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BLM – Tyranny of Taxation And Regulation Without Representation

In Activism, Alex Jones, Archive, China, News, NWO, Police State, UN, USA, USA, World Revolution on April 17, 2014 at 6:47 AM

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The vilification of the Bundy family is in full force now by the mainstream media who are trying to paint Bundy as a law breaker, tax evader and label him as part of the Sovereign Citizen Movement, a hot button label that effectively puts a bounty on his head as a terrorist as far as law enforcement is concerned.

Beware Venezuela’s False ‘Anarchists’: Unmasking El Libertario

In Activism, Archive, News, Venezuela, World Revolution on March 29, 2014 at 10:12 AM

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Not everyone who calls themselves anarchists are worthy of the name. Before expressing our solidarity, we should be clear who it is we are supporting.

When it comes to the Venezuelan protests of recent weeks and months, misinformation reigns supreme. Just as liberals and progressives have been misled by desperate hashtags like #SOSVenezuela and simplistic comparisons to Occupy, so too has the radical left been tempted by the some self-described Venezuelan anarchists, and El Libertario in particular.

This is not a critique of anarchism in general or even of all Venezuelan anarchists (I will discuss others below). I have always been very close to the anarchist milieu and, while frustrated by certain anarchist blindspots, I am influenced by anarchism as a doctrine of revolutionary struggle that understands the inherent contradictions of the state. The liberal, middle-class anarchism of El Libertario, however, represents not the fulfillment but the betrayal of this revolutionary anarchist vision. Condescending toward the poor and utterly absent from concrete struggles, it has instead allied itself—as it does today—with reactionary elite movements.

In a recent piece published in English both by Libcom.org and ROAR Magazine, El Libertario figurehead Rafael Uzcátegui (not to be confused with the former guerrilla of the same name), put forth a highly misleading but also revealing account of the recent protests to provide an “anarchist perspective” for the “poorly informed.” Unfortunately, the piece leaves us even more poorly informed than before, and lacks any anarchist perspective whatsoever. (While this is not the time to fully dissect Uzcátegui’s book, translated into English as Venezuela: Revolution as Spectacle, let’s just say that—as the title suggests—it’s more Debord than Magón or Bakunin.)

What is misleading is that Uzcátegui repeats mainstream misrepresentations of how the protests started, claiming police repression when the police only acted in response to a February 6th attack on the governor of Táchira’s house. He uncritically reports arrests and torture allegations, despite the fact that most of these were never actually reported to the competent agencies, and some are under investigation. While rightly mentioning the role of intelligence officials in deaths of both protesters and Chavistas on February 12th, he fails to mention that the officers responsible were promptly arrested and charged (the number of officials arrested for excessive force has now reached 17).

He invokes a common refrain that there is no press freedom in Venezuela while noting that it was the most important Venezuelan newspaper, Últimas Noticias (which is sympathetic to the government) that released a crucial video investigation showing the actions of security officials on February 12th. He critiques president Nicolás Maduro’s suggestion that a coup plot similar to the one that briefly overthrew Hugo Chávez in 2002 might be in the works, but leaves out El Libertario’s own ambivalence toward that coup when it happened (see below).

What is revealing, however, is the fact that Uzcátegui positions El Libertario as “simple spectators” and condescendingly blames “low levels of political culture” for the absence of a truly independent left. For anyone who has spent even a week in Venezuela, and especially for those of us from the US who have lived there extensively, this last statement is utterly incomprehensible, since the political culture of Venezuela, the constant flurry of vibrant critical revolutionary activity, is at times overwhelming. But this, alongside Uzcátegui’s demonization of popular revolutionary organizations (colectivos) as “militia groups” speaks volumes about El Libertario’s opposition to popular struggles and the self-activity of the poorest Venezuelans and support for middle-class notions of social change that are ultimately complicit with the right.

Who Are El Libertario?

1. A middle-class organization…

As one former member puts it, El Libertario’s constituency and membership consists of “total upper-class snobs (sifrinos), unos hijitos de papá, pampered rich kids.” Uzcátegui himself comes from a family with money and became even more “gentrified through student politics in the university.” (Uzcátegui has even worked a day job under the former mayor of Baruta in wealthy eastern Caracas, none other than right-wing opposition leader Henrique Capriles, formerly of the US-funded opposition party Primero Justicia). Origin is not a curse, however, and many a revolutionary has committed “class suicide” to join the struggle—not so for El Libertario.

2. … with liberal, middle-class politics…

In the words of a former member, El Libertario “operates more like an NGO than a group, it’s not a grassroots movement,” and this should be no surprise since members have close relations to liberal human rights NGOs like PROVEA, where Uzcátegui works. Whereas revolutionaries worldwide have become increasingly aware of the limitations and even dangers of human rights discourse—which in recent years has been strategically co-opted by right-wing forces worldwide—El Libertario has seemingly moved in the opposite direction. All of which raises an interesting question for self-professed “anarchists”: when the all-out class war comes, will El Libertario be there to defend the human rights of our enemies? This is not to celebrate repression: I have been tear-gassed, pepper-sprayed, attacked with concussion grenades, arrested, and assaulted by police—but I have never heard this described as a “human rights violation.”

Inherent limitations of human rights discourse aside, Uzcátegui and PROVEA have gone further in recent weeks by circulating one-sided denunciations of the Maduro government that make no mention of the many deaths at the hands of the opposition protesters. You would have no idea that two motorcyclists had been decapitated by barbed wire seemingly hung for that purpose, or that bystanders had been attacked and even killed when crossing barricades to get to work. Thankfully, a number of human rights defenders—some formerly working with PROVEA and Amnesty International—have recently denounced this manipulative use of human rights discourse.

