Last night I was "doxed" (my private information was exposed) on Twitter and Pastebin, and even after I reported it to Pastebin and got the original post removed quickly, the Anonymous operative came back again and posted a new pastebin, and others weaved it into their code on other pages so it would keep showing up multiple times in search. I've waited 18 hours for Pastebin to respond again. I also filed an abuse report with Twitter, and they've declined to act. That may be due to the fact that when they clicked on the link in Twitter, Pastebin had already removed it. So I filed another AR with Twitter. In my experience, Twitter can take multiple attempts to pay attention to this kind of harassment but eventually they do act.
This is a long post because I had to include a lot of tweet documentation in it -- these can get hard to access later or get deleted.
HOW I WAS ACCUSED OF 'BULLYING' THE ANONYMOUS ONLINE VIGILANTES (!)
Now, what was my "crime" that I "deserved to be doxed" over? I really have to wonder "why now," after reporting critically on Anonymous and its related groups for nearly a decade and never being "doxed" online except by the Second Life forums (thanks Pathfinder) Second Life Herald (Peter Ludlow's revenge) and Encyclopedia Dramatica (4channers, likely Jordan Belino/Tizzers Foxchase) who linked my SL avatar Prokofy with my RL name to harass me and try to silence me But they don't count.
This doxing was an Anonymous operative named "Anonloverz" connected not to a virtual world but to a campaign very much spilling offline into real life -- the Steubenville #Knightsec or #Justicesec operation played out mainly on Twitter, but also several sites like LocalLeaks and blogs. I had never seen him or contacted him before.
I haven't followed this case very closedly, beyond writing one post, because it is one of those huge swarms of he-said/she-said type statements. Lee Stranahan of Breitbart News is following it in depth. I'm happy to let the New York Times cover it. There's only so many hours in the day.
But occasionally I will respond to some of the egregious vigilantism I see from the Anonymous gang, some of which comes from either op accounts I happened to follow or retweets from others I follow.
And when I saw several of them whooping it up and heckling people I had to respond:@catfitz
DOES ANONYMOUS HAVE SHORT MEMORIES ABOUT THEIR ABUSE OF WOMEN? OR JUST A LOT OF NEW FEMALE RECRUITS WHO HAVEN'T GOTTEN THE NEWS?
I sent them to a link on my one blog post on this subject. I've never seen a single news article talk about the long history of Anonymous and their love for violent, sexist porn on 4chan; their love for Hentai, which many feel is a form of child pornography; their outrageous misogynist harassment of women and young girls online, on sites like Youtube. This all seems so evident. Doesn't everybody know this? I remember attending Social Media Week at the panel that featured John Perry Barlow two years ago in Manhattan, and Deanna Zandt a leftist social media gurl on the panel bonded with a young woman who got up and told how horribly she had been harassed by Anonymous online -- but then seemed to "get over it" and then she and the lefty giggled about how fun they were and she then made a sketch and gave it to Zandt who then tweeted it on her phone. It was bizarre. I questioned Zandt how she could endorse Anonymous and got blocked on her blog later. This was in the Hearst building, one of those cavernous towers in Manhattan with all glass and steel, where we were on like the 30th floor with a panoramic view of the city, and an ancient painting of Hearst in the hallway, showing him in dark, rich oil tones receiving a servant with a Chinese tea set.
We are so far away from Hearst and his Chinese tea. Or are we?
Anyway, on Twitter, when I ran across these agitators for vigilantism in Steubenville, I went along with a few comments like that, trying to speak sense:@catfitz CatherineFitzpatrick @catfitz
Naturally, they objected -- and the word-salad race was on. caylaaaa predictable said she was a woman, and I asked if she were related to *that* Kayla of LulzSec who was arrested in connection with Anonymous and the big hack of HPGary. "Kayla" was very elusive -- Parmy Olson's book We Are Anonymous: Inside the Hacker World of LulzSec, Anonymous, and the Global Cyber Insurgency covers this very well -- until finally "she" was arrested and turned out to be two twenty-something men.
