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Blogger stays in prison, defying grand jury order [ Josh Wolf ]
San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 10/16/6 | Demian Bulwa

Posted on 10/16/2006 7:43:56 AM PDT by SmithL

Blogger and anarchist Josh Wolf, spending his 57th day in federal prison today for refusing to surrender video he shot of a violent San Francisco protest, is well on his way to becoming the longest-jailed journalist in U.S. history.

To the government, the 24-year-old San Franciscan is hindering a federal grand jury investigation into serious crimes -- an attack on a police officer who suffered a fractured skull during the July 2005 rally and the attempted burning of his patrol car.

To Wolf and his supporters, including prominent press organizations, he is the latest victim of a Bush administration assault on journalists and is being punished because he won't help a law enforcement fishing expedition. Wolf says he didn't even film the crimes in question.

But Wolf's case features its own thorny questions. Among them are where the line between journalist and activist is drawn, and which side of that line Wolf is on. Another is whether federal agents are using the investigation into the rally as part of a broader attack on the anarchist movement, as Wolf contends.

The standoff was brought into sharper focus last week when an attorney for Wolf described for The Chronicle the portions of the video that Wolf has withheld from the grand jury since being called to testify in February. Wolf had posted an edited version on the Internet, parts of which were shown in television news reports after the protest.

The attorney, Martin Garbus, said the footage does not depict the crimes in question, but features interviews with about 10 protesters who shed masks to speak into Wolf's camera lens.

"They expected he would safeguard them,

(Excerpt) Read more at sfgate.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government
KEYWORDS: joshuawolf; joshwolf; riot; wannabejournalist; wolf

1 posted on 10/16/2006 7:43:56 AM PDT by SmithL
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To: SmithL

Yeah - he's a journalist.
And I'm the Czarina of all the Russias.


2 posted on 10/16/2006 7:46:28 AM PDT by Right Cal Gal
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To: SmithL
Leave him in there... hindering a criminal investigation... maybe aiding/abetting an assault... criminal conspiracy...
3 posted on 10/16/2006 7:47:26 AM PDT by theDentist (Qwerty ergo typo : I type, therefore I misspelll.)
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To: SmithL

Is that the prison in the background where he will be locked-up?


4 posted on 10/16/2006 7:47:43 AM PDT by osideplanner
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To: SmithL

Nonsense, he ahs video of a assualt on a police officer, he is not turing evidence over to the investigation,

I hope Mondays is chicken fried steak day.


5 posted on 10/16/2006 7:47:59 AM PDT by p[adre29 (Arma in armatos)
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To: SmithL

guy looks like RIck Moranis


6 posted on 10/16/2006 7:48:31 AM PDT by camle (keep your mind open and somebody will fill it full of something for you)
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To: SmithL

If butt ugliness were a crime, he'd never smell freedom again.


7 posted on 10/16/2006 7:48:48 AM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: Right Cal Gal
Calling Wolf a journalist is disingenuous.

It would be like referring to John Wayne Gacy as a painter.

Wolf's main role is as a violent street protester, his blogging is a secondary activity.

8 posted on 10/16/2006 7:50:07 AM PDT by wideawake ("The nation which forgets its defenders will itself be forgotten." - Calvin Coolidge)
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To: camle
"guy looks like RIck Moranis"

Inside the prison, he looks more like Heather Locklear.

9 posted on 10/16/2006 7:51:18 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Joe 6-pack

LOL~!


10 posted on 10/16/2006 7:56:30 AM PDT by camle (keep your mind open and somebody will fill it full of something for you)
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To: Joe 6-pack

Yuk. Insightful post, but yuk, nonetheless.


11 posted on 10/16/2006 7:56:35 AM PDT by Mr. Lucky
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To: SmithL

Why do commies always look so dorky?


12 posted on 10/16/2006 8:00:50 AM PDT by Sir Gawain
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To: camle

Actually, he makes Rick Moranis look handsome, and that's hard to do.


13 posted on 10/16/2006 8:11:54 AM PDT by Hildy
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To: SmithL

Well.....

I am sure he is used to getting beat up alot. Maybe we could all pull together and work up enough money to by him a few bars of soap on a rope.

To me he looks like a cross between Rick Moranis and Booger of Revenge of the Nerds fame.

Way to go Josh..............

LOOO OOOO OOOO ZZZZZZZER!


14 posted on 10/16/2006 8:21:53 AM PDT by baystaterebel (http://omphalosgazer.blogspot.com/)
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To: baystaterebel

Good for him to stand up for what he believes in.

