Was Silk Road Founder Ross Ulbricht Framed for Murder By Corrupt Cops? Lyn Ulbricht
Welcome Home with Takis
Who is Ross Ulbricht? Was the Silk Road founder framed for murder by corrupt cops? I asked Lyn Ulbricht about her son who created the deep web e-commerce platform called “Silk Road” which earned $183 million dollars, where its users could exchange a variety of goods, both legal and illegal, which was drugs in most cases. Ross Ulbricht was sentenced to double life plus 40 years without parole, at the age of 26. Ross was a first-time offender who was charged with non-violent crimes and still got twice the prison sentence as El Chapo. Lyn Ulbricht was expecting a pardon from former President Donald J. Trump, that never came. Ever since Ross went to prison, Lynn Ulbricht has been campaigning to expose the corruption within our judicial system and the shocking sentences handed down by prosecutors and judges. I’m conflicted in many ways but what I am sure of is that his sentence feels incredibly unfair. If you're interested, you can support Ross here: https://freeross.org Win a PlayStation 5: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClI47mgefRuLsOElux1HXjA Connect with Takis: https://www.instagram.com/petertakis/ https://www.instagram.com/welcomehome.podcast/ https://twitter.com/petertakis https://www.takismusic.com/ Contact Takis: firstname.lastname@example.org Takis (real name Peter Takis) is a DJ/ producer from Winnipeg, Canada.
United States v. Ross Ulbricht (Silk Road and the Dread Pirate Roberts)
In Summation - The Final Word
I suspect you are not familiar with the name Ross Ulbricht. But chances are you have heard of his alias, the Dread Pirate Roberts. The Government claimed that Ulbricht chose the pseudonym from the Princess Bride so that he could anonymously run the Silk Road, an open air online marketplace where anyone could buy or sell all manner of illegal contraband using bitcoin without having to disclose their identity. The draw of the Silk Road was that people could safely and securely buy or sell items which in the past would have required risking a personal interaction with individuals who may just kill you and take your money rather than conduct a business transaction.The Government used its vast resources to take down the silk road, but like so many other cases we've discussed, it came down to one very intelligent and dedicated government agent who saw something nobody else did and cracked the case wide open.From there, you can decide for yourself whether the Government adhered to all their own rules and regulations and whether Ulbricht was simply the creator of the site who passed it on or the continuing mastermind behind all transactions. I hope you enjoy discussing this fascinating case and please feel free to leave me any feedback you have.
The Silk Road was an anonymous marketplace created by Ross Ulbricht on the dark web. Designed with libertarian principles, Ross hinted on his LinkedIn profile what he was working on:“I want to use economic theory as a means to abolish the use of coercion and aggression amongst mankind. Just as slavery has been abolished most everywhere, I believe violence, coercion and all forms of force by one person over another can come to an end. The most widespread and systemic use of force is amongst institutions and governments, so this is my current point of effort. The best way to change a government is to change the minds of the governed, however. To that end, I am creating an economic simulation to give people a first-hand experience of what it would be like to live in a world without the systemic use of force.”Two technologies enabled Ross to achieve his goals with the website:- The Tor Browser: enabled the IP address of the server hosting the website to be hidden, while also allowing users to browse and purchase from the website anonymously.- Bitcoin: enabled buyers and sellers to transact pseudonymously with each other without using debit or credit cards.While the website allowed for the trade of any goods, it was primarily used for and became synonymous with drugs, with listings for all types of recreational and over the counter drugs in almost any quantity.One of the key features of the website was the ability to leave reviews of sellers, which led to a fairer system than the street trade. Sellers did not want to risk losing business, so they could set the grade of their products. This also, arguably, protected buyers by reducing the risk of 'bad batches' and sellers cutting their products with other impurities, something is often seen in the street trade to increase profits.Ross created a pseudonym, Dread Pirate Roberts, to act as the master admin for the site and he claimed he passed this onto another person early on in the project. It was this pseudonym and master admin, that became the target of multiple law enforcement agencies, across the world.In October 2013, the FBI was able to access the servers and close down the website. Ross was apprehended in an uncover sting at the San Francisco