Judging from her public Twitter pics, caylaaaa may really just an ordinary young girl swept up in the Anonymous mania because it seems cool. But we'll never know. She could be an elaborate "persona," or really just an undereducated young girl who works at Med Express, has a mom who works at Cafe Avalon, has a calico cat, hangs out with hillbilly rock bands, drinks beer, thinks the weather is cold when she travels to Steubenville to demonstrate in a Guy Fawkes mask, and on and on -- any Second Lifer would rifle through her pictures, triangulating and triangulating, and would be calling her boss at her job by tomorrow. Ouch. And she implies she is a rape victim with psychological and post-trauma issues. Why are young people so careless on social media?!
I've noticed that variations of the name "Kayla" is typical of all the Anon~sec type of accounts, it must have some special meaning for them, maybe because that Kayla is a hero(ine), but I heard the name used before. I guess it's just one of those girly names.
THE SPECIAL SNOWFLAKES OF THE LEGION OF ANONYMOUS
So this caylaaaa then complains:CS @caylaaaa_x3 CatherineFitzpatrick @catfitz
Truly they are, as any of these interactions show you. Because when you make a criticism of any one, they gang together and whistle to their buddies and cluster around you.naruto uzumaki @hausofpain
Hm, okay, I bet! And as we know from Adrian Chen -- and he should know! -- 4chan has already jumped the shark, and Anonymous goes to other IRC rooms and other places. Actually, you'd be surprised to discover that there is now a large group of them *again* in Second Life with all new people and new names that actually don't seem to be the old Woodbury gang, interestingly. And they've picked up all the same memes -- Steubenville, Occupy, CFAA, etc.
Then I got to the point:@catfitz @catfitz
VIGILANTES USE THE SAME LOGIC AS THE FOOTBALL TEAM 'RAPE CREW'
Now by that I don't mean that these Anonymous kiddies online have done something equivalent to physical rape. Derp! I get the difference! Herp! Obviously real rape is a harrowing, terrifying, physically and mentally damaging experience.But in the field of addressing violence against women, it is a basic principle that when advocating for the victims and trying to get justice, you just don't re-traumatize them. You don't keep making them tell and re-tell their stories to multiple levels of law-enforcers and media over and over again -- this is a terrible thing for them. You have to take every caution to prevent that re-traumatization -- this is a staple of care in shelters and advocacy groups -- it's a principle Anonymous as never heard of, and the women's groups don't seem to have explained this to them.
But what made it a particularly humiliating experience for the girl in Steubenville is that the football team took pictures of her abused and passed out, and put them on cell phones. And one kid made a gross video where he speaks of her disgustingly and put that around. It does not appear that it is a film made *while* the abuse was happening or in the same place, but it's part of the grotesque "multi-media experience" that is the entire Steubenville story of football rape culture.
THE WHOLE BASKETBALL TEAM
Unlike the conservative sites that are the only ones writing about vigilantism, you don't have to get me to concede the nastiness of sports culture in little towns. Fortunately, I've never been sexually assaulted, but I remember what it was like when the entire basketball team in my 9th grade class decided I was a lesbian and would jeer hateful slurs down the hallways at me. To this day I can see those menacing tall boys in their silk shorts leering at me, so that I couldn't get by and go to my class. They said this about me merely because I went to a basketball game with a girlfriend -- it was crazy.
I didn't feel traumatized or intimidated, but I just thought it was unfair -- like other things in childhood and school, like the fact that the kids in the fancy suburban houses would harass and heckle the children from the farms. I haven't thought of this incident in years because it just wasn't important to me. I joined another groups of kids, the ones known as the "freaks" or "the hippies" and did different things than sports, which became less interesting to me, like orchestra and poetry magazine. I wonder why young people don't do more of that today instead of accentuating their victimhood. Yes, I take bullying and the fear of suicide extremely seriously -- when my brother was only 10, his best friend, a boy very short in height who was mercilessly teased (the way my brother was teased because he was fat) -- committed suicide. Did you know that children that young commit suicide when they are bullied? The entire tragedy was suppressed because we were in a Catholic school where at the time no one would hold a Mass or a service or a burial for a suicide.
