PRECARIOUS


When I was in High School I read the Gulag Archipelago books by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn.

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I have to say that my thoughts at the time were very much of the “It Can’t Happen Here” variety. Then I actually got around to reading IT CAN’T HAPPEN HERE .

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How I ended up reading it is, itself a bit strange, There was a David Bowie interview in a Rolling Stone and I was well aware that Bowie was very much not a politicl person but here was this photo of this book sitting on Bowie’s nightstand and I said to myself, “I want to read whatever David Bowie’s reading!” Hey, we take our influences where we find them.  Once you’ve read the Lewis novel you will try and tell yourself “ah, a very pointed fable but everything is going to be fine.

Then Henry sends me stuff like this and I just want to weep bitter tears;

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This is no longer the paranoid fantasy of internet “conspiracy nuts”. This is the here and now.

2002 Village Voice article discussing the possibility of concentration camps in America.

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January 31, 2006Albion Monitor

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February 1 2006Ferguson Report

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In another shining example of modern day corporate fascism, it was announced recently that Halliburton subsidiary Kellogg, Brown and Root had been awarded a $385 million dollar contract by Homeland Security to construct detention and processing facilities in the event of a national emergency. The language of the preamble to the agreement veils the program with talk of temporary migrant holding centers, but it is made clear that the camps will also be used “as the development of a plan to react to a national emergency.? Discussions of federal concentration camps is no longer the rhetoric of paranoid Internet conspiracy theorists, it is mainstream news.

Under the enemy combatant designation anyone at the behest of the US government, even if they are a US citizen, can be kidnapped and placed in an internment facility forever without trial. Jose Padilla, an American citizen, has spent over four years in a Navy brig and is only just now getting a trial.

In 2002, FEMA sought bids from major real estate and engineering firms to construct giant internment facilities in the case of a chemical, biological or nuclear attack or a natural disaster.

Okanogan County Commissioner Dave Schulz went public three years ago with his contention that his county was set to be a location for one of the camps.

Alex Jones has attended numerous military urban warfare training drills across the US where role players were used to simulate arresting American citizens and taking them to internment camps.

The move towards the database state in the US and the UK, where every offence is arrestable and DNA records of every suspect, even if later proven innocent, are permanently kept on record, is the only tool necessary to create a master list of ‘subversives’ that would be subject to internment in a manufactured time of national emergency.

The national ID card is also intended to be used for this purpose, just as the Nazis used early IBM computer punch card technology to catalogue lists of homosexuals, gypsies and Jews before the round-ups began.

Section 44 of the Terrorism Act in Britain enables police to obtain name and address details of anyone they choose, whether they are acting suspiciously or not. Those details remain on a database forever. To date, 119,000 names of political activists have been taken and this is a figure that will skyrocket once the post 7/7 figures are taken into account.

At the height of the Iraq war protests, around a million people marched across the country. However, most of these people were taking part in a political protest for the first time and as a one off. Even if we take a figure of half, 500,000 people being politically active in Britain, that means that the government has already registered around a quarter of political activists in the UK. In truth the number is probably above half because we are not factoring in those already on MI5 ‘subversive’ lists and those listed after the 7/7 bombings, when the powers were used even more broadly.

Concurrently in the US, a new provision in the extended Patriot Act bill would allow Secret Service agents to arrest and jail protesters accused of breaching any security perimeter, even if the President or any other protected official isn’t present. The definition of ‘free speech zones’ can be shifted around loosely and this would open the floodgates for protesters to be grabbed and hauled away in any circumstance at the whim of the Secret Service.

During the 2004 RNC protests, thousands of New Yorkers were arrested en masse in indiscriminate round-ups and taken to Pier 57 (pictured), a condemned, asbestos poisoned old bus depot, where they were imprisoned without charge for up to 24 hours or more.

The existence and development of internment camps are solely intended to be used to round up en masse and imprison ‘political dissidents’ (anyone who isn’t prepared to lick government boots) after a simulated tactical nuke or biological attack on a major US or European city.

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Part II – Romania, Bulgaria, Kosovo, Macedonia and the Ukraine. Let’s not go there.

OK – That was Henry’s stuff. Now you can say, ‘oh, sure, but Henry is a flaming liberal asshole.? Perhaps not to his face but I hear you muttering behind your sleeves. Nevertheless, this seems to dovetail quite neatly with a current policy. Namely, running similar camps in places abroad that we’re not supposed to know about. Here is a piece of news the Tribune picked up from a Paris source about a free speech struggle over intercepted foreign attaché documents out of Egypt – you know, that country we give a billion in aide to every year even though they keep last years “political opposition? in unwashed cages – that Egypt. At any rate, it was picked up by the New York Times two weeks ago and as of early February has gotten no television traction whatsoever. So, you didn’t hear this from me, but,

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[The easily forwarded printer friendly URL of the following piece because information may not want to be free but I bet some of the people held in these secret prisons wish they were.]

January 12, 2006

Swiss Investigate Leak to Paper on C.I.A. Prisons in Eastern Europe

By DOREEN CARVAJAL,
International Herald Tribune

PARIS, Jan. 11 – Switzerland is conducting criminal investigations to track down the source of a leak to the Zurich-based newspaper Sonntags Blick of what it reported was a secret document citing clandestine C.I.A. prisons in Eastern Europe.

