Archive for October, 2012
The criminal class in Washington is bipartisan. Together they planned force-fed pain. They met secretly. They mandated poverty, unemployment, homelessness, and hunger during hard times.
They did it when vital help is needed. Officially it’s called “austerity.” Obama calls it “shared sacrifice.” In other words, ordinary people “sacrifice” to let rich ones “share.” Rape, pillage, loot, steal, or plunder best describes it.
The name of the game is shifting public wealth to bankers, other corporate favorites and wealthy elites already with too much.
It’s gone on for decades. Post-9/11, Bush and Obama took it to a higher level. They represent wealth, power and privilege. Serving them means throwing everyone else under the bus.
Robbing poor Peter to pay rich Paul is policy. Destructive neoliberal harshness defines it. Ordinary people bear extraordinary burdens. They’re oppressed by problems they didn’t cause. The usual IMF prescription is mandated.
Hammer people hard when they’re down. Preserve capital at all costs. Prioritize bankers most of all. Do it the usual way. Cut wages and benefits. Curb social spending.
Shift full-time good jobs abroad. Turn workers into wage slaves. Turn corporate predators lose to do what they please. Privatize, privatize, privatize, and crack down hard on resisters.
In the 1980s, it was called Reaganomics, trickle down, and Thatcherism. Post-Soviet Russia got “shock therapy.” In America and across Europe, it’s “austerity.”
Capital rights are pitted against humanity. Disposable workers are denied so Big Money gains. Moral depravity defines policy measures harming so many so much for so few.
How much human suffering is tolerable? Upper limits haven’t been tested. The worst is yet to come. It’s baked in the cake and agreed on. No one asked ordinary people how they feel?
Who cares! Dominant parties in America and across Europe plan trillions of dollars in social benefit cuts as far as the eye can see. Degeneracy has no limit. What’s most needed is eroding en route to being entirely lost.
Policymakers don’t care how many people lack jobs, can’t afford healthcare or college tuition, sleep on streets when homes are lost or rent is unaffordable, go hungry, or die young for lack of basic care.
Ordinary people are fair game. Western societies aren’t fit to live in. They’re being banana republicanized. American writer O. Henry (William Sydney Porter: 1862 – 1910) coined the term. His fictional Republic of Anchuria represented it.
It refers to a politically repressive country. Privileged few in it have inordinately high wealth. Diktat power lets them keep it and get more. Ordinary people are exploited, persecuted, and thrown overboard when no longer needed.
Workers bear enormous debt burdens. Make ‘em pay for corporate crimes and political corruption compounding them.
Kleptocracy is policy. Gangsterism rules. Ordinary people are left high and dry.
It’s happening in plain sight in America and across Europe. Western civilization hasn’t been this bad since 19th century harshness or perhaps the dark ages.
Personal freedoms are denied. Democratic values are illusory. Ideological extremism wages war on humanity. It’s soulless, morally depraved, anti-populist, anti-labor, anti-welfare, anti-government of, by and for everyone, pro-business, and pro-wars on one country after another without end.
What kind of leaders govern this way? What kind of society lets them? They claim democratic credentials. No one checked public opinion. No one took a vote on whether ordinary people are comfortable about shifting public wealth to corporate favorites and rich elites at their expense.
Pain is force-fed. Anti-progressivism is policy. Fascism bites hard. It inflicts suffering the old-fashioned way. Buck the system and feel its harshness.
Imagine daily life this way. Imagine things getting progressively worse. Imagine sacrificing humanity on the alter of privilege for society’s few. Imagine politicians telling people it’s for their own good.
No matter how much pain is inflicted, more follows. Take a stand and fight. Do it nonviolently. Do it because it matters. Do it because austerity is poison. Do it because no one will do it for you.
On October 27, attend United Front Against Austerity’s (UFAA) New York Public Assembly. Fight America’s existential threat. No matter who wins in November, “working families will be thrown over the proverbial ‘fiscal cliff….’ ”
Political bosses plan it “in the name of debt and deficits” reduction. It’s a hoax. It’s about greater wealth transfers. It’s about waging imperial wars without end.
It’s about empowering corporate bosses more than ever. It’s about elevating political corruption to higher levels. It’s about Washington harming ordinary people most.
