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Solidarity With All Hacktivists

Posted 1 year ago on Dec. 4, 2013, 11:21 a.m. EST by occupyalerts
Tags: Jeremy Hammond, political prisoner, Anonymous

Anon MDC

A demonstration in solidarity with Anonymous Hacker Jeremy Hammond occurred last night at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Sunset Park, Brooklyn where he is temporarily being held. Just two weeks ago, the 28 year old was sentenced to 10 years in federal detention for cyber crimes. Amongst other high-profile breaches, he leaked confidential intelligence data to Wikileaks from a private intelligence firm known as Stratfor. Many consider Stratfor to be a "shadow CIA" operating under even less regulation and oversight than a government entity.

Demonstrators brought various instruments, pots + pans, and their voices to make noise loud enough to be heard within the walls of the detention center. An activist collective called The Illuminator projected messages of solidarity on the bleak walls of the prison. "Free Jeremy Hammond!", "Solidarity with all Hacktivists!", and images of the infamous Guy Fawkes mask lit up the night. Prisoners raised fists from their windows and flicked lights on and off in a show of appreciation.

For more information about Jeremy Hammond, refer to:

His Wikipedia Page

His Official Defense Network Page

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[-] 6 points by shadz66 (19985) 1 year ago
[-] 3 points by LeoYo (5909) 1 year ago

US Government Has Secret Kill Switch for Communications

Wednesday, 04 December 2013 11:29 By Kevin Mathews, Care2 | Report


Someday, your cell phone and internet may suddenly go out, but it will have nothing to do with failing to pay your bills. Unbeknownst to most Americans, the President has the authority to shut down everyone’s internet and phone service in one fell swoop, reports Mother Jones.

Though it seems sinister, the government assures us that this “kill switch” capability is for our own protection. Developed during the George W. Bush administration, the plan is that the executive branch can turn off communication technology in the event of a mass emergency or terrorist attack.

Fortunately, one group is demanding a more thorough explanation. Wanting the government’s plan to be public knowledge, the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) used the Freedom of Information Act to request documents pertaining to the kill switch. A high-ranking judge agreed that the organization’s request was valid and required that the Department of Homeland Security release pertinent documents this month. Courts subsequently extended the release date to January 13, giving the DHS more time to find a way around having to divulge anything.

EPIC hopes that the government will be forced to answer key questions about this emergency protocol like precisely how the technologies will be turned on and off, the potential duration of these outages and whether the DHS can use the kill switch at its own discretion without the president’s approval.

The government’s best argument for shutting down cell service is that cell phones can be used to remotely set off bombs, so disabling these phones is important for safety. However, the case is less clear for the internet. “I find it hard to imagine why an internet kill switch would ever be a good idea, short of some science fiction scenario wherein the network comes alive a la Terminator/Skynet,” said Harold Feld, a technology advocacy expert. “At this point, so much of our critical infrastructure runs on the internet that a ‘kill switch’ would do more harm than anything short of a nuclear strike. It would be like cutting off our own head to escape someone pulling our hair.”

What the government’s plan seemingly fails to take into account is that communication is essential, particularly in emergency situations. People not only are inclined to get in touch with loved ones, but also need the devices to learn the extent of the threat/how to protect themselves. Is the potential of inconveniencing the state’s enemies worth the lives that could have otherwise been spared had the public been able to access critical information?

In many ways, disabling communication technology is actually about the First Amendment. Just look at other countries that have triggered the kill switch on the internet. Syria eliminated the internet when its people rose up against its government. Egyptian leaders similarly blocked most internet and cellphone reception during the country’s protests against Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.

Still, let’s not “other” the problem entirely. San Francisco is guilty of similar tactics. When a protest was planned after a BART police officer shot a homeless man, officials shut down all wireless service around the time of the rally to stop participants from effectively organizing and assembling.

Instead of seeing examples of how shutting down technology “protected” the people, recent history shows how governments can abuse the capability in order to suppress its people. Blocking communication is more likely a ploy for keeping citizens in line and uninformed. The free exchange of information is an essential part of transparency and safeguarding our liberties. Hopefully, the Department of Homeland Security will be made to disclose its full intentions with the kill switch without all of the usual classified redactions.

