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Earth Peoples co-founder Arthur Manuel passed away, 66-years-old.

Friday, January 13th, 2017

Dear Earth Peoples.
Arthur Manuel was always working hard.
Tiokasin Ghosthorse brought me to collaborate with Rebecca Sommer, one of my best friends… and this is where I met Arthur. I was very glad to from the start. I was in line with him in the cafeteria at the UN during the indigenous peoples caucus for the Earth Peoples partners event. I got some coffee and was going to sit down at the table he was at. Arthur said with warning…you might not want to sit there. I said oh is this seat taken? He said no its just that you might not want to be associated with me. A lot of people do not like me.
I looked around over my shoulders and said.. jokingly I said….want me to beat them up for you? He laughed a lot. That was the comical and genuine relationship that I had with him from the start. He is someone I am honored to say has changed my life and i can call him my favorite person and a best friend. I am so thrilled that I had the opportunity to know Arthur.
Arthur was my Earth Peoples brother, a child of our mother Earth and I loved him very much. I always looked up to him for saving the world. I remember saying to Arthur that I hope that I can somehow make a difference in the world like he does. I would like to make my life meaningful. He said Elaine, You don’t want to do what i do. He said… I am not complaining but Elaine, you have the creative arts and you can work in that medium and be effective. As you do…. and it seems more fun. That meant a lot to me. I appreciate that with all of my heart. I hope that i can send that message through my art so that I can make him proud and maybe send some laughs too.
He lives forever in our hearts. He lived. I only hope that I can too live a life that makes the ancestors proud  as was well.

Book Arhur ManualHis last writing to me was when he signed his book
Unsettling Canada
for me with the words “May the world be good to you my friend.
-Arthur”

He will be greatly missed!!!

Elaine+Arthur

Interpol accused of undermining justice – Governments allegedly misused global police force to crack down on political opponents and human rights activists.

Sunday, March 23rd, 2014

By Ida Karlsson, for Aljazera

One billion searches in the Interpol databases were conducted by police worldwide in 2012 according to the organisation. More and more countries are relying upon information from Interpol, the world’s largest international police organisation.

Interpol writes that its role is to enable police around the world to work together to make the world a safer place. But for some people their operations have meant that they are less safe.

The number of Interpol’s “wanted person” alerts have more than tripled over recent years. The alerts are meant to be used to combat international crime but those “wanted” are not just suspected criminals.
. . . READ ARTICLE

Obama’s NSA ‘reforms’ are little more than a PR attempt to mollify the public

Sunday, January 19th, 2014

Obama is draping the banner of change over the NSA status quo. Bulk surveillance that caused such outrage will remain in place

Glenn Greenwald,  The Guardian, Friday 17 January 2014

Barack Obama speaks about the National Security Agency on 17 January 2014 from the Justice Department in Washington. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

In response to political scandal and public outrage, official Washington repeatedly uses the same well-worn tactic. It is the one that has been hauled out over decades in response to many of America’s most significant political scandals. Predictably, it is the same one that shaped President Obama’s much-heralded Friday speech to announce his proposals for “reforming” the National Security Agency in the wake of seven months of intense worldwide controversy.

The crux of this tactic is that US political leaders pretend to validate and even channel public anger by acknowledging that there are “serious questions that have been raised”. They vow changes to fix the system and ensure these problems never happen again. And they then set out, with their actions, to do exactly the opposite: to make the system prettier and more politically palatable with empty, cosmetic “reforms” so as to placate public anger while leaving the system fundamentally unchanged, even more immune than before to serious challenge.

This scam has been so frequently used that it is now easily recognizable. In the mid-1970s, the Senate uncovered surveillance abuses that had been ongoing for decades, generating widespread public fury. In response, the US Congress enacted a new law (Fisa) which featured two primary “safeguards”: a requirement of judicial review for any domestic surveillance, and newly created committees to ensure legal compliance by the intelligence community.

But the new court was designed to ensure that all of the government’s requests were approved: it met in secret, only the government’s lawyers could attend, it was staffed with the most pro-government judges, and it was even housed in the executive branch. As planned, the court over the next 30 years virtually never said no to the government.