3. … that upholds middle-class leadership…

Even more astonishingly, in a country in which the poor majority—both the traditional working class and the informal sector—have become increasingly organized and revolutionary, Rodolfo Montes de Oca from El Libertario even openly supports the idea that it is the middle class that should lead the struggle. In an article replete with the obligatory references to “counter-power” and citations of Graeber and Holloway, we find the astounding suggestion that it is “the college-educated middle class, and perhaps owners of small means of production and service providers, who are the best suited to assume leadership within emerging organizations and social movements, since their basic necessities are covered and their autonomy won’t be put at risk [hipotecada].”

Montes’ choice of words is revealing, as hipotecada refers literally to mortgages, implying that the poor will simply sell their political loyalties to the highest bidder. In On Revolution, Hannah Arendt argued that the French Revolution was doomed by “necessity and poverty” because its supporters were drawn from “the multitude of the poor.” Here we have so-called “anarchists” trotting out the same tired argument: the poor, it seems, can’t be trusted to lead their own social struggles, since their empty stomachs will only get in the way. El Libertario aspires to be, in the words of one critic, “The boss in the workplace and the boss in the revolution.”

4. … and is absent from popular struggles…

As a result of this middle-class composition, liberal middle-class ideology, and emphasis on middle-class leadership, it is little surprise that El Libertario would be absent from popular grassroots struggles and allied instead with the more middle-class struggles of increasingly conservative students in elite and private universities. In the words of a former member, El Libertario “has never had a presence in the barrio,” and when small projects were attempted in the past, their vanguardist method of work—in which they sought to enlighten the poor—was “self-isolating” in practice. Other Venezuelan anarchists similarly insist that El Libertario is “never seen by communities in struggle.” Even El Libertario sympathizers have observed that “they have only the most marginal presence in many key sectors of social struggle,” a characterization which fits Uzcátegui’s admission that they are “simple spectators.”

For example, when revolutionary organizations engaged in direct action in 2004, tearing down a statue of Columbus in Plaza Venezuela in the name of decolonization, some were arrested and Chávez denounced the organizers as “anarchists.” Rather than participating in the action or showing solidarity with those arrested, El Libertario instead chose to mock the action as somehow—here revealing their longstanding obsession—simply a spectacle, and blamed those arrested for naively presuming the government would support them. In the complex dialectic of the revolutionary process, it’s worth pointing out that despite Chávez’s initial denunciation, these and other radical direct actions pushed the Bolivarian government toward emphasizing indigenous genocide and eventually declaring October 12th the “Day of Indigenous Resistance.”

After a similarly combative action on the anniversary of the Caracazo in 2008 which Chávez similarly criticized as “anarchistic,” again El Libertario did not express solidarity but instead issued a statement insisting that Chávez did not know what the word meant. According to participants, he had evidently “touched their sacred word,” and they couldn’t allow anyone else to be accused of anarchism, and so they misrepresented the slogan of the action—“we don’t want them to govern us: we want to govern”—as simply a demand for state power.

5. … and more likely to join forces with the right…

The list goes on and on: while revolutionaries (who supported Chávez) were repressed by the National Guard while participating in a 2008 caravan to support indigenous Yukpa rights, El Libertario was nowhere to be seen (despite paying lip service to the Yukpa struggle), but was instead in the streets with middle-class students, defending the right-wing TV station RCTV. This all points to a troubling trend: instead of submerging themselves in revolutionary popular struggles, El Libertario has moved increasingly toward student struggles that tend toward the right. This trend has only been confirmed in recent weeks, as members of El Libertario have openly celebrated the middle-class and largely right-wing protest movement. Uzcátegui has even gone so far—according to his tweets—as to mistake this middle-class crowd (which other “libertarians” argue is hegemonically fascist) for the networked multitude, thereby committing the cardinal error of forgetting that for old Antonio Negri, the multitude is above all a “class concept.”

6. … due to a caricatured “three-way fight” politics…

El Libertario like to position themselves as being equally opposed to both Chavismo and the right. While this invokes in some ways the “three-way fight” logic in the form of the lucha tripolar, or “tripolar struggle”, it is in a brutally caricatured form (although, let’s be real, three-way fight is capable of its own ridiculous caricature). This was as clear during the right-wing coup of April 2002 as it is today: confronted with a coup that removed not only Chávez but also the progressive 1999 Constitution, and which left dozens dead in the streets before it was reversed through popular mass rebellion, El Libertario again stood on the sidelines, unwilling to even condemn this quasi-fascist assault on the people. (Issues 26 and 27 of El Libertario, published around the time of the coup, are conveniently missing from the web archive, but I have myself interviewed former members who left El Libertario after it took this “reactionary position”).

7. … making any mass-revolutionary outlook impossible.

Uzcátegui insists that “The Revolutionary Independent Venezuelan Left (anarchists, sectors that follow Trotsky, Marx, Lenin and Guevara)” are “simple spectators”—but what about revolutionary socialists like the Marea Socialista current? What about revolutionary anarchist-libertarian militants like Roland Denis, who rather than admiring the networked creativity of these protesters urges us instead to take radical measures to “deactivate fascism”? And what about revolutionary Guevaraists like the new Bolivarian-Guevaraist Current or the La Piedrita Collective, one of those popular collectives that Uzcátegui smears as a blindly Chavista militia, despite the fact that they predated Chávez by decades and frequently clashed with the government in practice.

Rather than humbly seeking a basis in mass work, El Libertario condescendingly insists that if the masses don’t join them, so much the worse for the masses. Accordingly, it smears those who disagree as oficialistas, supporters of the government, in an attempt to erase the very real history of revolutionary autonomy within the Bolivarian movement. Thus while El Libertario parrots tired mantras of the opposition that there is no press freedom in Venezuela (which is a blatant lie, incidentally), it ignores the flourishing of popular grassroots media in recent years, as well as the fact that revolutionaries were demanding that media be “neither private nor state-run.” Anyone who happens to also support the Bolivarian process, or to see it as worth defending despite its limitations and defects, is according to El Libertario a sell-out and a pawn.

