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News :: Globalization & Capitalism

Networking: A new world of work

Capitalists snobs devise yet another way to force us to work with people we can't stand.

A new world of work is emerging, as networks enable employees to collaborate in ad-hoc teams assembled for specific projects. New collaboration software, developed by Microsoft and others, enables information workers to read, edit and route documents as a team, not just as individuals, experts told UPI's Networking. By Gene Koprowski

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News :: Police State

Anarchists protest G-8 -- officer badly hurt

SAN FRANCISCO
Anarchists protest G-8 -- officer badly hurt

Cicero A. Estrella, Chronicle Staff Writer

Sunday, July 10, 2005

A San Francisco police officer was in serious condition with a head injury and three suspects were in custody Saturday following a demonstration by anarchists who broke windows in the Mission District to protest the gathering of the Group of 8 leaders in Scotland.

Police did not release the name of the officer who was hurt in Friday night's melee. Deputy Police Chief Greg Suhr said Saturday that the officer was in serious but stable condition with brain swelling at San Francisco General Hospital. He has developed a blood clot, which doctors hope to dissolve before he is released, Suhr said.

The department's spokeswoman, Maria Oropeza, said the officer and his partner were driving on 23rd Street in response to a vandalism call when protesters threw a mattress underneath their patrol car.

"They got out to apprehend the suspects, at which point they were surrounded by a crowd," Oropeza said. "One of the officers was struck on the head by an unidentified object."

Police arrested Cody Tarlow, 21, of Felton (Santa Cruz County), Doritt Earnst, 31, of Berkeley and a third suspect who refused to identify himself.

They were being held on suspicion of attempted lynching, malicious mischief, battery to a police officer, aggravated assault on a police officer with a deadly weapon and willful resistance to a police officer that results in serious bodily injury.

In addition, Tarlow was held on suspicion of wearing a disguise for the purpose of escaping discovery or identification with a public offense. Earnst was also suspected of removing a weapon other than a firearm from an officer, and the unidentified man was suspected of inciting a riot.

A posting on a Web site used by the organizers of Friday's protest said, "The legal team is working on getting (the suspects) attorneys and getting them released! There will be a meeting to organize support for them." The meeting is scheduled for this morning.

The protest was one of many from around the world in response to the summit in Scotland by leaders of wealthy nations -- the United States, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia and the United Kingdom. Representatives from China, India, South Africa, Brazil and Mexico also attended.

The San Francisco protest was billed as the "West Coast Anti-Capitalist Convergence and March against the G-8." Protesters broke windows and glass doors at two Wells Fargo Bank locations, a Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant and a shoe store. Red anarchy signs were spray-painted on sidewalks and windows.

Mike Ayesh, manager and co-owner of the Kentucky Fried Chicken in the 1000 block of Valencia Street, said a masked protester threw a hammer through a front window about 9:30 p.m.

Henry Williams, manager of Shoe Biz on the 800 block of Valencia, estimated the cost to replace a cracked 6-foot-by-9-foot window at $1,600.

"I don't know why they targeted the store," Williams said. "We're a small family-owned business, not a big corporation."

By early afternoon, most of the damage from the protest had been fixed or patched up. Newsstand boxes turned over at a number of intersections on Valencia Street had been returned to the sidewalks. Cracked windows had either been replaced or boarded up.

Mission District resident Mike Voight said he didn't know what the demonstration was about. When informed of the reason, he said he was surprised that protesters picked his neighborhood.

"It's so out of context," he said. "Bartlett and 23rd Street is not the place I would chose" to protest the G-8 summit.

E-mail Cicero A. Estrella at cestrella@sfchronicle.com.

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News :: Police State

Police Officer Injured During Anarchist Protest

Police Officer Injured During Anarchist Protest
Stitches To Close Gash In His Head

Approximately 50 people broke away from the main protest about 9:50 p.m. and began breaking windows.

July 9 (BCN) — San Francisco police have released the names of two of the three suspects accused of seriously injuring a police officer in the Mission District Friday night.

The officer suffered a serious head injury after protestors from the anti-G8 summit rally threw a mattress under the officer's car in an attempt to ignite it.

Cody Tarlow, 21, of Felton and Doritt Earnst, 31, of Berkeley are in custody for allegedly committing the crimes, along a third suspect, "John Doe," who has refused to give officers his name.

According to Officer Maria Oropeza, approximately 50 people broke away from the main protest about 9:50 p.m. and began breaking windows and knocking over garbage cans near 22nd and Mission streets.

The officer -- responding to the vandalism call -- was driving down 23rd Street when the suspects allegedly threw the mattress under the car.

The officer left the vehicle to arrest the suspects, when he was surrounded and struck on the head with an unknown object, Oropeza said.

Each of the three suspects was charged with attempted lynching, malicious mischief and attempting to burn property, battery to a police officer, aggravated assault on a police officer with a deadly weapon while and willful resistance to a police officer that results in serious bodily injury.

