‘In 2013, we learned digital surveillance by the world’s governments knows no bounds. The NSA and other investigative agencies are capturing our phone calls, tracking our location, peering into our address books, and collecting our emails. They do this in secret, without adequate public oversight, and in violation of our human rights. We won’t stand for this anymore. On Tuesday February 11, the world is fighting back.
In anticipation of the first united, worldwide action against mass spying, we asked Katarzyna Szymielewicz, Executive Director of the digital rights organization, Panoptykon Foundation, a signatory to the 13 Principles against mass surveillance, to let the world know how her team is fighting back.’
Wonderful woman on Question Time Telling the Torys some home truths.
Street Democracy writes:
It shows us up, its shows all other nations how to conduct politics in their own country and how Iceland is leading the way forward on citizenship.
Iceland is showing us how to destroy corrupt leaders over night, and how to up hold democracy as is their right.
When governments no longer adhere to the public’s opinions, when toxic politics enters the political arena and filters throughout the infrastructure, and when aristocratic millionaires use tyrannical instruments to disfigure democracy it is time for that government to go.
Here in the UK, we have disturbing, death dealing politics with the bedroom tax, with fracking, the obliteration of the welfare state and tax breaks for the rich, and massive bailouts for the wealthy criminal elite banking cartel.
We have politicians that lie, IDS has been caught at least twice and is in total breach of trust of his public position of being a politician and yet he is still in office.
We have our pensioners at risk of dying of cold this winter while we are being held to ransom by energy firms morally bankrupt, and unregulated yet our government does nothing.
Our students are penalised with heavy debt burdens, of debt enslavement for the joy of gaining knowledge. We have yet another politician with his bare face lies Nick Clegg insisting students won’t get student fee increases and that is exactly what happens.
Our government are venal corporate puppets that protect their wealth, protect their wealthy families and protect the corporations but do not consider the poor, our youth, our disabled people and all other vulnerable citizens.
We have been disempowered and weakened as a nation. Divided and ripped apart making political innovation from the common man or woman almost laughable.
Here in Crawley, the public meetings don’t attract the public anymore. Tired of listening in the public gallery, the taunting and mocking from Tory local councillors that Crawley residents don’t attend.
The corporate power reigns terror up and down the country and our government bought and paid for, go along with it. It is time we sacked our government, sacked any out of touch, far right, disconnected politician and place in the epicentre of our government those with a degree in common sense.
Can you imagine participating in a protest outside the White House and forcing the entire U.S. government to resign? Can you imagine a group of randomly chosen private citizens rewriting the U.S. constitution to include measures banning corporate fraud? It seems incomprehensible in the U.S., but Icelanders did just that.
Icelanders forced their entire government to resign after a banking fraud scandal, overthrowing the ruling party and creating a citizen’s group tasked with writing a new constitution that offered a solution to prevent corporate greed from destroying the country. The constitution of Iceland was scrapped and is being rewritten by private citizens; using a crowd-sourcing technique via social media channels such as Facebook and Twitter.
These events have been going on since 2008, yet there’s been no word from the U.S. mainstream media about any of them. In fact, all of the events that unfolded were recorded by international journalists, overseas news bureaus, citizen journalists and bloggers. This has created current accusations of an intentional cover up of the story by mainstream U.S. news sources.
Street Democracy writes:
Our governments across the board are becoming increasingly worried and scared with a legitimate fear of civilians growing discontent at politicians bare face lies and deception.
Political leaders with their absolute mounting paranoia which seemingly increases each moment they further destroy the remaining tatters of our social and political democracy.
The income disparities growing at an alarming rate. The total suppression of public opinion also being slaughtered regularly, yet they are able to further expand their fulminated attack upon the poor, the weak and vulnerable, whilst they economically gain.
The ripples are flowing faster of disdain towards a government that brutally punishes disabled people for being unfit to work. For punishing the poor for being poor, blaming the working poor for not more appreciative of their low wage back breaking, long hours of employment and pay their taxes in full.
This is another act to antagonise further peace loving innocent men and women by the ruling elites who hold no common sense and think they can cast down an iron blanket to hush the voices of dissent. They are turning our nation states into giant open air prisons.
Do we allow the UK to be a detention centre?
Think about it, we soon won’t be allowed to hold peaceful demonstrations, or protest outside the greedy corporations that constantly exploit the poor in this country, but across seas as well as raping and plundering our ecosystem, our only home.
For more on the Orwellian State, a Police State and our country turned into a giant detention centre, click here for more on this story by The Guardian or continue reading.
