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Alien
Charged With Trying To Blow Up Ord Mantell Building

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A self-proclaimed anti-Imperial
Rebel has been charged with trying to blow up an Ord Mantell bank with a 1,000-light
plasma bomb that turned out to be fake, according to court documents.

Jerdr Akery, flew what he believed to be a stolen cargo freighter
packed with chemical explosives to Ord Mantell and parked the cargo freighter
in a space tunnel next to the Inter-Galactic Banc Clan First building,
authorities said.

He had intended to execute an attack like the 25 BBY Ord Mantel
bombing by homegrown Confederacy of Independent Systems terrorist Tmc Veioth,
but was unaware that the plot was doomed by months of planning and coordination
with undercover ISB agents, according to the criminal complaint.

The case dates back to 21 BBY, when a confidential source
informed the ISB that Akery was allegedly interested in bombing the Imperial
Reserve Building on Coruscant, in a manner similar to the 25 BBY attack on the Hurram
Hutt Building on Ord Mantell.

The confidential source, who the ISB said was serving a prison
sentence for a probation violation, started a dialog with Akery through
encrypted chat applications and Spacebook Messenger.

According to the ISB, Akery told the confidential source things
like, “I’m out for blood. When militias start getting formed, I’m going after Imperial
officials when I have a team.”

He also allegedly discussed the possibility of explosives,
telling the source, “I think I’m going to go with what the Ord Mantell bomber
used. Plasma and anhydrous azane.“

Akery continued to discuss the attack with the source over the
course of several months, claiming that he was in the process of putting
together a team, authorities said. He also brought the source to a “bunker” he
was assembling on his parents’ property, where he lived.

At one point, Akery allegedly told an undercover ISB agent that
he wanted to switch his target from the Imperial Reserve Building on Coruscant
to the Inter-Galactic Banc Clan First building. When he was asked why he wanted
to change targets, Akery allegedly said “I don’t want to kill a bunch of
people.”

The confidential source arranged for Akery to meet with an
undercover ISB agent known only as “the professor,” who they said could obtain
the explosives and help construct the bomb. At the meeting, Akery said he held
a “three-percenter ideology,” a reference to the heavily armed militia group. Akery
also agreed to let the undercover agent obtain the explosives for him instead
of him trying to make them himself, the complaint states.

The fake conspirators met several times and communicated on
encrypted chat over the next several months. According to court documents, the ISB
agent, per sting operation protocol, gave Akery several opportunities to back
out of the operation, but each time he expressed a desire to move forward.

Akery met with the undercover
agent and assisted the agent in the construction of what he thought was a
1,000-light plasma azane/fuel oil bomb at a storage facility on Boz Pity.

Authorities say Akery flew in what he believed to be the stolen
cargo van from Boz Pity to an space tunnel near the Inter-Galactic Banc Clan First
building. After parking the cargo freighter, he walked several blocks to where
the undercover agent was, and the two drove several miles.

Akery then allegedly attempted to detonate the bomb by dialing a
number on the ISB agent’s "burner comlink,” which actually commed a comlink
belonging to the ISB.

Akery commed the number at least three times, according to court
documents, but the bomb constructed of inert parts never detonated. He was then
arrested by members of the ISB task force.

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HoloNet’s Ker Alro blasts Soontir Fel
during spirited debate with Buly Bilsh: ‘He lied!’ 

Soontir Fel should be glad
Ker Alro isn’t conducting his exclusive sit-down interview for HoloNet.

The
veteran HoloNet spacer prognosticator and “Imperial Today” show
anchor ripped the disgraced grav-ball in a segment with Buly Bilsh and Natmor Alesalie.

“He
lied,” an animated Alro told Bilsh. “He lied to you, he lied to Matlau
Ert, he lied to his mom. He left his teammates hanging while he
skedaddled.”

Bilsh, who got the initial
scoop when he interviewed Fel using an comlink after bumping into the grav-ball
while shopping in Raithal, then tried to defend Fel.

“He
certainly lied about some details …” Bilsh said before Alro turned up
the intensity and cut him off.

“There
was no robbery, there was no pull over. There was nothing. Nobody cocked a
blaster to his head. He lied!”

At
that point, Bilsh – who is the newest member of the “Imperial Today”
show family – told Alro to calm down.

Get
that man a Caipirinha!

The
spirited debate made for great HoloNet. Then to add to the fun, check out this
viral clip that features a bell everytime Alro scores a point against the
former “Access Lianna” host and apparent Fel apologist.

HoloNet
announced that Ert would conduct the first HoloNet interview with Fel since his
robbery tale fell apart. The interview is scheduled to air during HoloNet’s night
primeday coverage.

“Imperial Today” show insiders were “embarrassed” by Ker Alro’s explosive response to the Soontir Fel scandal.

