Wednesday, November 30, 2011

They're Turning our Street into Gitmo


We need your help. Would you tell the President to veto the Defense Authorization bill that allows the government to jail Americans indefinitely? If he doesn't we'll take our country back over 200 years.

Thank you!

RT @OpBlack0ut countdown has begun. time remaining 0:19 h. support #opblackout and help to stop SOPA bill. #PIPA

RT @OpBlack0ut countdown has begun. time remaining 0:19 h. support opblackout and help to stop SOPA bill. PIPA

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Blackout your Avatar for a free internet. GNU-Darwin going dark. - #SOPA #PIPA #OpBlackout

Visitors to the GNU-Darwin site will notice something new starting today. Please take time to sign on, contact your legistlators, and support a free internet.


Operation Blackout TWITTERSTORM, ENGAGED! November 30th

Perhaps the US would like to hear more complaints about Adobe software from When considering Anonymous actions, you may find the pastebin, pdf, and attached text documents more useful than the video itself. Action anonymous!

Anonymous - #opblackout TwitterStorm

Despite our aversion to video links, it should perhaps be no surprise to find this one here. Understand that attention should be given to the operation, and not the video. Discussion on these points is more than welcome! ;-)

One of the most outrageous things about the Adobe plugin architecture is that it doesn't provide a browser source link unless you have the plugin installed. Our problem is not with technical details of the plugin, but rather weth the fact that it is not software freedom. At any rate, here is the source link.


via Uploads by TheAnonMessage by TheAnonMessage on 11/24/11

Operation Blackout TWITTERSTORM, ENGAGED! November 30th 12:00PM EST, BEGIN THE ATTACK MESSAGE: [#opblackout will not be silenced. We, #Anonymous, shall prevail! #(TRENDING_HASHTAG)] Icons to use for your twitter picture here: TRANSCRIPT __________________ Greetings fellow citizens of the World. We are Anonymous. We are currently being censored by a powerful and oppressive government. While we protest against tyranny, they continue to censor and arrest us. Even in the United States, the land of the Free, we are now slaves to the 1%. In November 2011, the United States Government forced Twitter to reveal personal information without court order. Also, the United States government is secretly tracking individuals with GPS devices. By far, the worst offences of 2011 to the American people are The Protect IP Act and SOPA bills. They alone will enable the 1% to censor the Internet and silence our Right To Free Speech. Operation Blackout humbly ask you to protest against these social injustices! Support your Occupy movements! Martin Luther King said, "Our lives begin to end, the day we become silent about things that matter." We Anonymous do not choose to become the way we are. As Nelson Mandela said, "When a man is denied the right to live the life he believes in, he has no choice but to become an outlaw." November 30th is your day to act. Your help to the movement will be decisive. Your mission is to help us spread the word on Operation Blackout <b>...</b>
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Anonymous - #opblackout TwitterStorm - YouTube - #1u #aa #p2 #nlg #ows #4jobs #occupy #police #askscott #occupyla

Anonymous - opblackout TwitterStorm - YouTube - 1u aa p2 nlg ows 4jobs occupy police askscott occupyla

Anonymous - #opblackout TwitterStorm

BTW, it will remain GNU-Darwin policy to leave Adobe software uninstalled. You may find that non-video content is more enlightening.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Pledge to Boycott Bluefin Tuna

The bluefin tuna is more than sushi; it’s a top predator and critically important component of our oceans. As we did with whales, bears and buffalo, humans are hunting it to the verge of extinction.

Boycott bluefin tuna to stop its overharvest.

Even though it’s endangered, the bluefin tuna remains on the menu of many sushi restaurants. Sign our pledge to boycott those restaurants to stem the insatiable demand for this species.

Visit to take action now.

Tell Congress: Rein in invasive border searches

Dear Friend,

In a free country, the government can't snoop through your laptop without any suspicion of wrongdoing. But the United States has carte blanche to search and copy your files at the border.

Our lives are on our laptops - family photos, medical documents, banking info, details about what websites we visit, and so much more. But when it comes to searching travelers who are entering the US, the government can take a laptop or smart phone, search through all the files, and keep it for further scrutiny - without any suspicion of wrongdoing whatsoever.

Civil liberties organizations like EFF have been battling in court for American constitutional protections at the border for years, but to no avail. That's why we're calling on Congress to take action to defend the privacy rights of travelers. Will you sign our petition to Congress today and urge them to rein in border searches?

For doctors, lawyers, and many business folk, invasive border searches compromise the privacy of sensitive client communications. And for the rest of us, invasive searches are an affront to our privacy and dignity.

As technology advances, it gets easier and faster for minimally trained border agents to conduct penetrating forensic analysis on our laptops in moments.

Urge Congress to stand up for up for the privacy and dignity of travelers, and to stop invasive border searches. Click the link below to sign the petition.

Blackout your Avatar - More #OpBlackout icons - #sopa #censorship #protectip #opmayham #dox #pipa #ows #rights #usdor

© 2011 Imgur, LLC. All rights reserved.

