Monday, March 12, 2012

Anonymous Documentary We Are Legion The Story Of The Hacktivists Premieres At SXSW

By DJ Pangburn

Last night, “We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists,” a documentary covering the hacking collective Anonymous, premiered at SXSW.
I’ve spent a great deal of my time here at Death and Taxes attempting to examine the symbolic context by which Anonymous operates on political, social and economic levels. While I freely acknowledge that hacking of credit cards is a criminal act, I am quite convinced that DDoS attacks are a legitimate form of digital protest.
Additionally, I believe that in a country and a world in which power structures operate behind the veil of state secrecy and national security, that if information—whether it reveals bankrupt ethics, corruption, or otherwise bad behavior—finds its way into the hands of WikiLeaks or other publishers by way of hacking, then so be it. I believe that such a force can simultaneously fight alongside Arab Spring protesters, but also on American shores against banks and investors who crashed the economy in 2008; and that the latter is not crime on the order of Al Qaeda or Timothy McVeigh’s violent theatrics. Greedy, unethical bankers and corporate lobbyists are as illegitimate as dictators: the former often operate in the shadows, while the other exerts power openly. Both act without compunction.
If governments were more open with their people and didn’t act irresponsibly, or weren’t so easily and efficiently corrupted by business interests, then the hacking would not be necessary. If a man is bound against his will, he is liable to gnash his teeth at his captor—so it is with Anonymous.
I first encountered Anonymous while living in Los Angeles, where they initially donned the Guy Fawkes masks in opposition to Scientology. Naturally, I was supportive, not only because the visuals were humorous, but because it was an effective means of protesting an ethically corrupt cult.
In the summer of 2010, I encountered an individual who foresaw that Anonymous was about to evolve from merely causing The Church of Scientology and Sony grief into a mechanism for fighting political, social and economic injustice. This was several months before Operation Avenge Assange, when I couldn’t possibly have comprehended the full import of Anonymous’ next move.
A lot has been said about Anonymous by the federal government, the private sector, and journalists, and many of their points are valid within the context of current federal cybercrime laws. As with any power structure, though, its power is to be preserved not through its integrity, but in how well it can distort the atmosphere of dissident opinion and action, and feed the lies to the masses. It should come as no surprise then that the US government is attempting to define Anonymous as “terrorists.”
Hopefully, “We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists,” directed by Brian Knappenberger, will go some way in checking the distortion from the federal politicians and their benefactors on Wall Street.
Appearing in the documentary is Gabriella Coleman, an anthropologist who researches hacktivism. You can read my interview with her here.

1 comment:

  1. March 17, 2012
    Projects Pied Piper and Strawman
    I have just gone through almost 1,000 pages of dossiers on two Cabal projects that have now come to light…

    Project Pied Piper
    The Occupy Movement is Cabal-created, an idea conceived by Hilary Clinton as a way to control the masses. By using an initial set of agents to start the Occupy Movement, impassioned people would be drawn to it like mice to the Pied Piper, where they could then either be mind-cotrolled or cloned for further use. It seems the project is working, with disinfo news on overt network. Those Occupyers that get arrested? A combination of disino and people taken for brain re-programming or complete body replacement with a clone.

    Project Strawman
    If you are not informed on the strawman financial scam implemented by the Federal Reserve and the Corporation of the United States, you should read up on it, about you and your fictitious doppleganger.
    The Cabal has taken it to a nefarious height: an enormous project to clone 25% of the citizens of the US, if not the world. So far they are in Beta mode: the cloning of random citizens of all race, creed, and exonomic status. Which means, anyone could be a clone. Alpha mode was the cloning of public figures, movie stars, journalists, talk show hosts — anyone who had the capacity to influence many people vis a platform and audience. Now, with random cloning, you cannot be sure who around you is a clone.
    You could be a clone. Your neighbor could be a clone. Your co-worker, your spouse, your kids, that hot jogger you see every morning, that barista who makes your chai latte, that hooker you visit once a week, your stockbroker, your auto mechanic, your kids’ kindergarten teacher, your barber or hairstylist…they will not be aware of what they are; they are unknowingly waiting for activation for a large scale operation.
    Of course, we have seen such scenarios in movies: Invasion of the Body Snatchers, the human Cylons in Battlestar Galactica…
    In this situation, it is…real…
    Ask yourself: are you a clone? Are your memories real? Does it seems sometimes your memories have been implanted? Does it seems like Someone Else is pulling the strings of your life as if you were a mere puppet for the Cabal? Does it seem like your spouse, partner, roommate, sibling or child left the house and returned slightly changed, looking slightly different, the light in their eyes perhaps dimmed, their memories suddenly incomplete? Have they suddenly changed political sides, religious views, a taste for an exotic food?
    Who around you is a clone, and who is an original human being?
    I wish I knew what the mass scale clone activation event consists of, or when the project goes zenith; that seems to be a mystery for now…