But it's a different age with the hideousness of MIPS and social media amplification, and in my view, Anonymous has made it 1000 times worse by making the woman's humiliation nearly a Hollywood blockbuster and as I said a multi-media spectacle with cross-media social media campaigns to boot.
ANONYMOUS IS LIKE SPORTS RAPE CULTURE THEMSELVES IN TACTICS AND DYNAMICS IF NOT EQUIVALENCE
And what is Anonymous just like? Oh, they're like that whole basketball team that harassed me because they thought I had put my arm around a girl -- imagine, the horrah lol. They take "evidence" they think they have and blast it out without any checking of facts of any sort and try to organize public lynchings of people they think are guilty.
It's my hope that the women's organizations like NOW will eventually get wise to this. So far, unfortunately, they are playing into it because they think the town fathers or "mainstream media"or "conservatives" are "suppressing" the story. They think Anonymous has done some kind of public service by releasing some of these pictures and videos and tweet feeds implicating some of the "rape crew" as they call them. (Stranahan denies there is a "crew" because only two are indicted -- well, two is enough of a crew if they have the whole football team at their back).
You can read my whole back twitter feed here. There isn't anything that constitutes "bullying" here. What there is, is the usual Anonymous tactics. "Isolate and fixate" or "distract" or "displace" or "accuse the accuser". Some people call these the "Saul Alinsky methods". They were actually Lenin's methods before Saul ever adapted them.
Pointing out that Anonymous is now what makes this woman's life miserable, I wrote:@catfitz
They claimed she was thanking Anonymous. Oh, maybe she is -- now. But I'm not sure. And sadly the result of all this social media infused glare is that now one account seemingly related to Anonymous although I think this is questioned has now released court transcripts that reveal the victim's name. Awful.
ANONYMOUS SCORNS DUE PROCESS AND REAL JUSTICE
Justice has always contained two basic elements:
o the right to face your accusers -- so people can't just make KGB-style anonymous denunciations behind your back and
o the right of a rape victim to keep her identity hidden -- the media has always had a voluntary code on this and courts also respect it.
Now, the people of Steubenville don't get either of these chief facets of justice.
As I put it:CatherineFitzpatrick @catfitz CatherineFitzpatrick @catfitz @caylaaaa_x3
Naturally, that cranked up a firestorm of concern-trolling about the use of "fucktard" as "horrible" and "mean to disabled people". calaaa began to claim brother was mentally disabled and how dare I, etc. Naturally one of the many heckling Anonymous accounts bothering me on Twitter used the exact same word himself in another conversation -- and we saw no rage-fits from @hausofpain. Old story.
COMPLAINING ABOUT VIGILANTISM IS 'HARASSING' AND 'BULLYING' ANONYMOUS *SNORT*CS @caylaaaa_x3
Imagine, pearl-clutching over an obscenity that they use on the IRC channel among themselves all the time, and faux rage over strong condemnation of what is really scary -- the overthrow of the justice system.
Honestly, it is injust: we're supposed to pretend that a hacker who steals 4 million files or all of the Stratfor data bases with people's credit cards or damages SONY is all free speech and love and peace, and meanwhile somebody who criticizes lack of due process gets doxed (me) and a tasteless football kid who make indeed made a gross video that is nevertheless not in violation of the First Amendment has his entire life ruined and has to leave his university.
Hey, what happened to those hackers' touching concern about the punishment fitting the crime?
