Political News (Datacide 13): Infiltration and Agents Provocateurs; Vision Tech; Endless War; Surveillance, Control and Repression

Infiltration and Agents Provocateurs
From 2007-09, John Towery, a criminal intelligence army analyst in the Force Protection Service fusion center at the Fort Lewis military base spied on anarchists and peace activists in Tacoma and Olympia, WA who were part of SDS and the Port Militarization Resistance, which protested international war shipments. Under the name ‘John Jacob’, Towery became close friends with the activists, surveilled them, and shared data with local, state, federal and military agencies. A public records request uncovered the surveillance operation of Towery against the Olympia Movement for Justice and Peace, IWW, Iraq Veterans Against the War, an anarchist bookshop, amongst others. The 9th circuit court of appeals has ruled in December 2012 that the subsequent lawsuit against Towery can proceed in the narrow terms of intentionally enabling arrest without probable cause in order to repress free speech, but apparently not on the Posse Comitatus law that bars the use of armed forces for law enforcement activities inside the US.

The Earth Island Journal published documents obtained through FOIA requests that show how the Bryan County, Oklahoma Sheriff’s department was spying on the Great Plains Tar Sands Resistance and other direct action groups against the proposed tar sands pipeline to run from Canada to Texas. Some activists were arrested earlier, the action camp infiltrated and a protest preempted. The targets are described as eco-activists; Native American resisters; Occupy members; Anarchists; and locals from the community. Documents also show how the corporation TransCanada who will build the pipeline works closely with the multi-government agency Fusion Center in Oklahoma advising on policy, changing laws, sharing intel, ensnaring activists, and generally protecting their own interests and facilitating the increase of their profits.

The agent provocateur “Anna” performed extensive FBI surveillance and entrapment of three other activists (see the Life During Wartime book review) used to convict Eric McDavid for 19 years and 7 months, the second longest sentence for recent environmental prisoners. During McDavid’s trial, his lawyer attempted to argue government misconduct because of “Anna’s” intimate relationship with him, however this was dismissed in light of the 1991 9th Circuit ruling in US v Simpson that the government can exploit intimate and sexual relations between the infiltrator and anyone under a surveillance investigation.

Back in January 2011, The Guardian newspaper journalists Paul Lewis and Rob Evans broke the huge story of how Mark Kennedy, a London Metropolitan Police officer, infiltrated numerous European left and direct action networks under the name “Mark Stone” and “Flash”. 22 countries including Germany used Kennedy as an agent provocateur in order to ensnare activists in illegal activities, gather information, maps networks, etc. (The website “Mark Kennedy: A chronology of his activities” gives more details and corrections to the initial news reports, although not on his Berlin spying.) Various British police and government agencies cut Kennedy loose, avoided responsibility, attempted to stop or curtail “reform” of undercover agents’ behavior, and denied their support of his spying, especially concerning how Kennedy had sexual relations with numerous women over the years in order to gather intel and ensnare them. 8 of those women have sued Scotland Yard for sexual misconduct by five agent provocateurs Bob Lambert, John Dines, Jim Boyling, Mark Cassidy and Mark Kennedy. The reporters have in 2013 published a book on the wider use of infiltration and surveillance called Undercover: The True Story of Britain’s Secret Police.

The Associated Press reporters Matt Abuzzo and Adam Goldmann, who won two Pulitzer Prizes for their series of investigations of the NYPD’s surveillance operations against Muslim Americans (in and outside NYC and the state), have published a new book Enemies Within: Inside the NYPD’s Spying Unit that gives much greater detail through meticulous research on these operations. NYPD’s Demographics Unit spent six years using a huge network of informants to surveil every aspect of life, actions which did not lead to a single arrest, criminal cases or thwarting of so-called ‘terrorism’ plots. (Ray Kelly, the NYPD Commissioner, has been floated to be nominated to run the Department of Homeland Security.) Various lawsuits brought against the NYPD by Muslim Americans affect by the spying are pending in court.
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Datacide 13 Record Reviews by Nemeton

