By Michael Boldin
Tenth Amendment Center
When I think of a “Constitution Day” speech, three things pop into my head.
First, I expect to hear a speech about the greatness of the Constitution and the wisdom of the Founding Fathers.
Second, that speech will likely cover the many ways that today’s Federal government is nothing close to the Founders’ constitutional vision. I’d hear about some of the ways the supreme court has flipped the constitution on its head, and how politicians from both major political parties only care about the constitution when it fits their political goals. They ignore or violate it with impunity when it doesn’t.
Governments have targeted groups that have advocated sabotage and groups that have not, movements that have been militant and movements that have been markedly pacifist. They have targeted peace groups, native resistance, environmental and animal rights movements, anti-poverty, anti-globalization, anti-police brutality, anti-racist, anarchist, patriot and communist groups, to name a few.
By adopting a security culture, activists can defeat various counterintelligence operations that would otherwise disrupt both mainstream organizing and underground resistance. It is important that as a movement, we learn to practice security at all points in the movement’s development. Remember that the State is interested in knowing about activists’ beliefs, not just in “hard evidence”. Learn and practice security to protect yourself and your people.
Below is a filmed discussion of Security Culture by Aric McBay, co-author of Deep Green Resistance (review here). Following that is a reproduction of Security Culture: A Handbook for Activists (3d ed. 2001).
By Chris Pratt
The Awareness Initiative Inc, a Vermont non-profit located in Brattleboro announces the immediate availability of and access to www.deceptionsusa.com. This site is the most comprehensive of its kind. First, a well reviewed 58 minute movie called “deceptions,” has been segmented into 6 chapters for easy online viewing. Additionally an Awareness Theater comprised of several brief video clips illuminating banking, government and corporate fraud is available for viewing. Further, definitive one page summaries related to unanswered 9-11 questions and coincidences, the War on Terror, Media Complicity and Police Suppression are all but a “click” away.
Posted in 4th Estate, 911, Art, Books, Music & Film, Military, MSM Shills, Psy-Ops, Resistance, War and Peace
Tagged 911, activism, awareness, chris pratt, deceptionsUSA, propaganda
copyright © 2010 Betsy L. Angert. BeThink.org
It happened once, twice; I trust the third time could not charm me more. I have witnessed the power of a gesture, one made without words. I have seen the light that glows when people connect in quiet ways. Now experienced on more than one occasion, I have come to appreciate the peaceful power of consistent communication. I had not fully acknowledged what could be accomplished until I arrived on the scene, alone. Then I saw it. I felt it. I could hardly believe that a single steadfast individual, could convey a message without words, and still receive such a resounding response. Yet, while there, it occurred. I was struck by what had not been apparent for near a decade. The stance of a quiet soul, stated calmly, clearly, and with care, can move more persons than I ever imagined. Continue reading
By Monika Kalra Varma
Our 2008 RFK Human Rights Laureate, Aminatou Haidar, began a hunger strike on November 16th after being forcibly removed from her homeland of Western Sahara. And we need your help to support an investigation of her removal.
Last Friday, Aminatou was returning to Western Sahara from a visit to the United States and Spain. While in the U.S., she briefed Congressional staff on the human rights situation in Western Sahara, met with United Nations member states, and received the Civil Courage Prize from the Train Foundation for her bold defense of the rights and liberties of the Saharawi people.
Posted in 4th Estate, Censorship, Human Rights Civil Liberties, Region: Africa, Resistance, Whistleblowers, Women
Tagged activism, aminatou haidar, arrest, extraordianry rendition, imprisoned activist, info suppression
By Chris Hedges
The right-wing accusations against Barack Obama are true. He is a socialist, although he practices socialism for corporations. He is squandering the country’s future with deficits that can never be repaid. He has retained and even bolstered our surveillance state to spy on Americans. He is forcing us to buy into a health care system that will enrich corporations and expand the abuse of our for-profit medical care. He will not stanch unemployment. He will not end our wars. He will not rebuild the nation. He is a tool of the corporate state.
The right wing is not wrong. It is not the problem. We are the problem. Continue reading
Posted in Neoliberalism, NWO, Obama and Company, Prisons, Resistance
Tagged activism, afghanistan veterans, bush-obama resource wars, corporate fraud, corporatism, corruption, imperialism, iraq veterans, middle east wars, Neoliberalism, never ending war, New World Order, post traumatic stress disorder, resource wars
Have You Met the Yes Men?
Meet Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno, the Yes Men. According to the Yes Men’s website, their goals are “impersonating big-time criminals in order to publicly humilate them.”
Watch the mayhem unfold tonight at 9 PM, only on HBO.