But this view is not revolutionary and certainly not anarchist. Any anarchist revolution will be a mass, class-based phenomenon or it will be nothing at all. This doesn’t mean that anarchists and anti-authoritarians should simply uncritically toe the Chavista line, but instead engage directly in building revolutionary movements, spaces, and ruptures within and against the mainstream of the Bolivarian movement, as thousands of Venezuelan revolutionaries have been doing for years if not decades.

Will the Real Anarchists Please Stand Up?

While capital-A anarchism has never been a major force in Venezuela, the liberal anarchism of El Libertario does not enjoy the monopoly on the term that it would like you to believe. A good example was the Revolutionary Anarchist Federation of Venezuela (FARV), which unfortunately dissolved last year. The FARV represented the voice of revolutionary, decolonial, class-struggle anarchism in Venezuela, but like most non-middle-class movements, this was not a voice that was amplified by translated books or US speaking tours, and so I will quote at length from the FARV to compensate.

In a 2012 article, Luis from the FARV provided an exhaustive analysis of the “absurdities of El Libertario” and, rejecting El Libertario’s attempts to “hoard” and “monopolize” the name anarchism, sketched the parameters for a truly revolutionary anarchist alternative. This alternative sets out from a firm rejection of the middle-class ideology and leadership that defines El Libertario. Noting that “we have always been under the leadership of the privileged classes,” the FARV insists that to uphold middle-class leadership is to maintain the traditional reproduction of the system whereby academic institutions legitimate those “predestined to guide the country… this is exactly the same as the opposition discourse that speaks of a so-called meritocracy, loaded with racism, classism, liberalism, colonialism, and fascism.”

Further, suggesting that those possessing the means of production are rightful movement leaders is to “validate exploitation, difference, and privileges rather than combating them, which we understand to be the reason we are anarchists to begin with… Proudhon cried ‘property is theft,’ and so that small property… is therefore a small theft, a small parasitic action.” Worst of all, to openly celebrate middle-class origins by embracing middle-class politics is to contribute to discrediting of anarchism itself by reinforcing the oldest caricature of anarchism in the books, “sustain[ing] the fallacies Bolsheviks have woven about anarchism… that anarchism is a petit-bourgeois ideology.” For the FARV,

The anarcho-liberals [of El Libertario] are part of the middle class and proud of it, so we know that they will never work against their own interests… [But] fortunately, the popular movement doesn’t let anyone act in its name, much less the middle class. Fortunately, social movements are not the same as the popular movement. Fortunately, the popular movement continues to advance toward collective forms of leadership.

The correct position toward these popular movements is not of course the passivity of “simple spectators” as Uzcátegui would have it, and the FARV rejects the three-way fight insofar as it represents “the posture of the ‘enlightened third way’… which does not participate in struggles but only watches, criticizes, and pretends to give the orders because it believes it possesses a luminous truth. An arrogant and authoritarian ‘anarchism’ that we do not share.”

The FARV “expresses ourselves from the position of concrete popular struggles. It is from this difference that all other differences stem.” They spread libertarian ideas “not only with the word, but with everyday constructive action alongside the children of the people. With humility and as equals, since there is much we have to learn from communities in struggle.” As the FARV recognized in a 2012 communiqué, to position oneself alongside concrete communities in struggle is not to oppose the Bolivarian process—understood as something that began long before Chávez and will continue long after him—but to embrace aspects of it while pressing it in ever more revolutionary directions:

Our struggle is for libertarian communism, and so we are not willing to go back to a ‘state of affairs’ in which: we will be persecuted, where alternative media will be closed, where lands and businesses today under communal control will be returned to large landholders and businessmen, where there will be systematic violations of human rights, where the juridical instruments that can help the popular cause [i.e., the 1999 Constitution] and the future construction of truly horizontal and assembly-based communal spaces will disappear… to regress to a past that, scarcely concealed, awaits a fascist backlash.

Instead, from this position in concrete popular struggles, the FARV embraces a different sort of three-way fight:

We are equally against those supposedly ‘leftist’ positions that want us to believe that ‘this is more of the same’ as we are against those top-down accommodationists who insist that ‘this is a true revolution’… and even more certain ‘personalities’ who take refuge in anarchist ideas (and certain Trotskyist positions) to cover up the fact that they speak from a bourgeois perspective, and thereby to invisibilize struggles and processes of change… We also say to these anarchists-turned-hucksters, commercializers and tourists of ideas, that fascism shall not pass.

This does not mean that the state is not powerfully dangerous and contradictory, of course: according to the FARV, “no state is revolutionary,” but “as anarchists we know that this process… is constituted as a collective and common task of the Venezuelan people, and therefore that the conditions of possibility today posed by connecting tactically to the Bolivarian state must not be abandoned.” Anarchism can only be built through the collective struggle of the masses, and for reasons both defensive (avoiding repression) and offensive (laying claim to new spaces opened by the process), this mass struggle emerges through the Bolivarian process (although in a tense and often conflictive relation to the government).

This means resisting the automatic solidarities and stifling confines of a capital-A anarchism that limits itself to those self-described anarchists:

In the present moment there exist many examples of spaces that, while not defining themselves as anarchist, are nevertheless engaged in everyday libertarian practices: communities that possess a certain degree of social production, self-government, and self-defense… [like] Collectives in 23 de Enero, Alexis Vive Collective, Montaraz Collective, among others.

El Libertario, faithful to their class background and class politics, “are more afraid of Chavismo and the revolution than fascism, the oligarchy, and the Venezuelan right-wing, with which they gladly march.” So it is no surprise that these collectives celebrated by the FARV for their tacitly anarchist activity are the very same collectives that are today demonized by a fearful bourgeoisie as well as their anarchist collaborators who mimic elites in their denunciation of “militia groups.”

