Aug 192014
 

The covering letter from AVAAZ is very good – it’s at the bottom.  Actions in support!

http://www.haaretz.com/mobile/.premium-1.610687?v=66691173328C172D77ED27A198582751

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, in an exclusive article for Haaretz, calls for a global boycott of Israel and urges Israelis and Palestinians to look beyond their leaders for a sustainable solution to the crisis in the Holy Land.

A child next to a picture of Nelson Mandela at a pro-Palestinian rally in Cape TownA child next to a picture of Nelson Mandela at a pro-Palestinian rally in Cape Town. August 9, 2014 / Photo by AP

 

By Desmond Tutu

Published 21:56 14.08.14
The past weeks have witnessed unprecedented action by members of civil society across the world against the injustice of Israel’s disproportionately brutal response to the firing of missiles from Palestine.If you add together all the people who gathered over the past weekend to demand justice in Israel and Palestine – in Cape Town, Washington, D.C., New York, New Delhi, London, Dublin and Sydney, and all the other cities – this was arguably the largest active outcry by citizens around a single cause ever in the history of the world.

A quarter of a century ago, I participated in some well-attended demonstrations against apartheid. I never imagined we’d see demonstrations of that size again, but last Saturday’s turnout in Cape Town was as big if not bigger. Participants included young and old, Muslims, Christians, Jews, Hindus, Buddhists, agnostics, atheists, blacks, whites, reds and greens … as one would expect from a vibrant, tolerant, multicultural nation.

I asked the crowd to chant with me: “We are opposed to the injustice of the illegal occupation of Palestine. We are opposed to the indiscriminate killing in Gaza. We are opposed to the indignity meted out to Palestinians at checkpoints and roadblocks. We are opposed to violence perpetrated by all parties. But we are not opposed to Jews.”

Earlier in the week, I called for the suspension of Israel from the International Union of Architects, which was meeting in South Africa.

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I appealed to Israeli sisters and brothers present at the conference to actively disassociate themselves and their profession from the design and construction of infrastructure related to perpetuating injustice, including the separation barrier, the security terminals and checkpoints, and the settlements built on occupied Palestinian land.

“I implore you to take this message home: Please turn the tide against violence and hatred by joining the nonviolent movement for justice for all people of the region,” I said.

Over the past few weeks, more than 1.6 million people across the world have signed onto this movement by joining an Avaaz campaign calling on corporations profiting from the Israeli occupation and/or implicated in the abuse and repression of Palestinians to pull out. The campaign specifically targets Dutch pension fund ABP; Barclays Bank; security systems supplier G4S; French transport company Veolia; computer company Hewlett-Packard; and bulldozer supplier Caterpillar.

Last month, 17 EU governments urged their citizens to avoid doing business in or investing in illegal Israeli settlements.

We have also recently witnessed the withdrawal by Dutch pension fund PGGM of tens of millions of euros from Israeli banks; the divestment from G4S by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; and the U.S. Presbyterian Church divested an estimated $21 million from HP, Motorola Solutions and Caterpillar.

It is a movement that is gathering pace.

Violence begets violence and hatred, that only begets more violence and hatred.

We South Africans know about violence and hatred. We understand the pain of being the polecat of the world; when it seems nobody understands or is even willing to listen to our perspective. It is where we come from.

We also know the benefits that dialogue between our leaders eventually brought us; when organizations labeled “terrorist” were unbanned and their leaders, including Nelson Mandela, were released from imprisonment, banishment and exile.

We know that when our leaders began to speak to each other, the rationale for the violence that had wracked our society dissipated and disappeared. Acts of terrorism perpetrated after the talks began – such as attacks on a church and a pub – were almost universally condemned, and the party held responsible snubbed at the ballot box.

The exhilaration that followed our voting together for the first time was not the preserve of black South Africans alone. The real triumph of our peaceful settlement was that all felt included. And later, when we unveiled a constitution so tolerant, compassionate and inclusive that it would make God proud, we all felt liberated.

Of course, it helped that we had a cadre of extraordinary leaders.

But what ultimately forced these leaders together around the negotiating table was the cocktail of persuasive, nonviolent tools that had been developed to isolate South Africa, economically, academically, culturally and psychologically.

At a certain point – the tipping point – the then-government realized that the cost of attempting to preserve apartheid outweighed the benefits.

The withdrawal of trade with South Africa by multinational corporations with a conscience in the 1980s was ultimately one of the key levers that brought the apartheid state – bloodlessly – to its knees. Those corporations understood that by contributing to South Africa’s economy, they were contributing to the retention of an unjust status quo.

Those who continue to do business with Israel, who contribute to a sense of “normalcy” in Israeli society, are doing the people of Israel and Palestine a disservice. They are contributing to the perpetuation of a profoundly unjust status quo.

Those who contribute to Israel’s temporary isolation are saying that Israelis and Palestinians are equally entitled to dignity and peace.

Ultimately, events in Gaza over the past month or so are going to test who believes in the worth of human beings.

It is becoming more and more clear that politicians and diplomats are failing to come up with answers, and that responsibility for brokering a sustainable solution to the crisis in the Holy Land rests with civil society and the people of Israel and Palestine themselves.

Besides the recent devastation of Gaza, decent human beings everywhere – including many in Israel – are profoundly disturbed by the daily violations of human dignity and freedom of movement Palestinians are subjected to at checkpoints and roadblocks. And Israel’s policies of illegal occupation and the construction of buffer-zone settlements on occupied land compound the difficulty of achieving an agreementsettlement in the future that is acceptable for all.

The State of Israel is behaving as if there is no tomorrow. Its people will not live the peaceful and secure lives they crave – and are entitled to – as long as their leaders perpetuate conditions that sustain the conflict.