This is the poor, poor pitiful me stuff that these Anonymous people do after calling me an old lady, troll, in need of help, etc. etc. and of course denying every legitimate critique I have of unjust vigilantism that deprives people of due process. Hey, I missed these crusaders for women's rights all this last year, as I've had ugly real-life effigies of me naked, bloody, burnt, and dead constantly served up to me in Second Life by their Anonymous cousins.
ARE THE ANONYMOUS TEAR JERKING STORIES TRUE?
I actually don't think there is a brother, just like I don't think that Anonloverz, the Anon in charge of this operation who doxed me because I was "bullying a brother" (*snort* - did he not notice my interlocutors were "sisters"?), doesn't really have a cousin who committed suicide over bullying at the age of 13. I just don't think she exists. Of course she *could* exist -- see above what I just wrote about my brother's friend and the tragedy in our school 45 years ago.
20 hours ago ... http://www.theatlantic.com/catherine-a-fitzpatrick ... Catherine Fitzpatrick You have bullied a fellow anon brother.
But...he was a sister as many of the tweets show:naruto uzumaki @hausofpain
At the end of the day I would rather be the girl who stands up for what she believes in then the person who bullies me for it!
Well, as Stranahan has told them: Pro-tip -- keep your personas straight!
But I've come to see the stories online peddling by the legions of Anonymous sympathy trolls as suspect. That's because I see all the signs of Internet histrionics here, maudlin tale-telling to gain sympathy online and manipulate public opinion.
That is, there are two Internet cultural phenomenon here at work. One is deliberate manipulation to gain recruits and sympathy in a sinister anarchist movement to disrupt society. Another is an individual's sick need to gain attention from others online. They dovetail well around Steubenville, in my view.
I saw this sort of thing back in 1999 when I first started a Sims Family Albums group on Yahoo, and then joined the then-famous Uncle George Sims group and had one of those histrionics show up who claimed her daughter was kidnapped and it was all so horrible and her husband was beating her...but then it all miraculously cleared up in a few days after everyone had stood on their heads to help her, and then a few people, skeptical, began to call the police and read the wires and see there was no such thing...
Awfully convenient, eh, that so many of these Anons showing up around Steubenville say they are rape victims, post stories in their feed about rape trauma, and if you criticize Anonymous' vigilantism tactics, they fly at you with rage that you must be belittling rape victims and siding with the "rape crew". Gosh, Anon technique no. 222.
We will never know unless Anonloverz reveals both his own name and location and his cousin's -- and he'd rather strip away my privacy than be accountable. He's the bully -- I'm a legitimate critic. Calling somebody a "fucktard" because they launch a vigilante riot with awful consequences isn't "bullying"; it's legitimate speech and needed activity. In fact I practice this deliberately without any "vitriol" or "anger" or "need for therapy" because I think it's what must be done.
'WE JUST WANT JUSTICE SO WE HAVE TO USE INJUSTICE ON YOU'
Now the guy with the BDMS-like name (it's certainly related to BDSM in every single game, world, forums, etc. I've ever seen, so sue me), says:naruto uzumaki @hausofpain
With their constant nattering about how they weren't 4chan and were all different and blah blah, I had this to say:
More of them began to pile on, so I answered them:CatherineFitzpatrick @catfitz
I am then sent a link to the expose of Stranahan so I reply?CatherineFitzpatrick @catfitz
@BreitbartUnmask So wait, this is the sort of amateur shredding anybody gets if they criticize you vigilantes & how you bully others?@catfitz
BREITBART'S STRANAHAN TAKES ON ANONYMOUS
Stranahan intervenes and first says he doesn't use people's names unless they request it, but I remind him of my blog that came out nearly 48 hours before his did on Occupy and the Natasha Lennard video. Indignant, he says he discovered this all on his own, without my blog, and has emails with Breitbart to prove it. Well, I have no recourse other than to take his word reluctantly -- I think that the obscure bookstore video buried in long posts on the Jacobin website which most people don't keep on "refresh" at the top of their tabs was not something he would just find -- I found it only through diligent research trying to find out more about Lennard who I sensed was not just some victimized New York Times reporter but a cadre in the underground movement (and she was let go of the Times eventually -- she was the stringer who covered the Occupy Brooklyn Bridge story). Stranahan spoke of the "anarchist book fair," but it was actually a public talk in an anarchist book shop in New York City.