‘Egypt’s interim president, Adly Mansour, has enacted a new protest law that rights groups say will severely curtail freedom of assembly, and could prohibit the kinds of mass demonstrations that forced presidents Hosni Mubarak and Mohamed Morsi from power.
The law will force would-be protesters to seek seven separate permissions to take to the streets, and bans overnight sit-ins such as the Tahrir Square protests of early 2011. Activists will have to go to court to appeal against any rejected applications – a restriction lawyers argue will render legal demonstration almost impossible.’
Picture from This is Sussex.
Dear Henry Smith
I am writing as one of your constituents to ask for the DWP-ATOS mortality statistics regarding Crawley.
Iain Duncan Smith does not want – or does not care – to provide such statistics. Is this also your position – or not?
On September 4 2013, your political colleague was scheduled for questioning by the Work & Pensions Select Committee, for his serial misuse of statistics in relation to the welfare ‘reforms’ (aka cuts). He cancelled this, for the reason the DWP’s annual report was “not ready”.
The meeting was rescheduled for November 25, but again Iain Duncan Smith requested managed to postpone it. The date has now changed to December 9 2013.
One of the most serious issues your political colleague appears to be avoiding comes from Samuel Miller, a Canadian-based academic, who has submitted a number of freedom of information requests with the DWP, and has evidence the department refuses to release the mortality statistics for disabled people on welfare in 2012-2013.
On November 6 2012, Samual Miller wrote to the DWP requesting statistics for the number of disabled people on welfare who had died that year; statistics which the department had previously provided. Head of Correspondence, Goff Daft, later replied : “I am sorry that the information you require is not readily available. As this would take a considerable length of time to pull together I am unable, at this stage, to tell you when the next report will be available”
Further requests for the information were submitted, before Mr Miller received another response on June 24th 2013: “The publication you refer to was released on the Department’s website as an ad-hoc statistical analysis publication. As such there is no intention of releasing an updated version of these statistics.”
Samuel Miller says DWP has the information requested (ie the mortality statitics), but refuses to release it. Is this why Iain Duncan Smith is evading select committee meetings, avoiding a parliamentary debate on the Bedroom Tax, and selecting ‘friendly’ journalists for his interviews. The DWP has stated it is open and transparent, and tweets’ regularly with the hashtag “#opendata“, and stating under “DWP Open Data” that:
“The department is committed to Open Data and improving the use that can be made of the rich source of data it holds on much of the population. Our mission is to embed a culture of transparency so that more and more data is released routinely for wider re-use”
the abrogation of the human rights ofblame should not be restricted just to the government, Iain Duncan Smith, the DWP and ATOS, but also the certain media (eg Daily Express), whose dishonest and self-censoring coverage of the welfare reforms (cuts) has created a dangerously distorted view regarding the least-advantaged within our so-called civilised society.
The suicides which have taken place – not just here in Crawley – as a direct result of these vicious cuts have been beyond a tragedy, and beyond disgrace to any government – local or national – which calls itself caring. This is not caring – this is a monstrous, hidden ‘kulling’.
Iain Duncan Smith’s forthcoming meeting with the Select Committee on December 9 will be a test of this government and its compliant media.
As one of your constituents, I am asking you to provide the mortality statistics are provided – especially in Crawley. DWP already has them, but refuses to disclose the information.
Richard W. Symonds
By Chris Hedges
“Did you ever ask yourself how it happens that government and capitalism continue to exist in spite of all the evil and trouble they are causing in the world?” the anarchist Alexander Berkman wrote in his essay “The Idea Is the Thing.” “If you did, then your answer must have been that it is because the people support those institutions, and that they support them because they believe in them.”
Berkman was right. As long as most citizens believe in the ideas that justify global capitalism, the private and state institutions that serve our corporate masters are unassailable. When these ideas are shattered, the institutions that buttress the ruling class deflate and collapse. The battle of ideas is percolating below the surface. It is a battle the corporate state is steadily losing. An increasing number of Americans are getting it. They know that we have been stripped of political power. They recognize that we have been shorn of our most basic and cherished civil liberties, and live under the gaze of the most intrusive security and surveillance apparatus in human history. Half the country lives in poverty. Many of the rest of us, if the corporate state is not overthrown, will join them. These truths are no longer hidden.
It appears that political ferment is dormant in the United States. This is incorrect. The ideas that sustain the corporate state are swiftly losing their efficacy across the political spectrum. The ideas that are rising to take their place, however, are inchoate. The right has retreated into Christian fascism and a celebration of the gun culture. The left, knocked off balance by decades of fierce state repression in the name of anti-communism, is struggling to rebuild and define itself. Popular revulsion for the ruling elite, however, is nearly universal. It is a question of which ideas will capture the public’s imagination.
