Why All the Smashy-Smashy? A Beginner's Guide to Targeted Property Destruction.

<table><tr><td>From <a href="http://slog.thestranger.com/slog/archives/2012/05/02/why-all-the-smashy-... Stranger (blog)</a> - by BRENDAN KILEY

<p>First: I ripped off that headline from the Seattle anarchist gazette <em><a href="http://tidesofflame.files.wordpress.com/">Tides of Flame</a></em>, but it neatly summarizes the big question of the day.</p>
<p>In a post below, Paul Constant <a href="http://slog.thestranger.com/slog/archives/2012/05/01/a-few-notes-on-what... today's targeted property destruction for upstaging the structural-economic reasons behind today's protests&#8212;the wealth gap, the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E-Verify">E-Verify</a> and <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Secure_Communities_and_administrative_immig... communities"</a> programs that are tearing apart immigrant communities, how Wells Fargo <a href="http://www.nomoredeaths.org/University-of-Arizona-NMD/wells-fargo-action... in the privatized prison industry</a>, etc. People like Paul call window-smashers "know-nothing nobodies" and "thugs" and "idiots."</p></td><td><img title="Why ask why?" src="http://anarchistnews.org/files/pictures/2011/bksmashy.jpg"></td></tr></t...

<p>This is not necessarily true. There are reasons why thoughtful people sometimes smash windows.</p>
<p>But first, let's clear something up: Reporters today on KOMO and Slog and beyond have made <a href="http://www.google.com/search?aq=f&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8&q=may+day+vio... mistake</a> of calling today's targeted property destruction "violence." There is an <em>enormous</em> moral distinction between smashing a bank window and smashing a person. Lumping the two under the umbrella of "violence" is linguistically lazy and politically irresponsible. It is worth noting that in the dramatic property-destruction campaigns of groups like the Earth Liberation Front&#8212;burning SUV lots, ski lodges, and in one of their stupider and more infamous moments, a botanical research facility at the UW&#8212;people don't get hurt.</p>
<p>In fact, the only "violence" I saw today, aside from some minor pushing back and forth between protesters and police and some pepper spray, was a guy in a tie who was (understandably) pissed off when someone broke the rear window of his car. He chased down a protester and they both fell down in the street and had a minor scuffle. That was violence (however paltry). <strong>Smashing a window is not violence, it's vandalism. There is a difference&#8212;unless you think of people as the moral equivalent of property</strong>.</p>
<p>But back back to the central question: Why would anyone use targeted vandalism as a means of political expression? It's a very, very old tactic, dating back to Jesus smashing up the moneylenders' kiosks in the temple. And it is still popular among some, but totally anathema to most, today.</p>
<p>The rationale breaks down into three basic frames: one practical, one theoretical, and one a mix of practical and theoretical. Any given act of targeted property destruction usually involves a little of all three.</p>

