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Published in Brighton by Justice? - Brighton's Direct Action collective
Issue 160, Friday 27th March 1998106.6 SMURF FM - is the new B-Right-On radio station going out on April 1st
Lindis faces a heavy prison sentence for exposing the activities of the Big Brother of all global spy installations.
In January a STOAS (Science & Technology Office of Assessment) EC report stated that "within Europe all e-mail, telephone and fax communications are routinely intercepted by the US National Security Agency". The report reveals that all diplomatic, economic, and political communication traffic is monitored through a massive US global spy web.
Since 1951, the giant NSA base outside Harrogate has occupied land in a "secret relationship" between the US Air Force and the MOD. Information intercepted "from the European mainland via the strategic hub of London then by satellite to Forte Mead in Maryland" goes "via the crucial hub at Menwith Hill in the North York Moors of the UK". With its personal surveillance room inside Menwith Hill, GCHQ staff filter through "key word' information, then pass any juicy segments onto the likes of MI5, Special Branch and Scotland Yard.
As she stepped just off the footpath, a police vehicle pulled up and served Lindis with a court order for breaching nine injunctions around the base. Orders for her arrest were passed from NSA officials, to the MoD, right down to the local Harrogate police. Annie says the signs were moved intentionally "to entrap Lindis for breach of the injunction".
The reason: the National Security Agency is determined to imprison Lindis for exposing the unlawful, corrupt and unaccountable activities of the worlds largest spy network. Two years ago Lindis broke court history records by suing the USA directly for assault outside the US Mildenhall base (see SchNEWS 98). When questions regarding this assault and the accountability of US military bases were raised in Parliament, the ex MoD minister Nicholas Soames refused to answer on grounds of "disruption to the operational activities of the station and for security reasons".
So while the Big Brother NSA have the technology to spy, monitor and record on most of Europe, they are being protected by a conspiracy of silence from Labour ministers, GCHQ, and the MoD right down to the local plod. Leading Italian magazine Il Mondo reported this week that international surveillance watchdog group Privacy International are preparing to take the issue to the European Court of Human Rights "in an attempt to force the NSA to disclose its activities". The bully boy Big Brother agency knows they are on their last legs and are desperately clambering for a scapegoat. It is not Lindis Percy being prosecuted in the High Court on 2nd April but the NSA, and the eyes and ears of Europe will be on "em.
GANDALF Liberation Tour kicks off on 6th April in Lancaster, then: 7th-L'pool; 8th-Manchester; 9th(& 10th-demo)-Nott'ham; 11th-B'ham; 13th-Oxford; 14th-Guildford; 15th-Portsmouth; 16th-Brighton and 17th-London. Paul Rogers and Robin Webb are due to be tried on 27th April on the same charges - "conspiracy to incite persons unknown' - as the Gandalf 3. For tour venues and times call 0956 694922
As the anti-nuclear movement set out for their well-prepared week of action, German authorities reacted with a desperate attempt to take them by surprise and sent the transport five days early. This led to the mobilisation of about 5,000 protesters instead of the expected 15,000, but still caused massive confusion amongst the police. They used border guards, elite anti-terrorist squads, and the infamous Berlin riot squads. One protester recalls, "they jumped out of their vans, crying "It's waaar!' and charged. They beat people up just to shock the crowd."
Lots of inspired actions held up the train for the whole day, and it reached the "storage" site, where they hadn't even completed the perimeter fence, 13 hrs late. Nuclear fuel companies are only allowed to run their plants if they can provide a site yet there is no final destination that's why temporary sites like Ahaus and Gorleben, originally designed to take the waste for a couple of years are now supposed to store it for the next 40 years. In Neckarwestheim, where part of the convoy began, there was a demo 300 strong. Two people tunnelled under the street. In Ahaus, locals found their town cut in two as police sealed off the track, not even letting ambulances pass. Locals, looked like they'd never usually raise a hand against the authorities, "...literally threw anything they could get hold of . The windows of the police carriages following the Castor-Containers were smashed." About 700 people were nicked. Police blocked roads to keep out protesters arriving throughout the day. However, over 3000 people charged onto the tracks and began digging up the rails with their bare hands. Trees next to the rails were also occupied. It took 3 hours to clear the tracks, and another hour to repair the damage. Next day saw a 12,000 strong anti-nuclear demo in Munster near Ahaus. Despite the Castors getting through, the resistance was a massive success: the authorities were hoping to find a quiet storage place, as it was getting too difficult at Gorleben. It isn't just Germany's problem, as waste from their plants is transported across France and ends up at Sellafield. As one activist said"This is the nuclear industry's weak spot and we'll carry on hitting it!"
SchNEWS 143). Activists have dug in to protect the 56 poplar trees A figure of £100,000 has now been cited as the value for a riverside view. SchNEWS spoke to protestors via mobile phone as tree climbers worked to pull them out one by one: "Police have been punching people in the face. We are in the top of the tower and they are coming up the ladders as I speak. There are climbers all around and others smashing at the bottom with sledgehammers."
More than 100 police, 140 security guards and 35 sheriff's officers arrived on the first day of the eviction.Two people, Justin & Elf, were still in the tunnels today (Thurs morn'). Police offered a deal- if they came out, 30 people would be allowed on the site for a media stunt.One campaigner told SchNEWS: "The consensus was 100% - "fuck off'". Only 20 trees still stand and feelings are running high amongst local residents.
John Prescott, as head of the Department of Environment, has OK'd the venture without a public enquiry. Last July 594 out of 600 people at a public meeting voted against Bromley Council's proposals. Five thousand residents have since signed a petition against the development. Friends of the Earth said Mr Prescott had "lost the plot!".
Planning permission was agreed on Tuesday. The architect Ian Richie, told disgruntled residents: "I'm glad people don't like it - it confirms my belief that it is a good design".
The development sets a precedent for the new gov'nt buzz word "park-stripping', whereby areas of a parkland can be sold to developers to pay for the upkeep of the rest
1. There is less division between tactics, and room for all sorts of opinion, from sit down pacifists to masked -up full-on Autonomes.(Naughty Gnomes)
2. People help each other out; Fluffies holding banners in front of Police cameras for masked Spikies, linked arms stop Police snatch squads and Autonome snatch squads stopping filming!
3. Affinity Groups - People looking out for each other, different groups had flags and code-names (e.g. "Pizza!' or "Volvo!") to shout out loud when you're lost, so it was easy to find your mates in a crowd. Also debriefing a very important aspect for affinity groups
Kevin (Kieven) Hickey was found guilty of handling stolen goods and sentenced to 12 months inside. The goods? Margaret, a rescued cat from Hillgrove cat-breeding farm. Please write to Kieven in support: AP7904, HMP Woodhill, Tattenhoe St, Milton Keynes, Bucks, MK4.
Don't forget "New Deal or Raw Deal?' Conference this Saturday (28th) at Friends Meeting House, Brighton 10 am - 5 pm
SchNEWS, PO Box 2600, Brighton, BN2 2DX, England
Last updated 27 March 1998
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