U.S. Department of Art & Technology


Press Secretary
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For Immediate Release: June 14, 2002

APPOINTMENT OF NEW POST
CONFRONTS NATIONAL INSECURITY

ABE GOLAM, DIRECTOR OF THE
OFFICE OF POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC INSECURITY

WASHINGTON, DC - Responding to criticism of the Bush Administration's handling of national security in its recent proposal to create the Department of Homeland Security, Secretary Randall M. Packer has called for the creation of the Office of Political and Economic Insecurity within the Department of Art & Technology, to confront rising insecurity in the nation and around the world as a result of the administration's plan to restructure the US government. The Secretary has appointed Abe Golam, legendary info-shaman, cracker of the sorcerer-code and creator of Nanoscript, as its Director.
Mr. Packer's proposal would place into a single office the Department's Office of Artist & Homeland Insecurity, Bureau of Cultural Transformation and Paradigmatic Shifts, the Bureau for the Protection & Immunization Against Mediation & Alienation, the Bureau for Rhizomatics, Community & Generative Data, and the Office of Freedom of Speech.

"Since September 11, all levels of government have been pointing fingers like never before while our airports become Keystone cop scenarios and our border security remains a farce," Mr. Golam stated in a recent memorandum to the Secretary. "Even as they pretend to be taking steps toward improving information sharing among our intelligence agencies, and suggest in their media-manipulated spin doctoring that we are beginning to deploy more resources and personnel to protect our critical infrastructure, our federal investigators are still working with computer technology manufactured in the dark ages. Our children have access to better technology than our federal intelligence agents."

Mr. Golam expressed his anger at the administration for not seeking support from the nation's artists in its response to recent international crises, "The changing nature of the threats facing America requires a new government, a new administration, a new way of looking at the world that protects the environment, that celebrates diversity, takes care of the poor, and prioritizes the development of new forms of art using advanced digital technologies that will help us find a cure to the 'death-denial' of our present leaders." In a stinging acknowledgment of failures that took place during the administration's watch, Mr. Golam directly attacked Bush's new homeland policies and its impact on civil liberties, "Our domestic agenda has been hijacked by far right wing ideologues and military-religious zealots who are trying to whittle away at the basic rights of all US citizens as guaranteed by our Constitution."

Under Mr. Packer's proposal, the new office would put at least 22 separate bureaus, programs and media research centers under one umbrella group. But the conceptual framework of the new office is clear: each division is supposed to handle a different element of the country's ability to confront the administration's emerging death-wish before it happens, or respond to it should prevention fail. Mr. Golam's memorandum notes that "The one thing Americans, perhaps more than any other nation on the planet, fear - is death itself. Under the protective guise of 'Homeland Security', we find ourselves primarily a nation of insecure workers scared to death of our future, of our ability to consume corporate food at any cost, of our right to buy gas guzzling vehicles that double as tanks."

Mr. Golam's memorandum concludes with an existential portrayal of the administration's position as he warns, "For those of our fellow citizens who fear death, we should ask them to remember that death is an advisor. Death is always there, always with you, watching your every move. Death has only one thing to say to you and says it over and over again: live this life to its fullest and find security in your own heart, the way you act toward others, the things you create."

For the full transcript of Abe Golam's Memorandum to the Secretary: http://www.usdept-arttech.net/golam.html

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The US Department of Art and Technology is the principal conduit for facilitating the artist's need to extend aesthetic inquiry into the broader culture where ideas become real action. It also serves the psychological and spiritual well-being of all Americans by supporting cultural efforts that provide immunity from the extension of new media technologies into the social sphere.

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The US Department of Art and Technology is the principal conduit for facilitating the artist's need to extend aesthetic inquiry into the broader culture where ideas become real action. It also serves the psychological and spiritual well-being of all Americans by supporting cultural efforts that provide immunity from the extension of new media technologies into the social sphere.

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