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Copwatch Activist in Washington State Reveals Old, Vast US Government Spy Operation: “Hemisphere”

Happy Labor Day, US debt slaves!

When reading the bourgeois/capitlaist press, one thing one must always be on the guard for is the many ways in which the capitalist-owned news media seeks to pretend to “cover” crucial news stories by publishing them on days when no one will be reading the newspaper: Christmas Eve, New Years Day and, yes, Labor Day are among the days on which it behooves those members of our working class who wish to remain informed of the criminal operations of the capitalist class to redouble our determination to read the bosses’ press.

Today, Debt Slaves’ Day in the USA is one such day.  The capitalists who publish the newspapers in the USA know damned well that on Labor Day, the likelihood that anyone will read the paper published on a Monday holiday – the last weekend of summer in the Northern Hemisphere – is vastly reduced due not only to the fact that the press run of a paper on a day like this is probably HALF what it would be on a normal Monday, but also due to the fact that 99% of the working class is so busy hauling the family to and from a vacation spot that they will be most unlikely to find the time to read the newspaper or wath the TV news.

With this knowledge firmly in their criminal minds, it is on just such dys as this that the owners of the capitalist press – the same people who own the politicians who “run” the US government on behalf of the 1% decide to “reveal” their most repulsive secrets to a world hell-bent on not paying attention to any of their shit.  And so perhaps one or even two or three “news cycles” will pass before the workers will go back to reading the newspapers and watching TV again.

So it came to pass that it was on today, the sacred day of the Debt/Wage Slaves of America, that the New York Times saw fit to publish the following nes item on its front page while no one was looking:

“DRUG AGENTS USE VAST PHONE TROVE ECLIPSING N.S.A.’s – DECADES OF CALL DATA – Database Covers Every Call Passing Through AT&T Switches” by Scott Shane and Colin Moynihan

Well that sure woke us up today!  We are going to go participate in the festivities of our glorious Debt/Wage Slaves’ Day so we will let you read that story for yourselves.  We’ll add, for those of you who wish to know the facts behind the story and who want to dig deeper,

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the actual 27-page FOIA release that working class hero Drew Hendricks –   Copwatch activist from Washington state in the US of A – dug up for our edification.  Mark that: it wasn’t the New York Times who dug this up; it wasn’t WikiLeaks; it wasn’t an NSA insider or a member of the Communications Workers of America union who WORK inside AT&T’s switching centers and who have known about this shit for DECADES who dug this up – it was a curious peace activist who dug this nugget of shit out of the ever-festering Mt. Everest-like dung-hill of U.S. capitalism.

Happy Debt-Slavery Day, U.S. Wage Slaves!

IWPCHI

[Note: If anyone has information regarding Drew Hendricks’ current blog, please send it to us and we’ll be quite happy to redirect people to his website from here! – IWPCHI]

Get your copy of the Secret Service’s Censored Report on their Aaron Swartz Investigation

We are presenting to our readers…

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…the just-released and heavily censored U.S. Secret Service report of their “investigation” of Aaron Swartz.

Aaron Swartz, as many of you know, was the M.I.T. hacktivist who took his own life last year while under threat of  facing decades in jail for the “crime” – in the eyes of “lesser evil” Democrat Barack Obama’s Justice Dept. – of attempting to provide to the world paywall-free access to JSTOR’s scientific journals.

This series of documents has not yet been reviewed by us and so we can’t tell you much about it except to say that it is censored in that charming manner we’ve seen so often before by the guardians of the US capitalist class’ “national interest”.  In other words, they don’t want the workers of the world – and particularly the workers in the US itself –  to see how “our” secret government police and spy agencies work.