Raime: Quarter turns over a living line – Blackest Ever Black LP01

This great 2×12” gatefold record is an intense body experience, so listen as loud as possible! London duo Joe Andrews and Tom Halstead make beautiful, deadly done/ambient/noise soundscapes. The 40+ minutes open with the excellent grating track ‘passed over trail’, and most of the tracks demonstrate a powerful intermixing of machine noise elements and live instrumentals of walls of distortion and guitar and cello acoustics like on ‘your cast will tire’. ‘Exist in the repeat of practice’ offers hypnotic loops and soft drum patterns that create an extremely paranoid landscape. Definitely recommended! [Read more →]

Datacide 13 Conference and Release Party – Los Angeles, November 15 and 17, 2013

Friday, November 15

Datacide, Darkmatter Soundsystem and Immaterial Tech present

Datacide #13 Release Party
Magazine for Noise and Politics

Split Horizon
https://soundcloud.com/splithorizon

Key
https://soundcloud.com/key

Bad Timing
https://soundcloud.com/badtiming

Novokain
https://soundcloud.com/djnovokain

Diskore
https://soundcloud.com/diskore

WMX b2b Nemeton
https://soundcloud.com/wmx
https://datacide-magazine.com

The Lexington Bar
129 East 3rd St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013
9pm-2am / 21+ / $5 all night

darkmattersoundsystem.com
immaterialtech.bandcamp.com
datacide-magazine.com / praxis.c8.com
Void Tactical Media / So Simple Sound / Techno Belligerent

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Sunday, November 17

The Public School Los Angeles and the Anti-Authoritarian Marxist Network present

Datacide Conference
Talks on Electronic Music Countercultures; Sonic Fiction and Geographic Information Systems

Lauren (DJ Nemeton) – Raves and Riots: Networked Counter-cultural Strategies – An Introduction to Datacide 
Datacide, the magazine for noise and politics, has appeared in irregular intervals since 1997, first in London, then Basel, and is now headquartered in Berlin with a presence in Los Angeles. Datacide appears as a print magazine, and the crew has organized lectures and conferences on issues of subversion and the culture industry, as well as underground parties in Berlin. Datacide is not particularly concerned with aesthetics, and instead focuses upon an emancipatory critique of late capitalist society and the exploration of the multitude of internationalist antagonistic counter-cultural practices.

Sean Nye – Sonic Fiction: The Musical Case of Philip K. Dick’s Martian Time Slip
Music and sound recording play central roles in the science fiction of Philip K. Dick. Dick’s experiences as a radio and music store clerk during his youth, as well as his lifelong practices as an LP-collector and audiophile, are reflected throughout his major novels. This paper traces the ways in which Dick engages music and sound by analyzing his classic novel from 1964, “Martian Time-Slip.” My talk will explore how Dick’s references to composers, musical instruments, and audio technology in “Martian Time-Slip” demonstrates a careful consideration of the social and political role of music and sound during the Cold War. It will also show how Dick’s science fiction literary technique was able to offer narratives that address music and audio technology in striking ways. Thus, we will see that Dick’s role in modern music is not limited to the extraordinary influences he has had on musical subcultures and popular culture since the 1960s. His own writings are influenced by, and indeed saturated with, music – and noise.

Split Horizon – Salt Marsh to State: (un)Divided Space
Maps are synonymous with how we see the world, both mentally and as media. Cartography attempts to organize the infinite information of our physical existence, creating areas and structures that we can contemplate and discuss. This practice defines space, and as a consequence divides space with tremendous consequences politically, commercially, and ecologically. This talk will contrast several different ways we have ordered our apprehension of geography. A main point will be that these processes of map creation are always subjective and encode specific motivations and outcomes, particularly in the disconnect between virtual ownership boundaries and ecological structures. The talk with conclude with several suggestions for engagement in this contested media as well as action beyond mediation.

Start time: 4pm
The talks will be followed by Q & A.
The print edition of datacide #13 is released on October 12 in Berlin and November 15/17 in LA.

