Archive for July, 2013
Despite the furor over PRISM, the U.S. National Security Agency’s data collection program, you are far more likely to be spied upon by the authorities if you live Italy or the Netherlands than if you live in the good old, US of A, a former NSA general counsel told Congress recently.
The difference is the surveilling over there is typically done by law enforcement organizations rather than a national super-spy agency and some say oversight here is actually tighter. According to security expert Chris Wolf:
“We can have a debate over whether or not the judicial and legislative approval process is working here in America, but the fact is, it exists, and in many places in Europe you don’t have that kind of due process … You don’t have legislative oversight. In fact, the national security investigations are done completely in the dark or mostly in the dark.”
An organisation called Stop Watching Us, which describes itself as a ”conglomeration of concerned citizens”, had called for protests in more than 30 cities across the country, according to its website. In Frankfurt, protesters braved 36-degree heat with banners that compared surveillance to a vision of novelist George Orwell and the secret police of former communist East Germany.
Up to 1000 people attended the demonstration in the country’s financial capital, broadcaster Hessischer Rundfunk reported on its website, citing the police.
Today is the day we remember our beloved fallen – Rosa Luxemberg and Karl Liebknecht.
“On 31 December 1918/1 January 1919, Liebknecht was involved in the founding of the KPD. Together with Luxemburg, Leo Jogiches and Clara Zetkin, Liebknecht was also instrumental in the January 1919 Spartacist uprising in Berlin. Initially he and Luxemburg opposed the revolt, but participated after it had begun. The uprising was brutally opposed by the new German government under Friedrich Ebert with the help of the remnants of the Imperial German Army and militias called the Freikorps; by 13 January, the uprising had been extinguished. Liebknecht and Luxemburg were captured by Freikorps soldiers, on 15 January 1919, with considerable support from Minister of MSPD Defense Gustav Noske, and brought to the Eden Hotel in Berlin, where they were tortured and interrogated for several hours. Following this, Luxemburg was beaten with…
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“As most of these people [Luxemburg, Liebknecht, etc.] were shot in front of a brick wall, a brick wall would be what I would build as a monument.” Ludwig Mies van der Rohe to Eduard Fuchs, 1926 Continue reading â†’
The following is from an interview by correspondence with Comrade Kevin “Rashid” Johnson, the Minister of Defense of the New Afrikan Black Panther Party–Prison Chapter (NABPP-PC), conducted by anarchist Comrade Anthony Rayson of the South Chicago ABC Zine Distro.
Anthony Rayson: You’ve expressed admiration for Hamas, the revolutionary Palestinian group.1 They’ve managed to build popular support and established social/survival programs, even under horrific conditions of occupation–extreme violence, poverty, etc.–yet they are not an explicitly Marxist–Leninist group, but rather a national liberation organization, with a strong religious (Muslim) component. These popular organizations have come in many flavors, including Communist and anarchist. Why do you believe so strongly in the traditional Leninist model (Vanguard Party/Democratic Centralism, etc.) in this uniquely racialist, consumerist, extreme capitalist country, with such a moribund, marginalized and subservient (to Moscow) Marxist tradition?
Rashid: Why in today’s struggle do I…
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Flickr is almost certainly the best online photo management and sharing application in the world. Show off your favorite photos and videos to the world, securely and privately show content to your friends and family, or blog the photos and videos you take with a cameraphone.
This is for you all to find your friends on Flickr that is the Yahoo owned photographic social networking service.
Yahoo will be allowed to prove that it fought against the National Security Agency’s Internet spying program, PRISM. A secret court ruled on Monday that the government should investigate how it can declassify the legal battle.
“The Government shall conduct a declassification review of this Court’s Memorandum Opinion of [Yahoo’s case] and the legal briefs submitted by the parties to this Court,” reads the ruling, according to CNET. “After such review, the Court anticipates publishing that Memorandum Opinion in a form that redacts any properly classified information.”
Yahoo, Google and other Internet giants are fighting the federal government to disclose more aspects of the secret dragnet program, which they say have been exaggerated by the media. All participating companies must adhere to a strict gag order that forbids them from talking specifics about the alleged spying operation.
After it was first revealed that the government monitored emails, phone calls, and Internet…
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