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|From: David Shove (shove001tc.umn.edu)|
|Date: Fri, 25 Jul 2008 06:48:01 -0700 (PDT)|
P R O G R E S S I V E C A L E N D A R 07.25.08 1. Stop cop rule 7.25 9am 2. Palestine 7.25 4:15pm 3. Critical Mass 7.25 5pm 4. Copwatch action 7.25 7pm 5. Permaculture/f 7.25 7pm 6. Moyers/torture 7.25 9pm 7. CSNY anti-war/f 7.25 8. Tom Burghardt - America's cyborg warriors --------1 of 8-------- From: Lydia Howell <lhowell [at] visi.com> Subject: Stop cop rule 7.25 9am Friday, July 25, 9:00 a.m. Minneapolis City Hall, 350 South 5th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55415. A broad coalition of Twin Cities-based activists will be holding its own public hearing at a rally outside City Hall on Friday morning before the City Council meeting. City Council Approves Back-Room Deal to Strip Away Crucial Protections for Demonstrators Broad Coalition of Twin Cities-based Activists to Hold Public Hearing Council Denied Them MINNEAPOLIS At a meeting of the Minneapolis City Council?s Public Safety and Regulatory Services Committee on July 16, the committee unanimously passed an amended resolution that strips away important protections for free speech. The committee passed this amended resolution without a public hearing and the City Council is set to pass it Friday morning, also without a public hearing, thus denying the public the opportunity to participate in the democratic process. With the upcoming Republican National Convention on most activists? minds, there was broad opposition to the resolution but they were not allowed to voice their opinions. The amended resolution removes the prior ban on the use of rubber bullets and other projectilespolice are free to use them whenever they feel it is ?reasonable? to do so. It also allows police to confiscate, destroy, or tamper with cameras if they could be used as evidence. These new powers put demonstrators, legal observers, the public at large, and the media at great risk of harm and repression. By passing this amended resolution without public input, the City Council has demonstrated its contempt for the democratic process, its lack of concern for the safety of its constituents, and its willingness to trample their rights. At the rally Friday morning, the public will have the opportunity to voice opposition to the Council?s outrageous resolution and undemocratic practices. This public hearing/rally is being organized by a broad coalition of Twin Cities-based activists who oppose the Minneapolis City Council giving the Minneapolis Police Department /carte blanche/ to intimidate and brutalize protestors who are exercising their constitutional rights. The activists in this coalition are members of a variety of organizations that promote different causes and practice different tactics, thus attesting to the sweeping nature of the Council?s actions and the broad-based opposition to this travesty for civil rights. CONTACT: Jude Ortiz (612) 655-6904 --------2 of 8-------- From: Charles Underwood <charleyunderwood [at] hotmail.com> Subject: Palestine 7.25 4:15pm Friday, 7/25, 4:15 to 5:30 pm, vigil to end US military/political support of the Israeli occupation of Palestine, corner Summit and Snelling, St Paul. --------3 of 8-------- From: PRO826 [at] aol.com Subject: Critical Mass 7.25 5pm Critical Mass lineup Loring Park 5pm. Bike riders get riding at 6pm --------4 of 8-------- From: Michelle Gross <mgresist [at] visi.com> Subject: Copwatch action 7.25 7pm CUAPB VP BEATEN AND ARRESTED DURING COPWATCH NIGHT STAND UP! FIGHT BACK! Special Copwatch Action Friday, July 25 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Corner of 1st Avenue and 10th Street, Minneapolis For the past several months, CUAPB has been documenting the use of low level offense ordinances such as lurking, loitering, trespass and public urination ordinances against homeless people near shelters. Darryl Robinson, vice president of CUAPB, heads up the project and has spent many hours outside of Harbor Lights, Mary Jo's Place and other areas capturing bad acts by the MPD on film. In the course of his work, he has been harassed repeatedly by police and recently received a trespassing citation himself. About 10:45 p.m. last night, Minneapolis police attacked Darryl, beating and arresting him for "obstructing the sidewalk." During the attack, they slammed him in the head and face and repeatedly choked him to the point of unconsciousness. While handcuffed, he was thrown face first into the paddy wagon and taken to the Hennepin County jail. Luckily, another copwatcher was out with Darryl and was able to get word to us quickly. A large contingent from CUAPB converged on the jail. Before we arrived, one of the guards attempted to mess with Darryl at the jail but jail staff soon backed off and he was processed out