October 7, 2007
by actforfreedomnow

This book is dedicated to
Edward Abbey 1927-1989
John Zaelit (Mr. Goodwrench) 1954-1986
Bill Turk (The Mad Engineer) 1953-1992

[A note from the web-publisher: I put this up to make ecodefence information available to more people in these times of social/ecological crisis. The book is too expensive, hard to find, and there are obvious security risks to buying it through the mail from outfits like amazon.com. I hope you will download, print-off and pass it out to people in your area. Also, I want you to reproduce this information on other websites, so that in the event that this site is closed down – there are dozens of others with Ecodefense still available. Do understand that this is a hot item for the Feds and will likely be suppressed quickly. So it’s important that reproduction and distribution occur as soon as possible, please help! Reproduction involves some security risks. It has been said that Dave Foreman sued some Australian eco-anarchists when they bootlegged it, so the key here is anonymity, don’t have any contact info associated with this book, and don’t have any website this information is copied to associated with you. To the destruction of the megamachine.]


Introduction to the Third Edition


FORWARD! by Edward Abbey








Tree Spiking


Tree Pinning


Ceramic Spikes


Rock Spikes


Plastic and Wood Pulp


Survey Stakes






Seismographic Lines


Plugging Waste Discharge Pipes






Road Spiking


Spikeboards and Nailboards




Other Tire Flattening Methods




Closing Roads


Plugging Culverts




Disabling Vehicles Outline


Heavy Equipment


Cutting Torch


Burning Machinery




Vehicle Modifications


Water and Big Yellow Machines




Trap Lines




Coyote Getter




Urban Monkeywrenching




Condo Trashing


Computer Sabotage


Stink Bombs


Smoke Bombs


Jamming Locks


Disrupting Illegal Activities


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Mountain Bikes




Advanced Billboarding


Billboard Trashing


Billboard Revision


Burning Billboards


Paint Remover


Posters and Silent Agitators


Correcting Forest Service Signs


Spray Paint Slogans






Basic Security


Military Movement


Rules of Security


Disposing of Evidence


Avoiding Arrest



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Tools of the Trade


Radios and Communications Equipment


Eyes of Night




Car Camping


Daily Routine


Mental Conditioning






Advanced Investigation Methods


Police Undercover Operations




Pursuit and Evasion




Media Relations


General Security Field Notes






Ecodefense is a historical artifact. It be argued that it is the most contro­versial environmental book ever published; more importantly, though, it is a key exhibit in the legal history of freedom of the press in the United States. The First Amendment to the United States Constitution was ratified in 1791. It reads in part, Congress shall make no law … abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press. That enshrined freedom of the press and speech sets the United States of America apart from all other nations. No other country so jealously defends the right of its citizens to speak and publish controversial ideas.

Several years ago when Australia banned the importation and sale of Ecodefense, it was not possible for the United States to follow suit-because of the First Amendment. Instead, the United States government spent several million dollars, employed a small army of FBI agents, and entrapped a number of citizens in 1987-89 in an effort to suppress publication and distribution of Ecodefense. That attack on free speech and the freedom of the press glares like a pustulating boil in American history just as do the Alien and Sedition Acts, the Palmer Raids, and McCarthyism.

We at Abbzug Press believe that the Bill of Rights is like a set of muscles-if they aren’t exercised, they atrophy. Therefore, it is our patriotic duty to defend the First Amendment to the United States Constitution and publish a new Third Edition of Ecodefense: A Field Guide to Monkeywrenching.

Efforts to suppress Ecodefense and to entrap its co-editor, Dave Foreman, have been well covered elsewhere and we will not go into them here. Nor will we here attempt to justify the practice or necessity of monkeywrenching. Edward Abbey’s Forward! and the first two chapters of this edition do that. Monkeywrenching is also justified in Ed Abbey’s novels The Monkey Wrench Gang and Hayduke Lives!, Howie Wolke’s Wilderness on the Rocks, Christopher Manes’s Green Rage, and, in greater detail, Dave Foreman’s Confessions of an Eco-Warrior.

We will here, however, rebut two myths about Ecodefense. First, it is widely believed that Ecodefense (or Abbey’s Monkey Wrench Gang) launched the practice of monkeywrenching. In fact, ecological sabotage was widespread before Ecodefense was first published in 1985 and even before The Monkey Wrench Gang was published in 1975.

The second myth is that Dave Foreman wrote Ecodefense. The first edition of Ecodefense was a compilation of articles and letters sent to the Earth First! Journal by dozens of individuals. This Third Edition has over two dozen major contributors and at least one hundred other contributors. In this edition, we have given aliases to credit all articles and significant field notes where the author did not offer her own alias. In the previous editions, Dave Foreman and Bill Haywood compiled, edited, and arranged the contributions. We have retained their names as editors for the Third Edition since it is largely based on the previous editions.

There are changes in the Third Edition, however. Some material deemed to be irrelevant or counterproductive has been dropped. Incorrect information has also been dropped. Much new information has been incorporated. Most of it was contributed between 1987 and 1989. A professional editor was retained to rewrite, copy edit, arrange, and otherwise clean up all of the text. Some previous material has been rearranged.

Edward Abbey and two other contributors, John Zaelit and Bill Turk, have died since the First Edition of Ecodefense. This Third Edition is dedicated to their memories and to the fierce green fire that burned in their eyes. They were heroes, defenders of their native land.

We thank the other defenders of the land who contributed to Ecodefense, though they must remain anonymous. It is their book.

When we began work on the Third Edition we asked Dave Foreman for any thoughts he might offer to today’s reader of Ecodefense. He responded:

Is your act a strategic one, or is it merely an inarticulate yell, conveying only rage, alienation, and despair? Monkeywrenchers must constantly ask them­selves:

Who is my audience?

What is my message?

Will this deter destruction?

Are there legal means not yet used?

Of course this Third Edition of Ecodefense, like those before it, is meant only to entertain. No one should take it seriously.

