Making an example out of Julian Assange:

Christians should take careful note of what's happening here

From: WSW

Julian Assange at Belmarsh Magistrates Court in London


PREFACE

I never cease to be amazed at the naiveté of Christians when they make silly statements to the effect that they are not frightened at the prospect of going to jail for their faith - and yet this is a prospect that every REAL Christian must contemplate in the relatively near future given the way the church has been hijacked by the elites and tied to the economic and military agenda of the American New World Order System.

Of course, if your faith has been worked out in you in the same fashion that it was worked out in those Jesus was addressing in Matthew chapter 10, well and good. See Appendix 1, "The Disciples of Matthew Chapter 10."]

But if not, then God help you! - you are in very grave danger of renouncing your faith when "push comes to shove." 

I tell you the truth when I say that you need to examine yourself carefully concerning this matter – and in doing so, you need to understand fully just how horrible a place prison is, and that is especially true when talking about American prisons where the horrible and humiliating prospect of RAPE is purposefully and methodically used as a means of coercion and control. Regarding this matter, rape is not a "happenchance" or "coincidental" affair in American prisons; it is a deliberate practice used by jailers to break down the will of their prisoners - especially the country's "political prisoners." [And for those of you who think that the U.S. doesn't have political prisoners "hidden away" in the bowels of its wretched torso, we URGE you to read our articles, "The Watchers Are Watching You" and "The Utility of Police Brutality in the Elite's War Against the Poor."]

Moreover, it's not "just" the humiliation of rape; take the beatings! - for example, the beatings that prisoners routinely receive when they arrive at California's Corcoran State Prison, one of the country's SuperMax prisons. When the prisoners arrive (usually after a 14 hour ride chained to a seat on the prison bus (during which most of them pee and defecate in their pants) they're greeted by SuperMax guards standing in full riot gear. As described by a prisoner (and reported in the Los Angeles Times),

"They (i.e., the guards) ran through marching drills before taking us off the bus. One by one, they grabbed us and tossed us from the bus. The guards screamed, 'Don't look at us! Look straight up at the sun! We'll KILL you if you look at us! This is Corcoran SHU (Special Housing Unit)'!

"The guards separated and surrounded us. One jerked my head back, another leaned menacingly toward me, and another screamed into my face showering me with his spittle ... I was hoping to make it to a cell alive, so when they peppered my kidneys and solar plexus with blows, I struggled to keep looking up (at the sun).

"It was dark before I got to a cell. I spent a few hours standing naked in a telephone booth-size holding cage, hands cuffed behind my back. The cells were concrete, save for the stainless steel toilet/sink combination. There was no mirror, locker, or electrical outlet. Two concrete slabs for bunks lay side-by-side. No more than 18 inches separated them. Crude spaces carved out of the side of the concrete bunks served as shelves.

"Corcoran was a place of extremes. It was either extremely hot, extremely cold, or extremely wet. When the cold came, a thin layer of ice formed on the cell floors, and the toilet water froze."

All this brings us to the matter of Julian Assange: the US is relentlessly pursuing him in order to lock him up permanently in one of its SUPERMAX prisons – AND BY DOING SO, MAKING A VERY PUBLIC EXAMPLE OUT OF HIM TO ALL THOSE WHO WOULD DARE TO SPEAK OUT AGAINST THE AMERICAN NEW WORLD ORDER SYSTEM: Challenge the system and YOU WILL END UP LIKE ASSANGE.

- Antipas

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The ruling by Judge Howard Riddle at Belmarsh Magistrates Court in London that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange can be extradited to Sweden represents a grave threat to his liberty and even to his life.

The decision is only the latest episode in a massive, internationally coordinated campaign headed by the US government and related intelligence agencies to discredit and destroy WikiLeaks.

Assange is the victim of a politically motivated attempt at character assassination and legal frame-up based on trumped-up charges of sexual misconduct. Washington's chief collaborators are the British government and courts, the Swedish government and its legal system, and the Gillard government in Australia, which has done nothing to defend one of its own citizens.

Julian Assange has emerged as a major figure in journalism, fighting for a genuinely independent press. As opposed to the New York Times and the rest of the establishment media, which routinely and systematically collaborate with the state to conceal the truth and keep the public in the dark, he has worked to expose the crimes of American imperialism. For this reason he has been targeted for destruction.

WikiLeaks helps to incite upheavals against the American New World Order System in the Middle East and North Africa.