“Cutting Social Security, Medicare and other threads in our fragile social fabric is not only grossly unjust – it won’t work! The so-called ‘Grand Bargain’ threatens to unleash a death spiral of unemployment and poverty which our nation is not certain to survive.”
UFAA calls on ordinary people to defend their economic rights. Mobilizing effective opposition is urgent. Agitate for change. Make Wall Street crooks pay for the mess they created. Build momentum for “a genuine political revolution of, by and for” everyone.
October 27 isn’t a conference. It’s an assembly. It a gathering of like-minded people. It’s about mobilizing for our common defense.
StopImperialism.com‘s Eric Draitser launched UFAA. November 6 choices offer none at all. No matter who wins, ordinary people lose. It’s vital they “organize NOW” ahead of post-electoral war on working Americans.
Draitser calls October 27 “an organizing tool – one that is primarily focused on proposals (including economic recovery, organizing, leadership, demands, etc.) and floor debate, so that real strategy and mobilization can follow.”
Talking shop conferences accomplish nothing. Battle plans are needed followed by action. Two segments are planned:
(1) “(I)intelligence reports” will outline today’s threats. Domestic and international ones will be covered. Distinguished speakers will explain.
(2) Debate will follow proposals. Speakers and audience members will interact. At issue is reaching consensus. It’s much more than about what’s wrong. It’s about what do we do about it starting now.
Everyone is welcome to come, participate, or just listen, learn, and pass on information to others. Speakers are being scheduled. So far they include:
Everyone is welcome to come, participate, or just listen, learn, and pass on information to others. Speakers are being scheduled. So far they include:
- Peace mom Cindy Sheehan
- Black Agenda Report Executive Editor Glen Ford
- Greek Political economist/SYRIZA founding member Yanis Varoufakis
- African-American Studies Professor Tony Monteiro
- Author/lecturer Webster Tarpley
- Dr. Randy Short
- National Jobs for All Coalition (NJFAC) organizer Eric Lerner
- NJFAC’s public housing advocate Jay Arena
- Community Progressive Radio founder Don DeBar
- This writer will also participate.
- “The time for whining and ‘waking people up’ has passed,” says Draitser. One option alone remains. “Organize to defend our economic rights.”
Doing it now is crucial. Join others cooperatively. Assemble at perhaps the most perilous time in world history:
United Front Against Austerity
Saturday, October 27th (12-6pm)
56 Walker St.
New York, NY
Stand up. Turn out. Tell others. Build on Wisconsin and OWS. Fight for fundamental rights. Save what’s being attacked and destroyed. Do what’s important because it matters. Do what no one will do for you. There’s no other way.
“When Kissinger won the Nobel Peace Prize satire died”, satirist Tom Lehrer, memorably commented.
The Former US Secretary of State was awarded his Nobel for “negotiating the Vietnam Peace Accords.” In fact he had been involved in oversight of the secret bombing of Laos and Cambodia (both neutral countries.) In nine years more than two hundred and sixty million bombs were dropped. He had also supported the murderous regimes in Chile and Argentina, where the “disappeared” are seared in to the national psyche.
UK Human Rights campaigner Peter Tatchell, in an application for a warrant for Henry Kissinger’s arrest, also referred in his submission at London’s Bow Street Magistrates Court to: “indiscriminate bombing raids … the use of toxic defoliants and pesticides (causing) mass death and suffering to the civilian population and severe long term damage to the natural environment.” (i)
Further: “According to the US Senate Sub-committee on Refugees, from March 1968 to March 1972, in excess of three million civilians were killed, wounded or made homeless.”
In 1973 Kissinger was awarded the world’s most prestigious Peace Prize. To date Mr Tatchell has failed in his attempts at arrest. The people of Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam are still paying the price in lives and deformities from Agent Orange – twenty one million gallons was sprayed on South Vietnam alone – with other horrendous toxins. (ii)
Adrian Salbuchi has presented an admirable rogues gallery of Nobel Peace Laureates (iii) but this year Mr Lehrer must be pondering on the extent to which he underestimated the death of satire.