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<p><strong>First, the practical reason:</strong> Hurting businesses where it counts&#8212;their pocketbooks&#8212;is a way to get their attention. When the ELF (which isn't really an organization, more an ideology, but whatever) burns down a ski resort or an SUV lot, they're causing damage that hurts the bottom line in some way. We saw this even after today's protests. As I was walking home, I saw workers putting up plywood all over the windows of downtown businesses. I asked one of the workers if every business would be boarding up for the night. "Yes," he said. <strong>"Windows are expensive and we are not."</strong> He estimated the cost of one windowpane of that size to be around $800, not including the labor it takes to install it.</p>
<p>Here's one anecdote about practical anarchist window-smashing, not for the cost to the business but for the sake of transparency and democracy: In 1986, Sean Carlson (who has run Seattle's <a href="http://www.pistilbooks.net/">Pistil Books</a>, both brick-and-mortar and online for many years) was a student at the University of Washington and part of Students Against Apartheid, an activist group trying to get the UW regents to divest themselves of investments held in apartheid-era South Africa. (Not all of the school's investments, he told me, just the percentage that was supposedly "held" by the faculty and students. "It was not," he said, "an unreasonable request.") <div class="blogImageLeft" style="width:262px;"><a href="http://www.thestranger.com/binary/0276/1335938853-guess_who_.jpeg" class="zoomable"><img src="http://www.thestranger.com/binary/0276/1335938853-guess_who_.jpeg" alt="guess_who_.jpeg" title="" width="250" height="392" /></a><ul><li class="imageCredit">Seattle Times, 1986</li><li class="imageCaption"></li></ul></div> The group began by attending the open regents meetings and making requests. They were ignored. The moved to lobbying and protesting. They were ignored. Finally, the regents closed their formerly open meetings.</p>
<p>Carlson tried to attend one, thinking that closing the meetings was in violation of the state's open-meetings law. Police held the door closed. Carlson, being an anarchist&#8212;who believes that <strong>personal autonomy should not always and everywhere be subordinate to political authority</strong>, which is a much more accurate definition of an anarchist than "one who celebrates chaos"&#8212;thought that the police in this case were acting to violate the law rather than support it.</p>
<p>So he smashed a window open so he could reach through and open the door via the crash-bar. He wrestled with a cop and was arrested. He took the case to trial, and a jury dismissed all charges. Who today would say that Carlson's window-smashing to protest the UW profiting from an apartheid-era government was immoral, uninformed, and "know-nothing"? Sometimes a window-smashing is a profoundly moral act, even when committed by a self-proclaimed anarchist.</p>
<p><strong>Second, the theoretical reason:</strong> This is basically the broken-windows theory of policing in reverse. <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Broken_windows_theory">That theory</a> was floated by sociologists in the 1980s and became popular under New York mayor Rudy Giuliani. According to the policing model, an unfixed broken window is a sign of lawlessness and a weak state&#8212;one broken window might attract more broken windows which might attract squatters and other forms of lawlessness. Window-breaking anarchists, conversely, want to show that the state is weak and that the state of law and economy we live with is <strong>not as inevitable as gravity or aging&#8212;it's the result of human choices</strong>. &#8220;It is becoming harder and harder for people to summon up disgust when they see a smashed bank window,&#8221; writes AG Schwarz, the author of the article in <em>Tides of Flame</em> from which I stole the headline for this post. <div class="blogImageRight" style="width:262px;"><a href="http://www.thestranger.com/binary/5ce6/1335939852-wells_fargo.jpg" class="zoomable"><img src="http://www.thestranger.com/binary/5ce6/1335939852-wells_fargo.jpg" alt="These guys are worried about vandalism." title="These guys are worried about vandalism." width="250" height="299" /></a><ul><li class="imageCredit">Brendan Kiley</li><li class="imageCaption">These guys are worried about vandalism.</li></ul></div></p>
<p>We should note that the window-smashers today did not target mom 'n' pop corner stores or restaurants. They targeted Niketown and banks, presumably because they had some grievance against <em>those</em> institutions and not others. Their vandalism was not "know-nothing"&#8212;it was calculated.</p>
<p>(As for the guy supposedly wearing Nike shoes while smashing up the Nike store? I can't account for that, nor do I care to. It's funny how the public sanctimoniously dismisses the actions of anarchists who don't conform to <em>their</em> idea of what an anarchist should be, while that same public shows a profound disinterest in understanding what an anarchist is or strives to be. Or the circumstances under which a certain person came across a certain pair of shoes. People dismiss an idea out of hand, but then demand some magical ideological purity from those who profess the idea, based on half-assed assumptions. People are goofy.)</p>
<p><strong>Third, the marriage of the practical and the theoretical:</strong> A few weeks ago, I interviewed the anarchist theorist <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Zerzan">John Zerzan</a>, who lives in Eugene, OR, and was dubbed by the press in 1999 as the intellectual godfather of the WTO riots. &#8220;People say <em>why do you do this crazy stuff</em>?&#8221; he said about political vandalism. &#8220;The crazy stuff is what we do every day... You had a lot of anarchists who sniffed around [Occupy] briefly and found it to be nowhere, just minor stuff&#8212;reforming, jiggle the tax code&#8212;and many were not interested&#8230; you have to have real militancy or you&#8217;re just wasting your time.&#8221;</p>
<p>For Zerzan and others, broken windows&#8212;and even arsons by the Earth Liberation Front&#8212;are a kind of fire alarm, designed to make us pay attention to what they see as accelerating economic, social, and ecological catastrophe. "Then you get a chance to say why would [someone] do that," he said. "And the media has to pay some attention to that and people want to know what&#8217;s going on.&#8221;</p>
<p>The esteemed anthropologist and anarchist <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Graeber">David Graeber</a> (who has studied places like some regions of Madagascar, where the state essentially pulled up stakes and left people to sort out their own lives in a de facto anarchist situation) has written about squatters in Christiania, Denmark, who have a Christmas ritual with a similar goal&#8212;they dress up as Santas, take toys from department stores, and hand them to kids on the street, &#8220;partly so everyone can relish the images of the cops beating down Santa and snatching the toys back from crying children.&#8221;</p>
<p><strong>So it's a question:</strong> Did today's vandalism detract from the protests? If it was all hand-holding and vigils and kumbaya, would the press have replaced their coverage of the smashy-smashy with an equal amount of attention to "secure communities" and "e-verify" and how Wells Fargo makes money off of private prisons? Or would that have all been equally&#8212;or even more&#8212;ignored?</p>
<p>I don't know. And I'm not a self-professed anarchist, nor a proponent of targeted property destruction (even though I've just devoted 1,500 words to justifying it in this post).</p>
<p>But I <em>do</em> know there are compelling, not-entirely-stupid arguments for vandalism as a form of protest, and as a way to force people's attention towards certain problems that we might otherwise ignore in the deafening static of our undisrupted, workaday lives.</p>
<p><div class="blogImageCenter" style="width:212px;"><a href="http://www.thestranger.com/binary/f586/1335940544-xianoccupy_.jpg" class="zoomable"><img src="http://www.thestranger.com/binary/f586/1335940544-xianoccupy_.jpg" alt="What would Jesus do?" title="What would Jesus do?" width="200" height="256" /></a><ul><li class="imageCredit">Brendan Kiley</li><li class="imageCaption">What would Jesus do?</li></ul></div></p>
<p><div class="blogImageCenter" style="width:262px;"><a href="http://www.thestranger.com/images/blogimages/2012/05/02/1335943526-ameri... class="zoomable"><img src="http://www.thestranger.com/images/blogimages/2012/05/02/thumb-1335943526... alt="americanapp1.jpg" title="" width="250" height="334" /></a><ul><li class="imageCredit">Brendan Kiley</li><li class="imageCaption"></li></ul></div></p>

