My concern is this eventually getting out there under my name, um, and I know that there are ways that, you know, like calling me a cooperating witness or, or something like that.
it’s time to start a revolution
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//OPPENPAL [until they are all free]
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In January, Rachel Allshiny received a letter from a prisoner named Marcel who met Migs (NATO 5) in segregated housing at Pontiac Correctional Center. (As you may recall, Migs was thrown in seg for 5 months because he had “unauthorized” anarchist literature and symbols.) Marcel wanted to know more about OpPenPal and asked to be added to our list so that other politically conscious people could send him letters and books.
Although Marcel is not incarcerated for political reasons, it is our belief that any prisoner who wants to learn about the history and theory of political resistance should be accommodated if possible. As such OpPenPal will be establishing a second mailing list in the near future to include prisoners who have non-political charges but are interested in corresponding with activists and receiving political literature.
It is important not only to have activists advocating for prisoners from the outside, but also to cultivate relationships with prisoners on the inside who are committed to resisting the oppressive conditions of their confinement.
Before I go any further, I’d first like to say that I really appreciate you taking the time out to respond to my letter. It was a very pleasant surprise because, due to the lapse in time, I’d honestly assumed my letter would go unanswered.
After reading your letter and getting a clear understanding of all that you do and everything you’re involved with, I must say I’m impressed. The work you do and the lives you’ve impacted through your efforts speaks volumes about your character, to me. I can only imagine the amount of time and effort you have sacrificed to be a part of making [OpPenPal] a reality. It leaves me to wonder, when do you have time to rest?
I became aware of the Occupy Chicago movement around the time that Chicago was hosting the NATO summit a few summers ago. It seemed to be all that the media was covering at that time, so I knew that whatever the Occupy movement was about, it had to be a serious threat in one way or another to the summit, because the security measures that were being implemented in anticipation of the protest were unheard of.
Over the years I’ve become more familiar with the organization [i.e. Occupy] through reading and seeing them in the news. Comrade Migs and the reading material he shared with me is what really sparked my interest, though, and left me thirsty for knowledge of the movement and the companionship of those active in it.
Although my knowledge of political activism is limited, I do know the risk of being arrested is always there for those on the streets protesting to make a difference. I also know firsthand the deliberate injustices being inflicted by the authorities behind these walls upon those who’ve dared to buck the system and have been labeled as “terrorist” and “anarchist.”
So you’re absolutely right; prisoner support is an indispensable part of the protest community, but also know that the people like yourself who advocate on behalf of those behind bars are just as invaluable. You’ll probably never know how vital your support was to Comrade Migs during his time away, and especially the time he spent in seg. Something as simple as a letter with a few words of encouragement means the world to us in here, so for him to have the whole movement behind him in solidarity is powerful.
Also, your willingness to assist even those who do not fit your original mission is admirable. It reflects on your role as an educator, and I am honored to even be considered for the OpPenPal offshoot that you’re currently working on. So yes, please include me, and be sure to let me know if there’s anything I can do to help.
Since it started I’d been following [the #NATO3] trial closely and was relieved to see that they were acquitted of the more serious charges in their case. I think it’s absolutely ridiculous how much time and money was wasted trying to convict these guys of these outrageous charges. This fiasco really makes the Mayor and CPD look bad. Hopefully this case will serve as precedent for activism in Chicago for the future. I’m interested in seeing what the outcome of sentencing will be - whether or not they’ll be fair or if they’ll try to send a message.
Before I close my letter, I’d like to share a little more about myself. Like yourself, I’ve lived in Chicago my entire life. Before my incarceration I’d been trained and certified in Culinary Arts and worked as a cook at Mt Sinai Hospital on the city’s west side. Cooking is something I’m passionate about, but unfortunately my reckless lifestyle and some very poor decisions led me down a different path, and landed me in prison.
Since I’ve been away I’ve made a conscious decision to change my life for the better and do something positive with my remaining years. I know that an education is the key to success, so I enrolled in school and have completed three vocational courses and received certificates. Before I was placed in seg, I was attending night classes to earn credits towards an associate’s degree in liberal studies. I’ve been in seg for eleven months now, so my education is pretty much on hold. I’m due to be released from seg at the end of April and will pick up where I left off.
While here though, I do a lot of reading to stay mentally stimulated and sharp. I’ll read just about anything right now but I prefer fiction, mysteries, action thrillers, horror, some theological non-fiction, history, and biographies. I also like newspapers and any type of mags dealing with current events and world news.
Outside of reading I’m a sports fanatic, especially for the Chicago sports teams. I like it all, football to hockey. So I spend a lot of time watching games, whatever they might be, and ESPN.
I like to write and express myself, so I’ve recently begun to keep a journal and write short stories and poems to pass the time.