The FARV’s reply to El Libertario’s strange right-wing bedfellows is blunt:

No, we have nothing in common with the bourgeoisie. El Libertario and the FARV are not the same thing. It is very different to say ‘social movements’ (meaning NGOs and foundations) vs. ‘popular movement’ (collectives and working groups, campesino fronts, land occupation movements, indigenous movements, health committees, land committees, etc). Bakunin is right, the middle class is one thing, with its aspirations and conceits; the children of the people with their struggles, dreams, and victories are another thing entirely… As children of the people we don’t hope for anything of the middle class, and much less its leadership… We choose not to be on the side of a class that fears the revolution…

We prefer instead to be with the popular movement, with its rebellious, disobedient, and ungovernable temperament; with its self-managed experiments, with its steps toward socialism, with its libertarian yearnings and its anarchist intuition… we need to look for [this anarchist impulse]—not in the middle class, not in the communiqués of the bourgeoisie, not on the internet or in the official speeches of university professors, not on television or in Chávez’s statements or actions, but in the barrios, in the communities in struggle, at the heart of the popular movement.

In We Created Chávez, I wrote that “Far too often, discussions of contemporary Venezuela revolve around the figure of the Venezuelan president. Whether from opponents on the conservative right or the anarchist left or supporters in between, the myopia is the same.” Similarly, the FARV argue that:

The acolytes of Chávez-centrism, whether Chavistas or from the opposition, share the determination to circumscribe everything in the figure of Chávez, either by denying the accomplishments of the Bolivarian process and saying that everything bad is due to the zambo of their nightmares, or by fomenting the idea that these accomplishments are the gifts of power or the result of Chávez’s benevolence.

We, on the other hand, consider these accomplishments to be the product of the historic struggles of the popular movement, which have cost us and continue to cost us blood and sacrifice… Although El Libertario, along with the right-wing opposition and the red [Chavista] bureaucracy attempt to erase all traces of the autonomy of popular action, we the children of the people will continue organizing, they will hear our voices more often and will have to get used to seeing our faces.

Not everyone who calls themselves anarchists are worthy of the name, and before revolutionaries in the U.S. or elsewhere re-post articles, translate books, or organize speaking tours, we should be clear what it is we are supporting. Especially in Latin America, moreover, we must be attentive to the thousands engaged in revolutionary anti-state activity that don’t even call themselves “anarchists.” To support middle-class, liberal anarchists like El Libertario is to be against the revolution, against concrete popular struggles of the Venezuelan poor, and even against anarchism itself.

George Ciccariello-Maher is the author of We Created Chávez: A People’s History of the Venezuelan Revolution (Duke University Press, 2013).

“The Fix Is In” – Barrett Brown, the FBI and Stratfor

In Anonymous, Barrett Brown, FBI, Jeremy Hammond, leaksource, LeakSourceRadio, LulzSec, News, Sabu, USA, video, WikiLeaks on March 4, 2013 at 6:48 AM

Barrett Brown, Hammond and the Irish Connect

the sting that stung and other assorted FBI faggotory 

 

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http://cryptome.org/2013/02/bb-13-0204.htm

       This article is designed in a way to start a journey for the reader into a case of dirty pool. Well, to put it more accurately, entrapment.

The Players

The FBI, along with an at best mediocre Private Intelligence Agency, a drug dealing, hacker, Credit Card stealing, twitter troll and a genuinely talented individual, published author slash activist.

The Thread

The thread is long and intertwined, but with careful analysis and common sense the conclusion is reached that all three of Barrett Brown indictments, Jeremy Hammond and the Donncha Cearrbhail complaint (Palladium/Anoasco)….they are all… 100%…. contrived from false data, dead credit card numbers, and staged phone conversations.

http://www.scribd.com/doc/84134910/Cearrbhail-Donncha-Complaint

http://www.scribd.com/doc/84134934/Hammond-Jeremy-Complaint

Faggory Daggory Do!

The FBI and the drug dealing, credit card stealing snitch, who, for want of a better name we shall call ‘Sabu’ aka ‘CW’ trolled the twitter sphere and Anonymous IRC chat rooms purposefully and with prejudice to entrap digital activists.

Bit Player

This was done in tandem with payed internet trolls, denounced by Anonymous, cast out, exiled…memes on the run.

It always seemed funny, (..like brain damage..?), how Law Enforcement Agencies payed tax payers monies to an internet meme troll who had absolutely zero credibility along with an IQ to match.

Lets look back and see what Barrett had to say about this back on 2nd April 2011

“I’ve recently had conversations with two of Backtrace Security’s esteemed members, Ashura (Jennifer Emick) and a guy named Zud, at 2600.net, where they have been in the habit of hanging out at #jester for the purpose of sharing information with AnonymousDown pursuant to their common goal of getting participants sent to prison. Although AnonymousDown promised to me as well as several concerned #jester chanops that he would no longer involve himself in those sorts of activities – which have included threats to dox my ex-girlfriend and her sixteen-year-old daughter on Twitter – Backtrace seems pretty emotionally invested in attacking a great number of people, even those who are only associated with Anonymous via our efforts to assist North Africans and the like.”

However, I digress….

#FreeBarrettBrown, #FreeHammond and #FreeBB have carved a niche in the eggshell mind collective that is the #Anonymous hashed  twitter-sphere and some people are asking,..”what is this all about?”

Barrett, possibly more than any other person is asking that exact question, eighteen of the twenty four hours a day he spends at a Federal Corrections Centre, no bail, since his online arrest September 12th 2012.

Barrett’s in jail..?? WTF???

Just to give you an idea of the depth of consciousness, or lack of it, the hashed twitter sphere can have; Barrett’s girlfriend spent the next two days arguing with trolls that Barrett had faked the whole episode.

The sound of multiple agents pounding in the door , throwing Barrett to the ground….was all faked….right?