quickly and released to us. Darry's injuries were documented and he was taken straight to the hospital. He sustained head, neck and jaw trauma along with other injuries. Hospital staff initially planned to admit him due to the extent of his injuries but he was eventually allowed to go home from the emergency room early this morning. Now that the city council has given the MPD a blank check, police think they can get rid of their problems by just intimidating, harassing and even beating and falsely charging activists who dare question them. THIS CANNOT BE ALLOWED TO STAND! We need to be right back out at that same corner where police tried to silence the community. Join us on Friday night for a shelter-based copwatch. Bring a camera or a pad of paper and pen to take notes. Let it be known that the community WILL go wherever we need to in order to hold Minneapolis police accountable for their activities. While you are out with us on Friday, you can learn about other opportunities to help us with the important work of documenting police action against homeless people. Plan also to be in court with Darryl on August 4, 2008 at 8:30 a.m. at the Hennepin County Government Center when he contests the false charges placed on him for daring to document police misconduct. --------5 of 8-------- From: Sean Gosiewski <iasa [at] mtn.org> Subject: Permaculture/f 7.25 7pm PERMACULTURE FILM FESTIVAL July 25 7:00-9:00 pm Come to St. Luke the evening of Friday, July 25, 7-9 PM for a Permaculture Film Festival hosted by Dr. Guy Trombley, an applied environmental anthropologist, permaculture instructor, designer and adventurer. You will learn how others around the world have applied ecological thinking to some of the planet's most challenging problems with land, plants, and water conservation. Learn how the harmonious integration of landscape and people (permaculture) can provide food, energy, shelter, and other needs in a sustainable way. --------6 of 8-------- From: t r u t h o u t <messenger [at] truthout.org> Subject: Moyers/torture 7.25 9pm Ch2 Bill Moyers Journal | Congressional Torture Hearings On Friday's Broadcast, "'Bill Moyers Journal' goes inside last week's hearings on torture in Congress and gets perspective from journalist Jane Mayer on the debate over whether the US sanctioned torture to prosecute the war on terror." --------7 of 8-------- From: Lydia Howell <lhowell [at] visi.com> Subject: CSNY anti-war/f 7.25 FRI.JULY 25-Thur.JULY 31 @ UPTOWN THEATRE, hennepin @ Lagoon, MINNEAPOLIS CSNY: Deja Vu Bottom Line: A melodious howl of protest against the Iraq War from one of rock's greatest bands. By Kirk Honeycutt There should be a considerable audience for this film on both the nostalgia and political fronts. PARK CITY -- Ageless rock bands and musicians play a teasing game of nostalgia with concert audiences, performing their golden oldies while slipping in new songs and trying to recast themselves for younger listeners. "CSNY: Deja Vu," a film record by Bernard Shakey (aka Neil Young) of the Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young 2006 Freedom of Speech tour, catches a band headed in the opposite direction. Always one of music's most impassioned political activists, Young first put out his "Living With War" album in reaction to the disastrous conflict in Iraq. He then reformed the band -- again -- to perform those songs, plus a few dating back to its anti-Vietnam period such as "Ohio" and "Find the Cost of Freedom." Young took along an "embedded" journalist, Mike Cerre, who has served as a correspondent in Afghanistan and Iraq, to smoke out the reaction of audience members and others to the music and its message in towns across America. So this is anything but a concert film like "U2 3D," which screened at the beginning of the Sundance Film Festival. There should be a considerable audience for this film on both the nostalgia and political fronts. Such is the band's popularity that the film will play to folks who do not agree with its political content, as evidenced by the young man who challenged Young at its premiere here, telling him that as far as Iraq is concerned, "You don't know what you're talking about." That is a mild comment compared to what audience members, radio talk show hosts and music critics have to say in the movie. Young gives Cerre -- the two share writing credit -- the freedom to report on the tour, seeking out those who praise and condemn CSNY for its activism. The film generously quotes music critics who take dead aim at the sloppiness of early performances -- band members agree some shows were bad -- and others who take umbrage to an anti-war rally masquerading as a rock concert. The most interesting reaction in the film comes in Atlanta, a progressive city in a conservative region. Everyone seems to enjoy the concert until the