Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Rozbrat-most active,old squat in Poland need help !!!

Rozbrat squat alarm -Communique from 21/02/2008

Here are the news about our situation for all those who are interested in defending Poznan's Rozbrat squat. There's a legal trial going on in court against the owner of the ground that used to belong to Darex company and is the biggest part of Rozbrat squat. One of the creditors of that comapny is a bank situated near Warsaw. Darex company took a loan of 218,000 zlotys (about 62,000 euro) and today this loan is equal 372,000 zlotys (about 100,000 euro) together with the interest. It is possible that there are more creditors of Darex. Of course the amount of money after selling the ground will be higher than that. The decision about the evaluated price of the ground will be taken by court until the 22nd of February 2008. MOST PROBABLY IN THE MIDDLE OF MARCH THE AUCTION WILL TAKE PLACE. We ask you all to mobilize around that time because we're planning a DEMONSTRATION! We count on you! Look for the following communiques from us at www.rozbrat.org

Rozbrat squat alarm - Communique from 16/01/2008

Rozbrat Collective would like to thank everyone who in the last days expressed their support and their readiness to defend our place. We've received hundereds of e-mails, telephone calls, letters, both from indviduals and organizations, social movements from Poland and from abroad.

In general, after the visit of the bailiff last week (8/01/2008), nothing significant has happened, nothing that would change our situation. We're still under the threat of eviction, but the date is really hard to predict. We're still analysing our legal situation, considering both the organizations and initiatives that are active at Rozbrat, and the people living here for years. Within next 2 or 3 weeks our legal situation should be clear and we will publish another communique. However, we would like to state that we will defend Robrat both with all legal means and with all means necessary.

So far, Rozbrat is still active! We invite all of you for the events that will be organized in January and February: gigs, exhibitions, lectures, film screenings and so on... We invite you to visit our Anarchist Library and our Infoshop, where you can get some useful pamphlets, leaflets, posters, or borrow a book. Please visit our website www.rozbrat.org - in the announcements (in Polish "zapowiedzi") section we will be announcing all the cultural, social and political activities that we organize and we will inform you about the current situation of Rozbrat.

Struggle continues!
08.01.2008 - ALARM AT ROZBRAT!

Today, around 10 a.m. bailiff together with cops came to Rozbrat squat. The policemen drilled the lock of the gate, the bailiff had a court's permission to come in and estimate the price of the ground. The middle part of Rozbrat squat (including both concert halls, gallery, bars, library and part of the living area) was indebted for a long time by a company that doesn't exist anymore. The ground price evaluation today means that the ground can be auctioned witthin one or two months - that can mean the end of Rozbrat squat - the longest occupied space in Poland.

We'll keep you informed. We count on you being ready to organize solidarity actions by you and your groups!

We're not gonna give up without fight!


Since the beginning of the 1990's groups of Poznan freedom movement wanted to have their own premises. During that very active period, the freedom movement took part in many initiatives which aim was to socialise goods. Successes of groups in other towns were encouraging them to act.

In the summer of 1994, not minding the consent of authorities or owners, activists decisively started to look for premises. Several buildings were found, but the most appropriate one was the barrack of the bankrupted warehouse. It was situated in an deserted area that used to be a warehouse-industrial complex.

Initially, squat Rozbrat's role was a house similar to freedom communes. Some more serious actions that were creating and supporting the squat took place. In summer 1995, it was still being adapted. On one hand, it had only a residential function, one the other hand almost every resident of the squat was somehow active in social activity.

With time, concerts started to be organised at Rozbrat, because of safety reasons, the entrance was allowed only with an invitation, but they were organised more and more frequently, and the character of those concerts started to be more open. This kind of cultural activity was the leading one for following several years. A bigger room was adapted and prepared, sound equipment was collected. Slowly, the character of the place started to change and it became an independent culture centre.

After the activities were created in a closed group a time for creating a wide coalition for sustaining and keeping the squat has come. Squat started to be treated not as a whole, but as a part of activity. A wider bunch of people not living at the squat started to get involved in Rozbrat, laying the foundations of new quality of the Rozbrat Collective.