I have condemned those in Palestine responsible for firing missiles and rockets at Israel. They are fanning the flames of hatred. I am opposed to all manifestations of violence.

But we must be very clear that the people of Palestine have every right to struggle for their dignity and freedom. It is a struggle that has the support of many around the world.

No human-made problems are intractable when humans put their heads together with the earnest desire to overcome them. No peace is impossible when people are determined to achieve it.

Peace requires the people of Israel and Palestine to recognize the human being in themselves and each other; to understand their interdependence.

Missiles, bombs and crude invective are not part of the solution. There is no military solution.

The solution is more likely to come from that nonviolent toolbox we developed in South Africa in the 1980s, to persuade the government of the necessity of altering its policies.

The reason these tools – boycott, sanctions and divestment – ultimately proved effective was because they had a critical mass of support, both inside and outside the country. The kind of support we have witnessed across the world in recent weeks, in respect of Palestine.

My plea to the people of Israel is to see beyond the moment, to see beyond the anger at feeling perpetually under siege, to see a world in which Israel and Palestine can coexist – a world in which mutual dignity and respect reign.

It requires a mind-set shift. A mind-set shift that recognizes that attempting to perpetuate the current status quo is to damn future generations to violence and insecurity. A mind-set shift that stops regarding legitimate criticism of a state’s policies as an attack on Judaism. A mind-set shift that begins at home and ripples out across communities and nations and regions – to the Diaspora scattered across the world we share. The only world we share.

People united in pursuit of a righteous cause are unstoppable. God does not interfere in the affairs of people, hoping we will grow and learn through resolving our difficulties and differences ourselves. But God is not asleep. The Jewish scriptures tell us that God is biased on the side of the weak, the dispossessed, the widow, the orphan, the alien who set slaves free on an exodus to a Promised Land. It was the prophet Amos who said we should let righteousness flow like a river.

Goodness prevails in the end. The pursuit of freedom for the people of Palestine from humiliation and persecution by the policies of Israel is a righteous cause. It is a cause that the people of Israel should support.

Nelson Mandela famously said that South Africans would not feel free until Palestinians were free.

He might have added that the liberation of Palestine will liberate Israel, too.

 

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AVAAZ writes:

Dear friends,

This is the first time an opinion piece has gone out to our community, but this one’s historic.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu has just published a powerful call to conscience in an Israeli newspaper. In it, the Nobel Laureate and anti-apartheid legend stands with 1.7 million of us in calling on companies to boycott and divest from the Israeli occupation and repression of Palestine. His love shines through, as he urges Israelis (87% of whom supported the Gaza bombing) to liberate *themselves* from this terrible status quo.  It’s a must-read:

His Op-Ed is here (free registration may be needed, or try this other link).

The piece is exclusively published in an Israeli newspaper, but it’s a powerful legitimizer of what some governments still see as a controversial position, and the rest of the world needs to see it. The only way that will happen is through people sharing it.  Let’s share it with everyone!

This campaign is gathering real pace. Russell Brand has recorded this video backing our campaign, and the companies we’re targeting are starting to reach out to the Avaaz team and ask for meetings. Avaazers in the UK are campaigning to end arms sales to Israel as the government there initiates a review. And shockingly, even the US government cancelled a shipment of hellfire missiles to Israel!

The pressure is working – so let’s keep it up! If you haven’t yet, sign the petition here. Or click here to keep sending messages to our target companies. Let’s make sure they don’t think they can ride this out. And if you have a local campaign you could start to ensure that your town, or university, or community divests from the repression of Palestinians, start your own campaign here.

It’s a tremendous thing for us to once again stand alongside Archbishop Tutu – one of our truly great non-violent leaders. Because in a world torn apart by extremists who successfully demonise the ‘other’, non-violent strength is transformative – the strength to be firm, even tough, in standing up for justice, but out of a love for all people that refuses to fall victim to the fear and ignorance that is our universal enemy. A love that recognises that all our fates, and freedom, are intertwined. That’s the precious spirit that our greatest leaders, from Gandhi to Tutu, have taught us, and that our community strives to live up to with each and every campaign.

With hope, Ricken, Alex, Fadi, Jeremy, Ana Sofia, Ari and the rest of the Avaaz team

PS – This campaign is about creating the conditions for a lasting peace between Israel and Palestine, and safe homes for Jews and Palestinians alike. Both anti-semitism and racism against Palestinians, like all hatred, are grotesque and should be fought. At the end of day, it is extremists on both sides that work together to threaten a peaceful future, and our work is to bring reasonable people together from all sides to take the action needed to save both Israel and Palestine.

 

If anyone feels this campaign is one-sided, please check the Avaaz team’s response and explanation here.

Avaaz.org is a 38-million-person global campaign network that works to ensure that the views and values of the world’s people shape global decision-making. (“Avaaz” means “voice” or “song” in many languages.) Avaaz members live in every nation of the world; our team is spread across 18 countries on 6 continents and operates in 17 languages. Learn about some of Avaaz’s biggest campaigns here, or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.

 Posted by at 7:26 pm
Aug 152014
 

NOTE:  I will get in touch with people named in this article to let them know that we got Lockheed Martin Corp OUT of  Statistics Canada, and of related initiatives.  In spirit with them.  /Sandra

http://asiancorrespondent.com/125801/australia-anti-war-activists-raid-israeli-drone-factory/

By Rowena Dela Rosa Yoon

Anti-war activists stormed a factory in Port Melbourne this morning to protest against the Australian government’s support for Israeli’s war in Gaza. They raided the manufacturing compound which, they said, supplies arms and drones for Israel.

Named the Melbourne Palestine Action Coalition (MPAC), it consists of activists from Whistleblowers Australian Citizens Alliance (WACA) and renegade activists. The protesters occupied the roof of Elbit Systems and blockaded the front gate.