Alfred Nobel’s 1895 will dedicated his gift to: “the person who shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for holding the promotion of peace congresses …”
The EU, apart from not being a person, hardly qualifies on the other two counts. It is striving for its own “standing army”; the collective’s actions increasingly show that peace in any form is a far away land of which they give not a damn.
Three weeks before the Nobel was awarded a major conference discussed the formation of the EU army. Five of the six biggest countries enthusiastically signed (Germany, France, Italy, Spain and Poland) The Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, Portugal and Luxembourg also joined. (iv) Alfred Nobel’s final wishes could hardly have been more flagrantly trashed than on 12th October 2012.
Figures covering the last year’s qualifications for working towards “fraternity among nations” (October 2011-October 2012) are not available, but in 2010: “Firms in the UK, France, Italy, Sweden, Germany, Spain and Europe’s own European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company made around €75 billion from selling weapons …” according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI.)
Further, in February this year, the EU Observer noted: “EU firms have joined the gold rush on military and civilian unmanned aerial vehicles”,(Drones) which, of course, target any designated person or persons for instant extrajudicial executions from thousand of miles away, in a lawless military computer game, played with real people to dispatch..
Alfred Nobel’s will also specified constituting a fund: “the interest on which shall be annually distributed in the form of prizes to those who, during the preceding year, shall have conferred the greatest benefit to mankind.”
Most of the incursions, invasions and death-delivering meddling EU Member countries have been involved in, or profited from, since its inception, have a legacy of loss, lethality and heartbreak which has certainly lived on to span the year ending October 12th 2012 – and will span decades – and indeed millennia.
In context, in Iraq in 1991, the Balkans in the early and late 90’s. There and in Afghanistan and Libya, the U.S. has used depleted uranium (DU) weapons (v.) EU countries have been allies and partners in these blitzkriegs, thus have collective culpability. The UK also used DU weapons in 1991. The half-life of radioactive and chemically toxic DU – linked to cancers and birth deformities in bombarded countries and EU/NATO troops – is 4.5 Billion years. Libya will inevitably share the same fate. That this is ongoing and spanning the last year, contravenes Alfred Nobel’s aspirations – and then some.
It has to be doubted if the sort of “promotion of peace congress” Nobel had in mind was the hosting of sixty nations – including most of those of the EU – by France’s President Francois Hollande in July, for a “Friends of Syria” Conference (read :friends of a bunch of paid mercenaries, insurgents and illegals) to call for tougher sanctions on Syria’s legitimate, sovereign government, and to decide how much more funding they were prepared to give to the terrorists.
Hollande’s gathering was near mirror image of his predecessor, Nicolas Sarkozy who, with UK Prime Minister David Cameron had: “spearheaded the West’s intervention in Libya.” It had “paid off “ – with the country in ruins, and legitimate government fallen, many murdered.
Thus a conference was held: “very much about countries jostling for very lucrative contracts for the rebuilding of Libya and also for its enormous energy sector … The National Transitional Council (NTC) has promised that those countries that gave it support will take significant rewards. That should put France and the United Kingdom … at the top of the queue.” (Al Jazeera., 1st September 2011. Emphasis mine.)
Prior to that, a meeting to discuss speeding up the illegal Libya coup was held in July 201, had been held in Turkey’s cultural treasure, Istanbul, the participants – virtually the same countries attending as Hollande’s Paris conference – christening the insurgent NTC as: “legitimate governing authority of Libya.” Naturally they backed the “formation of a free and democratic Libya.” View the results and weep.
NATO Member,Turkey, is also an aspiring EU Member – despite the largest portion of the country being in Asia. Turkey has been carrying out murderous cross border raids in to Northern Iraq for years and currently hosts training camps for terrorists illegally entering Syria, committing wholesale murder and destroying the cradle of some of history’s most luminous jewels. The Ankara government’s response to the EU Nobel farce was grovelling:
In a telephone interview with CNNTurk, Turkish Minister for EU Affairs Egemen Bagis stated: “I say: congratulations. I hope that with this prize EU officials will also take into account that Turkey would make this peace project grow even bigger and stronger, and that it could thus be a global, and not just a continental project.” Turkey must surely be the only rat in history which pleads to swim out to and clamber up the side of a sinking ship.