band strikes up Young's anthem "Let's Impeach the President." Boos cascade over the stage, followed by cheers that drown out the boos. The booers rush from the auditorium, where cameras catch their vehement anger. By contrast, Iraq vets embrace band members at smaller concerts. The film catches a country in conflict with itself. The right to disagree has been brought into dispute by this administration, which has broadly hinted that any disagreement with its war is synonymous with treason. That notion is strongly questioned in Cerre's talks with people in the street. If you breathe deeply enough, you might catch a whiff of self-promotion. Young and his mates probably see this film as a means to establish their legacy of commitment to political ideals and anti-war movements. But the band has earned that right: No one intended to earn a dime on this tour or with this movie. And the tour happened just as the country turned against the war and the administration, as evidenced by the 2006 election during which Stills campaigned on behalf of several congressional candidates, the majority of whom won. Young clearly hopes to keep up the pressure with this movie. The average age of the band's members is 62. They don't even bother to disguise that fact. These men look like your grandfather, right up until the downbeat. Then the magnificence of their playing sweeps away all concepts of age. Rock on. CSNY: DEJA VU CSNY: DEJA VU 2 UPTOWN THEATRE, on Hennepin @ Lagoon, uptown MINNEAPOLIS Fri, Jul 25: (2:45 5:00)7:15 9:30 Sat, Jul 26 - Sun, Jul 27: (12:30)2:45 5:00 7:15 9:30 Mon, Jul 28 - Thu, Jul 31: (2:45 5:00)7:15 9:30 Shangri-La Entertainment presents a Shakey Picture production Credits: Director: Bernard Shakey Writers: Neil Young, Mike Cerre Producer: L.A. Johnson Director of photography: Mike Elwell Music: Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young Editor: Mark Faulkner Running time -- 96 minutes No MPAA rating --------8 of 8-------- America's Cyborg Warriors by Tom Burghardt July 24th, 2008 Dissident Voice As the costs of imperialist war skyrocket, securocrats find themselves under the gun so to speak, of corporate and Pentagon masters demanding "results". No matter that the solutions sought are for "smart" weapons - particularly those that "think" - systems they believe capable of dominating global south and "homeland" cities. This quest for technological mastery has been dubbed by Pentagon theorists as "network-centric warfare" (Rumsfeld's "Revolution in Military Affairs" [RMA]) a "transformational" process that turn cities, any city, into a limitless "battlespace". Indeed, current U.S. Army doctrine for fighting in urban environments define the problem as central to U.S. "national security". [national = US ruling class -ed] As urbanization has changed the demographic landscape, potential enemies recognize the inherent danger and complexity of this environment to the attacker, and may view it as their best chance to negate the technological and firepower advantages of modernized opponents. Given the global population trends and the likely strategies and tactics of future threats, Army forces will likely conduct operations in, around, and over urban areas - not as a matter of fate, but as a deliberate choice linked to national security objectives and strategy, and at a time, place, and method of the commander's choosing. (Urban Operations, Field Manual No. 3-06, Headquarters, Department of the Army, Washington, D.C., October 26, 2006) [emphasis added] Key to RMA is the belief that contemporary military operations aim for defined effects and that it is now possible for U.S. forces to defeat adversaries through a combination of surveillance technologies, devastating firepower and the suppression and degradation of communications networks. Durham University geographer Stephen Graham has deemed such notional irrationality by U.S. war planners "technophilia". Graham avers: [S]uch technophiliac discourses depicting an RMA ushering new relatively reduced-risk, "clean" and painless strategy of US military dominance assumed that the vast networks of sensors and weapons that needed to be integrated and connected to project US power would work uninterruptedly. Global scales of flow and connection have thus dominated RMA discourses; technological mastery, omnipotent surveillance, real-time "situational awareness", and speed-of-light digital interactions, have been widely portrayed as processes which, intrinsically, would usher in US military "Full Spectrum Dominance", on a planetary scale, irrespective of the geographical terrain that was to be dominated. ("From Space to Street Corners: Global South Cities and US Military Technophilia," Unpublished paper, 2007) [Full spectrum dominance = full ruling class dominance -ed] Bloodied by "facts on the ground" in Iraq and