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Community leaders have organized a protest against the government shutdown, happening today at 4pm at the entrance to Joshua Tree National Park. Local businesses have been losing income for weeks as campers and climbers have cancelled plans to come to the park. At the same time, CARPA is ostentatiously running a recruitment fair 7 miles from the park entrance. Come stand with the people of Joshua Tree and let the government know what you think!

For more information on how the shutdown is affecting local business, click here.

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This week, Carpaleaks are staging a community protest against the CARPA recruitment fair happening in Joshua Tree, CA. Stealth infiltrators have erected signage around Joshua Tree and led local protests that express our outrage at CARPA’s blatant efforts to conscript free craft Americans into military service. We urge you to show up and make your voice heard at this bureaucratic and state-run nightmare! Stop the militarisation of the peaceful handicraft heritage that shaped this great nation!

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The government is seeking to protect itself from its own spy apparatus and stymie the public service done by agencies like CARPAleaks by conceiving ways to keep records that are ‘eyes-only.’ This move to physical record keeping is an effective stop to CARPAleaks’s ongoing requests for documents under the Freedom of Information Act.

CARPAleaks has discovered that Rob Mertens, a CARPA agent operating out of Eugene, OR, has been developing an encryption code based on pre-digital South American methods of record keeping. For centuries, Andean cultures relied on methods of tying knots or weaving information into cord or cloth. These fibrous codes confused the Spanish during colonial times and continue to prove difficult for contemporary translators.

The Quechua term khipu, which translates to English as ‘knot,’ is an example of this fiber code logic. Systems of knotted wool and cotton cords can represent numeric data as well as narrative information. The Andeans could represent quantities of food in storage for the dry season, calendar dates, or population tallies of local communities. Recently, it has been discovered that the knotted language included personal stories of the Capac Coya and cosmological myths. Although the Spanish imperialists could not translate the khipu, they understood that it was an information system ripe for use in subversive separatist activities and destroyed much of it. The Andean peoples also used textile design to represent personal or mythological information. Many of these records survived because they were dually concealed, first as functional/decorative objects and second as encrypted images.

Agent Mertens’s project, ‘Encryption Cloth,’ will be demonstrated during the CARPA recruitment event, Camp CARPA (to be held October 16-19 in Joshua Tree, CA). His presentation will display the process of weaving coded information into cloth. Demonstrating this technology for potential recruits, Agent Mertens emphasizes the innocuous uses of fiber code logic, such as weaving birthday dates and Facebook status updates. We must remember that the system has a dangerous flexibility that could also encompass data like bank account information, browser histories, and phone records. At Camp CARPA, agents and potential agents will learn to weave on light, collapsible backstrap looms that provide optimal field mobility for agents reconnoitering enemy territory.

Fiber codes are a return to an older definition of classified information, one that is controlled via a chain of custody. The craft insurgency, powered by services like CARPAleaks, cannot release information that is stored this way because, unlike digital documentation, corded and woven records cannot be infinitely replicated and released. The government co-opting of this kind of independent craft technology is cause for alarm.

To download the source files, click here: 7-plaidCode

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36,000+ hours of secret video tape has been anonymously revealed to ESCAIPA*. ESCAIPA (España Crafte Avanzado Investigación Proyectos Agencia) has allied with CARPAleaks  to publish the documents. The footage, along with cables mostly between top-level officials at the Hague and various embassies in Madrid, point to the existence of a long running program to monitor the psycho-emotional state of international leaders. Video cameras concealed in the Sabatini building of the Reina Sofia museum in Madrid were positioned to capture viewer response to artwork. The two cameras were both located in room 206.6, which houses the Pablo Picasso masterpiece Guernica.

Cameras hidden in the wall from which Guernica  hangs capture facial expressions of viewers as they stand in front of the massive war-themed painting. A still-shot from a clip documenting US Republican congressman John Boehner’s visit (left). PM Angela Merkel frowns and shifts her eyes away from the scene, apparently uncomfortable in another scene (right). Both were classified as showing an “acceptable” emotional response to the image.

Cameras hidden in the wall from which Guernica hangs capture facial expressions of viewers as they stand in front of the massive war-themed painting. A still-shot from a clip documenting US Republican congressman John Boehner’s visit (left). PM Angela Merkel frowns and shifts her eyes away from the scene, apparently uncomfortable in another scene (right). Both were classified as showing an “acceptable” emotional response to the image.

