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From: Angela Colaiuta, National Field Organizer, ACLU

October 8, 2001

In a dramatic departure from the anti-terrorism bill adopted by the House
Judiciary Committee, Senate leaders have introduced the "Uniting and
Strengthening America (USA) Act" (S.1510), a bill that would significantly
undermine many of the freedoms that Americans hold dear. It is likely that
this legislation will be rushed onto the Senate floor this week without any
committee review.

Among the bill's most troubling provisions are measures that would give the
government the authority to spy on its own people, enable the Attorney
General unlimited authority to incarcerate non-citizens, and allow the
government to expand its use of secret searches.

Take Action! Don't allow Congress to abandon our cherished constitutional
safeguards during this time of national crisis. You can read more about
this legislation and send a FREE FAX to your Senators from our action alert


Lon Cayeway writes: "Date: Wed, 03 Oct 2001 21:34:52 -0000

Subject: Mi'kmaq Issues Appeal on Internet

Mi'kmaq Issues Appeal on Internet

FISHING: Burnt Church activist seeks cash, support in battle with


An urgent Internet appeal for cash and resistance support at
Burnt Church First Nation suggests a growing native defiance in
the treaty conflict with Ottawa and links Mi'kmaq activists on the
reserve to an international collective of revolutionary anarchists.

hydrarchist writes: "Naomi! We love your sweet eye for poetic perversity! Rock on!

The Herald (Glasgow, Scotland) October 4, 2001

By Naomi Klein

There are many contenders for biggest political opportunist since the September 11 atrocities. Politicians ramming through life-changing laws while telling voters they are still mourning; corporations diving for public cash; pundits accusing their opponents of treason.

Yet amid the chorus of draconian proposals and McCarthyite threats, one voice of opportunism still stands out. That voice belongs to Robyn Mazer, who is using September 11 to call for an international crackdown on counterfeit T-shirts.

Not surprisingly, Ms Mazer is a trade lawyer in Washington DC. Even less surprising, she specialises in trade laws that protect America's single largest export -- copyright.

That is music, movies, logos, seed patents, software and much more. Trade related intellectual property rights (Trips) are among the most controversial side-agreements in the run-up to next month's World Trade Organisation meeting in Qatar.

It is the battleground for disputes ranging from Brazil's right to disseminate free generic Aids drugs, to China's huge market in knock-off Britney Spears CDs.

American multinationals are desperate to gain access to these large markets for their products - but they want protection. Many poor countries, meanwhile, say Trips cost millions to police, while strangleholds on intellectual property drive up costs for local industries and consumers.

What does any of this trade wrangling have to do with terrorism? Nothing, absolutely nothing. Unless, of course, you ask Ms Mazer, who wrote an article last week in the Washington Post headlined -- From T-shirts to terrorism: That fake Nike swoosh may be helping fund bin Laden's network.

... read the rest of this account of normalised inanity at infoshop.org."

Autonomedia writes: "Anchorage, AK, Oct. 4 - It's a first for the trans-Alaska oil pipeline, but it's a distinction officials with Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. hoped never to talk about.

A bullet pierced a section of the 800-mile pipeline Thursday, sending thousands of barrels of oil into a remote area about 100 miles north of Fairbanks. Alyeska would not say exactly where the spill occurred because they wanted to keep the area secure.
     Alyeska was working through the night to clean up the spill.

     Authorities arrested Daniel Carson Lewis, 37. They said Lewis lives about a mile from where the bullet pierced the pipeline. Lewis was charged with first-degree criminal mischief and may face federal charges.

     Authorities say Lewis shot the hole in the pipeline then left the scene, but they say his brother remained behind and told Troopers what had happened. It took Troopers three hours to catch Lewis. The area was not secure, they said, and that’s why so much of the oil spilled.

     Tim Woolston with Alyeska said oil was leaking from the pipeline at a rate of about 140 gallons a minute, and that about 20,000 barrels of oil was still in the section of pipe.

     Woolston said it was possible that the line had been shot with a high-powered rifle.

     Production at Prudhoe Bay was dramatically cut back.

     “The oil does continue to leak out of the pipeline," Woolston said Thursday around 6 p.m.