Identically, the most devoted and slavish loyalists of the National Security State were repeatedly installed as the committee’s heads, currently in the form of NSA cheerleaders Democrat Dianne Feinstein in the Senate and Republican Mike Rogers in the House. As the New Yorker’s Ryan Lizza put it in a December 2013 article on the joke of Congressional oversight, the committees “more often treat … senior intelligence officials like matinee idols”.

As a result, the committees, ostensibly intended to serve an overseer function, have far more often acted as the NSA’s in-house PR firm. The heralded mid-1970s reforms did more to make Americans believe there was reform than actually providing any, thus shielding it from real reforms.

The same thing happened after the New York Times, in 2005, revealed that the NSA under Bush had been eavesdropping on Americans for years without the warrants required by criminal law. The US political class loudly claimed that they would resolve the problems that led to that scandal. Instead, they did the opposite: in 2008, a bipartisan Congress, with the support of then-Senator Barack Obama, enacted a new Fisa law that legalized the bulk of the once-illegal Bush program, including allowing warrantless eavesdropping on hundreds of millions of foreign nationals and large numbers of Americans as well.

This was also the same tactic used in the wake of the 2008 financial crises. Politicians dutifully read from the script that blamed unregulated Wall Street excesses and angrily vowed to rein them in. They then enacted legislation that left the bankers almost entirely unscathed, and which made the “too-big-to-fail” problem that spawned the crises worse than ever.

And now we have the spectacle of President Obama reciting paeans to the values of individual privacy and the pressing need for NSA safeguards. “Individual freedom is the wellspring of human progress,” he gushed with an impressively straight face. “One thing I’m certain of, this debate will make us stronger,” he pronounced, while still seeking to imprison for decades the whistleblower who enabled that debate. The bottom line, he said, is this: “I believe we need a new approach.”

But those pretty rhetorical flourishes were accompanied by a series of plainly cosmetic “reforms”. By design, those proposals will do little more than maintain rigidly in place the very bulk surveillance systems that have sparked such controversy and anger.

To be sure, there were several proposals from Obama that are positive steps. A public advocate in the Fisa court, a loosening of “gag orders” for national security letters, removing metadata control from the NSA, stricter standards for accessing metadata, and narrower authorizations for spying on friendly foreign leaders (but not, of course, their populations) can all have some marginal benefits. But even there, Obama’s speech was so bereft of specifics – what will the new standards be? who will now control Americans’ metadata? – that they are more like slogans than serious proposals.

Ultimately, the radical essence of the NSA – a system of suspicion-less spying aimed at hundreds of millions of people in the US and around the world – will fully endure even if all of Obama’s proposals are adopted. That’s because Obama never hid the real purpose of this process. It is, he and his officials repeatedly acknowledged, “to restore public confidence” in the NSA. In other words, the goal isn’t to truly reform the agency; it is deceive people into believing it has been so that they no longer fear it or are angry about it.

As the ACLU’s executive director Anthony Romero said after the speech:

The president should end – not mend – the government’s collection and retention of all law-abiding Americans’ data. When the government collects and stores every American’s phone call data, it is engaging in a textbook example of an ‘unreasonable search’ that violates the constitution.

That, in general, has long been Obama’s primary role in our political system and his premiere, defining value to the permanent power factions that run Washington. He prettifies the ugly; he drapes the banner of change over systematic status quo perpetuation; he makes Americans feel better about policies they find repellent without the need to change any of them in meaningful ways. He’s not an agent of change but the soothing branding packaging for it.

As is always the case, those who want genuine changes should not look to politicians, and certainly not to Barack Obama, to wait for it to be gifted. Obama was forced to give this speech by rising public pressure, increasingly scared US tech giants, and surprisingly strong resistance from the international community to the out-of-control American surveillance state.

Today’s speech should be seen as the first step, not the last, on the road to restoring privacy. The causes that drove Obama to give this speech need to be, and will be, stoked and nurtured further until it becomes clear to official Washington that, this time around, cosmetic gestures are plainly inadequate.

NASA and DHS To Demonstrate heartbeat finding radar tool for disaster rescue

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

Comment by Maggie Zhou

With coming climate disasters and associated manmade disasters to be anticipated, it would seem that better disaster rescue tools are great, right?

