(From Feminist Frequency)
The British, French, German, Dutch, and U.S. Governments Crack Down on WikiLeaks’ Cyber-Defenders
Monday, 31 January 2011
IN A SERIES OF COORDINATED ATTACKS the British, French, and United States Governments handed down dozens of search warrants and engaged in raids at the homes of activists who allegedly engaged in Denial of Service (DoS) efforts aimed at defending WikiLeaks from multi-billion dollar corporations such as Amazon.com, MasterCard, PayPal, and Visa who are censoring it.
In Britain five citizens aged 15 to 26 were arrested. If convicted they face up to 10 years in prison and a £5,000 (~$7,950) fine. In a 27 January 2011 press release the group Anonymous called the arrests a “declaration of war” by the British government on the organisation and the people.
“…a recent report by the International Council on Security and Development found that 92 percent of Afghan men surveyed in Helmand and Kandahar provinces – two Taliban strongholds – were completely unaware of the September 11 attacks.
“In other word, the U.S. is bombing people who have no idea why they’ve been bombed for the past nine years. They don’t hate us for our “freedoms” as has been claimed over and over – the hate us because we’re killing them and their families” – “Obama and the Endless War”, December 2010 Socialist Worker editorial
(Thanks Harry!) It should be noted that the size of al Qaeda is likely grossly exaggerated. They certainly don’t have 10,000 members. All the numbers I’ve seen have been under 1,000, most in the low hundreds. So that al Qaeda dot likely isn’t just 10x too big, but magnified 100x or more.
Concept credit Mark Schmidt. Updated graph Technipol. Data The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life 2009 Report.
The far right “prays by day, and bombs by night” and is an insult to peace loving religious people everywhere. Yet ANOTHER rightwing terrorist plot by a white, male against a mosque. This will only stop when we organise mass movements against imperialism, austerity, and Islamophobia and racism, will only be complete when we overthrow the capitalist system!
Here’s the press release from the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR):
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WASHINGTON, Jan. 29, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today said that a bias-motivated attack on a Dearborn, Mich., mosque was thwarted by local police.
Law enforcement authorities and officials with the Islamic Center of America in Dearborn reported to CAIR that a white male resident of California was arrested on Monday evening in the mosque’s parking lot while he was in possession of explosive materials. The man is currently being held on $500,000 bond.
“Under a socialist system every nation will be the supreme arbiter of its own destinies, national and international; will be forced into no alliance against its will, but will have its independence guaranteed and its freedom respected by the enlightened self-interest of the socialist democracy of the world.” – James Connolly
“No more deluded by reaction,
on tyrants only we’ll make war!
The soldiers too will take strike action,
They’ll break ranks, they’ll fight no more!
And if those cannibals keep trying,
to sacrifice us to the pride,
they soon shall hear the bullets flying!
We’ll shoot the generals on our own side.”
- The Internationale
With the warmest regard for the labour, courage, and memory of Tatiana Schucht, Gramsci’s sister-in-law, without whose efforts to preserve Gramsci’s Prison Notebooks past both Mussolini and Stalin’s censors, at great threat to herself, we would have lost a great communist corpus.
“Others will come, but they will weave webs of lies.”
U.S. State Department tool: “Egypt is a stabilising force in the region.”
Al Jazeera: “Because democracy would be destablising for the region, wouldn’t it?”
“We do not stop organizing. We can’t. But as we keep organizing, we do also need to mourn. It keeps us human to mourn, to truly recognize the grievous loss of millions of people, to stand with their loved ones in remembrance and in defiance—to spit in the face of war. We say: no more lives, war, we will not feed you. All of us are needed, and war, we shall starve you.” – Clare Bayard, “Not One More, War“
“Now I hears talkin about de Constitution and de rights of man. I comes up and I takes hold of dis Constitution. It looks mighty big, and I feels for my rights, but der aint any dare. Den I says, God, what ails dis Constitution? He says to me, ‘Sojourner, dere is a little weasel in it.’” – Sojourner Truth (~1797 – 1883), Narrative of Sojourner Truth.
16 Just then a man came up to Jesus and asked, “Teacher, what good thing must I do to get eternal life?”
17 “Why do you ask me about what is good?” Jesus replied. “There is only One who is good. If you want to enter life, keep the commandments.”
18 “Which ones?” he inquired.
Jesus replied, “‘You shall not murder, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony, 19 honor your father and mother,’ and ‘love your neighbor as yourself.’”
20 “All these I have kept,” the young man said. “What do I still lack?”
21 Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”
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