On that note I’m going to end this in hopes of hearing from you again whenever your schedule allows. Until then take care of yourself and stay warm. I’ll do the same.
P.S. I’m not familiar with the Suffragettes. Please enlighten me. If there’s a book or any type of reading material you can send my on the subject I’d really appreciate it.
WRITE TO MARCEL:
Marcel Hunter #B65362
Pontiac Correctional Center
PO Box 99
Pontiac IL 61764
If you have questions about sending books to Marcel or other prisoners, please get in touch with @allshiny.
Like, presumably, the info of the author of this military report and the model…
— simulacra deorum (@digitalfolklore)January 28, 2014
@raincoaster also check the sticker on laptop lid…— simulacra deorum (@digitalfolklore) January 28, 2014
@raincoaster credit to : Sgt. Brandon Little, Task Force XII PAO, MND-B— simulacra deorum (@digitalfolklore)January 28, 2014
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On 8 January 2012 the lives of 2 young girls from Maryville Missouri were forever changed. Daisy & Paige, two lifelong best friends were raped and then subsequently videotaped in the act. Daisy who was unable to even speak coherently let alone consent to sex, was raped by Matthew Barnett. Afterwards, Daisy was thrown onto her front lawn in 20 degree weather with no shoes, hair frozen, body shivering. In March of 2012 the charges against their attackers were dropped due to the poor investigation conducted by law enforcement.
On 9 January 2014, the world witnessed another injustice as a society plagued by rape culture was once again violated. Matthew Barnett plead guilty to a charge of Misdemeanor Child Endangerment & sentenced to only 2 years of probation, 100 hours of community service, and had to apologize to the victims. Matthew Barnett will not serve one single day in jail for the rape of Daisy Coleman. Matthew Barnett, the souless monster who raped a girl that couldn’t even speak and abandoned her body in the snow will not spend a day in jail. This will not be tolerated. We cannot allow rapists to walk the streets freely while survivors run and hide.
It’s time to put the Nodaway County officials who handled this case in 2012 under a spotlight. They must be investigated for their mishandling of this case. We will be asking state and/or federal officials to come into Nodaway County and perform said investigation. There is no doubt in my mind that if they handled this case properly, the guilty parties would be serving a jail sentence.
We have planned a rally and wish for everyone to spread this around. We are hoping to create a public forum where everyone can gather to support Daisy and contribute experiences that relate to her situation as well. Tell Nodaway County how this type of injustice will no longer be tolerated. We will continue to hold rally after rally after rally until our voices are heard and an investigation has begun.
Event: #OpNodaway Rally
Date: 22 February 2014 (gives people plenty of time to plan and show up)
Time: 11:00 am (Will run all day or until the crowd dwindles)
Where: Nodaway County Courthouse; 305 N. Main, Maryville, MO 64468
Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1511769485713883
Follow the twitter accounts @OpNodaway or @Justice4TVictim, if you wish to remain updated on the progress or have ANY questions.
Feel free to bring something to cover your face if you don’t wish to be known (Mask, Bandana, etc…)
We will be planning a twitterstorm for the future. Stay tuned on this development.
Nodaway County should have expected us.
WHO IS BARRETT BROWN, AND WHY WE SHOULD CARE.
Like Bradley Manning, Barrett Brown has been imprisoned for almost a year awaiting a trial that could result in approximately 100 years of prison time. Unlike PFC Manning, Brown is not in the military, but the government has requested a complete ban on media statements from him and his representatives. Without citing any particularly offensive or justice-obstructing statement Brown has made so far, the judge in the case warned Brown’s attorneys “not to try the case in the media”.
Barrett Brown is not a hacker. He is a journalist. He is also an activist and a very visible part of Anonymous. Michael Hastings, a well known and well respected journalist wrote in Brown’s defense, “Barrett Brown is … one of the brilliant, if highly unconventional, American writers of his generation. I offer my support to Barrett and his family, and respectfully ask for his immediate release from custody.” Barrett Brown is a perfect example of the “new” media – all that is wrong and all that is right.
When interviewed about his role in Anonymous, Brown comes across as cavalier about accusations that the group is violating federal laws, insisting that Anonymous members are “only policing corporate and governmental wrongdoing - as its members define it. … Our people break laws, just like all people break laws, … When we break laws, we do it in the service of civil disobedience. We do so ethically. We do it against targets that have asked for it.” Rumors have suggested that Anonymous has a version of the Stuxnet virus that many believe was used either by Israel, the U.S., or both working together to disrupt Iran’s nuclear program. When asked about this, Brown’s response was, “Yeah, its dangerous software, … Shouldn’t have been floating around like that. - Should it have been in the hands of Anonymous? - But it is, … C’est la vie.” (http://www.nbcnews.com/id/41972190/ns/technology_and_science-secu…/hacker-group-vows-cyberwar-us-government-business/#.UgrdKpUnwfM )
Brown describes his goal as “information freedom. … (1) disseminate information about the intelligence contracting industry and what is now being increasingly termed the “cyber-industrial complex,” including specific firms/outfits known to be involved in one or more of certain activities we oppose, and (2) provide whatever support possible to other parties that wish to pursue these issues. … All in all, our goal is to help bring attention to the dangers that arise from certain dynamics we’ve already seen in the intelligence contracting industry….” (http://barrettbrown.blogspot.com/2012/05/purpose-of-project-pm.html ) Despite being labeled by the government as the spokesperson for Anonymous, Brown has always maintained that he is just one person, speaking for himself.
