The Truth Is ‘Terrifying’

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[UPDATE: September 2016: roughly a year after the below post, the presentation I gave has become a documentary of the same name: “Diary of a Person of Interest” which is available for free on Vimeo.com and also on You Tube. Please watch it and share it! Documentary release notes are here at this pastebin link. Thank you!]

Today I gave a 75 minute workshop on what it’s like to be a Person of Interest in a FVEY country (specifically, New Zealand).

The feedback was that the talk was brilliant; amazing; terrifying.

I must admit that I hadn’t anticipated that people would feel sheer terror when having the experiences of our media team (and countless other PoI’s) recounted to them in a matter-of-fact fashion, within an analytical framework. Having been immersed in these issues in the first person for so long I didn’t realise how outright scary what we have been through really is.

I am really pleased with how it went though. Everyone sat in rapt attention for the duration of the talk and a nice group stayed behind to chat afterwards.

However the impromptu storm warning that caused our tent flaps to be locked down at the beginning of my talk, leaving us with insufficient lighting to stream or film (!!) means unfortunately that only those who were present were able to get the full benefit of all the information that was imparted.

To ensure that information remains in the public realm, I am publishing my presentation notes below and will re-film another delivery of the full speech upon my return to Berlin.

Much love to everyone who has looked after us through this time, your solidarity is GREATLY appreciated.

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DIARY OF A PERSON OF INTEREST: What/Who/How/When

The Kaupapa (Understanding)

* New Zealand is supposedly the “safest”, “most peaceful” country in the world

* Day 1 at Occupy Auckland human rights lawyers told us that we have the right to dissent; to freedom of expression; to freedom of association; the right to seek redress and to not be discriminated against on the basis of political opinion

* Soon found out the hard way that: ALL OF THE ABOVE IS NOT TRUE

* Entire media team (& later ever-broadening sectors of society) were/are aggressively targeted by domestic & international agencies
My Motivations:  Amplification > All

Primary Aims
– to amplify the voices of others
– to cover all issues related to Occupy
– to share access to the platforms

Secondary Aim:
– to bear witness
– to contribute own voice

* Masked for 3 years
* Unmasked by necessity when personal safety at risk

* If not us then who?

Part 1. “Why”

Occupy
Anonymous
Kim Dotcom
Internet Party
Shihad (FVEY)
Palestine
Snowden/Greenwald

Movements/Tags
#SaveGI
#ANFS
#TPPANoWay
#GCSB / #TCIL
#NZ4Gaza
#MoT

The Elephant In The Room

Wikileaks:
– support for WL predated my activism/journalism
– all supporters of WL surveilled/monitored
– active/advocates more so then viewers

Solution:
– Like Tor: more nodes = greater protection
– Valuable search engine/resource
– Use like Wikipedia

Part 2. Who does this to us?

State Agencies: (domestic)
Police (TAU/SIG)
SIS
GCSB

International:
NCTC / DHS
FBI / CIA?

Private Agencies:
(govt contractors)
TCIL (Private Investigators)
SSI Pacific (Lawful Interception)
Cubic Defense (Asset Tracking)
Palantir (Software & Financial Systems/Social)
Hardware Corps

Who do they target?

Privatisation changes everything
For-profit = requires perpetual growth
Growth requires more targets
– Radicals
– Hacktivists
– NGOs
– Other dissenters (issue-based dissenters)
– Disobedient academics / media
– Eventually everyone, incl their own pillars of support

Part 3: How
Methods of Targeted Oppression

Surveillance
Harrassment
Isolation
Sabotage
Entrapment
Institutionalisation
Assassination Attempts

3A: Surveillance

Physical

– Shadows/Vans
– Mail
– Hardware
– Cams
– Power Company
– Smart Meter
– Phone Company
– Pre-installs
– GPS Trackers
– Infra-Red

Signals

– Services/Apps
– Devices (Remote)
– Router
– ISP (TICS)
– Stingray

Private
– Social Media
– Financial Data
– Medical
– Glass Masks
– Big Data
– Digital Profiles

Public
– Council
– Refuse
– Events
– “Public Safety”

– Transit Systems
– TrapWire

3B: Harassment

Physical:
* Surprise Visits
– Break-ins
– Police
– Private Investigators
– “Gang Stalking”
* Photographers
* Interference
– Neighbours
– Acquaintances
– Romantic
– Key Relationships
– Events

Digital:
* Social Media
– Death Threats
– Targeted Msgs

* Communications

– Crank Calls
– Emails
– Personal
* Electronic
– Audio

3C: Isolation

* Interception

* Gas-lighting

* Misinformation

* The Absurd
(Unexplainable & Ridiculous)

3D: Sabotage

Physical
– Destruction (if own home)
– Repetitive
– Personal Belongings
– Theft
Employment
Relationships & Opportunities

3E: Entrapment

Public:
– Events
– Illegal Acts
– Speech
Digital
– Hacks/DDOS
Targeted:
– Barrett Brown
– “Leaks”
– Personalised Incitement
– Sabu
– Social Engineering

3F: Institutionalisation

Can take many forms
– Reformist Institutionalisation
– Political System
– Complicit NGO’s
– Conventional Employment
In severe cases:
– Hospitalisation
– Imprisonment

3G: Assassination Attempts

Dog Whistles: Dates/Numbers of significance
‘Highway Games’ – Mother’s Day
– Boxing in
– Dazzlers
– Hone Harawira
‘Accidents’
– Oil cap / vehicle fire
– Medical

What They Want You To Do

Run
– Don’t!
Lash out
– Don’t!
Breakdown
– Don’t!

What You Learn To Do

Use their surveillance systems against them
Plan!
Get in public
– TrapWire
Be visible
– MoT
Document
– Responsibly

 

 

 

 

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