WAKA’s Spokesperson Sam Castro said, “We are here today to call on the Australian Government to end military trade deals with Israel and cancel all domestic contracts with Elbit Systems.”

Anti-war activists occupy the rooftop of Elbit Systems (Photo: WACA)

The activists blasted Elbit Systems as one of the world’s leading manufacturers of unmanned aerial drones used by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) in their ongoing offensive in Gaza. It accused the company to have “profited over the month-long attack with their share prices rising by 6.1% in July.”

Elbit is Israel’s largest military company which sells its drones around the world as ‘field tested’. According to the group, they have been tested on the Palestinian population under Israel’s illegal military occupation. Elbit provides services and technology to the Israeli army including surveillance equipment and drones.

There is evidence documented by various human rights groups, that drones are used to kill innocent civilians in Gaza. Al Mezan Centre, a Palestinian human rights organization, attributes the killing of more than 1,000 Palestinian in Gaza between 2000-2010 by drones, the group claims.

MPAC also accused the Australian Federal Police of spending $145 million for a computer policing system supplied by Elbit Australia after being tried and tested in the Palestinian Occupied Territories in 2010.

With front gate locked up, the activists scaled the wall of the company, then dropped a nine meter banner, reading ‘Elbit Drones Kill Kids In Gaza #BDS’ – a replication of the Israeli Government’s apartheid wall.

They said Israel’s ability to launch devastating attacks with impunity largely stems from the vast international military cooperation and trade that it maintains with complicit governments across the world.

The group said it is shocking to know the fact that Melbourne is one of the most livable cities in the world, yet there is a company making drones near the city. Drones that kill women and children are manufactured in the leafy suburb of Port Melbourne, they said.

 By importing and exporting arms to Israel and facilitating the development of Israeli military technology, governments are effectively sending a clear message of approval for Israel’s military aggression, including its war crimes and possible crimes against humanity.

The WAKA Spokesperson Sam Castro further said, “This is just the beginning of a global campaign to stop the war profiteering of private corporations off the people of Palestine and others around the world.”

 

Smart Tactical Advanced Racket is one of the featured products of Elbit Systems

Israel’s military technology is marketed as “field-tested” and exported across the world. Military trade and joint military-related research relations with Israel embolden Israeli impunity in committing grave violations of international law and facilitate the entrenchment of Israel’s system of occupation, colonization and systematic denial of Palestinian rights.

Ms Castro concluded, “We, like many other groups around the world, call on the UN and all governments to take immediate steps to implement a comprehensive and legally binding military embargo on Israel, similar to that imposed on South Africa during apartheid.”

 Posted by at 1:44 pm
Jul 292014
 

http://www.prpeak.com/articles/2014/07/23/news/doc53cf0c0b01327205056066.txt

The Powell River Peak

PRINCIPLED PROTEST: Eve Stegenga’s almost year-long wait has ended after a judge ruled that despite her moral objections to the 2011 Canadian census being handled by a US weapons maker she did not have any lawful excuse for not completing the federal form.
Yoga teacher found guilty by not completing census
by Chris Bolster | reporter@prpeak.com
Published: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 8:51 AM PDT
A 37-year-old yoga instructor from Lund who refused to complete the 2011 Canadian census because of its link to an American military contractor was found guilty of violating the Statistics Act, a BC provincial court judge has decided.Karen (Eve) Stegenga was handed a conditional discharge for her crime of not following government regulations, meaning she will not have a permanent criminal record after completing her sentence of 25 hours of community service within the next six months and an additional three months of probation.

Stegenga will remain on probation until her community service is complete.

Outside the Powell River provincial court house after the ruling Thursday, July 17, Stegenga hugged her supporters. “It’s taking me a little bit of time to feel the relief because this has been building up and holding on for 10 months,” said Stegenga. As a person dedicated to her community, she does not believe her community service will be a burden to complete. She plans to lead Hasya yoga classes, a practice involving prolonged self-induced laughter, yogic breathing and relaxation techniques.

The yoga instructor faced the possibility of a $500 fine and/or three months in jail.

Stegenga represented herself at trial and found both the Crown prosecutor and judge helpful in answering to her questions about how the proceedings should go. She expressed her gratitude for the support of Sandra Finley, a community activist and former leader of the Saskatchewan Green Party who was prosecuted for not filling in the 2006 census. Finley has since moved to BC and helped Stegenga build her defence.

Stegenga argued that she did not file her 2011 census because it was being processed using software from Lockheed Martin. She did not want to support or be associated with the munitions manufacturer in any way and she objected to the Canadian government handing the corporation, which she characterized as “corrupt and immoral,” a lucrative contract.Stegenga, a self-described conscientious Canadian, became increasingly alarmed after reading, in 2011, a newspaper article about the relationship and then researching further Lockheed Martin’s role in the development of software and handling of the census data for the 2006 Canadian census of population.

Stegenga worried that it might be possible information on Canadians could be accessed by the American arms manufacturer, or even the American government if the corporation was forced to turn over data under the US Patriot Act.

Stegenga argued at trial that her Charter rights were violated by being required to answer the short-form census and that Statistics Canada had not done enough to address concerns over the involvement of Lockheed Martin in the processing of the data.

Judge A. E. Rounthwaite, who presided over the case, disagreed with Stegenga’s arguments and found that Stegenga had no lawful reason for not participating in the census.

The judge wrote in her decision that while there is no question of Stegenga’s commitment to peace and democracy, Section 31 of the Statistics Act, which compels all citizens to complete the census with accurate information, does not infringe her freedom of conscience or interfere with her beliefs. In her decision the judge noted, from another case involving census non-compliance, that freedom of conscience does not give citizens “broad licence to disregard or disobey valid statutes on the basis of moral disapproval.” She also ruled that being compelled to participate in the census did not violate Stegenga’s freedom of expression.

