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Two Pieces on Surveillance
Surveillance // Panopticon // Security Culture // Paranoia

Why hammer out concepts--be it speculative, critical, or pragmatist--if there is a meta-authority overseeing it all? Why conspire in the light?....We need to develop dissident knowledge of how to bring down drones, detect sensors, hack servers, distort GPS signals, and disrupt Google by fooling its algorithms. Forget the next innovation cycle. If the common hacker’s paranoia informs us correctly, we lost the war years ago and are surrounded. Soon we will be called to surrender, one by one.
--Geert Lovink "Hermes on the Hudson: Notes on Media Theory after Snowden. e-flux.com/journal, April 4, 2014.


A culture of security is one which enhances an organization's capacity to determine its interests and act on them in spite of another organization's opposed interests. Corporate workforces and law enforcement agencies both cultivate cultures of security, as do management teams, investment rings, smugglers, unions, militia men, and academic researchers. All of these cultures are supposed to control flows of information (trade secrets, exclusive suppliers, price indexes, strategic plans, etc.) and restrict communication in furtherance of an organization's interests.

Among dissident circles, the term Security Culture has been popularized as a response to the absence of organization and shared organizational interests. Security Culture carries a few hard and fast rules (don't talk to cops, need-to-know basis, interrupt gossip, etc.) which have established a rough outline of best practices when daily life and sensitive operations overlap or are indistinguishable.

Best practices are fundamental to the Insurgent, who frequently operates without clear structures of command and communication, enjoys limited operational awareness, and can hardly imagine an everyday life divorced from sensitive operations. The Insurgent, however, should not be confused with a dissident or “common hacker,” as Lovink puts it, and the conflation of Security Culture with Operations Security carries heavy tolls.
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30 Sep 2014 | Filed under: Commentary / Organizing : Police and Prisons : Technology : War and Militarism
HONK! Festival To Be Held October 10 - 12
honk2014.jpgFESTIVAL OF ACTIVIST STREET BANDS

NINTH ANNUAL

ROSTER OF BANDS
FROM ALL OVER
NOW SET

October 10 through 12, 2014

A wide variety of events scheduled
in Somerville, Cambridge, & Boston

ALL FREE AND OPEN TO ALL
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24 Sep 2014 | Filed under: Announcement / Radical Culture
Photos/Video-Boston Protests New War On Iraq
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14 Sep 2014 | Filed under: News / War and Militarism
Terrorism, COINTELPRO, and the Black Panther Party --An interview with law professor Angela A. Allen-Bell
In her new law journal article, “Activism Unshackled & Justice Unchained,” law professor Angela A. Allen-Bell concludes that the US government’s multi-faceted response to the BPP, primarily within the framework of the FBI’s infamous COINTELPRO, was indeed the very definition of terrorism. Bell writes that “the magnitude of the unwarranted harm done to the BPP has not yet been explored in an appropriate fashion. Much like a fugitive, it has eluded justice.” As a result, “the FBI's full-scale assault on the social movements of the 1960s and 1970s remains an open wound for the nation itself. This is more than a national tragedy; this is a human wrong."
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07 Sep 2014 | Filed under: Interview / Human Rights : Police and Prisons : Race
Video-Vets For Peace speaker at Boston weekly peace vigil- 9/11, ISIS, US wars, police violence
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01 Sep 2014 | Filed under: News / War and Militarism
Anarchist Reportback from Ferguson
ferguson1.jpgWent to Ferguson last week, here is what I saw.

Several people have asked me to write about what I found in Ferguson today. Here is my brief dehydrated tired scribble before bed. Do not judge me I literally just typed this out.

Grief, pride and anger is the short answer.
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31 Aug 2014 | Filed under: Commentary / Human Rights
Ferguson. Over one week in.
Reposted from Anti-State STL

What began as a protest movement after 10 days of sustained defiance, has taken a couple shaky steps towards revolt. The situation here is still fluid and ripe with potential. Locally, people are surprised that similar unrest hasn’t sparked off in other cities. If it were to spread, the scope here would likely widen. It’s difficult to get a sense of how people outside the metro area interpret what’s happening here. What follows are some observations from St Louis residents and participants in the struggle who might give a clearer picture of this strange new reality.
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20 Aug 2014 | Filed under: News / Police and Prisons : Race
National Lawyers Guild on the Ground in Ferguson, Needs Help
Since shortly after the demonstrations erupted in Ferguson, MO over the police murder of Mike Brown the National Lawyers Guild has been on the scene to provide legal observers and other legal support to protesters. Brian from Beer and Revolution recently posted the following:
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19 Aug 2014 | Filed under: Announcement / Police and Prisons : Race
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