There has been some discussion regarding the role of Anonymous in the protests called "Occupy Wall Street", protests that are now spreading throughout the country.
Some have stated their disdain for Anonymous, calling them mask wearing cowards who are simply attention seekers latching on to Occupy Wall Street late in the game to garner publicity.
Some have said Anonymous is just now jumping on a suddenly popular movement to gain approval or legitimacy, or are just showing up in their masks for the lulz.
Others have described Anonymous as a bunch of kiddy hackers who lack legitimacy, or simple pranksters, or conversely, a dangerous flash mob who only want to cause trouble, steal your identity, and refuse to work within the system.
NOTHING COULD BE FURTHER FROM THE TRUTH!
You may be asking yourself what Anonymous is about after hearing the rumors and blatant lies the media has associated with Anonymous.
Allow me to simply inform you what Anonymous is and/or are not terrorists much like the powers that be would have you believe.
Anonymous has been demonized by these regimes simply because we have brought justice to the oppressed.
When freedom is jeopardized, Anonymous will avenge the oppressed.
We do not forgive.
We do not forget.
We are many.
And for the record, Anonymous was not behind the Playstation Network fiasco.
(There will be detention after school for those who do not jump the squiggle)
Back in the dim, scarcely remembered days of yore (June 3, 2011) Anonymous released a video and a call to arms. It was a clarion call to physically protest, in meat space (real life, as opposed to 'cyber space'.)
It was a hint of what was to come.
But first, this Anonymous video/announcement was made, which shows that Anonymous was willing to try to work within the system:
Anonymous sought to bring a RICO lawsuit against the Fed for defrauding the American people.
Then came OpESR 2
(portions of the transcribed text below video)
... We are issuing a calling,
to all cyber warriors to join with us as we turn the tables on the regimes who are oppressing their people across the globe. At this very moment, courses of action are being taken to restrict the voice of the net. The net is the last bastian of true freedom for the human race.
We have begun sharing our stories and all the gritty details with one another no matter where we may be on this planet.
This is worrysome for those who seek to control us.
They want us silenced and this is the final straw. Digital supremecy will be the selective targeting of all organizations guilty of treason against the people, guilty of restraint from freedom. Any party who has violated and continues to violate the will of the people and the voice of true freedom will become a priorty for a cyber assault unlike anything this world has witnessed.
It is the duty of the rest of the people to continue their pursuits for these freedoms by any means necessary.
It is time to escalate your actions of spreading the word and reaching out to our neighbors and communities.
Protest must become more frequent and grow in strength and size. Peace is our priorty, but resistance will be met
with a fierce and sharp defensive.
Our voice and cause is our weapon.
Our vigilance is our offensive.
Begin your flyer campaigns, protests, art, music, literature and video campaigns now. Paint the walls in every city. Banksy, this means you, my friend.
Gather the street artists as a new canvas has been layed out before you.
The time for evolved tactics has begun.
The resistance is here.
As the voices are attempted to be silenced by the oppressors, the guardians will be here to shut down these priorities and turn the tables on the digital landscape. Through this physical resistance we will grow stronger as our friends maintain
the defensive on the digital realm.
We are one.
We are many...we are the resistance.
Freedom begins now.
Translate and spread.
In this new video release (#OpESR 2), "as a first step," Anonymous has called for public protests beginning on June 14th, continuing "until Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke steps down."
To make their case, they have presented a list of recent scandalous Federal Reserve actions.
90 days ago, we requested Ben Bernanke's resignation as Federal Reserve chairman. Mr. Bernanke has not complied with our request.
The Federal Reserve's policies are systematically looting the country to enrich one-tenth of one percent of the population.
The Federal Reserve has deliberately driven tens of millions of people into poverty.
The Federal Reserve is responsible for Crimes Against Humanity!
The Federal Reserve gave trillions of American taxpayer dollars, in secrecy, to the people who were most responsible for causing our economic crisis.
Our tax dollars were handed out as all-time record-breaking bonuses to top executives at the “Too Big to Fail” global banks.
The Federal Reserve gave American taxpayer dollars to foreign banks and corporations.
The Federal Reserve directly subsidized tax evasion by funneling taxpayer dollars into to the Cayman Islands.