Library on October 2nd and charged with:- Possession with intent to distribute controlled substances (dropped in sentencing)- Distribution of narcotics by means of the internet- Narcotics trafficking conspiracy (dropped in sentencing)- Computer hacking conspiracy- Fake ID trafficking conspiracy- Money laundering conspiracy- Continuing criminal enterprise, aka the kingpin chargeOn 4 February 2015, Ross was convicted of seven charges and received a double life sentence + 40 years, condemning Ross to spend the rest of his life in prison.The case presents many complex issues, from the harshness of the sentence to the role of the state. The subject is highly emotive with valid arguments on both sides of the drugs debate. Some argue that the war on drugs is a failure and the Silk Road enabled buyers and sellers to transact in a safe and non-violent way, while opponents would say that the website made it too easy for vulnerable people to gain access to dangerous and hard drugs.The case also brings up wider topics for discussion, should we as humans be free to put in our bodies what we choose or do we need protection from the state? Why is alcohol legal when other drugs aren't?The Silk Road included information for buyers on the safe use of drugs and Meghan Ralston, a former "harm reduction manager" for the Drug Policy Alliance, was quoted as saying that the Silk Road was:“A peaceful alternative to the often deadly violence so commonly associated with the global drug war, and street drug transactions.”In this interview I talk to Lyn Ulbricht, Ross's mother about Ross, his arrest, the case and the US prison system. Lyn raises important questions around the harshness of the sentence and the growth in life sentences for non-violent crimes.- - - - -Show notes and transcription: DEF081 - Show Notes- - - - -Timestamps:Coming soon…- - - - -The success of Defiance will be largely down to the support of you, the listener. Below are a number of ways you can help:- Subscribe to the show on your favourite app so you never miss an episode:iTunesSpotifyDeezerStitcherSoundCloudYouTubeTuneIn- Leave a review of the show on iTunes (5* really helps, if you think the show deserves it).- Share the show and episodes out with your friends and family on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.- Follow Defiance on social media:TwitterFacebookInstagramYouTube- Subscribe to the Defiance mailing list.- Donate Bitcoin here: bc1qd3anlc8lh0cl9ulqah03dmg3r2uxm5r657zr5pIf you have any questions then please email Defiance.- - - - -
174: #FreeRoss: Losing Your Life for Innovation and Liberty w. Lyn Ulbricht (Mother of Ross Ulbricht)
The System is Down with Dan Smotz
The question of the day is.... if you create a product and someone else uses it immorally, should you be held responsible?If you're not familiar with Ross Ulbricht's case, the very abridged version is this... Ross created an anonymous Craigslist style free market website, some people used that site to sell drugs, and Ross was sentenced to a double life sentence. Seems a little off, right?Today's episode is our conversation with Ross' mother, Lyn Ulbricht on the many injustices in her son's case, her experience as the mother of a convicted life-sentenced felon, and her efforts to get her son out of prison.All that and much more on today's episode of The System is Down episode 173: #FreeRoss: Losing Your Life for Innovation and Liberty w. Lyn Ulbricht (Mother of Ross Ulbricht).Question Everything. Stay Uncomfortable.Let’s get weird!Free Ross: http://freeross.org The Moon The Myth The Legend: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/th...TSID Forum: http://tsidpod.com/forumThe System is Down: http://tsidpod.comThe Downers Club: http://patreon.com/thesystemisdownAntiNews: http://antinewslive.comQAnon Chronicles: http://qanonchronicles.comBuy Some SWAG: http://tsidpod.com/shopFacebook: http://facebook.com/thesystemisdownTwitter: http://twitter.com/tsidpod
OOH Inside - Episode 031 - Behind the Billboard: Ross Ulbricht and the Silk Road
The OOH Insider Show
Ross Ulbricht's name should be mentioned in the company of Mark Zuckerberg and Jeff Bezos.When Ross was only 26, he created an online marketplace called Silk Road. Silk Road allowed users to anonymously exchange products using Bitcoin. Not only a marketplace, the Silk Road was a community based on libertarian principles of non-aggressive exchange and a community that policed its own with that common belief in mind.Users began leveraging the marketplace to exchange personal-use amounts of drugs and Ross would quickly find himself at the crossroads of 3 major government intersections:- Cyber- Drugs- FinanceThere is no doubt, Ross was involved with the creation of Silk Road but holding Ross responsible for what is transacted on the marketplace is like holding Jeff Bezos responsible for everything bought and sold on Amazon, and what it is used for.The government didn't just blur consitutional protections, it completely disregarded them and Ross Ulbricht is serving 2 life