Saturday, July 08, 2006

‘Come Out, Come Out!’ ~por Peta de Aztlan

Come out of the long dark shadows
Of foul fear, of cold alien ignorance
Of corrupt chains forged by Amerikan arrogance.

Boldly enter into the divine bright light of Eternal Truth.
Ye are of the Great Sun, New Moon and Mother Earth.
Live life in pure love anew in your sacred re-births!

Claim your ancient inheritance
Paid by eons of sweat, blood and tears
Grab courage in hand and kill off all your fears.

Continue the march forward to freedom,
Freedom from misery, poverty and slavery
Freedom from twisted lies, sad spies and all that dies.

Stand up tall before all nations, peoples and times!
You have always been at home in your native land.
This the blind racist gringo will never ever understand.

Understand this is our time in history to take a stand!
This was, is and will always be our land we still call Aztlan!

Before false borders were made from broken treaties...
Before the armed invasions of Conquistadors with Bibles above our graves,
The lands, valleys, deserts and the mountains knew only us!
The air only carried our voices, our war chants, and our sacred songs!
The soil only felt our barefeet and only knew our calloused hands!

Come out with courage and fight the good fight
Even if the heavens above fall and hell below raises!

Let future generations know we came out for what is ours!
Despite all labels, we are gente de Aztlan and people of Mother Earth!

By Peter S. Lopez ~aka Peta de Aztlan


Thursday, July 06, 2006

Response: Border For Sale....Ballot or Bullet?

Hola Gente ~ The U.S. economy is now and has been for a long time based upon a war economy. War is a multi-billion dollar business for the Amerikan Empire and the root of all evils is plain ol' ordinary human greed in a magnified form. They are all in it for the money and they buy off the idealistic dreams of youth at the U.S. Army Recrutiment Centers across the land.

We must separate ourselves, at least in our minds, from the survival interests of the Amerikan Empire. Those U.S. soldiers over there ALL JOINED and are now functioning armed in the role of foreign mercenaries, they are not heroes, they are dumb-ass punk mercenaries. And it does not matter whether they are brown or white skinned.

A soldier is a soldier; a mercenary is a mercenary. And a war crime is a war crime. And if the armed punk did not want to work at McDonald's that's fine, but don't join the enemy army in an unjust war because you want to get ahead, then, end up blowing someone's head off!

Remember Eisenhower's last speech:
"This conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience. The total influence -- economic, political, even spiritual -- is felt in every city, every State house, every office of the Federal government. We recognize the imperative need for this development. Yet we must not fail to comprehend its grave implications. Our toil, resources and livelihood are all involved; so is the very structure of our society.
In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the militaryindustrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist."
We are already there now. These fascist pigs are all getting filthy rich off these foreign wars for family generations to come. The whole U.S.-Mexican border crisis is already a kind of foreign war that will call out the courage of all of us into question.

Courage is the basis of all ethics, morals and principles. Without the courage to fight for your beliefs what good are they when the pigs start busting down doors blazing away?

Sooner or later, there will be a civil war. Let's accept that foreseeable fact now and not be caught with our pants down with the U.S. Constitution for shit-paper.

Let it not be a war between the decent American people and the people of Mexico, let is be a People's War between the armed people's liberation movements and all unjust oppressive governments, including the corrupt Mexican government, but spearheaded by the Amerikan Corporate Empire. This inevitable showdown cannot be put off forever while our 'great leaders' do calculus, consult the stars, then, plan an expensive conference!

History is a guide to action and historical events have been pushing towards this turn of events for a long time.

Calderon narrowly wins Mexicao presidential election according to CNN at 1:15 PM Pacific Standard Time.

There are serious arguements about ELECTION FRAUD and it is more than just sore losers as there has been a question of 3 million vote uncounted. Lopez-Obrador wants a real re-count. Who will do the re-count? The same one who did the original count?

When all of our legal and peaceful avenues for the redress of grievances are blocked and made ineffective ~made null and void~ then we are at the 'ballot of the bullet' node or nodal point of no return.

