hydrarchist writes: "Naomi! We love your sweet eye for poetic perversity! Rock on!

The Herald (Glasgow, Scotland) October 4, 2001

By Naomi Klein

There are many contenders for biggest political opportunist since the September 11 atrocities. Politicians ramming through life-changing laws while telling voters they are still mourning; corporations diving for public cash; pundits accusing their opponents of treason.

Yet amid the chorus of draconian proposals and McCarthyite threats, one voice of opportunism still stands out. That voice belongs to Robyn Mazer, who is using September 11 to call for an international crackdown on counterfeit T-shirts.

Not surprisingly, Ms Mazer is a trade lawyer in Washington DC. Even less surprising, she specialises in trade laws that protect America's single largest export -- copyright.

That is music, movies, logos, seed patents, software and much more. Trade related intellectual property rights (Trips) are among the most controversial side-agreements in the run-up to next month's World Trade Organisation meeting in Qatar.

It is the battleground for disputes ranging from Brazil's right to disseminate free generic Aids drugs, to China's huge market in knock-off Britney Spears CDs.

American multinationals are desperate to gain access to these large markets for their products - but they want protection. Many poor countries, meanwhile, say Trips cost millions to police, while strangleholds on intellectual property drive up costs for local industries and consumers.

What does any of this trade wrangling have to do with terrorism? Nothing, absolutely nothing. Unless, of course, you ask Ms Mazer, who wrote an article last week in the Washington Post headlined -- From T-shirts to terrorism: That fake Nike swoosh may be helping fund bin Laden's network.

... read the rest of this account of normalised inanity at infoshop.org."


Autonomedia writes: "Anchorage, AK, Oct. 4 - It's a first for the trans-Alaska oil pipeline, but it's a distinction officials with Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. hoped never to talk about.

A bullet pierced a section of the 800-mile pipeline Thursday, sending thousands of barrels of oil into a remote area about 100 miles north of Fairbanks. Alyeska would not say exactly where the spill occurred because they wanted to keep the area secure.
     Alyeska was working through the night to clean up the spill.

     Authorities arrested Daniel Carson Lewis, 37. They said Lewis lives about a mile from where the bullet pierced the pipeline. Lewis was charged with first-degree criminal mischief and may face federal charges.

     Authorities say Lewis shot the hole in the pipeline then left the scene, but they say his brother remained behind and told Troopers what had happened. It took Troopers three hours to catch Lewis. The area was not secure, they said, and that’s why so much of the oil spilled.

     Tim Woolston with Alyeska said oil was leaking from the pipeline at a rate of about 140 gallons a minute, and that about 20,000 barrels of oil was still in the section of pipe.

     Woolston said it was possible that the line had been shot with a high-powered rifle.

     Production at Prudhoe Bay was dramatically cut back.

     “The oil does continue to leak out of the pipeline," Woolston said Thursday around 6 p.m.

     "We’re in the process now of trying to determine a plan to stop the leak and simultaneously applying to clean up the oil that has spilled on the ground.”

     “There’s a lot of oil in that section of the pipe,” Woolston said about the stretch north of Fairbanks. “So that’s our concern at this point, determining how to stop that flow of oil through that hole in pipe.”

     An Alyeska surveillance helicopter spotted oil leaking around 3:30 p.m but the cleanup didn’t begin until around 7:30 p.m.

     Alyeska said they would release the specific location of the spill after a 10:30 a.m. press conference Friday.

     Woolston said there have been about 50 attempts over the past 24 years to puncture the pipeline, none successful until Thursday.

     “We have taken a number of bullets out of the insulation that surrounds the pipeline and detected indentations caused by bullets that have never been able to puncture the pipeline.  It’s pretty thick steel,” Woolston said."

Louis Lingg writes: "The following was sent to me by e-mail: This morning - Friday Oct. 5th, evil doer, Gregg Singer, sent 'Upscale
Design & Painting' over to whitewash the new murals on the front walls
of CHARAS. This is the second time Singer has destroyed CHARAS murals.

In November of 99' he destroyed murals depicting the history of CHARAS
and a memorial by Chico of slain Artistic Director and Community Leader
Armando Perez. The new murals were a collaborative project organized by
Seth Tobocman this past August.(Seth offered to continuously repaint
them, remember?, so hopefully, we will hold another mural painting day

Greedy Gregg has clearly violated a supreme court stipulation by coming
on a Friday, without notice and destroying property.(he's only allowed
in tues. wed. & thurs. 10am-4pm, with 24 hrs. notice)
Since Gregg's hatred is only fueled by calls and faxes, and he will
claim we are harassing him,
everyone is encouraged to call 'Upscale Design and Painting' and let
them know that they are being hired to come in the very early morning to
destroy community art because of his obsession to destroy our 21 year
old community center.. etc.

