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How the State Handles Dissent: Violence and Oppression in the US and Around the World

‘French police take over Total refinery’

France arrests over 1,000 protesters

French Police Break Refinery Blockade

London Activists Target Of Police Intimidation for putting up fliers

Irish riot police attack students after they occupy Department of Finance in Dublin

Animal rights activists jailed

Peace campaigner, 85, classified by police as ‘domestic extremist’

U.S. Troops Fire On Thousands Of Protesters Outside Bagram Base

‘Palestinian Gandhi’ Convicted for Protesting; U.S. Silent

Congo Rights Activist Found Dead

COLOMBIA: Voices of Women Peace Activists Silenced

China Police Confine Prominent Artist

China: Worker activist sentenced to three years in jail – scholars demand release

Vietnam sentences independent unionists to 7-9 years in prison

Riot police end Bangladesh labour strife

Labor activists in Bangladesh arrested

Leftist Activist Is Slain in Philippines

Moscow authorities sanction 1,000 people for opposition protest

Police made mistakes in G20 tactics, chief admits for first time

G20 detainees seek $115M in class action

Overview: Toronto G20 Legal Fallout

Black Shirts of Toronto–Professional Provocateurs

Police strangled me, punched me in head, manhandled me (peaceful protester at the G20)

Undercover Police Orchestrated G20 Violence

G20 Toronto Riots perpetrated by Agents Provocateurs of the Police

UNITED STATES

7 Outrageous Examples of Police Spying and Harrassment Toward Peaceful Activists

Dissenters To Be Detained As “Enemy Belligerents”?

New bill allows U.S. citizens to be kidnapped and detained without trial indefinitely based on “suspected activity”

Pentagon fesses up to 800 pages’ worth of potentially illegal spying, including peace groups and Planned Parenthood

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has forced the Pentagon to release over 800 pages of classified material documenting “possibly illegal” spying during the Bush administration. The heavily redacted documents include details of a spying program against Planned Parenthood and white supremacist groups in the runup to the Atlanta Olympics, as well as spying on Alaskans for Peace and Justice, an anti-recruiting group, civilian cell phone conversations, and other breaches of spying laws.

FBI Raids Activists’ Homes in Twin Cities, Attorneys Claim “Political Suppression”

FBI Launching Mass Raids of Antiwar Activists’ Homes

DOJ Demonizes Constitutionalists As Extremist Criminals

U.S. Army Trains To Confront Tea Party ‘Terrorists’

Source: Patriot Act May Be Used Against Tea Party Activists

One hour documentary: How The Black Bloc Anarchists Are Used To Provocateur Violence

FBI OPENLY RECRUITING INFORMANTS INSIDE LARGE COMPANIES. MAY BE GIVEN “RIGHT TO SHOOT” FOLLOWING DECLARATION OF MARTIAL LAW.

Code Pink protester: Blackwater official threatened to kill me

U.S. Troops Fire On Thousands Of Protesters Outside Bagram Base

Los Angeles: More Arrests As Protestors Riot In Response To Police Shooting

Patriot Act Political Prisoner Lynne Stewart Sentenced to Ten Years in Prison

7 Greenpeace Activists Charged With Felonies in Anti-Drilling Protest

Environmentalist Could Get 3 Years for Hanging Banners From Senate Building

Dissent Victory for Animal Rights Activists

Earth First! Activists Arrested Protesting Maine Wind Farm – ‘It’s Too Big’

Community, Solidarity, Resistance: The Conclusion of the RNC 8 Case and Some Lessons Learned

US: Las Vegas drone trial makes history

Fourteen anti-war activists may have made history today in a Las Vegas courtroom when they turned a misdemeanor trespassing trial into a possible referendum on America’s newfound taste for remote-controlled warfare. The so-called Creech 14, a group of peace activists from across the country, went on trial this morning for allegedly trespassing onto Creech Air Force Base in April 2009. From the start of today’s trial, prosecutors did their best to keep the focus on whether the activists were guilty of allegations they illegally entered the base and refused to leave as a way to protest the base’s role as the little-known headquarters for U.S. military operations involving unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, over Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan. But a funny thing happened on the way to prosecutors’ hope for a quick decision. Appearing as witnesses for the Creech 14 today were some of the biggest names in the modern anti-war movement: Ramsey Clark, former U.S. attorney general under President Lyndon Johnson; Ann Wright, a retired U.S. Army colonel and one of three former U.S. State Department officials who resigned on the eve of the 2003 invasion of Iraq; and Bill Quigley, legal director for the New York City-based Center for Constitutional Rights.

Human Rights Advocate Sentenced to Six Months in Federal Prison for Civil Disobedience at the School of the Americas

Ken Hayes, Father Louis Vitale and Nancy Gwin, the three human rights advocates who were arrested together with Michael Walli, were each sentenced in January 2010 to six months in prison as well – the maximum allowed for the charge of tresspass. The extremely harsh sentences are intended to deter others from following the example of the ‘SOAW 4.’

“Those who speak out for justice are facing prison time while SOA-trained torturers and assassins are operating with impunity,” said SOA Watch founder Father Roy Bourgeois.