Main Entry: node
Pronunciation: 'nOd
Function: noun
Etymology: Middle English, from Latin nodus knot, node; akin to Middle Irish naidm bond
2 : an entangling complication (as in a drama) :
5 a : a point at which subsidiary parts originate or center b : a point on a stem at which a leaf or leaves are inserted c : a point at which a curve intersects itself in such a manner that the branches have different tangents d : VERTEX

We need to come together and create local leadership that is accepted by others for planning a sound strategy and a applicable set of flexible tactics for dealing with the whole general situation. If there is no vanguard group in your specific area, start one!

We should still register people to vote, keep aware of current events, but realize that ultimately voting alone and electoral processes alone are not going to bring about any relevant transformation in our lives. Even if we win by the ballot the powers-that-be will still say it is not valid!

Elections should be seen as ways of raising consciousness, not as ends in themselves. Not here in the USA! Not in the face of a mature scientific fascism!

Remember the Bush-Gore legal coup-d-etat! It's the ballot of the bullet!

It will be the ballot or it’ will be the bullet. It’ will be liberty or death. And if you’re not ready to pay that price don’'t use the word freedom in your vocabulary.

Re: [Aztlannet_News] Fwd: FYI: [corp-watchers] Border for Sale: Privatizing Immigration Control: 7-05-2006, the PROFITEERS...step up....
Al Soto <> wrote:
Date: Thu, 06 Jul 2006 18:05:14 -0000
From: "Al" <>
Subject: Fwd: FYI: [corp-watchers] Border for Sale: Privatizing Immigration Control: 7-05-2006

--- In, "Peter S. Lopez de Aztlan"wrote:

CorpWatch wrote:
Wednesday, July 05, 2006 Border for Sale: Privatizing Immigration Control:

By Joseph Richey, Special to CorpWatch
July 5th, 2006
Cartoon by Khalil Bendib ~see websource

Five major military contractors are competing to design a system to tackle up to two million undocumented immigrants a year in the United States. Boeing, Ericsson, Lockheed, Northrop Grumman and Raytheon are working on proposals that focus on high technology rather than high fences, but ignoring some of the fundamental problems of immigration.

At each checkpoint along the path to citizenship or deportation --from desert wilderness to urban labyrinth -- private contractors are expected to be hired to detect, apprehend, vet, detain, process, and potentially incarcerate or deport people seeking economic and human rights asylum in the U.S.

An indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract, estimated at $2.5 billion, for the Secure Border Initiative Network (SBInet) will be awarded September 30th 2006, to build a seamless web of new surveillance technology and sensors with real time communications systems for Customs and Border Protection (CBP). The plan also includes funds for additional personnel, vehicles and physical infrastructure for fencing, and virtual fencing for U.S. borders.

The Chariot Race
The competition between the five prime bidders for SBInet might be viewed as a chariot race: Each prime contractor will drive the chariot; the horses will be its team of small and large, mid-range and small companies. The chariot itself, the wheels and axles are Americans' security. The competition is supposed to crown the driver that can deliver the best value for the tax dollar.

Quick coalitions of vendors were formed with the help of homeland security brokers to meet the May 30 deadline for completed bids. Team building continues and Lockheed Martin made a special effort to develop a diverse one. After SBInet's Industry Day in January, it held its own "Vendor Industry" days in Seattle, Buffalo, and Washington DC. It also went shopping for local domestic security providers in El Paso, Laredo, Tucson, and San Diego. The outcome of this is secret: Lockheed has kept its cards closest to its chest in the pre-award period, choosing not to reveal its core team of companies.

But the other four potential prime contractors have announced their teams:

Boeing Integrated Defense Systems will join with DRS Surveillance and Kollsman, Government Services Incorporated (an L-3 subsidiary), Perot Systems, Reconnaissance Group and Unisys Global Public Sector. Boeing is the world's largest satellite manufacturer, and George Muellner, president of its Integrated Defense Systems business unit, cites its experience developing and deploying large-scale systems as a special qualification.

The Northrop Grumman team members announced so far are Anteon International, BearingPoint, General Dynamics, HNTB Corporation, L. Robert Kimball and Associates, Titan (an L-3 subsidiary), and SRA International.