“Filling out the form cannot rationally be viewed as an expression of support for Lockheed Martin or the federal government,” she wrote.

The judge also dismissed Stegenga’s abuse of process argument saying that the government’s conduct is not offensive to fair play and decency, elements used in a test to determine if abuse has occurred. Stegenga argued that it was unjust to prosecute citizens, like herself, after the federal government had responded to concerns similar to hers from both members of parliament and the general public, reducing and finally extinguishing the role of Lockheed Martin in the census.

In deciding on a sentence, Rounthwaite said she tried to balance Stegenga’s moral stand with the court’s obligation to deter others from breaking the law.

“I’ve been impressed with the way you’ve presented your case and how you’ve conducted yourself,” the judge said in closing. “What you did in refusing to complete the census was wrong, but we’ve dealt with that now. I think your community is fortunate to have you. It’s nice to see someone who has strong beliefs.”

 Posted by at 4:48 pm
Jul 292014
 

http://www.prpeak.com/articles/2014/07/23/opinion/doc53cf13505f76d931129189.txt

Powell River Peak

Editorial: Public pressure

Published: Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Canadians concerned that personal information could be breached by an American munitions manufacturer can breathe a little easier.Eve Stegenga, a yoga teacher and massage therapist from Lund, had her trial last week for not completing her 2011 mandatory Canadian census form. While she was found guilty of violating the Statistics Act, she was able to bring more attention to two important developments: that the number of Canadian households which were non-compliant in completing is much higher than initially reported and Lockheed Martin will no longer be involved with the Canadian census.

Stegenga is one of 54 non-compliant Canadians whose cases were referred to the Public Prosecution Service of Canada for not completing the form in 2011. When contacted last fall about the levels of non-compliance, a spokesperson for Statistics Canada said that only a small number refused to comply with the mandatory census.

One of the cases, heard in October 2013, concerned an 89-year-old war veteran and peace activist Audrey Tobias. In that trial, which ultimately found Tobias not guilty, the Crown prosecutor brought Yves Beland, director of census operations division at Statistics Canada, to testify. Stegenga was given Beland’s testimony to help her prepare her case.

Beland under oath said that out of approximately 14 million households, 1.6 million did not return completed forms, which, at 11 per cent, is much higher than the previously reported two per cent.

He also testified that in 2004 after Lockheed Martin was granted the contract to develop software to process the paper forms and merge them with completed forms collected online, public pressure began to mount.

Statistics Canada reacted by substantially scaling back Lockheed’s contract for the 2006 census, reduced it further for 2011 and removed the corporation’s involvement completely for 2016.Imagine the trouble and expense that could have been averted if this fact was brought to light a little sooner.

Stegenga does not object to the usefulness of the government collecting information about its citizenry. What she and others, including 20 members of parliament in 2004, were concerned about was the possibility that the US government through the use of the Patriot Act might be able to access confidential information provided by Canadians.

Beland responded that Statistics Canada took the matter seriously and descoped Lockheed’s mandate right away.

 Posted by at 4:40 pm
Jul 212014
 

Submitted to me, in reply to the Lockheed Martin / Census story:

Subject: “Where they make a desert, they call it peace.” Tacitus

mind boggling!

Informative & tragic.

The Business of War: SOFEX – YouTube

(UPDATE: Number of views = 1,248,100 as at July 22, 2014 @ 1:30 pm PST.  1,262,100 views 10 days later  Aug 1 AM.  1,268,197 views August 5th.  1,279,745 by August 12th.)

Wave canon, wtf!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sonic_weapon

Sonic weapon
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

A Long-Range Acoustic Device (LRAD) in use on the USS Blue Ridge

Sonic and ultrasonic weapons (USW) are weapons of various types that use sound to injure, incapacitate, or kill an opponent. Some sonic weapons are currently in limited use or in research and development by military and police forces. Others exist only in the realm of science fiction. Some of these weapons have been described as sonic bullets, sonic grenades, sonic mines, or sonic cannons. Some make a focused beam of sound or ultrasound; some make an area field of sound.

etc.

 

 Posted by at 1:57 pm
Jul 202014
 

It has taken ten years.  Lockheed Martin Corp is OUT of the Canadian Census and Statistics operation.

A huge number of Canadians, most of them anonymous, are to thank.

The main tool was “spreading the word” through community grapevines – electronic media but also conversations with friends.  Ultimately, that is what counted – the formation of a critical mass of citizens who know about Lockheeed Martin.

An excellent companion-piece, a 20 minute you-tube.  You’ll find Lockheed Martin, once again:   The Business of War: SOFEX  

(UPDATE:  Number of views = 1,248,100.  As at July 22, 2014 @ 1:30 pm PST)

New to the story of Lockheed Martin at StatsCan?  see the Static Page  about Lockheed Martin and its intrusion into Canadian Government.

 

Canadians were not told that their efforts were successful:

  • the decision by Statistics Canada (Lockheed Martin has to go) was not announced
  • the reason for riddance? . . .  conscientitious objection by so many Canadians

 

How do we know?

  • TRANSCRIPT  of the testimony by Yves Beland, Director of Census Operations at the October 2013 trial of Audrey Tobias.  (Audrey was 89 years old at the time of her trial over Lockheed Martin’s involvement in Statistics Canada.)

Excerpts from Transcript, Yves Beland:

1.      Transcript, Tobias trial establishes Lockheed Martin is OUT

2.     StatsCan math is wrong on non-compliance. It’s 11%, not 2%

The information that Lockheed Martin is “out of the picture totally”  was uncovered during preparation for the trial of  (Karen) Eve Stegenga, July 17, 2014 in Powell River, B.C..  The issue was the same.  Eve would not fill in her census form because of Lockheed Martin’s involvement.

