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(en) Britain, Anarchist Federation bulletin - Resistance #90 - December 2006/January 2007

Date Tue, 30 Jan 2007 15:10:06 +0200

>>> Home by Christmas and other stories<<<
It's clearer than ever you shouldn't believe a word that the state is saying. How many people believed in 2003 that the Second Gulf War in Iraq would be over in a couple of months and that British troops would be "home by Christmas"? In the years between then and now, the words of the press have shifted from `operation' to `war' to `invasion' to `occupation', and most recently to `civil war'. Politicians here and abroad have made various pledges that have not been fulfilled, like the Australia Labor Party who said its troops would be back by Christmas 2004.
Now as soldiers approach their fourth Christmas in Iraq we are hearing signs of more bullshit about a Spring withdrawal from the government who know that public opinion is turning against the bloodbath they have helped create, whereas army chiefs have planned to stay until 2010 at least. The military might be worried about losing battles if they stay, but they also have their eyes on cuts in military funding if they pulled out sooner. Never mind the reason they are there in the first place - to secure oil supplies.

Secrets and lies
The Spanish government cynically
blamed the Madrid train bombing on
Basque separatists, ETA, which turned out
to be nonsense. Secret service claims that
they have uncovered 30 terror plots in
Britain, or 200 depending on which
newspaper you read, just seem laughable.
You can add to all this a growing disbelief
about Labour's motives for promoting NHS
electronic records and ID cards. Plus, the
Tories may pretend they are now against ID,
but they tried to introduce them in 1995
when they were still in power, so that's an
obvious lie by a party who will say anything
to get elected.
Conspiracy theories
The big question is, with all these lies
around, who is left to trust? How many
people believe anarchists when we say we'd
be better off without governments and
capitalism? Will more people turn to
anarchism if they see that lies are all around
them? The answers are not at all clear.
We respond in many different ways to
being lied to. For instance, there are signs
of a vocal movement that claims that the
September 11 twin tower collapse was an
inside job by the US secret services to justify
the Iraq war, using planted explosives, or
that the Pentagon was hit by a missile rather
than an airliner. Supporters of 9/11 Truth
and the home-grown July 7 Truth campaign
are organising in Britain, setting up websites
and supplying thousands of leaflets CDs
and DVDs at anti-war and anti-ID events to
`prove' their theories. And we are told that
more than half of British muslims do not
believe that `arabs' were involved in 9/11.
Making sense of a world that seems to
be (and ultimately is) run by a bunch of
ruthless liars is not trivial. The majority of
the middle class may be comforted that they
can buffer themselves against the insanity
of capitalism by keeping their heads down
and trying not to think too much whilst the
poor are left to rot. A minority of the middle
class who dares to think more deeply may
start to be swayed by conspiracy theories
bolstered by internet forums and their would-
be celebrity leaders, or succumb to
depression, or both. They may be fascinated
by freemasonry and Da Vinci codes. Their
problem is they think too much, complain,
but mostly do not act. This is not surprising.
How can you fight something that so
mysterious, secret and hidden? Capitalism
may result in a crazy system full of lies, but
its roots are not really so hidden. Land,
money and power is held by a few and the
systems set up to maintain this inequality
are out there in our everyday lives. Laws that
protect private property are the basis of
nation states and these laws are written
down. The military and secret services have
training colleges and are supplied by arms
companies that are registered in Companies
House. Even religious ideology is not too
difficult to understand if you can be bothered
to read the Bible or Koran.
Workplaces are set up to give bosses
power over our daily lives, but these bosses
are real people with homes even if they live
in another country. Local councils are
involved with implementing government
plans for ID cards and databases which will
include giving planning permission for
biometric interview centres. The same goes
for CCTV or traffic surveillance schemes.
The whole system is complex but it can
be fought by collective action, often locally,
and if not by building national networks and
international solidarity. There is no more a
need to invent a Big Brother than to believe
in Santa Claus.