Raytheon boasts that it is the only firm with experience monitoring a large geographic area such as the US-Mexico and US-Canadian borders. It also runs a 2 million square mile program in Brazil called System for Vigilance of the Amazon (SIVAM). Raytheon's core team is comprised of Apogen Technologies, BAE Systems, Bechtel National, Deloitte Consulting LLP, IBM, and 30 subcontractors, including Accenture.

Ericsson's team includes AEP Networks, America's Border Security Group, Camber Corporation, Computer Sciences Corporation, Fluor, MTC Technologies, Sy Coleman (an L-3 subsidiary), Texas A&M University, and the University of Texas at Austin.
++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++The new contract is part of the $43.5 billion Homeland Security (DHS) budget for 2007, with up to 20 percent increases in areas of internal enforcement and border protection. This has brought new fervor to the domestic security industry. Security executives around the country are pulling late hours preparing proposals and bids that will cost billions in federal tax dollars.

SBInet is part of a new Bush administration plan, announced in November 2005, for border security aimed at stopping illegal immigration along the more that 6,000 miles that make up America's land borders and dealing with the millions of undocumented aliens already in the country. While President Bush has said that "mass deportation is unrealistic," DHS is nonetheless ramping up CBP's "Expedited Removal Program" to detain and remove 1.5 million people along the border and the additional half a million apprehended 100 miles within US territory, according to the CBP and other agencies. Migrants who make it past the 100 mile mark and manage to stay 14 day without being caught are entitled to a hearing before a federal immigration judge.

The privatization of border security is unprecedented not only in cost but in the extent to which the federal government is ceding control to private companies.

"We're asking you to come back and tell us how to do our business. We're asking you. We're inviting you to tell us how to run our organization," Deputy Director of Homeland Security Michael Jackson told more than 400 defense contractors and homeland security industrialists at a government-sponsored "Industry Day" on January 25 this year. Jackson, a former Lockheed Martin vice-president, added: "This is an invitation to be a little bit, a little bit aggressive and thinking as if you owned and you were partners with the CBP."

Indeed his former company is one of the leading bidders for the contract. "We're expecting quick proposals on quick timelines," Keith Mordoff, a Lockheed Martin spokesperson told CorpWatch. One of the 50 largest companies in the U.S., the Maryland-based corporation has more than 100 executives working on the Secure Border Initative according to Mordoff. Four other corporations: Boeing, Ericsson, Northrop Grumman and Raytheon; are vying for the same SBI slice of the DHS budget pie. Each of these rivals has between 70 and 100 executives assembling security teams and designing the replacement for America's Shield Initiative.

High Walls versus High Tech

A few believe that high walls and fences are the answer like U.S. Republican Congressman Steve King from Iowa. Scale model in hand, he took the floor of the House of Representatives on May 24 with a hard- sell for a fence. "A little company like I used to own before I came to this Congress, and [that] my son operates today, could set a mile of this in a day pretty easily. . . .We are spending $8 billion on 2,000 miles. That is $4 million a mile. Now, if you pay me $4 million for a mile of that desert down there and say, guard that mile, Mr. King, I would say, for $4 million, you would not get a cockroach across that border."But most of the proposals rely on high-technology rather than high fences. Sensor Technologies and Systems of Scottsdale, Arizona has already been recruited to join three of the prime contractors' teams. It sells a ground radar system that has been used in the conflict- ridden West Bank and has been proposed for environmental projects in protected areas such as Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument and Cabeza Prieta Wildlife Refuge.

Walker Butler, the owner of Sensor, says physical fences would end up being more expensive: "Bottom line is that a fence would cost at least 10 times the radar system--including everything required-- cameras, poles, power, communications. And it [a fence] would be much less effective."

Another key component of the several proposals are plans to use remotely controlled aerial surveillance technologies to reduce the use of expensive and unwieldy helicopter monitoring: Northrop offers its own unmanned aerial vehicle, the Global Hawk drone, as a challenge to Lockheed Martin's $14 million high-altitude surveillance blimp. Yet another potential sub-contractor, Octatron, offers an urban mini-drone with a six-foot wing-span with video and transmission equipment weighing just three pounds.

(The Octatron's urban mini-drone was recently temporally downed in Los Angeles by a prospective civil rights suit against Los Angeles Policy Department for violating privacy laws. But it should qualify for the competition in urban border cities San Diego, Mexicali, Nogales, Las Cruces, Juarez, El Paso, Laredo, and Brownsville.)

Bruce Walker, Northrop Grumman's director of homeland security, says that they will combine high-tech gizmos with trained personnel and planning to keep migrant labor from finding a way to the U.S. According to Walker, Northrop offers "the layered approach that is needed to secure the border. If wind or vandals take out cameras, back-up surveillance will be in place."

"We need operational control of the border. We want to push the immigrants into lanes that conforms with our ports of entry."

Doug Smith, head of Ericsson's Solutions agrees with DHS deputy director Jackson and industry experts. "This is not just about sensors and the coolest new UAV. Wireless communications is big. We think we can solve this with existing personnel today with the right tools." Smith envisions Border Patrol agents being able to send digital fingerprints of apprehended immigrants right from the desert floor to central locations and field offices. He is confident that Ericsson could leverage resources at all levels, from detection, apprehension to deportation. "We'll drive the buses, and handle everything."

Will They Work?

But underlying much of the debate over what kind of fence and how many high-tech gizmos will be needed to seal the border are more fundamental questions about the complex issue of illegal immigration. Experts note that given the demand for cheap labor in the U.S. and the poor prospects of economic development in much of the world, the solution will have to go higher than fences and wider than radar.

In March this year, Michael Chertoff, the head of the DHS, bluntly accessed the efficacy of barriers when he told a Senate committee, "They'll just go around a fence."

By Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) own estimates, half the country's undocumented workers enter the United States legally with temporary visas that they overstay. Voluntary departure orders have simply not worked so internal enforcement relies on ICE operations teams and the Office of Detention and Removal.

This too is being privatized: DHS has allocated $410.2 million in its 2007 budget for Detention and Removal to expand existing facilities, and new detention capabilities in the event of an immigration emergency, a contract awarded to Halliburton of Houston, Texas, a company formerly headed by U.S. Vice-President Dick Cheney.

No Border between Government & Industry

Should Lockheed Martin win the SBInet contract, it will be difficult to avoid speculation that it had an inside track because former Lockheed Martin executive Jackson is Secretary Chertoff's right-hand man in the Secure Border Initiative.

But Lockheed argues that other advantages put it in the lead.

Lockheed is "the only team that can leverage and apply lessons from a long list of successful programs to offer DHS integration experience not available from any other supplier," says company spokesperson Keith Mordoff. That experience includes programs in Border Security solutions, Biometrics, Transportation and Security solutions, Critical Infrastructure Protection, and Emergency Response and Management."

Asked about past performance touted in its proposal, spokesman Mordoff told CorpWatch that the company would "rather keep the competition guessing on what past programs we might be highlighting."

Yet Lockheed is by no means alone among the five contractors in having friends in high places: no fence, virtual or physical, seems likely to separate corporations from the Washington trough.

Investigative journalists have already uncovered examples of potential conflict of interest. Eric Lipton's two-part New York Times report ("Homeland Security Inc." June 18-19, 2006) reveals the dizzying velocity of the revolving door between DHS and the private domestic security industry. He lists nearly 100 former DHS and White House executives who have migrated toward magnet jobs with domestic security consulting, investing, and lobbying firms.

Exposés by the Washington Post's Robert O'Harrow ("The High Price of Homeland Security") describe a path to border security, citizenship and mass deportation that will be lined with pork for some of the GOP's most loyal supporters. His December 25, 2005 report with Scott Higham "Post-9/11 Rush Mixed Politics With Security," exposed a Kentucky Republican Congressman Harold Rogers' contributions from homeland security contractors. These companies - Reveal, NucSafe, Datatrac Information Services, and Science Applications International Corporation - all opened offices in Rogers' district once he became chairman of a key budget committee in Congress, then went on to receive sizable DHS contracts.

In the American Prospect, Sarah Posner's "Homeland Security for Sale," followed millions in DHS money by tracking the activities of the Philadelphia-based lobbyists Blank Rome LLP. Blank Rome chairman David Girard-diCarlo hired DHS officials Mark Holman, Carl Buchholtz and Ashley Davis, who worked closely with former DHS Secretary Tom Ridge. Blank Rome partner David Norcross also chaired the arrangement committee at the Republican National Convention in 2004.

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