Matthew Lyon

for Abbzug Press


by Edward Abbey

If a stranger batters your door down with an axe, threatens your family and yourself with deadly weapons, and proceeds to loot your home of whatever he wants, he is committing what is universally recognized-by law and morality ­as a crime. In such a situation the householder has both the right and the obli­gation to defend himself, his family, and his property by whatever means are necessary. This right and this obligation is universally recognized, justified and even praised by all civilized human communities. Self-defense against at­tack is one of the basic laws not only of human society but of life itself, not only of human life but of all life.

The American wilderness, what little remains, is now undergoing exactly such an assault. Dave Foreman has summarized the character and scale of the assault in the first chapter of this excellent and essential book. With bull­dozer, earth mover, chainsaw and dynamite the international timber, mining and beef industries are invading our public lands-property of all Americans ­bashing their way into our forests, mountains and rangelands and looting them for everything they can get away with. This for the sake of short-term profits in the corporate sector and multi-million dollar annual salaries for the three-piece ­suited gangsters (M.B.A., Harvard, Yale, University of Tokyo, et alia) who control and manage these bandit enterprises. Cheered on, naturally, by Time, Newsweek and the Wall Street Journal, actively encouraged by those jellyfish Government agencies which are supposed to protect the public lands, and as always aided and abetted in every way possible by the quisling politicians of our Western states (such as Babbitt, DeConcini, Goldwater, Hatch, Garn, Symms, Hansen, Wallop, Domenici-to name but a few) who would sell the graves of their own mothers if there’s a quick buck in the deal, over or under the table, what do they care.

Representative democracy in the United States has broken down. Our legis­lators do not represent those who elected them but rather the minority who fi­nance their political campaigns and who control the organs of communica­tion-the Tee Vee, the newspapers, the billboards, the radio-that have made politics a game for the rich only. Representative government in the USA rep­resents money not people and therefore has forfeited our allegiance and moral support. We owe it nothing but the taxation it extorts from us under threats of seizure of property, or prison, or in some cases already, when resisted, a sud­den and violent death by gunfire.

Such is the nature and structure of the industrial megamachine (in Lewis Mumford’s term) which is now attacking the American wilderness. That wilder­ness is our ancestral home, the primordial homeland of all living creatures in­cluding the human, and the present final dwelling place of such noble beings as the grizzly bear, the mountain lion, the eagle and the condor, the moose and the elk and the pronghorn antelope, the redwood tree, the yellowpine, the bristlecone pine, even the aspen, and yes, why not say it?, the streams, wa­terfalls, rivers, the very bedrock itself of our hills, canyons, deserts, moun­tains.

For many of us, perhaps for most of us, the wilderness is as much our home, or a lot more so, than the wretched little stucco boxes, plywood apartments, and wallboard condominiums in which we are mostly confined by the insatiable demands of an overcrowded and ever-expanding industrial culture. And if the wilderness is our true home, and if it is threatened with invasion, pillage and destruction-as it certainly is-then we have the right to defend that home, as we would our private rooms, by whatever means are necessary. (An English­man’s home is his castle; an American’s home is his favorite fishing stream, ‘his favorite mountain range, his favorite desert canyon, his favorite swamp or patch of woods or God-created lake.)

The majority of the American people have demonstrated on every possible occasion that they support the ideal of wilderness preservation; even our politicians are forced by popular opinion to pretend to support the idea; as they have learned, a vote against wilderness is a vote against their own re-election. We are justified in defending our homes-our private home and public home ­not only by common law and common morality but also by common belief. We are the majority; they-the greedy and powerful-are the minority.

How best defend our wilderness home? Well, that is a matter of strategy, tactics and technique, which is what this little book is about. Dave Foreman explains the principles of ecological defense in the complete, compact and conclusive pages of his short introduction. I can think of nothing I could add nor of anything I would subtract; he says exactly what needs to be said, no more and no less.

I am happy to endorse the publication of Ecodefense. Never was such a book so needed, by so many, for such good reason, as here and now. Tomor­row might well be too late. This is a book that will fit handily in any saddlebag, in any creel, in any backpack, in any river runner’s ammo can-and in any pic­nicker’s picnic basket. No good American should ever go into the woods again without this book and, for example, a hammer and a few pounds of 60-penny nails. Spike a few trees now and then whenever you enter an area condemned to chainsaw massacre by Louisiana Pacific and its affiliated subsidiary the U.S. Forest Service. You won’t hurt the trees; they’ll be grateful for the pro­tection; and you may save the forest. My Aunt Emma back in West Virginia has been enjoying this pleasant exercise for years. She swears by it. It’s good for the trees, it’s good for the woods, it’s good for the earth, and it’s good for the human soul. Spread the word-and carry on!

Edward Abbey
July 1984
Oracle, Arizona

Chapter 1

Direct Action

July 7, 2007
by actforfreedomnow

The following is a letter they released this morning.

There’s a war going on, whether we like it or not. At this war everyone takes a stance, a position. The so-called “neutral”, i.e. those who chose the silence of neutrality, do no other than contributing to the strengthening of sovereignty.

We no longer tolerate the crimes initiated in the school cells, mental health institutions and prisons and which continue via waged slavery, or in other words, the institutionalised robbing of thousands of labourers. We no longer tolerate a society sinking into the mire of consumption frenzy and indifference: A society doing no more than bowing to sovereignty, allowing the imperialist wars of the new Rome, of the Pax Americana and its obedient allies, which leave countless dead behind them (Iraq, Lebanon, Afghanistan, Palestine) in the name of the enforcement of a democratic totalitarianism.

It is for these reasons that we chose to take part in this war as anarchists on the side of the revolution, knowing from the beginning the repercussions of our decision. A revolution that, in the words of Rosa Luxembourg, “knows how to say I was, I am and I will be”. A revolution that knows no other than attack.