 

Three women a threat to their communities, had to be prosecuted: 

  • Even though StatsCan KNEW that Lockheed Martin’s role in the Census will be ended within two years (the next Census in 2016),  and the decision had been made by the time of the Tobias case in October 2013,

they went ahead and prosecuted:

  • Audrey Tobias, 89 years old
  • Janet Churnin, 79 years  old  and
  • (Karen) Eve Stegenga,  a self-employed yoga instructor, 37 years old.

 

The three women are obviously a threat to other people in their communities.  Hence deserving of prosecution.

  • (Karen) Eve Stegenga received a conditional discharge (July 17, 2014).  She is to do 25 hours of community service.
  • Janet Churnin received a conditional discharge (December 2013).  50 hours of community service.
  • Audrey Tobias was found not guilty (October 2013).

 

It is good to see the Justice Department putting tax money to good use.  The cost of any one of these trials is very high – preparation, consultations, judges, prosecutors, court workers, facility costs, opportunity costs (the money could have been put to better use).

As reported above, by 2011 non-compliance was 11%  (not the 2% reported by StatsCan).

Hopefully, after the Stegenga case, the Justice Dept “gets it”:  the collective conscience of Canadians is strong.   They are not going to obtain compliance by using the threat of prosecution.

Prosecution Services wanted a $250.00 fine, community service, and probation for Eve Stegenga.  The intent was deterrence for other Canadians.  It seems to me to be a backward argument.  They will get higher rates of compliance, not through coercion but by getting rid of the cause of the conscientitious objection:  Lockheed Martin.    StatsCan has done that.  Why they continued to prosecute the Lockheed cases is beyond me.   If it’s just to show who is Lord of the Manor, well, they may want to re-assess.   The Judges are not upholding their lordly status (two discharges and one not guilty).

 

CHARTER ARGUMENTS  REJECTED 

Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms

The Fundamental Freedoms of

  • Conscience and
  • Privacy of Personal Information

have not been upheld by the Courts,  in the Lockheed Martin – Census trials.  In the case of Conscience, two Judges ruled that the connection between the individual’s conscience and the Lockheed Martin contracts is too remote.   They referred to case law.

Madame Justice Mocha of Ontario Provincial Court, Churnin Judgment:

The connection between the administrative requirement and Lockheed Martin is simply too remote . .

From my perspective:

  1. Canadians in large numbers disagreed with the two Judges.
  2. Point of departure:  the Justice system relies primarily on our rational faculty.  A collective of citizens will employ a more wholistic approach;  rational will be tempered by conscience, history, intuition, family life experience, stories …
  3. The Judge in the Audrey Tobias case:

Page 6 (in an entertaining)  R. v. Tobias judgment:

This is an area best left to Parliament and the Provinces, not to the Judiciary.

Judge Khawly creatively found a way to find Audrey “not guilty”.

I note that Parliament is supposed to draw its authority from citizens.

4.   In the end, citizens stood firm.  The Courts nor Parliamentarians defended our Charter Rights.  Citizens did.  Lockheed Martin is out of the Census Operations, Statistics Canada.

It was nothing more than expressions of conscience (a collective conscience) that led to the removal of Lockheed Martin.

The objections came in by the thousands, right from the beginning marked by the letter from the Nova Scotia Quakers (Feb 2004).

The numbers through the ten years were enough to cause StatsCan to act (“scaled back”), and then to act again, until Lockheed is completely out.

At trial the INDIVIDUAL Right to Freedom of Conscience was denied, because the connection between the conscience of the individual and the Lockheed Martin contracts is too remote. … Not so, it is quite intimate.

We are human beings.  We know right from wrong, in spite of the fact that our rational faculty  (that most “fragile” of our faculties) might sometimes forget it.  We have a Charter Right to protect that thing – - conscience – -  which gives us our humanity.

Further to the moral argument:  Canada has an obligation to the International community to uphold the covenants we make with them.  By contracting with a known producer of cluster munitions, illegal under laws championed into being by Canada, Canada is robbed of its moral authority.

The Prosecutor, in the general rebuttal of Stegenga’s claim to protection under the Charter Right to Freedom of Conscience, put forward that Stegenga’s view is “idiosyncratic”.  The word means “peculiar to the individual”.   But Canadians in large numbers hold the view that collaboration with Lockheed Martin is wrong.  Perhaps the idiosyncratic view is that it is right.

More than one in ten households did not comply; i.e.  1.6 million households did not comply with the Census   Lots of those knew nothing about Lockheed Martin.  But thousands upon thousands, maybe hundreds of thousands, did know.

The Information below used in the Trial of Eve Stegenga may be of value to others -  the obstacles to be overcome, a few select documents about Lockheed Martin, the Resistance, and the Charter Arguments:

The Trial of (Karen) Eve Stegenga

IMPORTANT POINTS:

BEFORE the Trail started, Eve negotiated a Statement of Agreed-Upon Facts with the Prosecutor.  In the end there from four agreed-upon facts  (out of 27 put forward).  The negotiations and the final Statement were contributors to Eve’s final success.

AT TRIAL:

1.  In the Lockheed Martin - Census trials. the Justice Dept routinely claims that Lockheed Martin Canada is a different company from Lockheed Martin USA.  (Hence, the crimes committed by Lockheed Martin cannot be used at trial.)

It was critical to establish the role of Lockheed Martin USA.   It was done with a screen capture of Lockheed Martin’s webpage (below) that says:

Our Census Business Practice successes include . . .  Canada’s 2011 and 2006 Census.

http://www.lockheedmartin.com/us/products/census-systems.html

In case you can’t read it:

The Lockheed Martin Census Business Practice team is a premier international provider of integrated census data collection, processing and analysis solutions. Two decades of unmatched experience, resources, methods, systems and commitment ensure that our census solutions are flexible, secure, accurate and cost effective.

Our Census Business Practice successes include the U.S. 2010 and 2000 Census, the United Kingdom’s 2011 and 2001 Census, and Canada’s 2011 and 2006 Census.

 Lockheed Screen Cap2

 

2.   Eve was successful in getting the Transcript evidence from the Tobias trial (above) accepted as Exhibits for her case (evidence).   She did a nice job of pointing out that the testimony saying “Lockheed Martin is totally out” and the math related to rates of non-compliance (11% actual, not 2%) came from the Director of Census Operations, i.e. from senior management at StatsCan, not just from “a Government employee”.

 

3.  The Judge accepted copies of the Quakers‘ 2004 letters of objection to Lockheed  Martin’s involvement in the Census (on letterhead)  2004-02-15: Nova Scotia Quakers to Minister Responsible for the census re Lockheed Martin contracts 

Eve drew particular attention to the last sentence, Feb 15th letter:

Our Monthly Meeting will also be sharing this letter with other Friends’ Meetings, as well as the general public.

(You can see the opposition to the contracts for Lockheed Martin spreading across the country from the excellent research and argument that went into this letter from the Nova Scotia Quakers in 2004.   Word got to Ontario – - the trials of Todd Stelmach and Darek Czernewcan.  It reached Saskatchewan – - my trial (Sandra Finley).   Right through to B.C., the trial of (Karen) Eve Stegenga.  Not to mention all the other citizens involved.)

 

4.   Documents submitted, that didn’t necessarily have to be (they are not evidence in the sense of “facts” that have to be proved.  They are accepted (Legislation).  We submitted a document nonetheless:

International Conventions, Cluster Munitions, Land Mines  (as used in Trial of Eve Stegenga)

Charter Rights & Oakes Test was submitted to the Court, after skimming the Judge’s decision in R v Oakes and determining that the wilipedia description of the Oakes test seems to use most of the exact wording in the judgment, and would be sufficient from a lay person’s perspective.

Eve submitted Stegenga charter arguments.pdf , drawing on documents used in the Churnin trial, doing her best with little time and no training.

 

5.  Documents viewed by the Court, but not accepted as Exhibits:

 

RE  LOCKHEED MARTIN:

a.  Directory of U.S. Military Rockets & Missiles 

Lockheed’s cluster munitions – -   the production of cluster munitions is against Canadian and International Law, so how is it that Lockheed Martin receives Government contracts?

b.   From Lockheed Martin’s U.S. website, LongShot, Cluster Munitions  (I was going to scan and upload my copy here, but it’s information overkill – the preceding establishes that Lockheed Martin produces cluster munitions).

 c.   US: Wages Of Sin – Why Lawbreakers Still Win Government Contracts

by Christopher H. Schmitt, U.S. News & World Report
May 13th, 2002   (very good article)

http://www.corpwatch.org/article.php?id=7853

(Back-up copy)

d.   Project on Government Oversight (POGO) Reports  (2009, 2007, 2003) establish a very clear pattern of Lockheed Martin.  They reinforce the preceding article, Wages of Sin.

POGO, as submitted to Court, please see:

http://sandrafinley.ca/?p=13367.

THE PURPOSE:

Two-fold.   First,  Eve needed to counter a statement by Justice Mocha in the Churnin case:

Page 6, Line 30:

There is no evidence before me to show that Lockheed Martin is not a trustworthy vendor.

Secondly,  citizens cannot defend themselves against something they don’t understand.

Understand the modus operandi of Lockheed Martin.  They will have brought their ways and means with them to Canada.

The details in POGO’s  The Politics of ContractingLockheed Martin  (at the above link) tell the story.  Headings in the Report:

Money Spent by Lockheed Martin to Influence Decisions and Secure Future Federal Contracts   ///   Senior Government Officials Turned Current and Former Company Executives for Lockheed Martin   ///   (Same, except)  Turned Board Directors for Lockheed   ///   (Same, except)  Turned Registered Company Lobbyists for Lockheed

e.   The Iraq War, Brought to You by Your Friends at Lockheed Martin

http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2007/01/iraq-war-brought-you-your-friends-lockheed-martin

f.      The War Business:  Squeezing a Profit from the Wreckage in Iraq   Democracy Now, October 2003.  http://www.democracynow.org/2003/10/30/the_war_business_squeezing_a_profit

 (Back-up copy)

THE RESISTANCE 

The intention here was to give the Court a sense of the widespread resistance to Lockheed Martin’s involvement – - not a compendium, just a smattering.

a.    TODD STELMACH

2008-06-25 Excellent editorial in Kingston Whig Standard, “A matter of conscience”, Trial of Todd Stelmach

b.    DAREK CZERNEWCAN

Census objectors come in many different forms, Guelph Mercury, July 28, 2010

 Submitted to the Court  (the Guelph Mercury article, with commentary by Darek)

 c.  No charges sought for 35,000 (200,000) natives who ignore census,       Toronto Star, Jan 15, 2008

(NOTE:  By 2010 the number, non-compliance by First Nations, was 200,000 – - see the precding article from the Guelph Mercury)

The Court received a copy of the on-line article – not accepted as an Exhibit.

 d.   Porter:  Why the 2011 census calls for some civil disobedience,  Toronto Star,  May 10, 2011

http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2011/05/10/porter_why_the_2011_census_calls_for_some_civil_disobedience.html

(Backup copy)

 e.   Census not Bombs  (Example, one of many on-line mobilizations over Lockheed Martin in Census)

http://census2011notbombs.blogspot.ca/

f.   Census Alert U.K.  (Resistance in other countries, not just Canada)

http://archive.today/U2VG6

Missing from this archive: 2 pages of information on the Canadian Campaign.   They were included in the pages submitted to the Court.