On Nov 30th, you can express solidarity with Operation Blackout by replacing your avatar picture with one of these icons. Many will want to continue with the action into December or longer. Find more at the following link, including some non-Anonymous ones, or make your own. Some are using just the #OpBlackout tag in the image. If you dedicate your feed to the operation, a plain black square says a mouthful. Fight censorship! Stop SOPA! Stop PIPA!


Join me

I just called on my Senators to support Senators Udall and Merkley's amendments to the Defense Authorization Act. Senator Udall's amendment removes dangerous language that would expand presidential powers to launch new wars and imprison U.S. citizens without charge or trial. And Senator Merkley's amendment to the same bill requests a plan to end U.S. war making in Afghanistan prior to December 2014.

Will you join me and help make even more voices heard? Just go here:

Sunday, November 27, 2011

The US war machine - #opblackout #fixndaa #sopa #solidarity #dec12ports #opmayhem #nonviolence

Message to a dear friend: wrt, The War Resisters League

Given that the US is armed high above the teeth, widely regarded as global policeman, and a worldwide empire, that is aggressively engaged in wrongful wars, I think that foreign invasion is the least of our worries at this time. This has been the state of the US ever since I learned of the league, which I applaud for their resistance to this ugly war machine. I have been a war resister since I was six years old, thanks in part to the league. That was 1966. Now the US is proposing overt police state legislation in the Senate, buried in the defense authorization bill. Draconian internet censorship measures are expected to pass in Congress. The people of the world have been so grossly abused at the hand of the US gov, that we can expect massive blowback in due course. The process is already underway. Such a pity, as the US had a far better potential than this. All tyranny faces justice eventually.


Friday, November 25, 2011

Blackout your Twitter and Facebook avatar picture for #OpBlackout - #sopa #pipa #internet #blacklist #censorship #protectip

Down with SOPA! Down with PIPA!  Stop censorship!

Here are some avatar blackout icons for your Twitter and Facebook accounts from Operation Blackout.  Black out your avatar to stop censorship.

For more information look up #OpBlackout, or check the pastebin, .

GNU-Darwin is participating in the web blackout, and the situation is likely to evolve, so be aware of the changes when using the website.  It is an invitation for you to participate.

proclus #sitecensored #blacklist - #SOPA #pipa #acta #activism #coica #copyright #software #internet #freedom #opblackout


GNU-Darwin joins Operation Blackout to stop censorship. Stop SOPA!
Stop PIPA! These bills are internet killers. In addition, GNU-Darwin
supports the boycott of the following corporations which are
suppporting the bills. Action must be taken against these non
personae. Many thanks #OpBlackout, and others who contributed to this
list of targets.

-3M Company
-Adidas America
-Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI)
-Caterpillar Inc.
-CBS Corporation
-Comcast Corporation
-CVS Caremark
-Dollar General Corporation
-Electronic Arts, Inc.
-Ford Motor Company
-Harley-Davidson Motor Company
-HarperCollins Publishers
-Johnson & Johnson
-Lexmark International, Inc.
-L'Oréal USA
-Merck & Co., Inc.
-Major League Baseball
-Motion Picture Association of America, Inc. (MPAA)
-National Association of Broadcasters
-National Basketball Association (NBA)
-National Football League (NFL)
-News Corporation
-Nintendo of America Inc.
-Pfizer Inc.
-Rite Aid
-Rolex Watch USA Inc.
-Sony Electronics Inc.
-The McGraw-Hill Companies
-The Walt Disney Company
-Toshiba America Business Solutions, Inc.
-U.S. Chamber of Commerce
-Zumba Fitness, LLC


Monday, November 21, 2011

Stop the Keystone XL pipeline

I just took action to stop the Keystone XL pipeline. Will you join me?

While the Obama administration’s recent decision will delay the Keystone XL pipeline, there is still a very real threat that the pipeline could be approved in the future, with reroute plans as one alternative the corporation is considering. There are still other tar sands pipeline proposals on the horizon.

Tell President Obama, Secretary of State Clinton and other State Department officials to reject the Keystone XL Pipeline, any other proposed tar sands pipelines, and to move away from U.S. dependency on Alberta tar sands oil.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

I love a good blackout operation. Down with #SOPA. #OpBlackout

I love a good blackout operation. Down with SOPA. OpBlackout

Friday, November 18, 2011

Tell Your Senators: Speed Afghan Withdrawal, Oppose War with Iran

The National Defense Authorization Act is now before the Senate. This is an opportunity for Senators to support an accelerated withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan and to formally end the war in Iraq. Unfortunately, it's also an opportunity for Senators to push the U.S. further towards military confrontation with Iran.

Will you join me in writing to your Senators and urging them to press for an expedited military withdrawal from Afghanistan, to repeal the authorization for the use of force in Iraq, and to oppose new sanctions on Iran that could push us towards a military conflict?


Thursday, November 17, 2011

An open letter to the President of the United States, Barack Obama & the Pri...

via WL Central by on 11/16/11

Signed by Stop the War Coalition, Sydney, Sydney
Solidarity for Bradley Manning, Wikileaks Coalition, Peace Bus.