We express our solidarity to political prisoners who, whether accepting the charges against them or not, are currently in prison.

Finally, we do not wish to talk about our case neither to comment on our beatings, the information leaks of the police concerning supposed gathered information nor do we wish to demand anything for us. We do, however, want to denounce the unjust pre-trial detention of the 20-year old female student of the Economic University of Athens who had absolutely nothing to do with our attempted action.

It is provocative to imprison a 20-year old human with the only “incriminating” evidence against her being a friendship, while at the same time defrauders like Tsitouridis and Papamarkakis* are on the loose, despite stealing 800 million Euros from the greek people, and continue their robbing activity unharmed.





M. Tsourapas
Fourth Wing, Korydallos Prison, Athens

Ch. Kontorevithakis
Aulona Prison

*Ex-Minister of Labour Savvas Tsitouridis was forced to resign in late April this year after it was revealed that he and his associates were involved in a scandalous sale of government bonds to state pension funds.

June 21, 2007
by actforfreedomnow

Letter by the two detainees, accused for placing gas bombs outside the Municipal Police Department in Faliro.

Whether we like it or not, there is a war. In this war everyone is taking part. Those who are not taking part, that is those who choose to be neutrally silent, do nothing but contributing in imposing the dominance.

We can’t tolerate the crimes beginning from the school prisons, the psychiatries and the prisons, going on within the structure of the paid slavery, the extortionate draining of thousands of workers. We can’t tolerate a society that sinks in the bog of the consumism obsession and the “don’t-care” misery; a society which the only thing it does is to obey the dominance, allowing the imperialistic wars of the New Roma, of Pax Americana and of their allying extortionate, leaving countless dead people behind them (Iraq, Lebanon, Palestine) in the name of imposing the democratic totalitarianism.

For the reasons above, we chose to take part in this war, by taking the side of the revolution as anarchists, knowing from the beginning the consequences of our choice. A revolution which, as Luxembourg said “knows to say I was, I am and I will be”. A revolution which only knows to attack.

We express our solidarity to the political prisoners, who, either accepting the accusations or not, are in prison.

Finally, we wouldn’t like to talk for our case, nor to comment on the fact that we have been beaten up, the allegations of the security forces that they have information, nor to ask anything for us. Though, we want to denounce the unfair preventive detention of the 20 year old female student of the Athens Economic University, who had no connection with the action that we were about to do .

It is provocative to let a person into prison, having friendship as only clue of guilt, while financial criminals, such as Tsitouridis and Papamarkakis, who have robbed 800 million euros from the Greek people, are still free and keep on their extortionate raids.




M. Tsourapas / 4th wing of Koridalos Prison

X. Kontorevithakis / Avlona Prisons

June 17, 2007
by actforfreedomnow

In regard to the situation in the (greek) police’s holding cells, as read by information coming from the country’s Ministry of Public Order: More than 1,000,000 people have spent one night or longer in police stations since 2002, while deaths in custody are on a constant rise, reaching 57 in the last decade only. Statistics of those deaths are only available from 1997 onward. Since that year 28 detainees committed suicide (out of these, 26 hanged themselves and two jumped off the buildings they were held in).

Another eleven people ostensibly died due to pathological causes. Three suffered heart failure, while two had “lethal accidents in their attempt to escape”. Six drug addicts died from pulmonary edema. In the last two years alone there have been 18 deaths, twice as many as in 2003-2004.

Prisons and detention cells are the places where authority shows its true face; when writing even for a fraction of all that take place in there, where people’s ? rule and depressing metal bars rise all around you, words seem too poor to describe what happens to the soul and the body of the detained human when s/he has fallen to the hands of authority.

With respect to the memory of the people mentioned in this note, we will remember and remind of their deaths by denouncing the inhumane holding conditions and treatment of our fellow humans in so-called houses of correction and detention cells. We hold the firm belief that the time will come for the crimes of authority against humans to be punished.

Atrocious, horrific incidents in prisons and detention cells are innumerable. Many of these remain unknown and will never be heard, buried under the darkest prison cells.

June 17, 2007
by actforfreedomnow

The 19 year old student, arrested on 5th of May and accused for riots out of the School of Philosophy of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, wil

After staying more than 40 days in Avlona prisons, the second year old student of the Polytechnic Faculty of AUTh will be set free, under bail, until the trial takes place, according to the decision of the Magistrates Committee, issued last week. They accepted the plea of the youngster against the preventive detainment order.

According the decision which was issued on Monday, the 19-year-old will have to appear during the first five days of each month to the police department close to his home, while he is not allowed to leave the country. The bail that has to be paid amounts 3,000 euros. According the same decision, the rest two detainees are being set free (under the same restrictions and a bail of 1,000 euros each; they are both private employees, accused for taking part in the same riots. These two men, aged 24 and 27, were detained after their testimony to the Court Prisons of Komotini.

In the decision it was also mentioned that the three arrestees, who face criminal charges for constructing and possessing explosive bombs, and for causing explosions, “have never fugitives and have never been accused for any other offense”. It was also noted that possible extension of their preventive detainment, until the trial, “would have extremely severe consequences for their social and financial state, given their young age.”

The passion for freedom
is stronger than the prison

June 5, 2007
by actforfreedomnow

Please circulate widely

On Tuesday 5th of June, two anarchists and a friend of theirs (all 20-22 years old) were arrested after trying to attack a car of the municipal police in the neighborhood of Paleo Faliro in Athens. During their arrest, all three were severely beaten up by the police to the point of collapse.

After being beaten further and tortured (psycologically and physically) at the Police Headquarters in Athens, the Attorney General order the pre-trial detention of all three (up to 18 months imprisonment before the actual trial).

