As The Inquisitr reported earlier tonight, Anonymous has struck again; hacking the website of the US Sentencing Commission in memory of fallen Reddit co-founder Aaron Swartz. The feared Hacktivist Collective swore revenge on the government for the January 11, 2013 suicide of the dedicated social activist, which they feel occurred as a direct result of the relentless pressure the Federal Prosecutor’s office was putting on Aaron.
Anonymous blamed the Massachusetts Federal Prosecutor for terrorizing Swartz by threatening him with millions of dollars in fines, and 35 years or more in prison, for allegedly hacking Jstor, a subscription-only website that distributes scientific and literary journals.
Aaron Swartz had a fully legal account to use the website and download articles, but the Federal Attorney wanted to make an example of him, according to Swartz’s family members and close friends. Jstor, who experienced no financial harm, declined to press criminal charges, but the Prosecutor insisted on proceeding with the case.
United States Attorney Carmen Ortiz, who is reported to be contemplating a run for Governor of Massachusetts, served Mr. Swartz with a 13 felony indictment. Not one of the one of the millions of articles Swartz downloaded from Jstor was ever distributed to the public, but the Feds indicted him anyway, claiming Aaron was planning to make them available to the world for free.
We will never know the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, in the legal war against Aaron Swartz. Within hours of his death, the Prosecutor’s office announced they were dropping the case. What we do know is Aaron believed in the free distribution of information. He wanted people in every single country, rich or poor, to have open access to the accumulated knowledge of the human race.
Certainly government officials, corporate executives, and researchers funded by multi-million dollar grants from the Defense Department, will disagree with Swartz. They will claim they have a right to share information as they see fit and to turn a profit on their investment. They firmly believe in maximum secrecy and minimum accountability.
The battle of knowledge vs. profit has been raging for centuries, but over the last 18 months the Occupy Movement brought the greed of the American establishment to the attention of the world. When Anonymous made the decision to boldly venture forth from behind their computers and join thousands of Occupy protesters on the front lines, they rededicated the collective to a coherent program of social justice..
Activists across the nation have joined with Anonymous to ask a simple question. Will each and every human being share in the fruits of progress or will the top 20 percent continue to control 85 percent of the nation’s wealth, while the richest one percent of the American population owns 34.6 percent of the country’s total wealth?
With the dawn of each new day, the gap between the haves and have nots is growing wider. The people are growing angrier and more frustrated as they continue the one way plunge to poverty and oppression in the new American security state. We have cameras on every light pole, drones over our cities, and our personal privacy is non-existent. We are being treated like sheep while we fight for scraps and labor until we drop.
Opposing the might of the state, we have the loose knit group of computer hackers, crackers, communications specialists, and assorted mad geniuses who make up the Hacktivist Collective called Anonymous. Although the group still maintains their secrecy and their proclivity for creating chaos, many of the 99 percent have embraced Anonymous with open arms.
Over the last few weeks, Anonymous battled the Westboro Baptist Church, after the haters from Kansas announced plans to picket the funerals of the 20 children and six teachers killed in the Newtown shootings. They hacked MIT’s website the day after Aaron committed suicide and they launched several successful hacking projects in support of the Second Amendment.
This evening, Anonymous began Operation Last Resort, as a tribute to Aaron Swartz, and to put the mighty United States Government on notice that injustice will no longer be tolerated. Should the powers that control the United States decide to arrogantly ignore tonight’s final warning and continue to oppress the American people, Anonymous promises they will release “Warhead – U S – D O J – L E A – 2013 . A E E 256,” a data bomb containing damaging personal information on many of America’s most prominent public figures.
“The contents are various and we won’t ruin the speculation by revealing them. Suffice it to say, everyone has secrets, and some things are not meant to be public. “
How this will all turn out is hard to say. Predicting the future is not our line of work and Anonymous is an extremely independent collective of talented human beings who cover every single point of the philosophical and political compass. Even so, they are bringing new hope to the millions who believe in a free society. While the privileged few who occupy positions of power continue to call Anonymous members criminals, many Americans are starting to call them heroes.
Tonight, Anonymous declared war; a war for justice and fairness that they are prepared to wage using all the many skills at their disposal. After posting their statement of demands and a video on USSC. Gov, Anonymous concluded their invasion of the website with one short line of warning, informing the government they will not be allowed to avoid changing what needs to be changed. America’s so-called leaders must right the wrongs they have committed against the people of this planet before it is too late.
“This time there will be change, or there will be chaos… We are Anonymous. We are Legion. We do not forgive. We do not forget. Expect us.”