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Multiple journos ended up with bleeding head wounds. The press is reporting that it was a bunch of MANARCHIST women that beat them up too.

random seattle photos posted on UK indymedia?????

http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2012/05/495599.html

Duh! This shit is inspiring of course it's going to be posted far and wide.

Hahahahahahahaha!!!!!

That was quite the strole, Seattle! I feel sad for all the brave combatant MANARCHISTS who are undoubtably dealing with all sorts of conservatizing shitalking from their anarcho-liberal "comrades" this morning.

If any of you journo-beaters are reading this: give yourself a hug, treat yourself this week, and continue to be fucking awesome. Do this enough and eventually the scum will be too intimidated to try to get close to you, as they rightly should be.

Damn right.

An anon last week posted urging anons to take a hammer to the face of anyone with a camera. And anon delivered!

The smoke bombs were a nice touch. Not only did they cast a spectacularly ghostly pall over the events, but if you watch the aerial vid and the news vids you can clearly see that the smoke disoriented and slowed the pigs in pursuit. What is the recipe for the smoke bomb that was thrown atop Smashy-smashedtown?

Only eight arrests including some non-bloc people wilding out on the SPD during an arrest.

    Wells Fargos: smashed (Seattle Times originally reported 5 smashed--all downtown branches. In reality, other branches closed after this one was smashed.)

    Taphouse Grill: smashed

    Federal Court House: smashed, smokebombed, small fire set

    Multiple Starbucks: smashed and painted

    American Apparel at 6 and Pike, windows smashed and slogan written: "Death to capitalism," small fire set
    Bank of America at 500 Olive: smashed

    Homestreet Bank at 1300 block of 6th Ave: windows smashed

    NikeTown at 6th and Pike: windows smashed, smokebombed, paintbombed

    Multiple vehicles in 500 block of Seneca, and in 1500 block of 6th Ave: windows smashed, tires slashed, spray painted

    Barney's New York- slogan painted: "proletarianism"

    Verizon shop: smashed

    Nordstrom corporate office: smashed

    HSBC bank: smashed

A Wells Fargo bank in a supermarket was robbed while the SPD was tied up in knots dealing with the team.

And perhaps best of all: McGinn's home was smashed at night

Seattle police are investigating after vandals threw rocks through windows at the home of Mayor Mike McGinn following violent May Day protests.

McGinn spokesman Aaron Pickus confirmed Wednesday that the rocks sailed through his dining room and living room windows around midnight. McGinn and his wife were home but were not injured.