In 1997 Anarchist Federation started their activity at Rozbrat. Since then, it has gathered the more active participants of Rozbrat Collective and plays very important role in shaping the place, both in the ideological way and in material one. Meetings called the Liberation Feasts were initially a forum for both solving the problems of Rozbrat itself and the outer activity. The Anarchist Federation created the Anarchist Library in 1997, and in 2000 the Anarchist Club, where weekly meetings of AF still take place. In 2001 another room was adapted for initiative "Lame Mule" (Polish: Kulawy Muł), where recitals, poetry evenings, discos and lectures take place. The back of "Lame Mule" was transformed into the Gallery, that is open for all kinds of independent artists. With time, a technical structure and a management system based on self-governance was being created. In 2005, a new cafe bar next to the Gallery was created, it is a chillout zone. All the time, we are creating and improving the infrastructure. With small steps we are developing the place engaging ourselves in it.

Rozbrat is a peculiar centre of independent culture in Poznan, and actually, in whole Wielkopolska region. Actions that are taken here would be very difficult to be taken in a commercialised world. We are creating a place based on independent social and cultural activity: without donations, subsidies, sponsors, outside of the system, outside of the good or bad economic situation, for ourselves, for propagating an independent thought, for building social consciousness.

That is how Rozbrat has changed its side and blended well into Poznan's surrounding, for some people it has been a nice accent, for others being a thorn in their side. The outside-of-institutions character of the place was attracting and still attracts people wanting to create culture in an active and independent way, and also undertaking others actions on social-political level.

Rozbrat - The idea

Free houses for free people.
Squat is nothing but an uninhabited building, usually in a very poor shape, being occupied by a group of people who repair it, move in and create a certain kind of community. Therefore squat becomes home to them.

From the community...
The original idea of Rozbrat was to set up a commune composed of the people who did not approve of the world based on "the rat race". Then it has evolved and developed: the place itself was changing, different people got involved in the formation. The goal has broadened from residing to carrying on cultural, social and political work.
The group, initially small, has grown larger becoming kind of "open community" with the aim to keep the place and build free ideas upon it.

...to revolution
Today Rozbrat is the center of the alternative culture both for Poznan and the whole region called the Wielkopolska. This is the social space where the activities, which would not have happened in the commercialized world, do take place. Everything here is based upon the independent social and cultural activity: we don't get any donations, subsidies, we are not sponsored by anybody, we are out of the establishment and shady relations; we do it for ourselves and to spread the free, independent thought and raise social awareness.

The activities

For a start few words about Rozbrat's structure. It is divided in several autonomic but altogether integral pieces: the inhabited building - squat, the anarchist library, two rooms- concert hall plus another hall, the anarchists' club and other smaller spaces. The activists work in different groups but they cooperate with each other in the Rozbrat Collective.
The activity of the Rozbrat Collective is very wide. The Technical Collective is very important here - it is in charge of technical maintenance of Rozbrat (for instance reconditioning and improving the infrastructure, raking up the leaves in the autumn and so on) and it also coordinates the squat's activity.
From the very beginning Rozbrat has been a flat for the group of people; now there are here 15-20 squatters. There is broad cultural and social activity undertaken at Rozbrat, for example concerts, exhibitions, festivals and many other events. As individuals and as a group we are very often invited to take part in organizing some projects. We reach the people by arranging the lectures and workshops; they can also see our ideas being carried into effect.


Rozbrat has always been connected with music; actually, it was the beginning of its cultural work. People setting it up were involved in the "independent scene" based on "do it yourself" method, which applied to everything from organizing concerts, recording to releasing records; Rozbrat is also a fruit of this maxim.

The first concert at Rozbrat took place spontaneously in the autumn of 1995. Oi Polloi, legendary band from Scotland, had their gig in Poznan canceled, but they showed up at squat because of social contacts and played for a small group of people. That was the beginning; next gigs were organized by inviting certain bands to play. Only squatters' and activists' friends knew about the concerts, because it was a bit risky at that time to let unknown people come at Rozbrat. Then there were leaflets and posters spreaded, and now the info about gigs is fully official; it took several years to make people respect us and the place. But still we may refuse the entrance to some folks; some people praise us for it, but some find it pissing off. Well, the place got its own specificity and it is of big importance in the chain of interdependences around us. At the end of the day, every place got its policy and so does Rozbrat. Our aim is to influence the society through forming the alternative culture. We are alternative to plastic pop culture, which patterns got nothing to do with building free and conscious society. Pop world is the world of neon signs and stars, spectacle and sham brilliance; it is expansive and effusive, because it is based on big dough. In this world you can be a radical or an asshole, but still you are a part of this system. We don't mind popular culture, its creators and its consumers. Consciousness is the most crucial, the most important; how you act, what you do is your business- life is nothing but a constant choice!