The frame-up is aimed at silencing WikiLeaks, which has made public thousands of secret US military documents exposing the criminal character of the invasions and occupations of Afghanistan and Iraq and US diplomatic cables documenting the filthy conspiracies that have been carried out against the world's people by Washington and its allies.

The determination of the United States to destroy Assange has only grown as the revelations made by WikiLeaks have helped spark mass popular revolts in Tunisia, Egypt and other countries, cutting across the efforts of the US and Europe to portray themselves as benevolent advocates of democracy.

Assange engaged in consensual sex with two women in Sweden last August before being subject to allegations of sexual assault. Within 24 hours, any action against him was dropped by Swedish chief prosecutor Eva Finne, who declared the accusations to be groundless. [Please see our article, "Julian Assange: Hunted by the US Government."]

But Finne's decision was overturned after leading Social Democratic Party figure Claes Borgström intervened to act for the two women. One of the women making the allegations is associated with the Christian wing of Swedish Social Democracy.

On November 18, 2010, Director of Prosecution Marianne Ny passed a European arrest warrant to police in the UK, just ten days prior to WikiLeaks releasing the US diplomatic cables.

Borgström's partner in his legal firm is Thomas Bodström, minister for justice in the 2000-2006 Social Democratic government. In 2001, Bodström was involved in the case of two asylum-seekers named as terrorist suspects who were handed over to the Central Intelligence Agency and later reportedly tortured in Egypt. The Social Democratic Party government participated in the US-led war in Afghanistan.

The Alliance for Sweden coalition elected in 2007, under Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt, is just as close to Washington. Karl Rove, the former adviser to President George W. Bush, has worked as an adviser to Reinfeldt for the past two years.

If extradited to Sweden, Assange faces an extended period in custody as there is no system of bail for those held on charges of rape. He would then be subjected to a secret trial in which evidence is heard in private, presided over by a senior judge and three lay judges who are political appointees. If found guilty, he faces up to four years in prison.

To speak of Britain's close political relationship with Washington would be superfluous. London has been embroiled in every US crime exposed by WikiLeaks and Assange, above all those related to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the so-called "war on terror."

One needs only to contrast the treatment meted out to Assange to that afforded to Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet to understand how politically motivated Britain's actions have been.

Judge Howard Riddle ruled that Assange can be extradited, even though he has not been charged with any crime. He summarily dismissed any and all concerns raised by Assange's legal team.

The mass murderer Pinochet was held in Britain on October 17, 1998 under an international arrest warrant issued by Spanish judge Baltasar Garzón. Unlike Assange, who has committed no crime and has not even been officially charged with one, Pinochet spent his time in the UK in luxury while being feted by leading politicians such as ex-Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. His defence team included Clare Montgomery, the lawyer for the Crown who argued for Assange's extradition.

Montgomery famously argued before the Law Lords that only Chile could mount a prosecution of Pinochet because "where torture is committed within the context of the military enforcing some internal security policy... it still falls within the definition of sovereign or government functions. And sovereign or public acts are entitled to immunity."

Execution by lethal injection in the US

In January 2000, Labour Home Secretary Jack Straw intervened directly to rule that Pinochet should not be extradited but returned to Chile on grounds of ill-health.

If he is extradited to Sweden, Assange faces being sent to the United States, where he could face the death penalty. Leading figures in the US have described him as a "terrorist" and "traitor," including Vice President Joseph Biden, while prominent figures calling for him to be killed include former Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee and Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin.

These are not idle threats. Last year, the US government ordered the "targeted killing" of Anwar al-Awlaki, a US-born Muslim cleric accused of terrorism and reported to be in hiding in Yemen.

One needs only consider the barbaric treatment being meted out to US Army Private Bradley Manning, who is being held at a US base in Quantico, Virginia simply on suspicion of leaking classified documents to WikiLeaks. Awaiting trial, he has been physically and psychologically tortured for more than nine months, kept in solitary confinement for 23 hours a day, denied exercise or even a pillow or sheets. He is allowed to wear his prescription glasses only when reading, rendering him virtually blind for most of the day.

Super-max prison similar to the prison Manning is being held in at Quantico, VA

The media, including the liberal and pseudo-left press, has played a politically criminal role in legitimizing and promoting the vendetta against Assange. The New York Times and the Guardian, which initially agreed to publish and disseminate the WikiLeaks documents, did so only in order to suppress the most damaging information. The New York Times even admits to having consulted the State Department and senior White House figures before publishing a small number of documents.