Backup copy(see Item #2. ) 

 

The Judge asked about some things.  For example,  “It looks as though this one is about the same thing (Lockheed Martin in Census), but in the U.K.  Is that correct?”

She carefully figured out a way to put minimal demands on Eve’s finances.  The Prosecutor asked for (deterrence for the wider public)   $250 fine and community service.  Probably something that came down from upper levels, a direction to her.

Before leaving the Court Room, the Judge commended Eve on her professionalism, the quality of her input, her decorum in Court, and said that the community was very fortunate to have her (Eve).  She also said words to effect that it was uncommon – - refreshing – - to encounter someone with such commitment to values – - it was very good for Eve to leave Court with that.   The Trial, including the numerous attending at Court in the lead-up, was very stressful for Eve, you will know how it is – - defending yourself takes a lot of time.  You are up against people who studied the Law for 3 years and then honed their skills over a career.  The Prosecutor has the Federal Justice Dept to draw from, and is salaried. Eve is self-employed as a yoga teacher, doing reiki, etc.  Trying to find time to figure out which end is up in the Justice system.

In her questioning, the Judge drew out the fact that Eve is self-employed.  She stated a clear understanding of the costs imposed by defending herself against the charge of non-compliance.   (There were 9 occasions when Eve had to present herself at the Court House, over the 8 or 9 months.  She lives a good half-hour away in a smaller community.)   The Judge said that Eve had already paid lots in fines, including lost income as a consequence of having to work on her defence.  All in all,  Eve was fortunate that the particular Judge and the particular Prosecutor were assigned to her Trial.  Both were very considerate,  did their jobs well, under a system that (as the Chief Justice says)  needs to change.  It is not designed to serve the average citizen;  it is not affordable to defend yourself against the forces of the Justice Dept.  Most people capitulate to the coercion, in recognition that they stand little chance in Court, even though their case might be one of innocence and merit.

 Posted by at 5:15 pm
Jul 202014
 

Evidence is from the transcript of the testimony of

Yves Beland, Director of Census Operations at Statistics Canada, in the

Trial of Audrey Tobias, Toronto, October 2013

 

Non-compliance with the Census grew to 11% by the 2011 Census.

1.6 million households did not comply

out of 14.6

StatsCan reported this as a 2% non-compliance rate when in fact it’s 11%.

Not all of the increase was due to growing awareness of Lockheed Martin’s involvement, but ENOUGH of it that the Government had to end Lockheed Martin’s involvement.   See   2014-07-17 Transcript, Tobias trial establishes Lockheed Martin is OUT 

TRANSCRIPT,  THE NUMBERS

The following was accepted as an Exhibit in the Stegenga Trial, July 2014

PAGE 9:

8   Q   Oh sorry, 14.6 million dwelling addresses that were ultimately identified?

A.   Yes.

Q.   And so 14.6 million requests were made . . .

A.   Yes.

Q. . . . for completion of the form?

A.   Yes.

Q.   Okay.

A.   We received a little bit over 13 million completed questionaries for 98 per cent response rate.

- – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – -

1.6 million questionnaires were not returned

1.6 out of 14.6 million = 11%

 

 

 Posted by at 1:15 pm
Jul 202014
 

R v TOBIAS

EXCERPTS FROM TRANSCRIPT

TESTIMONY OF YVES BELAND, DIRECTOR OF CENSUS OPERATIONS

Toronto, October 2013

  1. LOCKHEED MARTIN IS “OUT OF THE PICTURE TOTALLY FOR THE NEXT ONE” (CENSUS, 2016).  See below.

 

  1. THE REASON FOR THREE SUCCESSIVE “SCALE BACK”s, BETWEEN 2004 AND TODAY, DOWN TO ZERO, IS PERSISTENT WIDESPREAD CITIZEN PROTEST.

Exactly. We descope as soon as we heard those concerns. We took the matter very seriously and we descoped their (Lockheed Martin’s) mandate right away.    Details down below.

On the NUMBERS, see  StatsCan math is wrong.  The information is also from the Tobias Transcript.  Non-compliance grew to 11%, not 2%, the figure used by StatsCan.

The Crown (StatsCan and the Justice Dept) need to answer the question:

WHY the continued prosecution of citizens who object to Lockheed Martin’s involvement, when StatsCan has taken steps to remove Lockheed Martin completely?

RE:  Trial of (Karen) Eve Segenga,  Powell River BC, July 2014:

the Judge gave Eve a conditional discharge.  The Transcript information was an Exhibit in the Trial.

 

EXCERPTS FROM THE TRANSCRIPT

HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN

AUDREY TOBIAS

**********

PROCEEDINGS AT TRIAL

EVIDENCE ONLY OF YVES BELAND

**********

BEFORE THE HONOURABLE, MR. JUSTICE R. KHAWLY

On October 3rd, 2013, at Toronto, Ontario

 

The testimony of the StatsCan witness Yves Beland, Director of Census Operations Division, tells

  • they were getting resistance to Lockheed Martin’s involvement from the beginning (2004) during the development period.
  • StatsCan reacted by “scaling back” substantially on the Lockheed contract, for the 2006 Census.
  • StatsCan cut again, down to $20 million for the 2011 Census.
  • (Resistance continued, as documented elsewhere.)
  • Lockheed will be completely out of it by the next census (2016).

 

As far as I know, Canadians have not been told this. The source is the transcript of the testimony under oath by Yves Beland, Director of Census Operations, witness in the Tobias trial.

So, no more contracts for Lockheed Martin, BUT REGARDLESS, StatsCan and the Justice Dept proceed with the prosecution of Eve Stegenga (and Audrey Tobias and Janet Churnin) who objected to Lockheed’s involvement.