The Federal Reserve gave American tax dollars to their primary dealer banks, so the banks could then lend that same money back to the US government at higher interest rates, leading to significant profits for the banks, at the further expense of the American public.
Through bailout programs the Federal Reserve socialized financial losses onto American taxpayers and privatized profits into the hands of global banks.
The Federal Reserve aids and abets trillions of dollars in accounting fraud.
The Federal Reserve routinely manipulates the stock market.
The Federal Reserve deliberately caused inflation in the price of food, gas and basic necessities, while devaluing the dollar!
The Federal Reserve represents the central planning force behind a global banking cartel that has deliberately impoverished people throughout the world.
US Politicians have not taken action to break up the Federal Reserve and the “Too Big To Fail” Banks.
US Politicians have not taken action to prosecute the people who caused our economic crisis.
US Politicians have not taken action to end the system of political bribery, the campaign finance and lobbying racket, which allows global bankers to control our political process.
Democrats have failed us.
Republicans have failed us.
No one is defending our interests.
We cannot remain passive while our future is going up in flames.
It is time for us to stand up for ourselves.
It is time for you to stand up for yourself.
We must restore the rule of law and fight back against the organized criminal class.
We must now launch Operation Empire State Rebellion.
The operation will commence on June 14th.
As a first step, we are calling upon you to occupy a public space until Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke steps down.Operation Empire State Rebellion, Engaged.
Anonymous videos, pastebin messages and docs, and IRC chatter was teeming with interest and activity focused on planning and bringing to life a visible, physical manifestation of protest, hoping to build numbers by planting a seed.
Some (not all were formalized or named, and not all names are listed here) of the early operations were #OpBohemianGrove, #OpCampMovement, #OpOnslaught, #OpBloombergville...... all having the same goal: visibility, waking people up by physically showing up and protesting in order to build a movement, a groundswell of support, over time.
From the early days, a memo (names will be obscured to maintain, um, "anonymity" ;-):
(oh, and A99 is one of several names, or symbols, if you will, for anonymous)
Gary Ro##### posted an update in the group AvatarA99: 3 months, 1 week ago · View
Sorry for the delay in posting an update, but I have been a little busy with ground logistics. I would be remiss to not point out that actually engaging in actions on the ground is a thrilling experience, and I would hope that you will join us from behind the computer screen to give what you can. What follows below is a statement issued by the residents of #Bloombergville. Although the camp was founded under the auspices of Anti-austerity and we are embroiled in an intense City Council Fight that will culminate within the week, I would like to let you know that the camp is against a wide variety of the systemic ills that affect our world. The concerns of the campers in regards to the military industrial war machine led us to endorse a rally being conducted by UNAC and I would like to let you know that the majority of the campers agree with the goals of OPESR. In addition Bloombergville traveled to Wallstreet today to participate in a rally. However until our fight with Bloomberg ends our attention will be centered on the draconian Austerity measures being implemented in NYC, as the millionaires tax is rescinded and corporations receive negative tax credits. In the coming days the camp will take up in the general council the issue of entering into a protracted struggle against the status quo. In the event that the camp agrees to continue & enter into this battle, I would expect that a statement of grievances will be given and since many in the camp are in agreement on K street, the Federal Reserve, too big too fail banks, and the financial fraud that has been rampant; I would not be surprised for them endorse many if not all of the goals of OPESR.
Statement from the Residents of Bloombergville
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Inspired by the mass occupations in Britain, Iceland, Tunisia, Egypt, Wisconsin, Greece and Spain, for the last week residents of New York City have reclaimed public space in downtown Manhattan to declare loud and clear that there is an alternative to budget cuts. Dubbed “Bloombergville,” we have created this encampment to express our opposition to Mayor Bloomberg’s devastating cuts to schools, universities, firehouses, senior centers, daycare services and more, as well as his attacks on public workers’ compensation, job security, pensions and health care, even as many corporations continue to pay nothing in taxes and the state government cuts the already low taxes on millionaires and billionaires.