While you meet in Australia’s Parliament House, Australians concerned about human rights, peace, justice and equality protest against your policies. We believe that the policies you jointly agree on undermine the security of our future and the opportunity for our children to live in a world free of war and violence; a world where economic equality, freedom of speech, expression and knowledge are sacrosanct.

We are prevented from having that world because of the support you give to the military industrial complex, of which Australia is a loyal subsidiary. Those interests would have us believe that they wage war to bring peace and something they call “democracy”.

But, after 10 years of war in Afghanistan, and nearly eight years in Iraq, there is scant evidence of any democracy, only destruction and death. Israeli military action against the Palestinians will not bring peace. Israel can continue its apartheid-like policies against the Palestinians because it knows it has Washington’s support.

Many dared to dream that you, Barack Obama, would begin to reverse the terrible crimes of your predecessor. Instead your foreign policy is underscored by the same violence and coercion.

The stated aim of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, to rid the world of terrorism and to bring democracy to the region, was deceptive. Both wars are illegal because they were conducted under false pretences. In his book “Axis of Deceit”, former Australian Intelligence Officer, Andrew Wilkie, now an Independent member of parliament, has said, that the over-riding reason for the invasion of Iraq was “the US’s determination to safeguard and enhance its global ideological, economic and military hegemony.” (64) We believe that the same applies to Afghanistan.

The “war on terror” has been used as an excuse to colonise Iraq and Afghanistan. In exchange for aid, the Governments of Iraq and Afghanistan have been coerced into adopting neo-liberal economic policies. In this “privatisation of war”, vital public infrastructure has been sold off or destroyed. Multinational corporations such as Blackwater, KBR (Halliburton), and agribusinesses such as Chemonics Inc, with the support of USAID, can now impose their products on these war-torn nations.

Meanwhile, mismanaged foreign aid falls into the hands of Afghan war-lords and criminals, fuelling corruption and violence and preventing Afghans from democratically deciding on their futures.

The majority of Australians do not want to benefit from the torture, maiming and impoverishment of civilians, the destruction of people’s livelihoods, and their environment. We call on you Julia Gillard to withdraw all Australian troops from Afghanistan.


Barrack Obama and Julia Gillard: We accuse you of complicity in war crimes

You are responsible for killing and maiming unknown numbers of innocent men, women and children in Afghanistan and Iraq while peddling the illusion that war and occupation can still bring democracy.

These war crimes include: the execution of women and children in Ishaqi, Central Bagdad in 2006; an unprovoked helicopter attack on civilians and journalists in Bagdad in 2007 killing 11 people; and the bombing of Rigi village, Afghanistan in July 2010 where it is claimed 50 civilians, mostly women and children were killed. None of these atrocities have been adequately investigated by either the US or Australia. Human Rights Watch has reported that throughout 2011, there have been incidences of rape, torture and beatings committed by US/NATO backed Afghan Local Police forces. A recent report in Human Rights Watch has found that, with very few exceptions it is “rare for the US and NATO to hold independent and transparent investigations into possible acts of wrongdoing, or to hold individuals to account.”

The US President has conferred upon himself the right to murder US and other national citizens on the basis of “secret evidence”. Obama has escalated the use of unmanned predator drones to assassinate terrorist suspects, often killing innocent civilians. This undermines the rule of law and violates the US Constitution and the Geneva Convention. These CIA-based actions are morally wrong and set a dangerous precedent. The use of unmanned predator drones should be banned.

Barrack Obama and Julia Gillard: We accuse you of complicity in torture and continuing extraordinary rendition

For years Amnesty International has warned US, NATO and Australia that prisoner transfer agreements with the Afghani National Directorate of Security, will expose prisoners to the risk of torture. In 2010, Amnesty warned the Australian government that prisoners transferred by Australian officials in Afghanistan to US or Afghan detention centres may face torture and that this could put Australia in breach of International laws against torture.

You continue the practice of Extraordinary Rendition, sending suspected terrorists to compliant countries to be tortured. A report by the Human Rights Institute at Columbia University found that “the US government continues to take advantage of Bush-era secrecy in subjecting transferred detainees to the threat of torture”. (Dec 20, 2010 Press Release: Promises to Keep)

There are concerns that changes made to laws in 2009 governing the treatment of prisoners in US custody have loopholes that would allow for torture under specific situations.

Barack Obama and Julia Gillard: We accuse you of supporting the terrorist state of Israel and betraying Palestinians

Barack Obama, for years the US has paid lip service to peace between the Palestinians and Israelis while consistently voting in favor of Israeli interests at the United Nations Security Council and supplying aid and weapons to the Israeli military. Amnesty International reported in 2009 that over a 10-year period up to the year 2017, the US will provide Israel with $30 billion in military aid.