Storm in a teacup
Following the partial defeat of their cuts
agenda this summer, Merseyside Fire
Authority is trying to get its own back.
Workers had struck to save essential frontline
services. Three weeks ago, letters were served
to fourteen emergency crew members,
calling them to hearings over incidents
during the walkout, including one for
`smiling aggressively'. Now, a firefighter
faces disciplinary proceedings after being
caught having a cuppa while working at
Buckley Hill fire station in Netherton.
Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service insists
tea breaks can be taken only at certain times,
and had emailed staff to say so.
Managers launched an investigation and
told the firefighter, who was doing his daily
checks and tests in the appliance room and
had taken a hot drink with him, he would
be put on a charge, and face disciplinary
proceedings pending an initial interview. He
could get a written warning on an otherwise
exemplary service record, but the ultimate
sanction is that he could lose his job.
Merseyside firefighters have a lot to smile
about following their tremendous victory,
which was won thanks to great solidarity, in
spite of a corporate media campaign against
the Fire Brigades Union. Not surprisingly,
the bosses who tried to break the strike can't
bear to see happy - or even relaxed -
workers.For in-depth analysis of the dispute,
visit http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/

Bastard of the year -- It 's Home Secretary John Reid, of course
It 's Home Secretary John Reid,
John Reid wins the award hands down
for 2006, and he'll be a good candidate
2007 too because of the wave of repression
and misery he has in store for us.
Reid's job as Home Secretary since May
2006 has been to implement the ID scheme
with an `entitlement card' and National
Identity Register. To do this, he needs to
classify foreigners as freeloaders so that
everyone else will accept it. We must all give
up personal privacy to prove whether we are
entitled or not. If you doubt this is about
restricting and monitoring everyone, the
Immigration and Nationality Directorate
says, "ID cards will implemented as rapidly
as possible, starting with biometric residence
permits for foreign nationals in 2008, and
rolling to UK nationals thereafter". Worse
still, the government wants to make sure that
the only non-EU nationals who come here
`legally' are business people, wealthy tourists
or high fee-paying students.
Next, to convince us there is an
`immigration problem' and that the
government has the right ideas for dealing
with it, the IND expressed delight in July that
"removals of principal asylum applicants
increased by 91% from 1997-2005" and
"applications for asylum are at around a
quarter of their peak level". This is surely
not because the world is 4 times safer than
it was before! Racist border police will be
expected to profile anyone suspected of being
`foreign' and to monitor and make records
of absolutely everyone going on holiday or
whatever. Biometric visas and other
paperwork will be needed to get on planes
and will have to be gained before people
leave their home country. We are told this is
to "establish who people are and whether
they are entitled to enter, and to ensure that
they do not get here if they are not welcome".
People `genuinely' needing to flee
persecution will not have the time, security
and money to apply for a visa, nor produce
legally supporting paperwork to prove that
they are in danger of death, torture or
imprisonment in their `home' country. Reid
also announced plans to allow anyone to
shop those involved with `illegal'
employment through the `Crimestoppers'
phoneline. Although this is supposedly
directed at employers, it will be used against
illegal workers who are doing nothing worse
than working for a pittance to survive, and
also hurt `legal' migrants and British ethnic
minorities because of the racist suspicions it
On the other hand, you can win British
citizenship if you are prepared to risk your
life in Iraq or Afghanistan to get it.
Commonwealth soldiers are to be offered
`fast track' British passports by Reid for this
service to our colonial regime. This will
encourage the 7,150 Commonwealth
soldiers to stay in a force that sees 9,000
British soldiers leave it each year. This does
nothing to solve the economic hardship that
is the reason a Commonwealth citizen would
take such a dangerous job in the first place.

Police fingerprinting technology goes mobile -- "Will that be one finger, officer, or two?"
During November, 10 police forces
across the UK announced they were testing
a roadside fingerprinting device. Stopped
drivers were asked to prove their identity
and, if unable to convince police of their
name, offered the `choice' of either having
their fingerprints taken electronically at the
roadside or of going to the police station
for several hours while checks were made.
How you `convince' police of a real
name remains unclear, though not looking
`dodgy' and not questioning officers'
instructions probably help. A good citizen
apparently has nothing to fear from
allowing their fingerprints to be scanned
and transmitted to police headquarters by
this device. The biometric system makes
checks against a database of 6.5 million
fingerprints, which is set to grow hugely
once ID cards and the national identity
register come in.
The cops promise us that fingerprints
aren't stored in the system (for this test at
least). But considering that if you are arrested
now, fingerprints and a DNA sample are
taken and permanently stored, even if you
are released without charge, there would
seem to be plenty of reasons not to trust
them. The state is intent on collecting data
on everyone and no one should be surprised
if this is extended to cyclists, as well as
Fingerprints certainly aren't infallible.
Despite multiple experts being consulted,
former detective Shirley McKie was wrongly
accused of leaving her print at a murder
scene, and came extremely close to facing
8 years. And that was a cop! If you are young
or black or both, or your eyebrows are too
close together, what chance will you have?
Never mind that biometric scanners are only
`94-95% accurate' and errors get more
likely as the database grows. So when you
get stopped and fall into that 1-in-20 margin
where the machine can't identify you or
mistakes you for someone else, or you just
don't see why you should submit to dodgy
technology to justify yourself to the cops -
as they're taking you in, just remember: if
you've got nothing to hide, you've got
nothing to fear.

