Monthly Archives: January 2013

Dissent in Melbourne, wide spread and diverse

While walking through the city we stumbled into a group of older activists who have been through the wringer and are still fighting. Much respect guys. Protesting right outside the federal court in Melbourne, as many will remember from the occupation in flagstaff gardens of December 2011.

Some snaps.

A protest and petition signing outside Federal court in Melbourne, Strike a chord for anyone?

A protest and petition signing outside Federal court in Melbourne, Strike a chord for anyone?

I’m a little worried that a royal commission will just be lawyers protecting lawyers, but nothing beats trying to raise awareness of the corruption in the first place.

Sign the petitions

Sign the petitions

The pen actually ran out of ink.

The pen actually ran out of ink.

Corruption? It's certainly not looking good for this magistrate. Did he offend his colleagues? Have they been holding this over him for a while as leverage?

Corruption? It’s certainly not looking good for this magistrate. Did he offend his colleagues? Have they been holding this over him for a while as leverage?

Corruption in insurance companies, not too different from the banks. CGU in the spot light.

Corruption in insurance companies, not too different from the banks. CGU in the spot light.

Yes it’s all about the money. See you all at CLRG tomorrow guys.

Camover, Berlins answer to surveilance.

 

Germany still remembers the Stassi, both on the former east and western sides, so the thought of surveillance cameras becoming more common is disturbing for a lot of people.

Some people have decided to do something about it.

Will it catch on in other places?

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/theguardian/shortcuts/2013/jan/25/game-destroy-cctv-cameras-berlin

An interview series Infamous occupiers: Part 1, Anders Tucker

As part of an interview series we are doing with infamous and/or notable people associated with  the occupy movement specifically in Melbourne.

We are going to ask questions of the notable characters. One of the more Infamous was Anders Tucker, who apparently hijacked a Facebook group associated with Occupy Melbourne.

We managed to get in contact over a chat server with Anders tucker, It turns out Anders Tucker was one of several people using the Facebook handle, here’s what we got.

Artists impression of AT1, one of the people responsible for Anders Tucker

Artists impression of AT1, one of the people responsible for Anders Tucker

[We edited for spelling mistakes and context]

So Anders is that your real name?

No, most people on Facebook uses fake names, I’m just being like everybody else.

Did you ever occupy at city square, the gardens or the church?

That’s an interesting question, many people felt they had the right to be involved in OM at decision making/bureaucratic/media contact level without the need to sleep in a park, or without the need to ask permission for their actions. So it’s not really relevant.

There are many claims you removed the admin rights away from an entire Facebook group and left yourself as sole administrator. Is this true, and if so why did you do it?

Well look at my previous answer, the interesting thing was people would accept a dictatorship [the other Facebook groups] if it was already in place, but not one that was thrust upon them.

It was interesting to watch peoples reactions to it, some brown nosed the new ‘dictator’, some claimed they would never return but did anyway when it became briefly popular. Some begged, some threatened, the funny thing was in the end they appealed to another dictator, Facebook itself, to remove Anders Tucker all together. The strangest thing was they complained of censorship which did not happen, and after Anders Tucker was removed they had uncensored free speech and they refused to use it basically. What it made me think was, these people are full of shit. They claim ideals [free speech, freedom from censorship] but can’t see it staring them in the face.

So what did you learn from the experience?

A lot of people who claimed to be activists really had other agendas for being part of OM, to get laid, to show off, to use people, to push their own unrelated political agenda, or because they were paid to be there in their work for the government as cops and/or spies. It’s pretty easy to pretend to be something you are not on Facebook and it’s really easy to derail a conversation on Facebook too. Most people were politically naive, which made they easy picking for the tactics of the trolls.

So who are you?

I am one of several living people, as we know any good hijack requires a team, and the team hijack idea is worth thinking about, there were teams of provocateurs in OM at the occupations and on Facebook, has anybody really thought about that fact? I am guessing not really.

Should I really talk to one of the others about their thoughts?

Probably, refer to me as AT1 <laughs>. It would be interesting to see what they thought about it. I found it sad and funny at the same time, how easy it was to do , the fact other people had already tried and failed, and the fact OM was hijacked before it even started on 15th October 2011, and was nothing more that a series of hijack attempts.

Sort of like a car stolen and then repeatedly stolen again and again by a different person all the while the same kids are in the back seat barely seeming to notice the latest car thief, or the fact the car has been stolen, all they are seeing is the back of a drivers head. Then finally someone says, “I’m stealing the car” and all the kids freak out.

So you could say it was like a protest inside a protest?

Yes, and a lesson to people about being true to what they claim to stand for, and finally an education in politics for the clueless.

What would you say to people still angry about the incident?

I hope you learned your lesson and woke up.

Are you sorry for doing it?

No, I’m just sad it had to happen. I’m sad about the people who really did pay a high price for their involvement.

Did you delete any posts in the Facebook group?

No, though one person deleted their own post and accused Anders Tucker.

Did you troll?

It’s Facebook, it’s internet, it’s about politics, what do you expect? I can’t comment about everyone actions, the collective was quite busy in that time period, we believe we may have been hacked towards the end.

Will you ever reveal your identity?

Maybe one day, but who I am is not as important as the message I have, I think I’ll leave you with that idea.

Can we get in contact with the other Anders Tuckers?

I’ll let them know, you have questions.

End Income Inequality

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/europe/2013/01/201312061337695543.html

A good article on how the 1% have become increasingly wealthy over the last 20 years and need to start sharing.

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Similarity to any trademarked or copyrighted material is purely co-incidental.

Similarity to any trademarked or copyrighted material is purely co-incidental.

