OpFreeAssange – January 2012

#OpAssange

 

Greetings to all people everywhere
Over the next week events may take a course, which for some may seem unacceptable,
Completely unacceptable
Of course
We refer to the supreme court hearing regarding the european arrest warrant for Julian Assange, journalist and publisher of Wikileaks, this February first and second.
If the supreme court upholds the extradition of Julian Assange, may we offer a number of legal ways in which supporters of Julian and Wikileaks can show their support
Along with the outcome of the supreme court hearing , the passage of sopa and pipa should also be held in distain as governments seek to throttle the last vestiges of freedom from the internet we all know and love so dearly.

Firstly may we suggest revisiting Op Paperstorm.
In this operation which has been highly successful in past protests,
activist use facsimile message to protest by sending messages directly to politicians and law makers.
Make leaflets and paste them in prominent locations in your community
Spray paint your message so all can see on government buildings
Make adhesive stickers and place them again in prominent spaces
Second , we suggest flash mobs.
Flash mobs have been a way in which large numbers of people from all walks of life are able to protest against injustices by turning up at locations where their presence can be most felt.
Spend the day at the largest furniture store in your area, make your self comfortable and let your children run wild. Try out the beds, the comfortable chairs, in fact try everything.
If visiting a Swiss furniture outlet is not your thing, book a test ride in a Swiss car, see what it red lines at, and for how long.
The main purpose is to agitate.
Organize your people
Network, communicate
Use all of the social media to great a wave of activism
Make your feelings known as to the gross injustices that take place in the name of justice
Shout,
Laugh,
Cry
Stand as one be divided by zero
Make this an event to remember
As in the not to distant future, activism in the name of free speech will be deemed a crime punishable by citizenship removal and indefinite detention
Agitate

#OpHorizon – reloaded

Headlines of the same date for three years document the tragedy of reactionary politics.

January 25, 2010’s headlines spoke only of despair, citing the recent earthquake in Haiti, an airplane crash, and empty promises in President Obama’s upcoming State of the Union address.
January 25, 2011 is now recognized as the true beginning of the Arab Spring, inspired by Tunisia’s revolution, catalyzed by Wikileaks and continually enabled by Anonymous and other open-information groups such as Telecomix.
January 25, 2012 marks a day which has seen recent international consolidations of power in response to a year which witnessed so much hope. Internet censorship in the name of anti-piracy has made its way onto US legislative floors, and the consideration of SOPA & PIPA has led other western countries to draft similar censorship legislation.

Recently, the United States passed NDAA, defense bill which contained a dangerous provision stating that any person declared a “terrorist” (no definition) or who has aided (no definition) a “terrorist” can be indefinitely detained without trial or charge. This provision was changed to read that only non-citizens could be detained, but another bill, EEA, is hoping to remove the citizenship of any person declared a terrorist.

Even without EEA, NDAA is applicable to current cases, one of which is rather well known. Julian Assange has been called a “hi-tech terrorist” by US Vice President Joe Biden. Many other distinguished figures, including US presidential candidate Newt Gingrich, have labeled Julian Assange an enemy combatant and have even called for his assassination.

Julian Assange’s final extradition hearing will take place on February 1. However broken the system, it will set a precedent and its occurrence will not be ignored. Operation Horizon continues to represent the hopes of those who have become martyrs, those who have been arrested for peaceful protests (both digital and irl), and those who have been victimized by illegitimate governments. We will remind the world that this period of change did not happen by chance, and that the livelihood of the person most heavily responsible for the publication of critical documents is hanging in the balance. Assange’s Feb 1 extradition trial is not about sex crimes; it’s about the possibility of extradition to the US for prosecution as an enemy combatant.

The truth has become the weapon of this information war. Mothers, students, doctors, journalists, you, me, we could all be labeled terrorists if we sympathize with Bradley Manning, Julian Assange, Wikileaks, Anonymous, the Arab Spring, the anti-austerity protesters, Occupy Wall Street & the 99% movement, or with those who fight for freedom independently. Governments which will prosecute journalists and their sources, but ignore the criminals uncovered by the reports have no right to determine who qualifies as a terrorist.

Anyone affected by 2011 has a responsibility to take a stand for free speech, freedom of information, freedom of assembly and a free press.
Stand for you right to change the world.

We are Anonymous
We are Julian Assange
We are Bradley Manning
We are the Arab Spring
We are the 99%
We do not forgive
We do not forget
Expect us.