technologies of control

technologies of control (CCTV, ID cards, RFID tags, etc)

Police actions & (counter-)surveillance at the climate camp; FITwatch

See also other reports of direct actions & police violence.

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Eye in the sky surveillance at climate camp
CCTV on cherry picker at camp
Thurs 16th - a police helicopter drones overhead circling the camp while since the morning a large crane / cherry picker has had cctv cameras mounted on it (& possibly directional microphone) and hoisted high over the camp.

New Earth First Action Update OUT NOW!

EF! AU logo 1The printed EF! Action Update is back again! After a bit of a lull a new editorial collective is in place and ready to roll. We have just produced a summer edition in time for the Camp for Climate Action, where you can pick up printed copies.

Policing stepped up at Menwith Hill

The Campaign for the Accountability of American Bases' (CAAB) annual Independence From America demonstration at NSA Menwith Hill was the first where protestors were not allowed to circumnavigate the base due to a Section 12 order. There were two arrests, one for wearing a shirt with the word "fuck" on it and the second for arguing against the arrest. The rally at the start was addressed by Alan Bennett and Mark Steel and the marchers from Footprints for Peace [ 1 | 2 ]. A Declaration of Independence was read out, "we... do solemnly demand the return of the land, once within the boundaries of the ancient townships of Birstwith, Felliscliffe, Norwood and Menwith, now occupied by the United States National Security Agency and their military forces.". There was a heavy police presence, food was provided by Veggies and Yorkshire CND had a stall.

mobile phone masts destroyed by tank, Australia

APC destroying phone mastsJuly 15, 2007

A FORMER Telstra worker allegedly stole a tank and used it to demolish six mobile phone towers as he led police on a wild two-hour rampage through western Sydney yesterday.

SHAC TAKES THE FLAK: FLIMSY PRETEXT FOR COUNTRY-WIDE ARRESTS OF ANIMAL RIGHTS ACTIVISTS

4.5.07
In yet another hammerblow aimed at the animal rights movement, police made 32 arrests across the UK in the early hours of Tuesday morning in 'Operation Achilles'. Assistant Chief Constable Adrian Leppard of Kent Police says the arrests are "one of the largest, if not the largest, police operation that has targeted animal extremism in the UK." Three properties were also searched in Belgium and the Netherlands.

Sheffield M1 Protestors Foiled - & link to activist security guide

17.04.2007
Eight people were arrested and houses were raided yesterday before a planned action against M1 widening in South Yorkshire could take place. According to the mainstream media three women and five men were arrested on suspicion of committing Public Order offences and were later released on bail, the arrest were made before the activists could stop any work and the 'incident' did not disrupt traffic.