The aspirant Nobel EU joiner of course, has also been host to the vast US Incirlik Air Base, from where plenty of casual global annihilation has taken place, for nearly sixty years.
The European Union is also quietly strangulating thirty two countries, by arbitrarily subjecting them to embargoes, whilst trumpeting free trade.(vi)
Iran of course has had ability to trade and import frozen by the US since 1979. The EU has become an enthusiastic partner. Three days after the Nobel announcement they also made one:
“Restrictive measures” had been adopted, announced a statement, after anyone who knows anything about sanctions knows that when negotiating sleights of hands are overcome, the hungry have starved and the sick have died.meeting of foreign ministers, in Luxembourg.
“The measures include a ban on financial transactions, with some exceptions for those involving humanitarian aid, food and medicine purchases and provisions for legitimate trade, an EU diplomat said.” Forget the caveat about aid, food, medicines, a Dr Ismail Salami spells it out (vii): “Fatemeh Hashemi, Head of Iran’s Charity Institute for Special Diseases, voices grave concern for the six million patients suffering from (life threatening) diseases … sanctions are exacting their deadly toll on the terminally ailing patients.
“Mrs. Hashemi wrote to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon two months ago: ‘Although medicine is not included in the sanctions list … the impossibility of transferring money through the banks … has (severely affected) the import of medicines in the country. As the head of an Institute dealing with the lives of six million patients, I hereby implore you to exert all your endeavors … in lifting the sanctions (which are) to the inexcusable detriment of the patients in Iran.’ ”
A Holocaust forewarned – and the relevant UN Commissions and its Secretary General do not bother to respond.
So much for the UN’s founding vows, reaffirming: “faith in fundamental human rights, the dignity and worth of the human person … social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom.”
“The new sanctions mark one of the toughest pushes against Iran by Europe to date. A significant change of policy for the twenty seven member block.”(viii) Trade in the oil and gas industry, Iran’s major financial lifeline is viciously targeted. Transactions between EU and Iranian banks are in effect frozen, with additional measures isolating the Central Bank of Iran.
Think Iraq, think Libya, think the illegality of collective punishment (which Additional Protocol 11, Geneva Convention 1977 explicitly forbids) and abandonment of a swathe of human rights and international law.
The same day, European satellite provider Eutelsat SA said it has stopped the broadcast of many Iranian satellite channels following an order by the European Commission, Press TV reports.
“We terminated the contracts because it was the order of the European Commission. We have to follow it,” Karen Badalov, area management of Eutelsat told Press TV. Goodness, is it not those “repressive regimes” who “deny citizens press freedom” and “freedom of expression”?
Regarding Syria, in April, France’s Foreign Minister Alain Juppé trumpeted that sanctions were having the “desired effect.” The oil embargo, sanctions on the Central Bank had caused staples, including flour to rise by fifty percent. Heating oil costs, a winter essential was set to soar.
Fresh from their Nobel triumph, the EU strangulated further, banning all flights by Syrian Arab Airlines to or from EU airports and freezing the Airline’s assets. The financial oxygen of two way trade was thus
virtually switched off. The value of both the Syrian Pound and the Iranian Rial have, broadly, halved.
The last paragraph of the 2012 Nobel statement (ix) reads: “The work of the EU represents ‘fraternity between nations’, and amounts to a form of the ‘peace congresses’ to which Alfred Nobel refers as criteria for the Peace Prize in his 1895 will.” A piece of fantastical nonsense to join history’s most memorable.
Taking the EU, if “fraternity between nations” means enraged riots across the “union” caused by measures of austerity – imposed by a body whose accounts have not been signed off by the Court of Auditors for seventeenyears (x) we live in even stranger times.
In Greece, which had the lowest recorded suicide rate in Europe, desperation through job losses, subsequent deprivation and homelessness is setting it towards being suicide central, with occurrences “skyrocketing.” In Athens, in June alone, there were three hundred and fifty attempts and fifty deaths, with such deaths rising across the country and the beautiful Greek islands.
More than 2,500 people have taken their own lives since 2010. “This is the number for confirmed suicides. We think the real number is much higher”, said psychiatrist Dr. Dimitris Boukouras, who mans a psychiatric hotline that rings off the hook every day. (xi) Desperation is such that experts believe some are ending their lives: “in an act of ultimate political protest.”