How to be Green and Greedy

In a classic appeal to corporate greed,
the government sponsored `envirowise'
advice line have launched a publicity
campaign `Dnt b wstfl' with the byline
MinimiseWasteMaximiseProfit. Geddit? It's
going to take more than losing a few vowels
and spaces to save the planet, when
capitalist growth is the main driver for global
resource and energy use!
In launching this scheme, the
government are playing along with the latest
business obsession with `Lean Thinking'
which is all about stripping their operations
down to the bone. This redrafting of the idea
of `downsizing' means a lot more than
saving money (sorry, trees) by printing on
two sides of the photocopier paper. It's got
much more to do with working out which
employees have the biggest impact on
`customer satisfaction' and getting rid of the
rest of us - human waste, if you like.
For a more in-depth analysis of economic
growth and the environment, check out the
latest issue of the AF's magazine Organise!

"Master race? You're having a laugh"
BNP Blackpool Conference - Eyewitness report by a Liverpool Anarchist
In a desperate attempt to portray
themselves as just another political party,
the fascist British National Party held their
annual conference at a seaside town on the
weekend of November 25-26. Not quite
having the numbers to fill the Grand Hotel
in Brighton, they plumped for the rather less
grand New Kimberley in Blackpool,
presumably having been turned away from
several of the hundreds of other equally
down-at-heel hotels.
Unlike the other parties, they found it
necessary to keep the location of their
conference secret for fear of attracting
protesters. It was all in vain as the intrepid
local anti-fascists tracked them down
anyway and so on Nov 25th a march was
held from the city centre to where the fash
were lurking. Despite a fairly disappointing
turnout (about 200 people), a long walk
along a very chilly prom was made more
bearable by the number of people who saw
us on the street and took leaflets (and the
very friendly gent who, when I offered him
one, said "I don't need one of those to know
they're a load of shite").
When we got to the hotel, we were
cheered by the sight of how small it was
and were informed that there were only 50
of them inside as many others had been told
not to come till the following day when there
wasn't a demo on. "Shit party, shit hotel" as
we sang to them. Media reports that 600
were expected to attend can be discounted
as laughable ­ the hotel wasn't big enough
for more than 200 at a push. The few who
turned up goaded us from the window, safe
behind the lines of police who seemed more
keen to watch us for any prohibited hand
gestures, although one wannabe hero who
came to the window and started posturing
was soon sent running away like a naughty
schoolboy when a cop tapped on the glass
to tell him off.
An encouraging demo then as, despite
a few boneheads Sieg Heiling when protected
by the watchful eye of the police, the fascists
were pretty shy and heavily outnumbered by
antis. However, there is no reason to become
complacent. In other areas of the North,
the BNP do have numbers and serious
support from voters, and we need to
continue challenging them and exposing the
reality of what they stand for, not what they
tell the people they want votes from. We also
need to send more people from Liverpool to
the demos as only 7 people went this time
in a hired 24-seat minibus, which meant
money raised at benefits had to be wasted
on empty seats. Yes, it's important to show
support with your spare cash at fundraisers
but we need enough people to turn up on
the day as well to show the BNP we won't
stand for their racist bilge.

60 people attended the event
hosted by Nottingham Defy-ID
at the Sumac Centre on
November 25th from (at least)
London, Surrey, Liverpool,
Manchester, Leeds, Burnley,
Coventry, Lincoln & Notts. In the
morning, the conference covered
themes including how and why
we have arrived in this state of
intense surveillance, and a
range tactics that had worked in
other struggles that might (or
might not) work for ID cards and
databases. In the afternoon the
meeting covered ideas to take
the fight forward ­ anti-ID
arguments, direct action and
networking amongst activists.
The meeting concluded by
agreeing to prevent opening of
69 Identity and Passport Service
`Authentication by Interview'
centres that are currently being
set up around the country by a
private contractor, Mapeley.
See Defy-ID: www.defy-id.org.uk
Defending Anonymity is a
free pamphlet by the Anarchist
Federation. Send an SAE for a
copy or find it on our website.