May his days spent in prison be fruitful.


15 posted on 10/16/2006 8:24:52 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (Murtha is even cutting and running from a debate.)
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To: EQAndyBuzz

Masked protesters are not protesters, they are rioters. Why can't we shoot rioters anymore?


16 posted on 10/16/2006 8:34:02 AM PDT by Idaho Whacko
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To: Idaho Whacko

"This is yet another sign that the government doesn't understand what journalists do,"

I disagree: This is a sign that government absolutely understands what journalists do. Journalists report stuff that the government doesn't want reported on and then protect their sources. Requiring him to be a member of the MSM would be tantamount to requiring him to work for the 'Ministry of Truth.'

I'm not sure I agree with his reasoning or his politics but at least he has the guts to stand on principle rather than just 'roll over' for the man. How many of us have said that people who disagree with the law should act on their principles regardless of the consequences? Remember all those alusions to guards in Nazi prison camps who just followed orders?

It's different when it's "our" ox that's being gored, isn't it?


17 posted on 10/16/2006 9:22:41 AM PDT by oldfart (The most dangerous man is the one who has nothing left to lose.)
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To: Sir Gawain
"Why do commies always look so dorky?"

You have noticed that too? I think that their ugliness makes them socially retarded which in turn leaves them sexually frustrated and angry. Communism is tailor made for angry frustrated losers.

The rich are striped of their wealth, the beautiful are made to wear ugly clothes, no makeup, and quit bathing, and everyone has to rat on their neighbors making everyone just as angry, paranoid, sexually frustrated, poor, and pathetic as the communists were originally.

Communism is their revenge on the world for being born an ugly dork.
18 posted on 10/16/2006 10:06:54 AM PDT by monday
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To: oldfart
"Remember all those alusions to guards in Nazi prison camps who just followed orders?"

I would applaud his actions if he were protecting those who were standing up to Nazi oppression. But that isn't what he is doing is he. He is protecting people who tried to kill a man by fracturing his skull.

In my book, that puts him on the side of oppression and death, not freedom. If you need help determining who the bad guys are, it is generally the ones who are using violence to get their way.

"Journalists report stuff that the government doesn't want reported on and then protect their sources."

Sadly, this guy is doing neither. By editing the film and refusing to show the rest, he is NOT reporting anything but his version of what happened. This makes him a propagandist, NOT a reporter.

He is also NOT protecting his source. The people that attempted to kill that man didn't come to him after the fact and whisper in his ear. He filmed them while they were doing it. That means he is protecting attempted murderers, not a "source". He is an accessory after the fact and as such he is just as guilty as the attempted murderers. He isn't a "journalist" in any sense of the word.
19 posted on 10/16/2006 10:22:54 AM PDT by monday
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To: SmithL
We are all journalists- though the MSM would like journalists to be above the law- hence their pursuit of a shield law to protect their lying. In that pursuit of course they are also seeking to become a separate class of people from ordinary citizens- and they seek to deny every American's right to be a part of the press.

Josh Wolf's problem isn't that he's not a journalist. His problem is that he's not above the law and he is witholding evidence of a crime. HIs problem is that journalists are not above the law though many think they are.

Neither he nor a journalist working for the NY Times is - or should be- entitled to withhold evidence of a crime.

The first ammendment wasn't established for a special class of people- it applies to us all. But in its protection of free speech there is nothing there ensuring that we have some kind of right to conceal information or withold speech.

20 posted on 10/16/2006 11:39:05 AM PDT by piasa (Attitude Adjustments Offered Here Free of Charge)
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To: oldfart

I agree. I admire him for his stance.

We are all so eager to condemn anyone who is anti-establishment and does things like this, but in the future when the Hitliarites take over, and we see wholesale shutting down of dissident media like Free Republic and WE are the ones who will be jailed for refusing to give the government our sources, we'll remember his example.

Not that I'm claiming that we are the media, we just post on message boards, but there are media among us who, I'm sure, will be arrested and required to give emails, names, address and funding sources of good guys who do things like uncover Dan Rather's fraudulent claims.

The day is coming when all of this crap will be used against anyone who uncovers or objects to government policies and actions.

Ed


21 posted on 10/16/2006 12:18:04 PM PDT by Sir_Ed
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To: oldfart

"It's different when it's "our" ox that's being gored, isn't it?"