We have persevered through police-mandated relocations, pounding rain, and baking sun in order to protest these disastrous cuts. During our time here, we have received expressions of support from Wisconsin, Spain and Greece and donations and assistance from labor unions, workers, students, community members and other sympathizers, which have strengthened our resolve and touched our hearts. We have made new links and alliances with other individuals and organizations fighting the cuts, introduced a strong voice opposing all cuts into the public debate, and received encouragement from many people who feel that their voices are not being heard in the halls of power. These are all steps towards building a stronger movement that says “No” to all cuts, layoffs and attacks on workers’ rights.
Of course these attacks are not unique to New York City, but are taking place all across the country and the world. It therefore comes as no surprise that on Monday, June 20, residents of Boston erected their own encampment, called “MassHope,” to protest attacks on workers and immigrants attached to the state budget. The example of Walkerville in Wisconsin, Bloombergville in New York, and MassHope in Boston show that these demands and tactics have a broad appeal and are an effective way of fighting back against the cuts and attacks on workers, students, unemployed people, homeless people, youth and more.
Because we believe that it is only through highly visible, ongoing, mass public protest that these attacks can be stopped, the residents of Bloombergville call for encampments to be created in cities across the United States, following the examples of Madison, New York and Boston. Let’s make this the beginning of a movement to reclaim our democracy and defend public services and workers’ rights. Join us today!
No Cuts, No Layoffs, No Compromises!
Make Banks, Millionaires and Corporations Pay!
The last nine days have been some of the most stressful that I have yet to experience but also in many ways the most beautiful. I would be remiss to try to accurately describe the thrill of actually putting my ass where my mouth is, so instead I will quote Frances Fox Piven (google her) who stated during her visit to the camp that her time spent in protest occupations were some of the fantastic times of her long life, and created some of her most vivid memories. Professor Piven also stated that she thought a decentralized movement was essential to the beating back of the global corporate hegemony.
3 days ago #Masshope2011 was founded in Boston and tonight 50 tents were erected in Trenton, NJ; which speaks to the popularity of this form of protest. This is your opportunity to participate in the founding of a new vision for your community, and I strongly implore you to take action. My thoughts and hopes are with all of you who decide to engage in a protracted struggle against the corporate hegemony, and I will offer all the advice & support that I can through this forum on how to achieve your goals. The founding of a camp as a forum for the development of a new dialog is the true practice of decentralized power, and I hope you will join us on the streets.
Unfortunately, as you can see, building a movement takes time, and only a (relative) few dedicated people participated at first. One anon summarized:
AmpedStatus Report )))
OpESR Status Update: Empire State Rebellion Day 1
June 15th, 2011 |
Filed under Activism, Feature, Hot List, Media, News, Politics & Government, Test .
Submitted by AnonymoUSA99
Media Operation Success, Phase 1 Cyber Operation Success,
Ground Operation Fail, Moving Forward
OpESR Status Update: Empire State Rebellion Day 1OpESR Status Update: Empire State Rebellion Day 1While we have launched this movement beyond expectations throughout Media and Online Operations, and have achieved success in Phase 1 of Cyber Operations, our first step in Ground Operations has been insufficient.
Here is our first Status Report: 6.15.11
Media Operation Success (MO1)
Our message has spread throughout the media faster than expected. The new Anonymous OpESR video already has over 275,000 views on one YouTube account. Our demands are being broadcast throughout all forms of media. An initial primary objective was to get people talking about the following goals:
* End the campaign finance and lobbying racket
* Break up the Fed & Too Big to Fail banks
* Enforce RICO laws against organized criminal class
* Order Ben Bernanke to step down
Here is a small sampling of media coverage:
Daily Ticker: Hacker Group Anonymous Wants Ben Bernanke to Resign Or Else…
MSNBC: Anonymous hacktivists target Federal Reserve, Bernanke
Bloomberg: ‘Anonymous’ Hacker Group Identifies Fed as Target
Bussiness Insider: ANONYMOUS: BERNANKE IS NEXT
Forbes: Anonymous Calls For Bernanke’s Departure
Wall Street Journal: Anonymous Targets Bernanke
CNBC Morning Call: Anonymous: Bernanke Is Next
Huffington Post: ‘Anonymous’ Allegedly Demands Resignation Of Fed Chair Bernanke
Huffington Post: Giving A Face To ‘Anonymous’: A Meeting With A Member Of The Secret Society Of Hackers
ZeroHedge: Ctrl+Alt+Bernanke: Operation Empire State Rebellion Resumes Attack On Fed Chairman
PC Magazine: Anonymous Takes On the Fed
CNET: Anonymous targeting Federal Reserve in next attack
Time: ‘Anonymous’ Levels Hacking Threat Against Federal Reserve
RT: Leaderless movement’s “leaders” caught! (Anonymous survives)
Ground Operation Fail (GO1)
Given that this was the first day of Ground Operations, we were not expecting large turnouts. However, the public protests throughout 23 cities attracted less people than expected. According to reports from participants, the average turnout was only 12–25 people per protest site. This is an unacceptable number. Given all the media coverage, online chatter and 275k views on our video, it seems most people are content with taking a passive role. This is not how operations succeed. If we are to achieve success, you must take your own action and be a leader. We are confident in our numbers and strength online, but we must urgently evolve into a much stronger offline force as well.