We create our own world here and now, without menagers and visagists; we do it, because this is what we want and what we feel. We might be unprofessional because of it (though it very often appears that we are more professional than it would seem to), but we feel good about ourselves and people trust us.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Stop the war !!!


London to DC (March 15-19 2008)
-Join us for World Against War I, the antiwar protest for the people and

We are a clandestine organization located within the United States forging an
underground movement for the people. We are deeply affected by the events
following September 11th and the genocide in the Middle east. Our intention is
to disrupt the illegal empire and stop the war machine from functioning from
the inside. We will engage the enemy, take advantage of vulnerabilities and
expose every weakness. We encourage the people to standup and stand strong with
confidence, leadership, and continue organizing against every form of struggle.

The politicians in America will continue to wage war for glory and the pigs
will not stop, until they are jailed for their crimes against humanity.

We call on all free nations of the world, to unite, in our struggle against
tyranny and imperialism.

The u$ government, International Bankers, war profiteering corporations,
along with the president and his administration are guilty.

In just four short years, the people of the united states has murdered over one
million civilians in Iraq. The parties representing the American people during
the genocide, were the DEMOCRAT and REPUBLICAN Parties. The current
Democrat and Republican parties that are campaigning for President were
DIRECTLY involved in these Crimes Against Peace and will continue using the
imperial doctrine.

The military war machine continues to feed off the blood of the innocent ruled
by the wealthy elite majority. They are now continuing to spread more lies
about other countries, breeding hate for the next targets for preemptive
invasion. The American media networks are also guilty of war crimes and crimes
against humanity for their involvement in using advanced propaganda techniques
against the American people.

America's dignity and long standing history has been destroyed forever and the
people will continue to struggle. We must demand an International tribunal for
the entire federal government, media organizations, and all those who
participated in these war crimes.

Rebel States must consider separation from the union to save itself from
slavery by the Federal Reserve dollar.

We the people must use every resource available to save mankind from American
politicians and special interest war profiteering corporations who will
continue to lobby war for profit with the blood of innocent children.

Join us for...
MARCH 15-19 2008

jim and the CHANGE team

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Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Call for solidarity witch Zapatistas

ZAPATISTAS: Call to international solidarity
email: loszapatistasnoestansolos@yahoo.es


Chiapas: Solidarity!
Chiapas: Solidarity!

ZAPATISTAS: Call to international solidarity
email: loszapatistasnoestansolos@yahoo.es

we go, we go, we go!


In order to activate a reaction - coordinated and massive of protest, it denounces, pressure and vindication on the reality of Mexico, we went to all the groups, organizations and shared in common people of the European scope, stops between the set to actually send and to develop to a Campaign of solidarity and mutual support with the zapatistas communities in Chiapas and against the repression that come suffering from 1994, increased lately of alarming way, with clear signals definitively to reactivate, to break out again and to impose in that state of the Mexican Southeastern badly the call "war of low intensity" (GBI), that single tries the extermination and genocide against his indigenous towns and settlers, beginning by those who proclaim zapatistas and continue resisting with dignity by their individual and collective rights, constructing to its autonomy, exerting the direct democracy and inventing at every moment the other way to make policy, the other way to govern, to govern themselves and to construct in here and now the new world that we took in our hearts. In such campaign, without leaving outside its general missions the right reclamation to the fulfillment in the Agreements of San Andrés, the freedom of tod*s l*s pres*s polític*s, the respect to the human rights and against the diverse open conflicts that undergo the people and towns of all Mexico, mainly the natives, generated and harnessed with total impunity from the own government (federal and state), by means of their police forces, military and paramilitary, with the accomplice and generalized silence of national and international mass media, in connivencia with the interests of the great capital, their neoliberalism and the multinationals that represent it, within a climate and to come from constant tension, scorn, repression, despoliation, genocide and fascismo. And in the most specific still, aim of this Campaign he would be "yet what in addition he is decided to accompany by those who to her adds obtaining to form an European Caravan of Solidarity that in the summer and during 15 days crosses the different zones and zapatistas communities in conflict from Chiapas (Mexico).