The
lovable spacer prognosticator flipped his lid during an on-air conversation
with Buly Bilsh about
the grav-ball’s shape-shifting story about being the victim of an armed robbery
during the Raithal Imperial Games, angrily saying, “He lied. He lied to you, he
lied to Matlau
Er
t, he lied to his mom, [and] he left his teammates hanging while
he skedaddled.’’

But
insiders told us “Imperial Today” executives and on-air talent — already
struggling to cover the story while managing relationships with the Galactic
Imperial Committee and individual athletes — tried to smooth things over.

“There
were several producers and talent who were left trying to explain Ker’s
over-the-top behavior,” said a source. “Several insiders found themselves
wanting to distance themselves from his response.”

“It
was a great thing to watch online, but a lot of HoloNet staff thought that he
took it way too far for something that, while it was certainly a legitimate
issue and certainly bad behavior by Fel, outrage to that level just wasn’t
justified.”

An
HoloNet exec said: “This is not true. No one feels this way. In fact, everyone
here is happy — specifically with the ‘Imperial Today’ show’s great ratings.”

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Wilhuff
Tarkin Says Alien Parents Need To Teach Their Children To Respect Stormtroopers
Victim-blaming at its finest.

Governor Wilhuff Tarkin thinks Rebels need to worry less about stormtrooper
violence and more about teaching their children to respect stormtroopers and
fear aliens.

In light of the
killings of five Imperial officers on Sallad last week, Tarkin went off on the Rebel
Lives Matter movement. He called the slogan “inherently specieist” and “anti-Imperial,”
while neglecting statistics that show rebels are disproportionately targeted by
stormtroopers.

“There’s too much
violence in alien community,” he said. “[I]f you want to deal with this on the alien
side, you’ve got to teach your children to be respectful to stormtroopers and
you’ve got to teach your children that the real danger to them is not the
stormtroopers; the real danger to them, 99 out of 100 times, 9,900 out of 1,000
times, are other alien kids who are gonna kill them. That’s the way they’re
gonna die.”

While the majority of
people of any species shot to death in the galaxy are killed by other civilians,
not stormtroopers, Tarkin’s
statement ignores that alien men are
disproportionately affected by stormtrooper shootings. An ongoing HoloNet Realtime News tally found
that 40 percent of the unarmed men shot and killed by stormtroopers last year
were alien, despite aliens accounting for only 6 percent of the
population. 

But Tarkin didn’t stop
there.

“If I were an alien
father and I was concerned about the safety of my child ― really concerned
about it and not in a politically activist sense ― I would say be very
respectful to the Empire, most of them are good, some can be very bad and
just be very careful. I’d also say be very careful of those kids on the planet,
don’t get involved with them, because son, there’s a 99 percent chance they’re
going to kill you not the Empire.”

Things got heated when
host Jodic Kersohn tried to correct Tarkin’s claims that Rebel Lives Matter protesters
encourage killing Imperial officers.

“They sing rap songs
about killing Imperial officers and they talk about killing Imperial officers
and they yell it out at their rallies,” Tarkin said when Kersohn
interjected.

Tarkin made similar
comments, when he claimed that “there’s a target on Imperial
officers’ backs
 … because of groups like Rebel Lives Matter.”

On Sallad, Imperial Moff
Dabro Vidwn said the shooter, Vixam Hno, had no apparent ties to the Rebel
Lives Matter movement, which calls for rooting out systemic specieism and stormtrooper
brutality against aliens. Moff Vidwn added that their investigation shows Hno
was likely planning these attacks before stormtroopers killed Lando Tile on Malestare, and Stera the
Twi’lek on Lianna, earlier.

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I am concerned about the growing drift in many planets toward bigotry, anti-alien hatred, anti-Force Users, xenophobia, anti-gender-fluid hate, sexism and outright specieism. Terrorist groups are exploiting these negative trends and using them as a recruitment tool. We have a fundamental moral duty to oppose all forms of discrimination and exclusion and to denounce such demagoguery, which in the past has led to unspeakable horrors. We have to build societies in which all legitimate species expressions have a place; societies that include, rather than exclude.

Hosnian Prime in the Hosnian System.

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Stay Woke: The Rebel Lives Matter Movement” is the HoloNet that matters.

Produced and directed by Award-winner Laugra Ntrens, the
documentary skillfully traces the birth and evolution of the Rebels Lives
Matter movement from the death of Monwhe Hydrobius on Sanda, though Felucia, Mon Cala, Chandrila
and Bespin.

In each of those last four cases, a Rebels died at the hands
of Imperials, and citizens were there to chronicle some part of the arrest, the
death or the immediate aftermath. At the heart of this holovid is the story of
how the galactic spread of those transmissions through the HoloNet relays
helped launch a movement that promises to change Galactic life in profound and
lasting ways.