This piece was reprinted by Truthout with permission or license.

[-] 3 points by shadz66 (19985) 1 year ago

Thanx for that Leo and not sure but am interested on what your feelings are regarding these ''Removed Comments'' here on this thread. Both you and I dealt with that reactionary fukwit in our own way and can continue to do so but nothing Trashy Nutjob said was overly offensive or even rude ... reactionary, mendacious and 'establishmentarian' yes but nothing (incl. his conceited link) was offensive enough to warrant censorship I thought. Give these crypto-right-wing idiots enough rope & they soon start hanging on their own petards but censoring them gives them a martyr complex but sort of makes us look foolish too. Anyway, solidarity @ you.

pax et lux ...

[-] 3 points by LeoYo (5909) 1 year ago

I agree. Although I've always seen a lot of comments to, from, and about 'Trashy', that I've never paid much attention to, I don't recall ever having interacted with this person before. If such a person is a serious disruption that needs to be permanently banned from the forum, then so be it, but that notwithstanding, if the comments made before a reinstated banning weren't of any disruptive significance, I see no reason why they shouldn't remain.

[-] 4 points by shadz66 (19985) 1 year ago

Alas, ''such a person IS a serious disruption'' and in that case, the mods can do their work but arbitarily removing anything that does not take their fancy or anyone they do not like brings an uneasy feeling of capriciousness to proceedings and hence I agree with the final words of your reply. Thanx for all your work here and solidarity to you and yours for Yule, Solstice and New Year & finally fyi :

pax ...


[-] 6 points by LeoYo (5909) 1 year ago

If you can identify a conspiracy theory in the article, feel free to point it out or else claiming it to be mumbo jumbo is itself just fantasy land mumbo jumbo.




[-] 4 points by shadz66 (19985) 1 year ago

You Trash-talking specious troll !!! What ''many problems'' have you identified and how do YOU ''deal with'' them in your posts and comments ?!! Can you call up a single forum-post or comment of yours about these ''many problems'' or do you only really obsess on process and sniping and generally fkng useless 'concern trolling' [ http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Concern_troll ] ?!

''Augean Stables'', my arse !!! Fancy yourself a Hercules amongst men do you, lol ?! YOU are clearly the definitive ''CONspiracy theory here'' Trashy !

Be advised that “'conspiracy theory' no longer means an event explained by a conspiracy. Instead, it now means any explanation, or even a fact, that is out of step with the government’s explanation and that of its media pimps. In other words, as truth becomes uncomfortable for government and its Ministry of Propaganda, the truth is redefined as 'conspiracy theory', by which is meant an absurd and laughable explanation that we should ignore.'' Now go answer LeoYo's question mthrkr & while you're at it get your devious, duplicitous, double-speaking damaged brain around this :

temet nosce ...

[-] 3 points by gnomunny (6819) from St Louis, MO 1 year ago

"Augean Stables" vs. Dr. Paul Craig Roberts. I think I'll go with the esteemed doctor:


I seem to recall this being an interesting article but I didn't re-read it before posting, just took time for a quick scan:


Two more bookmarks I can now erase. Cool!

[-] 5 points by shadz66 (19985) 1 year ago

Solidarity @ http://freejeremy.net/ & thanx for the links, which I recommend to all readers.

May his clearly heart centred work be recognised and treated justly going forward.

pax, amor et lux ...

[-] 3 points by Nevada1 (5162) 1 year ago


[-] 1 points by gnomunny (6819) from St Louis, MO 1 year ago

Ditto, and signed.

[-] 3 points by Nevada1 (5162) 1 year ago

Good articles. World will never move ahead in positive direction, without Justice regarding Extreme Crimes committed by USG/TPTB.

[-] 2 points by gnomunny (6819) from St Louis, MO 1 year ago

That's very true, Nev. It's a shame that justice is going to come excruciatingly slow apparently, if at all. Had some of the TBTF banksters got what they deserved it would've been a step in the right direction.



[-] 0 points by Fez (20) 1 year ago

Amongst other high-profile breaches, Jeremy Hammond also stole 60,000 credit card numbers and racked up $700k of fraudulent charges on them.