Category Hacktivism

Hurry up with 2014 already!

We are now in the armpit of the year that is the six days betwixt Xmas and New Year’s Day. I can’t do a Year in Review on a totally pessimistic note. I had several performance gigs.  I bid adieu to Richmond, Virginia after getting rid of my parent’s lifetime’s accumulation of check stubs. On the […]

Jeremy Hammond faces the music

I’m not telling most of you anything you don’t already know. But if you haven’t heard already, Jeremy Hammond of the Stratfor hack (among other things) had a sentencing hearing Friday.  I joined a large group of his fans and supporters (at least I’m pretty sure that’s what they were) in the gallery of the […]

How to Stop the Empire–the Chelsea Manning edition

For those of you joining me for the first time, I wrote this funny little play a couple years back called HOW TO STOP THE EMPIRE WHILE KEEPING YOUR DAY JOB. It was fairly successful, and the YouTube presentation got a lot of views. People who remember the play (or who saw the video) say […]

Bradley Manning Gets his sentence today-UPDATE

Today, some time around 10 AM, we will know Bradley Manning’s sentence for letting the world know about the collateral murder of Reuters reporters. You can argue a slew of other issues (that he revealed secrets, he violated his military oath, etc.), but it comes down to the same issue as was present in a […]

Top Ten things in Wikileaks ‘Insurance file’–play along!

Yesterday, it was announced that Wikileaks had uploaded a giant (400 gigabyte) encrypted file (and published links to the file on Facebook) as insurance against bad things happening to people like Julian Assange. This is not the first time they’ve done so– a few years ago when the ‘collateral murder’ and other files attributed to […]

Glenn Greenwald’s partner detained;

So in case you haven’t heard this already, Glenn Greenwald (who broke the Edward Snowden case through The Guardian) reported that his partner David Miranda was detained for nine hours in the UK under Britain’s Terrorism Act. Miranda was in flight from Berlin back to his home in Brazil and not even staying in Britain–and […]

Tonight on Sex and Politics: Tangerine Bolen

Tonight on Sex and Politics, I’ll be talking to Tangerine Bolen, Executive Director of Revolution Truth, and a plaintiff in the critical case to overturn the military detention provisions of the NDAA.  Yesterday, an appeals court has overturned the injunction granted by Judge Forrest, which prevented enforcement of Section 1021 of the Act. THIS APPLIES […]

We’re spying on Europe (and they are p*ssed)

A history of US spying on Europe in the Cold War period and after. The quote that matters is from a former East German Stasi official who is both appalled and jealous of US intel capability: “It is the height of naivete to think that once collected this information won’t be used…This is the nature of […]

We’re spying on Europe (and they are p*ssed)

So today’s news is the gift that keeps on giving from the Edward Snowden case. It has been revealed that the US had turned on the NSA’s surveillance prowess against the lovely people of Germany, a country whose citizenry has a well-founded fear of government snooping. When even former Stasi officials are pronouncing themselves both […]