Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Barrett Brown (Photo credit: Free Barrett Brown)Federal prosecutors in Texas earlier this week dropped several controversial charges against author and journalist Barrett Brown in a case civil liberty groups fear could chill free speech.The dropped charges stem from Brown having copied and pasted a link in a chat room containing thousands of stolen credit card information and other material from Stratfor, a Texas-based global intelligence company, which was hacked in December 2012.Brown’s supporters, which include civil liberty groups and high-profile journalists, most notably, Glenn Greenwald of NSA leak fame, have criticized the government for seeking to criminalize the sharing of already publicly available information. Brown was not involved in the hack against Stratfor, which the FBI knew about as early as Dec. 6, 2011, and it was the agency that allegedly orchestrated the hack through a confidential informant, according to a court filing by Brown’s attorneys.The government’s decision to drop counts one and three through 12 came one day after Brown’s attorneys filed a motion to dismiss those charges. Prosecutors did not explain in the motion why they dropped the counts.“The criminalization of Mr. Brown’s speech (by republishing the hyperlink) is an unconstitutional abridgment of the First Amendment because it regulates pure political speech based on its content,” his lawyers wrote in the motion.Brown’s attorneys go on to say that the charges “would be unconstitutionally overbroad and chill speech in violation of the First Amendment.”Related: NDAA, Indefinite Detention, And The Battle Raging Against The Most Important Law You’ve Never Heard OfRelated: Revolution’s Family Tree: Franklin and Adams to Manning and SnowdenBrown, whose work has appeared in the Guardian, Huffington Post and Vanity Fair, among other media outlets, remains accused of concealing two laptops and for threatening an FBI agent and his family in a YouTube video. The dropped charges cut a considerable amount of time from Brown’s potential sentence, but he still faces 70 years in prison, according to reports.According to the indictment, Brown allegedly called the FBI agent a “fucking chicken shit little faggot cocksucker.” He also alleged that the agent is “a criminal, who is involved in a criminal conspiracy.”The 32-year-old journalist and satirist founded Project PM, a crowdsourcing tool, in 2009. His attorneys have described the website as a “collaborative web application” which allows others to conduct research using publicly available materials—including information obtained from leakers and hackers, according to court documents.Brown’s attorney, Ahmed Ghappour, told the Guardian that the government did “the right thing dropping the charges.”“We will continue to fight for Barrett every way we can,” he added.
Maxwell missed this year’s IPL to prepare for World Cup. Maxwell will be playing his second ICC 50-over World Cup. Australia will play its first World Cup league game against Afghanistan. highlights New Delhi: The defending champions, Australia has arrived in England for the all-important ICC Cricket World Cup and are working regressively to keep no box unturned. And Glenn Maxwell, who features in the 15-member squad has set his sights on becoming an asset for Australia with the part-time off-spin.Maxwell has averaged five overs per match since Aaron Finch took over as skipper, compared to just 2.4 overs under Steve Smith’s captaincy. He also completed his full quota of 10 overs three times in the recent tours of India and the UAE. “That’s probably the clarity I have with my role,” the Victorian told reporters here when asked about his role as a bowler. It’s something I did a little in Dubai and India, I started to get a few more overs and get that consistency. To have that continue into my time at Lancashire where I got plenty of time at the bowling crease, you get that rhythm and feel of the ball coming out consistently.”You need that as a part-time bowler to have that consistency and time at the crease. Just get the cobwebs out a bit,” Maxwell added.Maxwell’s effectiveness with his part-time spin can be assessed from the fact that he finished as Australia’s third-most economical bowler in the 10 games against India and Pakistan on the sub-continent. “A lot of the time I bowl I just try and limit boundary balls. If they (batsmen) hit good shots off my bowling then I’m not too fazed. But if I’m limiting boundary balls and giving myself the best chance to squeeze a few dot balls and some tight overs it might create some pressure at the other end,” he said, emphasising his role as a bowler.”I think it’s important for me to bowl in a partnership with someone.” Maxwell has skipped this year’s IPL to play a full season of English county cricket in a bid to regain his spot in the Australian Test side.”It was quite a big decision (missing IPL). But in the long run I would rather be a two-time World Cup winning player than a rich player without it,” he said.”If everything does go well and I do perform well in this, you never know, there might be more cricket in the end,” he signed off. For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Victoria Police are looking to recruit 940 Protective Service Officers (PSO) over the next three years to patrol the Victorian rail network. PSOs are employed make people feel safer using public transport. PSOs will be based on the Victorian railway network and will be deployed to support the community and make Victorian railways safer for all users.PSOs will be focused on addressing incidents of anti-social behaviour, alcohol and drug related offences, weapon offences, property damage and crimes against the person. Victoria Police is committed to responding to public safety across the railway network. Other areas of deployment of Protective Services Officers may include: Magistrates Court; Supreme Court; Children’s Court; Civil and Administrative Tribunal; Department of Premier and Cabinet; Southern Cross Building (Department of Justice); Parliament House Victoria; Shrine of Remembrance; Victoria Police Centre; and Victoria Police St Kilda Road Complex. If you are interested visit policecareer.vic.gov.au/