Despite small turnouts, participants have reported back stating that many people were given information and were very supportive of our goals. For example, Russell Cohn reported from the San Francisco protest site: “We handed out 300 flyers and got interviewed for the local ABC evening news. We definitely continued the process of turning the tide of awareness!” These type of activities must continue with frequency and grow in size. Please take it upon yourself to plan public protests and distribute information widely. Anything you can do to rebel against the system of economic tyranny in a non-violent manner is welcome.
Move Your Money Operation (MYMO)
It is hard to measure the total success of the first day of the Move Your Money Operation. We have had over 150 people report that they moved their money out of the big banks on the 14th. In the overall scheme of things, this is a small number. However, we take great pride in every dollar that is moved out of the global banking cartel’s grasp. Thank you to everyone who followed through on this effort. If you are one of the people who still has not removed your support from the big banks, please let us know when you do by posting to Twitter #OpESR, OpESR Facebook page or the A99 social network group.
We Applaud The Liberty Park 4 (LP4)
The most ambitious ground operation launched on Day 1 was in New York City’s Financial District, just a few blocks from Wall Street, at Liberty Park. The protest only attracted 16 people in total, with only 4 people ready to occupy the park indefinitely. While this operation was a fail due to lack of participants, we want to thank the event organizer Gary Ro##### and the three other people who were prepared to occupy the park: David D#####, Oren C##### and Kevin D#####.
Getting people to stand up in this way requires a very strong commitment that most people have not yet realized will be necessary and in their best interests. As we continue Awareness Operations and build momentum, we will reactivate this part of our Ground Operation at a future date. We have set up a social network group dedicated to planning this operation. If you are ready to peacefully occupy a public place, please join the planning group here.
Phase 1 Cyber Operation Success (P1CO)
Statement from Anonymous A99:
OpESR Cyber Operations have been successfully launched and are progressing as planned. Once Ground Operations prove more successful, and the people have demonstrated their support for the operation’s goals, we will execute the final phase of OpESR, our largest operation to date.
Given the decentralized and amorphous nature of Anonymous, there is no way to know what smaller-scale operations are in progress.
OpESR is designed to expose corruption and scandalous actions on the part of central bankers and their servants within government. We will avoid the further destruction of personal wealth for 99.9% of the population at all costs.
Anonymous A99 OpESR seeks to empower people and return wealth to the population.
Anonymous A99 is an enemy of the organized criminal class.
Anonymous A99 is an enemy of the global banking cartel that has impoverished a record-breaking number of people and created the most severe inequality of wealth in American history.
Anonymous A99 fights for the good of the general population.
We The People.
We Are Legion.
Can't believe how focused I've been on occupyLA in the past week. Are my dairies even coherent anymore. It seems like I'm always publishing at 2am on very little sleep.
Anyway, as you know, I also write for WLCentral, which established the twitter acct, created the facebook call for a US Day of Rage on March 10th.
So what I'd like to see this piece become is a kind of unified history of the occupation that brings in the Anonymous, Ad Busters, WikiLeaks - USDOR streams and also deals with the attempts to unite with October2011. That's the piece I'm waiting to read, something that sorts it all out.