Barack Obama, in your September 21, 2011 address to the United Nations General Assembly you used the usual platitudes, the prevaricating language of the insincere, to excuse yourself from supporting Palestinian application for statehood. While in the Occupied Territories, East Jerusalem and throughout the refugee camps, the oppressed and dispossessed Palestinians suffer war, violence and hunger because of Israeli aggression towards them.
Julia Gillard deny Palestinians their right to statehood. How do you explain this to Australian Palestinians?

Barack Obama: We accuse you of the persecution and torture of Bradley Manning

You have declared Bradley Manning, the alleged WikiLeaks whistleblower, guilty before he has had his constitutional right to defend himself in a court of law. You have prosecuted more whistleblowers than any of your predecessors.

Bradley Manning’s detention conditions at Quantico Marine Base between July 2010 and April 2011 are reported to have included solitary confinement for 23 hours a day for 10 months, sleep deprivation and enforced nakedness during morning inspection. Yale Law School professor, Bruce Ackerman has stated that the treatment reported, “… is a violation of the Eighth Amendment’s prohibition of cruel and unusual punishment, and the Fifth Amendment’s guarantee against punishment without trial.” You continue to deny UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan Mendez an unmonitored visit to Bradley Manning to clarify the truth of these reports.

Barack Obama and Julia Gillard: We accuse you of persecuting Julian Assange, Australian citizen and founder of WikiLeaks

Julian Assange has released material, such as the Iraq War Logs and Afghan War Diaries that expose the “corruption, deceit, brutality and criminality of the world’s most powerful factions”. They show the horrific reality of the Iraq and Afghan wars and the degree to which US corporations benefit financially. The Wikileaks cables make it clear that you are both complicit in corruption, war crimes and human rights abuses.

By revealing these crimes against humanity, Julian Assange has provided a great service to the public.

WikiLeaks has also exposed the degree to which European, British and US government officials knew about the fraudulent activities and dishonest brokering which led to the global financial collapse and the impoverishment of millions in the US and around the world.

Barack Obama your attack on Julian Assange makes a mockery of the First Amendment right to free speech.

Julia Gillard you are putting the interests of the US-Australia ANZUS alliance before the safety of an Australian citizen. You and Kevin Rudd have yet to apply diplomatic pressure to stop Assange’s possible extradition to the United States, which his lawyers say, would put him in grave danger. We call on you to fulfill your obligation to protect an Australian citizen in serious difficulty overseas.

Julia Gillard: We accuse you of ignoring public opinion on foreign policy

We do not accept that Australia's foreign policy is best served by a war alliance with the US. Signing a pact with the US government to allow joint command of military bases on Australian soil is not about preventing wars. Rather, it is about continuing the current illegal and unpopular wars, and being complicit in starting more.

Australians overwhelmingly opposed the invasion of Iraq and, now, the 10-year long war in Afghanistan. Australia's support for the NATO intervention into Libya, and the risk of such an intervention into Iran, will not help the democracy movements in these countries. Rather, these imperial interventions are about helping install compliant rulers with whom imperial powers, including Australia, can do business.

Barack Obama and Julia Gillard: We accuse you of putting the interests of corporations and the military industrial complex above the safety and well being of those in your care.

We support the worldwide Occupy movement against corporate greed and war. We, the 99%, want a co-operative and peaceful world. The wars being waged today are wars for the 1%.

The light on the hill is out.

But around the world, demands for justice, peace and equality, flare like a new sun.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Help me save a community from demolition

I just took action through Grassroots International to help save a Bedouin community that is slated for demolition on November 18. To learn more and add your voice to this struggle, visit

Save the Internet

Right now, Congress is debating a law that would give them the power to censor the world's Internet -- creating a blacklist that could target YouTube, Wikileaks and even Avaaz! Now, if we stand with key members of Congress, we can defeat this attempt at global censorship. I've just signed an urgent petition at to save the Internet.

Join me in this campaign here:

Take Action, Support Free Speech!

I just wrote NYC District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr. to ask him to dismiss the charges against the more than 700 people who were arrested on October 1, 2011 during a peaceful and orderly march on the Brooklyn Bridge. Please help get the charges dropped and write New York City's District Attorney Vance now.

To take action on this issue, click on the link below: If the text above does not appear as a link or it wraps across multiple lines, then copy and paste it into the address area of your browser.
If you no longer wish to receive email messages sent from your friends on behalf of this organization, please follow the link below:

Censoring censorship opponents

Irony Alert: The House is holding hearings on sweeping Internet censorship legislation this week -- and it's censoring the opposition! The bill is backed by Hollywood, Big Pharma, and the Chamber of Commerce. All of them are going to get to testify at the hearing, but the bill's opponents -- tech companies, free speech and human rights activists, and hundreds of thousands of Internet users -- won't have a voice.

Please click here to demand that they let us censorship opponents testify too:

As if you need a reminder: This is the most offensive Internet legislation we've seen in years. It will give the government and corporations new powers to block Americans' access to sites that are accused of copyright infringement, force sites like YouTube to go to new lengths to police users' contributions, and put people in prison for streaming certain content online.

