… Underneath the colours

Red, blue and white

Catch a glimpse of others

From the corner of your eye ...

 

 

'Underneath The Colours' INXS [1981]

 

 

 

 A Dead Letter to Khodayar Amini who died two months ago. #KhodayarAmini d. 18.10.15 #NoMoreDyingForFreedom

 

 

Image:  ‏@GargamelClen [18/12/15]

 



Long term Bangladeshi asylum seekers hunger strike at immigration concentration camp, Darwin [Refugee Action Coalition, Sydney - 18/12/15]:


Eighteen Bangladesi asylum seekers are on hunger strike at the Wickham Point detention centre in Darwin.

Most of those protesting have been in detention for around three years; some for longer than three years.

The hunger strike began on Monday 14 December, with many of them also refusing water.

One of the protesters was hospitalised on the night of Wednesday 16 December and another two were treated by IHMS, the medical provider, inside the detention centre.

While the hunger strikers are all at different stages of having their claims processed, none of them have been offered bridging visas in spite of their long-term detention.

While the Bangladeshis have endured long term detention, many others in Wickham Point have been granted bridging visas.

Up to 80 asylum seekers in Wickham Point have been released on bridging visas over the past few weeks, 30 asylum seekers were released on Tuesday.

“The hunger strike has highlighted the plight of the Bangladeshis in Wickham Point and many others whose hopes have been taken away as they languish in indefinite detention,” said Ian Rintoul, spokesperson for the Refugee Action Coalition.

“Too often applications for bridging visas sit on the Minister’s desk for too long. While many asylum seekers are being released before Christmas, others are left waiting for no reason. The lack of transparency only adds to the discrimination and anxiety.

“It’s time for the Minister to release the Bangladeshis.”

 

 

 

 

The United Nations Special Rapportuer on Torture has found that various aspects of Australia’s asylum seeker policies violate the Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment. ... [Human Rights Law Centre Media Release - 9/3/15]

 

 

 

Antimalaria drugs part of secret program to torture detainees at Guantanamo [Kevin Gosztola  - 5/4/15]

 

 

 

SBS [5/5/14]:

 

Asylum seekers on Manus Island are being given a type of anti-malaria medication that detention centre staff have been warned not to take because of serious side effects.
Centre staff were warned not to take Mefloquine, also known as Lariam, because of adverse health effects.
Salvation Army worker Simon Taylor says in a submission to a Senate inquiry that he is aware asylum seekers have been given the drug despite the warnings to staff.
Australia's Therapeutic Goods Administration warns that patients with a history of depression, anxiety disorders or other major psychiatric illness should not be prescribed the drug.
It's common for asylum seekers in detention to suffer depression, post traumatic stress disorder and other mental illnesses.
The US military developed the drug in the 1970s and has curbed its use among troops after it was linked to permanent brain damage, suicide, murder and domestic violence.
...

 

 

 

The African Union's (AU) Peace and Security Council has proposed sending 5,000 peacekeepers to Burundi, invoking for the first time a rule which allows it to deploy a force without a country's consent, a diplomat said. ... [Reuters - 18/12/15]

 

 

 

Dutch court says Shell can be liable for Nigeria spills [Reuters - 18/12/15]

 

 

 

Five members of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) were allegedly killed by soldiers yesterday in Onitsha, Anambra State while celebrating the release of their leader, Mr. Nnamdi Kanu. ... [The Herald - 18/12/15]

 

 

 

Yemen: parties at UN-facilitated talks agree on delivery of humanitarian aid in Taiz [UN Media Release - 17/12/15]

 

 

 

Israeli forces shot and killed a Palestinian teen near the Huwwara military checkpoint in the northern occupied West Bank district of Nablus on Thursday, locals and Israel's army said.

An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma'an that "during routine security activity" at the checkpoint Israeli forces approached a suspect for questioning, when the suspect "charged the forces while armed with a knife."

The forces "responded to the immediate threat" and shot the teen, killing him, the spokesperson said.

Palestinian ambulance driver Kamal Badran identified the Palestinian as 15-year-old Abdullah Hussein Nasasra, from the Nablus-area village of Beit Furik.

Badran told Ma'an that Israeli soldiers gathered around the teen preventing medical teams from treating him after he fell.

No Israelis were injured during the incident. ... [Maan - 17/12/15]

 

 

 

 

 

 

Israeli forces shoot, injure 4 with live fire during clashes [Maan - 17/12/15]

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hundreds of Palestinians from the Hebron district on Thursday marched in demand that the Israeli government immediately return the bodies of 21 Palestinians who were recently killed by Israeli forces.