Just like the time Commander X announced his move to Canada….that was fake as well….right?

However I digress….again

So where to start?

The beginning? well it’s sort of a bit irrelevant…but perhaps should be mentioned , if only for the fact that it makes a particular Intelligence Agency look pretty stupid.

Getting snagged on a story about Mexican Zetas and suitcases full of money… they just could n’t let go… even as it drew them into a myriad of massive security issues.

when originally uploaded the video had more than 700K views…..Stratfor DMCA’d the channel

also….

http://wikileaks.org/gifiles/

just for your own amusement enter Barrett Brown into the search engine

and check this out…

http://wikileaks.org/gifiles/releasedate/2012-10-26-03-the-activities-of-barrett-brown.html

In retaliation the FBI systematically then set about targeting digital activists

In this article I would like to focus on one of Barrett’s indictments. Jeremy Hammond’s case is an almost a  mirror of Barrett Brown’s example, as is the Donncha Cearrbhail Complaint, the Irish Connect.

This one indictment in particular that I’d like to point out.

18 USC § 1028(a)(2), (b)(1)(B), and (c)(3)(A) TRAFFIC IN STOLEN AUTHENTICATION FEATURES; 18 USC § 2 AID AND ABET
(1)
18 USC § 1029(a)(3) and (c)(1)(A)(i) ACCESS DEVICE FRAUD; 18 USC § 2 AID AND ABET
(2)
18 USC § 1028A(a)(1) AGGRAVATED IDENTITY THEFT; 18 USC § 2 AID AND ABET
(3-12)

How can it be  trafficking when the FBI themselves promoted the paste which included the torrents on the twitter sphere?

HEY LOOK -> HERE’S THE PASTE (26th Dec 2011)

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  13.                                                                       #AntiSec
  14. Greetings Global Pirates,
  15. We truly hope that you’ve been enjoying the Lulzxmas festivities so far. The gifts that AnonSanta left under the LulzXmas tree are just the beginning. As we speak, his little helpers at the North Pole are readying his battle sleigh of lulz with more goodies to bring you LulzXmas joy all week long. Joy in the form of over $500,000 being expropriated from the bigshot clients of Stratfor. You didn’t think we’d let 2011 end without a BANG, did you?
  16. However, if you are one of the hundreds of thousands of customers of STRATFOR Global [Un]Intelligence, you probably woke up Christmas morning to find heaps of burning coal in your stocking. But don’t fret. Take comfort in the fact that at least you’re not George Friedman or any of the STRATFOR IT guys right now.
  17. We create chaos. We create mayhem. We curb stomp companies that play fast and loose with their customers’ private and sensitive information. We bring pain to greedy whitehats willing to flip for a dime on government payrolls. And don’t worry—there’s plenty more havoc in store for the rest of the week. So throw a log on the fire, grab some hot chocolate and settle in for a long week of lulz.
  18. Did you have fun looting and plundering from the pocketbooks of the rich and powerful? How about laughing at the reaction of some of their butthurt customers. We LOL’d hard when poor little Cody Sultenfuss, ranch owner and DHS employee, who asked “Why me?” and when Allen Barr, just retired from the Texas Dept. of Banking, exclaimed, “It made me feel terrible. It made my wife feel terrible.” Let us not forget dear old Victor Gebilaguin, who posted the following on STRATFOR’s Facebook wall in defense of the company: “The hackers ought to be shot then hanged upside down in public.” Well since you feel so strongly about it Victor, we went ahead and ran your card up a bit. Hope you don’t mind. Really guys, cry us a river. Then go and fill out our all-purpose Butthurt Form, so we can get back to you promptly. Your feedback is important to us. Thanks.
  19. Interestingly, one thing we noticed in the fallout of this catastrophic hack was that STRATFOR hired not one, but two outside consultants to try to bail their sorry asses out of the hellhole of a grave we dug them. Top identity theft protection? Professional security consultant? We’ll see how that works out for you, if you ever dare to put your servers back online again. Until then, we’ll be watching and waiting. And laughing, of course.
  20. By the way, now that you have notified your customers of this massive security breach, we might have to pick up the pace of releasing peoples’ credit card information.
  21. Accordingly, we’ll start the day after Christmas off right by dropping a third of the damn alphabet. How does a drop of 30,000 additional names, credit cards, addresses, phone numbers, and md5 hashed passwords sound? Sounds like a financial calamity to us. And just as the markets in the US are opening after the holiday weekend? Might be trouble.
  22. But wait! That’s not all folks. 0h hell n0. Tomorrow, we will be dropping another enormous dump on our next target: the entire customer database from an online military and law enforcement supply store. Bring the pain? Shit, we brought the motherfuckin’ ruckus. You really trying to step this this?
  23. Of course, this could all be averted. Have you given our comrade Bradley Manning his holiday feast yet, at a fancy restaurant of his choosing? Better make it happen, captain.
  24. We’ll end today’s LulzXmas festivities by throwing in 25,000 tickets from the it.STRATFOR.com online support database. It’s probably not as controversial as the contents of their private mail spools that we’ll be dropping later, but perhaps it will shed some light on just how clueless this company really is when it comes to database security.
  25. Stay tuned …
  26. ###
  27. ttp://ibhg35kgdvnb7jvw.onion/lulzxmas/STRATFOR_full_d_m.txt.gz
  28. ttps://rapidshare.com/#!download|44tl6|2444489251|STRATFOR_full_d_m.txt.gz|3255|R~7B8842ED6343CEAE67A23C094E131679|0|0
  29. ttp://depositfiles.com/files/t0hkk2wif
  30. ttp://www.wupload.com/file/262598610
  31. ttp://www.verzend.be/kx1n5oixnqn1/STRATFOR_full_d_m.txt.gz.html
  32. ttp://ibhg35kgdvnb7jvw.onion/lulzxmas/it.tar.gz
  33. ttp://www.verzend.be/s8v8ccig12hp/it.tar.gz.html
  34. ttp://www.wupload.com/file/2626086337
  35. ttp://depositfiles.com/files/ifnw3s34a
  36. ttps://rapidshare.com/#!download|418l34|3218055206|it.tar.gz|416|R~0|0|0|You%20need%20RapidPro%20to%20download%20more%20files%20from%20your%20IP%20address.%20%288d5611a9%29
  37. ##
  38. SPECIAL NOTICE: We are aware that there has been some confusion as to whether the STRATFOR hack is an “official” Anonymous operation, due to a ridiculous “Emergency Anonymous Press Statement” being circulated, undermining our work while also making baseless accusations that we frequently see perpetrated by agent provocateurs. Whether this is the work of malicious counter-intelligence,, some butthurt pacifists, or stratfor employees themselves is unknown. Unfortunately, some main stream news agencies have picked up on this statement, looking for any reason to highlight and exploit any potential “inner divisions” within Anonymous. However, there has been no such squabble or infighting regarding the STRATFOR target, or any other LulzXmas target for that matter. Anyone can claim to be Anonymous, but because of the inherent decentralized nature of Anonymous, without central top-down leadership, no individual is in a place to speak to the legitimacy of another individual or group’s operation. Furthermore, our history of owning high profile targets as Anonymous has been well documented at the #antisec embassy (http://ibhg35kgdvnb7jvw.onion/) and is well known and respected within all Anon communities. Case closed.

