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From the Communist Party of the Philippines:
April 24, 2012

The entire leadership and membership of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and Red fighters and commanders of the New People’s Army (NPA) extend their warm revolutionary greetings to the allied organizations of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) as it marks its founding anniversary.

Thirty-nine years ago today, the Preparatory Commission of the NDFP issued the NDF 12-point program, which since then has served as the framework for building the Filipino people’s unity under the banner of the national democratic revolution.

The NDFP has been waging armed struggle, carrying out agrarian revolution, mass base and united front building in the past four decades. It represents the Filipino people’s revolutionary forces and their people’s democratic government, which are being built on the foundations of the victories attained in waging people’s war. Through the NDFP, the collective interests of the Filipino people are being represented in negotiations with the reactionary government, in the field of international diplomacy and solidarity relations with other revolutionary forces, people’s movements and other groups.

Let us celebrate four decades of united front building through the NDFP. Through the NDFP, the Filipino people are being united with the basic alliance of the proletariat and peasantry at its core, in alliance with the progressive forces of the petty bourgeoisie, and in further alliance with the patriotic forces of the national bourgeoisie. The NDFP has also entered into temporary alliances with factions of the ruling classes in order to build broad alliances to isolate and fight the ruling clique.

The Filipino people are today confronted with the reactionary ruling Aquino puppet regime. As the current caretaker of the rotten semicolonial and semifeudal system, the Aquino regime is implementing the worst of the neoliberal economic policies imposed by US imperialism and its financial and economic agencies, exhibiting the most detestable forms of subservience to its imperialist masters and employs the most brutal tactics of suppression combined with outright deception.

Conditions are exceedingly favorable to expand the NDFP in a big way. The various democratic sectors comprising the Filipino people are restive and seek to organize or join organizations that uphold their national and democratic demands. Workers, peasants, the mass of unemployed, ordinary employees, overseas contract workers, professionals, youth and students, women, educators, church and religious people, artists and workers in the field of culture and arts, journalists and other media workers, scientists and technologists, small businessmen, minority peoples, the Moro people and numerous other oppressed and exploited sectors seek to expand the existing underground organizations or build new ones to ally with the NDFP.

Amidst their worsening socio-economic conditions, the Filipino people demand to intensify their mass struggles and armed resistance. They demand to unite the broadest number on the basis of their demands for social justice and their patriotic aspirations for national liberation.

The CPP calls on all revolutionary forces to exert all out effort to expand and build more revolutionary mass organizations representing the various democratic sectors of the Filipino people. Let us further expand the NDFP to unprecedented heights. Let us build the broadest possible alliance and mobilize the biggest number of people in democratic and anti-imperialist mass struggles and isolate and oppose the ruling Aquino puppet regime. Let us gather the broadest possible support for the armed revolution and the people’s mass struggles.

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The White House has officially announced that the Obama administration is opposed to the controversial Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, or CISPA, expected to go before Congress this week. But does it really matter?

The Obama administration has formally condemned the latest Internet legislation up for vote, but this week a top White House official confirmed that the commander-in-chief’s closest officers are opposed to the bill. If Americans learned anything from the president’s under-the-table signing of the National Defense Authorization act last year though, it’s that decrees from underneath President Barack Obama can be reversed as quickly as announced.

The United States Congress could vote on CISPA as early as this week, which is the next step towards sending the bill to the White House for the president to sign into law. Alec Ross, a senior adviser for innovation to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, reiterates to the Guardian this week that top officials underneath President Obama are pushing to keep the legislation from being signed.

“The Obama administration opposes CISPA,” explains Ross. “The president has called for comprehensive cybersecurity legislation. There is absolutely a need for comprehensive cybersecurity legislation.”

What CISPA’s supporters are asking for in Congress does much more than just implement measures to make America’s online infrastructure safe for terrorism threats, though. If approved, CISPA will let both private companies and the federal government alike infiltrate personal conversation carried out over the Internet and eavesdrop on Americans from coast-to-coast under the guise of cybersecurity.

Ross adds to the Guardian that the White House is telling Congress, “we want legislation to come with necessary protections for individuals,” which, as other anti-CISPA critics will vouch for, won’t be a reality if lawmakers approve the bill this week.

Despite insistence from the Obama administration though, will the president follow through with plans to push CISPA off Capitol Hill?

Last year, the White House went public with plans to veto the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 as opponents of the bill and its indefinite detention of American citizen provisions caused a massive backlash among critics. In its earlier form, the White House wrote to Congress that parts of the NDAA would bring a “dangerous and unprecedented challenge to critical Executive branch authority to determine when and where to prosecute detainees,” would constrain counterterrorism efforts and undermine national security.

On November 17, 2011, the White House formally announced of the NDAA, “Any bill that challenges or constrains the President’s critical authorities to collect intelligence, incapacitate dangerous terrorists, and protect the Nation would prompt the President’s senior advisers to recommend a veto.”  In regards to the military custody provisions inside the NDAA, the White House added that they spawned “serious and unsettled legal questions and would be inconsistent with the fundamental American principle that our military does not patrol our streets.”

The bill was approved by the president only six weeks later on New Year’s Eve.

With CISPA quickly snowballing from fringe legislation to a mainstream news story and garner opponents just as quickly as NDAA, it should not come as a surprise that the president is supposedly putting his foot down over CISPA. Given how quickly the stance was changed over the NDAA last year, however, it very well could be a prime example of the president pandering to audiences yet again, especially given the proximity to Election Day.

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