In April a seventy seven year-old pharmacist shot himself on Syntagma Square in downtown Athens as did Dimitris Christoulas, “People have hanged themselves in public, set alight to themselves in public and died in numerous other ways in the privacy of their own homes.”
A note in red letters on a piece of cardboard pinned on a memorial to Dimitris Christoulas reads: “The government has annihilated all traces for my survival, based on a very dignified pension that I alone paid into for thirty five years with no help from the State. I see no other solution than this dignified end to my life so that I don’t find myself fishing through garbage cans for my sustenance.”
When Germany’s iron Chancellor Merkel – seen as representing the prime drivers of this tragedy – visited Athens earlier this month she was protected by seven thousand police and images of her wrapped in a swastika were burned in the streets.
The EU was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize on the anniversary of Athens liberation from the Germans -12th October 1944.
Greece’s plight is replicated across Europe with massive demonstrations throughout Spain, in ten cities in Portugal, in Italy – where two family men in two months set fire to themselves outside the Presidential Palace, unable to provide for families. Ireland, where emigration to find work had been endemic for generations, for the three decades saw them staying, thriving and many others returning. Now the scourge of emigration has returned.
Belgians and their Unions joined demonstrations in France, Germans too have rebelled and in London this weekend at least 150,000 traveled from across the country, with calls for a general strike, their actions mirrored in Scotland and Northern Ireland. Hundreds from Wales joined the London demo – with three Union representatives walking from the Principality’s Capitol, Cardiff 156 miles away, taking seven days, to draw attention to the depth of anger at cuts.
In the coming week Cyprus is expected to join the broken and destitute of the Euro-ruined with the island’s Finance Minister saying he expects final bailout negotiations to start “very soon”, possibly next week
The UK demonstration’s took place on the first anniversary of the death of Libya’s Colonel Quaddafi, arguably enthusiastically awaited, plotted, aided and certainly welcomed by the EU.
Speaking of the Nobel award, EU Commission President Jose Barroso commented that the titanic project’s values of freedom, democracy, the rule of law and respect for human rights were ones that: “people around the world aspire to.”
Martin Schultz German President of the European Parliament said that the Prize: “can serve as an inspiration … the EU is a unique project that replaces war with peace, hate with solidarity.”
This, ironically as Germany, driver of current misery from Tipperary to Tehran, inflation in the case of Iran and Syria near totally crippling – and suicides and self-immolation.
German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle announced the cuts banning Iranian natural gas in to EU nations.
It perhaps makes these stringencies doubly evil, in that inflation is something that haunts the German historic psyche. After WW1, the German Mark, by November 1921 fell from 4.2 to 330 to the dollar. One Mark was thus worth one third of a cent.
There is a collectors’ medallion which commemorates hyperinflation by 1923. It reads: “On 1st November 1923, 1 pound of bread cost 3 billion Marks, I pound of meat: 36 billion, I glass of beer: 4 billion.”
Britain’s former Defence Minister Sir Malcolm Rifkind, by the way, thought the honour to the EU was wrong. The Nobel Peace Prize should, he said, have been shared with NATO.
Way to go, Mr Lehrer, Sir.
Depleted Uranium Overview:
Noted journalist seeks to abolish body scanners
Paul Joseph Watson
October 22, 2012
Consumer advocate and noted journalist Christopher Elliott has publicly backed Infowars’ national Opt Out and Film campaign set to take place next month as he leads a charge to abolish dangerous TSA body scanners.
Elliott is a nationally syndicated columnist whose articles have featured in the Washington Post, The New York Times, USA Today and The Wall Street Journal.
He is also a co-founder of the Consumer Travel Alliance, a Washington-based advocacy group for travelers which has made a bold stance against increasingly ludicrous TSA policies in recent months.
In a Huffington Post article published this morning, Elliott explains how reports that the TSA was shutting down its dangerous x-ray body scanners, linked to cancer by many prestigious health bodies, are inaccurate and that the federal agency is merely moving them to other airports around the country.