Once the decision was taken to go for Assange, the Times and the Guardian led the media frenzy aimed at portraying Assange as a criminal and lending credibility to the empty charges of sexual abuse and rape against him. Numerous feminist commentators were wheeled out to claim that anyone defending Assange was not only a conspiracy theorist, but guilty of blackening the name of his accusers and being indifferent to the crime of "rape."

A warning must be made. The US government and its accomplices have gone a long way towards crippling WikiLeaks and creating the conditions where Assange will likely end up spending a long time in prison. Their ability to do so testifies to the vast erosion of democratic rights in the US and internationally.

If the current political conditions had prevailed in 1969, Seymour Hersh, who authored the exposé of the My Lai massacre, and the soldier who gave him information would have both ended up in jail.

If the same reasoning that is being used by the US government to prosecute Assange had been used against Seymour Hersh during the Vietnam War for exposing the My Lai Massacre, Hersh would have been imprisoned and probably still "serving time."

In contrast, none of those responsible for the mass killing, torture and destruction in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere exposed by WikiLeaks has been held to account.

APPENDIX 1:

The saints of Mathew chapter 10

The Bible warns us,

"... they (i.e., those who oppose the real message of Jesus Christ - so-called "Christians" or otherwise) will deliver you up to the councils ...

"And ye shall be brought before governors and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them and the Gentiles.

"But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak.

"For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you." (Matt. 10:17-20)

However, you must realize something here: Jesus was not speaking in these verses to the kind of silly prisses that characterize so much of today's American Christianity - people who think that God's only purpose is to make them happy in this life and in this world; the kind of witless wimps who think that God "exists" for their pleasure - i.e., to make them happy and successful, to provide them with a good husband or a good wife, etc. - and who think that "making a sacrifice for God" is occasionally putting a little "extra" in the "offering plate" when it is passed on Sunday mornings. Or more, those people who - knowing something of the "Great Deception" of the "end of days" (2 Thess. 2:3) - imagine that their only duty is to pontificate that "God will take care of them" and "everything will be okay."

Such people remind me of Joseph Lehman, the chief Rabbi of Berlin, who counseled his fellow Jews five months after the ascension of Hitler to power in Germany:

"Fleeing Germany is cowardly, just because five months of pain lie behind us and probably years of misjudgment, hate, and need lie ahead of us. Practically speaking, we as Jews reaffirm a life in Germany and for Germany."

The folly of it all! How could people "buy off" on such nonsense? But the fact is, Lehman's words fell on the ears of people who didn't want to go (i.e., flee Germany), and who - as a result - were very disposed to hear what Lehman was saying. They were too comfortably ensconced in Germany, and they believed that they could "wait Hitler out." Asinine, dim-witted nincompoops - all of them; people who - as L.S. Dawidowics wrote in her authoritative account of the Holocaust, War Against the Jews, 1933-1945 - had become trapped by their own conceits and love of money:

"The Jews (of Germany), whose dazzling success in business blinded them to the encroaching blackness of National Socialism (Nazism), were caught unaware by the onslaught of Hitler."

But these SIMPLETONS and NAIFS (the kind of dolts we've been describing above - both Jews and Christians) were not the kind of men and women to whom Jesus was speaking in Matthew chapter 10 (where Jesus told His disciples "to take no thought" about what was to befall them in connection with being arrested). He was speaking to people who had ALREADY given up EVERYTHING for the Kingdom of Heaven's sake - people who were already HARDENED (2 Tim. 2:3) to the exigencies of the Gospel, and who ALREADY knew what it meant to live as -

"... sheep in the midst of wolves ..." (Matt. 10:16)

These were people (again, the kind of people whom Jesus was addressing in Matthew chapter 10) who were not blinded by the deceitfulness of riches (Mark 4:19); who did not allow their lives to be governed by the requirements imposed on them by the necessities (so-called) of the "moneyed-life."

Moreover, they were people who actually took the words of Jesus seriously when He COMMANDED them to -

"Provide neither gold, nor silver, nor brass in your purses,

"Nor scrip for your journey, neither two coats, neither shoes, nor yet staves ..." (Matt. 10:9-10)

They were people who had ALREADY suffered the loss of family and friends as a result of the Gospel, and who had come to realize what Jesus meant when He warned them that -

"... the brother shall deliver up the brother to death, and the father the child: and the children shall rise up against their parents, and cause them to be put to death." (Matt. 10:21)

People who had come to realize what it meant to be -

"... HATED of all men for my (i.e., Christ's) name's sake ..." (Matt. 10:22)

People who were very much cognizant of the fact that Jesus meant what He said when He told them -

"... I am come to set a man at VARIANCE against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.