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failure on our part to encrypt the credit card details

George Friedman CEO Stratfor 10th January 2012

http://pastebin.com/f7jYf5Wd

but whats this for?

 27th December 2011 other documents appeared. One set of four imgurs appeared which showed receipts from credit card purchases (online) for books and other sundries from Stratfor employees.

>…. 27th December 2011….<

Back to the paste…

So…as you can see the paste is date 26th December 2012…it also appeared again on the 29th December 2011 as  > http://pastebin.com/f7jYf5Wd

Both of these paste contained torrent links with Credit Card details leaked by the FBI.

who writes shit like that?….and why is it titled “legit”….?

The interesting thing is in the January 10th 2012 video from Stratfor, George Friedman explains that the FBI were involved and knew about the credit cards being compromised on the 17th December 2011

then this happened….

12th Jan 2012

and lets chuck the Xmas defacement in ….

The Stratfor Donations – are they fake?…was this released in imgurs and tweeted trying to show that even after 17th Dec 2011 the cards are still live…in other words…even though the cards were cancelled 17th Dec…is the FBI is making it seem as though they are still live…to see who would take the bait…plausibility?

Then this pastebin was released 16th Jan 2012  http://pastebin.com/YwazdGRZ

this was a “teaser” of the emails yet to be released.

George himself is seen in one news clip with his wallet open looking inside it with a long lost look…pathetic.

All the while the FBI were right behind the honeypot as it rolled along with slime lubricant supplied by the resident maggot snitch.

http://cryptome.org/2013/02/usa-v-monsegur-11-0805.htm

In a nutshell Barrett Brown has been arrested and indicted on bullshit.

UPDATE -15the November 2013

Hammond’s sentencing statement

“I had never even heard of Stratfor until Sabu brought it to my attention. Sabu was encouraging people to invade systems, and helping to strategize and facilitate attacks. He even provided me with vulnerabilities of targets passed on by other hackers, so it came as a great surprise when I learned that Sabu had been working with the FBI the entire time.”

OpCartel had provided the FBI with a platform on which they could now use to entrap hackers

Sabu was originally against the Op as it had stirred up a bit of  concern amongst the Mexican Anonymous, strangely he was to only be back a day later expounding how OpCartel should be backed up and ‘everyone’ should get along and help Barrett.

Hammond and his 0day exploit was the target. I f the FBI could n’t  get it through Sabu sweet talking, then they were going to get Hammond(sup_g).

The credit card information that appears in the 26th29th December 2011 paste and torrents are worthless digits on a spreadsheet.

The imgur images of receipts from the 27th December 2011 are also 100% bullshit.

The FBI recorded call from February 3rd 2012 is a staged event.

The same can be said for Jeremy Hammond and Donncha Cearrbhai and the list continues..

I hope this wakes some of the more able bloggers to look into these cases and make some noise

also George…..

u mad?

YOU SHOULD BE!

other links of interest

Sabu’s twitter timeline

http://www.scribd.com/doc/85351496/Timeline-of-ANTISEC-as-Created-and-Operated-Under-FBI-Supervision

15th August 2011

http://www.scribd.com/doc/84490160/Sabu-guilty-plea-hearing-Aug-15-2011

http://cryptome.org/2013/02/usa-v-monsegur-11-0805.htm

Another trap?

Sabu’s strange conversation with Havittaja ‏

http://pastie.org/6647091

http://pastebin.com/pqimeV3n

http://www.scribd.com/doc/84134934/Hammond-Jeremy-Complaint

http://www.scribd.com/doc/84134910/Cearrbhail-Donncha-Complaint

the Irish Connect

#FreeBB

The Ballad of Barrett Brown

Updates

http://cryptome.org/2013/04/brown-047.pdf

http://freebarrettbrown.org/bb_docket-apr15.pdf

http://freebarrettbrown.org/WBDL_prohacvice.pdf

http://cryptome.org/2013/02/bb-13-0204.htm

http://cryptome.org/2013/04/cloudfare-logs.htm

https://sebaprovost.wordpress.com/2013/04/09/cloudflare-subpoena

(since removed = appears here as Attachment D)

http://www.crikey.com.au/2013/04/17/cyberhysteria-obama-criminalises-research-project-and-crikey/

http://cryptome.org/2013/04/brown-050.pdf

http://kennethlipp.wordpress.com/2013/04/19/update-on-the-motion-to-quash-the-subpoena-to-cloudflare-re-projectpm/

http://www.reddit.com/r/anonymous/comments/1cnucl/cloudflare_is_now_giving_up_on_fighting_the_us/c9ihena

OpPursuat

from 31st August 2012

OpNYT

Read these excellent posts by Jim March

EndGame Systems

Barrett Brown’s Judge 

UPDATE 31-Jan-2014

MOTION TO DISMISS THE INDICTMENT 

http://freebarrettbrown.org/files/BB_motiontodismiss1.pdf

14th Feb 2014

The government opposed on February 14, 2014…??