Well, any invention or discovery, even those with great promise for the betterment of human existence, can also be a deadly tool in the hands of the empire.  Here is another example.  Nominally the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (the same folks that Edward Snowden has been exposing) has now this new radar device that detects heartbeats of victims trapped in wreckage.  It can locate individuals buried under as much as 30 feet of crushed materials, hidden behind 20 feet of solid concrete, or from a distance of 100 feet in open spaces.  It can even distinguish the unique signature of a human’s breathing pattern and heartbeat from that of other living creatures, such as rats.

Read more about it here

Contemplate its implications … when it’s used AGAINST the people.

NSA: FOR THOSE THAT DOUBT HOW BAD IT REALLY IS: XKeyscore presentation from 2008 – read in full

Sunday, September 15th, 2013

The Guardian published, despite intimidation tactics, America’s NSA 2008 XKeyscore program training materials, that mention at the top of the document the names of three other countries: Canada, New Zealand and Great Britain. The declassified NSA “XKeyscore 2008 training program” details how analysts can use it and other systems, to mine enormous agency databases and develop intelligence from the web. Several pagesd got blacked out, but there is a hell of a lot of information what is done to us, the people of the world.

It is truly alarming, read it in full, share and save it elsewhere, who knows how long it’s allowed to remain on the web, even so it was declassified.

To read the US NSA 2008 XKeyscore program training materials, click here

NSA Keystone 2008 training program page

NSA Keystone 2008 training program page


NSA Keystone 2008 training program page

NSA Keystone 2008 training program page

BRUSSELS RULES ON YOUR DATA ! WHAT YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW :

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

BRUSSELS RULES ON YOUR DATA ! WHAT YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW :

The European Commission plans to unify data protection within the European Union (EU) with a single law, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The current EU Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC does not consider important aspects like the recent NSA affair, globalization and technological developments like social networks and cloud computing sufficiently and new guidelines for data protection and privacy were required. A proposal for the regulation has been released on 25 January 2012. That was BEFORE the NSA global surveillance scheme was uncovered. The adoption is aimed for in 2014 and the regulation is planned to take effect in 2016 after a transition period of 2 years. Discussions regarding specific contents are still ongoing.

Several things you can do:

Sign LetterOpen Letter STOP SURVEILLANCE here

OUR FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS OF PRIVACY AND DATA PROTECTION ARE IN DANGER
The data protection reform has led to unprecedented lobbying efforts in Brussels. Many European civil rights organizations, including our colleagues from the organization European Digital Rights have evaluated in recent weeks the latest amendments to the European data protection reform. They have published their results in a report. Their findings are alarming: companies and foreign governments have significantly weakened the European Commission’s once privacy-friendly design because of the intensive lobbying efforts by foreign states and IT companies. Existing data protection rights could even be abolished. Therefore, we must now respond and convince the representatives of states and parties in the European Parliament to defend our civil rights and freedom on the Internet .

WHAT YOU CAN DO NOW :
European governmental representatives in the EU Parliament are the decision-makers around the data protection reform. At the moment they are almost overrun by the industrial lobby (as well as by non-European states, guess who . . .). The concerning suggestions for data protection laws by the consultative committees were partially adopted only with a very narrow minority. Soon, it comes to a showdown in the European Parliament , in which the future of our Privacy Policy are being decided . Because the compromising proposals are discussed at this very moment in Brussels , is right now the time to act. If all goes well , the committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs ( LIBE ) will vote on the compromise before the summer break. To be active you have several options , depending on how much time you have now.

2 minutes: Look at this video and share it on the social networks of your choice :
Video in German
Video in English

5 minutes: Contact the Representatives of the Committee on Civil Liberties (LIBE) . You can create a postcard and send it with a few clicks to Members’ of the office in Brussels. Urge them to stand up for your right to privacy. To create with a view clicks postcards go to nakedcitizens.eu

10 minutes: Your voice is best heard when you express yourself as specific and personal as possible – within a few minutes you can send an e- mail to conservative and liberal EU representatives . To send e-mail click privacycampaign.eu

15 minutes: Call your representatives FOR NO COSTS . That you can do additionally to sending emails.
Call free in Brussels goes with the PiPhone : Link Here

Background information:
Map showing data privacy protection positions by the Member of European Parliament
Here you can see a general overview which Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) are pushing for more or less data privacy. Choose a country, a political group or a MEP from the “Top 10” list to find out more.