The Sunday weekly published what it reported was a summary of a fax in November from Egypt’s Foreign Ministry to its London embassy that said the United States had held 23 Iraqi and Afghan prisoners at a base in Romania. It also referred to similar detention centers in Bulgaria, Kosovo, Macedonia and Ukraine.

“The Egyptians have sources confirming the presence of secret American prisons,” said the document, dated Nov. 15 and written in French to summarize the contents of the fax.

“According to the embassy’s own sources, 23 Iraqis and Afghans were interrogated at the Mikhail Kogalniceau base at Constanza, on the Black Sea.”

The leaked fax, which the newspaper said was sent by satellite and intercepted by the Swiss Strategic Intelligence Service, was signed by Egypt’s foreign minister, Ahmed Aboul Gheit, the report said.

Christoph Grenacher, the newspaper’s editor in chief, said that before the article was published, newspaper officials met with high-ranking Swiss government officials, who urged the paper to withhold the information. “We concluded that the discussion about so-called secret prisons is much more important than the interests of the secret service in Switzerland,” he said.

During those discussions, he said, no one contested the authenticity of the document. Egypt has not commented on the report, but it quickly reignited a political fury in Europe that began in the fall with news reports that said there were C.I.A. interrogation centers in Europe and that there had been secret flights through European countries transferring terrorism suspects for questioning.

After the article was published on Sunday, Romania and Ukraine issued denials, and the Swiss criminal investigations were opened. Some European lawmakers seized on the information as evidence of dissembling by European Union members. “This is a piece of real evidence to back up the gut instinct many of us have that the denials of complicity we are hearing from E.U. member and candidate states cannot be relied upon,” Sarah Ludford, a Liberal Democratic member of the British Parliament, said in a statement.

The Swiss Army’s chief prosecutor opened an investigation of Mr. Grenacher and two of his reporters to determine whether military secrets were exposed and to find the source of the leaks. The Swiss attorney general’s office is also investigating the issue, adding another layer to its existing investigation of whether there were C.I.A. flights in Swiss airspace.

Germany and Denmark are also examining accusations that the agency used their airspace to transport terrorism suspects.

The United States has acknowledged flights but not the existence of prisons. A C.I.A. spokeswoman declined to comment on the report in the newspaper.

Conceivably, the journalists could face five years in prison for revealing military secrets, although no one prosecuted under the law has ever served any prison time, the authorities said.

Martin Immenhauser, a spokesman for the military prosecutor, said of the document: “Nobody has told us that it’s not authentic. I think you can say that it’s 99 percent certain that it’s authentic.”

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Barney [with lots of help from Henry – ’cause I’m taking him down with me. 😉 ]

Here’s a quick note from Henry and a link to a site featuring the work of artist Naoto Hattori and a number of other stunning artists. I’ve followed it with a link to the Hattori homepage. This stuff is incredible. – Barney

Check out the new Naoto Hattori painting! – Henry

Here is my new painting.

"Seer" 5.9" x 13.7", acrylic on board 2006

This painting is available at the Copro Nason Gallery group show called
Nostradamus - Three Waves to the Apocalypse opening February 4 , (8-11:30pm)
until March 4. http://www.copronason.com for more information.

Thank you

Naoto
http://www.wwwcomcom.com

http://www.wwwcomcom.com/home.html

I have a friend named Henry.

Although he has his own site or sites showcasing his art and thoughts, which I’ll be providing links for, Henry is also, like so many of us these days, a forwarding fiend. Some of the stuff he forwards to me and posts to the net is of a sexual or political nature. If you are easily offended by sex and politics then much of Henry’s “content” may not be for you. This is my only blanket warning. You were told. Comments are fine. Outrage or “mock” outrage will probably be mocked in return. Other than that, fire away. I find reactions to Henry almost as fascinating as I find Henry.
For starters, here are links to a VERY old website of Henry’s that he had apparently forgotten even existed that he sent me yesterday. I hereby slap it up on my blog as a way of fighting webrot and furthering the reproductive capacity of a very creative person, or meme, or both. Enjoy.The quote by Hall at the end is Henry’s sig. – Barney

Here’s Henry;

From my very first website made something like 10 years ago!

I can’t believe it’s still up and running.

http://users.starpower.net/precarious/
The art is all shitty and primitive with the exception of the sketches.

Enjoy the intro…
Click the image to advance.
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Manly P. Hall – The Secret Teachings of All Ages:
Man is essentially a permanent and immortal principle; only his bodies pass through the cycle of birth and death. The immortal is the reality; the mortal is the unreality. During each period of earth life, reality thus dwells in unreality, to be liberated from it temporarily by death and permanently by illumination.

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in response to this my friend “M” writes;

You are mad, and I’m still on the fence re: whether that’s “in a good way” or “keep you away from my wife and pets” way.

I do like the sketches. You are a Basil Wolverton fan, I hope? -M

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And there you go. I’ll be adding to the PRECARIOUS posts categories as the good stuff comes in.

– Barney

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And less than 24 hours later Henry sent me this;

Barney,

Nice. I’ll have to start working on my /real/ site.

Have some recent music:

This is the project I was doing with Gus Fink.

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Remixes

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Some slightly more recent art.

http://www.renderosity.com/gallery.ez?ByArtist=Yes&Artist=precarious