Posts Tagged ‘Anonymous’

NYTIMES, Peter Ludlow  piece, which was recommended by Dr. Peter Dale Scott (Facebook):

Bank of America approached the Department of Justice over concerns about information that WikiLeaks had about it. The Department of Justice in turn referred Bank of America to the lobbying firm Hunton and Willliams, which in turn connected the bank with a group of information security firms collectively known as Team Themis.

Team Themis (a group that included HBGary and the private intelligence and security firms Palantir Technologies, Berico Technologies and Endgame Systems) was effectively brought in to find a way to undermine the credibility of WikiLeaks and the journalist Glenn Greenwald (who recently broke the story of Edward Snowden’s leak of the N.S.A.’s Prism program), because of Greenwald’s support for WikiLeaks. Specifically, the plan called for actions to “sabotage or discredit the opposing organization” including a plan to submit fake documents and then call out the error. As for Greenwald, it was argued that he would cave “if pushed” because he would “choose professional preservation over cause.” That evidently wasn’t the case.

Team Themis also developed a proposal for the Chamber of Commerce to undermine the credibility of one of its critics, a group called Chamber Watch. The proposal called for first creating a “false document, perhaps highlighting periodical financial information,” giving it to a progressive group opposing the Chamber, and then subsequently exposing the document as a fake to “prove that U.S. Chamber Watch cannot be trusted with information and/or tell the truth.”

(A photocopy of the proposal can be found here.)

In addition, the group proposed creating a “fake insider persona” to infiltrate Chamber Watch. They would “create two fake insider personas, using one as leverage to discredit the other while confirming the legitimacy of the second.”
Psyops need not be conducted by nation states; they can be undertaken by anyone with the capabilities and the incentive to conduct them.

The hack also revealed evidence that Team Themis was developing a “persona management” system — a program, developed at the specific request of the United States Air Force, that allowed one user to control multiple online identities (“sock puppets”) for commenting in social media spaces, thus giving the appearance of grass roots support.

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The Yes Men also get a mention in private intelligence contractor STRATFOR’s hacked emails.


The Yes Men impersonate DOW CHEMICAL spokesmen
and apologize for Bhopal mass killing on the BBC

Stratfor also had a broad-ranging public relations campaign. The e-mails revealed numerous media companies on its payroll. While one motivation for the partnerships was presumably to have sources of intelligence, Stratfor worked hard to have soap boxes from which to project its interests.

I found this by way of some gun nut types who are screaming “Nazi” and “treason” over what may be a pretty good idea.  The comments on Youtube are ridiculous and ignorant.  The program itself would bankrupt the city in a matter of days, but if the targets are armed drug dealers wielding illegal weapons out on the streets, and terrorizing neighborhoods, then this mayor may be onto something:

 

He’d better lower his payment amount though.  The city is bound to go into bankruptcy quickly if they start paying out those kinds of sums.

Any comments?

 

I am quite leery of the online hackers calling themselves “Anonymous.” As they are wide open and secretive, it stands to reason they are infiltrated by intelligence and have engaged in questionable actions. This is not to say that all members are working on behalf of secret government interests, but some have.

This film explores Anonymous, but — as usual with them — the trailer seems more focused on style than substance. I’ll probably do a more in depth review and investigation once the film hits.

The Anonymous entity has a new so-called project for 2012, but should we trust these people? Are they infiltrated? Are they a front? No one knows, as they are themselves what they tell us to despise: secret.

Anonymous: Project Mayhem 2012 // Call to Action – Code TYLER!

 

They have a new project for 2012, but this project looks a lot like Wikileaks, which already exists, and is pretty much proven to be bonafide in exposing official crimes. Anonymous seems to be competing and calling for a new wave of leaks to come into something it is building, supposedly for the purpose of protecting the anonymity of the uploaders. False sense of security ploy?

This video by Anonymous, which is completely couched in pop culture references and irrelevant quotes, appears to be creating a new Wikileaks type infrastructure, under their control.

I know if I had sensitive data to upload, I wouldn’t trust “Anonymous” to maintain my secrecy, but would actually be anonymous, from a different computer and network.

If one clicks over to the discussions about this “Tyler” project, there is no useful information and a lot of gibberish and quotations that I suppose are to make the discussion look hip or deep. They have the reverse effect, though, of making it look contrived and a marketing scam. The Anonymous videos appear to be more marketing than substance, promoting brand Anonymous rather than informing anyone about anything important. The whole undertaking seems suspicious at best.

While Anonymous targeted a few bad apples, to gain some level of street-cred, they cannot be said to be a truly independent organization with goals removed from US intelligence. Their targets in the middle east during the long-planned “Arab Spring” aligned exactly with NATO and covert US operations. That is highly troubling, and buyer beware.

P.S.

You can’t make this shit up. Amid all the disjointed quotations on their Tyler project, they nakedly promote Obama as some sort of defender of whistleblowers, linking directly to the Obama campaign website!!!

It hasn’t occurred to them, I supposed, that Obama has been the worst president in history at persecuting whistleblowers, not protecting them!

Says “Anonymous”:

“In other words, we would like to help Mr. Obama to fulfill his promises
and to make them extensible to the whole of society. World. Wide.
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Protect Whistleblowers:

“Often the best source of information about waste, fraud, and abuse in

government is an existing government employee committed to public

integrity and willing to speak out. Such acts of courage and patriotism,

which can sometimes save lives and often save taxpayer dollars, should

be encouraged rather than stifled. We need to empower federal employees

as watchdogs of wrongdoing and partners in performance. Barack Obama

will strengthen whistleblower laws to protect federal workers who expose

waste, fraud, and abuse of authority in government. Obama will ensure

that federal agencies expedite the process for reviewing whistleblower

claims and whistleblowers have full access to courts and due process.”

http://change.gov/agenda/ethics_agenda/”

By Jennifer Epps

Director Roland Emmerich makes a huge transition, from tentpole disaster flicks to literary whodunit, in the period piece Anonymous — which came out on DVD this month and was nominated for an Oscar for Best Costume Design. This speculative fiction feature asks whether Shakespeare was a fraud and comes up with an elaborate answer. This is not just a cultural curiosity. Those of a political bent should take note of the film – which doesn’t mean I recommend seeing it. But it is of political importance.

First of all, it is a conspiracy theory, and really, it’s becoming more and more important to be able to analyze conspiracy theories, whether from the left or the right. Anonymous seizes on the discussions that have been raging among researchers for some time now, and that seem to be gaining steam: for example, an M.A. in Authorship Studies, apparently the first of its kind, has been launched at Brunel University in London. Anonymous fashions from these speculations a period piece that claims William Shakespeare was not the real author of the 38 plays attributed to him – someone else was.

Conspiracy

However, Anonymous offers few points to dismantle the view held for centuries that middle-class Will Shakespeare, the actor who came to London from the backwater of Stratford-upon-Avon, wrote the plays. Derek Jacobi touches on only a couple points in an introductory monologue he delivers to a darkened audience from a modern stage – a fluid entry prologue to the movie and entry into Elizabethan times, but one cribbed straight from the Chorus in the 1989 film Henry V, as played by Jacobi in Kenneth Branagh’s film directing debut. (For the record, Branagh is a Stratfordian; he still holds that Shakespeare was Shakespeare. Jacobi is an Oxfordian; he finds it more likely that Edward de Vere, the then Earl of Oxford, was Shakespeare.)
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