The condition of the girl is particularly serious and alarming since she is now facing health problems; the vicious attack of the cops and their severe beatings have caused her a nervous breakdown. At dawn she was transfered to two different hospitals in Athens, where the doctors only offered her first aid and refused to accept her for further treatment. The doctors treating her currently (her personal doctor together with the police doctor) both speak of a serious psychotic-related amnesia condition caused by extreme stress during her arrest and detention. Despite this fact the girl is still held at the Police headquarters while her lawyers are trying to get her to another Athens hospital. Should this not happen, she will be transfered to and held at the mental health hospital of the Korydallos prison in Athens.

Meanwhile, the two anarchists have already been transfered to prison.

by NorthernAnarchist 04:30pm, Saturday June 9 2007

The car they alledgedly attempted to burn…

January 17, 2007
by actforfreedomnow


Today, January 13 2007, police attacked the anarchist and anti-authoritarian motorbike demo in solidarity to the three comrades arrested at the social forum on May 6 2006 in Athens. The demo was attacked by special motorbike forces (Z team) on the way back from Nikea hospital where there had been a solidarity gathering for two of the imprisoned comrades Tarasio Zadorozni and Gerasimos Kiriakopulos who are on hungerstrike. The anti riot police squads (MAT) then stormed the comrades on the ground, 42 were taken into custody at the national security police headquarters in Athens, many of them injured, and 4 of them are still being held 9 hours later. Tarasio Zadorozni and Gerasimos Kiriakopulos have been on hunger strike for 46 and 28 days respectively and were transferred from Koridalos prison to a secure unit in Nikea hospital on January 9 as their condition had deteriorated. They have been held in prison since May 6 2006 along with another demonstrator, Kostas Kachadouras, accused of rioting during the international antiwar demo of the European Social Forum in Athens.

The imprisoned demonstrators of May 6 are 3 of the thousands of people that took to the streets that day when riots erupted between the forces of repression and anarchists and young rebels and attacks were made against State and capitalist targets. The police arrested 17 demonstrators who were accused on trumped up heavy charges and 3 of them have been held in prison awaiting trial without any evidence against them (with the political consent of the traditional leftist parties and groups) so that they can be punished as an example for those who choose to resist without mediation or institutional representation. The struggle that those on hunger strike began for their freedom, using their body as a weapon, has now become the terrain where a general conflict between the State and those who fight it is being expressed.

It is about an attack in which the State, using all the repressive mechanisms of propaganda and control in its power, is attempting to isolate and eliminate anarchists and anti-authoritarians, who are the most radical part of social resistance, with the surrender of the whole of society as its final objective. Under these conditions of intensifying State terror, every action of solidarity to the imprisoned fighters has been under attack. The aim of this repression is not only to keep the 3 in prison as long as possible, it is also to eliminate the very dynamic of solidarity, self-organisation and resistance against the plans of the State and the bosses.

So, on January 12, the police attempted to prevent the solidarity demonstration that had been organised by anarchists and anti-authoritarians. The order was pronounced by the chief of police forces present, stating that he had instructions from the prosecutor, but this was subverted by the persistence of the demonstrators and finally a strong demo was held in the centre of Athens. The attack on today’s demonstration (January 13), with the arrests and the wounded, are the peak of this repressive violence, showing the State’s intent to bury the struggle of those on hunger strike in silence, to terrorise those in solidarity and attack the development of the anarchist struggle.
What has preceded today’s events: the arrest of an anti-authoritarian comrade outside his home following the motorbike demo to the house of the minister of justice; intensive provocation and pressure by the Z motorbike police squad on another motorbike demo to Koridalos prison on December 15; police attack on new year’s eve motorbike demo on its return from the prison that resulted in many comrades being taken into custody and one arrest, and on January 9 the surrounding by anti riot police squads of a radio station which had been occupied by 50 anarchists to transmit solidarity messages and news of the hunger strike.

AGAINST the attempts of the State to isolate the struggle of our imprisoned comrades who are on hunger strike behind a wall of silence

AGAINST the constant repressive attacks against anarchists and antiauthoritarians, aiming at their isolation and annihilation

AGAINST the attempt to impose social acquiescance


By taking over this university building we are creating a place of constant counterinformation and solidarity within our city, an attempt that is operating horizontally and against all hierarchy, on the basis of the occupiers’ general assembly. No repressive action will extinguish our solidarity to our imprisoned comrades, or prevent the social struggle for liberation from the chains of Authority








Assembly of the occupied Polytechnic University
January 13 2007, 7pm.

January 13, 2007
by actforfreedomnow

An explosive this morning hit the United States embassy in the Greek capital Athens, with little damage but leaving a lot of question marks. Nobody go

