Radical media, politics and culture.

The State

Autonomous Comrade writes:The San Fancisco Bay Guardian has an interesting article that is worth a read, titled Nixon's subliminal CIA tricks

here's an excerpt, read the entire thing using the link above.

As it turns out, the Bush team was not the first to contemplate using subliminal projection to sway voters. During the mid-'50s, then-Vice President Richard Nixon became curious when he got wind of CIA testing of subliminal manipulation for espionage purposes.

Nixon never explained to what extent, if any, he actually pursued using subliminal techniques during any of his election campaigns. And the CIA remains mum on the issue. Most MK-ULTRA documents were summarily destroyed on orders of outgoing CIA chief Richard Helms in 1973. The files were shredded because of "a burgeoning paper problem," according to Dr. Sidney Gottlieb, the sorcerer-spook who ran the MK-ULTRA program. Gottlieb admitted as much when he testified at a 1977 Senate hearing on CIA mind control scandals. Gottlieb was never grilled about the CIA's subliminal research.

nomadlab writes: "Green Party USA Coordinator Detained At Airport

Prevented By Armed Military From Flying To Greens Meeting In Chicago

Armed government agents grabbed Nancy Oden, Green Party USA coordinating committee member, Thursday at Bangor International Airport in Bangor Maine, as she attempted to board an American Airlines flight to Chicago.

"An official told me that my name had been flagged in the computer," a shaken Oden said. "I was targeted because the Green Party USA opposes the bombing of innocent civilians in Afghanistan."

Oden, a long-time organic farmer and peace activist in northern Maine, was ordered away from the plane. Military personnel with automatic weapons surrounded Oden and instructed all airlines to deny her passage on ANY flight. "I was told that the airport was closed to me until further notice and that my ticket would not be refunded," Oden said.

jim writes: "Judge Rules on Student Anarchy Club

By MICHELLE SAXTON, Associated Press Writer

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A judge ruled Thursday that a 15-year-old sophomore cannot form an Anarchy Club or wear T-shirts opposing the U.S. bombing of Afghanistan because it would disrupt school.

Katie Sierra was suspended from Sissonville High School for three days for promoting the club. She was also told she could not wear T-shirts with messages such as: "When I saw the dead and dying Afghani children on TV, I felt a newly recovered sense of national security. God Bless America.''

In a complaint filed with her mother, Sierra argued her right to free speech was being denied.

Circuit Court Judge James Stucky agreed that free speech is "sacred'' but he found that such rights are "tempered by the limitations that they ... not disrupt the educational process.''

Sierra said she'll pursue the dispute.

"I don't want war. I'm not for Afghanistan,'' Sierra said. "I think that what we're doing to them is just as bad as what they did to us, and I think it needs to be stopped.''

James Withrow, lawyer for the Kanawha County Board of Education, argued that an Anarchy Club was inappropriate because students "do not feel that their school is a safe place anymore.''

"Anarchy is the antithesis of what we believe should be in schools,''
Withrow said.

Sierra's attorney, Roger Forman, said she is "being punished for expressing her opinion.''"

nomadlab writes: "In a recent interview Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak said: “If the US only punishes the criminals, it will not be opposed or fought by Muslims because Islam forbids terrorism and killings, but the cure should not be more bitter than the illness...Back in 1995, when the fundamentalists tried to assassinate me in Addis Ababa, my initial response was anger, and, as a military man, my response was expected to involve the use of force, but I quickly realized that killing innocent people was the worst solution, and instead, I opted for investigations...till the perpetrators were found".

"Some European countries have turned into terrorist hubs and thus, governments that hosted them should not feel sad when they turn to be their targets.""


The Politics of Upward Redistribution

Henry C.K. Liu

The Bush Administration is totally consistent in the economic policy of
its war on terrorism. Taking care of business is the core of the
supplyside ideology of market fundmentalism. It is consistent with the
strategic thrust of its geo-political war on terrorism, through a
coalition of state power, notwithstanding that, terrorists of all
different stripes generally identify social injustice with state power,
both domestically and internationally. Radical, or extremist Islam
fundamentalism considers both the secular Islam states as well as the
theocratic Islam states part of the regime of nation states that has
given birth to the politcal and socio-economic-cultural imperialism that
acts as the midwife of political terrorism. In this respect, it is not
much different from other religious funamentalism. The Church of Rome
went through the conflict between Church and State, and reached a
compromise of spearating the two conflicting institutions in the
spiritual and the political spheres. Religous fundamentalism has yet to
completely accept this separation, even in the US, where the intrusion
of religion into state supported education remain active. Islam
fundamentalism, insulating from Western liberalism, continues to reject
secularism in politics and culture.

nomadlab writes: "I just started reading the full text of the new law signed the other day by Bush. The url for it is at http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c107:H.R.3162.ENR:

Some interesting commentary on the new laws can be found at interactive week in an article titled Security Trumps Privacy; the ACLU has a number of reports on the impact of the new law; and the Electronic Privacy Information Center also has an analysis of the legislation."

Response 911

Anarchists Against the Expansion of Capitalism and the War

Written by:

Arsenal: A Magazine of Anarchist Strategy and Culture

Autonomous Zone

Chicago Anarchist Defense Fund

and other Chicago-area anarchists

"It could have been any of us." Through the shock of 9/11
and the realization that several thousand people were
suddenly dead and missing, we also considered the millions
of lives lost and damaged as a result of unwanted U.S.
government intervention here and abroad. Patriotism and
hysteria are on an upswing, while states and global capital
are negotiating, and sometimes competing, for position
around the world. Anarchists have a role and an
opportunity. The situation demands an analysis that looks
at the past and thinks forward.

jim writes: "Germany: Police Raid against Online Demonstrators

In the morning hours of October 17th, police officers broke into the office
of the initiative 'Libertad!' and confiscated all computers as well as
several harddiscs, cdroms and documents. The background of this is the
online demonstration on June 20th this year, to which 'Libertad!' had
mobilised, to protest against the deportation of refugees by the airline
'Deutsche Lufthansa AG'.

Louis Lingg writes: "Four men tied to Usama bin Laden's Al-Qaida network have been sentenced to life in prison without parole for the 1998 bombings of the U.S. Embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.

Harsh writes: "In the recent elections in Bangladesh, the BNP headed by Begum Khaleda Zia and supported by extremist Islamic parties has emerged victorious.

Upon achieving victory, the members of fundamentalist Islamic parties engaged in acts of barbaric violence and intimidation against the minority communities. Women were kidnapped and gangraped in public view and men were killed. The eyes of victims were gouged out. The houses of minorities were torched and people were driven away. The Islamic fundamentalists have even poisoned the ponds so that minorities mainly belonging to the Hindu community cannot even drink water. Many religious shrines of minorities have been destroyed. More than 15 thousand Hindu minority families in Barishal and Bagerhat districts of Bangladesh have been forced out of their homes.


Subscribe to The State