Anonymous 1, Amazon 0

December 12, 2010

It appears that internet activists Anonymous have actually succeeded in shutting down a host of European Amazon sites in solidarity with Wikileaks!

 

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As this Boing Boing article shows there are now over a 1000 Wikileaks mirror sites on the internet. Foreign Policy have also launched the incredibly handy Wikileaked website which breaks-down of all the revelations emerging from Wikileaks’s leaks, including the latest batch of #cablegate leaks.

With sympathy sites on the rise – and thousands more people saving the ‘insurance’ file on these sites to portable hard-drives 😉 – other people, who shall remain ANONYMOUS, have been involved with OPERATION: PAYBACK, who utilised the easy to use LOIC (Low Orbit Ion Cannon) app to shut-down VISA and disrupt Mastercard for their refusal to handle donation payments to Wikileaks.

This, friends, is anarchy in action. It’s also a battle that governments and corporations have little chance of winning… as long as we stay vigilant, and remain active!

Join the Hive, join the revolution!

There are times when the mask of government slips to reveal the tyrant that it truly is. We witnessed this first hand when the British government sent the army to our towns to subdue the miners. Now governments and corporations are sending out the message that anyone who dares to step outside the heavily vetted world of the laughingly entitled ‘free press’ will face relentless intimidation – which has even included death threats! – and the full force of the (auto)repressive regime that is Empire. For despite the veneer of ‘democracy’ and the sickeningly false humility of our leaders we are only free to do whatever we’re told. After all, the greatest threat to true liberty is the belief that you already have it 😉 We’re not usually big on petition signing, but the Wikileaks situation is pretty exceptional so we’re encouraging people to do just that. This from Avaaz

The massive campaign of intimidation against WikiLeaks is sending a chill through free media advocates everywhere.

Top US politicians have called WikiLeaks a terrorist organization and suggested assassination of its staff, and the organization has come under intense government and corporate attack. But WikiLeaks is only publishing information passed to it by a whistle-blower. And it has partnered with the world’s leading newspapers to vet the information it publishes.

If WikiLeaks has broken laws, it should face legal action. But the immense extra-judicial intimidation is an attack on democracy. We urgently need a public outcry for freedom of the press and expression. Sign the petition to stop the crackdown and forward this email to everyone — let’s get 1 million voices this week!

http://www.avaaz.org/en/wikileaks_petition/?vl

WikiLeaks isn’t acting alone — it has partnered with the top newspapers in the world (The New York Times, The Guardian, Der Spiegel, etc.) to carefully review 250,000 US diplomatic cables and remove any information that it is irresponsible to publish. Only 800 cables have been published so far. Past WikiLeaks publications have exposed government-backed torture, the murder of innocent civilians in Iraq and Afghanistan and corporate corruption.

The US government is currently pursuing all legal avenues to stop WikiLeaks from publishing more cables, but the laws of democracies protect freedom of the press. The US and other governments may not like the laws that protect our freedom of expression, but that’s exactly why it’s so important that we have them, and why only a democratic process can change them.

Reasonable people can disagree on whether WikiLeaks is releasing more information than the public should see. Whether it undermines diplomatic confidentiality and whether that’s a good thing. Whether its founder Julian Assange has the personal character of a hero or a villain. But none of this justifies a vicious campaign of intimidation to silence a legal media outlet by governments and corporations. Click below to join the call to stop the crackdown:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/wikileaks_petition/?vl

Ever wonder why the media so rarely gives the full story of what happens behind the scenes? This is why – because when they do, governments can be vicious in their response. And when that happens, it’s up to the public to stand up for our democratic rights to a free press and freedom of expression. Never has there been a more vital time for us to do so.

This is an emergency post to say that at this moment in time the only functioning Wikileaks URL is:

http://213.251.145.96.nyud.net/

Today’s media is full of condemnation (again) for Wikileaks even though none of the latest revelations are particularly earth-shattering. Our press are much more comfortable feigning surprise when, thirty years after the event, we’re told what we all knew already – i.e. stuff like: there was a plot to knobble Wilson; the army was used against the miners; Harry IS James Hewitt’s lovechild 😉 ; etc. They call themselves the ‘free press’ and yet they’re shit scared of freedom of information!

Remember kids, the only good media is MediaLens! 😉

The main thing we got from the latest leaks was confirmation that so called ‘leaders’, ‘officials’ and ‘voices of authority’ are childish and inept and frankly not up to the job they claim to be doing (no surprises there, you only have to watch 5 minutes of parliamentary debate to know that they’re all completely clueless). Once again the facts give lie to the myth that somebody, somewhere is actually in charge of this sinking ship. As Alan Moore observed in Margeret Killjoy’s interview:

“It … occurred to me that, basically, anarchy is in fact the only political position that is actually possible. I believe that all other political states are in fact variations or outgrowths of a basic state of anarchy; after all, when you mention the idea of anarchy to most people they will tell you what a bad idea it is because the biggest gang would just take over. Which is pretty much how I see contemporary society. We live in a badly developed anarchist situation in which the biggest gang has taken over and have declared that it is not an anarchist situation—that it is a capitalist or a communist situation.”

Not only do our bloated political, legal and military institutions basically equate to ‘mob rule’, but ALL hierarchical systems guarantee that the wrong person will always end up in the wrong job. Wikileaks’ leaks certainly help to reinforce what Robert Shea said in his 1990 article, ‘The Empire of the Rising Scum‘:

[T]he more an organization succeeds and prospers, the more it is likely to be diverted from its original ideals, principles and purposes. While Francis of Assissi was still alive, the religious order he founded, dedicated to poverty, had already started to acquire real estate.

Every combination of two or more human beings has both a useful aspect and a political aspect. These tend to conflict with each other. As the political aspect becomes more and more influential, the organization ceases to be useful to its members and starts using them.

Why does this happen? Because the better an organization is at fulfilling its purpose, the more it attracts people who see the organization as an opportunity to advance themselves.

The ability to get ahead in an organization is simply another talent, like the ability to play chess, paint pictures, do coronary bypass operations or pick pockets. There are some people who are extraordinarily good at manipulating- organizations to serve their own ends. The Russians, who have suffered under such people for centuries, have a name for them– apparatchiks. It was an observer of apparatchiks who coined the maxim, “The scum rises to the top.”

The apparatchik’s aim in life is to out-ass-kiss, out-maneuver, out-threaten, out-lie and ultimately out-fight his or her way to the top of the pyramid-any pyramid. Appropriately, Russia produced a superb specimen of homo apparatchikus–Josef Stalin. Many American novels have described the wheeling and dealing of apparatchiks in various occupations; perhaps the classic fictional character of this kind is Sammy Glick, the movie tycoon in Budd Schulberg’s novel, What Makes Sammy Run? Niccolo Machiavelli wrote a handbook for apparatchiks that is unsurpassed to this day–The Prince. But the most successful of this breed need neither exemplars or hand-books; they seem to know instinctively what to do.

It often happens that when a person possesses a particular ability to an extraordinary degree, nature makes up for it by leaving him or her incompetent in every other department. Thus we see owners of baseball teams who lack any understanding of the sport, heads of banks who couldn’t balance a checkbook, industrialists whose main industry is riding around in fancy limos, and generals who know more about playing golf with congressmen than they do about fighting wars.

Unfortunately, the existence of this talent means that every successful organization will sooner or later be taken over by apparatchiks. (emphasis added)

Edward Abbey knew what to do about apparatchiks…

So let’s stir things up!