     "We’re in the process now of trying to determine a plan to stop the leak and simultaneously applying to clean up the oil that has spilled on the ground.”

     “There’s a lot of oil in that section of the pipe,” Woolston said about the stretch north of Fairbanks. “So that’s our concern at this point, determining how to stop that flow of oil through that hole in pipe.”

     An Alyeska surveillance helicopter spotted oil leaking around 3:30 p.m but the cleanup didn’t begin until around 7:30 p.m.

     Alyeska said they would release the specific location of the spill after a 10:30 a.m. press conference Friday.

     Woolston said there have been about 50 attempts over the past 24 years to puncture the pipeline, none successful until Thursday.

     “We have taken a number of bullets out of the insulation that surrounds the pipeline and detected indentations caused by bullets that have never been able to puncture the pipeline.  It’s pretty thick steel,” Woolston said."

Louis Lingg writes: "The following was sent to me by e-mail: This morning - Friday Oct. 5th, evil doer, Gregg Singer, sent 'Upscale
Design & Painting' over to whitewash the new murals on the front walls
of CHARAS. This is the second time Singer has destroyed CHARAS murals.

In November of 99' he destroyed murals depicting the history of CHARAS
and a memorial by Chico of slain Artistic Director and Community Leader
Armando Perez. The new murals were a collaborative project organized by
Seth Tobocman this past August.(Seth offered to continuously repaint
them, remember?, so hopefully, we will hold another mural painting day

Greedy Gregg has clearly violated a supreme court stipulation by coming
on a Friday, without notice and destroying property.(he's only allowed
in tues. wed. & thurs. 10am-4pm, with 24 hrs. notice)
Since Gregg's hatred is only fueled by calls and faxes, and he will
claim we are harassing him,
everyone is encouraged to call 'Upscale Design and Painting' and let
them know that they are being hired to come in the very early morning to
destroy community art because of his obsession to destroy our 21 year
old community center.. etc.

The President of Upscale Design and Painting is:

Vladimir Yuzhuk -718-646-0568

501 Brightwater Ct. atp. 104

Brooklyn NY 11235

Dr. John Cunningham Lilly, who championed
the study of interspecies communications and LSD during a career
that probed the mystery of human consciousness, has died. He
was 86.

See the AP obituary at

An old interview is online at

an odd piece by him titled dolphin-human relations and lsd can be found at

and a short biography is at http://www.eccosys.co.jp/lilly/thestory.html

"TO: Pacifica National Board

FROM: The Democracy Now! staff

DATE: 2 October, 2001

We have heard that the Pacifica National Board is holding an
emergency meeting on Wednesday, October 3, to discuss
Democracy Now!. We have not been contacted regarding this
meeting. We would like to express our willingness to discuss the
conditions under which Democracy Now! will return to the airwaves.
To this end, we have drafted the following summary of what has
transpired between Pacifica management and the Democracy Now!

"http://www.worldbank.org/html/extdr/pb/pbfourdeman ds.htm

Response to Four Demands from the Mobilization for Global Justice

1. Open all World Bank and IMF meetings to the media and the public.

The Bank has opened up significantly to the media and the public -- this
applies not just to opening our meetings, but also to our new disclosure
policy, which allows for the release of more project-related documents,
information on Poverty Reduction Strategies and on adjustment lending; and
more access to Bank archives. The new policy also aims to strengthen our
Public Information Centers so that the general public in our borrowing
countries can have greater access Bank-related information.

"October 1, 2001

Statement of the Russian Indymedia Collective on changing the editor of
Russian Indymedia, Vladimir Videmann in connection with his ultra-right
views and actions.

In Dec. 2000 the Russian Indymedia site was set up as the Russian branch
of the international anti-corporate independent media centers. The site was
founded and was edited by Vladimir Videmann (Guzman) who lives in Berlin
and works as a BBC correspondent. The creation of this site wasn't done with
the coordination of activists in Russia and other countries where Russian is
actively used but was rather the private initiative of the editor. Despite
this, many people used this site including activists from the anarchist,
ecological, human rights and other social movements in Russia, Ukraine and
other former Soviet countries.


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