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(anonnews.org) Operation Clueless Announcement – Join the protest!

Anonymous,
It’s no secret anymore that the US and UK governments are prosecuting several people that helped Anonymous in our previous anti-censorship efforts – namely our retaliation to PayPal, Mastercard and VISA that was started in response to them terminating services to WikiLeaks. Forty people from US have been apprehended and questioned by the FBI and later subpoenad. Five UK-based anons were also questioned but we have yet to hear from them for any details. For now, we know what the US government plans to do. And we will act upon that.
The fact that the US anons are to appear before a grand jury points to the fact that the US government has no idea how to “handle” this new form of protest. (see http://www.grandjuryresistance.org/ ).
These are the requests from the Grand Jury:
  • Any and all records, documents and materials that relate to the Internet activist groups, “4chan,” and “Anonymous.”
  • Any and all records, documents, and materials that relate to malicious software, code, or other programs associated with Trojans, botnets, denial of service attacks, to include but not limited to Low Orbit Ion Cannon and/or High Orbit Ion Cannon.
  • Any and all records, documents, and materials that relate to interactions between any computers of those who were raided and those who are untouchable.
  • Any and all records, documents, and materials that relate to the identification and locaitons of person(s) using or controlling or disseminating denial of service software.
  • Any and all records, documents, and materials that relate to administration, maintenance, operation, use or propagation of the Denial Of Service tools, including but not limited to Low Orbit Ion Cannon/High Orbit Ion Cannon.
  • Any and all records, documents, and materials that relate to the identification and location of other computers comprising part of the Denial Of Service attack and/or botnet.
  • Any and all computer logs maintained in relation to computers found at home of the people raided.
  • Any and all records, documents, and materials that relate to names, handles, email accounts or IP addresses of the occupants of the AnonOps IRC network.
It is evident from these bulletpoints and the very nature of Grand Jurys that the government has no idea how to handle this. Nor does it have any idea of the tools we were using, i.e. completely lacking technical knowledge of them. The “DDoS” attacks we carried out work in essentially the same way an Internet Browser does, simply utilizing what is open to anyone on the Internet. Also, they are likely to overlook the fact that the TCP/IP protocol was invented in 70’s and is now essentially an outdated infrastructure, allowing for these kinds of “attacks” to be carried out trivially.
For example, the same kind of attack that LOIC does can be carried out using just an Out-Of-The-Box Windows Operating System with no additional tools. None of the people apprehended by the police were involved in any “hacks”, “defacing” or any other kinds of intrusions to private computer networks. These “attacks” were public, open to anyone (and advertised as such) as their very purpose is to attract attention, to protest.
We are all aware that we have started a new form of protest – a so-called digital sit-in. It’s now time to defend this new and evidently efficient form of protest, as people all over the world have done before with other ways of protest.
Not only do we want you to join a physical protest, we need your help – specifically the help of those familiar with law practice – to help defend our fellow anons in any way they can.
This is what we ask from the FBI / Police:
  • That they stop raiding houses and seizing private property such as computers, phones, storage media and other electronic devices, and to stop subpoenaing protesters.
  • That all property that was seized or subpoenad in these raids, is returned to the owners.
  • That the current subpoenas issued to anons are rendered invalid.
This will be an IRL protest that is set to occur at the following places and times:

We want you to appear at these locations at the specified times, wearing Anonymous masks, to show support for our anon friends.
United States District Court
United States Courthouse
280 South First Street
San Jose, California 95113
February 10, 2011 9:30 AM
New York protests have also been announced.
Also, a major protest is planned for April 7th, on the steps of The City Hall with speakers from Anonymous, executive director of National Lawyers Guild, Gregg Housh, Barry Eisler, Glenn Greenwald, Barret Brown and other… special guests. Don’t miss it!
References/Links
Also join us on IRC: irc.anonops.in / irc.anonops.ru #OpClueless
Lates Press Relaeses from Anonymous: http://www.anonnews.org/?p=press

(guardian.co.uk) The nature of any regime it backs in the Arab world is secondary to control. Subjects are ignored until they break their chains

‘The Arab world is on fire,” al-Jazeera reported last week, while throughout the region, western allies “are quickly losing their influence”. The shock wave was set in motion by the dramatic uprising in Tunisia that drove out a western-backed dictator, with reverberations especially in Egypt, where demonstrators overwhelmed a dictator’s brutal police.