... opened to the imagination and forces of those who add as a whole In each place and country, to carry out a series of acts and activities coincident in the time and that are followed one another uninterruptedly, in principle to be developed and to include all the 2008, occurring to its public beginning the eve of next the 16 of February and/or that same day, date of the twelfth anniversary of the company/signature in the Agreements of San Andrés between the EZLN and the Mexican government, but failed to fulfill by the this last and following governments who have happened to him since then. Between such possible initiatives, its concretion and calendar could be as it follows: 15 and 16-February: in each place (city and country) to make informative press conferences and acts to present the Campaign, its reasons and objectives, announcing from that moment its beginning and summoning to add itself to the different activities that are developed to the effect. 22-February to the?-April: SUPPORT in the European TOUR of CAPISE, beginning in the Spanish state, with all the informative acts, interviews, meetings and other activities that can be made specific to the effect. 22 to 29-February: acts of information on the VI-CCIODH (international civil commission of observation of human rights in Mexico), its conclusions and recommendations... in the places where every one understands and can make it.

10 to 19-March: campaign informative in Airports and Travel agencies main, directed whoever to go to Mexico and explaining true reality of that country... taking advantage of dates and vacations Easter (or in each place, when better it is understood that such activity could come, for example, being able to do later also facing the summer and in the dates of Christmas).

10-April: concerts y/u other cultural activities in support to the general Campaign... choosing this date to be the anniversary of the murder of Zapata.

4-May: beginning of campaign of solidarity with l*s pres*s polític*s zapatistas and of all Mexico... of 6 to 9 months of duration, by means of exhibition of paintings, photos and posters... being able to divide of a concrete country and city of the European territory, to continue later by the rest (according to to the possibilities of interest and precise covers occurred), in each place being able to be adding to more works and materials, finishing by example in the Spanish state, it stops in his end to arrive at Mexico (between October and December), to cross the long waits that there are in the jails and where it is possible more to be arrived, soliciing that of it could be ordered and be assumed by the Other Campaign and the FPDT and the APPO and...? With such initiative, the idea entails another way of in addition trying to imply to artists and intellectuals, especially being able to take advantage of the tour CAPISE to be promoting it and successfully obtaining works, that soon could end up auctioning itself and that the money was for the necessities of legal resources or others of the prisoners and prey of there... On the other hand, the date indicated for its possible beginning is not accidental, because it would be to agree with the sad anniversary of the happened thing in the Atenco-Texcoco. Like possible, to decide: ... before May, that the people reunan themselves by states and at the end of May, via Internet or also meeting at European level in the place that more good is considered, to design and to make specific that caravan of 15 days by Chiapas, next to all the others that she remembers and she comes, simultaneously that this became a mediatic phenomenon to inform, to spread and to sensitize to the rest of the planet....

June: campaign of massive mobilizations, preferredly manifestations, but also like alternative or parallelly with concentrations, long waits, occupations, etc... trying to make agree the dates in all the places that are made.

End-June to half-full-July (15 days, being to fix the dates between tod*s): permanent caravan of international observers, trying whom outside very remarkable in number of components (we say like ideal minimum - by example of 150 to 200 people), that visits the Snails, MAREZ and zapatistas communities (with greater problems and conflicts) in Chiapas...

During the same one, filming soon to publish and to spread â??Documental-Chiapas-2008.

Complementary documentation and informative Supports informative Dossier: as a booklet (dyne-4, in black and white), with distance and massive distribution, focused mainly to Chiapas and the zapatistas communities, the construction and its processes of autonomy, the earth problems, etc.... And, sure reserving some pages also to dedicate them to explain the cases, reasons, precedents, processes and the present time of the rest of the diverse opened conflicts in Mexico (Acteal, Atenco, Oaxaca...)

Public declaration and Call against the War in Chiapas-Mexico: as a public denunciation, declaration of intentions, reivindicativas exigencies (peace, justice, etc) and call of solidarity.

Collection of companies of support to the Manifesto or Declaration: Filmed interview (video) to Ernesto Ledesma-CAPISE: in order to happen later in the acts that are made. Page Web: of new creation and with the participation in its preparation and development of all those groups and/or people who así­ want it and they are committed. IMPORTANT: from the beginning to try the creation of a list of contacts, by which they can tod*s inquire and inform into direct form.... This list can be the first passage for such page Web. COMIC on zapatismo 1994- 2008... .con the chronology that has elaborated the people of Jovel recently as it bases informative, to request to Patxi Irurzun (writer) and Juan Kalvellido (sketcher) that tried to design it and to do it.

email: loszapatistasnoestansolos@yahoo.es

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Eyfa News

EYFA NETWORK NEWS! February 2008

EYFA newsletter is a tool to spread information on campaigns, actions,
meetings and convergence happening around Europe and beyond. Info is
forwarded to our network e-list and to network partners and contacts.
Please send us info if you have news to be spread.