Police searched for a suspect, described as [DON'T FUCKING SNITCH], but were unsuccessful.

Speaking of robberies, I heard a rumor that the RCP table had a bunch of its shit jacked. Bahahahaha....

I know in Oakland their table had water and beer dumped on it, and a small shitstorm ensued. I used to just view them as irritating, but now I'm starting to think they are a problem. They started spewing off shit about how any attack on them is counter-revolutionary (never mind the fact they were selling their crap in he middle of a general strike) over the megaphones, and screaming about how the world needs revolution, and that nobody's life is worth more than another based on nationality. I showed up around this time, and tried telling one of them that most everyone in the plaza was some sort of revolutionary that agrees with both of the later, that the issue is they're Maoists with some pretty fucked up positions (He kept saying he wasn't associated with them, so I was under the false impression that he could be convinced. I later found out this was total bullshit.), but I barely got two words out before he shouted me down because I was apparently "not letting [him] speak," and he yelled at me how he's from Oakland, and that he's seen what hierarchy does. After a lull in the screaming, I tried again to tell him what I was going to, and he started shouting me down again about how the RCP is the only group that has a real plan and organization, so I just said over him "Fuck your party politics" and started walking away, when he came after me and started shoving/punching me in the chest. At this point, I'm more bewildered than anything, holding my hands up in a "What the fuck?", kind of a gesture as he keeps... I guess "attacking" me though there wasn't any real force behind it, and another one of them comes up to me and says, "Hey, I'm going to have to ask you to back off," as the first one walks away. Yeah. That killed me.

They are both irritating and a problem. Glad to hear about their table, although tbh that sounds like a waste of beer.

At one point they almost got their asses kicked because they were being dicks about talking over someone explaining what was up with the marches for the day.

Smash on those fools.

Yeah Ill fuckin concur with that fuckin action dude!8ball

Anyone got the dox on McGinn's children Jack, Miyo, and Cian?

COP

Did they teach you nothing at the academy?

This is so lulzy:

One of the two suspects who threw rocks through the mayor’s windows overnight waved at his wife before walking away, according to a police report about the incident. The Seattle Police Department is looking for two suspects who threw rocks through windows of Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn’s home in Greenwood early this morning, his spokesman confirmed. The windows of the mayor’s living room and dining room were broken.

A police report released today by the mayor’s office says the mayor’s wife awoke to the sound of breaking glass on the west side of her house at about 12:35 a.m. She looked out the window and one of the suspects “waved at her” before walking south on Dayton Avenue North.

The mayor’s wife called 911 and police and the mayor’s security detail responded, said spokesman Aaron Pickus. The police report said a K9 officer searched the area but couldn’t find the suspects.

How the fuck is Social Rupture going to keep up with all this awesome shit?

Right now, McGinn and the SPD look like the bunch of limp dicks they are. If the team keeps up the chaos, McGinn will be provoked into unleashing his SPD dogs. This could only be a good thing. Keep it up!

"If the team keeps up the chaos, McGinn will be provoked into unleashing his SPD dogs. This could only be a good thing."

What? I hope this is farcical.

Will someone in Seattle please kick the living shit out of these fucks?

http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2012/05/02/article-2137582-12DEAB47000005...

'Citizen superhero' Phoenix Jones and his sidekicks at Seattle's May Day protests - who have allegedly been dousing protesters with pepper spray (Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2137582/Thousands-Occupy-activis...)

Seriously. Please. but be good at it, Phoenix Jones is an undefeated MMA fighter, and rolls with pepperspray and a stun baton.

What is that saying about bringing an undefeated MMA record, pepperspray, and a stun baton to a gun fight or early morning arson attack? He is known to wear a ballistic vest beneath his uniform.

So this citizen cop styles himself a superhero. Hmmmm... Well, what's the most common trope about an unmasked/indentified superhero? Their loved ones get their lives ruined or ended! Phoenix Jones' name is Benjamin Francis. I bet his mom would love a visit.

Also, put pictures up of his face / name / address, and call him a snitch.
Seriously, half these 'hero's' don't see themselves as snitches, it may make them question themselves, probably not, but you might as well try.

in heroland, snitches = good

look at this clown
http://vimeo.com/30307440

Look at those fucking MANARCHISTS smacking the shit out of that cop with their purses. Those MANARCHISTS should really check their white privilege and accept Phoenix Jones' intervention without rebuttal or examination. Don't they know that Phoenix Jones is a POC!?

