“If you could only keep quiet, clear of memories and expectations, you would be able to discern the beautiful pattern of events. Its your restlessness that causes chaos.”
By Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
If we start from the premise that the government can ‘give’ you rights and ‘approve’ certain contracts to be safe from discrimination, then I am sorry to say that what its really saying is that we hold no rights and the government can easily ‘take them back’, limit their exercise, change them. trade them and overall control them.
What is a right? What is the origin of your rights?
Do you think rights originate from laws?
Then what are you? Who has a higher claim on your existence?
Are you worth the space you occupy in this planet?
We are distracted by projecting mirrors. We celebrate the success of a premise that makes stronger the same dogma that made you doubt so much your life that now you have to ‘earn it’.
I would really like to know what are your thoughts about rights.
Newly released G8/G20 summit documents reveal the RCMP and various Ontario police forces spent several months infiltrating anti-war, anti-globalization and anarchist groups with the use of undercover officers ahead of last June’s summits in Huntsville and Toronto.
The reports by the Joint Intelligence Group formed by the RCMP-led ISU (Integrated Security Unit) show that various police services contributed at least 12 undercover officers to take part in covert surveillance of potential “criminal extremists” in a bid to “detect … and disrupt” any threats.
The reports omit details on specific individuals or groups, nor do they offer conclusions about what, if any, crimes or plots of violence were detected.
“There’s a lot of stuff that isn’t in there, that’s been redacted, or isn’t spelled out. But it says these undercover operations were going on, that there were 12 officers,” says Tim Groves, who requested and obtained the reports through an access to information request. “The problem is that, looking at these documents, police expected criminal extremism everywhere.”
Groves, an investigative journalist and active participant in the alternative media centre during last summer’s G20 summit in Toronto, agreed to share the police documents with CBC News.
CBC’s independent analysis of the police records reveals:
The RCMP set up a Joint Intelligence Group in January 2009, which in turn assigned a dozen officers to a covert PIIT (Primary Intelligence Investigative Team) expressly for monitoring and infiltrating suspected extremist networks. The joint-forces PIIT had a mandate to use undercover officers and informants from within the ranks of protest networks, not just to monitor potential criminal activity by organizers, but also to “deter, prevent, investigate and/or disrupt” threats to the summit. The investigative team created and shared files on a long list of individuals, colour coding them according to perceived risk level as red (suspect), orange (person of interest) and yellow (associate). Police identified “criminal extremists” as a significant threat to the Canadian summits, targeting anti-capitalist groups with grievances tied to the environment, animal rights and First Nations resource-based issues. They noted, however, that “in Canada the criminal extremist activity has never reached the level experienced in some European countries.”
RCMP history of citizen surveillance
Laurentian University Prof. Gary Kinsman, a sociologist and historian who has written extensively on RCMP surveillance, says “anti-capitalist perspectives, anarchist perspectives, socialist perspectives, almost get criminalized.”
“This is part of a long history of Canadian security police [involved in] major forms of surveillance including infiltration of various different social movements, including the union movement, the gay movement at times, ” Kinsman says.
Kinsman acknowledges police may have targeted people who they suspected were actively plotting violence or criminal activity. What surprises him, though, is that according to the ISU documents, undercover officers had an expressed mandate to do more than simply watch and wait for crimes to be committed.
He says their intelligence gathering was used as a basis for pre-emptive arrests of some 50 protest organizers on charges of conspiracy (many of which have been dropped, while 17 remain before the courts.)
“A large number of the people charged with conspiracy were arrested prior to anything happening on that Saturday demonstration,” Kinsman told CBC News, saying he himself was among the peaceful demonstrators at last year’s Toronto summit.
“So the evidence collected from the people who infiltrated the activist groups was basically used to criminalize the organizers, prior to anything actually taking place.”
Undercover officers among demonstrators
In addition to the advance surveillance, plainclothes officers, in teams of at least four, were stationed throughout the crowds at the G8/G20 demonstrations as “event monitors” who were required to “provide real time intelligence of demonstration or large gatherings of protesters where there is pre-existing intelligence and/or evidence of violence,” according to the ISU documents
These event monitors were also charged with tracking and reporting on the movements of buses, vans and trains carrying protest groups to and from the summits.
Groves, who initially obtained the police surveillance reports, notes that “they did all this intelligence gathering and there are still things getting broken on the street.”
He questions whether all the undercover work served any purpose, given the agitators who still managed to smash windows, loot stores and set police cars on fire with virtually no police intervention.
News of the police surveillance has only served to send a chill through the activist community, he says, making many of its members more distrusting of police, and perhaps hardening their anti-state views.
Toronto police admit G20 intelligence lapses
Toronto police in a report released Thursday reviewing the success and failures of the G20 summit gave credit to the advance intelligence gathering by the RCMP and the Integrated Security Unit, but also identified problems.
“In the dynamic public order events on June 26 and June 27 there were delays in the timely delivery of important tactical intelligence to the end users in the [central police command centre].”