Families of those killed, Hebron governor Kamel Hmeid, and a number of Palestinian officials were among crowds that gathered to protest Israel’s policy of withholding the bodies of Palestinians who carried out attacks on Israelis, or who were suspected of doing so.

Participants condemned the use of collective punishment by Israeli authorities, raising photos of individuals whose bodies were being held and demanding their unconditional return.

The 21 Hebron-area Palestinians whose bodies are still being withheld are among dozens of others to be taken and held inside of Israel in recent months. ... [Maan - 17/12/15]

 

 

 

 

Israeli and Turkish officials have reached a preliminary agreement to normalize relations, including the return of ambassadors to both countries, an Israeli official said on Thursday.

The deal was reached during meeting in Switzerland, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity. ... [Ahram - 17/12/15]

 

 

 

 

World Bank approves $3 billion loan for Egypt: International Cooperation Minister [Ahram - 18/12/15]

 

 

 

US Defense Secretary makes surprise visit to Afghanistan [Reuters - 18/12/15]

 

 

 

Taliban have launched attacks in the Washir district of southern Helmand province, while security forces captured the Khanshin district centre after overnight clashes that left 42 militants dead.

Capt. Abdul Ali Kaliwal, the 5th brigade commander of the 406 border police zone, said security forces have conducted midnight operation in Khanshin district and killed at least 32 rebels. ... [Pajhwok - 17/12/15]

 

 

 

Afghan security forces officials from Speen Zar 808 Zone in Kunduz said on Thursday that the Taliban is no longer safe in the province as night raids and airstrikes have been launched in order to eliminate the insurgents once and for all.

According to Kunduz security officials, so far dozens of insurgents have been killed during these night raids and many tanks belonging to the Taliban have been destroyed.

Officials said foreign forces were also playing an effective role in the operation. ... [TOLO News - 17/12/15]

 

 

 

The three Navy SEALs stomped on the bound Afghan detainees and dropped heavy stones on their chests, the witnesses recalled. They stood on the prisoners’ heads and poured bottles of water on some of their faces in what, to a pair of Army soldiers, appeared to be an improvised form of waterboarding.

A few hours earlier, shortly after dawn on May 31, 2012, a bomb had exploded at a checkpoint manned by an Afghan Local Police unit that the SEALs were training. Angered by the death of one of their comrades in the blast, the police militiamen had rounded up half a dozen or more suspects from a market in the village of Kalach and forced them to a nearby American outpost. Along the way, they beat them with rifle butts and car antennas.

A United States Army medic standing guard at the base, Specialist David Walker, had expected the men from SEAL Team 2 to put a stop to the abuse. Instead, he said, one of them “jump-kicked this guy kneeling on the ground.” Two others joined in, Specialist Walker and several other soldiers recounted, and along with the Afghan militiamen, they beat the detainees so badly that by dusk, one would die. ... [New York Times - 17/12/15]

 

 

 

World Trade Organization approves Afghanistan’s terms of accession [Khaama - 17/12/15]

 

 

United States, "allies" continue bombing Iraq and Syria

 

 

 

US Department of Defense [17/12/15]:

U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.

Officials reported details of the latest strikes, noting that assessments of results are based on initial reports.

Strikes in Syria

Attack, bomber and remotely piloted aircraft conducted seven strikes in Syria:

-- Near Raqqah, three strikes struck an ISIL financial building, an ISIL headquarters building and an ISIL training camp.

-- Near Hawl, one strike destroyed an ISIL artillery piece.

-- Near Manbij, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed four ISIL fighting positions and two ISIL bunkers.

-- Near Mara, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and damaged an ISIL fighting position.

Strikes in Iraq

Attack, bomber, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft conducted 11 strikes in Iraq, coordinated with and in support of Iraq’s government:

-- Near Fallujah, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL sniper position, an ISIL tunnel, two ISIL heavy machine guns and an ISIL rocket-propelled grenade and wounded an ISIL fighter.

-- Near Hit, one strike destroyed an ISIL homemade explosives cache.

-- Near Kirkuk, one strike destroyed an ISIL excavator.

-- Near Mosul, two strikes struck multiple large ISIL tactical units and three suicide bombers and destroyed 12 ISIL machine guns, 13 ISIL fighting positions, six ISIL vehicles and an ISIL vehicle bomb.

