Monday, February 27, 2012

Take with a grain of salt: Anonymous declares (literal) war on U.S. government

Posted By on Mon, Feb 27, 2012 at 1:32 PM

The thing about Anonymous "news" is that it's difficult to "verify," meaning that not only is it difficult to determine where the "news" comes from or who's disseminating it, but even if you had that information, it's difficult even to know what "verifying" it is, since (as we've heard, often) no one person speaks for the non-group.

Case in point: Today, someone or a group of someones affiliated with the worldwide Anonymous collective or possibly someone looking to discredit it (see what I mean, anyway) has posted an open call for war on the U.S. government.

They've done something like that before, right? Yes, indeed they have, except this time (claims the release) they/he/she/it mean(s) actual (?) war (?). They're calling it "Operation V," as in "for Vendetta," or at least that's how it seems from the video.

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 ...

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.

So there's that. But my favorite part is the first comment.

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Oddly enough, this news (or whatever) comes on the same day that Bradley Manning was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize.

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