This sham of a hearing represents everything that's broken about our political system. Will you click here to demand that opponents of the Blacklist Bill be allowed to testify this week?

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

@OccupyBaltimore: #occupybaltimore mic checks Karl Rove

Fwd: @OccupyBaltimore: #occupybaltimore mic checks Karl Rove

No Speedy Trial for Bradley #Manning; Now in Pre-Trial Confinement for 560 Days

via (title unknown) by Craig Brown on 11/14/11

Ann Wright

Five months ago, on April 22, 2011, over 400 citizens converged on Quantico Marine Base to protest the pre-trial conditions of alleged Wikileaks whistleblower US Army Private First Class Bradley Manning.  Manning was arrested on May 26, 2010, on a U.S. military base in Iraq on suspicion of giving classified material to the website WikiLeaks.

No Speedy Trial-Manning still in pre-trial confinement after 560 days

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EU bans X-ray body scanners for health and safety reasons - #health #tsa #nhs #xray #body #cancer #civil #rights EU bans X-ray body scanners for health and safety reasons - health tsa nhs xray body cancer civil rights

Friday, November 11, 2011

4 days to save our children from cluster bombs

I've just signed an important Avaaz petition against cluster bombs. The US is pushing governments to reinstate the use of cluster bombs, allowing weapons that are responsible for killing thousands of innocent children. But we can stop this if we raise our voices together.

Join me in this campaign here:

Keystone XL pipeline delayed!

Dear Friend,

Thanks to the historic activism and pressure of thousands of people around the country, the State Department and Obama Administration announced today that they will re-evaluate the route of the Keystone XL pipeline, and restart their environmental assessment, which take until at least the beginning of 2013 to complete.

This is huge. The decision is not the same as rejecting the pipeline. But it is a major delay. And it is proof that our activism made a difference.

The Obama Administration has also said that the new evaluation will take into account the enormous climate change impacts of the pipeline. This is important progress, as the climate change pollution produced by this pipeline was not considered in the State Department's initial sham review.

I just signed a petition to thank President Obama for restarting the pipeline review process, and telling him to reject the pipeline once and for all:

White House Could Cast Decisive Vote to Permit 20,000 Fracking Wells in Dela...

via Democracy Now! by (Democracy Now!) on 11/11/11


This week the Delaware River Basin Commission released draft regulations to allow for the natural gas drilling technique hydraulic fracturing, known as fracking, in the river’s watershed, which provides water to 15.6 million people in New York City, Philadelphia and New Jersey. The proposed plan would allow for some 20,000 gas wells to be developed in the watershed. A vote on the regulations is set for Nov. 21 and could prompt a battle between activists and the White House, which holds a seat on the commission and may cast the deciding vote. We speak with Josh Fox, whose documentary about fracking, "Gasland," was nominated for an Academy Award, and play an excerpt of his new video about the possible impacts natural gas fracking could have in the Delaware River Basin. [includes rush transcript]

Occupy Cal: 39 Arrested in Forceful Crackdown on Massive Protest at UC-Berkeley

via Democracy Now! by (Democracy Now!) on 11/11/11


This week the Occupy movement drew thousands of California college students to protests on at least 10 campuses, including UC-Irvine, UCLA, and UC-Berkeley, where police forcibly removed students and arrested 39 people. We get a report from John Hamilton, who reports for KPFA. [Rush transcript to come. Check back soon.]

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Mexiko: Anonymous will korrupte Beamte outen

In einem neuen drastischen Video prangert Anonymous Korruption und Gewalt in Mexiko an. Man werde jetzt Gegenmaßnahmen ergreifen, kündigt die Netzbewegung an. Offenbar haben die Aktivisten einen Trumpf in der Hand: Zehntausende abgefangene E-Mails aus Behörden.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Thought this was funny. Hope you like it. - #Assange


Julian has my vote.


Defending #Manning and #Assange - #wikileaks #occupy #ows #usdor

I envision pro bono legal organizing now for Manning and Assange. I think people would contribute more to their defense. nov5 withdraw

Most important, do not leave out Bradley Manning. The man is a hero in chains. @SaveBradley

Hope there is a legal team ready to fight Assange extradition to the US BEFORE it happens. Perhaps people would be willing to contribute.

#Occupy should not let the masters of wedges divide them from their natural Wikileaks allies. ows usdor

May I suggest that the credit union beneficiaries contribute to the #Occupy and Wikileaks causes that led to their windfall? ows usdor

Wikileaks has been engaged in an unusual fund raiser, because normal giving channels are blocked. Please help them, if you can.

It is crucial that we continue to resist the anti-Wikileaks grand jury proceedings. I applaud those who have done so thus far.


May I suggest that the credit union beneficiaries contribute to the #Occupy and #Wikileaks causes that led to their windfall? #ows #usdor

May I suggest that the credit union beneficiaries contribute to the Occupy and Wikileaks causes that led to their windfall? ows usdor

WikiLeaked cable leads to homecoming for U.S. troops stationed in Iraq

Hello GNU-Darwin Action Group,

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Troops coming home thanks in part to whistle-blower.