-- Near Ramadi, four strikes struck three separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL machine gun, three ISIL fighting positions, five ISIL buildings, three ISIL staging areas and an ISIL vehicle bomb.

-- Near Sinjar, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed three ISIL fighting positions and an ISIL machine gun.

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Days of Revolt: The militarism of US diplomacy [VIDEO - teleSUR/TRRN - 15/12/15]

 

 

 

 

Protesters gather around Baltimore after Officer Porter mistrial declared [Baltimore Sun - 16/12/15]

 

 

 

FBI: Tashfeen Malik did not pledge allegiance to ISIS on social media [Democracy Now - 17/12/15]:

 

 

...  FBI Director James Comey said suspect Tashfeen Malik did not pledge allegiance to ISIS on social media, contrary to previous reports. Many news outlets had previously reported that Malik had posted on Facebook pledging allegiance to ISIS, citing unnamed government officials. Speaking Wednesday, Comey said these reports were false, but said that suspects Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik had communicated about their plans in private messages. He did not say the messages were encrypted. Speaking at a news conference in New York City Wednesday, Comey also said there was no evidence that the suspects had any links to any organized terrorist groups.

James Comey: "We still see in San Bernardino no indication of direct contact with a foreign terrorist organization, and obviously that would include any direction from a foreign terrorist organization. So far in this investigation, we have found no evidence of posting on social media by either of them, at that period of time and thereafter, reflecting their commitment to jihad or to martyrdom. I’ve seen some reporting on that, and that’s a garble. Right? The investigation continues, but we have not found that kind of thing."

 

 

 

2015 likely to break records for forced displacement - study [UNHCR Media Release - 18/12/15]

 

 

 

For refugees in Iran, health plan brings care and comfort [UNHCR Media Release - 17/12/15]

 

 

 

And just before they took away the rule of law in Australia, the people believed Lisa Wilkinson was on their side.

 

... “An eye for an eye!” one woman could be heard shouting. ...

 

Guardian [18/12/15]

 

 

Please read it for yourself, and stop being manipulated by propagandists:  R v Baden-Clay [2015] QCA 265 (8 December 2015)

 

 

 

Law and Justice in the Third Reich [United States Holocaust Memorial Museum]

 

 

 

Like other fascist states, Nazi Germany was obsessed about upholding law and order. Nazi law and order was predicated on the idea that all individuals should be subordinate to the state, law-abiding and obedient. Everyone was to be aware of their place and was not to deviate from it. The process of crafting this fascist society was called Gleichschaltung, which translates as ‘moulding into shape’ or ‘forced co-ordination’. While many Nazi policies were part of Gleichschaltung, law and order policies were particularly important. Hitler was well aware most Germans had not voted for him or the NSDAP before 1933. He wanted strict laws to prohibit political opposition, to deal with dissidents and ‘underground’ resistance. Hitler also wanted to reduce crime and eliminate what he viewed as ‘anti-social behaviours’, including alcoholism, begging, promiscuity, prostitution and homosexuality. He also supported radical measures since adopted by modern governments, such as gun control and bans on smoking in public places. ... [Alpha History]

 

 

 

Perhaps the Japanese media will ask Turnbull about the Australian torture camps where refugees are requesting assisted suicide for Christmas?

 

 

When Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull visits Tokyo Friday, the top item on the agenda is expected to be reaching an agreement with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on closer defense cooperation, particularly more joint military exercises between the two nations. ... [Japan Times - 17/12/15]

 

 

US Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy defends Okinawa base relocation, says US Congress will ratify TPP [Japan Today - 18/12/15]

 

 



Join us on 11 January 2016 for your last opportunity to send a strong message to Barack Obama to close Guantánamo on the anniversary of its opening! [London Guantánamo Campaign]

 

 

 

 

... But even as the administration seems to be trying to speed up its fitful effort to winnow down the Guantánamo population, the military is taking steps that will curtail journalists’ access to the wartime prison.

The commander who oversees the military base, Gen. John F. Kelly, has created new rules that will limit reporters to four “media day” trips a year in which large groups will come and depart the same day.

Reporters will generally no longer be permitted to go inside the prison camp’s walls.

In a telephone interview, General Kelly connected his decision “to tighten things up a little bit, particularly on the scheduling” for news media visits, in part to what he described as a sharp rise in visits by delegations from foreign governments that are considering resettling detainees.