NOTE: We have started after the summer with thematic newsletters and
archiving these on our website. You can find this newsletter at
www.eyfa.org/newsletter/militarization. Or you can check out the
version below:
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. on Militarization

In case you wonder what happened to the January Newsletter: There
wasn't one. In January we had meetings in Ljubljana and Berlin, new
funding applications to finish, and actions to do (and spending time in
jail accordingly). With big anti-NATO protests coming up and the 5th
anniversary of the Iraq war, and with tension rising between Russia and
the EU, we thought it was time for a newsletter on 'Militarization'.
So here we go:

1. Stop Wars Block NATO! - March 22, Brussels
2. Stop the Shield - March 29, Slupsk - Poland
3. Anti-NATO Days - April 2nd-4th , Bucharest
4. On the Verge - The Smash EDO campaign film
5. Frontex - the militarization of EU's borders
6. The Iraq body count

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1. Stop Wars Block NATO! - March 22 Brussels

Europe serves as a staging ground for military interventions world-
wide. The framework can differ: NATO, EU, US coalition of the
willing, UN. The target as well: Iraq, Afghanistan, Lebanon, ....
But the departure points not: military bases, airports and harbors in
Europe. Europe hosts a large military intervention machinery protecting
economic interests and sustaining the existing global order.

Brussels hosts NATO's European headquarters. Peace activists from all
over Europe will join on March 22 2008 for the first edition of 'NATO,
Game Over'. Five years after the Iraq war started, we'll go to NATO's
headquarters and close them. Literally. We'll close the gates and
entries. Nonviolently and resolutely. At the same time, Bombspotters
will enter and inspect NATO for evidence of war preparations

'NATO-game over' is not a demonstration. Neither is it a game. Up till
today, every nonviolent direct action at or around NATO's headquarters
was met with large numbers of police, miles of barbed wire, prohibi-
tions,... This will not stop us. Through nonviolent direct action we
prevent wars and stop war crimes.

Join by contacting international@bombspotting.be
or check www.bomspotting.be
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2. Stop the Shield, March 29 Slupsk - Poland

The Campaign against Militarism, Poles for a Referendum, the Anarchist
Federation and other groups are calling for a large-scale mobilization
against the installation of missiles and the building of the US base in
Poland. The action, called for March 29, can be seen as part of a larger
anti-militarist struggle which is taking place throughout Europe (see
Brussels and Bucharest).

The action in Poland will take place mainly in the city of Slupsk, near
the Baltic Sea Coast. They want to build the base in Redzikowo, 4 kms.
from the city. We will go to this town for some direct actions but also
will do some things in Slupsk. To follow up, we would like to hold some
public and activist meetings in other, larger cities nearby Slupsk,
namely Szczecin and Gdansk.

Currently, the situation with the Polish base in Redzikowo is up in the
air, which increases our chances of getting the message across. There is
still a chance that the base will not get build and a determined opposi-
tion to it will only help those chances.

See www.m29.bzzz.net
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3. Anti-NATO Days April 2nd- 4th Bucharest

In March 2004 Romania became a NATO member. Romania now has military
troops in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iraq.There are 4
US military bases in Romania, hosting more than 2.000 American soldiers.
This April Romania will be the host of the 20th NATO summit which will
be the largest in the history of NATO. The organizational costs will be
circa 35 million dollars. Some of the topics will include: NATO exten-
sion (new member might be Croatia, Macedonia and Albania), the anti-
missile defense system, information systems security, energy security...

There will be a range of events in Bucharest and other places. Those
coming from the north, can for example stop by at the Anti-NATO info-
point in Iasi (at the Ukrainian and Moldovan border) before continuing
their way to Bucharest. If you are coming from the south you might be
interested in joining the preparation for the Anti-NATO bike tour and
the critical mass, to be contacted over katarzis@riseup.net. In
Bucharest are plenty of opportunities to join into the Anti-NATO Days: a
legal march, direct actions, and many more.

