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Tension Collective writes:

Here is some anarchist anti-war propaganda that anarchists in New Orleans have distributed hundreds of. Distribute at will.

Fuck the war! Steve Stuart, Tension Collective


Once again the government is beating the drums of war calling us to kill people in far away countries. So are we supposed to just get in line and salute the flag? Or should
we take the more courageous path, the path of resistance? Most people in America are unconvinced by the President's (make no mistake, he is not "our" president) rhetoric
about weapons of mass destruction and Iraq's supposed plots to use them to attack the US.

nomadlab writes "This just makes my head spin:

USIA Electronic Journal, Vol. 2, No. 4, October 1997


By Senator John Ashcroft

"The [Clinton] administration's interest in all e-mail is a wholly unhealthy precedent, especially given this administration's track record on FBI files and IRS snooping. Every medium by which people communicate can be subject to exploitation by those with illegal intentions. Nevertheless, this is no reason to hand Big Brother the keys to unlock our e-mail diaries, open our ATM records, read our medical records, or translate our international communications""

Anonymous Comrade writes:

"Take a look at this Mad magazine ad at Gulf Wars"

SCP-New York writes "surveillance cameras in
Manhattan's Lower East Side

Our maps of the locations of surveillance cameras installed in public places in Manhattan were originally designed to find out and then show how many cameras are in operation, and to hazard educated guesses as to the owners of these cameras. But, if these maps are up-dated periodically, they can also be used to document the rates at which new cameras are being installed. And so we have begun to "re-map" certain areas from scratch. We started with Times Square and have now moved on to the Lower East Side.

nolympics writes "The Israeli government has ordered an urgent assessment of whether its politicians and soldiers could face arrest and trial for war crimes while travelling abroad.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/israel/Story/0,2763,8381 86,00.html"

(This is a longer post, posted in multiple parts.)

Banking Bunkum

Part 1: Monetary theology

By Henry C K Liu, Asia Times: November 6 2002

Central bankers are like librarians who consider a well-run library to be
one in which all the books are safely stacked on the shelves and properly
catalogued. To reduce incidents of late returns or loss, they would proposed
more strict lending rules, ignoring that the measure of a good library lies
in full circulation. Librarians take pride in the size of their collections
rather than the velocity of their circulation.

Central bankers take the same attitude toward money. Central bankers view
their job as preserving the value of money through the restriction of its
circulation, rather than maximizing the beneficial effect of money on the
economy through its circulation. Many central bankers boast about the size
of their foreign reserves the way librarians boast about the size of their
collections, while their governments pile up budget deficits. Paul Volcker,
the US central banker widely credited with ending inflation in the early
1980s by administering wholesale financial blood letting on the US economy,
quipped lightheartedly at a Washington party that "central bankers are
brought up pulling legs off of ants".

nolympics writes:

"The Real Axis of Evil*

by George Katsiaficas

Long before North Korea announced in October 2002 that it possesses nuclear weapons, Bush’s infamous “axis of evil” speech was a clear sign that his administration had made North Korea a target. In early 2002, the US not only labeled North Korea part of an “axis of evil,” it also threatened to use nuclear weapons against it. In the first year and a half of the Bush presidency, there were not any serious talks between the US and North Korea. Moreover, under pressure from right-wing congressmen, the Bush administration reevaluated the 1994 U.S. agreement with North Korea, known as “The Agreed Framework.” Although most Americans remain completely unaware of it, in 1994 the US came very close to bombing North Korea unilaterally. “The Agreed Framework” narrowly averted a new Korean War that in the estimation of the US military commander in Korea would have killed more than the 3 million people who lost their lives from 1950-1953.

Anonymous Comrade writes:

"Insider Trading and George Bush:

Oily to Bed, Oily to Rise"

by Mitchel Cohen

The role of oil and insider dealing in the Bush White House is nothing
but it is always startling. In late 1990, Mobil Oil took out an ad in
N.Y. Times claiming that the company was doing nothing more than
along to consumers increased costs imposed on it, and was not profiting
all from the US military build-up in Saudi Arabia. "On average, the
of crude oil has risen 24 cents a gallon," Mobil stated, "[while]
prices have also gone up an average of 24 cents a gallon."[Mobil Corp.
NY Times, 1990.] The company said that the statistics "refute the
ill-conceived notion that there has been any 'price gouging' on our

"Respect Your Enemies —The First Rule of Peace:

An Essay Addressed to the U. S. Anti-war Movement"

By Midnight Notes

"The Passions that encline men to Peace, are Fear of Death; Desire of such things as are necessary for commodious living; and a Hope by their Industry to obtain them."
—Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan (1651)

1. Introduction

There is now a fledgling anti-interventionist, anti-war movement in the US. It will have a lot of work to do in the near future, although the present threat of war on Iraq is the most pressing issue it faces. The question is: can the antiwar movement do its work effectively and successfully? At the moment it is not completely marginalized, if the votes in Congress are any indication. On October 9, between one-quarter to one-third of the congressional representatives voted against granting George W. Bush "war powers." But in order to show itself as expressing the majority perspective in this country, it needs new arguments, a new respect (as in "look again") for its opponents, a deeper understanding of the reasons for the actions of its opponents, and a realistic assessment of their weaknesses. For its old arguments do not seem convincing to the majority of US citizens, and its lack of curiosity about its opponents and their reasoning is dulling its strategic sense.

CIA Is Expanding Domestic Operations

More Offices, More Agents With FBI

By Dana Priest, Washington Post Staff Writer

Wednesday, October 23, 2002; Page A02

The Central Intelligence Agency is expanding
its domestic presence, placing
agents with nearly all of the FBI's 56
terrorism task forces in U.S.
cities, a step that law enforcement and
intelligence officials say will
help overcome some of the communications
obstacles between the two agencies
that existed before the Sept. 11, 2001,


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