The Public School Los Angeles
951 Chung King Road
Los Angeles, CA 90012

datacide-magazine.com / praxis.c8.com / thepublicschool.org

check out the table of contents of Datacide 13:
http://datacide-magazine.com/magazine/datacide-thirteen/

datacide #13 is now available for purchase in the U.S. at the LA release events or online: https://darkmattersoundsystem.bandcamp.com/merch/datacide-13

Datacide 12 record reviews by Nemeton

Ritalin War Dance / Neurosis Orchestra – SPB12020
The a-side is two tracks by Ritalin War Dance (Robert Schirmer and Martin Maischein aka Goner aka Heinrich at Hart). A2 Eye Flys resonates with a mixture of dub and experimental noises and distortion that creates an impressive dark feeling. The b-side by Neurosis Orchestra opens with Lucid Dreams that is dominated by dark guitar riffs and dub influenced doom ambiences. B2 Trap is the beat oriented track (140 bpm) with an enticing groove, distorted synth lines interlaced with some heavy bass. All the tracks, including a1 Hypertonic Solutions, are a physical journey of beats and moody ambiences that demonstrate thoughtful and well developed structures. Recommended! [Read more →]

Datacide Twelve release party and conference – October 20!

DATACIDE 12 RELEASE PARTY & CONFERENCE
in the spaces of subversiv e.v.
Brunnenstrasse 7, Berlin-Mitte

October 20th

The new issue will be available for the first time at the event!
Cover image and table of contents HERE.

DATACIDE 12 Release Party & Conference, 20.10.2102 @ Subversiv, Berlin from sans culotte on Vimeo.

Party starts at 11pm with live sets & DJ’s:

Xanopticon – Live – Zhark / Peace Off – San Francisco – www.xanopticon.com
Split Horizon – Live – Void Tactical Media – Oakland – soundcloud.com/splithorizon
Dimentia – Live – Void Tactical Media – Oakland – soundcloud.com/dimentia
Key – Live – Void Tactical Media – Oakland – soundcloud.com/ioekey
LFO Demon – Sprengstoff – soundcloud.com/lfodemon
Amboss – Sub/Version – soundcloud.com/amboss
H-Kon – Clash of the Titans – soundcloud.com/h-kon

visuals: Sansculotte – vimeo.com/sansculotte – (upstairs)

Talks start at 6pm:

“Electronic and experimental music in Asia and Africa” by Cedrik Fermont
The official history of experimental and electronic music is mostly centered on developments in the “West” from the end of the 19th century through the 1960s, and yet, in 1944, the first known piece of African so-called “experimental music” was recorded by Halim El-Dabh in Cairo.  This talk addresses the fact that electronic, experimental music, and by extension noise music, cannot been seen as a typically “Western” kind of music.  The origins of the very notion of noise music do not entirely belong to “Western” culture, but most probably stem from technology, modernization, and often urbanism.  What about non-Western composers of experimental, electronic and noise music, who have been written out of histories? Which culture(s) and which non-Western nations are they influenced by? Are they still maintained under a post-colonial cultural yoke?

“2012 IS THE SEASON FOR TREASON: An Assault on Establishment Culture in Germany” by the OKK Team Chus Martinez, Francisco José Avestruz & Otto Karl Kamal
Extending the assault on capitalist society through a radical take on Berlin Biennale 7, dOCUMENTA (13) and similar propaganda tools, the OKK Team will present their analysis of and strategies for countering these bourgeois gentrification festivals and their “activist” participants who are often sporting either extreme naivety or some “brown” (i.e. fascist) ideology.  For more info go to: http://2012istheseasonfortreason.wordpress.com/

“On the Map – Control and Freedom in Geographic Information Systems” by Split Horizon
The merger of cartography, statistical analysis and database technology threatens our privacy and autonomy, while simultaneously pluralizing our consensus of what exists, or has existed, at a place. Digital map making is now a crucial form of communication, and a newly contested media that begs exploration. This talk addresses the most severe technological consequences of location tracking, while presenting creative directions, détournements, and strategies that free and open source GIS/GPS technologies now make available to the general public.

 

– a more precise time-table for the talks will be posted closer to the date – and the talks will be free to attend.

 

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