And I see the world as it continues the celebration of nothing, glasses are raised in the name of emptiness, disguised as current grasp of life.
And I walk never loosing sight of the sky but trying to see your faces, but you are all out of this world, into another which does not belong to you nor where you belong. You don’t even see your reflection of your screen, you cannot hear the words on that song through your headphones.
And I keep quiet while you open the dam of your ego, the words and phrases flood the space, yet I cannot hear you. Too much noise, not so much substance.
And languages loose their meaning on you, and you are under all the spells.
And I continue my way and see pictures of faces and bodies with no souls, telling me and you that we should follow the example because you know, we are worth it.
An I grow tired, but I keep on walking. I don’t have war within me, and I feel no pity.
And I ask. But no one answers. And I ask again yet you hear me attacking.
You wont see me eye to eye because you don’t know your eyes, you have lost your vision to a comfortable filter of despair. See, if you believe you are broken then someone can sell you happiness for a while.
I dont want your titles, I dont need your brands, please put aside your resume and strip down the success banner you have crafted so far.
I am looking for a hand, I am searching for a soul. There are no fires to scape from and I see no fireworks in love.
I am telling you this is not a pietri dish, this is not worth your while.
If you feel numb most of the times its because you refuse to look into your own eyes.
And as I keep on walking I notice you just lost also sight of the sky.
Too much noise, not so much substance.
The Narrator’s Tale (via cjroberts)
As I am asked more and more about collections agency I’m going to make a quick observation that might help spark some strength in you or somebody you know.
First, please, this is not a note on irresponsible spending, nor it is a way to ‘stick it up to the man’.
This is about you and your responsibility, your honour, your word and all the presumptions and assumptions that play their role as bullies.
Collections agencies are poker players that play a risky game of bluffing and bullying. Period.
It is legal, but not necessarily clean.
I will tell you what it is not legal : A company that charges you a sum without providing any goods or services.
Please read that again.
here we go. Collections agencies ‘buy’ your debt pennies on a dollar, then they use their agents to ‘collect’ the full amount from you. They make a ton of money because once you accept their terms (even by having a conversation of the phone without asking the ‘right questions’) you are in default with them and then your credit record could be affected.
When and if you are ever harassed by a creditor’s agency you need to stop the bullying first. You need to establish your standing by making them actually do some work. If you indeed owe a sum, ask them to provide you with the proper documentation (original contract) and their license and permit number to operate in your province/state. You need to tell them that you do not accept phone calls and all communication will be done in writing and that if you receive one more call you will file a harassment complaint. THEY need to provide you with A LOT of documentation in order to prove their claim. Do your homework, google info on this, ask, read.
Do not get me wrong, sometimes this companies have the right to collect from you since you sign an authorization of your service contract with the company you owe, but still, why would you pay or be scared of someone you don’t know or someone who has not proved how and why you should pay them?
Say I call your home tonight and tell you that you owe me? What would you do? What if I was some corporation? Why would you treat that differently?
Despite some people’s solution to just let it go, never answer, let them get tired, I stand very strongly for taking back the responsibility you have lost in this new era. Who has a claim against you and why? Would you not want to solve it in honour?
What has happened I believe from my experience is that everybody owes something to some corporation now-a-days. Everybody is always late on some payment, so Creditor’s agencies play on that, on your fear of your credit being affected and the fact that you know you are somewhat in default. But wait, did you give your consent to the original company to ‘pass’ or ‘sell’ your debt? You’d be surprised how many cases end just with that question.
You want to know why Service Corporations sell your debt? One, they are getting more than 0, but believe me their profit does not come from there. However, selling your debt put their books in ‘green’ hence keeping their shares on the stock market clean. Every time a company has too much ‘red’ the stock goes down and so the value of the company in the market.
Surprised is so simple?
You should not, you should always think beyond your fear and over to the big picture.
Grab the opportunity to get rid of lingering worries. If you indeed owe and the credit’s agency proves their claim, then negotiate, you can always negotiate, ask them to prove to you how much did they pay, and if they don’t want to tell you just offer a sum. It is that simple.
Research this, know your rights, claims and processes.
Sleep better knowing you are taking care of all things that bother you.
Does it take for me to have the courage to say something that I might change upon later?
How many words does it take to embrace this moment that I will keep as a snapshot of ‘here after’?
How many thoughts will I reject before I let go of all my fears?
How many goosebumps will I endure everytime I think of what if?
How much music can a mind take when swimming into outer space?
How infinite is this maze?
How scared am I?
How much am I willing to lay down?
When will I see all that has been layed out for me?
this is a constant state of awareness. A tiring beautiful stream of life running through my veins.
Apparently there is no answer, since I keep asking the wrong questions.
Its a Quest.
A friend point this out to me:
I wonder who she is.
Can you tell me who do you think she is?
Plutarch (via acorda)
~> truth bomb