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Anonymous issued a communique this morning via email that the group intends to disrupt the online streaming of President Obama's State of The Union Speech which he will give tonight at 9:00 PM.

The action is in response to a proposed executive order that would reinstate the most protested elements of the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Information Act (CISPA).

The executive order has to do with requiring companies to institute protection against a breach of cyber security.

Obama’s first executive order is expected to be issued this week when the president calls for the creation of new standards on what private-sector companies must do to protect their computer systems from a cybersecurity breach.
The order is a direct response to Congress’ refusal to pass the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) last year, which the administration deemed crucial to prevent crippling attacks on the nation’s infrastructure. But members of Congress who opposed the legislation cited serious privacy concerns with giving the government greater access to Americans’ personal information that only private companies and servers might have access to.
Despite opposition from lawmakers, the president will use his executive powers to issue an order addressing cybersecurity initiatives.
“It is a very dangerous road he’s going down contrary to the spirit of the Constitution,” Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) told the Washington Post. “Just because Congress doesn’t act doesn’t mean the president has a right to act.”
Full text of the communique below:

Article II, Sector 3 of the US Constitution, says the President “shall from time to time give to Congress information of the State of the Union and recommend to their Consideration such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient.” At 9PM Eastern Standard Time, February [12], 2013 President Obama has planned to address a joint session of Congress to deliver the State of the Union Address. The following day, President Obama will be introducing an executive order, purportedly aimed at bolstering U.S. cybersecurity, after repeated failed attempts to pass legislation through Congress. Anonymous has reached a verdict of NO CONFIDENCE in this executive order and the plans to reintroduce the CISPA bill to Congress on the same day. As such, President Obama and the State of the Union Address will be BANISHED from the Internet for the duration of live delivery. So as not to infringe upon the President’s free speech, subsequent broadcasts will be allowed to pass unhindered. This action is being taken to underline a fact that appears to be sorely unrecognized by the Obama Administration — that the Internet is a sovereign territory, and does not fall under the jurisdiction of any nation state. We are the natives of this space, and its guardians, and we will fight until death to protect it as a neutral grounds for the unhindered interaction of all members of the human race, so long as they themselves act in harmony with this inviolable principle. Our determination is that President Obama is acting in direct contravention of this principle, and his brief exclusion is an educational, rather than a punitive measure. We hope that its lesson will be learnt. Punitive measures have not been ruled out. — Anonymous

Originally posted to Barefoothoofcare on Tue Feb 12, 2013 at 03:29 PM PST.

Also republished by Anonymous Dkos.

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  •  Tip Jar (9+ / 0-)

    "I'm sculpting now. Landscapes mostly." ~ Yogi Bear

    by eXtina on Tue Feb 12, 2013 at 03:29:48 PM PST

  •  Great idea! (12+ / 0-)

    Hack something to spread awareness of "internet security" legislation you are against.  No that won't just cause you to lose support to your cause because folks will see you as a nuisance and think the legislation is needed because hackers are running roughshod.  

    Keystone XL Pipeline - Canada gets the money, Asia gets the oil, America gets the toxic refinery pollution and potential for a pipeline leak ecological disaster.

    by Jacoby Jonze on Tue Feb 12, 2013 at 03:34:16 PM PST

  •  What a joke (8+ / 0-)

    Lets protest!  

    About what?

    Who cares?  It's cool to look like your taking a stand.

  •  ~Anonymous vs SOTU ~ (12+ / 0-)

    text

    Published on Feb 12, 2013

    CALL TO IMMEDIATE ACTION
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~­~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Citizens of the Internet, last year we faced our greatest threat from lawmakers. We faced down SOPA, PIPA, CISPA and ACTA.

    And we won!

    But that victory did not come easily. Nor did it come without a price.

    Aaron Swartz was one of the leading voices in the fight against these idiotic and destructive efforts to control the last free space on Earth.

    Aaron Swartz was persecuted. Now Aaron Swartz is dead.

    Tonight, the President of the United States will appear before a joint session of Congress to deliver the State of the Union Address and tomorrow he plans to sign an executive order for cybersecurity as the House Intelligence committee reintroduces the defeated CISPA act which turns private companies into government informants.

    He will not be covering the NDAA, an act of outright tyrannical legislation allowing for indefinite detention of citizens completely outside due process and the rule of law. In fact, lawyers for the government have point-blank refused to state whether or not journalists who cover stories or groups the Government disfavours would be subject to this detention.

    He will not be covering the extra-judicial and unregulated justifications for targeted killings of citizens by military drones within the borders of America, or the fact that Orwellian newspeak had to be used to make words like "imminent" mean their opposite.

    He will not be covering Bradley Manning, 1000 days in detention with no trial for revealing military murders, told that his motive for leaking cannot be taken into consideration, that the Government does not have room for conscience.