The secret tapes document thousands of visits to Guernica by leading international political figures, including multiple heads-of-state. CARPA’s preliminary review of the accompanying files suggest that an elite team of local psychoanalysts were enlisted to evaluate the mental state of the politicians. The classification was based on display of emotion. Assessments such as aggressive narcissistic, mild sympathetic, histrionic personality, emotionally distant, and antisocial were apparently delivered by wire to an elite leadership at the International Justice Institute (IJI) at the Hague. The files confirm widely held suspicions that IJI holds connections to a covert intelligence organization in Eastern and Southern Europe.

Through these videos, analysts were able to monitor the emotional range of world leaders. Guernica’s depiction of domestic life ripped apart by a bomb blast is a powerful image. The immersive scale of the canvas, as well as the lack of color, contribute to the disorienting effect of the painting. Viewers experience a heightened state of sadness and mourning. A 1981 study on the emotional impact of Guernica reported a strong correlation between display of sadness (measured by slumping posture, head shaking, and / or tears) and overall capacity for feeling. This study was the basis of the clandestine monitoring program.

The program’s purpose, described in a cable between the Dutch Embassy and Geneva, was to diagnose “potential dictatorial developments, and other borderline personality disorders such as excessive narcissism which could lead, ultimately, to acts of war and aggression against humanity.” Implicit in these communications is the belief that a mentally balanced individual cannot stand in front of Guernica without experiencing an overwhelming cascade of human emotions. Some display of sensitivity in front of the “universally moving” image, however slight, is indicative of a healthy psyche. If analysts are unable to identify and sign of discomfort in the viewer, they consider the viewer to be dangerously detached from human suffering and highly likely to inflict tragedy on others. If that viewer happens to be a world leader, their actions have the power to hurt many.

 

The Museo Nacional Centro del Arte Reina Sofìa houses the Picasso painting. The painting is a designated national treasure of Spain and is a major stop on the standard tour offered to visiting international political figures.

The Museo Nacional Centro del Arte Reina Sofìa houses the Picasso painting. The painting is a designated national treasure of Spain and is a major stop on the standard tour offered to visiting international political figures.

A secondary hidden video camera installed in the wall opposite the painting was used to detect the body posture and position of targeted viewers.

A secondary hidden video camera installed in the wall opposite the painting was used to detect the body posture and position of targeted viewers.

It is unclear at this time whether the Spanish government cooperated in the program by facilitating the visits or not. The powerful painting is a major attraction in Madrid, and private tours for visiting heads-of-state are routine.

 

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CARPA-siteX2The current administration, usually very concerned about leaks by reporters, has leaked another secret on Monday – the location of a top-secret craft base named Shangri la, a state-of-the-art installation which is being retrofitted for an encampment by the US.

According to Col. Wesley Miller, the Defense Department has posted detailed specifications on all projects for CARPA’s Shangri La site, a strategic craft research installation, so that contractors can submit bids. The specs for Shangri La include more than 1,000 pages of details on the facility including location, ownership, and construction dates.

1030 Shangri La Lane Joshua Tree, CA 92252 I-10 to state route 62 (to high desert cities, near palm springs exits and the windmills.  You will go through Morongo Valley and Yucca Valley before Joshua Tree.)At the 3rd light in the town of Joshua Tree take a left on SUNBURST. Before Sunburst turns to dirt, make a right on GOLDEN. Go 1 block and turn left on BORDER. Take Border north for quite awhile. (Major intersections you’ll pass are Aberdeen and Moonlight Mesa Road…keep going.)  At WINTERS, take a left…it is dirt. Make a left on the second road on your left SHANGRI LA.  Your vacation destination is the second place on your right. There is a # road sign and corrugated metal fencing.

 The domicile owned and operated by Drew Dunlap is one of the remaining cabins from the 1938 Baby Homestead Act, which allowed 5-acre, non-agricultural, homesteads in order to encourage settlement in the harsh desert climate.  Shangri la is surrounded on 3 sides by hundreds of acres of undeveloped, government-protected land and (when aided by binoculars) offers a view of a military-constructed Iraqi village used by the local 29 Palms Marine base for occasional bomb testing.   Shangri la continues to rewrite the myth of the desert, by supporting artist who crate works in response to this elusive utopia.

Why would our defense department not keep information like this top-secret, giving clearance only to verified bidders? This is transparency no one needs.

Needless to say, craft activists around the world are shocked. The release of the plans gives the enemy an “easy how-to-guide” for an attack.

Last year, the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF), the well-known lobbying front for big agribusiness-related industries that works against climate change legislation, was revealed to be green-washing art projects concerning arty issues such as “urban farming”, “guerrilla gardening” and “urban beekeeping.” The leaks that exposed some of contributions to the US pavilion of the Venice Biennale as AFBF-works raised some concerns as to the “spontaneous” nature of urban art interventions. The public is also concerned about what kind of “common good” (that is, “US-soft power”) these works are supposed to benefit.