Afghanistan however, and despite imperialism's much-vaunted technological superiority, America's techno-warriors continue searching for "Holy Grail" solutions to the political quandary they have confronted since the Vietnam war: how to achieve "victory' in environments that have proven themselves deadly quagmires, humiliating object lessons never learned by the world's sole "hyperpower"? In a world of supercomputers, complex algorithms and emerging nanotechnologies, the Pentagon's research arm, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is the "tip of the spear' that our capitalist masters are banking on to "win" the "war on terror'. And in this world, surveillance is the gateway and ubiquitous key to controlling the counterinsurgency "battlespace". [ie, us. -ed] Portrayed in media accounts as a "gee-whiz' agency of nerds and quirky misfits, DARPA researchers were instrumental in designing - or appropriating for military use - the surveillance technologies deployed by the National Security Agency (NSA) under president Bush's so-called "Terrorist Surveillance Program". As Tim Shorrock points out in his essential book, Spies For Hire: The Secret World of Intelligence Outsourcing, DARPA "money funded some of the NSA's first data mining programs". Indeed, Shorrock reported recently in Salon that the NSA's surveillance program is directly tied into state "Continuity of Government" planning including use of the Main Core database, According to several former U.S. government officials with extensive knowledge of intelligence operations, Main Core in its current incarnation apparently contains a vast amount of personal data on Americans, including NSA intercepts of bank and credit card transactions and the results of surveillance efforts by the FBI, the CIA and other agencies. One former intelligence official described Main Core as "an emergency internal security database system" designed for use by the military in the event of a national catastrophe, a suspension of the Constitution or the imposition of martial law. Its name, he says, is derived from the fact that it contains "copies of the 'main core' or essence of each item of intelligence information on Americans produced by the FBI and the other agencies of the U.S. intelligence community". ("Exposing Bush's historic abuse of power," Salon, July 23, 2008) The secretive nature of the program is so highly sensitive, Shorrock reports, that when a former senior Justice Department official mentioned Main Core to an intelligence analyst stationed inside the White House after the 9/11 attacks "he turned white as a sheet". One can only wonder what role DARPA and their "outsourced" corporate partners played in updating Main Core or programs similar to it. Like The Minority Report, Only Scarier Unfortunately, we don't have to look very far to discover traces of these all-encompassing surveillance projects. One example was a 2003 DARPA program called "Combat Zones That See" (CTS). The plan was to install thousands of digital CCTV networks across occupied cities in the belief that once the system was deployed they would provide "warfighters" with "motion-pattern analysis across whole city scales". CTS would create a nexus for mass tracking of individual cars and people through algorithms linked to the numeric recognition of license plate numbers and scanned-in human profiles. The program was denounced by privacy and civil liberties advocates for its potential use as a mass surveillance system that could just as easily be deployed on the streets of American cities. In theory CTS, or a similar program could be further "enhanced" by Scaleable Network Social Analysis (SSNA), originally designed for DARPA's infamous Information Awareness Office run by convicted Iran-Contra felon John Poindexter. SSNA's aim is "to model networks of connections like social interactions, financial transactions, telephone calls, and organizational memberships," according to the Electronic Frontier Foundation's 2003 analysis. Once license plate numbers are "mined" from raw CCTV footage, investigators could: a) identify a car's owner; b) examine her/his web-surfing habits; c) scan e-mail accounts for traces of "inflammatory rhetoric;" d) monitor recent purchases for "suspicious" items. After the program was uncovered, all traces of CTS have since disappeared from DARPA's website. However, the program has been farmed-out across the agency. I will explore some of the "innovative" solutions that DARPA securocrats are investigating to "improve" imperialist "warfighting" capabilities, particularly those falling under the purview of Military Operations on Urban Terrain. As should become clear, all of the applications described below are "dual-use," that is, they are readily adaptable for "counterterrorist" purposes here at home. Lifting the "Fog of War" The