Friday, 24 August 2012

Get on down and get encrypted with a #CryptoParty

 #CryptoParty was a little response to the Australian government passing data retention - now it's a global, organic, decentralized movement.Thanks @Asher_Wolf!

Keep yourself, your family, fiends, workplace & community safe from unwarranted spying. Throw a party and learn how to install and use Tor, VPN's, TrueCrypt, OTR, GPG. #CryptoParty

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Dissidents framed: Assange poster

The speech

Craig Murray, former British ambassador to Uzbekistan and whistleblower, delivered a rousing speech in support of WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Julian Assange just before Assange gave his speech from the balcony of the Ecuador Embassy in London.

“We should not forget what this is about,” he began. “This is about the persecution of an individual who has made life much more simple and more productive for whistleblowers in the Information Age and in an age where, as Western governments become increasingly authoritarian and civil liberties are diminished, we need whistleblowers now more than ever to protect the rights of others.”

You can visit Craig Murray's blog here.

Visit Kevin Gosztola's blog for a great commentary on the recent controversy surrounding Murray's naming of one of the Swedish complainants on the BBC.

The poster

So here's another poster in the asylum series. This one inspired by Craig Murray's speech, which you can read at Democracy Now!

Freedom for Assange is about freedom for all of us. Visit for more information.

Dissidents fitted up with criminal offences

Checkout the initial set of asylum placards here.

Monday, 20 August 2012

Assange Asylum Placards 2

Some more placards/posters related to Julian Assange's bid for political asylum...

This one is a request from @Liberte_info in response to the UK government threat to raid the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, and the continuing police intimidation outside the Embassy.

The UK can't storm the embassy... because the whole world is watching

Some more requests. The following are (obviously!) US themed - some simple, straightforward demands for justice in good old-fashioned placard style! Email design requests for your action supporting Assange, whistleblowing and free speech.

Use these files or send an email for a hi-res print ready pdf of all the latest placards.

Free Bradley Manning - political prisoner

US government: Hands off Assange!

US government: Hands offWikiLeaks!

US government: Stop the attacks on whistleblowers and journalists

And this one is a poster inspired by Julian Assange's quote from his embassy speech... you can read it below. The US appears to be sowing the seeds of it's own destruction... behaving typically for a dying Empire.

“As Wikileaks stands under threat, so does the freedom of expression and the health of all our societies. We must use this moment to articulate the choice that is before the government of the United States of America.

“Will it return to and reaffirm the values, the revolutionary values it was founded on, or will it lurch off the precipice dragging us all into a dangerous and oppressive world, in which journalists fall silent under the fear of prosecution and citizens must whisper in the dark?" Julian Assange


More designs

Checkout the initial set of placards here.

Full video of speeches outside Ecuador's London embassy

The speeches the mainstream media aren't reporting on are included here.

00:00 Julian Assange Speech
09:43 Tariq Ali Speech
16:25 Cynthia Kane reads Vivienne Westwood Speech
17:42 Romain Gavras reads John Pilger Speech
19:35 Rebecca O'Brien reads Ken Loach Speech
22:50 Craig Murrey Speech
32:24 Tariq Ali Speech
39:22 Questions and Answers


Full transcript of Julian Assange's speech outside Ecuador's London embassy

“Can you hear me?

“I am here today because I cannot be there with you today. But thank you for coming. Thank you for your resolve and your generosity of spirit.

“On Wednesday night, after a threat was sent to this embassy and the police descended on this building, you came out in the middle of the night to watch over it and you brought the world’s eyes with you.

“Inside this embassy, after dark, I could hear teams of police swarming up into the building through its internal fire escape. But I knew there would be witnesses. And that is because of you.

“If the UK did not throw away the Vienna conventions the other night, it is because the world was watching. And the world was watching because you were watching.

“So, the next time somebody tells you that it is pointless to defend those rights that we hold dear, remind them of your vigil in the dark before the Embassy of Ecuador.

“Remind them how, in the morning, the sun came up on a different world and a courageous Latin America nation took a stand for justice.

And so, to those brave people. I thank President Correa for the courage he has shown in considering and in granting me political asylum.

“And I also thank the government, and in particular Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino, who upheld the Ecuadorian constitution and its notion of universal rights in their consideration of my asylum. And to the Ecuadorian people for supporting and defending this constitution.

“And I also have a debt of gratitude to the staff of this embassy, whose families live in London and who have shown me the hospitality and kindness despite the threats we all received.