This is nothing new. In 1947, the State Department organized and paid for a touring international exhibition entitled “Advancing American Crafts.” The CIA office of International Organizations Division (IOD), under Tom Broden, has also sponsored several projects. These have included an animated version of George Orwell’s Animal Farm (in the 1950s) as well as the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s extensive international touring program. These initiatives served as part of the propaganda war with the Soviet Union and promoted the free cultural power of the US.

The CIA-CARPA collaboration, revealed through correspondence with the IOD and AFBF, stretches back to 1958 and the touring exhibition “The New American Painting.” Including prominent abstract expressionists such as Pollock, de Kooning, and Motherwell, the exhibition showed in Paris and later at the Tate Gallery in London. At the time, the well-known American millionaire and art lover, Justin Fleischmann, acted as figurehead for the operation.

Later, in 1961, the “New Studio-Craft” exhibit at Victoria and Albert Museum in London was also sponsored by Fleischmann’s CIA cover, the Farfield Foundation. Using his position at the board of the International Program of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, he had already pushed for several craft exhibits at the MoMA since the mid 1950s.

The debate concerning the alliance between the Maker Faire and DARPA was raised again last year when people questioned the role the military plays in public education, but with some historical overview it is clear that both DARPA and CARPA have played key roles in sponsoring not only engineering research but also craft schools, conferences, exhibits. Lately, their reach has extended to hacker and maker spaces, also overseas. “One of the biggest challenges we face as a nation is the decline in our ability to make things,” said Dr. Regina Dugan, then Director of DARPA in an interview in 2011, giving witness to her strategic thinking, well in resonance with the  research at CARPA.

This government strategy has been well integrated in the United States Army Recruiter Handbook (USAREC Manual No. 3-01) for several decades, yet the magnitude of the government-sponsored programs was surprising to many crafters. Not only direct CARPA-operations, such as the Etsy satellite in Berlin, but also the CARPA infiltration of “anarchist-run” hacker space, such as Hantverkslabbet (Swedish for “The Craft Lab”) in Malmo, Sweden, aim to tap into intel on both traditional south Swedish whittling techniques and Iranian expat art-movies. According to the documents, this infiltration also reached several “independent artist-run gallery spaces” in France and Greece.

The last leaks concern craft projects on “social practice,” mainly stemming from the heavily CARPA-infiltrated California College of the Arts (CCA) in San Francisco and its MA program aimed at strengthening US soft power in the social arts. New York schools, as well, such as Parsons the New School for Design and the Cooper Union are revealed to have covered up government-sponsored crafts and recruitment programs under the cover of “public engagement,” “social crafts,” and “art media.”

Members of CARPAleaks are currently filtering a huge leak from CARPA engagements in Portland, Berlin, and Kabul. Stay tuned.

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CARPA and CIA-facilitated secret code necklace

CARPA and CIA-facilitated secret code necklace

Coco Chanel’s collaboration with the Abwehr (Nazi military intelligence), and later with the CIA, has been long known, but a leak from the Chanel workshops in Paris have revealed more about the extensive collaboration of coded messages in the famous Chanel pearl jewellery.

Probably inspired by the South American Quipus (or “talking knots”), necklace-cords which contained numeric codes in knots, the Chanel atelier established a system for encoded messages between spies through the arrangements of black and white pearls in necklaces. Coco Chanel herself (known to the Abwehr as F 7124) used her suite at the Hotel Ritz in Paris as an operations base to design these necklaces, encoding information to messengers within the secret service. After the war, Chanel quickly aligned with the US forces who initiated this method among agents, facilitated through highly secretive courses in beading by CARPA.

As is exposed in the leak, in 2011 CARPA established an alias-shop at the Chinese trading site Aliexpress.com to leak secret information from Chinese industrial workshops through counterfeit Chanel necklaces.

Click here to download the pdf of these secret files: 2CQ2013-x

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310 patterns for military “blood-bracelets” revealed

Military allies do not only have several secret ceremonies of blood-brotherhood, but a leaked pattern shows how they also provide “ally-bracelets” (what in civil life are often peaceful friendship bracelets). These blood-bracelets are braided by members of special forces in different NATO countries during their missions in Afghanistan, often from conquered wool and ripped carpets under secret ceremonies in their bases while browsing censored sites, such as knitting forum Ravelry.com.

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Click here to view the pdf of these classified files: 1BB2013-a-x

For part 2 of this document torrent: 1BB2013-b-smX

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