He also notes how the 2010 Opt Out day protest was virtually ignored by the mainstream media despite the fact that it proved the TSA made a political decision to mothball the scanners for one day in order to avoid a PR embarrassment – underscoring that the scanners have nothing to do with genuine safety.
- A d v e r t i s e m e n t
Elliott highlights how, “Momentum is building for a second, more sustained opt-out protest which would take place during an entire week, from Nov. 19 to 26. The idea, first suggested by the activist site InfoWars, is now being seriously discussed among activists, and is gaining traction among passengers.”
“The reasoning behind a National Opt-Out Week is this: If the TSA decides to shut down its scanners in response to the protest, as it allegedly did in 2010, activists would have ample opportunity to document the action over a period of a week. TSA critics would then have more than enough evidence to prove that these scans and pat-downs are a false choice and do practically nothing to improve our safety,” he adds.
The campaign is also designed to re-assert the right of travelers to film TSA screening procedures, a right the TSA acknowledges on its own website.
It also encourages travelers to ‘opt out’ of the TSA’s bizarre obedience training programs, including the ridiculous “all stop” policy where travelers are ordered to freeze on the spot for no reason whatsoever. Again, the TSA has admitted that travelers are not mandated to comply with these bizarre displays of security theater.
Anecdotal evidence clearly suggests that TSA screeners treat travelers with the dignity and respect they deserve when they know they are being recorded.
Elliott suggests that if more and more Americans were to opt out of the naked body scanners, the TSA would be forced to eliminate its lengthy and invasive pat down procedures for fear of extending waiting lines and creating even more rancor.
Paul Joseph Watson is the editor and writer for Prison Planet.com. He is the author of Order Out Of Chaos. Watson is also a regular fill-in host for The Alex Jones Show and Infowars Nightly News.
TO:COS BoardOct 19th, 2012————————————————————————————————————————
Greetings-Correct me if i’m wrong, but i believe the COS board is responsible for instituting the computer internet use policy at COSthat is both restricting the use of the internet and violating the 4th amendment rights to privacy of students and communitymembers alike. I refer to board policy #3720. The explanation for the privacy violations are referenced in my oct 2, 2012complaint/grievance to the college (below) as sent to you all previously.Regarding this board policy, i take particularissue with the system administrator’s so-called “right” to monitor usage of the internet network. This is strictlyillegal. No-one has the “right” to violate or monitor one’s internet activity. As well, no policy has the authority to prohibit massmailings (example- i use mass mailings to inform and educate people about global climate change developments such as therecent revelation that the first half of 2012 was the warmest ever recorded in the US). Prohibiting commercial and businessactivity online is also a violation of our fundamental freedom. Community members can do what they wish on the internet, this is no-one else’sbusiness. I support online businesses and the good they are doing for our community. If we go down the slippery slopeof censoring what can and cannot be done on the internet, we might as well become another communist china. What’s next?prohibiting what websites we can and cannot visit? fingerprint and biometric scans to identify us before we are allowed to go online?when does it ever end? This is why we must nip this in the bud before it metastisizes.I give the college the benefit of the doubt that these restrictions, controls and surveillance protocols are being imposed upon thecollege by outside government agencies such as the US Dept of Homeland Security and/or regional cybersecurity so-called“threat fusion centers”. Like the TSA imposing its unconstitutional authority at our domestic transportation facilities, I suspect theDHS has done the same at our community colleges with regards to internet access and is using these facilities to ILLEGALLYspy and surveil on students and community members. If this is the case, i don’t want to come against the college per se’.COS has been very good for me over the years and i respect and support the wonderful services here.What i am being forced to challenge is the internet use policy which has been approved and/or been imposed uponstudents and community by the COS board. My conflict here is with the emerging police state symbolized by the criminalsand tyrants who comprise the US Dept of Homeland Security, not with the college, its administration, board, students andcommunity members who are the victims of this unconstitutional assault upon our precious freedoms and liberties, in my opinion.Thus said, i would like to urge the COS board to put forth a “corrective” board policy that returns the internet back to thestudents and the community where it belongs- without restrictions, controls, time limits and illegal police state surveillance.Further, on behalf of the grievance below, i would like to meet with the mt shasta board representative (since i live in mt shasta)to discuss options as to how this can be achieved.One SOLUTION i can put forth that will resolve this impasse regarding internet use at COS is that instead of barcode scanningone’s library card and computer terminal (at the library), students just present their student ID card to prove they are students.No sign-in, no electronic record and no illegal surveillance ensues. Community members could just perhaps show their library card.Ditto for internet use at the LRC. This would solve this complaint/grievance for me and our 4th amendment rights to privacy would be upheld.This option would protect our privacy from criminal elements within our government who are hell-bent on destroying our abilityto use the internet freely, openly and without undue restrictions here at COS. This policy shift would also secure our billof rights as american citizens, which, i believe, is really at the heart of the issue here.Regards,Steve JonesCOS student 2012—————————————————————————————————————————————————-