Information Processing Techniques Office (IPTO) describes its "mission" as one that "will lift the fog of war," in order to "understand the world. From sensing to cognition, we bring the future of computing to the warfighter". IPTO is divided into six "thrust areas:" Cognitive Systems, Command & Control, High Productivity Computing, Language Processing, Sensors & Processing, Emerging Technologies. Each "thrust area" is further subdivided into a score of projects, the majority of which are concerned with developing technologies to "control the battlespace" of occupied cities. [eg University Avenue, Snelling... -ed] The Cognitive Systems office is currently working on a project called Learning Applied to Ground Robots (LAGR), a system "to develop a new generation of learned perception and control algorithms for autonomous ground vehicles, and to integrate these learned algorithms with a highly capable robotic ground vehicle". In other words, ground-based "killer robots" that can act on their own volition and "take out" insurgents independent of any human control. Early, human-controlled versions of these systems have been deployed in Iraq. Corporate and university grifters Applied Systems Intelligence, BAE Systems, Carnegie Mellon University, Florida A&M University, General Dynamics, and SRI International among others are jointly working on the project in alliance with DARPA and the Army Research Laboratory's Robotics Collaborative Technology Alliance. [Insurgents = eg anti-war & civil rights etc groups] The Command & Control brief is described as "the exercise of authority and direction by a properly designated commander over assigned and attached forces in the accomplishment of a mission. Without question the missions faced by our warfighters today (such as counterinsurgency) and the operational environments (such as cities) are more complex and dangerous than ever before". To achieve "situational dominance," the following projects are in the works: Deep Green, an "innovative approach to using simulation to support ongoing military operations while they are being conducted". According to Wired defense analyst Noah Shachtman, software suites designed include "Blitzkrieg" which will model "battlespace" alternatives and "Crystal Ball," a program that "will take information coming into a headquarters to figure out which scenarios are most likely to happen, and which plans are likely to work best". As if to drive home the importance of Deep Green to Darpacrats, major corporate grifter Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) was awarded a $42 million contract in June for work on the project, according to Washington Technology. Heterogeneous Airborne Reconnaissance Team (HART) (formerly known as "HURT" - the acronym says it all!) is described by DARPA thusly: "The complexity of counter-insurgency operations especially in the urban combat environment demands multiple sensing modes for agility and for persistent, ubiquitous coverage. The HART system implements collaborative control of reconnaissance, surveillance and target acquisition (RSTA) assets, so that the information can be made available to warfighters at every echelon". According to its website, major capitalist grifter Northrop Grumman is designing a suite of tools to be used with unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) capable of operating below 100 feet. The Persistent Operational Surface Surveillance and Engagement (POSSE), program "is building a real-time, all-source exploitation system to provide Indications and Warnings of insurgent activity derived from airborne and ground-based sensors. Envisioning a day when our sensors can be integrated into a cohesive 'ISR Force', it's building an integrated suite of signal processing, pattern analysis, and collection management software that will increase reliability, reduce manpower, and speed up responses". According to the Defense Update website, SAIC "was awarded" a $32 million contract to work on the project for the U.S. Air Force. The Sensors & Processing "thrust area" of IPTO states that since "U.S. forces and sensors" are "networked across" services and domains, new means are required to "manage" these increasingly complex systems. Since "future battlefields will continue to be populated with targets that use mobility and concealment as key survival tactics, and high-value targets will range from quiet submarines, to mobile missile/artillery, to specific individual insurgents," therefore, "sensor processing, sensor fusing and information management" will provide the "warfighter" with the ability for "pervasive and persistent surveillance of the battlespace and detection, identification, tracking, engagement and battle damage assessment for high-value targets in all weather conditions and in all possible combat environments". [Which