Well said


22 posted on 10/16/2006 12:22:35 PM PDT by Leatherneck_MT (In a world where Carpenters come back from the dead, ALL things are possible.)
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To: Sir_Ed

Admire him for his stance?

He caught a crime on tape, and he refuses to turn it over to the police. That is accessory after the fact, unless he had forewarning, in which case he is an accessory.

If someone attacks someone, and runs through your kitchen and out the back door, then the cops come in and ask "Did you see anyone come thru here" and you say no, that is a crime.

New technology, same crime.


23 posted on 10/16/2006 12:42:21 PM PDT by Idaho Whacko
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To: SmithL
Little pantywaist.


24 posted on 10/16/2006 12:51:46 PM PDT by New Perspective (Proud father of an 2 year old son with Down Syndrome)
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To: SmithL
If he has footage of the situation when the police officer was injured, he should turn it over.
If he doesn't, he should go free.

If he's worried about the police seeing other footage I'm sure there is a disinterested observer that can watch the footage and tell the police whether the footage they want is there or not.

It ain't rocket science.

25 posted on 10/16/2006 12:57:03 PM PDT by Just another Joe (Warning: FReeping can be addictive and helpful to your mental health)
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To: monday

"He is protecting people who tried to kill a man by fracturing his skull."

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe that is still to be determined, isn't it? One side (the government) says they want to know who did this and that information is on the tape, the other says it isn't on the tape and the government just wants to know who was there.
I don't know who's right here and I doubt you do either, but allowing government 'fishing expeditions' into private waters is risky business. Until I know more about the situation I would have to lean toward the side of privacy.


26 posted on 10/16/2006 1:01:59 PM PDT by oldfart (The most dangerous man is the one who has nothing left to lose.)
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To: oldfart

This is more akin to him protecting Nazi's, not refusing unjust orders from them.


27 posted on 10/16/2006 1:02:06 PM PDT by statered ("And you know what I mean.")
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To: SmithL

Wow. You couldn't get that loser laid in a brothel.


28 posted on 10/16/2006 1:04:53 PM PDT by CougarGA7 (This tag line will be commercial free for the remainder of this thread.)
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To: CougarGA7

I suspect he's getting plenty, now.


29 posted on 10/16/2006 1:06:09 PM PDT by SmithL (Where are we going? . . . . And why are we in this handbasket????)
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To: SmithL

"getting" being the key word.


30 posted on 10/16/2006 1:08:10 PM PDT by CougarGA7 (This tag line will be commercial free for the remainder of this thread.)
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To: Sir_Ed
and we see wholesale shutting down of dissident media like Free Republic and WE are the ones who will be jailed for refusing to give the government our sources, we'll remember his example.

Josh would be one of those cheering the shutdown of Free Republic.

31 posted on 10/16/2006 1:10:44 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: All
I don't really want to get too far into this subject since it tends to get too emotional too quickly. Suffice to say that it has been explored many times in many places by many people. In closing (and this will be my last post on this subject,) may I suggest the following: http://www.historyisaweapon.com/defcon1/whiterose.html
By the way, the people responsible for these pamphlets were all beheaded... quite legally. While I freely admit it does not bear directly on this situation I think it speaks to the blanket appologism of and for government actions.
32 posted on 10/16/2006 1:36:47 PM PDT by oldfart (The most dangerous man is the one who has nothing left to lose.)
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To: oldfart
"One side (the government) says they want to know who did this and that information is on the tape, the other says it isn't on the tape and the government just wants to know who was there.
I don't know who's right here and I doubt you do either, "


Oh, but I do know who's right. Using logic I can deduce exactly who is lying and who is not. If the information isn't on the tape, as our stupid little propagandist claims, then that information cannot be used against those who were there, and so knowing who was there would be of no use to investigators.

Since he refuses to show the tape even though he claims it would be useless to investigators, we know that he is in fact lying and that the information would, in fact, be useful towards finding the criminals who assaulted that man.

This is how we know that he is on the side of the violent criminals who tried to murder the victim.

I have no problem with people who protest the government. Politicians in general are wasteful, venal, corrupt, two-faced, lying weasels. I am on the side of anyone who brings attention to that fact, but when you attack someone physically, you go immediately from the side of the righteous to the side of evil, and make no mistake, there is no gray area.

The people who attacked that police officer are evil and deserve to be punished severely. If this guy wants to protect those criminals then he deserves the same punishment as they.
33 posted on 10/16/2006 1:38:13 PM PDT by monday
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