In an attempt to highlight the importance of whistleblowers, Julian Assange chose to have WikiLeaks‘ Collateral Murder footage as background for his speech at the Sam Adams Awards, an award dedicated to whistleblowers. The ceremony was organized by the Oxford Union. As a result of the video playing in the background and unsuccessful attempts to vet Julian’s speech, the Union pulled the live stream from the event and spent two days substituting the US Army massacre footage with their logo. The Union claimed they feared that the US government would take legal action concerning “copyright” of the Apache gun camera footage. Wikileaks advised the Union that by law and practice the US government does not claim copyrights on footage or documents that it produces, the Union still decided to censor the video.
Apathy gets a bum rap. Everybody seems to talk down about apathetic people, but in fact they’re doing us a HUGE service
Makana tells the FULL STORY as well as sings the full version of the song, “We Are The Many.”
Makana’s guitar tech shot this with a camera phone during his performance for the World Leaders Dinner at APEC, which was hosted by the First Family.
Makana wore an “Occupy with Aloha” t-shirt under his black blazer and sang his newest song, “We are the Many,” an anthem of sorts for Occupy protestors.
He had to be extremely discreet as Secret Service had warned those on site that any phones used to capture photography or video would be confiscated. Since the technician has a guitar tuner app on the phone they were able to justify having it out, but grabbing video was not easy. They were under constant surveillance. Makana likes to have video of his every performance saying, “It’s my art and my right.”
About an hour into his set of generally ambient guitar music and Hawaiian tunes, he felt inspired to share some songs that resonated with the significance of the occasion.
He sang a few verses from “Kaulana Na Pua” (a famous Hawaiian protest song in honor of the anniversary of our Queen’s passing), then segued into Bob Dylan’s “All Along the Watchtower,” Sting’s “Fragile,” and finally his newest song “We Are The Many.”
Makana’s goal was not to disturb the guests in an offensive fashion but rather to subliminally fill their ears and hearts with a message that might be more effectively received in a subconscious manner. He sweetly sang lines like “You enforce your monopolies with guns/ While sacrificing our daughters and sons/ But certain things belong to everyone/ Your thievery has left the people none.” The event protocol was such that everyone there kept their expressions quite muffled. Now and then Makana would get strange, befuddled stares from Heads of State. It was a very quiet room with no waiters; only myself, the sound techs, and the leaders of almost half the world’s population.
If he had chosen to disrupt the dinner and force my message I would have been stopped short. He instead chose to deliver an extremely potent message in a polite manner for a prolonged interval.
I dedicate this action to those who would speak truth to power but were not allowed the opportunity.
The lyrics include, “Ye come here gather ’round the stage; The time has come for us to voice our rage.”
The morning before the performance, Makana said he was initially afraid about singing the piece, but decided to do it anyway because he believes APEC’s leaders are not representing common people.
“It was my message that they are occupying Hawaii right now and they need to do it with aloha and not just say it,” he said. “I don’t personally feel they’ve done that. They are not representing the people they purport to represent.”
Sabu, a 28-year old unemployed father of two, lived in a Lower East Side housing project, which served as the nerve center for a vast network of computer hackers numbering in the thousands and operating around the world. His primary role was to identify weak spots for the hackers to target and then spread that information.
“They caught him and he was secretly arrested and now works for the FBI,” a source close to Sabu told FoxNews.com. – International Business Times
LulzSec is allegedly responsible for billions of dollars in damage to governments, international banks and corporations through their coordinated cyber-attacks.
- Follow Up of the Day: Anonymous Reacts to LulzSec Arrests (geeks.thedailywh.at)
- LulzSec leader Sabu turns traitor, gives up alleged members to FBI (digitaltrends.com)
- FBI Arrest And Charge Top LulzSec Hackers (forbes.com)
- LulzSec’s Top Hacker ‘Is FBI Double Agent’ (news.sky.com)
- FBI: LulzSec leader ‘Sabu’ faces up to 124 years in prison (digitaltrends.com)
- Top LulzSec Hacker Sabu Identified, Reportedly Worked As Government Informant (forbes.com)
- Anonymous defiant after news that ‘traitor’ helped FBI nab LulzSec hackers (blogs.siliconvalley.com)
- LulzSec Arrests of the Day (geeks.thedailywh.at)
- LulzSec mastermind helps FBI arrest notorious hacktivists (zdnet.com)
- Consider this: LulzSec’s Sabu didn’t snitch (slashgear.com)
- Five ‘top LulzSec hackers’ to face charges in New York (telegraph.co.uk)
- LulzSec no more? FBI allegedly works with Hector Xavier Monsegur, aka Sabu, to bring down hacking group (100gf.wordpress.com)
- Anonymous LulzSec Hackers Arrested by FBI: ‘Sabu Is a Traitor’ (ibtimes.com)
- Anonymous Reacts To Sabu’s Betrayal Of LulzSec (gizmodo.com.au)
- LulzSec Hackers Arrested (huffingtonpost.com)
- LulzSec’s Alleged Ringleader Helps FBI in Hacker Arrests (pcworld.com)
- Hackers Arrested: LulzSec Leader Was FBI Informant (techland.time.com)
- Anonymous to prevail sans Sabu: ‘He’s traitor; LulzSec long-dead; we have no … – RT (rt.com)
- LulzSec leader Sabu was working for us, says FBI (guardian.co.uk)
The Mainstream Media is having a hard time keeping up with all the activities that the Occupy Wall Street movement are involved with on a daily basis, after all, it is a global movement. But we wanted to find out how they keep the public’s attention, and where those flashy headline come from… Well after about 15 minutes of research…. we have solved that question…Enjoy!