Similarity to any trademarked or copyrighted material is purely co-incidental.

Similarity to any trademarked or copyrighted material is purely co-incidental.

The Ballad Of Tecoma

The Ballad of Tecoma

Police, FBI and Banks co-ordinated Crackdown on Occupy Movement

http://http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/dec/29/fbi-coordinated-crackdown-occupy By Naomi Wolf

It was more sophisticated than we had imagined: new documents show that the violent crackdown on Occupy last fall – so mystifying at the time – was not just coordinated at the level of the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security, and local police. The crackdown, which involved, as you may recall, violent arrests, group disruption, canister missiles to the skulls of protesters, people held in handcuffs so tight they were injured, people held in bondage till they were forced to wet or soil themselves –was coordinated with the big banks themselves.

The Partnership for Civil Justice Fund, in a groundbreaking scoop that should once more shame major US media outlets (why are nonprofits now some of the only entities in America left breaking major civil liberties news?), filed this request. The document – reproduced here in an easily searchable format – shows a terrifying network of coordinated DHS, FBI, police, regional fusion center, and private-sector activity so completely merged into one another that the monstrous whole is, in fact, one entity: in some cases, bearing a single name, the Domestic Security Alliance Council. And it reveals this merged entity to have one centrally planned, locally executed mission. The documents, in short, show the cops and DHS working for and with banks to target, arrest, and politically disable peaceful American citizens.

The documents, released after long delay in the week between Christmas and New Year, show a nationwide meta-plot unfolding in city after city in an Orwellian world: six American universities are sites where campus police funneled information about students involved with OWS to the FBI, with the administrations’ knowledge (p51); banks sat down with FBI officials to pool information about OWS protesters harvested by private security; plans to crush Occupy events, planned for a month down the road, were made by the FBI – and offered to the representatives of the same organizations that the protests would target; and even threats of the assassination of OWS leaders by sniper fire – by whom? Where? – now remain redacted and undisclosed to those American citizens in danger, contrary to standard FBI practice to inform the person concerned when there is a threat against a political leader (p61).

As Mara Verheyden-Hilliard, executive director of the PCJF, put it, the documents show that from the start, the FBI – though it acknowledges Occupy movement as being, in fact, a peaceful organization – nonetheless designated OWS repeatedly as a “terrorist threat”:

“FBI documents just obtained by the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund (PCJF) … reveal that from its inception, the FBI treated the Occupy movement as a potential criminal and terrorist threat … The PCJF has obtained heavily redacted documents showing that FBI offices and agents around the country were in high gear conducting surveillance against the movement even as early as August 2011, a month prior to the establishment of the OWS encampment in Zuccotti Park and other Occupy actions around the country.”

Verheyden-Hilliard points out the close partnering of banks, the New York Stock Exchange and at least one local Federal Reserve with the FBI and DHS, and calls it “police-statism”:

“This production [of documents], which we believe is just the tip of the iceberg, is a window into the nationwide scope of the FBI’s surveillance, monitoring, and reporting on peaceful protestors organizing with the Occupy movement … These documents also show these federal agencies functioning as a de facto intelligence arm of Wall Street and Corporate America.”

The documents show stunning range: in Denver, Colorado, that branch of the FBI and a “Bank Fraud Working Group” met in November 2011 – during the Occupy protests – to surveil the group. The Federal Reserve of Richmond, Virginia had its own private security surveilling Occupy Tampa and Tampa Veterans for Peace and passing privately-collected information on activists back to the Richmond FBI, which, in turn, categorized OWS activities under its “domestic terrorism” unit. The Anchorage, Alaska “terrorism task force” was watching Occupy Anchorage. The Jackson, Michigan “joint terrorism task force” was issuing a “counterterrorism preparedness alert” about the ill-organized grandmas and college sophomores in Occupy there. Also in Jackson, Michigan, the FBI and the “Bank Security Group” – multiple private banks – met to discuss the reaction to “National Bad Bank Sit-in Day” (the response was violent, as you may recall). The Virginia FBI sent that state’s Occupy members’ details to the Virginia terrorism fusion center. The Memphis FBI tracked OWS under its “joint terrorism task force” aegis, too. And so on, for over 100 pages.

Jason Leopold, at Truthout.org, who has sought similar documents for more than a year, reported that the FBI falsely asserted in response to his own FOIA requests that no documents related to its infiltration of Occupy Wall Street existed at all. But the release may be strategic: if you are an Occupy activist and see how your information is being sent to terrorism task forces and fusion centers, not to mention the “longterm plans” of some redacted group to shoot you, this document is quite the deterrent.

There is a new twist: the merger of the private sector, DHS and the FBI means that any of us can become WikiLeaks, a point that Julian Assange was trying to make in explaining the argument behind his recent book. The fusion of the tracking of money and the suppression of dissent means that a huge area of vulnerability in civil society – people’s income streams and financial records – is now firmly in the hands of the banks, which are, in turn, now in the business of tracking your dissent.

Remember that only 10% of the money donated to WikiLeaks can be processed – because of financial sector and DHS-sponsored targeting of PayPal data. With this merger, that crushing of one’s personal or business financial freedom can happen to any of us. How messy, criminalizing and prosecuting dissent. How simple, by contrast, just to label an entity a “terrorist organization” and choke off, disrupt or indict its sources of financing.

Why the huge push for counterterrorism “fusion centers”, the DHS militarizing of police departments, and so on? It was never really about “the terrorists”. It was not even about civil unrest. It was always about this moment, when vast crimes might be uncovered by citizens – it was always, that is to say, meant to be about you.

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