It occurred to me that there is something we can do as a mass peaceful protest to circumvent mass data collection and spying on us by our own governments.
I haven’t done the math on the critical mass required, someone like Jacob Applebaum could probably do it in a minute or two but here is the idea:
Everyone adds some random terrorist sounding shit to the end of each and every email and phone conversation. The supercomputers supposedly triage all communications to seek out such stuff. If one million or ten million people, good honest citizens who believe privacy to be the basis of freedom and democracy did this, would it throw the supercomputers into mayhem?
Would this work? I don’t know. I am calling it #wordbombing – I wonder if in some quarters even my suggesting this would count as a terrorist act? I intend no harm, have no gun, wish to see a world where economics works for all and the planet – not just the few. This probably already has me on a watchlist somewhere!
Go there to vote for Julian Assange – in court today he was denied his freedom despite such luminaries as Ken Loach, John Pilger and Jemima Khan standing bail of £20,000 each.
Justice must be done here.
Those who are in a position to nominate candidates for the Nobel Peace Prize need to ask themselves if they want to live in a world where, as Congressman Dr Ron Paul so eloquently said, “If telling you the truth makes you a traitor we’re in big trouble”?
Assange deserves Time Magazine Award and the Nobel Peace Prize this year – the whistle blower systems he has in place will make Government around the world, corporations and others accountable to the press. Behind all the rhetoric this is the real reason Assange sits in gaol tonight.
Bloggers are oft accused of bad journalism. It’s true in many cases. Bloggers do not have access to the databases, resources and sources that traditional journalists command. Nor do they have the training and professionalism. However, the wikileaks/Assange scandal is creating a very widespread picture of bad journalism in some of the most renowned journals worldwide.
Numerous prestige publications continue to state that Asssange is wanted in Sweden on charges of rape. This is completely untrue. He is sought on charges of not using a condom. One of the women concerned “twittered” about her wonderful night with him – before comparing notes with the other accuser, trying to remove the record of her tweets then going to police to enquire. The first arrest warrant for rape was struck down immediately and many legal sources in Sweden have decried the treatment of Assange.
Many of these same publications accuse him of putting lives in danger by carelessly releasing 270,000 cables to the internet. Untrue. The cables are being redacted to remove such information by the five major News organisations Wikileaks is working with. As of yesterday 871 cables were in the public domain.
The truth is that Wikileaks last major release proved that the USA had been committing war crimes in Iraq recklessly. Over 100,000 civilians dead. Not a single death anywhere can be or has been traced to any of Wikileaks leaks. Ever.
The fact is that the USA is highly embarrassed by these leaks and so it should be: they contain highly embarrassing material. More embarrassing still is the unconstitutional and undemocratic pressure exerted through Corporate America via enterprises such as Amazon and Paypal to try and “hit them where it hurts”.
The only thing that will lead to the full 270,000 cables being released to the wild is if the USA and it’s allies maintain their current stance in the face of undeniable truth. Hillary Clinton ordered illegal spying on senior UN figures. US politicians, broadcasters and other idiots are calling for Assange to be killed. These are criminal acts.
Publishing leaked documents is not as many US legal commentators have maintained.
Thanks to the Wikileaks “cablegate” releases we now see in writing what many have known for a long time: Russia is virtually a Mafia state and Putin has little distance between him and the Mafiosi.
Thanks to the journalism of Panorama we now see clearly what many have known for a long time: that FIFA is also virtually a Mafia state and Sepp Blatter has done little to reverse things (but then there was some $50 million in bribes unattributed to anyone in the ILS scandal).
It’s pretty obvious why Russia won: not because of the Panorama investigation throwing the judges off – but because the Russian Mafia gave the FIFA Mafia a “helping hand” in deciding how to bid. Some Swiss bank accounts just got fatter.
I have not always had the kindest things to say regarding the London Borough of Newham and Sir Robin Wales. In a couple of instances there have been obvious corruptions on Sir Robin’s watch that I have drawn attention to. I do not know that Sir Robin was in any way responsible, however, as Executive Mayor the buck stops with him.
My personal experience of the man was very limited and still is, however, recently I heard him make an impassioned speech about the impending cuts, their unnecessary nature and the consequences.
Sir Robin surprised me with his gusto and drive – and this was not just politicking, the man was clearly speaking from the heart. His anger at the consequences for ordinary people shone through and his determination to do his best was clear. I found myself liking him and admiring his politics – which I believe are conviction politics and not the everyday convenience politics we are confronted with in this age.