Revolution usually erupts over events that would, in normal circumstances, be considered meaningless or minor acts of injustice by the state. But once the tinder of revolt has piled up, as it has in the United States, an insignificant spark easily ignites popular rebellion. No person or movement can ignite this tinder. No one knows where or when the eruption will take place. No one knows the form it will take. But it is certain now that a popular revolt is coming. The refusal by the corporate state to address even the minimal grievances of the citizenry, along with the abject failure to remedy the mounting state repression, the chronic unemployment and underemployment, the massive debt peonage that is crippling more than half of Americans, and the loss of hope and widespread despair, means that blowback is inevitable.
“Because revolution is evolution at its boiling point you cannot ‘make’ a real revolution any more than you can hasten the boiling of a tea kettle,” Berkman wrote. “It is the fire underneath that makes it boil: how quickly it will come to the boiling point will depend on how strong the fire is.”
Street Democracy writes:
The Corporate Mind needs feeding of human turmoil on a global scale. Taking away basic human rights of legal representation, is just another kick to crush the poor and break the backs of those in need of legal assistance. No justice and no equality is assured when the Government, our true enemy with ruthless efficiency stole our democracy.
Fractured and broken our democracy remains but in tatters blowing in the toxic wind of the Tory Party. This grave assault upon the Welfare State is to decimate the lower classes to further their agenda and show loyalty at removing power from beneath and give it all to the wealth of the nation.
This onslaught of Tory propaganda about reclaiming money to save in times of ‘austerity’ just means the rich now experiencing ‘prosperity’ are taking away from the poor to give to the rich. It is if we need to detach ourselves from the system that is ruining our chances of a just life.
The actual bloodline families who lead, have gotten it wrong. For a complacent and obedient society all they had to do was make every one content with work, have enough money, too much food, too much entertainment would have them looking away from the darkness of government.
Instead by taking all the essentials away, they are forcing a massive political awakening, with citizens questioning everything now. It will start a spiritual political revolution if they are not careful and the rich will have to hide as with the French Revolution, or have they forgotten?
‘Hundreds of anti-cuts campaigners have staged protests across England to voice their opposition against the British government’s plans to cut legal aid fees.
Demonstrations organized by the anti-austerity protest group UK Uncut were held on Saturday, October 5, in seven English towns and cities, including London, Manchester, Cambridge, Liverpool, Hull, Northampton and Norwich.
Protesters blockaded roads near courts to condemn the government’s plans to slice a further £220 million from the criminal legal aid budget in England and Wales.’
Street Democracy writes:
They are closing in. They are already trying to establish ‘Free Speech Zones’ places where you can only speak out or you violate terms of some kind like disturbing the peace. Keep with it though. This is a sign of panic. When the bully looses control of his victims he has to resort to more extreme violence and this is.
The rounding up of people during the night for speaking out against Government happened in Nazis Germany back in 1935.
We have to be careful we maintain our political authority of speech and thought as is our moral right and duty. To not have our minds vilified as clap trap nonsense, to not allow for the contamination of social unity, to disallow abstract thought. It is the ethical people that should shape our politics, to organise and manage our nations, but it is clear we don’t have this.
The truth is needed to drench and cover the political apparatus and oil the engine that drives our political based reality forward. We cannot allow the silencing of dissent to then stumble along trying to catch up with the ‘out of control’ tyrannical engine of totalitarianism. This is where the state has total control over its citizens of a brutal regime of Draconian Laws.
For more on this story click here for naturalnews.com or continue to read below.
‘Be careful what you say on the government-monitored and likely CIA-backed social media website Facebook, as it could result in federal agents and the local police showing up at your door for questioning.
This is what happened to 33-year-old Blaine Cooper of Arizona recently after he posted a comment on his Facebook “wall” decrying the burgeoning American police state, and urging his friends and family to be prepared to defend their freedoms against tyrants, both foreign and domestic — you know, the very same things America’s Founding Fathers bravely stood for.
A frightening scenario that warrants the extra “S” in U.S.S.A., Cooper reportedly received unexpected phone calls both from the Prescott Valley Police Department and the FBI less than 24 hours after posting the comment, ordering him to come down to the local police station for questioning. Cooper complied, which he later found out was the only reason federal agents did not come to his front door unannounced and literally kick it in to conduct a full-scale house raid.’