Der Spiegel 18.01.2013:
Data Protection: All You Need to Know about the EU Privacy Debate

The Guardian, New York Times, Washington Post and Spiegel reveal how US and UK spy agencies defeat internet privacy and security

Sunday, September 8th, 2013

Comment by Rebecca Sommer

The word must be grateful that newspapers’ The Guardian, The Washington Post, The New York Times, Der Spiegel (and others) continue to reveal how the US and UK spy agencies (in cooperation with little sister Angela Merkel’s Germany) defeat internet privacy and security. Despite intimidation games played by Scotland Yard with Greenwald and Guardian, and the Obama administration’s war on leaks and, by extension, the work of investigative reporters, has been unrelenting.

History will honor groundbreaking journalist Glenn Greenwald, and courageous whistleblowers such as Chelsea Manning and Edward Snowden, and not forget what countries denied Edward Snowden asylum, as well as remember that (the airplane of) the president of Bolivia was grounded in a European country,  just because . . . .

NSA global surveillance protest march Berlin Sept.2013 (Photo © Rebecca Sommer)

NSA global surveillance protest march Berlin Sept.2013 (Photo © Rebecca Sommer)

While over 20 000 people in Berlin held a protest march “Freedom and not fear”against the global internet surveillance scheme yesterday, Der Spiegel revealed how the NSA program iSpy cracks smartphones, including Blackberry Read Der Spiegel article here, and The Guardian and The New York Times published Revealedhow US and UK spy agencies defeat internet privacy and security.

• NSA and GCHQ unlock encryption used to protect emails, banking and medical records
• $250m-a-year US program works covertly with tech companies to insert weaknesses into products
• Security experts say programs ‘undermine the fabric of the internet’

A commenter on Der Spiegel reflected what many Europeans think: “What will our EU institutions do to counter these degeneration into an all knowing all controlling institutional monitoring of our lives? EU Parliament Investigative commission president Mr. Cohelo did already launch an investigation more than a decade ago only to be ignored and humiliated when traveling across the Atlantic. What are your EU institutions willing to do to protect our dignity and right to free thought and not to feel compelled to hide our curiosity and inquisitive spirit in order not to be added into a Black List by the NSA or similar all knowing all powerful institutions in the future?”

I have a dream - I have a drone protest sign at NSA global surveillance protest march Berlin Sept.2013 (Photo © Rebecca Sommer)

I have a dream - I have a drone protest sign at NSA global surveillance protest march Berlin Sept.2013 (Photo © Rebecca Sommer)

Earth Peoples posted information for concerned Europeans:

BRUSSELS RULES ON YOUR DATA ! WHAT YOU CAN DO NOW

To read click here

SATURDAY: “Freedom not Fear” PROTEST ACTION against global surveillance scheme / 1 pm in Berlin at Alexanderplatz

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

SATURDAY: “Freedom not Fear” PROTEST ACTION against global surveillance scheme

Demonstration: Berlin, at Alexanderplatz ( Karl- Marx-Allee ), 1 pm

Be Creative: Bring signs, posters , whistles
The Green party invites you on Friday to their BBQ where you can create your protest signs and banners. Materials will be provided for you. To register click here.

your help

We need your help : Demo observers, coordinators, security and general helpers are needed. Meeting point on Saturday 11.00 clock in front of the stage for all that want to help. Here the map.

We look forward to seeing you!

SAMSTAG: “Die Freiheit statt Angst” DEMO gegen NSA Überwachung / Treffpunkt 13:00 Uhr Berlin – Alexanderplatz 6.9.2013

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

Am Samstag ist es endlich soweit: Die Freiheit statt Angst. Wir setzen damit zwei Wochen vor
der Bundestagswahl ein klares Signal gegen den Überwachungswahn!

So kommt ihr hin

Die Busse sind fast ausgebucht und wer für die Freiheit auf die Straße gehen will, der meldet sich bitte jetzt noch schnell an: Die nötigen Infos findet ihr im Wiki. Es gibt 16 Busse aus dem gesamten Bundesgebiet!

