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Award-winning journalist and Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman records a podcast in conjunction with her weekly column:http://www.democracynow.org/blog/category/weekly_column

April 26, 2012
By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

Three targeted Americans: A career government intelligence official, a filmmaker and a hacker. None of these U.S. citizens was charged with a crime, but they have been tracked, surveilled, detained—sometimes at gunpoint—and interrogated, with no access to a lawyer. Each remains resolute in standing up to the increasing government crackdown on dissent.

The intelligence official: William Binney worked for almost 40 years at the secretive National Security Agency (NSA), the U.S. spy agency that dwarfs the CIA. As technical director of the NSA’s World Geopolitical and Military Analysis Reporting Group, Binney told me, he was tasked to “see how we could solve collection, analysis and reporting on military and geopolitical issues all around the world, every country in the world.” Throughout the 1990s, the NSA developed a massive eavesdropping system code-named ThinThread, which, Binney says, maintained crucial protections on the privacy of U.S. citizens demanded by the U.S. Constitution. He recalled, “After 9/11, all the wraps came off for NSA,” as massive domestic spying became the norm. He resigned on Oct. 31, 2001.

Along with several other NSA officials, Binney reported his concerns to Congress and to the Department of Defense. Then, in 2007, as then-Attorney General Alberto Gonzales was being questioned on Capitol Hill about the very domestic spying to which Binney objected, a dozen FBI agents charged into his house, guns drawn. They forced aside his son and found Binney, a diabetic amputee, in the shower. They pointed their guns at his head, then led him to his back porch and interrogated him.

Three others were raided that morning. Binney called the FBI raid “retribution and intimidation so we didn’t go to the Judiciary Committee in the Senate and tell them, ‘Well, here’s what Gonzales didn’t tell you, OK.’ ” Binney was never charged with any crime.

To read the rest of the column, visit: http://www.democracynow.org/blog/2012/4/26/the_nsa_is_watching_you


(anarchistnews.org) During the day of the general strike, the 29th of March 2012, police made 79 arrests throughout Catalunya, mostly in Barcelona. Three of those arrested have been locked up awaiting trial, the rest are out on bail or provisional liberty.

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On Thursday the 19th, they carried out 4 more arrests in Barcelona, mostly targeting anarchists. They also raided several houses, seized computers and clothes, and stole thousands of euros in solidarity money. The same day, they announced that the following week (this week), they would carry out 80 more arrests and launch a citizen collaboration website to encourage and enable citizen snitching on those photographed participating in rioting but whose identities are not already within the police database. They have also claimed they have taken the measure to make sure this website is safe from the spamming and hacking that have sabotaged similar attempts in other countries, however that claim has not yet been tested.
That website is here

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The four arrests of last Thursday show the police using a more sophisticated integration of surveillance to be able to track masked rioters on the basis of shoes or other characteristics, and match these images with other images that show the same people at other times and other locations without their masks, enabling identification. Such techniques have already long been used in Germany and other countries, but their use in Catalunya is new.

Heavy new laws of repression will also be passed soon, and for May Day and the upcoming European Central Bank summit in Barcelona (2-4 May) city authorities will invite several thousand Spanish police into the streets to help the mossos d’escuadra maintain order, another unprecedented move.

The Catalan and Spanish governments are especially concerned about their international image as they are tourism-based economies whose ability to inspire investor confidence is shaky at best. Additionally, the comrades in Barcelona will be facing enormous legal fees and long legal processes that will most likely result in many prison sentences.

The possibilities for solidarity are limitless. Spread the word.

Source: http://anarchistnews.org/content/solidarity-needed-barcelona-anarchists

(anarchistnews.org) Server Seizure, April 2012: April 18th, 2012, Riseup had a server seized by the US Federal Authorities. This is our press release.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

FBI seizes server providing anonymous remailer and many other services from colocation facility.