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Bradley Manning Support Network

WikiLeaked cable leads to homecoming for U.S. troops

Troops are coming home from Iraq despite the best efforts of the Obama administration to keep them there. "We're relieved to know all the troops will be home at the end of the year. This would not have been possible without the courageous actions of Wikileaks and the alleged participation of Bradley Manning" says Executive Director of Iraq Veterans Against the War, Jose Vasquez.

Until their abrupt reversal a few weeks ago, the Obama administration had been working hard to maintain between 8000 and 20,000 troops in Iraq after the current Status of Forces agreement was set to expire at the end of this year. Fortunately, the Iraqi government refused to renew the judicial immunity, under which the U.S. Armed Forces had been operating.


Bradley Manning supporters face judge

Four supporters of accused WikiLeaks whistle-blower PFC Bradley Manning appeared today before a judge in Manassas, Virginia, to face charges stemming from their arrests in March outside of a Marine military brig in Quantico, Virginia. These supporters were arrested along with many others who are outraged at the abusive confinement conditions to which PFC Manning was subjected during the eight months he was held at the Quantico Pre-Trial Confinement Facility. They were detained after military officials reneged on their offer to allow flowers to be placed at an Iwo Jima Memorial located at the entrance to the base.

Among those arrested attempting to lay flowers were veterans and family members of veterans, including Daniel Ellsberg, the “Pentagon Papers” whistle-blower. Instead of accepting their charges and paying fines, these four supporters pleaded not-guilty and chose to assert their First Amendment rights inside the courtroom.

Help us help Bradley. Donate to the Bradley Manning Support Network.

Let the #occupychicago movement stay in Grant Park without arrests


Don't let the Chicago movement be forced out of Chicago. Let those who occupy the streets have a base where they can stay, regardless that the park arbitrarily closes at 11 p.m.

So I signed a petition to Rahm Emanuel, Mayor of Chicago, which says:

"Rahm Emanuel, stop the mass arrests of protesters in Grant Park. Respect their right to peacefully assemble, and allow them to have a base to protest from. Don't let this end like 1968."

Will you sign this petition? Click here:


Tibet's cry for help

In the past month, nine Buddhist monks and nuns have set themselves on fire to protest a growing Chinese crackdown in Tibet. These tragic acts are a desperate cry for help -- and we can answer their call. China restricts access to the region, but if we can get key governments with close ties to China to send diplomats to the area, it will expose this growing brutality and save lives.

Join me in this campaign here:

Monday, November 7, 2011

Will you join me?

I just sent messages to corporate tax dodgers telling them to pay their fair share. Will you join me? Just go here to take action:

10,000 Surround White House to Protest Keystone XL Tar Sands Oil Pipeline

via Democracy Now! by (Democracy Now!) on 11/7/11


More than 10,000 protesters surrounded the White House on Sunday calling on President Obama to reject the proposed Keystone XL tar sands oil pipeline from Canada to the Gulf Coast. The protest came exactly a year before the 2012 election and the pipeline is shaping up to be a major political issue. Last week, President Obama said for the first time he will make the final decision on whether to approve the controversial 1,700-mile pipeline proposed by TransCanada, which would transport oil from the Alberta tar sands fields to refineries in Texas. Up until now, Obama said the final decision rested with the State Department. “[Sunday protest] really underlines this has become not only the biggest environmental flash point in many years, but maybe the issue in recent times in the Obama administration when he has been most directly confronted by people in the street,” said leading environmentalist Bill McKibben, a key organizer in the protest. [Transcript to come. Check back soon.]

U.S. Drone Kills 16-Year-Old Pakistani Boy Days After He Attends Anti-Drone ...

via Democracy Now! by (Democracy Now!) on 11/7/11


A group of Pakistanis met in Islamabad late last month to discuss the impact of U.S. drone strikes in their communities. One of the attendees was a 16-year-old boy named Tariq Aziz, who had volunteered to learn photography to begin documenting drone strikes near his home. Within 72 hours of the meeting, Aziz was killed in a U.S. drone strike. His 12-year-old cousin was also killed in the Oct. 31 attack. "People were aware of the threat to them. Yet they volunteered—Tariq, in particular, because he, at his age in that remote community, was familiar with computers, was excited about the idea of being able to document the civilian casualties," says reporter Pratap Chatterjee, who met Aziz days before he was killed. As part of a larger investigation on the CIA-led U.S. covert drone war, Chatterjee and the Bureau of Investigative Journalism reports that drone strikes in Pakistan have killed at least 392 civilians, including 175 children. "I question as to whether the CIA is really attempting to identify people before they kill them," he says. "It would have been so easy for the CIA, the ISI, to come question these kids, to have taken them aside, even put them in jail or interrogated them... But instead they chose to kill them." [includes rush transcript]

Sunday, November 6, 2011

: #OccupyBaltimore, only the best - #Baltimore #oo #p2 #ows #occupy #usdor #p2

My experiences at Occupy Baltimore have been inspiring and uplifting,
and I believe the best way to respond to the encampment is to assist
in any way possible. This is true of so many of the the #Occupy
encampments. Participate in this wonderful experiment of
participatory democracy happening in your own city. I was particularly
moved by the recent divenstment march, and feel that participation in
the #Occupy movement is inherently rewarding. We should give our best
to the aspirations of a emergent movement and rising generation.