of us might qualify as a "high-value" target? -ed] One program, UrbanScape claims it will "provide the warfighters patrolling an urban environment with an up-to-date, high resolution model of the urban terrain that can be viewed, manipulated and analyzed. The overall objective of the program is to make the foreign city as 'familiar as the soldier's backyard'". Or perhaps, provide the "warfighter" with a "high resolution model" of his own backyard! The project is a "collaborative venture" of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of Kentucky, one of whose researchers now sits on the board of SET Corporation's Management "team". Small world (of leveraging DARPA "expertise" into big bucks!) We turn next to DARPA's Strategic Technology Office (STO). STO's "mission" is "to focus on technologies that have a global or theater-wide impact and that involve multiple Services". Among the more than five dozen projects in the works we find the following: Integrated Sensor Is Structure (ISIS), whose goal is to develop and deploy a "stratospheric airship based autonomous unmanned sensor with years of persistence in surveillance and tracking of air and ground targets". Essentially a large blimp that can hover at some 70,000 feet for years over a "target" city, ISIS engineers are currently developing ultra-lightweight antennas for the system. According to Defense Industry Daily, major corporate defense grifters who have received tens of millions of dollars in funding for ISIS include Lockheed Martin, Raytheon and Northrop Grumman. VisiBuilding will address "a pressing need in urban warfare: seeing inside buildings". This Orwellian project proposes to 1) determine building layouts; 2) find anomalous quantities of materials and 3) locate people within the building. VisiBuilding "will develop knowledge-deriving architectures for sensing people and objects in buildings" in order to "find which buildings should be searched, through detailed assessment of targeted structures for building layouts and behavioral analysis, live updates of building occupancy to support building raids, and finally post-mission analysis to find hidden objects or people". A perfect tool for "snatch squad" specialists deployed to "render" suspect "targets" during counterinsurgency or police operations! According to Washington Technology, SAIC pulled down a $5.2 million contract for initial work on the project. Conclusion As can be seen in the brief survey above, DARPA projects seek to enhance U.S. capabilities for dominating "target" cities. But let's not kid ourselves, cities are viewed by corporate grifters who reap the rewards in "outsourced" multibillion dollar contracts and the securocrats who deploy these systems, as no more than killing fields and occupation zones. What does this say about a predatory system that regards human beings as so much expendable waste to be targeted, tracked and when expedient, killed by machines controlled by other human beings thousands of miles away? America's techno-warriors and their corporatist masters most certainly plan to field such systems in the "homeland" itself. Viewed as exemplary means to control "restless natives" in the imperialist metropolis, surveillance technologies replete with biometric "smart cards," highly politicized terrorist "watch lists," sensor and tracking equipment are the "speartip" of a technical-scientific counterrevolution, neoliberal globalization's "dark side". [All of the above brought to us by our friendly US ruling class. How they must love us. -ed] Deployed in U.S. and European cities along with the other accoutrements of an emerging police state - data mining, internet and cell phone surveillance - in the final analysis, these systems represent not the strength, but rather the precarious nature of capitalism's entire geopolitical project. However, that doesn't make them any less deadly - or dangerous - to a functioning democracy. Tom Burghardt is a researcher and activist based in the San Francisco Bay Area. In addition to publishing in Covert Action Quarterly, Love & Rage and Antifa Forum, he is the editor of Police State America: U.S. Military "Civil Disturbance" Planning, distributed by AK Press. Read other articles by Tom, or visit Tom's website. This article was posted on Thursday, July 24th, 2008 at 7:00 am and is filed under Civil Liberties, Empire, Imperialism, Military/Militarism, Science/Tech. Send to a friend ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ - David Shove shove001 [at] tc.umn.edu rhymes with clove Progressive Calendar over 2225 subscribers as of 12.19.02 please send all messages in plain text no attachments To GO DIRECTLY to an item, eg --------8 of x-------- do a find on --8 vote third party for president for congress now and forever
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