UPDATE 21- Feb 2014

MOTION FOR LEAVE TO REPLY TO GOVERNMENTS RESPONSE 

L.CR.R. 47.1, because the government has not filed a motion and a separate brief

Dismiss the Indictment. 3:12-CR-317-L, Dkt. 98. 

which is indictment 1 , three citations

Internet Threats

Conspiracy to Make Public

Retaliation against a Federal Law Enforcement Officer

25th Feb 2014

Before the court is Defendant Barrett Lancaster Brown’s Motion for Leave to Reply to Government’s Response, filed February 21, 2014. After consideration, the court determines that the Motion for Leave should be and is hereby granted. Accordingly, Defendant Barrett Lancaster Brown may file his reply to the Government’s Response to the Defendant’s Motion to Dismiss by 5:00 p.m., Friday, March 7, 2014.

It is so ordered this 25th day of February, 2014.

28th February 2014

Before the court is Defendant’s Agreed Motion to Continue Pretrial Deadlines, filed February 28, 2014. After careful consideration of the motion and the applicable law, the court determines that the motion should be and is hereby granted.

Pretrial motions shall be filed by Monday, March 3, 2014, at 5:00 p.m. The motion response deadline is extended to Monday, March 17, 2014, at 5:00 p.m.

3rd March 2014

MOTION TO DISMISS THE INDICTMENT

Defendant BARRETT LANCASTER BROWN files this motion to dismiss the indictment, or in the alternative elect between multiplicitous counts. In support thereof, he would show the Court the following:

INTRODUCTION

The Indictment is fatally flawed for several reasons. As POINT I illustrates, the alleged act—placement of an object within the scope of a search warrant—cannot constitute “concealment” within the meaning of the charging statutes. Nor can it be used to demonstrate that Mr. Brown acted with culpable state of mind to interfere with justice. Moreover, as illustrated in POINT II, Count 1 must be understood to require a corrupt mens rea. Otherwise, this provision is unconstitutionally vague and overbroad and the charge must be dismissed. In addition, as illustrated in POINT III, §1512’s applicability is limited to witness tampering; it is not meant to be a catch-all obstruction of justice crime and does not encompass the charged conduct. Finally, in the alternative to dismissal, the Court should compel the government to elect between multiplicitous counts, as discussed in POINT IV.

March 4 2014

MOTION TO DISMISS THE INDICTMENT

motion to dismiss Count 1 and Counts 3–12 of the Indictment

Case 3:12-cr-00413-L

ARGUMENT POINT I 

THE COURT SHOULD DISMISS COUNT 1 & COUNTS 3–12 FOR FAILURE TO ALLEGE AN OFFENSE

POINT II

THE COURT SHOULD DISMISS COUNTS 1 & COUNTS 3-12
FOR PENALIZING CONDUCT PROTECTED BY THE FIRST AMENDMENT

and…

BBmotion1-3-12

Video of NSA Chief Gen. Alexander appearing at DEFCON 2012
The motion (Page 7 , footnote 13 )refers to a video which has a regional block…here it is
THEN 
Governments Motion to Dismiss
The United States Attorney for the Northern District of Texas, by and through theundersigned Assistant United States Attorney, files this Motion to Dismiss Count One andCounts Three through Twelve in the original Indictment and in the Superseding Indictmentin the above entitled and numbered cause.
Count 2 in the second indictment(Case 3:12-cr-00413)  remains, but we think that no jury in their right mind would convict Barrett for fraud.
7th MARCH 2014

Case 3:12-cr-00413-L Document 67 Filed 03/07/14 Page 1 of 1 PageID 326

Before the court is Government’s Motion to Dismiss, filed March 5, 2014. After carefully considering the motion and applicable law, the court grants the motion. Counts One and Counts Three through Twelve in the Original and Superseding Indictments in the above entitled and numbered cause are hereby dismissed. As Defendant’s Motion to Dismiss the Indictment, filed March 4, 2014, and a second Motion to Dismiss the Indictment, filed March 5, 2014, seek dismissal of the counts set forth in the Government’s Motion to Dismiss, the court denies as moot both motions of Defendant.

Before the court is the Government’s Agreed Motion to Seal the Plea Agreement and the Factual Resume, filed March 31, 2014. After careful consideration, the court grants the motion, with the stipulation that on or before the date of the rearraignment hearing that the government will file an agreed motion to lift the court’s September 4, 2013 Agreed Order Re: Extrajudicial Statements, and thereafter request that documents filed under seal pursuant to such order be unsealed. The Plea Agreement and the Factual Resume shall be filed under seal.

It is so ordered this 2nd day of April, 2014. 

MORE..
April 28th PACK THE COURT

Before the court is Government’s Unopposed Motion to Vacate the Agreed Order

Re: Extrajudicial Statements and to Unseal Documents, filed April 21, 2014. After reviewing the Unopposed Motion and the provisions of the Plea Agreement signed by the parties, the court finds that Barrett Brown waived his right to a jury trial in causes numbered 3:12-CR-317-L and 3:12-CR-413-L, and the government agreed to dismiss any remaining counts in those matters and to dismiss the Indictment in cause number 3:13-CR-030-L. Therefore, the court finds that the motion should be and is hereby granted.