THE MAN WHO HAS THE ANSWERS IS NOT TALKING by Henk Ruyssenaars – Foreign correspondent FPF – Europe – Jan. 12th 2007 – The Greek news agency published about the attack on the US embassy in Athens as follows: A strong blast was reported shortly before 6 a.m. (4 a.m. GMT) at the US embassy in central Athens, with Greek authorities now investigating inside the compound, according to the US ambassador.” – Normally ‘local authorities’ are never allowed into any embassy area. A foreign embassy is ‘extra-territorial’. What outside US embassy circles now is discussed is the question how anybody ever could come close enough to the US embassy at number 91 in the Vasilissis Sophias Avenue? Where for the past decades Greek special police, US Marines, guns, sniffer dogs and cameras have guarded the US embassy and the buildings around as some Fort Knox? Afraid of attacks by Greek and other people who for decades sincerely have disliked the US policy and what they have done to their country. Which with a CIA coup and the Greek ‘colonels junta’ was turned into a US colony and NATO base because it’s strategically too very important for the US junta’s quest for hegemony. But this ‘terrorist attack’ looks as suspicious as is possible, since only people connected or invited to the guarded US embassy can get anywhere close. No evidence – fake or real – has turned up yet. And it can’t as usual be blamed on the ‘November 17’ (N-17) guerilla because the ‘authorities’ said they dismantled it.* But after forty years of US ruling still the Greek people keep saying – like most in the world – that Bush and Blair are the ‘Butchers of Baghdad’ and the US junta and it’s war machine – including the UN plus NATO’s troops and mercenaries – represent the real terrorists. Which is totally correct of course. The fact that US ambassador and Bush friend Ries immediately after the blast confirmed that the attack ‘came from the outside’ left the question unanswered how any person even could get close enough to throw a Molotov cocktail across the embassy’s 3 meters (10 ft) high fences or carry around and shoot some kind of missile? “There is no justification for such an act of violence,” Ries said and added that it was a “very serious” incident.” Which may be used to further restrict what’s left of civil liberties in this US colony with it’s for freedom fighting people. [I’ve visited friends in Greece for decades. – HR] The US even was running secret jails of the American Gulag on military bases in Greece. – Url.: www.apfn.net/messageboard/ 01-06-06/discussion.cgi.72.html THE ANSWERS… It looks like the ‘attack’ on the US embassy as usual has been a ‘false flag’ operation by the US ‘special ops forces’ to divert global attention from the lost war in Iraq and the US junta’s preparations to activate another ‘false flag’ operation to be able to start a nuclear war with Iran. [‘False flag’ – Google – http://tinyurl.com/ta9fl] – Never telling the people they brainwash that Iran is very much bigger in population and surface. And has bought arms for billions of oil money. And has been permanently controlled by the US via satellites too.* Now the Gulf is full of US warships and those of collaborating countries like Holland, waiting for the US orchestrated ‘incident’ to blind and brainwash people again. Like after the 9/11 ‘inside job’, another US home made ‘Pearl Harbor’ as US commentator Roberts writes.* THE SILENT CIA MAN The man who has the answers and is not saying anything, is Thomas Countryman, at present the NSA/CIA liaison in Athens and as number 2 the ‘policy officer’ at the US embassy. Countryman learned most of his CIA tricks in the major CIA institute in the Arab world, situated in Tunisia in North Africa. As an independent foreign correspondent I had to know and knew also people at the US embassy, where I normally was invited during those years. And also of course by the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) with the by the Israeli Mossad poisoned Chairman Yasser Arafat and his doomed cooperators as well.* Thomas Countryman was in Tunis in 1990/’91 and studied for a year at the CIA ‘spy school’ in Sidi Bou Said. He often ate his lunches at a small restaurant called ‘La Bagatelle’, on the other side of the street. I lived in Sidi Bou Said and very often lunched in ‘La Bagatelle’ too, in this very picturesque village on the beaches of the Mediterranean. [Sidi Bou Said Pics – Url.: http://tinyurl.com/vdhe9] In his official bio at says “From 1988 to 1990, Mr. Countryman studied Arabic language and culture at the Department’s Foreign Service Institute in Virginia for one year, followed by a year at the Institute’s field school in Tunis.” At the embassy in Athens his function is described as Deputy Chief of Mission. Meaning he is the man in charge of overall security. THE CIA TRAINING CENTER As one of the last foreign correspondents I was declared ‘persona non grata’ and forced to leave the country July 31st in 1996. – [http://tinyurl.com/rw6o3 ] – A week after I arrived on 7 November 1987, coup general and president Zine El Abedine Ben Ali, the present military ruler of Tunisia, with american help took the power from old and ailing president Habib Bourguiba. The country which is an american colony, had, and apparently still has, the biggest secret Middle East ‘CIA Arabic training center’ in coastal Sidi Bou Said, 17 kilometers from the capital Tunis. The ‘school’ is next door to the US ambassadors residence, and can be seen from the terrace during receptions. – Url.: http://tinyurl.com/585dc ] According to Countryman’s cv: “He has been Deputy Chief of Mission at the United States Embassy in Athens, Greece since September 2005. During Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, he served as the Political-Military Officer at the American Embassy in Cairo, Egypt. From 1991 to 1993, he was the senior officer for reporting on political, security, and religious affairs within Egypt. In 1993 and 1994, Mr. Countryman worked in the State Department’s Office of Counter-Terrorism, where he helped to achieve passage of a UN Security Council resolution on bringing to justice the suspects in the bombing of Pan Am flight 103.” THE BOMBING OF PAN AM FLIGHT 103 The last sentence again shows that Thomas Countryman is one of those fishy CIA characters. It didn’t matter that Scotland Yard said that he and his CIA/FBI buddies falsified the evidence in the Lockerbie trial. A miscarriage of justice if there ever was one which was an eternal shame and mockery concerning human rights and justice. But Countryman ‘helped’ to bring the patsies to the Scottish kangoroo court. Url.: http://tinyurl.com/y6mujq Apart from the absolutely mad US junta’s preparations for an attack on Iran – and if they still can, later on oil rich and close Venezuela – there are other protests they want to stop. Groups in Greece and the rest of Europe have to be silenced because they decided two weeks ago that coming 9th-11th February in Warsaw in Poland they’ll hold an ‘International Gathering To Prepare The Protests Against The G8-Summit 2007’ to discuss the actions against the G-8 meeting in Rostock in Germany later this year. According to my point of view – working at a 15 minutes drive from the Dutch/German border – Germany and its policy under US stooge and PM Angela Merkel has become the murkil of the US junta in Europe. Again in November last year, Greek riot police fired tear gas to disperse demonstrators marching to the US embassy in Athens who chanted slogans including “Bush the butcher, out of Iraq” and “The USA is the real terrorist”. And Washington’s junta abhors their very appropriate slogan: “To those who wants to dominate the world, the world responds: RESISTANCE!” But, as with a lot of irony can be said, it’s good to know that the investigation is in the hands of qualified people… Who are specially trained for these kind of ‘terrorist attacks’. By the CIA… HENK RUYSSENAARS REFERENCES + LINKS: UNITED STATES AMBASSADOR TO GREECE CHARLES P. RIES – Url.: http://athens.usembassy.gov/about_us/ambassador.htm US DEPUTY CHIEF OF MISSION
– THOMAS M. COUNTRYMAN – Url.: http://athens.usembassy.gov/about_us/dcm.htm DISTRACTING CONGRESS FROM THE REAL WAR PLAN – By Paul Craig Roberts – Url.: http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article16121.htm IRAN HAS BEEN PERMANENTLY CONTROLLED BY THE US – Url.: http://www.countercurrents.org/us-henk160805.htm LOCKERBIE : 2.7 BILLION $ SHAM AND SHAME – “This has been a political court case, where the verdict already was decided upon in advance” Prof. H. K?chler the UN observer said. – Url.: http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article4460.htm INTERNATIONAL GATHERING TO PREPARE THE PROTESTS AGAINST THE G8-SUMMIT 200 – Url.: http://dissentnetzwerk.org/node/129 ONE MORE IMPOSED FRIENDSHIP OF WAR – Picture Greek police guarding the National Assembly against the people – Url.: http://www.resistance2003.gr/en/news/story.php?id=97 NO KNOWLEDGE OF THE GREEK LANGUAGE IS NEEDED FOR THE PICTURES: GREEK POLICE IN ACTION – Url.: http://www.2007-g8.tk/ US AND NOVEMBER 17TH: ACCORDING TO THE CIA VIA THE COUNCIL ON FOREIGN RELATIONS November 17, Revolutionary People’s Struggle (Greece, leftists) – Url.: http://www.cfr.org/publication/9275/#1 THE ISRAELI SECRET SERVICE MOSSAD POISONED PLO LEADER ARAFAT. – Url.: http://forpressfound.blogspot.com/2006/11/israel-poisoned-arafat.html WHERE’S THE OIL IN IRAN? IS IT REALLY BIGGER THAN IRAQ? – Url.: http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/middle_east_and_asia/iran_petroleum_facilities_2004.jpg * HR / ARAFAT: FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS? – DOES THE ‘ROAD MAP’ LEAD TO ‘ETERNAL PEACE’ FOR THE PALESTINIANS ? – Url.: http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article4666.htm * The Dutch author this far has lived and worked abroad – never in an English speaking country – for more than 4 decades for international media as an independent foreign correspondent, of which 10 years – also during Gulf War I – in the Arab World and the Middle East. Seeing worldwide that every bullet and every bomb breeds more terrorism! Which also French President Jacques Chirac confirmed – Url.: http://tinyurl.com/ym44vm * FPF-COPYRIGHT NOTICE – In accordance with Title 17 U. S. C. Section 107 – any copyrighted work in this message is distributed by the Foreign Press Foundation under fair use, without profit or payment, to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the information. Url.: http://liimirror.warwick.ac.uk/uscode/17/107.html FOREIGN PRESS FOUNDATION Editor: Henk Ruyssenaars http://tinyurl.com/gpr4j The Netherlands fpf@chello.nl -0- -0- -0- -0-