“This Friday, there will be an emergency meeting of the foreign ministers of Latin America in Washington DC to address this very situation.

“And so, I am grateful to those people and governments of Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Columbia, El Salvador, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Argentina, Peru, Venezuela, and to all other Latin American countries who have come out to defend the right to asylum.

“And to the people of the United States, United Kingdom, Sweden and Australia who have supported me in strength, even when their governments have not. And to those wiser heads in government who are still fighting for justice. Your day will come.

“To the staff, supporters and sources of Wikileaks, whose courage and commitment and loyalty has seen no equal.

“To my family and to my children who have been denied their father. Forgive me, we will be reunited soon.

“As Wikileaks stands under threat, so does the freedom of expression and the health of all our societies. We must use this moment to articulate the choice that is before the government of the United States of America.

“Will it return to and reaffirm the values, the revolutionary values it was founded on, or will it lurch off the precipice dragging us all into a dangerous and oppressive world, in which journalists fall silent under the fear of prosecution and citizens must whisper in the dark?

“I say it must turn back. I ask President Obama to do the right thing. The United States must renounce its witch-hunts against Wikileaks. The United States must dissolve its FBI investigation.

“The United States must vow that it will not seek to prosecute our staff or our supporters. The United States must pledge before the world that it will not pursue journalists for shining a light on the secret crimes of the powerful.

“There must be no more foolish talk about prosecuting any media organisation; be it Wikileaks, or be it the New York Times.

“The US administration’s war on whistleblowers must end.

“Thomas Drake, William Binney and John Kirakou and the other heroic whistleblowers must – they must – be pardoned or compensated for the hardships they have endured as servants of the public record.

“And to the Army Private who remains in a military prison in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, who was found by the United Nations to have endured months of torturous detention in Quantico, Virginia and who has yet – after two years in prison – to see a trial: he must be released.

“Bradley Manning must be released.

“And if Bradley Manning did as he is accused, he is a hero and an example to us all and one of the world’s foremost political prisoners.

“Bradley Manning must be released.

“On Wednesday, Bradley Manning spent his 815th day of detention without trial. The legal maximum is 120 days.

“On Thursday, my friend Nabeel Rajab, President of the Bahrain Human Rights Centre, was sentenced to three years in prison for a tweet. On Friday, a Russian band were sentenced to two years in jail for a political performance.

“There is unity in the oppression. There must be absolute unity and determination in the response.

“Thank you.”

Sunday, 19 August 2012

Team Assange & Team WL Ts!

Print your own... or email me for these or any other Bean designs printed on organic cotton T's

Thanks to @charlts for the request!

Thursday, 16 August 2012

Freedom loving people say thanks to Ecuador!

See B/W version below too

This version can be used as an icon

 PRESS RELEASE: Julian Assange statement

Thursday August 16, 2012

Assange has hailed the "courageous" act of Ecuador and compared it with the reluctance of Britain and Australia to help him.

In a statement made earlier at the embassy this afternoon, he thanked the staff and went on to pay tribute to Bradley Manning.

"I am grateful to the Ecuadorean people, President Rafael Correa and his government. It was not Britain or my home country, Australia, that stood up to protect me from persecution, but a courageous, independent Latin American nation.

While today is a historic victory, our struggles have just begun. The unprecedented US investigation against WikiLeaks must be stopped.

While today much of the focus will be on the decision of the Ecuadorean government, it is just as important that we remember Bradley Manning has been detained without trial for over 800 days.

The task of protecting WikiLeaks, its staff, its supporters and its alleged sources continues. "

Thx EC!

Express your thanks to Ecuador as a freedom loving person - we are all Julian Assange!

You might like to visit an embassy with these posters:

We need to demand the UK guarantee safe passage out of the country, the US end it's investigation into WikiLeaks and supporters, and Sweden investigate abuses of legal process.
And all the while, Bradley Manning is imprisoned for daring to act on his conscience. Free Bradley Manning: Peace Hero!

Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Assange Asylum Placards

Placards for use amidst the tension and uncertainty surrounding the Ecuadorian Embassy in London... email me for a hi-res print ready pdf of all the designs.

Update: Here's a bonus colour poster too since folks seem to like this quote.

Ecuador is not a colony: the People are not a colony
Ecuador Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino:

"Today we received from the United Kingdom an express threat, in writing, that they might storm our embassy in London if we don't hand over Julian Assange.

"Ecuador rejects in the most emphatic terms the explicit threat of the British official communication."