So what has Barrett Brown done, besides being brazenly irritating to the conventional world – most especially to those connected to private security, surveillance, intelligence firms, and the US government? Brown’s particular forte as an investigative journalist is his capacity for attention to detail and where it leads. The data dump from the HBGary hack was too vast for him to sort through alone, so Brown crowdsourced the effort by creating a wiki page, ProjectPM, and invited other investigative journalists to join. Brown’s mission statement is as follows: “If you care that the surveillance state is expanding in capabilities and intent without being effectively opposed by the population of the West, you can assist in making this an actionable resource for journalists, activists, and other interested parties ….” (http://www.nbcnews.com/id/41972190/ns/technology_and_science-secu…/hacker-group-vows-cyberwar-us-government-business/#.UgrdKpUnwfM )
Brown and ProjectPM’s analysis exposed – among a number of things - “persona management”, a technology used by the government and private contractors to disseminate information online using fake personas, known as “sock puppets”. The user is enabled to enter established social networks with false personas to influence internet conversations by creating the appearance of grassroots support or opposition to certain policies, and – in some cases, most notably the Chamber of Commerce organization – to create scenarios to discredit them. One of the companies involved, with a $2.76 million-dollar contract from Centcom (U.S. Central Command), was Ntrepid, whose director is Richard Helms, former director of the CIA. (http://www.vice.com/read/why-is-barrett-brown-facing-100-years-in-jail )
Ntrepid was also developer of Tartan. While publicly vaunted as a tool to use against terrorist groups, the HBGary dump revealed that “Tartan is positioned as a software tool that can help combat domestic protestors who operate in an amorphous network of anarchist and protest groups.” The documents name Occupy Wall Street and Occupy D.C. specifically, stating that they have “built Occupy networks through online communication with anarchists”, their stated goal being “taking apart movements that exist solely online, …. Tartan is looking to come out and crush real world protest movements as well.” (http://www.vice.com/read/why-is-barrett-brown-facing-100-years-in-jail )
The investigation of HBGary and Stratfor led to an investigation of Endgame Systems, which Businessweek described as “a major supplier of digital weaponry for the Pentagon.” One of its products, available for a $2.5 million annual subscription, provides buyers access to “zero-day exploits”, a term referring to security vulnerabilities yet unknown, because “the most valuable exploits are those that are unknown to everyone else until the first time they’re put to use.” (Zero-Day refers to the concept that the day the attack is discovered would be Day One.) Stuxnet used four high-end zero days. Endgame’s price list was perhaps the most important document that Brown exposed. “If the company were offering those products only to American military and intelligence agencies, such a list would be classified and would never have shown up in the HBGary e-mails, according to security experts. The fact that a nonclassified list exists at all - as well as an Endgame statement in the uncovered e-mails that it will not provide vulnerability maps of the U.S. - suggests that the company is pitching governments or other entities outside the U.S.” (http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/cyber-weapons-the-ne…)
-And this was the point at which the FBI arrested Barrett Brown and effectively shut down ProjectPM. Among the thousands of hacked emails was credit card information belonging to Startfor. Despite the fact that the actual hacker, Jeremy Hammond, has been convicted and is serving ten years time in prison, Brown is facing up to 100 years in jail for threatening the family of an FBI officer who raided his mother’s home, trying to hide his laptops from the Feds, and for distributing the stolen credit card information through Project PM.
In March, the DOJ served the domain hosting service CloudFlare with a subpoena for all records on the ProjectPM website, and asked for the IP addresses of everyone who had accessed and contributed to ProjectPM, “describing it as a ‘forum through which Brown and others would engage in, encourage, or facilitate the commission of criminal conduct online.’ The message was clear: Anyone else who looks into this matter does so at their grave peril.” (http://www.thenation.com/article/174851/strange-case-barrett-brown#axzz2bsC2qmeB )
MUST SEE & I think I posted this before but not the pic, it wouldn’t hurt though, #R.I.P Aaron Swartz.
On the first Anniversary of Aaron Swartz, today the Anonymous group of hackers defaced the sub-domain of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) website (http://cogen.mit.edu/) for about an hour as part of #OPLASTRESORT.
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