2 Oct 2012
College of the Siskiyous
Re: Internet Access
It has come to my attention of late that there are massive privacy violations occurring at COS with
regards to internet access and use. In order to use the internet at the COS library, for example, one must
give up one’s identity and be appointed to a designated computer terminal- all via a computer barcode
scan of one’s library card. This is a gross violation of our 4th amendment right to personal privacy
(see the 4th Amendment: http://www.law.cornell.edu/constitution/fourth_amendment) and a constitutional
right that as a student, and as an American citizen, i am NOT willing to give up. Because i am NOT
willing to acquiesce to violations of my civil liberties, i am being illegally censored from using the internet
as the COS library. Further, this is an additional violation of my 1st Amendment right to free speech
as guaranteed to me by Law in the US Bill of Rights.
Students and the community have a right to be anonymous when using the internet. COS, both at the Library
and at the Learning Center, is violating students rights to privacy by monitoring, tracking and recording students
use of the internet at these facilities. This is strictly illegal and unconstitutional and has absolutely NO PLACE
at any educational institution in the state of California. (or anywhere else in this nation for that matter).The $20 charge per semester for non-student/community members needs to be terminated as well.
This is an unfair, discriminatory, apartheid system against taxpayers who partially fund this institution.
Both for students and non-students alike, the internet needs to be returned to the people and the community where it
belongs- without restrictions, controls and, especially, without illegal surveillance.
Technology should be used to help liberate Mankind, not enslave it. The central core problem with the USA today
is that the country is rapidly devolving into a fascist nazi-style spy and surveillance police state. This is NOT the way forward.
The only way out of the economic, political and social breakdown, collapse and implosion we are witnessing in our
nation today is to create, nurture and build a global green/sustainable world civilization- a Green World Order.
This requires a free and open internet all around. As a global environmentalist, I need to spend my time and energy researching,
writing and networking on the internet, not wasting my time fighting to secure what should be private, anonymous and
unrestricted internet access at this educational institution.
I’ve written an online book that will give COS administrators and others an idea of the scale of the global environmental
threats we are currently facing and the solutions that are required to preserve the well-being of our species and the survival of our civilization.
I need to be able to freely, and without restrictions, pursue this type of online work and research here at COS. The book is
called, SAVING THE PLANET: http://pulsar774.tripod.com/
I applaud COS for developing its fine green/sustainable programs and courses over the last few years and for removing the username/
password log-in function at the LRC- these are good, positive developments. However, as stated previously, the Library has gone
in the exact opposite direction. The very act of being barcoded for identity and computer terminal placement i a DE-FACTO
act of police state surveillance. It also sets up the potential for widespread abuse by local, state and federal law enforcement and
intelligence agencies in regards to illegal spying and surveillance of student’s internet activity.
What has happened to the COS Library, and to a degree at the Learning Center regarding the student log-in procedure, is analogous
to what has happened at our airports with the Dept of Homeland Security and the TSA violating our 4th amendment
right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures. The TSA has crossed the line with regards to bodily privacy, while
educational institutions such as COS have crossed the line with regards to internet privacy. If they are not changed, such practices need to be reigned in,
corrected, prosecuted and terminated and our civil liberties upheld, restored and protected.
I consider it a strong possibility that educational institutions such as COS are being strongly pressured (if not forced) into adopting
these privacy violating protocols and procedures by outside government agencies. I am well aware of the fact too that local law enforcement
is being federally militarized in many municipalities across the nation. Here is an online article that recently came out entitled, “19 signs
that America is being systematically transformed into a giant surveillance grid,
describing the technologies and agencies responsible for violating our constitutional civil liberties and freedoms.