Doe was also charged with inciting a riot. Tarlow was additionally charged with wearing a disguise for the purpose of escaping discovery or identification in connection with a public offense. Earnst was also charged removing a weapon other than a firearm from a police officer.

The officer remains in the hospital and his name has not been released, Oropeza said. No further information is available at this time.

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News :: Globalization & Capitalism

Wireless World: WiFi in the sky

CHICAGO -- A business traveler on Austrian Airlines boards a flight from Vienna to Warsaw and, once airborne, he opens his IBM ThinkPad notebook computer and connects to the Boeing 767 aircraft's wireless fidelity network. He sends e-mail and surfs the Web, keeping in contact with colleagues throughout Europe.

By early next year, that scenario -- announced just a few weeks ago in Paris -- will become a reality, experts told UPI's Wireless World. Working with a system called Connexion, developed by Boeing's business unit, Austrian Airlines will be among the first European carriers to offer in-flight Internet service to its passengers. By Gene Koprowski

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News :: Technology

The Web: Phishing rattles consumers

Capitalists fret that corporate profits will decline because of phishing scams.

CHICAGO -- Consumer confidence in the security of online financial services has declined considerably, in response to continual reports of identity theft and phishing scams, experts told UPI's The Web.

"There's been a loss of trust in the channel, but not in specific brands," said Bruce Cundiff, a research analyst with Javelin Strategy & Research in Pleasanton, Calif., producer of a new report called "Phishing: Consumer Awareness and Behavior." By Gene Koprowski

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Commentary :: Globalization & Capitalism

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's Face

It is not the reformists' promise of freedom of expression and association that the Iranian working class rejected in the presidential election this year. What they refused to tolerate any longer is deteriorating economic conditions that neoliberalism brought them. "Mr. [Mahmoud] Ahmadinejad, who catapulted to president-elect from near obscurity as the appointed mayor of Tehran, campaigned on a populist message, promising to redistribute the nation's wealth, hold down prices, raise salaries and lift state-supported benefits for the poor."

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News :: Education & Youth : Peace & War

Pajaro Valley trustee weighs resignation after recruit vote

WATSONVILLE — Calling a new Pajaro Valley Unified School District policy "blatantly anti-military," Trustee Evelyn Volpa said Thursday she is considering resigning from the school board.

The policy calls for district officials to take steps to ensure parents know they can block schools from giving military recruiters personal information about their children. The district board of trustees approved the policy on a 4-3 vote Wednesday.

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News :: Government & Elections : Peace & War : Police State

CA National Guard Spies On Antiwar Groups

This originally appeared in the San Jose Mercury News, but the Monterey Bay Herald also picked it up. In the event they take the story down soon, I'm putting it up here in its entirety.

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Posted on Sun, Jun. 26, 2005


State Guard forms anti-terrorism intelligence unit
Officials deny civil libertarian claims that the group will monitor American citizens, which is prohibited

By DION NISSENBAUM
San Jose Mercury News

SACRAMENTO - Three decades after aggressive military spying on Americans created a national furor, California's National Guard has quietly set up a special intelligence unit that has been given ''broad authority'' to monitor, analyze and distribute information on potential terrorist threats, the Mercury News has learned.

Known as the Information Synchronization, Knowledge Management and Intelligence Fusion program, the project is part of an expanding nationwide effort to better integrate military intelligence into global anti-terrorism initiatives.

Although Guard officials said the new unit would not collect information on American citizens, top National Guard officials have already been involved in tracking at least one recent Mother's Day anti-war rally organized by families of slain American soldiers, according to e-mails obtained by the Mercury News.

Creation of California's intelligence unit is already raising concerns for civil libertarians who point to a string of abuses in the 1960s and 1970s when the military collected information on more than 100,000 Americans, infiltrated church youth groups, posed as reporters to interview activists, monitored peaceful protests and even attended an elementary school Halloween party in search of a ''dissident.''

''The National Guard doesn't need to do this,'' said Christopher Pyle, a former Army intelligence officer who first exposed the military's domestic spying operations in 1970. ''Its job is not to investigate individuals, but to clear streets, protect facilities and help first responders.''

Top Guard officers said that they have no intentions of breaking long-established rules barring the military from gathering information on Americans and that the evolving program is meant to help California and the nation thwart terrorist attacks.

''We do not do any type of surveillance or human intelligence or mixing with crowds,'' said Lt. Col. Stan Zezotarski. ''The National Guard does not operate in that way. We have always had a policy where we respect the rights of citizens.''

Forming the unit|

Generally, the National Guard is called upon to help the state deal with natural disasters and riots. But the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have put major strains on the military, which has started drawing more on Guard soldiers to fight overseas. And now Guard units are being integrated into anti-terrorism efforts in the United States.