The President of Upscale Design and Painting is:

Vladimir Yuzhuk -718-646-0568

501 Brightwater Ct. atp. 104

Brooklyn NY 11235


Dr. John Cunningham Lilly, who championed
the study of interspecies communications and LSD during a career
that probed the mystery of human consciousness, has died. He
was 86.

See the AP obituary at

An old interview is online at

an odd piece by him titled dolphin-human relations and lsd can be found at

and a short biography is at http://www.eccosys.co.jp/lilly/thestory.html

"TO: Pacifica National Board

FROM: The Democracy Now! staff

DATE: 2 October, 2001

We have heard that the Pacifica National Board is holding an
emergency meeting on Wednesday, October 3, to discuss
Democracy Now!. We have not been contacted regarding this
meeting. We would like to express our willingness to discuss the
conditions under which Democracy Now! will return to the airwaves.
To this end, we have drafted the following summary of what has
transpired between Pacifica management and the Democracy Now!

"http://www.worldbank.org/html/extdr/pb/pbfourdeman ds.htm

Response to Four Demands from the Mobilization for Global Justice

1. Open all World Bank and IMF meetings to the media and the public.

The Bank has opened up significantly to the media and the public -- this
applies not just to opening our meetings, but also to our new disclosure
policy, which allows for the release of more project-related documents,
information on Poverty Reduction Strategies and on adjustment lending; and
more access to Bank archives. The new policy also aims to strengthen our
Public Information Centers so that the general public in our borrowing
countries can have greater access Bank-related information.

A-Infos has a report on the most recent squat eviction in Montreal.

there is also an update on infoshop.org.

"October 1, 2001

Statement of the Russian Indymedia Collective on changing the editor of
Russian Indymedia, Vladimir Videmann in connection with his ultra-right
views and actions.

In Dec. 2000 the Russian Indymedia site was set up as the Russian branch
of the international anti-corporate independent media centers. The site was
founded and was edited by Vladimir Videmann (Guzman) who lives in Berlin
and works as a BBC correspondent. The creation of this site wasn't done with
the coordination of activists in Russia and other countries where Russian is
actively used but was rather the private initiative of the editor. Despite
this, many people used this site including activists from the anarchist,
ecological, human rights and other social movements in Russia, Ukraine and
other former Soviet countries.

Anonymous Comrade writes: "Here's summary of the anti-terrorism bill that has been agreed upon by the
Judiciary Committee:

Detention of Illegal Aliens:
Immigration officials would be able to detain suspected terrorists up to
seven days before charging them with a crime or a violation of
immigration law. The administration had asked to be able to detain
suspected terrorists indefinitely.

Roving Wiretaps:
Law enforcement officials would be able to obtain a court order to
wiretap the telephone of a specific suspect rather than just a specific
telephone, eliminating the need to get new wiretap authority each time a
suspect changes telephones.

Statue of limitations:
For the most serious terrorist offenses, there would no longer be a
statue of limitations. Currently, the statue of limitations for many
terrorist offenses is five to eight years.

Electronic Surveillance:
Law enforcement officials would be able to get the addresses of e-mail
messages sent and received by suspected terrorists without a search
warrant, as they can now obtain telephone numbers called by suspects
without a search warrant.

Foreign Intelligence:
Law enforcement officials seeking a court order for electronic
surveillance of terrorists overseas would have to show that the
collection of foreign intelligence information was "a significant
purpose" of the investigation. Currently, they must show that it is the
"sole or primary purpose" of the investigation. The Bush adminstration
had favored a less rigorous standard.

cryptome.org has posted the Senate version of the Provide Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism
(PATRIOT) Act of 2001

The German government has sent a proposal for the creation of "Special Units"
to the European Union (EU) "heads of central bodies for public order and security" to
counter protests at EU Council meetings and other international meetings.

In a report dated 20 September, the German government has proposed to other
EU states that, in response to "events in Gothenburg and Genoa", each
should form and make available "special units" to implement:

"joint and harmonised measures against travelling offenders committing
violent acts"

and proposes that:

"the preconditions must be established to enable one Member State to
request the support of special units from other Member States"

Tony Bunyan, editor of Statewatch, comments: "We are living in very dangerous times in many senses. The use of armed and
specially trained para-military police units to counter protests in the EU
will tend to escalate violence not diminish it. But, more importantly, it
is part of a strategy to treat protestors as the same kind of "threat" as
terrorists. This can only lead to a curtailment of the right of free
movement and the democratic right to demonstrate."

The full text of the report and Statewatch analysis is on: