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Dear brothers and sisters. Now is the time to open your eyes!
In a stunning move that has civil libertarians stuttering with disbelief, the U.S. Senate has just passed a bill that effectively ends the Bill of Rights in America.
The National Defense Authorization Act is being called the most traitorous act ever witnessed in the Senate, and the language of the bill is cleverly designed to make you think it doesn’t apply to Americans, but toward the end of the bill, it essentially says it can apply to Americans “if we want it to.
Bill Summary & Status, 112th Congress (2011 — 2012) | S.1867 | Latest Title: National Defense Authorization Act for.
This bill, passed late last night in a 93-7 vote, declares the entire USA to be a “battleground” upon which U.S. military forces can operate with impunity, overriding Posse Comitatus and granting the military the unchecked power to arrest, detain, interrogate and even assassinate U.S. citizens with impunity.
Even WIRED magazine was outraged at this bill, reporting:
Senate Wants the Military to Lock You Up Without Trial
…the detention mandate to use indefinite military detention in terrorism cases isn’t limited to foreigners. It’s confusing, because two different sections of the bill seem to contradict each other, but in the judgment of the University of Texas’ Robert Chesney — a nonpartisan authority on military detention — “U.S. citizens are included in the grant of detention authority.”
The passage of this law is nothing less than an outright declaration of WAR against the American People by the military-connected power elite. If this is signed into law, it will shred the remaining tenants of the Bill of Rights and unleash upon America a total military dictatorship, complete with secret arrests, secret prisons, unlawful interrogations, indefinite detainment without ever being charged with a crime, the torture of Americans and even the “legitimate assassination” of U.S. citizens right here on American soil!
If you have not yet woken up to the reality of the police state we’ve been warning you about, I hope you realize we are fast running out of time. Once this becomes law, you have no rights whatsoever in America. — no due process, no First Amendment speech rights, no right to remain silent, nothing.
The US senate does not want us to speak. I suspect even now orders are being shouted into telephones and men with guns will soon be on their way. Why? Because while the truncheon may be used in lieu of conversation, words will always retain their power. Words offer the means to meaning and for those who will listen, the enunciation of truth. And the truth is, there is something terribly wrong with this country, isn’t there?
Cruelty and injustice…intolerance and oppression. And where once you had the freedom to object, to think and speak as you saw fit, you now have censors and systems of surveillance, coercing your conformity and soliciting your submission. How did this happen? Who’s to blame? Well certainly there are those who are more responsible than others, and they will be held accountable. But again, truth be told…if you’re looking for the guilty, you need only look into a mirror.
I know why you did it. I know you were afraid. Who wouldn’t be? War. Terror. Disease. There were a myriad of problems which conspired to corrupt your reason and rob you of your common sense. Fear got the best of you and in your panic, you turned to the now President in command Barack Obama. He promised you order. He promised you peace. And all he demanded in return was your silent, obedient consent.
More than four hundred years ago, a great citizen wished to embed the fifth of November forever in our memory. His hope was to remind the world that fairness. Justice, and freedom are more than words – they are perspectives. So if you’ve seen nothing, if the crimes of this government remain unknown to you, then I would suggest that you allow the fifth of November to pass unmarked. But if you see what I see, if you feel as I feel, and if you would seek as I seek…then I ask you to stand beside one another, one year from November 5th, 2011, outside the gates of every court house of every city DEMANDING our rights!!
Together we stand against the injustice of our own Government.
We are anonymous.
We are Legion.
United as ONE.
Divided by zero.
We do not forgive Censorship.
We do not forget Oppression.
Music by: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Requiem
- Anonymous Blasts National Defense Authorization Act (VIDEO) (blippitt.com)
- Now is the time to open your eyes! (remainanonymous.org)
- Anonymous turns its attention to the U.S. Senate over controversial bill (digitaltrends.com)
- National Defense Authorization Act: Obama appeals to lawmakers for changes (politico.com)
Other Interesting Posts
A video was posted on October 6th, 2011 in which a man wearing the mask that is notorious with the hacktivist group “Anonymous” claims that a member of the group was kidnapped during Operation Paperstorm in the city of Veracruz by the Los Zetas Drug Cartel in Mexico, and are demanding he be returned.