    He will not be covering the secret interpretations of law that allow for warrentless wiretapping and surveillance of any US citizen without probably cause of criminal acts, or the use of Catch-22 logic where no-one can complain about being snooped on because the state won't tell you who they're snooping on, and if you don't know you're being snooped on, you don't have a right to complain.

    We reject the State of the Union. We reject the authority of the President to sign arbitrary orders and bring irresponsible and damaging controls to the Internet.

    The President of the United States of America, and the Joint Session of Congress will face an Army tonight.

    We will form a virtual blockade between Capitol Hill and the Internet. Armed with nothing more than Lulz, Nyancat and PEW-PEW-PEW! Lazers, we will face down the largest superpower on Earth.

    And we will win.

    There will be no State of the Union Address on the web tonight.

    For freedom, for Aaron Swartz, for the Internet, and of course, for the lulz.

    We Are Anonymous,
    We Are Legion,
    We Do Not forgive,
    We Do Not forget,
    Expect Us.


    Information is power. But; like all power, there are those who want to keep it for themselves. Aaron Swartz ~1986-2013~

    by Lisa Lockwood on Tue Feb 12, 2013 at 03:48:58 PM PST

  •  Well They Sure Sound Confident. I'll Be Watching n (9+ / 0-)

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Tue Feb 12, 2013 at 03:56:02 PM PST

  •  . (6+ / 0-)

    "Til you're so fucking crazy you can't follow their rules" John Lennon - Working Class Hero

    by Horace Boothroyd III on Tue Feb 12, 2013 at 04:04:08 PM PST

  •  this is poorly targeted (5+ / 0-)
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    eXtina, ballerina X, NancyWH, doroma, Gemina13

    the message is going to end up totally muddied, given how expansive the range of topics covered by the SOTU can be.

    the work on opposing SOPA-PIPA was far smarter in its messaging and strategy.

  •  uhhh (3+ / 0-)
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    eXtina, NancyWH, Gemina13

    Where do they actually say what Obamas executive order would actually do? How do we know it would be bad? Obama did threaten to veto CISPA, recall.

    You never trust a millionaire/Quoting the sermon on the mount/I used to think I was not like them/But I'm beginning to have my doubts -- The Arcade Fire

    by tomjones on Tue Feb 12, 2013 at 05:20:16 PM PST

    •  ok maybe this is why Anon (5+ / 0-)

      didn't provide any specifics:

      The order, Bloomberg said, would create a "voluntary program of cybersecurity standards for companies operating vital U.S. infrastructure." It also "directs federal agencies to consider incorporating the cybersecurity standards into existing regulations [and]...directs the government to share more information about computer threats with the private sector and issue more security clearances allowing industry representatives to receive classified information."
      Wow, that sounds so...what's the opposite of threatening?

      You never trust a millionaire/Quoting the sermon on the mount/I used to think I was not like them/But I'm beginning to have my doubts -- The Arcade Fire

      by tomjones on Tue Feb 12, 2013 at 05:23:42 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  Here is some info on it (1+ / 0-)
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      cassandracarolina
      This draft executive order is similar to the failed Cybersecurity Act of 2012 in that it proposes additional regulations as a solution to the U.S.’s cybersecurity woes. A regulatory executive order for cybersecurity is flawed and insufficient, and it ignores the deliberative process of Congress, which has thus far rejected a regulatory approach.
      The executive order starts with several pages that talk about voluntary cybersecurity regulation and having the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) work with other agencies to come up with cybersecurity best practices. This innocent enough beginning is soon superseded in section 7 of the draft.
      In that section, regulators are first charged with determining what pre-existing authority they have that would allow them to regulate cybersecurity. Next, the order instructs DHS to use the list of best practices to create a “prioritized… set of actions” that should be taken to “mitigate or remediate identified cybersecurity risks.” Finally, the executive order says that regulators “are encouraged to propose regulations…based on such set of prioritized actions.”
      This executive order is being hyped as a voluntary effort with public–private partnership and cooperation. However, it is not much of a partnership if the government is just telling the private sector what to do through regulations. Most importantly, regulations are the wrong approach to cybersecurity for several reasons.
      http://blog.heritage.org/...

      "I'm sculpting now. Landscapes mostly." ~ Yogi Bear

      by eXtina on Tue Feb 12, 2013 at 05:27:12 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Guess it didn't work (2+ / 0-)
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    Bush Bites, eXtina

    I was live streaming from various websites and they all worked fine.  Had a hiccup or two, but they kept going.  Nothing froze, nothing blacked out.  

    I know CISPA is a big deal and we should pay attention to it, but it's kind of counter productive to screw with cyber security when there are some good reasons for having SOME cyber security.  

    "Focusing your life solely on making a buck shows a certain poverty of ambition. It asks too little of yourself. Because it's only when you hitch your wagon to something larger than yourself that you realize your true potential." - Barack Obama

    by Ricochet67 on Tue Feb 12, 2013 at 07:40:17 PM PST

  •  Fuck Anonymous. (1+ / 0-)
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    VClib

    They jumped the shark long time ago and keep confirming it.

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