Observers compared it to the toppling of Russian domains in 1989, but there are important differences. Crucially, no Mikhail Gorbachev exists among the great powers that support the Arab dictators. Rather, Washington and its allies keep to the well-established principle that democracy is acceptable only insofar as it conforms to strategic and economic objectives: fine in enemy territory (up to a point), but not in our backyard, please, unless properly tamed.

One 1989 comparison has some validity: Romania, where Washington maintained its support for Nicolae Ceausescu, the most vicious of the east European dictators, until the allegiance became untenable. Then Washington hailed his overthrow while the past was erased. That is a standard pattern: Ferdinand Marcos, Jean-Claude Duvalier, Chun Doo-hwan, Suharto and many other useful gangsters. It may be under way in the case of Hosni Mubarak, along with routine efforts to try to ensure a successor regime will not veer far from the approved path. The current hope appears to be Mubarak loyalist General Omar Suleiman, just named Egypt’s vice-president. Suleiman, the longtime head of the intelligence services, is despised by the rebelling public almost as much as the dictator himself.

A common refrain among pundits is that fear of radical Islam requires (reluctant) opposition to democracy on pragmatic grounds. While not without some merit, the formulation is misleading. The general threat has always been independence. The US and its allies have regularly supported radical Islamists, sometimes to prevent the threat of secular nationalism.

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(The Ecologist) 3rd February,2011

Ahead of Pig Business’s debut screening at the EU Parliament in Brussels, watch highlights from Tracy Worcester’s mammoth investigation into the truth behind cheap pork

Next week the film-maker and campaigner takes Pig Business – her controversial documentary exposing the blight of industrial pig farming – to Brussels to inform politicians, commissioners, councillors and their advisers about the negative impacts of industrial farming on people, pigs and the planet, and highlight potential solutions.

More information

Source: http://www.theecologist.org/tv_and_radio/tv/756928/pig_business_the_film_the_industrial_pork_lobby_tried_to_silence.html

(anarkismo.net)

Workers, the unemployed, and oppressed classes have taken to the streets across North Africa and the Mediterranean. The world economic crisis has brought about a period of deep austerity and exploitation to the already struggling peoples of North Africa and the Mediterranean. The struggle of the Tunisian insurrection against US-backed Ben Ali autocracy has led to a sense of possibility that has inspired workers and the oppressed classes to rise up against the ruling interests of the region. Yemen, Egypt, Jordan, Tunisia, and Algeria find themselves gripped in battle against vested interests that have wrecked the lives and economies of their nations. They join the global fight against this crisis alongside workers in Europe, Asia, and the Americas.

At the same time that people are overthrowing autocracy and repression, the United States and industrial powers are maneuvering to minimize the impact of these revolts so as to maintain the power of the exploitative ruling classes and their interests in the region. Their rule has spread paralyzing poverty. While the people of North Africa and the Mediterranean struggle to gain control over their communities, work, and their region, ruling interests are attempting to bring demands for a better existence to a halt. Repressive forces are regrouping outside the old ruling coalitions and are attempting to co-opt the struggle, and channel it into avenues where it won’t threaten the dominant interests whether military, religious, political, or economic.

The fate of these struggles lies in the hands of the exploited and their movements. In order to survive the backlash against popular demands, their struggles need to expand and deepen to challenge direct control over their economy and region. Workers and oppressed peoples will increasingly be driven into conflict with the State and Capital, which has no solution to this economic crisis. If these struggles remain isolated however, they will perish.