He went on to say the threat is "improper of a democratic, civilised and rule-abiding country".

"If the measure announced in the British official communication is enacted, it will be interpreted by Ecuador as an unacceptable, unfriendly and hostile act and as an attempt against our sovereignty. It would force us to respond.

"We are not a British colony."
You won't stop WikiLeaks: they changed the world already

Ecuador is not a colony: the People are not a colony

UK government: Respect Assange's right to asylum

Safe Passage!

End the US investigation of truth tellers

Vienna convention

Respect Vienna Convention

Asylum for Assange: end the witch hunt

Monday, 13 August 2012

Bradley Manning: Peace Hero posters

A medal worth winning

These posters are a tribute to a true hero of war - a peace hero - Bradley Manning. Whilst the spectacle of the Olympics fades and the wars roll on, the designs featuring a medal actually worth winning!

They also help promote the Bradley Manning Support Network's inspirational website in order to highlight Bradley's 800 days of imprisonment and pretrial abuse. He suffers for daring to act upon his conscience; to be guided by his heart:

“If you had free reign over classified networks… and you saw incredible things, awful things… things that belonged in the public domain, and not on some server stored in a dark room in Washington DC… what would you do?

God knows what happens now.  Hopefully worldwide discussion, debates, and reforms… I want people to see the truth… because without information, you cannot make informed decisions as a public.”
Quotes from an online chat attributed to Bradley Manning

It is time to act

We have the information... so it is time for us all to follow Bradley's example, face our fears and act for compassion. Time to speak out. Time to extend a hand. What are you good at? How can you use those skills to help build a loving and peaceful world?

A badge worth risking your life for

Bradley Manning: Peace Hero

The only true hero in war is the peace hero

Sunday, 12 August 2012

Он не бежит, он сражается: Not running, fighting: Assange posters in Russian

A WikiLeaks supporter in Moscow has translated the Assange poster series into Russian. Please download and use freely.

Assange: 'Not Running, Fighting' series is where you'll find these posters/placards in English.

Freedom to Publish? Asylum for Assange

President Correa: If we had done 1/100th of what they did to Assange we would be called dictators and oppressors

Your secret grand jury... is no secret
Assange: Not running, fighting

Assange: Not running, fighting: Swedish extradition facts

Assange: Not running, fighting: US extradition facts

Assange: Not running, fighting: Australian extradition facts
Asylum for Assange

Free Information, Free Assange

Free Press, Free Assange

No to US extradition
Checkout the Assange: 'Not Running, Fighting' poster series

Saturday, 11 August 2012

TrapWire: spread the word

Check out more about the global "suspicious activity" surveillance system TrapWire here and follow #trapwire on twitter as more details are revealed.

Email me for specific dimensions or other requests

More surveillance posters: Total Surveillance: Coming soon to Australia?

Sunday, 5 August 2012

Total Surveillance: Coming soon to Australia?

 A massive increase in the powers of Australia's six government intelligence agencies is being proposed. These changes would result in a dramatic and severe erosion of the civil liberties of all Australians.

A hypothetical Orwellian future is on the verge of becoming a reality NOW.

All your online data stored for 2 years, jail for refusal to hand over passwords, new criminal and civil liability protections for ASIO officers, steamlined super warrants, powers for ASIO to hack into your computer regardless of your innocence... and much more.

Watch the video

For an introduction to the proposed changes, watch this video from GetUp! and Electronic Frontiers Australia. Outraged? Start by signing the petition.

Inform yourself and make your views known

The hashtag to follow on twitter is #NatSecInquiry. The government committee investigating the proposals has extended the deadline for submissions to Monday 20 August 2012.


Let others know

Help spread the information about these changes, as the mainstream press is generally limiting it's coverage to the tech columns. You can download and print these posters from here or, for the best quality, send an email for print ready pdf files.

Thanks and credit for much of the content goes to:
@johnbirmingham  for his article in the Sydney Morning Herald,
@Benev_Ment for the blog post Who watches the Watchmen? and
@renailemay for the post New surveillance powers akin to ‘China, Iran’.

#NatSecInquiry: Your rights are ours

#NatSecInquiry:ASIO is getting the keys to your computer

#NatSecInquiry:A world where encryption could lead to jail

#NatSecInquiry:Australia, will you allow Total Surveillance?

#NatSecInquiry: You will be watched, every click of your mouse

#NatSecInquiry: We're all going to Room 101
Meanwhile in the UK...