The operational strains of handling such visitors, he said, formed the backdrop to an episode in October that focused his attention on rules for visits. He said that a journalist, whom he would not identify, was “extremely impolite” during an interaction with a service member who worked at a detainee library. ... [New York Times - 16/12/15]



 

 

 

 

US Presidential candidate attention doesn’t stop ICE from deporting asylum seeker to possible death [#Not1More – 16/12/15]:

Even as the hunger strikes have drawn national attention, ICE has deported one of the key hunger strike leaders, Md. Tarek Ahmed, back to Bangladesh to imminent danger.

At the same time that Ahmed was being deported, two of his fellow hunger strikers from El Paso Detention Center were meeting with Presidential candidate Governor Martin O’Malley. After hearing about their lives and the conditions of their detention Gov. O’Malley remarked, “instead of giving them due process, we’re just rolling out more barbed wire.”

Mohammed Aminul Islam, one of the former detainees who met with O’Malley said, “I appreciate the attention for hunger strikers. But we need more than acknowledgement and future promises. We want to see leadership that takes action today! The candidates who say they support us should use their position to pressure ICE to halt deportations and release asylum seekers, or visit the hunger strikers to see what is really happening. Some of us will be deported and dead by the time the candidates act on their promises.”

Tarek and Aminul Islam were two of the 54 hunger strikers at El Paso Processing Center. Even before Tarek was deported, there have been worrisome actions taken by ICE in retaliation to the hunger strikers.

For example, on October 20th, the 8th day of the hunger strike, ICE arranged for the Bangladeshi Consular Minister, Md. Shamsul Alam Chowdhury, to visit the facility to break their strike.

He was given free access to the hunger strikers for over 10 hours which he spent interviewing, cajoling, intimidating, and pressuring them.

After the visit, the Embassy published a press release with pictures of the detainees, and posted it on their website. ICE’s actions violated the confidentiality provisions protecting asylum seekers (See 8 C.F.R. §208.6), and further endangered their lives by exposing asylum seekers to representatives of the very same government from which they are seeking asylum.

International and Bangladeshi press have published the hunger strikers stories and their photos, causing a firestorm of inquiry and calls for their punishment in Bangladesh as the asylum seekers were viewed as “dishonoring” their country.

“How can DHS deport somebody who is a victim and a witness to DHS and ICE’s violation of federal law while the investigations are pending? How can DHS deport detainees back to their home countries to face imminent danger that has been created by it’s own acts? There must be an immediate halt to the deportation of ALL detainees who were exposed to representatives of the Bangladeshi government at El Paso Processing Center on October 20th.” stated Fahd Ahmed of DRUM – Desis Rising Up & Moving.

For the past two and a half weeks, people seeking safety in the US who ICE has kept detained for up to two years have refused meals as part of the #freedomgiving hunger strike in seven different detention centers.

Started by 110 detainees and expanded to 150, 10 are continuing the strike at Krome, South Texas, and Aurora facilities at last count. On Monday, the strikes were also joined by 6 people at Yuba County jail.

 


 

Media continues helping Australian government exploit Syrian people to whitewash its human rights atrocities against refugees and asylum seekers [The Age - 17/12/15]:

 

 

... Victoria usually takes about a third of the 13,750 refugees that AMES settles nationally each year, said the service's chief executive officer, Cath Scarth.

...

There has already been strong interest from the public in helping the arriving refugees from the Syrian conflict, particularly through the service's volunteer unit, she said.

"For many people the lack of connections is the biggest barrier for finding work, so volunteer mentors can provide that link," she said.

 

 

 

Torture, rape and humiliation of women. It's bipartisan, and the Australian media support it ---->  ... They were allocated housing by Nauru and Australian governments.

Then Connect – a consortium of the Multicultural Development Association (MDA) in Queensland and Adult Multicultural Education Services (AMES) in Victoria – was contracted to provide caseworkers to oversee any difficulties.

The young single women were placed in isolated housing without security.

Late at night drunken locals knock down their doors with flimsy locks and invade their rooms. The women barricade themselves in the bathrooms and ring Connect for help:

“I miscall her – I had no credit. She rang and said that she will ring me tomorrow. It was 3am. No help.” ... [Guardian - 10/10/15]

 

 

 

 

‘Guards brag openly about waterboarding at Nauru’ – Former immigration centre guard [RT - 21/8/15]

 

 

 

 

Nauru Senate Inquiry Public Hearing [20/8/15]:

 

... Senator HANSON-YOUNG: In relation to the issue of zipping, can you explain to the committee how you know about that? You have described it in quite a bit of detail. Did you see that occur yourself?