Christmas cheer
We anarchists like a good party as much as anyone. Most of us
like to put our feet up, eat too much, have a few drinks and relax
with our families and friends. So on the whole, we pretty much
enjoy ourselves over the Christmas and New Year holidays.
But there are a load of things that really annoy us too. Firstly,
the way the shops use it as a way to con people into spending more
than they can afford. Secondly, the credit card companies that
make obscene profits by conning people into borrowing more than
they can afford. Thirdly, all the nonsense that the Christians come
out with. We're sick of hearing about "Baby Jesus, Meek and Mild"
and his "Loving Father".
Let's have a look and see how loving their God really is. These
were some of the Bible's instructions of what to do with sinners:
- Children that disobey, eat too much and get drunk should be stoned to
- Women who wear showy jewellery and clothing shall be punished by
misery, baldness, ugliness and death.
- People who eat too much should die of the plague. A bit of a problem
around Christmas time, we think.
- Jesus said that anyone who has sex before marriage will wind up in Hell.
- Single parents shouldn't be punished, but their children will go to Hell.
- Women who have sex with more than one man should have their noses
and ears cut off.
- Those who failed to sell everything they had and give it up to Jesus were
struck dead.
- All gays should be killed.
So, we hope you have (or had) a good holiday, steer away from
too much debt and remember what a load of bollocks religion is.
We got the information for this piece from our favourite church
website: www.landoverbaptist.org
We thoroughly recommend it.
Wishing a happy new year to all our readers too ...

When going on demonstrations stay sober, don't talk to the police and if you're
arrested give only your name and address then say `no comment' to any other
questions. For more info visit: www.ldmg.org.uk
December 2006
5 - Smash The Big Brother Exhibition. This December Olympia hosts the Counter Terrorism World
exhibition, where security and police forces from around the world meet, and this time they will be
looking at new surveillance equipment, software for sifting through emails and tapping phones.
Prominent guests include a large Israeli contingent. There will be a demonstration outside Olympia at
1pm (Olympia tube). More info from:www.londonclasswar.org
11 - Block the Builders at AWE Aldermaston, Newbury, West Berks - where Britain's Trident nuclear
warheads are assembled. AWE is spending millions of pounds recruiting scientists, building the huge
new ORION laser facility ­ capable of simulating nuclear weapons tests ­ and many more buildings
at enormous public expense. The action will take place in the morning, and free accommodation is
available for the night before - tel: 0207 700 2393. For more info visit: www.blockthebuilders.org.uk
www.cnduk.org email: btb@aldermaston.net
15 - Just Defy! Anti-repression benefit gig, at the RedStar bar, Camberwell Green, London. From
10pm, 5 pounds on the door. DnB, Breaks Techno, Grime, Dubstep, Post-punk, Ska, Reggae,
Electroclash and Indie.
January 2007
28 - Social Centres Gathering - space for discussion, practical workshops, sharing ideas, skills &
experience followed by MAYHEM cabaret and cocktails at the 1in12 Club, Albion Street, off Fulton
Street, Bradford, BD1 tel: 01274 734160 web www.1in12.com Accommodation available contact
01274 745002 or hive@riseup.net
29 - Phone In Sick Day - bring the country to a stand still, by encouraging nation to phone in sick!
For more info call 07737 020 496, email: johan@thesicknote.com web: www.thesicknote.com

The Anarchist Federation is an
organisation of class struggle
anarchists aiming to abolish capi-
talism and all oppression to create
a free and equal society. This is
Anarchist Communism
We see today's society as being
divided into two main opposing
classes: the ruling class which con-
trols all the power and wealth, and
the working class which the rulers
exploit to maintain this. By racism,
sexism and other forms of oppres-
sion, as well as war and environ-
mental destruction the rulers
weaken and divide us. Only the
direct action of working class peo-
ple can defeat these attacks and
ultimately overthrow capitalism.
As the capitalist system rules the
whole world, its destruction must be
complete and world wide. We reject
attempts to reform it, such as
working through parliament and
national liberation movements, as
they fail to challenge capitalism it-
self. Unions also work as a part of
the capitalist system, so although
workers struggle within them they
will be unable to bring about capi-
talism's destruction unless they go be-
yond these limits.
Organisation is vital if we're to
beat the bosses, so we work for a
united anarchist movement and
are affiliated to the International
of Anarchist Federations.
The Anarchist Federation has
members across Britain and Ire-
land fighting for the kind of world
outlined above.
If you're interesting in joining con-
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Email: info@afed.org.uk
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