Privacy is essential to democracy because mass surveillance encourages tyranny. When governments know everything about their citizens, nobody dares speak out about abuses of democracy, and so democracy starts eroding. Today, we are witnessing the alarming erosion of democracy due in large part to blanket government surveillance. This film, by award-winning filmmaker Laura Poitras, documents Edward Snowden decision to tell the world about the abuses of the NSA and other security organisations, and how they blatantly lied to Congress about their activities. And what comes across is Snowden's great courage and conviction to do what is right at the expense of his own liberty. See Praxis Films.
This new magazine cover by Charlie Hebdo featuring the Prophet Muhammad makes a poignant political statement, although a less offensive one this time. Even so, here are millions around the world who consider this depiction a blasphemy that should carry the death penalty. But this knee-jerk Neanderthal response by Islamic fundamentalists is often exploited by intelligence agencies in their bid to frighten Western populations into giving up more civil liberties, fast tracking the imposition of a police state. These terrorists were trained and armed by the West, so the big question is: did the French authorities allow the Paris massacre to happen for political reasons, giving Western governments another Pearl Harbour opportunity to extend terrorism legislation at the expense of liberty, and focusing the public back on terrorism and security rather than austerity measures and corporate greed?
In the wake of the Charlie Hebdo massacre, the Mayor of Rotterdam, Ahmed Aboutaleb, himself a Muslim immigrant, gave the following advice to intolerant Muslims living in Western democracies: "If you don't like freedom, for heaven's sake pack your bags and leave. If you do not like it here because some humorists you don't like are making a newspaper, may I then say you can f*** off." This is not a politically correct viewpoint, but can we really be tolerant towards intolerance? Should we give protective rights to those who would abolish them? In the bigger picture, however, the Charlie Hebdo massacre was probably a false flag operation designed to keep governments on track with their police-state agendas.
Europe's Insane Ideas About Free Speech / July 2014
Next time you are in Cap-Ferret in the south-west of France, avoid at all costs the restaurant Il Giardino. When blogger Caroline Doudet wrote a negative blogpost about Il Giardino entitled, "The place to avoid in Cap-Ferret, Il Giardino" she was successfully sued by the restaurant owner (who admitted that the service may not have been the best) for €2,500 including costs because the review, which placed high in Google searches, was damaging their business. However, the restauranteur's plan appears to have backfired with Google Plus and Trip Adviser filling up with negative reviews. In the bigger picture, this is an indication where the EU is headed and why its scheming federalisation which limits free speech and its "right to be forgotten" legislation that censors history. Free speech in the EU will soon be only a memory as Europe edges every increasingly towards a totalitarian super-state.
We are born as slaves to the system because we give our consent for ourselves and our children to be slaves. Without that consent, the system actually has no power over us because we have not contracted with it. In this great book, Veronica: of the Chapman family (as commonly called) affirms that we actually have more legal power than any Government, Judiciary, Police Force and Military combined. (This book is more suited to UK readers; read Mary Croft and Robert Arthur Menard if you are in US or Canada. Croft's book in PDF form is here.)
UK Emergency Surveillance Bill / July 2014
The British Prime Minister is rushing through emergency legislation called the Data Retention and Investigation Powers Bill that means that phone companies have to keep records on all phone calls made and websites visited for at least a year. This was in response just to vague warnings by the US that the terror threat is increasing. In response to this, NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden said that in times of peace this move "defies belief". He added, "I mean the NSA could have written this draft." This legislation was in response to the European Court of Justice (CJEU) stricking down UK's existing snooping laws because they breached EU privacy laws. The Open Rights Group commented: "Not only will the proposed legislation infringe our right to privacy, it will also set a dangerous precedent where the government simply re-legislates every time it disagrees with a decision by the CJEU."
Chaos Computer Club files criminal complaint against German Government / Feb 2014
A criminal complaint has been filed with the Federal Prosecutor General's office in Germany by the Chaos Computer Club (CCC) and the International League for Human Rights (ILHR). In the words of CCC attorney, Dr. Julius Mittenzwei: "Every citizen is affected by the massive surveillance of their private communications. Our laws protect us and threatens those responsible for such surveillance with punishment. Therefore an investigation by the Federal Prosecutor General is necessary and mandatory by law – and a matter of course. It is unfortunate that those responsible and the circumstances of their crimes have not been investigated." Click for more
PRISM - US World Surveillance (Jun 2013)
If you use any of the following online services, you are unwittingly a victim to a massive US surveillance system that is monitoring and recording all your communications and all your online activity. This Surveillance system is called PRISM.
Microsoft (inc. Hotmail & Office etc.)
Google (inc. Gmail & Drive etc.)
Stop using these services if at all possible and try to find alternative services that are owned by companies based outside the US, Canada and the UK. Other governments monitor as well, but not quite to this degree (unless you are in China).
Of course, these companies have vigorously denied involvement with government super-surveillance, but according to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, it is a federal crime for any participating company to publicly acknowledge the existence of surveillance (source). So of course they would deny it!The other thing that you must stop doing is using Google search engines which log every single one of your seaches. Try one of the following: Startpage.com and DuckDuckGo.com. And certainly don't be crazy enough to continue posting private information on Facebook!