The intelligence unit was quietly established last year by Major Gen. Thomas Eres, the National Guard leader who was forced by the Schwarzenegger administration to retire earlier this month. Eres left amid allegations that he failed to prove his shooting skills for a trip to Iraq, set up a questionable military flight for a Republican friend's political group, and improperly used money meant to stem the flow of drugs for anti-terrorism programs.

Just before Eres retired, the Guard hired its first director for the intelligence unit who has ''broad authority'' and is expected to ''exercise a high degree of independent judgment and discretion,'' according to the job description obtained by the Mercury News.

''However, highly controversial or precedent-setting decisions, directives and policies are discussed with the appropriate senior leadership prior to implementation,'' the description states.

Col. Robert J. O'Neill, a veteran intelligence officer who started last week as director of the new program, said he envisions his team as being a one-stop shop for local, state and national law enforcement to share information. Intelligence officers will have access to sensitive national security information that they can analyze and potentially share with state and local law enforcement, he said.

''We are trying to integrate into their systems and bring them information that they don't have,'' O'Neill said.

He said his unit would not cross any legal lines into spying on Americans. But the Guard's role in monitoring at least one demonstration has already alarmed civil libertarians.

Tracking the rally|

Last month, a group of anti-war activists, including the parents of American soldiers killed in Iraq, held a small Mother's Day rally at the Vietnam Veteran's Memorial near the California Capitol to call for the return of all National Guard troops by Labor Day.

Three days before the rally, as a courtesy to the military, an aide in Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's press office alerted the Guard to the event, according to e-mails obtained by the Mercury News.

The information was passed up the chain of command directly to Eres and other top Guard officials including Col. Jeff Davis, who oversees O'Neill's operation.

''Sir,'' Guard Chief-of-Staff Col. John Moorman wrote in the e-mail to Eres that was copied to Davis and other top commanders. ''Information you wanted on Sunday's demonstration at the Capitol.''

In response, Davis indicated that Guard intelligence officers were tracking the rally.

''Thanks,'' Davis wrote. ''Forwarding same to our Intell. folks who continue to monitor.''

That rainy Sunday, the protest organized by Gold Star Families for Peace, Raging Grannies and CodePink, drew about three-dozen supporters.

Guard spokesman Zezotarksi said that the monitoring did not involve anything more than keeping tabs on the protest through the media and that no one went to observe the demonstration.

But he said the military would be ''negligent'' in not tracking such anti-war rallies in the event that they disintegrate into a riot that could prompt the governor to call out troops.

''It's nothing subversive,'' said Zezotarksi. ''Because who knows who could infiltrate that type of group and try to stir something up? After all, we live in the age of terrorism, so who knows?''

Civil libertarians scoffed at such defenses.

''That's ludicrous,'' said Joseph Onek, a former Carter and Clinton administration official who now heads the Liberty and Security Initiative for The Constitution Project at Georgetown University. ''That's not what the American people expect its military to be doing.''

"Mission creep"|

Pyle, the Army officer who exposed the abuses in the 1970s and is now a professor at Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts, said the evolving intelligence programs are susceptible to dangerous ''mission creep'' that led to overaggressive tactics during the Vietnam War.

Since the Civil War, the United States has tried to create firm barriers preventing the military from getting involved in domestic issues. The 1878 Posse Comitatus Act prevents the U.S. military from taking part in domestic law enforcement.

The Army got involved with collecting intelligence on Americans in the 1960s when it was called in to deal with civil rights protests and riots. Its role expanded as the decade wore on and the anti-Vietnam War movement grew more confrontational.

At the time, according to congressional records, the military collected files on more than 100,000 Americans and embraced aggressive tactics to try to undermine anti-war groups, including attending a Halloween party for kids and infiltrating church youth groups.

In response, Congress and the military set up new rules to strictly regulate military spying in the United States.

But Sept. 11 raised concerns that the controls had gone too far. Since then, the FBI and military have been expanding their intelligence operations.

Intelligence centers|

The notion of creating intelligence ''fusion centers'' is slowly gaining momentum. Massachusetts is setting up one, but it is housed in the State Police headquarters, not its National Guard.

Currently, federal law allows the U.S. military to gather information on Americans under exceptionally tight restrictions. The intelligence must be essential to its mission, publicly available or related to national security issues.

The Pentagon has created a new operation in Colorado known as the Northern Command to help protect the nation from terrorist attacks. Its leader, Gen. Ralph Eberhart, raised some concerns among civil libertarians last year after telling a National Guard group that ''we can't let culture and the way we've always done it stand in the way'' of gathering intelligence.

Last year, the U.S. military came under fire after it was reported that two Army lawyers in civilian clothes attended a forum on sexism in Islam and later demanded a roster of attendees, along with a videotape of the conference, after being questioned by three Middle Eastern men during the event.

Army officials said the attorneys had ''exceeded their authority'' and ordered a refresher course for agents.

Contact Dion Nissenbaum at dnissenbaum@mercurynews.com or (916) 441-4603.

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