US Techno-Fascism News Round-Up

“Top Secret America”: The Rest Of The Story

The secrets next door – Washington Posts’ explosive ‘Top Secret America’ series

Who Owns You? 20% of the Genes in Your Body are Patented

Report a crime and end up on a secret database: Police force has logged 180,000 names

Obama Demands Access to Internet Records, in Secret, and Without Court Review

Obama Can Shut Down Internet For 4 Months Under New Emergency Powers

Premier Elections Solutions pays up in Ohio Diebold suit, offers more faulty voting machines for free

‘Experts’ Eye 100% Unverifiable E-Vote System in ‘Win’ of SC’s Mystery U.S. Senate Nominee

Here We Go Again (Again): 100% Unverifiable E-Voting Systems Set for Use in PA, KY, Elsewhere…

Raytheon’s Directed Energy Pain Weapon Mounted from Ceiling in California Prison

DARPA Wants Instant, On-Demand Airstrikes, Removing Middlemen from the Bomb-Dropping Process

Laser used to shoots down planes

A U.S. Biometrics Agency

As of last week, there is now a U.S. Government national security agency called the Biometrics Identity Management Agency (BIMA). It supersedes a Biometrics Task Force that was established in 2000.

The U.S. Government Can Attach GPS Transmitter to Your Vehicle, Track Your Movement; No Warrant Necessary

Obama Supports a National DNA Database

California Storing DNA of Innocent People

Feds admit storing checkpoint body scan images

Proposed Law Would Put Video Cameras In Cars

Aerial Surveillance Used To Enforce Laws

Pentagon to Rebuild Data Base on People “of Interest”

Googler’s Creepy Drone [Your Privacy Is An Illusion]

A Googler took delivery of a near-silent mini-drone from a German company, which says it hopes to sell a fleet of the spy planes for taking Google Maps photos. Hopefully without using the optional thermal camera that sees through walls.

Military Spying and Torture Continues Under Obama: CIFA’s Nine (Corrupt) Lives

FBI defends guidelines for domestic surveillance

ACLU: FBI used ‘dragnet’-style warrantless cell tracking

Pentagon revives Rumsfeld-era domestic spying unit

The Pentagon’s spy unit has quietly begun to rebuild a database for tracking potential terrorist threats that was shut down after it emerged that it had been collecting information on American anti-war activists.

Imaging, Spy-Cams and Drones: The New Hi Tech Homeland Security State

Perfect Citizen: confidential NSA surveillance program revealed by WSJ

Army awards $517M contract for high-tech surveillance blimp

Spy Files: Illegal Domestic Spying

ACLU launches “Spyfiles” to track domestic surveillance. “The American Civil Liberties Union launched a new website Tuesday to track incidents of domestic political surveillance by the government along with a report (PDF) claiming such incidents have increased steadily since the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. According to the report there have been 111 incidents of illegal domestic political surveillance since 9/11 in 33 states and the District of Columbia. The website, Spyfiles, will serve as the ACLU’s online home for all news and reports of domestic spying.”

Police Recruit Internet Cafe Owners To Spy On Users

Scientists Hack Into Cars’ Computers — Control Brakes, Engine

Recycling Bins Go Big Brother On Cleveland Residents

Cleveland residents, beware: your recycling bins may be watching you. The city of Cleveland is introducing a $2.5 million Big Brother-like system next year to make sure residents are recycling. Chips embedded in recycling carts will keep track of how often residents take the carts to the curb for recycling. If a bin hasn’t been taken to the curb in a long time, city workers will go rummaging through the trash to find recyclables. And if workers find that over 10% of the trash is made up of recyclable materials, residents could face a $100 fine.

Darpa’s Beady-Eyed Camera Spots the ‘Non-Cooperative’



Internet Censorship, Cyber Warfare and Electronic Disruption

Internet Censorship Alert! Alex Jones exposes agenda to ‘blacklist’ dissenting sites and license users

War game reveals U.S. lacks cyber-crisis skills

Internet Censorship Protest Shuts Down Australian Government Websites

Italy’s Government Seeks Control Over Online Videos

France falls under Internet censorship

More than 75,000 computer systems hacked in one of largest cyber attacks, security firm says

DoD computer attack causes concern – Raw Story 11/28/08

Malware attack hits Cent Com, war zone computers in Afghanistan, Iraq.

Hackers infiltrate House websites

A mystery crew fills 49 lawmakers’ home pages with anti-Obama obscenities overnight.

Pentagon: ‘Global virus’ infected Defense Dept. networks – Raw Story 11/21/08

Computer virus invades German defence computers – Earth Times 2/14/09

A computer virus which has already hit defence computers in Britain and France has spread to German military systems

Fiber-optic sabotage hits Calif. – Raw Story 4/9/09

‘Big bang’ experiment is hacked – BBC 9/15/08

French Fighter Planes Grounded by Computer Virus – Telegraph, UK via Cryptogon 2/8/09

French fighter planes were unable to take off after military computers were infected by a computer virus, an intelligence magazine claims. The aircraft were unable to download their flight plans after databases were infected by a Microsoft virus they had already been warned about several months beforehand.

The Ultimate Lock Picker Hacks Pentagon, Beats Corporate Security for Fun and Profit – Wired via Cryptogon 5/31/09

Report: Hackers breached US air traffic control systems – Raw Story 5/9/09

Thieves hack Sarkozy’s bank account – CNN 10/19/08

Hackers got into 18 computer servers at World Bank – USA Today 10/12/08