Liberals decry the “need” for secrecy in this “post-911 world”; but the capitalist classes of the world have always kept their crimes secret from the eyes of “their” working classes.  The capitalist class of the US, representing far less than 1% of the national population, own more than 50% of the national wealth.  This disturbing fact is just one of the millions of “national security secrets” that the tiny gang of bloodthirsty greedheads who actually own and operate the US Government for their own benefit must keep hidden from the American working class  – and from the workers of the world. To further that conspiracy against the working class, the US capitalist class’ Government has always sought to assert its “right” to protect its’ “national security secrets” by crushing anyone who dares to expose their “national security secrets”; from the persecution and state murders of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg to the attacks on Daniel Ellsberg and even John Lennon – to today’s assaults upon Anonymous, Jeremy Hammond, Barrett Brown, Glenn Greenwald, Mumia Abu-Jamal, Lynne StewartAssata Shakur, Julian Assange and WikiLeaks (to name but a few) – the tiny US capitalist class government, terrified of being exposed to the world as the world’s number one terrorist state – which it is! – will stop at nothing to silence those who dare to speak out against the crimes of the US capitalst class.  They have even gone so far as to assert their “right” to assassinate US citizens for writing articles in “terrorist magazines”!

Amazingly, in spite of all we know about the vast criminality of the US capitalst class – from the slave trade upon which the “great American fortunes” were amassed to Vietnam; from the genocide of the Native Americans to the torture camps at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba – WikiLeaks, Occupy Wall St. and other liberal reformist organizations dull-wittedly continue to assert that the only thing wrong with the capitalist system is that it “lacks transparency”, and that if only the inner workings of the capitalist system were made more transparent, then the world would become a much better place for us all to live in.  But nothing could be further from the truth.  The capitalist class and its state NEEDS secrecy like plants need water to survive – their battle-cry is “DEATH TO TRANSPARENCY!”  World capitalism is based on nation-states: competing economic and political units that are struggling between themselves for access to the world’s limited natural and human resources and markets.  This struggle – even in so-called “peacetime” – entails the unleashing of teams of spies and  assassins and the launching of military air, sea and land operations to “protect” the overseas investments of these endlessly warring greedheads.  The true nature of capitalist class rule – which is entirely founded on the brutal economic exploitation of all the working people around the world – MUST be kept hidden from the eyes of those very same working people.  To this end, the capitalists deploy government-run overseas and domestic disinformation campaigns (via what they cynically call the “free press”) intended to cloak their mass murder campaigns under the hypocritical cover story of “bringing democracy to the world”.  This was the fraud perpetrated upon the world by the US Government – the world’s most despotic government in history – in its war against the Iraqi workers, in which the reality of mass murder of over a million people was presented to the workers in the US by the lying US capitalist press as “freeing the Iraqis” from the clutches of the Saddam Hussein regime – a cabal that the US had helped force upon the Iraqi people for nearly half a century.  Through the capitalist class’ wholly owned US Government and news media’s international campaign of lies about Iraq, the US government was able to commit mass torture of Iraqi workers in hellhole prisons like Abu Ghraib and on US military bases around the country, all the while committing mass murder in cities and towns all over Iraq – most notoriously in Fallujah.  Only through the heroic efforts of whistleblowers like Bradley Manning did the truth come out about what was really going on in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Transparency!  To paraphrase the late, great George Carlin: “If transparency was forced upon the US government, the whole system would collapse!”

Organizations like WikiLeaks and Occupy Wall St. do not want that to happen: they want to help reform the capitalst system and make it “work” for everyone.  But that is nothing more than a naive pipe dream.  Capitalism can NEVER be made to work in the interests of the vast majority of the people on the planet – the working class, whose labor power creates the profits that the capitalist class greedily hoards to itself, systematically robbing the workers and relegating hundreds of millions of workers to abject poverty and starvation, year after year.

Unless and until the working class – internationally – unites and overthrows their “own” capitalst classes and replaces the greed-based system of capitalism with an egalitarian, democratically and rationally planned world socialist system, the antagonisms between these capitalist nation-states will grow until the entire planet is engulfed in yet another World War.  THAT is something we workers can NOT afford to allow to happen!  We must act now to build revolutionary workers parties all over the world so we can rip the weapons out of the blood-stained hands of “our” national capitalsts and seize power in the name of OUR class – the working class!  Only after this is done will the advance of human civilization be placed on a firm political and economic footing, and only then will real “transparency” in the workings of government be no longer a hindrance to, but be made an inherent, vital and welcome component of the machinery of the political and economic relationships governing the world, for the benefit of all of the human race.

Workers of the World, Unite!

Independent Workers Party of Chicago

US National Security Agency Releases “Talking Points” to Help Capitalist Press Defend US Police State

The United States government – a wholly-owned subsidiary of the tiny US capitalist class, whose top 450 or so members own over 50% of US wealth – likes to pose as a benevolent government dedicated to the “freedom of the press”.  Of course, nothing could be further from the truth.  The US Government has opposed a free press since the 1798 passage of the infamous “Alien and Sedition Acts” – signed into law by “Founding Father” John Adams and used by both Adams and Jefferson to gag those in the US news media of the day who dared to “defame” them in the pages of their newspapers.

Back then, in the early days of the formation of the US Government, there was a much more lively left opposition bourgeois press dedicated to “Republican” principles than their is today.  Today’s bourgeois press fully supports the rule of the US capitalist aristocracy – from Fox News to the New York Times, they all, in the last analysis, are loyal defenders of the class rule of the US capitalist class.

The latest revelations of the true nature of the “openness” and “freedom” of the US capitalist political system – provided by an employee of a subcontractor working for the Orwellian nightmare National Security Agency (NSA) , Edward Snowden – is proving, once again, that when it comes to defending even the most revolting behavior of the US capitalist class and its government agents, the US bourgeois press stands second to none.  Though it has become obligatory for the editorial boards of every US news media outlet to “condemn” the massive domestic and international spying operations being carried out by the NSA, this criticism has been of the “loyal opposition” type.  The pro-capitalist news media are united in their defense of the “right” of the US Government to spy on the “enemies of the state” – foreign and domestic – so long as that spying is being “monitored” by the elected representatives of “the people” and members of the supposedly “objective” judiciary.   The vast foreign and domestic spying operations of the US Government “are necessary” in order to “defend” the US from “terrorists”, they all opine.

Still, the NSA wants to make sure that these fawning, slavish “knights of the pen” in the capitalist media stay “on message” as the NSA seeks to derail any accidental development of any political movement by a rogue Congressman to timidly file down the razor-sharp teeth and fangs of the US “intelligence community”.  In spite of the long-running spectacle of the entire US news media  tripping over their own tongues in an obsequious effort to prove their undying loyalty to the US capitalist class – even when it appears unmasked in the guise of a 21st-century version of the Spanish Inquisition – the NSA is going the extra distance it believes to be necessary in order to ensure that no virulently anti-police state journalism obtains a foothold in any dark corner of a newsroom anywhere.  To that end it has helpfully produced a series of “talking points” memos and distributed them throughout the editorial offices of the land so that all the bootlicking defenders of the US police state can stay “en pointe”.

The pro-capitalist reformist liberals at Techdirt – who are apparently “shocked, SHOCKED!” at the very idea that the massive spying operations of “their” US Government should be directed at THEM! – have attempted to keep the NSA’s feet to the tepid breath of the US news media by releasing two of the NSA’s “talking points” memos.

They (the memos, that is) are quite interesting and even amusing.

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“What is everyone so worked up about”? asks the NSA, donning grandma’s bedclothes.  “There’s nothing illegal going on – everything we’ve done has been lawfully conducted under the FISA act, which was signed into law by the very same Democratic and Republican Senators and Congressmen who today pretend to be shocked at what we’re doing!”  True enough.

The Democrats – caught presiding over a domestic spying operation every bit as intrusive as that which they once hypocritically reviled in the East German workers state… one that would make Richard Nixon blush – are now lining up to defend “their” police state, claiming that it’s “necessary” in order to fight the terrorist groups that fellow Democrat Jimmy Carter unleashed on the world in order to combat the communist menace.  The truly hideous Dianne Feinstein, long-serving Democratic Senator from “liberal” San Francisco, California and Chairman of the hilariously misnamed “Senate Intelligence Committee” makes no bones about it:

“A primary mission of the U.S. intelligence community is to detect and prevent terrorist attacks against the United States, and Congress works closely with the executive branch to ensure that the authorities necessary to keep our country safe are in place. One of these authorities is the ‘business records’ provision of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act under which the executive branch is authorized to collect ‘metadata’ concerning telephone calls, such as a telephone number or the length of a call. This law does not allow the government to listen in on the content of a phone call.

            “The executive branch’s use of this authority has been briefed extensively to the Senate and House Intelligence and Judiciary Committees, and detailed information has been made available to all members of Congress prior to each congressional reauthorization of this law.

            “Ensuring security, however, must be consistent with respect for the constitutional rights of all Americans. The alleged FISA Court order contained in the Guardian article does not give the government authority to listen in on anyone’s telephone call, nor does it provide the government with the content of any communication or the name of any subscriber. As with other FISA authorities, all information the government may receive under such an order would be subject to strict limitations. While our courts have consistently recognized that there is no reasonable expectation of privacy in this type of metadata information and thus no search warrant is required to obtain it, any subsequent effort to obtain the content of an American’s communications would require a specific order from the FISA Court.

            “The intelligence community has successfully used FISA authorities to identify terrorists and those with whom they communicate, and this intelligence has helped protect the nation. The threat from terrorism remains very real and these lawful intelligence activities must continue, with the careful oversight of the executive, legislative and judicial branches of government.”

[Source:  http://www.intelligence.senate.gov/press/record.cfm?id=343993 , “Feinstein, Chambliss Statement on NSA Phone Records Program”, 6 June, 2013 dredged from sewer of Feinstein’s Senate website]

This is what voting for the “lesser of two evils” gets you.   It is interesting to note that while Feinstein – who has been one of the principal architects of the US police state ‘lo these many years – claims that the NSA’s continual monitoring of every form of telecommunication carried out by every US citizen capable of using the Internet has “identified terrorists” and “helped protect the nation” she does not mention a single verifiable instance of such ever happening, while the NSA claims that it has, by collecting every email, blog post and phone call in the US, actually stopped “at least one” terrorist attack.   Of course, they won’t give any details to back up that assertion, either, because if they told the world about it, then they’d have to have the CIA kill us all.

Workers of the World, Unite!

Independent Workers Party of Chicago

 

Lies and Damned Lies: The US Government IS Collecting the FULL Content Every Email and Phone Call in the US and Abroad

The capitalist press of the entire world has been on a full-court press to spread the lie that the latest revelations about the US Government’s spy programs are NOT collecting every bit of information from every Internet and telephone communication made within the US and from the US to foreign countries.  The fact is that the NSA has been collecting all this information for YEARS and is, in fact, able to collect not just “metadata” – which would be bad enough – but every bit of every communication sent and received by US citizens.  This vast, police-state operation makes the East German Stasi’s unnecessary and overbearing domestic spying operation look like a joke.

The US Government, which had savagely attacked the USSR for running domestic surveillance operations against their citizens, has been shown to have been running a far more extensive spy operation in the US.  Make no mistake: you can take all the phony reassurances from the Democratic- and Republican-party scumbags who have signed off on these domestic spying operations over and over again under the pretense that they are only directed against “terrorists” – these vast spying operations are actually now – and will continue to be in the future – directed against “the usual suspects”: the workers movement inside the US and around the world.  The tiny US capitalist class, hated for its brutal repression of the workers movement all over the world, sees its number one enemy to be those workers who dare to organize unions and revolutionary parties dedicated to the overthrow of the capitalist wage-slavery system.  To further its “sole superpower” status, this microscopic minority of filthy-rich billionaires – something less than 450 individuals who own more than 50% of the wealth of the US – think that they have the right to run the entire planet.  To further their self-aggrandizing plans – which they dare to call by the names of “freedom” and “democracy”, this tiny cabal of greedheads has bribed its wholly-owned Democratic and Republican Senators and Representatives to conspire to turn the United States into a mechanism to allow the capitalist government of the US to spy on everyone on planet Earth who owns a phone.  This is, in fact the only way that such a tiny minority as the US capitalist class can hope to maintain its savage class rule over the working classes of the world, who outnumber them by billions.  This vast spying operation, whose exposure has torn the phony “human rights” mask off the US ruling class – thanks to a mere handful of courageous whistleblowers WHO MUST BE DEFENDED BY THE INTERNATIONAL WORKERS MOVEMENT BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY! – shows how scared the US capitalist class is, and how tenuous their hold on “power” is as they continue to drive the standard of living of the US working class down to the level of mere subsistence, just as Karl Marx predicted would happen in the Communist Manifesto!

