. The Icelandic government and her own lawyers have strongly advised her not to go but she says in her Icelandic blog
“I have decided that it is impossible to live my life in such a way that, as a member of parliament and of the electorate, I have to have such restrictions imposed on me so that I cannot enjoy the freedom to travel to a country that claims to be the land of the free” [Translated]
She will travel to the US in early April. This is shortly after the fact that the US justice department demanded that Twitter hand over all her tweets with out informing her or the public. Twitter bravely fought this action in the courts also she was denied access to a list of companies namely that the same demand for her data from the authorities. This is after FBI arrived unannounced in Reykjavik to “investigate” Wikileaks in the country. There can be little doubt they were targeting Brigitta as she was very instrumental in bringing out the famous video “Collateral Murder” which shows the gunning down of Iraqi civilians by US forces in Baghdad in 2007. The Secretary of State Ögmundur Jónasson found out about the spies and bundled them back to the States followed by a diplomatic protest. One wishes more politicians in Western nations would have the moral fibre and courage shown by Ögmundur.
PPIS is one of the movement’s youngest parties having been founded on 24 November 2012 and Birgitta was appointed its first “leader” by consensus. So Pirates around the world will be supporting her in her brave act but with concern at the possible actions the US authorities might take.
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About Andrew Reitemeyer
I am a New Zealand citizen but am currently living in Lower Saxony in Germany and a member of the Pirate Party there and active in my local chapter. I joined in April 2012 once I found out that non citizens were welcome to join and become active members of the Party. By trade I am a programmer and also translate German texts into English and will mainly be active in this respect for the Pirate Times. I hope to be writing articles from time to time and will be part of the Facebook admin team. Politically I come from the libertarian left and have, up to now, not regarded any political party as having a solution for the democratic deficit that envelops the world. With the advent of the Pirate Party, which truly embraces grass roots democracy, I have found a political home. The Pirate Times is a way I can contribute to furthering the Pirate message around the world. Skype: frithogar