I have made an attempt below to collect some key information and
positive news about Occupy Baltimore. Our friends in the beautiful
encampments deserve our support. Check out their website. It is a
good one. Hopefully, everything you need to understand the camp is
here, except one thing. Go and visit them, and see for yourself what
the future might be like.

Occupy Baltimore | Occupy Baltimore

Occupy Baltimore also has a Twitter and Facebook page. I really enjoy
the Twitter updates on my phone, and recomend that you subscribe to
your local #Occupy by SMS text.

Occupy Baltimore | Facebook

OccupyBaltimore (@OccupyBaltimore) on Twitter

Occupy Baltimore has attracted blog articles in the local newspapers
and elsewhere.

Marbella: Constellation and Occupy Baltimore, a tale of our times

At Occupy Baltimore: A Cause! | Citypaper Blogs

Occupy Baltimore Wins Support of Police and Firefighter Unions

Here are some more useful Occupy Baltimore related news and
information. They are making history. Happy Reading!

Protect Occupy Baltimore |

Occupy Baltimore planning meeting draws about 150 - Baltimore Sun

Occupy Baltimore resumes protest | Baltimore Brew

Occupy Baltimore, One Month Later - Reisterstown, MD Patch

It is so unfortunate that some seem to feel that the #Occupy movement
is something that needs to be stopped and suppressed. Has the Bill of
Rights become so tattered that we can no longer recognize a free
expression assembly? Please stop fighting them, and give them your
support, or else it may your assembly that is in the crosshairs next.
We must protect our liberties.


Stop the Tea Party's attack on clean air

Dear Friend,

On Tuesday, Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) is expected to force a vote in the Senate to prevent the EPA from implementing its life-saving Cross State Air Pollution rule.

Because the Tea Party darling Sen. Paul is using an obscure procedural tactic called the Congressional Review Act, he only needs 51 votes to pass the law to handcuff the EPA from enforcing the Clean Air Act.

Support in the Senate for the Clean Air Act is extremely tenuous. I just signed a petition making sure my Senators know I expect them to protect my health and reject the Tea Party's attack on clean air.

Learn more and sign the petition here:

Friday, November 4, 2011

We need whistle-blowers. Three reasons why.

Hello GNU-Darwin Action Group,

Michael L. Love has forwarded this e-mail newsletter to you:

We need whistle-blowers. Three reasons why.

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Bradley Manning Support Network

We need whistle-blowers. Three reasons why.

Daniel Ellsberg talks about government secrecy and foreign policy. He stresses the importance of whistle-blowers who have the courage to speak truth to power, and he defends the actions of accused WikiLeaks whistle-blower PFC Bradley Manning.
Watch more
Michael Moore asks #Occupy SF supporters to name their encampment after Bradley Manning. He pins some of the movements inspiration to Bradley Manning's actions, arguing that "when you draw a line from A to B to C, we are in this park today in part to his courage."
Our own Emma Cape’s presentation at Swarthmore college is covered by Anti War Radio. Why should we support whistle-blowers? Shouldn’t some information be kept secret? We need whistle-blowers, Emma Cape argues, because it’s clear the government has been keeping too much from the public.
Help us help Bradley. Donate to the Bradley Manning Support Network.

[FSF] Stop the Internet Blacklist legislation

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Join us, EFF, Demand Progress, and Fight for The Future in opposing the latest round of Internet Blacklist legislation.

Take action and sign petitions on the following sites:

The EFF explains the legislation, which is titled the PROTECT-IP Act in the Senate and SOPA in the House, as follows:

As drafted, the legislation would grant the government and private parties unprecedented power to interfere with the Internet's domain name system (DNS). The government would be able to force ISPs and search engines to redirect or dump users' attempts to reach certain websites' URLs. In response, third parties will woo average users to alternative servers that offer access to the entire Internet (not just the newly censored U.S. version), which will create new computer security vulnerabilities as the reliability and universality of the DNS evaporates.

It gets worse: Under SOPA's provisions, service providers (including hosting services) would be under new pressure to monitor and police their users’ activities. While PROTECT-IP targeted sites “dedicated to infringing activities,” SOPA targets websites that simply don’t do enough to track and police infringement (and it is not at all clear what would be enough). And it creates new powers to shut down folks who provide tools to help users get access to the Internet the rest of the world sees (not just the “U.S. authorized version”).

This legislation is an example of the severely flawed thinking you get when approaching issues in terms of "intellectual property".

We helped stop this bill before, but now it's back under a different name. Please take a minute and help stop this one too!


In Solidarity,

Josh, John, Matt, and Richard

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UNICEF USA: Tell the whole world about the 320,000 starving children on the brink of death in East Africa.