Wahrscheinlich solltet ihr Sonnencreme einpacken. Bekanntlich ist Petrus ein Datenschützer und die Wettervorhersage für Samstag ist hervorragend!

Alexanderplatz: 13 Uhr geht’s los!
TREFFPUNKT Alexanderplatz (Karl-Marx-Alle)

Ganz wichtig: Aufgrund der zu erwartenden Teilnehmermenge startet und endet die Demo auf dem Alexanderplatz.

Musik und Reden – das Bühnenprogramm

Dort erwarten Euch nicht nur Redebeiträge, sondern auch erstklassige Musik! Wir freuen uns sehr auf: Max Prosa. Der genauso wie die Jungs von Banda Pacheco und auch die Kleingeldprinzessin Dota einiges in Bewegung gesetzt hat, um für Euch und unsere Freiheit die Bühne zu rocken!

T-Shirts

Wer es nicht mehr schafft, das offizielle T-Shirt für die Demo in einer Farbe seiner Wahl zu bestellen, der kann auf der Demo ein schwarzes FSA-Shirt kaufen. Vielen Dank nochmal an 3D-Supply, die sich bereit erklärt haben, das Shirt für wenig Geld und in kurzer Zeit für uns zu drucken.

Info-Stände

Der Arbeitskreis Vorratsdatenspeicherung wird wohl auch einen Stand haben. Daneben haben Parteien genauso einen Stand, um über ihre Arbeit zu informieren wie der Die Stände sind auf dem Seitenstreifen der Karl-Marx-Allee vor der Bühne und nicht zu verfehlen.

Kreative Ideen – Schilder, Plakate, Trillerpfeifen

Zu einer richtig lauten und bunten Demo gehören Ideen. Ob Trillerpfeifen, Plakate, Sprechchöre oder Happenings von Überwachungs-Clowns, seid kreativ. Plakate und Schilder könnt ihr sogar noch bei den Grünen am Abend vorher basteln.

Eure Hilfe

Wir brauchen noch Eure Hilfe: Demobeobachter, Ordner und allgemeine Helferinnen und Helfer werden noch gesucht. Treffpunkt für sämtliche Hilfsangebote, ob als Demoordner oder andere Helfer ist am Samstag, 11:00 Uhr vor der Bühne. Und wem bei sovielen Dingen die Orientierung schwer fällt, für den gibt es einen Plan vom Bühnenareal.

Busparkplatz

Die Busse können übrigens während der Demo hinter der Bühne auf dem
Parkstreifen parken. Dort wird extra für uns gesperrt.

Wir freuen uns auf Euch!

PLEASE SIGN: Open Letter STOP SURVEILLANCE

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

To sign the open letter, click here

Open Letter
We, the undersigned, hereby call on our governments, national parliaments and the European institutions to:

Reject unjustified and disproportionate surveillance measures.
Ensure respect for the fundamental right to privacy and informational self-determination. Prioritise both rights on a national and an international level as well as via appropriate measures in the General Data Protection Regulation, the upcoming Directive and corresponding rules for the European institutions.
Ensure high levels of protection of privacy and redress mechanisms against surveillance measures by third countries in international agreements.
Ensure that personal data that are collected and processed in the EU may only be transferred to authorities or organisations in third countries via mutual legal assistance treaties that contain adequate legal safeguards.
Ensure the right to confidentiality by ensuring the integrity of information technology systems.
Ensure that international cooperation between law enforcement, judicial bodies and intelligence services is not used to circumvent legal protections of fundamental rights.
Immediately disclose all treaties, laws and activities affecting the right to informational self-determination of individuals residing in the respective state and the EU.
Legally and financially penalise the violation of privacy of individuals by domestic companies as well as by non-EU states and companies residing in non-EU countries.
Introduce an obligation to issue individual notifications to individuals affected by the enforcement of personal computer surveillance measures, whether conducted by law enforcement authorities or intelligence services.
Actively promote free and open source projects for digital self-defence and promote the use of this technology.
Abandon all surveillance measures currently taking place outside the rule of law.
Guarantee legal protections for whistleblowers who expose social grievances, misconduct or illegal activities.