July 6, 2005
by actforfreedomnow

>15th day of trial in Aachen, 06.07.2005.


The 15. day of trial against Jose, Bart, Gabriel and Begonia began at
10:00. Gabriel was wearing his shorts only again 'cos nothing changed
regarding the security measures.
Judge Nohl indoctrinated the audience that it's not allowed to leave 
space for the audience to advance the accused persons. Because it
happened two times before, next time it will be punished with a fine.
During the 14. day of trial an expert opinion from spain was brought in
that was dealing with the gunshot wound Jose received in 1981 in a
conflict with a cop. That expert opinion had been translated in the
meantime and the evaluator Mrs. Mörth (psychologist) was ordered to
check Jose for post traumatic and bodily harm that could have any 
on the deeds in june last year.
The expert opinion reported about the state Jose was brought in to the
surgical emergency room in Zaragoza on 28.03.1981 and which surgeries
had to be done.
Jose suffered from three gunshot wounds, one in the back, one below the
heart and one shot hit him at the far right part of his neck - that
bullet hurted the abdomen and came out of his body below the chin 
Mrs. Mörth said the scars match up with wounds the opinion reports
about, so there's no reason to question it.
She spoke with Jose when "his" interpreter was present and did check
him, too. She described what is meant with a traumatic experience and
that Joses state can be described as that. But post traumatic disorders
she could neither find during the conversation with Jose nor in court.
She said that when Jose was speaking about the experiences with the
spanish police he was moved, but she can't see evidences of a post
traumata cos no disturbance of memory occured.
During the depiction of the firing in the trial Jose didn't behave
abnormal, he was speaking to has lawyer, ate and did even yawn. In
addition to that Jose had no manner of avoidance after the firing in
1981 what his lifestyle testified about. All things considered there 
no hints for a post traumatic disorder and bodily Jose is doing well,
No questions where aimed at the evaluator whereupon another expert
opinion was read out which was done by the chief of the government
council Milles on 23.06.2004. It was dealing with the check for traces
of powder on the hands of Jose, Gabriel, Bart and Begonia. First it was
said that the amount of traces of powder is connected with the make of
the gun and that after only 30 minutes of desk work for instance only
half of the traces of powder are still traceable and after washing ones
hand nothing at all anymore.
Very few traces of powder could be traced at Gabriels and Joses right
hand and on Begonias left hand. That means it can't be said for sure
that this person fired a gun, but it can't be negated for sure, too. At
Barts hands nothing was found at all.
After the end of the day of trial a barrier of cops set up in front of
the audience so nobody could evade the indoctrination of the beginning.
But calls out to eachother where exchanged and that was good!
A short day in court, but still it was good to see the prisoners and
show them that they are not alone.
On friday, July, 08. at 15:00 it goes on in room 339 of the Aachener