Attack on Anonymous Speech

On Wednesday, April 18, at approximately 16:00 Eastern Time, U.S. Federal authorities removed a server from a colocation facility shared by Riseup Networks and May First/People Link in New York City. The seized server was operated by the European Counter Network (“ECN”), the oldest independent internet service provider in Europe, who, among many other things, provided an anonymous remailer service, Mixmaster, that was the target of an FBI investigation into the bomb threats against the University of Pittsburgh.

“The company running the facility has confirmed that the server was removed in conjunction with a search warrant issued by the FBI,” said May First/People Link director Jamie McClelland. “The server seizure is not only an attack against us, but an attack against all users of the Internet who depend on anonymous communication.” Read More

The Dutch Pirate Party is taking local anti-piracy group BREIN to court in the hope of overturning a recent order that prohibits the Party from operating a Pirate Bay proxy site. The Pirates claim that the Hollywood backed group is guilty of “legal harassment” and “trampling people’s freedoms.” They demand that the court overturns the previous ‘ex parte’ verdict to allow the Pirate Party to be heard.

pirate party logoThe legal battle over Internet censorship is heating up in the Netherlands, as the local Pirate Party is now suing anti-piracy group BREIN.

Two weeks ago BREIN ordered the Party to take down a reverse Pirate Bay proxy. The site allowed subscribers of two Dutch Internet providers to bypass a court ordered blockade of the notorious torrent site, and BREIN argued that the proxy was sabotaging this order.

Initially the Pirate Party refused to give in to the demands, but when they were confronted with an injunction from the court right before the weekend they had no other choice thanto comply. The Pirates took down the reverse proxy and replaced it with a protest pagelinking to dozens of other ways people can access The Pirate Bay.

Read more: http://torrentfreak.com/pirate-party-sues-hollywood-backed-group-over-pirate-bay-censorship-120416/

(greecesolidarity.org) Tansy Hoskins reports on her experiences on the trade union solidarity delegation to Greece organised by the Coalition of Resistance and the People’s Charter.

Athens is a city of lit fuses. Graffiti covers buildings, pavements and statues like an angry rash. Burnt out and boarded up buildings are dotted around the city. Tension is palpable as people await the next demonstration, the next riot and the elections in April.

However, the crisis in Greece has gone beyond something that an election or a riot can resolve. It runs deeper than the question of who should sit in parliament, of how the debt should be paid off, or if it should be repaid at all. The crisis is now about the very fabric of society, of who should have control and for whose benefit society is run.

The 45,000 homeless people in Athens – many of whom spent a frozen winter sleeping in caves – are testimony to the total failure of capitalism to provide a decent standard of living. The loss of healthcare and unaffordable food prices means people are literally struggling to stay alive.

At the same time Athens still has its luxury shops, hotels and restaurants. There are multi-national corporations feasting on whatever the parliament decides to add to its corrupt garage sale of national assets.

But amongst the chaos and the poverty – and abandoned by traditional power structures – people have been taking control of their lives and communities. They face the huge opposition of international capital and all its manifestations but they have no choice – it is do or die.

It must work. Otherwise the ramifications will be catastrophic both for Greece and for the world. It is because of this that a united campaign of international solidarity is critical. Read More

(athens.indymedia.org) Today a 77 year old retired man committed suicide in Syntagma square, Greece. He left a letter before he shot himself. Bellow is the link with the picture and a rough translation of the letter.

The Tsolakoglou* occupation government literally nullified my ability to survive with a decent pension, which I had to pay (without government aid) for 35 years.

Since I am of an age that prevents me from giving a substantial response (without of course ruling out the possibility of following a kalashnikov-wielding Greek), I cannot find any choice other than a dignified end, before I would have to resort to rooting through the garbage for my nutritional needs.

I believe that the youth without a future will one day take up arms and hang the national traitors upside down at the syntagma square, as the Italians did in 1945 with Mussolini (Piazzale Loreto of Milan)

[*Georgios Tsolakoglou was a Greek military officer who became the first Prime Minister of the Greek collaborationist government during the Axis Occupation in 1941-1942.]

Source: http://athens.indymedia.org/front.php3?lang=el&article_id=1390570