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We are ANONYMOUS. Because many of you seem to think the very fact of our existence is indeed rather confusing, we would like to take this opportunity to elucidate to you what it is ANONYMOUS is and does exactly - what it means we are ANONYMOUS, what it is we're aiming at, and what is our ontological status.

Now first and foremost, it is important to realize that ANONYMOUS - in fact - does not exist. It is just an idea - an internet meme - that can be appropriated by anyone, anytime to rally for a common cause that's in the benefit of humankind.

This means anyone can launch a new ideological message or campaign under the banner of ANONYMOUS. Anyone can take up a leading role in the spreading of the ANON-consciousness.

Whether or not these appropriations are legitimate is decided by the rest of the internet citizenry : If the majority of the public agrees with a proposed appropriation, then the public will act - If the majority of the public disagrees with a proposed appropriation, then the public will protest and label the message in question as illegitimate and thus not representative of the values of ANONYMOUS.

This makes ANONYMOUS the first truly democratic endeavour in the world. It is a bee-hive where the queen is missing - yet buzzing with activity in every possible form, direction, shape and colour one could possibly imagine.

This does not mean, however, that there can't be 'bad' actions presented as coming from ANONYMOUS. Just as with 'bad' speech though, we believe the solution to these issues is not less speech, but more speech - not less (or restrictive) action, but more (and constructive) action.

ANONYMOUS believes the only legitimate form of power is that power which rests on widespread public consent, and so there is not one person or group of people who can ever claim to be ANONYMOUS.

Anonymous is not a political current, nor is it based on a political current. Some may say that it's anarchism, liberalism, communism, libertarianism, etc. - others say it's nothing but a bunch of twelve-year olds from 4chan having fun on the internet. Anonymous is none of those - yet it encompasses elements of all these things and many, many more.

ANONYMOUS is the people and the people is ANONYMOUS. ANONYMOUS is anything and everything, anyone and everyone, anywhere and everywhere.

Moreover, anyone taking part in the actions of ANONYMOUS endeavours to defend an idea through anonymous collective action, and not to promote themselves as some kind of hero or saviour of the world. ANONYMOUS, therefore is not about personal achievement and recognition. It is about accomplishing goals for the betterment of humankind - together - as a species.

The Internet has changed the way we look at each other and the world. New technology has enabled people to communicate faster and more often. ANONYMOUS realizes that this freedom of information makes people more free to decide what they like or disagree with.

This freedom of information has forever changed how society perceives consensus, democracy, transparency, and freedom itself. Never before has society been able to have these debates twenty four hours a day, at all locations at the same time.

ANONYMOUS applauds these developments and will defend humanity against anyone willing to take this new-found freedom away. We do not forgive censorship, and we do not forget that knowledge is free. Moreover, we are legion, so we will not be denied.

The more they repress us, the more we will fight back. Because we are more than one. Because they can find and persecute one man or woman fighting for a cause - but not hundreds of thousands of people all across the globe, fighting for a more just and transparent society.

Now please take up your personal responsibility !

Show the world some loving and be ANONYMOUS !



Updated by Lisa Lockwood at Sun Feb 20, 2011, 03:30:15 PM

The posts that concern "anonymous" activities that are occurring all over the world are placed here for informational purposes. I do not advocate nor encourage anyone within the US to participate in activities that are against the laws of our country. I do not speak for anonymous, and do not wish to convey that impression. I have gathered information that is readily and freely found on the internet as a journalist would do, for informational purposes only. No one has given me any "secret" information, nor have I shared anything here that is "secret", to my knowledge. Everything posted here can be found by searching teh google, is widely available to anyone, and should be taken with a grain of salt...or a whole box of same.

Please act responsibly and let your conscience and good sense be your guide. Please be aware that participating in actions that are illegal can have serious consequences. Be aware that not everything you read on the internet is true. Be aware that everyone you speak with or share information with is not your friend.

World events are moving quickly, and there is a tendency to want to be the first to know things, but knowing things and acting upon them are two entirely different things. We live in interesting times, and information and communication occur at the speed of thought. Because of this, sometimes information is presented that is not necessarily true or factual. While I try to present stories with several sources, not all sources are reliable. So I cannot vouch for anything posted here as being 100% accurate. All I can vouch for is my own intentions, and those, should they need clarification, are to pass on information about a movement that is making news, and perhaps making history, but on one thing I wish to be crystal clear. I have no intention of breaking the law, and do not advocate that anyone else do so.

Just sayin'.

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