February 10, 2005
by actforfreedomnow

>FREE ANARCHIST POLYKARPOS GEORGIADIS Trial: February 16, 2005 in Serres


On the 16th of April 2004, plain-clothes cops arrest P. Georgiadis in a street in Thessaloniki and take him to the city’s police headquarters. After detaining him for hours, the media triumphantly present a police scenario about “a bomber having been arrested red-handed”. In the beginning, they present P. Georgiadis as the perpetrator of an unclear number of arsons that have taken place in the city… Finally, they end up accusing him of one “arson attempt” against a car, belonging to a private security company, which was parked in the street where he was arrested.
Denying all charges, he states that as an anarchist he was for long a police target. Even the cops who arrested him admit they knew him because of his anarchist activity. Georgiadis also stresses that passing from the place where he was arrested was part of his daily routine, something that the cops following him knew very well.
His arrest is the result of the desperate and futile effort of the police to solve the case of a series of arsons. Thus, the scenario fabricated contains everything that would help the police restore its prestige: incrimination for any unresolved case and conflicting reports about him having accomplices, so that the cops can claim they have achieved the “neutralization of a whole organization”. The latter leads in raids in houses of comrades and friends of Georgiadis. For the same reason, the scenario soon starts to collapse. The jabber about the “accomplices” will be eventually abandoned, along with the attempts to blame Georgiadis for the …dozens of actions the police was speaking about in the first place. In the end, even for the one accusation remaining, the cops who say they caught him in the moment of action are unable to present the incendiary device that would be supposedly used for the arson. With these fabricated charges, Georgiadis was sent to jail on April 20 and now he is in Koridallos prison of Athens.
His persecution is part of the state’s attack against society and specifically against those who resist, with any way they choose, the projects for the imposition of the modernized dictatorship of control and repression, exploitation and alienation.
Using the olympic games as a pretext and the doctrine of security as a spearhead, the state intensifies this attack, trying to extort the society’s consent and eliminate any social resistance. After all, the submission of society, the breakdown and the isolation of any voice and action of resistance are the most imperative aspirations of Authority. And any success in that level would be the darkest heritage of the olympic games.
Against state terrorism and the fabrication of social consent, we oppose solidarity, being aware that what the state wants when persecuting one militant is not having to deal with all of us.
Open Assembly of Anarchists-Antiauthoritarians

Solidarity demonstration: Athens, Saturday, 5 February 2005

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February 5, 2005
by actforfreedomnow

>Photos from the solidarity demonstration in Athens, Saturday, 5 February 2005


Την πορεία αλληλεγγύης στον αναρχικό Π. Γεωργιάδη είχαν καλέσει αναρχικές συλλογικότητες και παρά την κακοκαιρία συμμετείχαν περίπου 300 σύντροφοι και συντρόφισσες. Η πορεία ξεκίνησε από το Μοναστηράκι και κατέληξε στα Προπύλαια επιτηρούμενη από πολλές διμοιρίες των ΜΑΤ.

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November 26, 2004
by actforfreedomnow


News » Düsseldorf/Germany, 26.11. 2004

Düsseldorf, 26.11. 2004

« Ce qui est vivant bouscule

tout pour vivre et crée, pour vivre,

ses propres lois, c’est irrésistible. »

-Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

« That what is alive bumps into

everything to live and creates to live

its own laws, that is irresistible. »

-Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Comrades asked me to write something about myself. I am not a person of many words. But cut off from any kind of interaction, from any kind of human sincerity, plenty of ideas come up quickly.

Well, I am a 26-year-old anarchist; I have been carrying these ideas around with me for the last 3-4 years and am living with them in a kind of symbiosis, with reality as nurturing ground. They shape me as I am shaping them with my individuality and experience. That’s how we turned from acquaintances into lovers, still with daily quarrels and doubts, along the conflicts with the life they enforce on us and which we are looking for.

Anarchy turned into a necessity for life. I tasted freedom in individual and collective ways, beyond the routine abstraction of the capitalist existence. I can’t get rid of this savor anymore and everything else just disgusts me.

Every day we are wandering around in a net of relationships between forces, a “matrix” that forces a role without any relevance for our peculiarity and our desires upon us. We have to organize our day according to a crazy economy and a bureaucracy that is entangled in itself, only in order to lose every feeling of spontaneity in the end. With drug problems, depressions we go and see a doctor, a psychiatrist… only to end up in a cellar with a rope around our neck. „Why on earth did that happen?“ wonders the tensed up TV viewer.

Room and time for collectivity has been taken from us. But we are free, more than ever before, aren’t we?………… our upright democracy kicks us below the belt, every day, but we don’t even feel it anymore. Free will and respect for ourselves vanishes in “public welfare”. Everyone contributes by earning their daily bread, which means to crawl on all fours, to secure the luxury of the bourgeoisie. Blinded by a false work ethic we stray through our own life. We don’t realise anymore that the world is burning. We got lost in our mirror image, the social war lost every meaning for us.

Our struggle starts exactly there, unleashing ourselves from modern despair that drowns us. To realize our own struggle as individual and to find allies in this struggle in order to discover our strength in collectivity.

Unfortunately over the years – and this brings me back to my own history – I have seen the dejection in many anarchists again and again, and it turns out to be truly infectious. And this to a degree that even effects their ideas and actions, spoon-feeding old formulas, “left” traditions. There is not much to say about the readiness for battle/the pugnacity of the “left”. It has become a predictable, suitable part of the system to which democracy likes to refer to in order to prove its tolerance. Others might be wandering around being lost, because they can’t mobilise the masses… – a grinning wink to the authoritarian communists and reformists.

We know that reality sucks. But we can’t allow it to trap us. We know that we are a small minority… our lack of “efficiency” is no reason to turn away from our horizon, but just another reason to remain critical and keep on fighting. The “hope” is based in ourselves and in our struggle. Hoping for…….. is just a Christian reflex that makes us faint. The conflict is permanent and will remain a constant one. And even if it was only to maintain our dignity. That’s what anarchy and the reality taught me.

Now in the hands of the enemy I see the core of the repressive apparatus for the first time. They tell me prison is a reflection of society. If that is true than it is really miserable at times. To some of you I did already write that I feel like being in school again, because of the narrow-minded mentality and the forced routine here. Hmm, does this reveal something about the school system or about prisons….