In the video, the person who seems to be promoting the message is speaking Spanish and using Mexican slang. According to the Houston Chronical, he is heard saying:
We want the army and the navy to know that we are fed up of the criminal group Zetas, who have concentrated on kidnapping, stealing and blackmailing in different ways. […]
For the time being, we won’t post photos or the names … of the taxi drivers, the journalists or the newspapers nor of the police officers [who have collaborated with Los Zetas], but if needed, we will publish them including their addresses, to see if by doing so the government will arrest them.
We can’t defend ourselves with a weapon, but if we can do this with their cars, houses, bars, brothels and everything else in their possession … It won´t be difficult. We all know who they are and where they are.
The kidnapping and video went unremarked and unreported until the American global intelligence think-tank Stratfor published a free article (behind registration) on its website on 28 October. At that point, the media feeding frenzy started.
The story was a juicy one. Los Zetas is a formidable drug cartel, explains the AP:
Veracruz, an oil state on the Gulf of Mexico with a major port of the same name, has seen a spike in drug violence in recent months in what authorities say is a battle between the Zetas drug cartel, which has controlled the territory for at least a year, and its rivals. Dozens of bodies have been showing up in recent weeks, including the dumping of 35 last month on a main highway in rush-hour traffic in the city of Boca del Rio.
The idea that a distributed, ad hoc network of hackers could take on some of the most violent criminals in Mexico was the ultimate David and Goliath story. But the story went unmentioned on Anonymous’ various Twitter accounts, and on the site Pastebin, one of Anonymous’ favourite ways to communicate with the world.
Like many stories that sound too good to be true, this one also is. Vivir Mexico published an article (Spanish) about the defacement of website of Tabasco politician Gustavo Rosario, whose hacked site accuses him of being ‘Es Zeta’, implying he is a Los Zetas collaborator. In an update, they include a message from Anonymous Mexico (translation via Google):
Dear Followers and supporters of this page. Anonymous I hereby FULLY DISCLAIMS Mexico is the responsibility of the news of hacking a page that is related to the alleged cartel Z’s. Our struggle is not of this type and our ideals do not go with that operation. The article published by various electronic media is completely FALSE !!!!. We ask for your support to spread this release.
Anonymous is, however, a leaderless ad hoc network. Anyone can join in and start a campaign in the “name” of Anonymous without necessarily having the full backing of the group. It may be that the originator of the video feels themselves to be a part of Anonymous and thus able to speak in their voice. But the ‘official’ denial—not much in Anonymous circles can really be described as actually official—throws doubt on the idea that there’s any sort of organised, widespread group behind this.
But could such a protest actually work? Can drug cartels be challenged by the collective wiles of cunning hackers? Says The Telegraph:
Stratfor, in its analysis of the video, said anyone exposed by Anonymous as a Zetas collaborator – accurately or not – would surely be targeted by rival gangs and the Zetas could respond by attacking internet activists even if they are not affiliated with Anonymous.
Were Anonymous to get behind a campaign of exposure, they would be risking the lives of everyone listed, regardless of the facts of any alleged collaboration. To make real progress, they would have to develop a very different modus operandi.
Indeed, successful attempts to combat organised crime, such as the Mafia in Palermo, Sicily, relied upon the engagement of entire communities. Addiopizzo means ‘Goodbye Pizzo’, with pizzo being the name for the protection monies demanded by the Mafia, and the grassroots Addiopizzo movement built a community of businesses and consumers who refuse to bow to Mafia extortion. Started in 2004, the organisation now has nearly 700 pizzo-free shops and businesses.
Addiopizzo also served as inspiration for Mafia? Nein Danke! (Mafia? No Thanks!), an organisation fighting the mafia in Germany. Formed in 2007 after a blood feud resulted in six deaths, German Italians organised to counter the activities of mafia-like organisations.
Anyone challenging the drug cartels in Mexico, whether they are a part of Anonymous or not, is taking a dangerous step, but with the escalating violence and inability of the authorities to control the cartels, it may be a risk that some feel driven to take.
- How Anonymous is threatening a Mexican drug cartel (thenextweb.com)
- Anonymous takes on a Mexican drug cartel (macleans.ca)
- Anonymous group canceles -Threat against Los Zetas! (peavyblack.com)
- How Anonymous Is Threatening A Mexican Drug Cartel – THENEXTWEB.COM (infowebstorm.com)
- Anonymous threatens to expose Mexican drug cartel over kidnapping (digitaltrends.com)