We need to stand in solidarity with these struggles and put pressure on the government and economic interests here that benefit from the suffering of these peoples, and who are at this moment attempting to route their demands for a better way of living. The strongest solidarity we have is our own power, where we are strongest. We need to organize as workers and the unemployed in our communities and bring our fights to bear on our State and our ruling classes, many of whom are the same people North Africans are fighting now. We need to build a workers movement here that can challenge this crisis, and building a democracy starts in our communities and workplaces against the State that dominates and exploits us and people worldwide. The struggles in Yemen, Tunisia, Egypt, Greece, Jordan, and Haiti are the same struggle we should be waging against Capitalism and the State here.

by Miami Autonomy & Solidarity (MAS)

Source: http://www.anarkismo.net/article/18708

Related: http://miamiautonomyandsolidarity.wordpress.com/2011/01…e-322

(alter.net) February 4, 2011 Economic decline at the hands of ‘hot’ money has driven Egyptians’ discontent.

The revolution in Egypt is as much a rebellion against the painful deterioration of economic conditions as it is about opposing a dictator, though they are linked. That’s why President Hosni Mubarak’s announcement that he intends to stick around until September was met with an outpouring of rage.

When people are facing a dim future, in a country hijacked by a corrupt regime that destabilized its economy through what the CIA termed, “aggressively pursuing economic reforms to attract foreign investment” (in other words, the privatization and sale of its country’s financial system to international sharks), waiting doesn’t cut it.

Mohamed Bouazizi, the 26-year-old Tunisian who catalyzed this revolution, didn’t set himself on fire in protest of his inability to vote, but because of anguish over his job status in a country with 15.7 percent unemployment. The six other men in Algeria, Egypt and Mauritania who followed suit were also unemployed.

Tunisia’s dismal economic environment was a direct result of its increasingly “liberal” policy toward foreign speculators. Of the five countries covered by the World Bank’s, Investment Across Sectors Indicator, Tunisia had the fewest limits on foreign investment. It had opened all areas of its economy to foreign equity ownership, except the electricity sector.

Egypt adopted a similar come-and-get-it policy, on steroids. From 2004 to 2008, as the world economic crisis was being stoked by the U.S. banking system and its rapacious toxic asset machine, Mubarak’s regime was participating in a different way. Mubarak wasn’t pushing subprime loans onto Egyptians; instead, he was embarking on an economic strategy that entailed selling large pieces of Egypt’s banks to the highest international bidder.

The result was a veritable grab-fest of foreign bank takeovers in the heart of Cairo. The raid began with Greek bank, Piraeus, taking a 70 percent stake in the Egyptian Commercial Bank in 2005, and included the sale of Bank of Alexandria, one of the four largest state-run banks, to the Italian bank, Gruppo Sanpaolo IMI in 2006. For the next two years, “hot” money poured into Egypt, as international banks muscled into Egypt and its financial system, before the intensity leveled off in 2008.

While foreign banks were setting up shop, Egypt also eliminated the red tape that came with foreign property investment, through decree number 583. This transformed the country, already a tourist hotspot, into a magnet for global real estate speculation. (Something that worked out really well for Ireland.) Even one of Goldman Sachs’ funds got in on the game, buying a $70 million chunk of Palm Hills Development SAE, a luxury real estate developer.

Other countries in the region, such as Jordan, where the unemployment rate is 13.4 percent, and the poverty rate 14.2 percent (as in the U.S.), tried to mimic Egypt’s “open” policies, in varying degrees. That’s why eight of the 21 banks operating in Jordan are now foreign-owned, and its insurance market is dominated by U.S.-based, MetLife American Life Insurance Company. But it was Egypt that did it best.

From 2004 to 2009, Egypt attracted $42 billion worth of foreign capital into its borders, as one of the top investment “destinations” in the Middle East and Africa. “Hot” money entry was made easy, with no restrictions on foreign investment or repatriation of profits, and no taxes on dividends, capital gains or corporate bond interest. As a result, volume on the Egyptian stock market swelled more than twelve-fold between 2004 and the first half of 2009.

Egypt and the United Arab Emirates even eliminated minimum capital requirements for investment, meaning that speculators could buy whatever they wanted, with no money down, a practice that didn’t exactly impel them to stick around for long.

By Nomi Prins

Source: http://www.alternet.org/world/149793/the_egyptian_uprising_is_a_direct_response_to_ruthless_global_capitalism/