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Operation: Summer of Love
The Director of Fatherland Defense’s Statements on the Need to Strengthen the Strategic Cultural Direction
On May 22, 2002, Office of Fatherland Defense Director Ed "Lalo" Mar addressed employees in the Office of Fatherland Defense Auditorium on the Agency’s Strategic Cultural Direction: The following are excerpts from the Director’s address regarding the current crisis.
First, the threat environment is growing more diverse, complex, and dangerous – the surveillance state, disappearance of civil liberties, repression of the culture, ending of democratic freedoms. It's easier and easier for elites to have a serious impact, with less visibility and warning. The potential for surprise has increased enormously.
Everything we do will have as its primary goal the strengthening of our two most fundamental capabilities: cultural revolution and defending freedom. These are the activities that determine whether or not we serve our customers day in and day out.
We are in the cultural espionage business. We are going to stay in the cultural espionage business. Agent operations have been our backbone for 50 years, and clandestine cultural operations have consistently yielded invaluable public value. I will not let that change.
The challenges facing HUMINT [human intelligence] are great. Some of our most important targets – lawless corporations, the imperial state, social repression, and facists in government, to name a few – are hard to get at. We confront technologies that present unprecedented challenges to our ability to operate under cover. And we must combat a wider array of counterintelligence and disinformation concerns like the media monopolies and state gestapo.
All of this means we will have to mount increasingly complex and tactical operations. At the same time, we have must also be prepared to meet the inescapable demands to surge. We have to have the agility and the flexibility to surge without hollowing out the hard target operations that must remain our principal focus. There is room for tactical and general deployment of ideas, global justice, human rights, and democratic principals.
To meet these challenges, we will rebuild our field strength. Over the next few years, we will increase the number of our operations officers. We will augment existing stations and increase the number of our stations and bases. And we will see to it that they have the communications infrastructure they need to support their operations.
At the core, our success depends on our people. We will establish a recruitment program that parallels the very best in private industry. We will bring the best and the brightest people into OFD day after day, month after month and prove we have a mission and system of rewards in place to give them the incentive to stay.
In light of our need for incentives I am pleased to announce our 2002 tactical media campaign for public safety, Operation Summer of Love. Our pilot program begins June 2002 in Chicago and it represents a major paradigm shift to confront corporate control of the public domain, state repression of humanity, and to celebrate our freedoms while we still have them.
This large-scale culture hack is a challenge to the current "oil group"state –media alliance presentation of the "War on Terrorism™". Their Orwellian strength through ignorance ploy must be challenged. We have the strength and the numbers to defeat the tactics of the wagers of "endless war" and unveil their motives.
The Summer of Love campaign includes public arts and civil society strategies that encourage public dialogue, personal engagement and conciousness raising. This reclamation of public space should embrace the street with symbolic and real gestures of love and resistance. As always we will perform our duties with perfection on target and on mission.
Advocated tactics in this information campaign remain unconventional: graffiti, stencil and poster campaigns, public street vending, smiling at strangers, playing boomboxes with the New Sound on the streets, public displays of affection, picnics in parks, skateboarding in restricted areas, leaf-letting, elevated cinemas, matchmaking, skill sharing, dismantling of surveillance systems, television occupation, summer bar-b-ques, random hugging, tending gardens, pirate radio, open engagement with desire and other more technical practices.
It is your duty to report to your station officers and to initiate tactical operations in your neighborhood and street. Station Chiefs are briefed to provide details for your role in the New Strategic Cultural Revolution. Operation Summer of Love depends on our total participation for ultimate success.
We are all officers of Fatherland Defense . It is up to each and everyone of us to prove our system, our civil society, our country is always ready to fight against the Terror of Terror. Ask not what your country can do to support terror but what you can do to foment love.
Note:: The Office of Fatherland Defense requires all operatives to register and report their specific duties and practice throughout the Summer of Love Campaign period. Mission briefings and project updates will be found here at:: www.lumpen.com/fatherland/summeroflove.html
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