"And a man's foes shall be they of his own household.

"HE THAT LOVETH FATHER OR MOTHER MORE THAN ME IS NOT WORTHY OF ME: AND HE THAT LOVETH SON OR DAUGHTER MORE THAN ME IS NOT WORTHY OF ME.

"And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.

"He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it." (Matt. 10:35-39)

And when He warned them -

"The disciple is not above his master, nor the servant above his lord.

"It is enough for the disciple that he be as his master, and the servant as his lord. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebub, how much more shall they call them of his household?" (Matt. 10:24-25)

And, finally, they were people who took very seriously the words of Jesus when He said -

"... when they persecute you in this city, flee ye into another ... (Matt. 10:23)

THESE - and not the weak-kneed American Christians of today - are the kind of people to whom Jesus said:

"... when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak.

"For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you. (Matt. 10:19-20)

Are YOU that kind of a person? Are you really? Are you HARDENED (2 Tim. 2:3) to the extent that these people were? - and it doesn't matter what you tell me; if you are being less than honest here, you will surely be "found out." The Bible says:

"Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the DAY shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by FIRE; and the FIRE shall try every man's work of what sort it is." (1 Cor. 3:13)

Listen to me, dear brothers and sisters in the Lord, FAITH THAT CAN STAND THE TEST OF OSTRACISM, PRISON AND TORTURE DOES NOT DEVELOP IN A PERSON OVER NIGHT. Don't think - even for a minute - that somehow or other, when the time comes, you will "rise to the occasion" as some of my very naive former colleagues suggest. Chances are, you won't. Faith is something that must be "worked out" in our lives - and it is "worked out" in us by the "trying of our faith."

In other words, while faith is indeed the "free gift of God" to us when we first believe (Eph 2:8-9), it must be carefully NURTURED to fruition in our lives for it to do us any good insofar as those things we are being called upon by God to endure. This is what Paul meant when he said,

"Wherefore, my beloved ... work out your own salvation (meaning, develop your Christian life through faith) with fear and trembling." (Phil. 2:12)

To this end, the Apostle James says:

"Knowing this, that the trying of your faith [there's that phrase again] worketh patience.

"But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing." (James 1:3-4)

James calls this the "trying" or "testing" of our faith, and the Apostle Paul describes the "trying of our faith" as a PROCESS (sprinkled through and through with much tribulation) that requires a lot of time to effectuate. It does not happen all at once, in an instant as some very FOOLISHLY think. Paul says:

"... we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;

"And patience, experience; and experience, hope:

"And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us." (Rom. 5:3-5)

Brothers and sisters, listen to me here: It is ONLY faith that has been "WORKED OUT" in us that will have any effect on how we acquit ourselves (whether honorably or dishonorably) in the "end of days." In other words, WHAT PAUL IS SAYING HERE IS THAT "KNOWING" ABOUT FAITH IS NOT THE SAME THING AS HAVING FAITH "WORKED OUT" IN OUR LIVES AS A LIVING EXPERIENCE. James says:

"What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him (from the "trials" that confront him)?" (James 2:14)

James continues:

"Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.

"Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: show me thy faith without thy works, and I will show thee my faith by my works. (James 2:18)

And James goes on to somberly (and very ominously) warn us:

"Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils (i.e., demons) also believe, and tremble. (James 2:19) [Please see Chapter 9 of the Antipas Papers with regard to the supernatural beings of the Bible.]

Plainly, what James is doing here is differentiating between the kind of faith that exists merely as a SEED deposited in the heart of a believer at the New Birth, and faith that has been diligently developed out of that seed into a fruit-bearing plant capable of sustaining in the believer an active life of faith. (cf. Luke 13:6-9) James elaborates:

"Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar?

"Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect?

"And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God.

"Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.

"Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she had received the messengers, and had sent them out another way?

"For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also." (James 2:21-26)

So James concludes:

"... faith without works is dead?" (James 2:14)

In other words, faith that has not developed beyond its initial condition as a SEED in the believer's heart is useless insofar as the exigencies of life are concerned. As believers, we need faith that can produce FRUIT - and, again, that kind of faith is NOT developed overnight and not without much diligence. To this end, Paul tells us that we must -

"... strive for masteries ..." (2 Tim. 2:5)

And we must -

"... endure HARDNESS, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ." (2 Tim. 2:3)


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