Google Data Mining is getting out of hand (Mar 2013)
Peter Sunter recently wrote on a stopthecyborgs.org forum:
"GOOGLE is ACTUALLY DOING MUCH EVIL: Every location you search on google earth is logged and tracked and sold to government agencies and ad agencies. Every word or sentence you type into google is logged and tracked and sold to government agencies and ad agencies. Every page you click on in google is logged and tracked and sold to government agencies and ad agencies. A data file about everything you do on the internet using any google technology is logged and tracked and sold to government agencies and ad agencies…
Google reads all of your email. Google sends any interesting emails with words it doesn’t like to agencies and the rest are put in an advertising database to trick you into thinking you stumbled upon certain ads when, in fact Google is secretly pushing those ads on you…
Google saves a file of everything you have ever done, looked at, sent or moused over IN YOUR ENTIRE HISTORY OF USING THE INTERNET. It isn't a business right anymore, it is an abuse of the public trust."
John Brennan stripped naked at Portland airport in protest of TSA invasive searches and was promptly arrested and tried for indecent exposure. But now he has been found not guilty because, according to US law, naked individuals are only breaking the law if they are havint sex in public or got undressed to arouse sexual desire in another person. Brennan said that his protest was intended to give the TSA agents an idea of what passengers felt about the body scanners. The judge therefore had to dismiss the case, setting an interesting precedence for future acts of naked protest. [more]
The Rise of the Forth Reich (The European Union)
The Red House Report was the Nazi's "Plan B" written in November 1944 when they realized that the war was lost. It described a secret meeting that took place at the Maison Rouge Hotel in Strasbourg on August 10th in which it was decided that, although the military-driven Third Reich had failed, a commercially-driven Forth Reich could rise from its ashes. This would be achieved by having the German industrial network (much of it secret) rebuild Germany as quickly as possible, a plan economically helped by the Allied Forces who wanted stability in the region. Then, when the time was right, German industry would take over the whole of Europe through supranational organisations, giving the control necessary for a successful resurrection of the Nazi party – the Forth Reich.
Today, we can see that this plan has been followed to the letter, and what started as the European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC) developed into the Economic European Community (EEC) and finally into the political-economic superstate known today as the European Union (EU). And the dictatorial control that the EU imposes on its member countries and their respective citizens is reflective of its Nazi roots and ultimate Nazi/Fascist agenda of centralized political and corporate control. For more information, click here.
The US is becoming increasingly intolerant of dissension and protest - Nov 2011
Although the student UC Davis protest was a peaceful one, University Chancellor Linda Katehi, pictured right, called in the police to break it up anyway. Here, Lt. John Pike calmly pepper-sprays students. Petition for Linda Katehi's resignation. (more info)
Wikileaks and Free Speech Under Attack (December 2010)
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has now been arrested after Sweden issued an international arrest warrent for what appear to be "sex crimes" allegations (no charges made yet). Not only that but Wikileaks itself has had its domain hosting withdrawn. But don't worry, hundreds and soon thousands of mirrors sites have sprung up offering the world the right to know what their elected governments are saying and doing behind closed doors. You can find the mirror sites here. We will be updating this link as and when it changes. People are waking up to the fact that our "democratic" governments are actually the worst terrorists, and that the only way to defeat terrorism once and for all is to have the sort of transparency of information that Wikileaks offers. If you support free speech and democracy then you have a duty to support Wikileads and Assange.
This isn't just the view of civil liberty campaigners but also the conclusion of the Lords constitution committee. The peers warned that the level of British CCTV surveillance, the highest per capita in the world, has reached a point where it is threatening to undermine democracy. Not only that, but the UK also has the largest DNA database in the world, containing profiles of 7% of the population (as opposed to 0.5% in the US), showing that the government's "nothing to hide, nothing to fear" justification for Orwellian Britain is deeply flawed. [BBC]
Film-maker Aaron Russo has released a film called AMERICA: From Freedom to Fascism, a must-see documentary. What is happening in the US is similar to what is happening in the EU: we are all headed for a totalitarian world-government which will bear out, with no exaggeration, the horrors of Orwell's 1984. If you want this to happen, do nothing — sit back, enjoy your TV, and trust your politicians. If, however, you don't want to be a slave to a world government, then visit www.freedomtofascism.com and see this powerful documentary. The choice is yours. (And if you want to see a film that exposes similar abuses of power and the rise of totalitarianism in the EU, watch The Real Face of the EU.)
Over the last few years, the US and UK governments seem to have jumped wholeheartedly onto the terrorism bandwagon and are enthusiastically pushing through so called "anti-terror laws" that increase their control over the people who elected them, and that undoubtedly erode democracy and government accountability in the process. Many believe that that is a fair swap — security for freedom — although many more realize that any surrender of civil liberty can actually place us in an even more precarious situation as a society looking for security can so easily descend into fascism, and we know what a fascist society is capable of from the unspeakably evil activities of the Nazis in Hitler's Germany. But even if you do believe that during times of threat liberty needs to be surrendered, you cannot deny that for any democratic society to make such an important decision (which is their right) they need to have an accurate assessment of the threat in question. The illegal invasion of the sovereign state of Iraq, and the exposed lies and spin trumped up by the UK and US to try to justify an action clearly described at the Nuremberg trials as the gravest of war crimes, must make any thinking person feel the need to reassess any perceived threat from global terrorism if that perception has been disseminated by government and government-friendly sources. That is why sites like this one and their regular visitors criticize government anti-terrorist laws. It is not that we are communists or anti-American or anarchists or stupid; it is that we recognize the value of liberty and democracy, and our perception of government is always as the servant of the people. And although we would love to trust our governments, we know from past that this is one of the most foolish things any democratic society can do. Herman Goering warned us at the Nuremberg Trials: "The people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the peacemakers for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country." And that, I am afraid, includes the "Land of the Free" and "Great Britannia".