Send Pheonix to St. Louis to have him 'stop crime'. Let's see if his face is bullet proof.

Yo, dude's a fucking tool and all and needs to get his ass kicked but harming his family would be fucking shit, mafioso.

I think he was making a joke about the Green Goblin going after Peter Parker's grandma, Fellow Worker. Anarcho-syndicalism is the only true form of anarchism.

Ahh. Guess it went over my head, comrade. Terrorism is the only true form of anarchy.

maxims are the only true expressions of anarchy

expressions are the only true forms.
-plato

Hey Seattle, everyone knows that a super hero needs a good villian to give him trouble...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kt2nc2NkcGE

I hope that PNW @s will keep pushing the chaos and violence forward (but watch out for that door-to-door C4 salesman -- it turns out he's FBI). The recent firebombings, smashing of the photogs, and attack on McGinn's home are all heartening developments. Those superhero pricks need to get the shit kicked out of them for sure (Benjamin Francis aka Phoenix Jones has been arrested while playing at citizen-cop and so his address must be on file in a police report...), and let's add John Sellers of the Ruckus Society to the list:

John Sellers, board president of the Ruckus Society, which helped organize the 1999 WTO protests, said the black-bloc vandals then were well-organized. "They had a plan, and I was nauseated by how little Seattle police did to arrest these people," Sellers recalled.

Sellers said he did not attend this year's May Day protests but was dismayed by media reports of the black-bloc vandalism.

"I feel sad because the Occupy movement has been working so hard on a re-emergence this spring and how many people is this going to scare away?" Sellers said. "How many grandmothers and grandfathers, and soccer moms, and immigrants, working people? How many are going to be scared to come out to march because they are seeing this kind of destruction?"

Ruckus Society was started out of the Greenpeace anti-nuclear seaborne direct action and also out of ELF/Earth First! Sounds good, right, like they're down with the underground? Well, they now take money from Ted Turner and Ben and Jerry's amongst other monied parties and they go around saying shit like this to the media and just generally being liberal. This is a pretty clear example of why we don't organize as non-profits and why most of the best things get done with a mask.

I love the populist generalities these fucks drop to attack the black bloc. they really care about people, especially those faceless soccer moms!!!

I was actually almost equally pissed at the pic of those business assholes in the offices. The time is drawing near to get all Emile Henry on these mother fuckers. Phoenix Jones may wear a bullet proof vest but those pricks don't, and they all wine and dine in the same expensive places. Glad to see people out in force, but the windows are a poor substitute for the bankers themselves. Property destruction is a beautiful thing, but it's not violence, lets hope for more of the latter next year.

Cleveland

Cleveland

Cleveland

third time's the charm

At least it's not detroit...

OHIOOOO!

Whoa now, a few things *not* to do:
I think it's ridiculously pointless/counterproductive to go after children, even if they are the Maaaayor's..
or "visit" the muddah's of unfriendly superheroes (there are better ways to retaliate..)
And while we're at it, I wish the term smashy smashy would lose popularity, it's so infantilizing it makes me feel icky. But that's just me and maybe I ain't no fun.

Things to maybe do:
Learn MMA and fight pepper spraying vigilantes with style!

LIBERAL, LIBERAL, LIBERAL, HEY EVERYONE!!! EVERYONE!!! LOOK AT THIS FUCKING LIBERAL!

Wait!! What!?! No!! You misunderstood me! What I meant to say was, Kill! Kill! Kill! DESTROOOOOYYYYYY!!!!!

Seriously though, going after that guy's family is weak. Just give him the mayoral treatment.

I don't think you understand how terrorism works.

Go kill yourself fed

I'm no fed, but you're a liberal if you can't come to terms with the use of terrorism to further anarchy.

Yeah, like 'terrorism' furthers 'anarchy.' It's pointless except in certain instances.

Also, COP.

careful everyone this person is "Also" a "COP"!!!

^ COP.

Why whatever do you mean comrade? I am good anarchist you see! So, how abouts it? Do we blow up a something? Heh heh heh. Anyone up for some arson? Heh heh heh, you see? I am good anarchist. We make plans, no? You give me your name and social number and we make big a boom yes?

*khhhh* copy that we have a 10-36 in progress *khhhh*

Oh eh heh heh, my shirt makes funny noise, no? Heh heh heh, do not worry comrade, you want C4? I give you special anarchist discount, one day only!