Mr Nichols: I did not actually see the action occur but I have had numerous conversations with people known to me with regard to it: that members of the ERT had secured asylum seekers to their beds with zip ties, cable ties, and thrown them into the air. This occurred after the riots. Personally, I believe it to be retribution.

Senator JOHNSTON: My last question, Mr Nichols—and I do thank you for your cooperation seriously; it is obviously not easy revisiting these things. What was the building where you saw the person wet and coughing up water?

Mr Nichols: This is a tent in Bravo compound.

Senator JOHNSTON: A tent—

Mr Nichols: Yes.

Senator JOHNSTON: in Bravo compound. Whereabouts in Bravo compound?

Mr Nichols: The actual compound is comprised solely of tents.

Senator JOHNSTON: Does this tent have an identification?

Mr Nichols: It would be tent 11.

Senator JOHNSTON: Tent 11. So you saw someone wet and coughing up water coming out of tent 11?

Mr Nichols: That is correct. …

 

 

 

Nauru Senate Inquiry - Public Hearing, 20 August 2015:

 

... Mr Nichols: There is a strong culture of what has often be referred to as RAR, Royal Australian Regiment. A lot of the staff over there are ex-military—whether it be the New Zealand Defence Force or the Australian Defence Force—and a lot of them still harbour the hatred towards whom they perceive to be the enemy, which are the people that they are supposed to be providing care for. ...

 

 

 

Nauru Senate Inquiry - Supplementary Submission [Mr Jon Nicholls No. 95.1]:

 

... Despite what one may find on the internet, at no time has Mr Nichols suggested waterboarding etc was part of some organised intelligence gathering for whomever - he says it occurred in a modern day 'Lord of of the Flies' - 'Stanford Experiment' type situation - the guilty parties did it for mere enjoyment and human nature is what it is.

There is no protection on Nauru from this behaviour because there is no Rule of Law, just arbitrary, crude and evil behaviour.  ...

 

 

 

There are reports from Nauru that a cabinet minister was involved in a fatal motor accident that claimed a man's life and left his wife in hospital.

The man and his wife had been on a motorcycle which witnesses say was hit by the cabinet minister's car.

The accident is understood to have happened close to the government offices at Yaren.

A family friend says the funeral for the dead man was held on Thursday while his wife remains in hospital.

RNZ International has been unable to reach the Nauru police or any government agency for comment. [RNZI - 18/12/15]

 

 

 

A Nauru opposition MP says the government has a vendetta and has derailed legal attempts for an elected MP to get his passport back.

Mathew Batsiua, who is among four MPs charged in relation to a protest in June, says Roland Kun is the victim of a vindictive attack by the Justice Minister David Adeang. ... [RNZI - 17/12/15]

 

 

 

... 7:30 didn’t actually air the allegations Adeang claims it did. The program did, however, point out the following facts: when the Justice Minister’s wife burned to death on her own front lawn no evidence was collected from the scene, and the police said they were too scared of Adeang to investigate.

Oh, and the nation’s coroner was kicked off the island by Adeang before he could investigate. ... [New Matilda - 27/6/15]

 

 

 

“It has been two years in hell. I don’t care about your policy, I don’t care about your politics. I am tired. I am sick.   I just want to get out of this cage. Send me away. Hand me over to the UN. Just let me be free.” ...

 

 

A life in limbo: The refugees who fled torture only to end up incarcerated indefinitely by the Australian government on Manus Island [Guardian – 5/9/15]

 

 

 

 

Making money from misery? Disaster capitalism from the migrant crisis to Afghanistan and Haiti [Democracy Now - 9/10/15]:

... AMY GOODMAN: I want to ask you about a place some call the Guantánamo Bay of the Pacific. The Manus Island detention center is paid for by the Australian government and run by an Australian contractor, Transfield Services, but located offshore on Papua New Guinea’s soil. The prisoners are not accused of any crimes; they’re asylum seekers from war-ravaged countries who are waiting indefinitely for their refugee status determination. Earlier this year, Democracy Now! spoke to Australian human rights lawyer Jennifer Robinson about Manus Island.

JENNIFER ROBINSON: I’ve been to PNG, and I’ve spent times in West Papuan refugee settlement camps, so I can speak with first-hand experience that PNG is not a state that is capable of accepting our asylum seekers and refugees. Ninety percent of these people who come by boat to Australia have been determined to be refugees in the past. The conditions in PNG are terrible. Australia is—it is unlawful for Australia to be continuing to send asylum seekers to conditions the U.N. has found to amount to inhuman, degrading treatment. We are in breach of our international obligations.