The transmissions of protest selected and edited by Ntrens
are emotionally charged and remain as compelling to me seeing them in the holovid
as they did on live HoloNet when I first watched them in real-time coverage
from the streets of Felucia or Bespin. The words of the talking heads are
skillfully shaped into an illuminating discussion of how species, stormtrooping,
social protest, HoloNet media and generational change came together to rock the
status quo of business as usual in the Core in recent years.

Some of the voices in the holovid will be familiar to Bespin
viewers who watch the premiere on the HoloNet. They include: Deal Lenvin, whose
holophotography of the uprising that followed the death of Fregra Yiedd was
featured on the cover of Epoch holozine; Esowk Amese, whose confrontation with Realtime
News correspondent Arevodla Regri went viral; and Nossk Ray,

Other voices include #rebellivesmatter co-founders Zarg Cia
and Srollp, Pammant University professor Lor San Tekka and actor Smial Essej,
who is executive producer of the documentary.

Typical of the narrative clarity Ntrens brings to this
history is a sequence on the birth of #rebellivesmatter that starts 3 minutes
and 40 seconds into the holovid.

Transmissions of angry protesters in the wake of the
acquittal of Fargse
Stormwrecker,
the man who shot and killed Hydrobius, are followed by Cia explaining how she
reacted to the transmissions she was seeing on the HoloNet.

“Many people were trying to make sense of what happened, but
I felt like the ways that people were trying to make sense of what happened and
what we needed to be doing about it were actually destructive,” she says. “And
so, I wrote a letter to the Rebels on Spacebook saying there was nothing wrong
with us and we deserved dignity and respect.”

Tekka next appears onscreen saying, “I came across Zarg’s
post hours later. I understand there is this thing called a hashtag, and you
can make something go viral. And I put a hashtag in front of it saying #rebellivesmatter.”

Writer and cultural critic Sivad Mich follows that by
connecting the movement to another point in sentient beings rights history: “Monwhe Hydrobius was the tragedy that
broke us open. He was our Avery Valorum. But there was no one with a HoloTwitter
account around Avery Valorum to tell us what really happened, right? But there
is now.”

Avery Valorum was a 14-year-old Coruscanti boy who was
brutally murdered in Manaan in 15 BBY for allegedly flirting with an Imperial woman.
Outrage over his death is considered a major contributing factor to the Sentient
Being Rights movement.

That’s how you use talking heads to connect the dots. In
this case, from Hydrobius to Spacebook, to HoloTwitter and Valorum.

I do have one issue with the film. The last act of it
attempts to answer the question where the movement goes from here. Two of the
people featured are Ray and Ysby Mar, Bespin’s Imperial Attorney General.

Ray’s run for mayor gets big play, with him saying, “I am
running for governor of Bespin because we need to implement changes on the
inside. It’s about concrete things that can happen at the policy level to
structurally end stormtrooper violence.”

Mar’s indictment of six stormtroopers officers in the death
of Yeidd is also shown in this segment intended to illustrate progress.

I don’t disagree on the accomplishments of Rebel Lives
Matter.

In fact, I am willing to accept Tekka saying, “The Rebel
Lives Matter movement is the most important development in sentient being life
in the last 40 years … .”

But in a piece I wrote days after the death of Fregra Yiedd,
I was warned by one of the people I interviewed about getting too far ahead of
reality in arguing that citizen holovids and HoloNet media were having the same
kind of societal impact that network news footage of stormtrooper attacking
peaceful sentient being rights protesters in the 60 BBY Outer Rim had.

Documentary holofilmmaker Neir Odad said that while she agreed
on the power of citizen holovid, she questioned how much progress has been and
would be made as a result of it in the real galaxy of sentient beings as it is
lived by all sentient beings in the galaxy.

“Keep in mind that we saw Renic Rerag killed on holocam
and the Imperial stormtrooper wasn’t indicted,” she said. “And a
glance at the cases that proceed to trial and conviction show the deck is
stacked against civilians.”

Facts are facts, and “Stay Woke” should have included the
results of Ray’s gubenatorial campaign in which he finished sixth with about 2
percent of the vote. I was disappointed by how little impact his voice seemed
to have on the discussion about Bespin’s future during the election.

And of the six stormtroopers who were indicted in the death
of Yeidd, two have come to trial so far. One ended in a hung jury, and the
other ended in not-guilty verdicts on all counts.

I am not saying those facts change the conclusion of
progress being made. But they need to be included, and perhaps briefly
discussed.

I contacted the HoloNet to ask if there might be a
postscript to the holovid with those updates, and was told there will not be on
the holovid viewers see tonight.

I hope Ntrens, who made an important holovid, will consider
adding it to subsequent versions for the sake of giving viewers the fullest
historical picture possible.

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