Inflammatory Indymedia UK postings apparently from police

Schnews unravels the puzzle.

Police postings came to light following an internal investigation on persistent disinformation being published to Indymedia UK. Moderators of Indymedia UK identified the Gateway-303 server as being the source of numerous such posts. A filter was set up to capture the behaviour of the individual(s) who were hiding behind the server.

One IP address so identified was 62.25.109.196 , which correlates with the server gateway303.energis.gsi.gov.uk.

GSI stands for Government Secure Intranet. It is a network established by the UK Government to allow secure transfer of files across its computers.

Ann Arky explains how such postings can by used by corporations to stifle criticism.

It should be remembered corporations seeking injunctions under the Protection from Harassment Act have relied heavily on comments made on Indymedia as evidence. This act has been used against campaigns such as Smash EDO to criminalise all forms of dissent targeting specific companies, even entirely peaceful and completely legal protest.

All of this of course happens in the States too. I’m convinced that a primary reason that the far left here has made such a dismal show of organizing now that we have a real-life capitalist crisis is that the ranks of many such groups have been infiltrated for years if not decades. Given the fanaticism of Marxist micro-cults, it wouldn’t take much for a provocateur to tip them into lunacy or the inevitable purges, like what just happened in one of them, complete with holding members against their will to interrogate them before expelling them. Why some of these groups even refuse to join in solidarity with others in opposition to FBI infiltration of the movement. Imagine that.

The very insular nature of such groups is their worst enemy as this makes it easier for provocateurs to influence their behavior. Instead, what we need is genuine broad-based cooperation between multiple groups working towards similar goals (even if not always in complete agreement.) The more open that groups are and the more sharing of information they do, the better they will be able to spot government spying and infiltration. And the more effective they will be too.

The brilliance and necessity of Julian Assange’s Wikileaks

Since Bob Morris has pointed out that even some who are typically rebellious in their rhetoric are condemning Julian Assange, I think it’s worth pointing out how historically important Assange (and Wikileaks, of course) could be.  With the caveat that we have all yet to see the effects of what Wikileaks is doing, he has the potential to play two essential roles.

The first is the obvious role of rebel against authoritarianism.  As former Senator Mike Gravel noted in August,

I do question a classification system so prone to abuse by those in authority whose actions in the past and whose present conduct continues to derail the proper functioning of a democracy in a free society…

…accepting and tolerating unbridled secrecy… in effect subvert[s] our democracy by accepting secrecy as “the way Washington works.”

Without a doubt, the United States government is an authoritarian entity in more ways than not – spying on peaceful activists, arresting peace activists, torturing prisoners, violating its citizens’ rights at airports, waging war on four fronts, partaking in propoganda campaigns, and so much more!  The Wikileaks crew has done their duty in opposing what would have otherwise been a largely unchallenged exponential growth in despotic behavior by American, and in some cases international, government.

Assange’s unabashedely radical anti-authoritarianism is his second, complementary role.  He IS more radical than even many self-proclaimed radicals.  He has the courage to put his life at risk for the principle of democracy, as can be seen in the explanation of Wikileaks’ actions posted on the website (which is down as I write this):

The cables show the extent of US spying on its allies and the UN; turning a blind eye to corruption and human rights abuse in “client states”; backroom deals with supposedly neutral countries; lobbying for US corporations; and the measures US diplomats take to advance those who have access to them.

This document release reveals the contradictions between the US’s public persona and what it says behind closed doors – and shows that if citizens in a democracy want their governments to reflect their wishes, they should ask to see what’s going on behind the scenes.

Through his radicalism, Assange has not only possibly furthered the cause in an extremely effective way, he has made it safe for more moderate people to be radical small “d” democrats.  For instance, the following was published in The Guardian as a response to the leaks:

The job of the media is not to protect power from embarrassment. If American spies are breaking United Nations rules by seeking the DNA biometrics of the UN director general, he is entitled to hear of it…

…Clearly, it is for governments, not journalists, to protect public secrets. Were there some overriding national jeopardy in revealing them, greater restraint might be in order. There is no such overriding jeopardy, except from the policies themselves as revealed.

Glenn Greenwald has an insightful piece today in which he points out, in other words, the benefits of Wikileaks’ far tilt toward transparency.  A key passage:

Like all organizations, WikiLeaks has made mistakes in the past, including its failure to exercise enough care in redacting the names of Afghan informers.  Moreover, some documents are legitimately classified, probably including some among the documents that were just disclosed.Nonetheless, our government and political culture is so far toward the extreme pole of excessive, improper secrecy that that is clearly the far more significant threat.  And few organizations besides WikiLeaks are doing anything to subvert that regime of secrecy, and none is close to its efficacy.

While some who support the corporate state are calling for Assange’s assassination and some self-proclaimed rebels are wary of Assange, we could do well to learn from his courage to act, and act in a way that is uncompromisingly radical.