AMY GOODMAN: That’s Australian human rights lawyer Jennifer Robinson. Antony Loewenstein?

ANTONY LOEWENSTEIN: It’s a problem. I mean, one of the things also we should also say is there’s Manus Island in Papua New Guinea, but also Nauru, which is a Pacific island. So, Australia for the last years has been sending thousands of refugees to essentially prison camps in these islands, as you rightly say. They run for profit. It was G4S, it’s now Transfield. In a recent Australian Senate report, it was found, clear evidence, that often refugees are being raped and tortured. This is not an allegation, this is a fact. There was one allegation by a guard that he saw evidence of waterboarding. So, ultimately we have a situation where the Australian government, which increasingly, I might add, is being used by the European Union as inspiration in potentially how to deal with their refugee crisis—the key point about the offshore detention camps, and indeed onshore in Australia, is that they’re privately run. And the key problem—it wouldn’t make a difference if it was publicly run. I mean, it shouldn’t be there in the first place. But Australia wants an unaccountable system. Journalists can’t get there, as Jennifer rightly said. You essentially have a—it’s a black site. The journalists can’t get in there, human rights workers can’t get in there. You can visit Manus Island as a tourist, but you can’t get into the center. Nauru charges $8,000 to apply for a visa. And if you don’t get the visa, which you wouldn’t, you don’t get that money back. So, essentially, many Australians—and sadly, I would argue, only a minority of Australians are outraged by this. But the truth is, like in Europe and like in the U.S., after decades in my country have privatized detention camps, sadly, a lot of people regard those people as a threat who need to be essentially seen as silenced and as a number, that’s all. It’s a massive problem, and I write about that in the book.

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Response to @RACVictoria’s “Open Letter to the Refugee Movement” by @xBorderOps [2/10/15]:

 

RAC-Vic recently posted an Open Letter on the renewed push by the Greens and GetUp’s ‘No Business In Abuse’ to remove children from detention.

We share RAC-Vic’s concerns at the reductive call for the removal of only children from detention.

The call for “children out” is a backward step in the campaign to close the detention industry down.

We do not see it as pragmatic but as a recurrent attempt, over the span of more than two decades, by pro-detention groups to obscure their own practical support for and links to the detention industry, and as a means to limit the movements for freedom and against the camps.

Implicit in the call to remove only children from detention is an assumption that children are “innocent” and therefore that adults (without children) deserve to be detained.

There is nothing pragmatic about supporting these racist arguments for detention.

There is nothing “tactical” about peddling racist assumptions while imagining that this might serve to lessen or be a challenge to that racism.

GetUp’s various positions are therefore inexplicable as part of a strategy to close the detention industry down.

If this were indeed the aim, the approach is tactically incompetent, conveys no information about the financial and corporate arrangements in the detention industry, and is so contradictory, ambiguous and without legal significance that any detention industry contractor could, for instance, agree to sign GetUp’s ‘pledge’.

Given the successes of the boycott and divestment campaign, we are particularly concerned with GetUp’s attempts to derail that momentum by aligning it with the reductive call for ‘children out’ and a ‘corporate code of conduct.’

This is merely their latest effort at astro-turfing.

Here are the previous and ongoing boycott and divestment campaigns: DivestFromDetention.com

To be clear, GetUp’s NBIA are in no position to assure companies that divestment and boycott campaigns will cease if those companies engage in the window-dressing that NBIA have offered them.

xBorder has never supported detention – every reason for detention is ultimately an argument for institutionalised racism.

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High Court in Wellington rules police search of journalist Nicky Hager's home was illegal [RNZI - 17/12/15]

 




The Intercept [18/12/15]:

The Intercept has obtained a secret, internal U.S. government catalogue of dozens of cellphone surveillance devices used by the military and by intelligence agencies.

The document, thick with previously undisclosed information, also offers rare insight into the spying capabilities of federal law enforcement and local police inside the United States.

The catalogue includes details on the Stingray, a well-known brand of surveillance gear, as well as Boeing “dirt boxes” and dozens of more obscure devices that can be mounted on vehicles, drones, and piloted aircraft.

Some are designed to be used at static locations, while others can be discreetly carried by an individual.

They have names like Cyberhawk, Yellowstone, Blackfin, Maximus, Cyclone, and Spartacus.

Within the catalogue, the NSA is listed as the vendor of one device, while another was developed for use by the CIA, and another was developed for a special forces requirement.

Nearly a third of the entries focus on equipment that seems to have never been described in public before.

 


 

 

18 December 2015

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