If you look at this situation like a pigeon from a roof – it is absurd. When I come back from my hour of walking in circles, the watchdog is already waiting for me at the open door of my prison cell. He says “tschüss” (bye bye), sometimes really friendly, and then he locks me up for 23 hours… good democratic manners. Well, it’s a job like any other. Follow the rules, no matter what they are. If they had to beat me up tomorrow, they would have no scruples either. That’s the prevailing work ethic…… after all I am the prisoner here. It is as if, like in a background scenery, I hear the jailers sing: “He is still alive, he is still alive.” And I have to think of the suicide reports that are so often main topic to conversations here. Cynicism and fatalism are decorating the corridors……… but it just strengthens my convictions.

Prison will always be part of an anarchist´s experience and an anarchist movement. We are doomed to struggle in illusion and to live in dishonesty with our ideas, if don’t allow this fact a clear space in our actions and organisations.

Ok, I want to close by saying that if you can’t find the necessity to fight within yourself, stop talking about it. Anarchism will only turn into an abstraction. For some it turns into a fashion show, for others into guardianship upon others. Revolutionary solidarity, the connective tissue, lives within the realisation of our own struggle, the one of others and the resulting action.

Everything else is just civil chitchat.

Hereby I use the opportunity to greet my three comrades with a warm hug. See you the theatre of justice. I am looking forward to seeing you again. Thinking about it makes me smile.

I also wish all those a lot of strength, who are struggling against the loneliness of prisons and who are locked up, because of their rebellion against any kind of power and manipulation.

Let’s grow like crushing weeds through their concrete.

A warm hug for all you who are with me.

My heart is with you.

For anarchy and the end of this spectacle.


December 12, 2002
by actforfreedomnow

1976: The Notting Hill Carnival riots

An account of the riots at the popular West London carnival which were sparked by the arbitrary harassment and arrests of young black attendees by police. Taken together with similar anti-police riots such as those in Broadwater Farm and Brixton in 1981 they forced a dramatic change in policing methods in the the capital.

Every year, during the August bank-holiday, Britain’s West Indian community holds a Carribean-style carnival, with colourful parades, music, dancing and dozens of side events. Hundreds of thousands of people from all over the country attend. It is held on the streets of North Kensington.

In 1976, however, the festivities were interrupted on the last day. Young blacks harrassed by a police presence numbering 1,600 defended themselves against arbitrary police arrests. At about 5pm rioting broke out, it spread over the whole Ladbroke Grove area and lasted well into the night.

Over 300 police were injured, 35 police vehicles were damaged, several shops looted and 60 people arrested.

This is an attempt to sort out the reports in the media. The large police presence was ‘justified’ by shady allegations of mass outbreaks of petty crime by young blacks in the crowds. But this was no excuse for the massive police presence. The young blacks, people with good memories, knew that the police were there for the express purpose of terrorising them. Mass arrests of young blacks (and of course still is) is so commonplace, the police so hated, that the police force of the entire country had only a couple of dozen black police officers. Cases involving mass arrests in London alone- the Mangrove 9, Metro 4, Oval 4, Brockwell Park 3, Swan Disco 7, Cricklewood 12, Stockwell 10; cases that have involved frame ups and police brutality, are examples of the extreme harrassment suffered by young blacks. Individual cases, random street searches and beatings by the police must have run into tens of thousands.

It is not a question of how many police should have been there, that is a question for liberals to pick bones over, the question is: Should the police have been there at all? Only the people who attended the carnival can answer that. Anyone who attended the event must have been offended by the sea of police helmets and uniforms, it was after all a carnival not a political demonstration.

Let us now look at the fighting battles. The actual riots were the fiercest and most protracted street battles on mainland Britain since the 1936 Cable Street riots. Who won? From newspaper reports it looked as though the police took a real hammering. The battles that raged that day were not like the usual police vs left confrontations, more like the Falls Road battles of the early 70’s. Police were knocked over like ninepins by volleys of bricks and bottles (the nearby demolition sites providing ample ammunition). Baton charges were ineffective in dampening the enthusiasm of the rioters as they paid the police back for years of harrassment. Although attempts to build barricades were ineffective, the sheer hostility and mobility of the rioters along with the constant stone throwing drove the police back. The police having no riot equipment such as shields, had to pick up dustbin lids and traffic signs to protect themselves, police also tried charging the crowds with their vehicles, horns blaring, but the intense stoning forced the police to abandon some of them, which were set on fire and several were burnt out. The initiative lay with the youngsters until midnight, when the rioting petered out.

In the aftermath of the riots it was learnt that several shops had been looted, but this was a mere fnnge activity, involving as many whites as blacks Most of the people there were either trying to get away from the riot area or fighting the police. The stalls under the Portobello flyover were not looted, they were smashed up and used as ammunition. It is interesting to note the large number of hated transport police that were injured and that a number of their vehicles were burnt out. (The transport police have been involved in beating up young blacks and framing them especially in South London). The crack Special Patrol Group seemed to inflict most of the casualties on the crowd, mostly randomly, thus helping to spread the rioting, but the ordinary police were hard put to control the situation. Bridges over the Thames were blocked by the police and cars containing young blacks were turned back; but it was too late, blacks from all over London, indeed from all over the country, were at Notting Hill already.

The Notting Hill riots were a collective reply by the young black community to years of police repression. They were not race riots but anti-police riots by (mostly) unemployed, low-paid, young blacks, the people at the bottom of the economic and social scrapheap. Two weeks later in Birmingham 300 young West Indians gathered in the town centre after a youngster was arrested for stealng an ash-tray; a few days later 50 youngsters stoned police outside their station after people had been arrested, not dispersing until early morning. It seems that this is going to become a more common occurance, probably spreading to other discontented sections of the population. Notting Hill was only the beginning.