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Don't let the world forget Elijah and the 320,000 children starving to death in Africa.

SHARE this image on Facebook.

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Dear Michael,

You and so many like you have been incredibly generous, helping UNICEF feed and treat hundreds of thousands of children.

But tragically, 320,000 children are still acutely malnourished and on the brink of death in East Africa.

Elijah is one of them. He is 11 months old – though he doesn't look like it. When he was admitted to the UNICEF-supported Provide Clinic in Korogocho in Nairobi, Kenya, he weighed less than 10 pounds.

He had malaria and measles, and suffered dramatic weight loss.

He can make it. But only if the world remembers we have the power, and the will, to save lives.

More people need to see these images, need to read these stories... and it starts with you. I want you to share the image in this email. It's so easy – just click here and click "Share" to share with your friends on Facebook. Or, forward this email to a friend.

There are more than 600,000 people receiving this image of Elijah today. All it will take is each of us sharing this image once – either on Facebook or by forwarding this email – and we will literally flood the Internet with a simple, powerful story.

This is precisely what this crisis needs right now. But it won't work without each us doing our part right now and sharing this image.

Let's use our collective power to turn the world's eyes back to the children who desperately need more help.

With gratitude,

Caryl M. Stern
Caryl M. Stern
President & CEO
U.S. Fund for UNICEF

P.S. – You can also make a donation, right now, to help save children's lives in the Horn of Africa.

Net Neutrality is under attack!


The Senate is voting to kill Net Neutrality on TUESDAY -- it's a power grab by big Telecom so they can control what information you're able to access online.

Will you urge your Senators to stand strong and fight back? Just click here:

As The Hill newspaper notes, "Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) said she will push for a Senate vote on a resolution of disapproval to negate the regulations this fall. A similar vote passed the House earlier this year but stalled in the Senate."

Please click here to push back:


CIA’s ‘Vengeful Librarians’ Monitoring Twitter, Facebook

via (title unknown) by andrea on 11/4/11

In an anonymous industrial park in Virginia, in an unassuming brick building, the CIA is following tweets – up to five million a day.

At the agency’s Open Source Center, a team known affectionately as the “vengeful librarians” also pores over Facebook, newspapers, TV news channels, local radio stations, Internet chat rooms – anything overseas that anyone can access and contribute to openly.


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Thursday, November 3, 2011

Way to go! You earned a President's Challenge award!

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I'm rather proud of my progress in the Presidential Champions award
program. Perhaps you would like to give it a try as well. It is fun,
and good for your health too!

I bought the pedometer, and I also bike, run, and do strength training,
which is my current favorite. Almost any form of physical activity can
earn points. Give it a try, or at least, check out the website. You
may not be able to resist the temptation! Good health feels good.


------ Forwarded message ------
From: "The President's Challenge"
Subject: Way to go! You earned a President's Challenge award!
Date: Wed, 02 Nov 2011 18:01:40 -0400
To: invitee

You did it, Michael L.! You earned a Presidential Champions Bronze Award! What progress! What dedication! What a lot of points!
You deserve a pat on the backâ€"and a T-shirt, medallion, or other reminder of your achievement.
Check out our selection in the President's Challenge Shop, and keep up the good work!

Tell President Obama: Don't sell us out to Wall Street

Dear Friend,

Americans are paying a heavy price for Wall Street greed. Millions are out of work, millions face foreclosure, and millions more are feeling the pain in some other way.

But not one of the Wall Street crooks who drove our economy off a cliff has gone to jail. And without aggressive investigation and prosecution of misconduct, none of them will.

Yet even as thousands are in the streets demanding Wall Street accountability, high-ranking officials in the Obama administration are actively pushing state Attorneys General to cut a terrible deal in the next few weeks with mortgage firms that lets these giant institutions off the hook for what appears to be widespread mortgage and foreclosure fraud.

President Obama needs to step in and put a stop to this.

I told President Obama not to sell us out to Wall Street, and I hope you will too. You can sign the petition at the link below.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

People in, Corporate Sponsors Out

Massive corporations have paid to sponsor the G20 summit and get access to our elected leaders, while people are locked out!  Our massive outcry to Nicolas Sarkozy, boosted by a media firestorm, can kick out the sponsors and reclaim the G20 for the public good.

Sign the petition here:

Subject: Call for an investigation of the State Department's tar sands scandal

Dear Friend,

For weeks we've watched the State Department's sham review of Keystone XL unfold, with no calls from congress for corrective action.

The silence was finally shattered this week, as a group of 14 Senators and Representatives, led by Sen. Bernie Sanders, sent a letter to the President and the Inspector General of the State Department, calling for a formal investigation into this scandal.

This process being conducted by the State Department is a crime in progress. But with a final decision is coming before the end of the year, it's not over yet.

I just signed a petition joining congressional leaders in calling for an independent investigation into the State Department's tar sands scandal.

Please join me to help build pressure before a decision is made. You can learn more and sign your name here: