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Anonymous Comrade writes: "
A short update about the situation in Sweden after the Gothenburg Riots, from AFA Sweden:


17 new arrests of swedish activists

Today major Swedish papers reported that 17 new
arrests had been made early on Tuesday morning in
association with the so called riots in Gothenburg,
Sweden, in June. 15 people have been taken into
custody and a further 2 await trial on free foot,
raids were made on a number of the arrestees
homes.Most of the charges are for rioting, both stone
throwing and property damage.It is reported that the
arrests are the result of alalysis of police fotage,
filmed during the 3 days of demonstrations.Police warn
that more than 50 new arrests could be made throughoutthe winter.
Approximatly 50 people have already faced charges in
association with the demonstrations, resulting in
sentences of between 9 months and 4.5 years. The
sentences have come under criticism for being heavy,
political sentencing, particularly as the swedish
system uses local gothenburg politicians in the local
court instead of a jury."The quality of the
prosecutors case has sunk to low levels and
gullability has been a huge factor in the local court
and court of appeal in Gothenburg, after the riots in
June.Some of the sentences pushed by the prosecutors
have been as long as those for murder.The sentences
have, to the highest degree, been political.

DaaaihLoong writes: "The New York Post published the following article on October 4:

PRISON COS. GET HOT

By PAUL THARP

October 4, 2001 -- America's new wall of homeland security is creating
a big
demand for cells to hold suspects and illegal aliens who might be
rounded up.

Stocks of private companies that build and operate prisons for
governments
have zoomed as high as 300 percent in anticipation of internment camps
and new
prisons.

"Unfortunately, these are becoming good investments," said James
MacDonald, a
prisons-security analyst at First Analysts Securities.

DaaaihLoong writes: "Political Prisoners and Others Locked Down Following September 11th
Actions



The social and political pandemonium following the attacks against the
World
Trade Center and the Pentagon is allowing many governmental policies to
be
implemented with virtually no scrutiny from the general public. The
most
drastic of these measures to date has been the ability for repressive
institutions within the United States government to increase their
repression with impunity, particularly the Immigration and
Naturalization
Service (INS), law enforcement agencies and the prison system.


Within hours of the September 11th attacks political prisoners and POWs
across the country were surgically removed from general population and
thrown into Security Housing Units. They were classified as being
placed in
Administrative Segregation and detained officially "for investigation".
Known to be included in the roundup were Marilyn Buck, Tom Manning,
Carlos
Alberto Torres, Sundiata Acoli, Richard Williams, Father Philip
Berrigan,
Kojo Bomani Sababu, Haydee Beltran and Larry Giddings. Also targeted
were
muslims. These actions were the results of orders that originated in
the US
Department of Justice and came through the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

Anonymous Comrade writes: "In today's Manchester Guardian Duncan Campbell, security specialist and author of the dossier on Echelon for the Europen Parliament, reports that the Pentagon has spent millions of dollars in an exclusive contract with satellite operators Space Imaging. The purpose of the contract is to give the US government exclusive control over satellite photographs produced of the attacks on Afghanistan. Space Imaging's images are of sufficient resolution to allow one to see bodies on the ground after attacks.


There is speculation that the deal was done commercially rather than by using state muscle so as to preclude the possibility of first amendment challenge by news organisations.


Apparently, the decision to close the contract was made after last thursday's disastrous strikes in Jalalabad which killed numerous civilians.


Other than towards attaining its censorious aims the US military and government has no need for the images available from Space Imaging, seeing as they already have four satellites capable of taking pictures at an even higher resolution.The only other source for comparable iamges seems to be the Russian Cosmos system who are not at present offering the service commercially."

jim writes: "Police thwart initial effort by protest to shut down Toronto's financial area

By CASSANDRA SZKLARSKI


TORONTO (CP) - Police said they seized the materials for making Molotov
cocktails and arrested at least a dozen people early Tuesday as they sought to
stop a plan by anti-poverty protesters to shut down the city's financial
district.



Several hundred police officers holding batons and body shields made a human
wall to block protesters at several intersections throughout the city. The
demonstration, organized by the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty, appeared to
have failed in its objective as workers trickled into office buildings for 9
a.m. start times.

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jim writes: "DEA Bans Consumption of Hemp Foods Effective Immediately



In the latest move in the Drug Enforcement Administration's (DEA) quixotic crusade against cannabis in any form, the agency has published administrative rules that effectively ban the consumption of food products containing hemp oil, hemp seed, or any other product containing any quantity of THC -- no matter how miniscule. THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is the primary psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, but is found in only low concentrations in cannabis plants bred to produce hemp. A common formulation for gauging the consciousness-altering capacity of hemp is "you'd have to smoke a joint the size of a telephone pole to get high."

http://wired.com/news/conflict/0,2100,47552,00.htm l

RIAA Wants to Hack Your PC

By Declan McCullagh

2:00 a.m. Oct. 15, 2001 PDT    


WASHINGTON -- Look out, music pirates: The recording industry wants the right to hack into your computer and delete your stolen MP3s.

It's no joke. Lobbyists for the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) tried to glue this hacking-authorization amendment onto a mammoth anti-terrorism bill that Congress approved last week.

An RIAA-drafted amendment according to a draft obtained by Wired News would immunize all copyright holders -- including the movie and e-book industry -- for any data losses caused by their hacking efforts or other computer intrusions "that are reasonably intended to impede or prevent" electronic piracy.

Full Story is at http://wired.com/news/conflict/0,2100,47552,00.htm l

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NBC Worker Tests Positive for Anthrax

An employee of NBC in New York has tested positive for anthrax, the network said Friday. The FBI (news - web sites) and CDC are investigating.



The anthrax is not the same respiratory anthrax that killed a Florida man, NBC News said in a statement.


The network said it had received some suspicious mail and immediately contacted the FBI, CDC and the New York Department of Health.



``The mail was tested by these organizations, and the employee was treated by several physicians. All these tests came back negative,'' said the NBC statement. ``However, this morning, a later test on the employee came back positive for traces of cutaneous anthrax.''

From: Angela Colaiuta, National Field Organizer, ACLU

October 8, 2001

In a dramatic departure from the anti-terrorism bill adopted by the House
Judiciary Committee, Senate leaders have introduced the "Uniting and
Strengthening America (USA) Act" (S.1510), a bill that would significantly
undermine many of the freedoms that Americans hold dear. It is likely that
this legislation will be rushed onto the Senate floor this week without any
committee review.



Among the bill's most troubling provisions are measures that would give the
government the authority to spy on its own people, enable the Attorney
General unlimited authority to incarcerate non-citizens, and allow the
government to expand its use of secret searches.



Take Action! Don't allow Congress to abandon our cherished constitutional
safeguards during this time of national crisis. You can read more about
this legislation and send a FREE FAX to your Senators from our action alert
at:


http://www.aclu.org/action/usa107.html

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Lon Cayeway writes: "Date: Wed, 03 Oct 2001 21:34:52 -0000

Subject: Mi'kmaq Issues Appeal on Internet

Mi'kmaq Issues Appeal on Internet

FISHING: Burnt Church activist seeks cash, support in battle with
Ottawa

BOB KLAGER
Telegraph-Journal


An urgent Internet appeal for cash and resistance support at
Burnt Church First Nation suggests a growing native defiance in
the treaty conflict with Ottawa and links Mi'kmaq activists on the
reserve to an international collective of revolutionary anarchists.