Still you should keep in mind, especially if coming from the west, that
the 'scene' is not as big and equipped as you might be used to. So try
to be as self-organized as possible: bring a sleeping bag, try to
organize food (dumpster diving is not so common, but you can still find
some stuff) or even join the local FNB group (or bring in your local
group for joint actions). Organizing legal sleeping spaces on mass still
requires money, so every soli-action is welcome. But also you might want
to check out one of the plenty abandoned houses in Bucharest, waiting
for a better use.

For flyer see: www.contra-doxa.com
For more detailed info copy this link in your browser:
For future updates see also www.romania.indymedia.org
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4. On the Verge - The Smash EDO campaign film

In 2004 a group of Brighton peace campaigners began to bang pot and pans
outside their local arms manufacturers EDO MBM in disgust of their part
in the Iraq war. This has grown into the Smash EDO campaign, which has
cost the company millions, been the subject of large scale police opera-
tions and has tested the right to protest in the UK.

Using activist, police and CCTV footage plus interviews with those
involved in the campaign, 'On The Verge' tells the story of one of the
most persistent and imaginative campaigns to emerge out of the UK's
anti-war movement and direct action scene.

check out www.schnews.org.uk/schmovies/index-on-the-verge.htm
and for the campaign www.smashedo.org.uk/news.htm
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5. Frontex - the militarization of EU's borders

What's Frontex? Frontex is the French abbreviation for 'frontieres
extérieures'(external borders). The full name says more: Frontex is the
'European Agency for the Management of Operational Cooperation at the
External Borders of the Member States of the European Union'.

The Warszaw-based agency became operative in 2005 and has since then
been functioning as the bouncer at the gates of Fortress Europe.
Equipped with aeroplanes, helicopters and vessels it is patrolling
along the borderline and prohibits migrants from entering. The right to
seek asylum is being contested here and, furthermore, organizations
supporting refugees estimate that with the arrival of Frontex, the rate
of refugee deaths, among those who leave Africa by the sea, has grown -
meaning by drowning, hunger and/or thirst.

Read www.no-racism.net/article/2401/
See www.frontex.europa.eu
And the German site Frontexwatch www.frontex.antira.info
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6. The Iraq body count

The worldwide update on civilians killed in the Iraq war and occupation.

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Izraeli cruelty

These IDF soldiers have faces... I can clearly see them...Cant you? Why are they not being prosecuted? Because it is systematic process that is driven by the government designed to force the people of Palestine into exile so Israel can claim all the land and resources.

This where my American tax dollars are going, do you know where your tax dollars are at? TAKE THE TIME TO FIND THE TRUTH. So many lives depend on it. I, like so many Americans, am Caucasian, non-Arab, and religious. I can no longer sit back with good conscience and do nothing while my government is supporting the types of terrorist actions that we have condemned Muslim Fundamentalist for. Call your Congressman and Senator, send an email to the White House and demand that our government negotiate FAIRLY with both sides and bring a fair and just solution to Palestine and Israel .

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

MObile telephones - ears from big brother

Mobile phones, the stealth ID card, bug and tracking device in your pocket
Resources | Social Control | Technology / Hacklabs
repost >>> Earlier this month it emerged that the FBI had been remotely activating a mobile phone's microphone and using it to eavesdrop on nearby conversations. The surveillance technique, which "functioned whether the phone was powered on or off." came to light as a result of a ruling by U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan on the legality of the "roving bug".

[For extra information on this topic, see Privacy, Email and Activism, a brief intro >>>]

It had been approved by U.S. Department of Justice officials for use against members of a New York organized crime family who were wary of conventional surveillance techniques such as tailing a suspect or wiretapping.

Cell phones owned by two alleged mobsters, John Ardito and his attorney Peter Peluso, were used by the FBI to listen in on nearby conversations.

The news that the FBI had been remotely activating mobile phones as eaves dropping devices confirms what many activists have been saying for years.

"A cellular telephone can be turned into a microphone and transmitter for the purpose of listening to conversations in the vicinity of the phone. This is done by transmitting to the cell phone a maintenance command on the control channel. This command places the cellular telephone in the 'diagnostic mode.' When this is done, conversations in the immediate area of the telephone can be monitored over the voice channel." - National Reconnaissance Organization newsletter,1997.

As long as I can remember there has been a kind of unspoken rule among activists about taking batteries out of mobile phones during meetings to prevent bugging - along with occasional arguments about it being paranoid. While it has long been know to be a theoretical possibility, the mafia court case confirms it is actually a practical technique and is being used.