It is hereby ordered that, the court’s September 4, 2013 Agreed Order Re: Extrajudicial Statements (document number 93 in cause number 3:12-CR-317-L, document number 55 in cause number 3:12-CR-413-L, and document number 53 in cause number 3:13-CR-030-L) is hereby vacated.

 

Frebb=1=1

Sequester May Slow Pentagon Response to WikiLeaks

In News on February 27, 2013 at 3:20 PM

Howard Stern and Jesse Ventura discuss politics, WikiLeaks, Monsanto and other interesting topics.

02/27/2013

The across-the-board budget cuts known as sequestration that are expected to take effect on March 1 could impede the government’s ability to respond to WikiLeaks and to rectify the flaws in information security that it exposed, a Pentagon official told Congress recently.

Zachary J. Lemnios, the assistant secretary of defense for research and engineering, was asked by Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) to describe the “most significant” impacts on cybersecurity that could follow from the anticipated cuts to the Pentagon’s budget.

Mr. Lemnios replied that “cuts under sequestration could hurt efforts to fight cyber threats, including [...] improving the security of our classified Federal networks and addressing WikiLeaks.”

The sequester could also interfere with the Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative that began under President Bush, he said, and could hold up plans to “initiat[e] continuous monitoring of unclassified networks at all Federal agencies.”

Mr. Lemnios’ response to Sen. Portman’s question for the record (which had not specifically mentioned WikiLeaks) followed a March 2012 Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Emerging Threats and Capabilities that was published in December 2012 (at page 42).

Generally speaking, computer security within the military is a daunting problem, Mr. Lemnios told the Committee, particularly since “The Department operates over 15,000 networks and 7 million computing devices across hundreds of installations in dozens of countries around the globe.”

The challenge of cybersecurity cannot be fully described in public, said Dr. Kaigham J. Gabriel of DARPA. “The complete picture requires a discussion at the special access level.” But he told the Committee last year that several basic points can be openly acknowledged:

“Attackers can penetrate our networks: In just 3 days and at a cost of only $18,000, the Host-Based Security System” — the Pentagon’s baseline computer security system — “was penetrated.”

“User authentication is a weak link: 53,000 passwords were provided to teams at Defcon; within 48 hours, 38,000 were cracked.”

“The Defense supply chain is at risk: More than two-thirds of electronics in U.S. advanced fighter aircraft are fabricated in off-shore foundries.”

“Physical systems are at risk: A smartphone hundreds of miles away took control of a car’s drive system through an exploit in a wireless interface.”

“The United States continues to spend on cybersecurity with limited increase in security: The Federal Government expended billions of dollars in 2010, but the number of malicious cyber intrusions has increased.”

Though it was presumably not intentional, the WikiLeaks project galvanized government information security programs and accelerated efforts to devise “insider threat” detection mechanisms, along with intensified surveillance of classified and unclassified government computer networks.

“New classes of anomaly detection methods have been developed and are based on aggregating events across time and multiple sources to identify network and host-based behavior that might be malicious,” James S. Peery of Sandia National Laboratories told the Senate Armed Services Committee at last year’s hearing. “These approaches and behavioral-based methods have been successful in finding previously undiscovered malware.”

“One drawback of this technology, though, is that it has a very high false positive rate,” he said.

One Response to “Sequester May Slow Pentagon Response to WikiLeaks”

Anonymous Says:

The Pentagon’s cybersecurity issue is not about money, and how to develop the technology to prevent these attacks. It’s much deeper. Hackers, I think, have a certain tendency to question authority and that tendency doesn’t fit well in a military environment. That means that the human talent needed to tackle the cybersecurity issues won’t even work for the Pentagon and its cybersecurity divisions.

Also, there is this huge link between the Defense Department’s black eavesdropping initiatives and a vision of a different Internet, that is somewhat less open and less anonymous, and certainly less subversive. That, I think, makes the hackers side with the Average Joe on his desktop (the hacker was just an Average Joe, too) instead of with the huge Big Brother being built in the basement of the NSA that seeks to control everything that goes through the Internet. It’s a lost cause for the Pentagon.

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Via SecrecyNews

Bahrain bans ‘Anonymous’ Guy Fawkes mask

In Bahrain, Bahrain, News, OpBahrain on February 26, 2013 at 11:36 AM

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02/26/2013

The Guy Fawkes mask – which has come to represent a universal symbol of protest – has been banned in Bahrain. The move is the latest in a series of measures implemented by the Gulf state to quell a two-year pro-democracy uprising.

A ban on orders of the mask – which was popularized by the 2005 Hollywood adaption of the comic book ‘V for Vendetta’ – has been ordered by the Gulf kingdom’s Industry and Commerce Minister, Hassan Fakhro.

The decision was carried out following a request by the country’s Interior Ministry, which said the move was in the “public interest,” Bahrain’s Official Gazette reports.

The ministry has instructed the country’s border and port authorities to prevent the masks from being imported, and anyone attempting to circumvent the ban could potentially be arrested.

The measure has been interpreted as an attempt to eliminate a potent symbol against the monarchy’s rule. And to deprive anti-government demonstrators of a means of masking their identity.

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From the ‘Occupy’ movement in America to Arab Spring uprisings in neighboring states, the mask has become what the comic’s illustrator David Lloyd described as a “placard to use in protest against tyranny.”

Bahrain is now the second Gulf country to ban the use of the infamous Guy Fawkes visage – the UAE issued a warning proscribing the wearing of the mask on National Day, December 2.

Bahrain, a country where over 75 percent of the country is Shia, is ruled by a Sunni monarchy.In February 2011, thousands of protesters swamped the streets of Bahrain’s capital Manama, demanding democratic reforms and the resignation of Prime Minister Sheikh Khalifa bin Salman al-Khalifa.Since the start of the uprising, at least 82 protesters have been killed, including nine children.

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Via RT

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