The central core issue at the heart of this complaint/grievance with regards to privacy violations at the COS Library (and the LRC) concerns the infringement of the US
4th Amendment. The 4th Amendment is our constitutional civil liberties privacy law, just as the 1st Amendment is our freedom of speech law.
Our 4th Amendment rights as students and members of the community are being systematically violated here at COS.
COS needs to immediately terminate its criminal activity in this area and learn to uphold the dignity, privacy and anonymity rights of its students
regarding internet use here at the college.
More succinctly, I demand that COS Cease and Desist from violating my 4th Amendment right to privacy and stop censoring my ability to use the
internet freely, openly and without restrictions. As a student, i have a right to NOT be tracked, recorded, monitored or surveilled in any way
and remain anonymous while using the internet. I call on COS to uphold my right to privacy, respect my 4th Amendment right (protecting me from
unlawful searches and seizures) and to remove all current restrictions that are preventing me from utilizing the wonderful research, outreach and networking
capabilities of the internet.
I’m in this for the long haul. If this complaint/grievance does not change current internet use policy, i will have no other choice that to pursue
other external avenues of redress until my constitutional civil liberties are respected, upheld and restored.
Lastly, confronting such police state developments at COS (and other institutions) is atthe very heart of the battle to Save Our Planet and to secure our future for upcominggenerations. We will win or lose our prospects for survival as a species based on theoutcome of dialectical conflicts such as these throughout our nation and the world inthe immediate months and years ahead.
Computer Science Major
COS student 2012
***By the way and for the record: Thanks to the internet, i have been able to track many trends, indicators and trajectories over time with regards
to the many human, social and environmental crises (such as global climate change) we are currently experiencing as a species and as a civilization.
To put it bluntly, we are completely OUT OF TIME here at the end of 2012. If our nation and this world don’t make an immediate planetary shift
towards creating and building a green/sustainable world society- a Green World Order- then Mankind will most certainly descend into the black hole of aglobal fascist police state, resulting in depopulation/eugenics campaigns and the inevitable destruction and extinction
of the human enterprise here on Earth. Again, thanks to the internet, i’ve been able to reach and warn many governments, international
organizations and instituions about the dire global environmental crisis we are in today as a species. I need to be able to continue
my work and research here at COS if we’re going to have any chance of surviving the 21st century.
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By JG Vibes theintelhub.com October 3, 2012
Carroll County is the first district in Maryland, and one of the first in the country to install a PalmSecure system in their schools, which will force students of all ages to place their hands through an infrared scanner to pay for their lunches.
The PalmSecure system is currently operating in three Carroll County elementary schools, but should be in every school within a year and a half.
The palm-reading system will cost a projected $300,000 for installation in all 43 schools in the system, as well as in the central office. The scanner identifies unique palm and vein patterns, and converts the image into an encrypted numeric algorithm that records the lunch sales.
Multiple other schools around the country are also experimenting with the PalmSecure system, including Louisiana, Florida and Mississippi.
The program kicked off last year in the Pinellas County school system in Florida. So far, everywhere that these systems have been rolled out there have been protests from the parents and a widespread rejection of the system.
Carroll County in Maryland has become the newest area hit with this controversy, and this new implementation has brought the debate to a national level, with it now becoming apparent that this is looking to become a nationwide program.
Khaliah Barnes of the open-government counsel with the Electronic Privacy Information Center, said that schools should have allowed parents to opt in to the service, rather than out. “With students, this presents unique privacy threats,”
Barnes said. “We’re talking about elementary school students, and that type of technology can make children less inclined to the rights of privacy. Imagine being tracked from age 8 to age 16, and then a university continues to use it, it becomes old hat and makes them less inclined to recognize privacy threats.”
This point is exactly the problem with these sorts of programs, they are literally training a whole generation of people to be oppressed and spied on by figures of authority.
It is welcoming news that parents are rejecting this, but unfortunately it doesn’t seem to be making much of a difference to the school systems. It seems that this is one of those non-negotiable plans that have been ordered by the central government.
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