It is not clear exactly how the FBI achieve their remote activation but it is known that it is possible to update the software on a mobile phone by sending an unnoticeable SMS message to a particular cell phone. Changes to the phones software than make it possible to spy on the user around the clock, as long as the phone has power. All SMS messages can be read and all calls and conversations can be listened to, including those taking place in the vacinity of the phone. It would also be possible to access and copy address books and other information stored on the phone.

It should be fairly obvious to anyone that simply 'switching off' a mobile phone could not prevent the software from reactivating the phone at will. Like most computers, the on/off switch on a mobile phone is simply a button that requests the software to do something, ie.. turn the phone on or off - or more acturately, switch the phone between standby and normal operations. Many have an alarm feature which can operate when the phone is apparently 'switched off'.

Some of the vunerabilities of mobile phones may only be exploitable by the state or private interests with financial muscle to obtain access to the records of mobile phone networks. Others however are much easier to exploit and well within the capabilities of private investigators. One example is the ability to read mobile phone numbers from all phones in a room as those phone routinely poll and communicate with the nearest cell phone repeater.

And lets not forget the ability to track cell phones (again, potentially even when they are turned off). With the data retention laws requiring mobile phone networks to keep this data for a year or so, it is easy for the authorities (or private agencies with influence) to not only monitor somebodies movements but also cross reference that with other people and build up acturate pictures of networks of association.

As repression on dissent increases, it is vital that we are all aware of the information we provide our enemies and what steps we can take to limit the damage.

What advice might you consider?

Don't take any mobile phone to a meeting and if you must, remove the battery.
Don't take your personal mobile phone with you on actions.
Remove the battery if making journeys others should not know about.
Better yet, don't take the phone or send it out on a walk in the park with a friend.
Don't power up you 'clean' action phone in any building you don't want assocaited with an action.
Never use 'clean' action phones to call comrades personal phone numbers.
Don't call a 'clean' action phone from any 'non clean' phone.
Don't continue to use the same set of action phones on future actions.
Only pay cash for phone credit and not from places with CCTV (difficult).
[For extra information on this topic, see Privacy, Email and Activism, a brief intro >>>]

Monday, February 4, 2008

Some positive advices

Mental Feng Shui

This is without a doubt one of the nicest good luck forwards I have received. Hope it works for you -- and me!

Lotus Touts: You have 6 minutes

There's some mighty fine advice in these words, even if you're not superstitious. This Lotus Touts has been sent to you for good luck from the Anthony Robbins organization. It has been sent around the world ten times so far.

Do not keep this message.

The Lotus Touts must leave your hands in 6 MINUTES. Otherwise you will get a very unpleasant surprise. This is true, even if you are not superstitious, agnostic, or otherwise faith impaired.

ONE. Give people more than they expect and do it cheerfully.

TWO. Marry a man/woman you love to talk to. As you get older, their conversational skills will be as important as any other.

THREE. Don't believe all you hear, spend all you have or sleep all you want.

FOUR. When you say, 'I love you,' mean it.

FIVE. When you say, 'I'm sorry,' look the person in the eye.

SIX. Be engaged at least six months before you get married.

SEVEN. Believe in love at first sight.

EIGHT. Never laugh at anyone's dreams. People who don't have dreams don't have much.

NINE. Love deeply and passionately. You might get hurt but it's the only way to live life completely.

In disagreements, fight fairly. No name calling.

ELEVEN. Don't judge people by their relatives.

TWELVE. Talk slowly but think quickly.

When someone asks you a question you don't want to answer, smile and ask, 'Why do you want to know?'

FOURTEEN. Remember that great love and great achievements involve great risk.

FIFTE EN. Say 'bless you' when you hear someone sneeze.

SIXTEEN. When you lose, don't lose the lesson.

SEVENTEEN. Remember the three R's: Respect for self; Respect for others; and Responsibility for all your actions.

EIGHTEEN. Don't let a little dispute injure a great friendship.

NINETEEN. When you realize you've made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.

TWENTY. Smile when picking up the phone.The caller will hear it in your voice.

TWENTY- ONE. Spend some time alone

Now, here's the FUN part!
Send this to at least 5 people and your life will improve. 1-4 people: Your life will improve slightly.
5-9 people: Your life will improve to your liking.
9-14 people: You will have at least 5 surprises in the next 3 weeks

15 and above: Your life will improve drastically and everything you ever dreamed of will begin to take shape.

A true friend is someone who reaches for your hand and touches your heart.

Do not keep this message