Naruto agrees that 4chan is "twisted," but apparently he can't have a debate without sicing the big bros at Anon to harass other people.
I then attracted the attention of two more people following Stranahan and also ganging up on any critics of Anonymous, and I reply to them:@catfitz
I had never heard of either of these people. Xcitizen10 wanted me to write a denunciation of Stranahan. I refused, naturally. Are they daft?! IncognitoMD claimed to be a psychiatrist. I doubt that sincerely.
I get more and more pileons from Anons trying to prove to me what an evil welfare-mooching BDSM porno wife-abuser Stranahan is. I hugely doubt he is all those things -- and all I was talking a about was what I felt was a failure to link to my blog since I got to the story first. I then saw there is a huge Anonymous-made ruckus around Stranahan, trying to portray him as abusive and a BDSM practitioner in the belief this will discredit his skeptical reporting about their role in Steubenville. It's completely wild and crazy, and it shows what happens to people who try to cover this story.
Gosh, since when did Anonymous join the Newly-Acquired Conscience Society about BDSM?! You're going to tell me that not a single one of the JustSec anons have ever been to the 4chan hardcore site or other sites like that? Not a single one of them has ever sent out particle spam of Tubgirl textures in Second Life and other worlds? Really, guys?
Maybe there really is a new upright and clean Anonymous generation *cough*, but then, if they really care about BDSM in culture, they should take on 50 Shades of Gray or criticize the Superbowl ad that casually showed a guy climbing out of bed with fur handcuffs still attached to him while he attempted to get "his favourite shirt" off a sleeping girl. Ugh. We missed them on those giant, big, influential cultural memes that represent that sadly, the culture incubated in Second Life and other online worlds like Red Light District and is now metasticizing. Instead, they're pawing through some decade-old porn trash talk of Stranahan's in some chat room. Ridiculous.
Anonymous' foot soldiers try to make it seem that if Stranahan is somehow related to porn or BDSM or even abuse of women (some wild story of him offering his wife for prostitution, etc.), then he is unfit to cover the rape story. Hmm. Well, possibly, but given Anonymous' anonymity, and their propensity for wild lying, then I'd have to ask for a successful court record, maybe a record of a restraining order from family court or a prosecution for assault, or something that would show the porn/BDSM angle reached the level of some sort of crime. I'm not seeing it. Sounds more like harassment of a journalist to me.
So I said:@catfitz
Because really, that's what it comes down to. What someone does in the privacy of their home is their business. Obviously, um, Anonymous wants that privacy for themselves! You can't claim it has impacted their professional work unless you really have a case not just ugly insinuations.
CATS ARE IMPORTANT - BUT I DON'T LIKE CATS
At this point someone else piles on who has come to this thread from seeing it in her feed from one of these accounts. I haven't contacted her before -- my CC to her isn't me manually picking her out to CC, but a return of a "cc all" because one of the others have included her.
So later she accuses me of harassing her through CCs -- even though I don't know her, haven't approached her, haven't ever heard of her, and only hit "REPLY" to a tweet *to me* in which *someone else* had put the CC.
And that's the game they all play ferociously, as I've discovered, because they've found out that Twitter will now suspend accounts of people for "cc abuse" -- contacting people "too many times" in ccs to others, with their views. I've known one person suspended for a time over "cc abuse" -- again, perplexed as to what this is really about -- I fear that it's Twitter's way of bringing in "track block" which Gilmor wanted in 2007, and which I protested vigorously against (and he ended up inviting me on his podcast show but then shutting off my mike).
I can't even begin to describe the weirdness of @catsrimportant -- just a few examples, read her thread.