PAGE 26:

10  A. Lockheed was awarded the contract in 2008.

Q. Okay. And what was the amount of the contract?

A. For the 2011 census, Statistic Canada took over a lot of the responsibilities that Lockheed had in the 2006, so the total amount for the 2011 contract was 20 million dollars.

Q. Okay. And so you said then that they were also awarded a contract for the 2006 census?

20   A. Yes, correct.

Q. Okay. And that it was scaled back in the 2011 census?

A. Okay. Yes, it was scaled back …

Q. All right.

25  A. … 2011 census.

Q. All right. Can you … maybe we’ll talk first then about the 2006 census.

A. Okay.

Q. Can you tell us what the role was in

30  that census?

A. So their initial role was to … was much larger than what they ended up doing up at the

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end, and I’ll get through that, but their initial role was to build the census processing system. So giving us the … a solution to handle and combine information coming from paper, internet and telephone, altogether.

5 So they basically built the census population system from scratch.

In addition to that, they … they handled the printing contract and they handled specific

10 IT solution contract as well. But initially they were suppose to … they were suppose to acquire the space to do the processing of the paper questionnaire. They were suppose to equip and fit that space to conduct the processing system. They were suppose to hire the human

15 resources to actually do the work during the processing activity. And they were providing the management aspect of those activities. The four items I just mentioned, they did not do it. In 2004, because of some … some Canadians including members of the 20 parliament, they were concerned regarding the Patriot Act and then they … their concern was were not … were not true. But it was perceived that the US government, through the Patriot Act, could access confidential information provided by Canadians that

25 would … that would be collected using the Lockheed Martin system.

Q. So what you’re saying then is to alleviate those concerns, Lockheed Martins role for the

2006 census was limited?

30 A. Exactly. We descope as soon as we heard those concerns. We took the matter very seriously and we descoped their mandate right away.

THEN LATER, P 48:

10… that was part of the deal with Lockheed that they would build it. They would do a little bit less in 2011 and they’re out of the picture totally for the next one. So Stat Can has taken over the entire maintenance and setting up of the census processing system.

 Posted by at 1:02 pm
Jul 132014
 

http://beautifultrouble.org/tactic/identity-correction/ 

Contributed by

“Artists use lies to tell the truth. Yes, I created a lie. But because you believed it, you found something true about yourself.”

Alan Moore

Common Uses
To embarrass your target; to correct the public record; to expose corporate malfeasance; to reframe an issue.
When trying to understand how a machine works, it helps to expose its guts. The same can be said of powerful people or corporations who enrich themselves at the expense of everyone else. By catching powerful entities off-guard — say, by speaking on their behalf about wonderful things they should do (but in reality won’t) — you can momentarily expose them to public scrutiny. In this way, everyone gets to see how they work and can figure out how better to oppose them.This is identity correction: exposing an entity’s inner workings to public scrutiny. To practice it, find a target — some entity running amok — and think of something true they could say but never would — something that’s also lots of fun. What you say can either be something your target would say if its PR department went absent or berserk (modest proposal), or things they would say if by some miracle they decided to do the right thing (honest proposal). Instead of speaking truth to power, as the Quakers suggest, you assume the mask of power to speak a little lie that tells a greater truth.The modest proposal approach — which the Yes Men and others have used on many occasions to impersonate companies and parody them — can be a hit-or-miss affair. It usually involves an absurd and extreme — but logical — extension of the entity’s current practices, like when the Billionaires for Bush put Social Security up for sale on eBay, or when the Yes Men suggested that CEOs in the West would want to remotely monitor and control workers in factories in Africa via a control panel mounted on a huge golden phallus.

In spite of the emotionally satisfying payoff of antics like those, it’s the honest proposal approach — assuming the identity of a big evildoer and announcing they’re doing something wonderful — that has proven to be the more effective way to embarrass a target. When the Yes Men impersonated Dow Chemical on the twentieth anniversary of the Bhopal catastrophe and announced on Dow’s behalf that it was finally taking responsibility for the disaster see CASE: Dow Chemical apologizes for Bhopal; or when U.S. Uncut activists announced that GE was paying its 2010 taxes after all see TACTIC: Hoax; or when activists impersonating French officials announced that Haiti’s debt — imposed when Haiti won independence from France, to compensate French slaveowners for their lost “property” — would at long last be forgiven; or when environmental activists impersonated Canada (in one case) or the U.S. Chamber of Commerce (in another) and announced surprising and wonderful things… In all these cases, the consequences were immediate: voluminous news reports about the unlikely turn of events (and, in the Dow and GE cases, giant temporary drops in each company’s stock value). These in turn provided fodder for a wave of other articles about the whole hoax, providing a media platform for the reform programs of campaigners working on these issues.

Key Principle at work

The real action is your target’s reaction

Often the most revealing moment in a successful identity correction is the reaction of the target. When you identity-correct a major corporation, you force them to react. They can’t let the lie that tells the truth stand in the media. GE had to tell the press it was NOT returning its questionable tax refund to stand in solidarity with struggling Americans. Dow Chemical had to issue a statement indicating it had NOT apologized for the Bhopal disaster and would NOT be compensating the victims.

 

Potential Pitfalls
Getting caught by the real folks you are impersonating. Not really a pitfall, just a plot twist.
Andy Bichlbaum (AKA Jacques Servin) got his start as an activist when, as a computer programmer, he inserted a swarm of kissing boys in a shoot-’em-up video game just before it shipped to store shelves, and found himself fired, famous, and hugely amused. Now, Andy helps run the Yes Lab for Creative Activism as part of his job as professor of subversion at New York University. Bichlbaum once flew down the Nile in a two-seater airplane, bringing a live goat to a remote Sudanese village as a hostess gift for a homecoming party. (The party was fun and the goat was insanely delicious.)

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