This “newly-revealed” NSA spying operation has been known by those who pay attention to these things – i.e. the .001% of the US population in the various socialist workers parties and the hacker community – for several years.  In 2006 a former AT&T technician named  Mark Klein revealed the existence of a probable NSA spy operation in a mysterious locked room in an AT&T facility in San Francisco dubbed “Room 614A”.

Klein courageously exposed the fact that in this facility, a high-tech splitter had been installed on the primary fiber-optic cables carrying all the data – phone and internet – running through AT&T.  This splitter – analogous to a prism used for manipulating beams of light – was dividing the fiber optic traffic in the form of light pulses into two streams; one was being sent on its way to users of AT&T’s networks and the other was being fed into “Room 614A”.   Several experts on the NSA’s operations assumed at the time of Klein’s revelations that “Room 614A” was most likely an NSA spying operation of some kind.  Investigative reporter  Kim Zetter  wrote a series of excellent articles for Salon in which she interviewed Klein and, later, learned of the existence of other, similar operations being run at AT&T facilities around the United States.  All of this historical fact has been swept under the rug by the bourgeois press news reports of these latest revelations of the US Government’s vast domestic and international spying ops.

Last year, several news reports described the NSA’s plans to build enormous  data storage facilities around the US.  The number of these huge facilities and the number and types of supercomputers believed to be installed in them are clearly not designed merely to collect “metadata”, as the bourgeois press would have us believe.  These vast assemblies of supercomputers are designed to collect, store and analyze EVERY BIT OF DATA perused, sent and received by every citizen of this planet.  The US Government is creating an Orwellian monster designed to intercept every communication of every worker who dares to oppose the capitalist class of the US and its wholly-owned US Government.

And is this really so surprising, after all?  How else can a tiny percentage of the US population continue to lord it over 300 million American citizens and the world’s 7 billion people without creating a vast police state apparatus to monitor dissent worldwide?  They are well aware just how tenuous their hold on power is; and so they spend hundreds of billions of dollars a year on their global military and intelligence apparatus in the desperate, futile hope that through the sheer weight of their brutal military and police state operations they can somehow remain “the world’s sole superpower”!  What incredible arrogance!  And then to turn around and pose as the champions of human rights, as the US State Department does every day, including this week, when they hypocritically chastised their ally Turkey for brutalizing protesters in Istanbul!

This is why we call for workers revolution in the US to overthrow the capitalist class and their brutal system of exploitation and thievery.  The longer the working class allows this gang of thieves to run the United States as their own private plantation, the more of our brothers and sisters around the world will be murdered by the US military in defense of the foreign investments of the US capitalist class.  The chickens are coming home to roost right here in the US, where the attacks on the US workers’ standard of living are being carried out on a daily basis.  There is simply NO FUTURE for the workers of the world under capitalism – other than a future of declining standards of living and imperialist wars, leading up to the next “big one”: World War Three.  Is this the future you want to bequeath to your children and grandchildren?  It is high time that the US working class create its own workers parties to overthrow the rule of the insatiably greedy US capitalist class.  Every day we wait to do this is causing death and destruction for our sisters and brothers around the world – and sets us all here in the United States up for the same.

Workers of the World, Unite!

Independent Workers Party of Chicago