*khhh* Got 'em right where we want 'em *khhhh*

Maybe if you buy into the mainstream media's bullshit portrayal of your own ideological beliefs. All tactics have time and place (i.e. smashing Niketown yesterday seems to be a very well-timed and placed act); but keep it relevant and strategic. All those aggressively "non-violent" people piss me off too, but if you start to only see things in that trap of a dichotomy, like all actions that aren't felonies or possibly falling under the term "violent" are "not anarchist," then you become what the media & all those fuckers want you to become: an obscure subcultural dud.

Whatever you are, I'm FED up with provacateurs like you. Anarchists are the only good people on this planet, all we want is gardens everywhere and kids running around villages after butterflies. We want fruit trees instead of streets and free everything all the time. "Terrorism" is a boogie man invented by the state, and we hate the state. Smashing windows is nothing compared to systematic genocide of indigenous people, ecological ruin spurred on by industrial "progress", and the war against all life through fear, bombs, laws, all that. That's what terrorisms (to coin a phrase) me--the state's idea of life. I'm more terrified that my grandchildren will have nothing to eat than the prospect of doing away with a system that's bound to fail anyway. So, in short, YOU are a liberal not me nana nana boo boo I win.

PS. If you quote me as saying, "I'm FED," I will hunt you down with a machete.

>I'm FED

I think this anon is trying to send us a message in a bottle.

MESSAGE IN A MOLOTOV SUCKA IT'S MACHETE TIME!!!!!!!!!!!!

I'm backing up this one point: don't fuck with kids just to gain leverage over somebody, that's pretty shitty. . .

Toward the rest, I'm indifferent.

Smashy smashy.

Agreed. kidnapping kids is fucked up. not only fucked up for reasons I would have to get philosophical for, but a bad idea for everyone

"infantilizing" like using the word "icky"

More riot porn please

Have you watched porn? Did you enjoy it? Well, have you ever created your own porn? It's so much better.

Hey now, to keep with the analogy I've made plenty of my own "porn" but sometimes I like to watch.........

baby.

Nothing like watching your own porn, amirite? Think about that sexy fucker that is on the cover of Rolling Thunder or these Seattle ninjas that are going all hardstyle on AmAp. I bet they can jerk off to that for days.

mmmmmmmmmmmmmm hardstyle

t never been any fuckin windows round here its sorta kool the only fuckin way is up

so, what about those queer insurrectionists in nyc that were all filled with hate and stuff? did they rip some cops in half, or at least break windows with their dicks, etc?

Most of them got picked up in the pre-arrests but a few managed to get away by jumping from their windows and using their dicks as pogo sticks to escape to safety. I ran into a couple of them in the march busting out the ultraviolence on some peace police who accused them of manarchy. Good times.

man if all y'all anons are from seattle, y'all some funny mother fuckers.
new orleans held it down:
http://nolaanarcha.blogspot.com/2012/05/over-100-attend-new-orleans-may-...

Can someone please provide some detailed instructions for securely publishing a anonymous communique?

Computer security is a wide and deep subject and since your liberty may be at stake it's best to thoroughly educate yourself.

"The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has created this Surveillance Self-Defense site to educate the American public about the law and technology of government surveillance in the United States, providing the information and tools necessary to evaluate the threat of surveillance and take appropriate steps to defend against it.

Surveillance Self-Defense (SSD) exists to answer two main questions: What can the government legally do to spy on your computer data and communications? And what can you legally do to protect yourself against such spying?"

EFF SSD

I encourage all hoodlums to read that site cover to cover. Click the in text hyperlinks if you don't know a jargon or if you need context, but be sure to return to page you were reading and hit the link next to "Next:" Don't assume your adversary will be bound by privacy law.

A good level of safety may be burning Tails to a DVD or making a bootable USB and then using Tor, booting into Tails, writing communique in text editor (if a site uses scripts they can see what you write as you write it and this can be used to identify you), connecting through Tor, posting, and then reboot your computer into your usual OS.

You cannot just start using Tor/Tails and think you are safe. You must follow best practices or else you can explode your anonymity. Please, please read the SSD, and these pages:
Tails warnings
Tor warnings

That sounds like a lot of reading. Boring reading. Maybe spray paint is a better method of communication?

Security culture is boring as fuck, read it anyway.

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