Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Anonymous Declares War Against the U.S.; And Calls "Bullshit" At The Same Time

Here's a glimpse at the confusing landscape of a "stateless nation". I spent some time yesterday on Twitter speaking with a variety of individuals who associate themselves with Anonymous over a literal declaration of war against the U.S. by Anonymous. Here are links to the video and its transcript. It contains pretty inflammatory language:
We are not calling upon the collective to deface or use a distributed denial of service attack on a United States government agency website or affiliate. We are not calling upon the people to occupy a city or protest in front of a local building. This has not brought on us any legislative change or alternate law. It has only brought us bloodshed and false criticism. For the last 12 years, voting was useless. Corporations and lobbyists are the true leaders of this country and are the ones with the power to control our lives. To rebuild our government, we must first destroy it.
Our time for democracy is here.
Our time for real change is here.
This is America’s time, to have its own revolution.
Therefore, Anonymous has decided to openly declare war on the United States government. This is a call to arms. We call upon the Citizens of the United States to stand beside us in overthrowing this corrupted body and call upon a new era. Our allegiance is to the American people, because they are us, and we are them.
Operation V, engaged.
Although the video in question looks like other Anonymous videos, the operation has been called "bull shit" by Anonymous IRC and other individuals who consider themselves part of the collective. It's also been labeled a "fake op" on YouTube

Operation V points out a serious problem for Anonymous. By having no centralized authority, it leaves itself open to suffering repercussions by the U.S. government for these questionable operations launched by pretty much anyone who feels like it. The organizers or "old fags" could easily see the non-violent protest organization that they worked to create over the years become radicalized by "new fags" who have no respect for their efforts and will subvert it to their own ends. A declaration of war against the U.S., fake or not, may come with serious consequences for the group and its members, including those who don't support it.

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