sentences plus 40 years, without the possibility of parole...as a first time, non-violent drug offender.Supporters range from Keanue Reeves to Noam Chomsky, Presidential candidates, and tech startup founders and thanks to a generous donor a FREE ROSS billboard has been erected in Times Square, for the rest of the year, to raise awareness for Ross's case and to inspire a Presidential review.To learn more about Ross's case, visit: FreeRoss.orgTo checkout the list of notable supporters, visit: https://freeross.org/support/And to get involved, sign the petition and consider a donation to Mrs. Ulbricht, our guest here today as she shares Ross's incredible story, the implications for all Americans and how she is using the power of Out of Home to fight for her son.Here's the link to sign the petition: https://www.change.org/p/president-of-the-united-states-clemency-for-ross-ulbricht-serving-double-life-for-a-websiteSupport the show (http://oohswag.com)
The Vires in Numeris Podcast - Episode 21 w/ Lyn Ulbrich, Mother of Ross Ulbricht, Founder of Silk Road and Early Bitcoin Proponent
Vires in Numeris
Episode 21 - The Vires in Numeris Podcast with Guest, Lyn Ulbricht, mother of Ross Ulbricht, creator of The Silk Road and early Bitcoin proponent. Website: FreeRoss.org R.L. Bryer's Links: My Books: https://www.bryer.io/shop Twitter: https://twitter.com/rBryer23 Medium: https://medium.com/@RLBryer Instagram: pittsburghhodlr Steemit: https://steemit.com/@pittsburghhodlr Please visit our sponsors that we appreciate and couldn't do each episode without! https://www.zensports.com/ https://www.bobcrypto.co https://www.flashcoin.io/ https://www.vinxcoin.com/ https://www.charoncoins.com https://www.btcsov.com/ https://www.luchopoletti.com/ --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/pittsbhurgh-hodlr/support
Part 3 of the Dark Web: The Silk Road & Ross Ulbricht (AKA The Dread Pirate Roberts)
True Crime Dumpster
This week, we finish up our Silk Road series with all the action that culminated into chaos. It's hard to tell who is good, bad, guilty, or innocent by the end. We highly recommend Nick Bilton's American Kingpin: The Epic Hunt for the Criminal Mastermind Behind the Silk Road which we heavily borrowed from. Also, to keep it balanced, check out https://freeross.org/ to sign his clemency petition and read more about the case from his side. Check out truecrimedumpster.com for the rest of our source material. We seriously spent like 30-40 hours researching this case so that we could be as fair and balanced as we could be. This one was a doozy! Thanks for listening.
Lyn Ulbricht, Mother Of Silk Road Founder Ross Ulbricht and Leader of "Free Ross" on Fighting for Justice, the Broken Prison System, Manipulation of the Truth, the Loss of Liberty and More.
The Wolf Of All Streets
Lyn Ulbricht, Mother Of Silk Road Founder Ross Ulbricht, Political Activist and Leader of "Free Ross" and Scott Melker discuss the story behind Ross Ulbricht and the Silk Road, the Libertarian, nonaggression principles of the Silk Road, corrupt, controlled, and contrived narratives, the danger of ideas, dealing with a biased judge, misconceptions, smear campaigns, antiquated policies, the absurd War on Drugs, the irony and absurdity of reality, humans as prison inventory, stolen bitcoin, the Supreme Court and amendment violations, the silver lining of support for her son, and so much more. This is an important episode that everyone must listen to.---ROUNDLYXRoundlyX allows you to dollar-cost-average into crypto with our spare change "Roundup" investing tool, manage multiple crypto exchange accounts in one dashboard and access curated digital asset content and services. Visit RoundlyX and use promo code "WOLF" to learn more about accumulating your favorite digital assets when making everyday purchases and earn $4 in free Bitcoin.---VOYAGERThis episode is brought to you by Voyager, your new favorite crypto broker. Trade crypto fast and commission-free the easy way. Earn up to 6% interest on top coins with no lockups and no limits. Download the Voyager app and use code “SCOTT25” to get $25 in free Bitcoin when you create your account---If you enjoyed this conversation, share it with your colleagues & friends, rate, review, and subscribe.This podcast is presented by BlockWorks Group. For exclusive content and events that provide insights into the crypto and blockchain space, visit them at: https://www.blockworksgroup.io
Part 2 of the Dark Web: The Silk Road & Ross Ulbricht (AKA The Dread Pirate Roberts)
True Crime Dumpster
This week we continue the Silk Road saga and talk about the next steps Ross Ulbricht/The Dread Pirate Roberts takes on his journey to become an alleged drug kingpin online. Also, one of our favorite listeners hooked us up to an early user of the Silk Road website. We were lucky enough to be able to interview him to get an in-depth look into what it was like to be an early and avid member of the website. Lastly, we discuss a few of the key players that we will delve into further next week.