If I had not had years and years of experience in Second Life, where griefing with these methods is honed to a fine science practiced by grown-up male digital arts professors and middle-aged IBM programmers, not young women, I would think this account and her attack on me was about mental illness or again, histrionics. And of course it may end up being about that. But I don't think so, once I see there is more to the story and this person has showed up in Anonymous griefing clusters as Stranahan has discovered andalso shows up on Crooks and Liars providing research assistance.
The technique goes like this:
o distract -- and talk about something else instead of the point at hand, which is the wrongfulness of Anonymous' vigilantism
o accuse me of not caring about rape because I'm critical of Anonymous' vigilantism -- apples and oranges.
o blast me with links to articles about rape, and then accuse me of not caring about them because I won't *right that minute* go and look at them -- this, over and over again, hysterically.
o shrill insistence that this person is "not anonymous" and has nothing to do with Anonymous, but never really a link explaining a real identity, either -- one is given ultimately, but the name "Melissa Brewer" seems only to circle back to the same Twitter identity and not go outside of the loop.
After haranguing me for an hour, Cats says:@catsrimportant
@catfitz I don't have any "Anon pals" and I was not aware anyone doxed you. Seriously. That has nothing to do with me.
But she does have Anon pals. That's how she came to the thread I had with them -- I didn't contact her. She followed them to come gang up on me, and decided I was a "rape denier".CatherineFitzpatrick @catfitz
This goes on and on endlessly with accusations and hysteria on her point and I simply ignore her, she's welcome to the last word.
Then, comes first one doxing link and threat and the "victims" claiming I was a "bully":
Then this next one:ﺃﻧﻮﻧﻠﻮﻓﻴﺮ ﺟﻮﺳﺘﻴﺴﻴﺴﻴﻚ @anonloverz
I'm not putting the actual link -- unfortunately, it's still there, 18 hours later after three abuse reports to Pastebin. I informed him that I had AR'd him to Pastebin and Twitter, and got this gem:ﺘﻴﺴﻴﺴﻴﻚ @anonloverz
@catfitz is that a threat? I haven't done anything..so now you will be blocked. Poof..be gone.
@anonloverz What we can learn abt your "justice" is that it is terror b/c if s/o rightly criticises u on princiles of rule of law u dox them
Anonloverz then turned to other preoccupations besides me -- he was upset that "Noah" gave an interview to the Herald Star in Steubenville.
@JustBatCat as Noah called himself on Twitter joined with KnightSec, who I remember was the first one I came across with the Steubenville rape cause, seemed to go along with the Anonymous "op crew" in hacking the football team's site and doxing people involved but then broke ranks and talked to the media. Bizarrely he works for the DoD:
Computers and gadgets are hobbies, Noah said, and he indicated he's a civilian contract worker for the Department of Defense.
Or not so bizzarrely, as the military and hackers are all intertwined as we saw from the Navy/Tor/JacobAppelbaum story and even our little Second Life. Now the Anonymous gang warriors are after him because he broke ranks and became an "egofag". And if the phone chat screenshots are authentic, he sounds as creepy as Anonymous in his thuggish take on how to control Anonymous. These people are cut from the same cloth.
Is this actually some kind of sting from the government? The funny thing is that it may well not be, and that Anonymous probably does have government employees in it who hold all their beliefs religiously yet combine it with routine computer work for the Man.
I still have to wonder why an important Anon who hacks the feds and gets upset at the comrade breaking ranks would bother with me because I pointed out principles of due process to him and his little friends and used the term "fucktard" to describe people who interfere with justice as vigilantes and re-traumatize rape victims in social media.
And it's because of that bro stuff that gang warfare and Russian mafia types and other sub-cultures and counter-cultures have, where any perceived slight or dis of your bro is something you are honour-bound to react to. What, the little fellow named doesn't have the doxing capacity of anonloverz and needs his limp dick held for the job?
And the doxing was such a strange amateurish job. A combination of stuff that is not online, although perhaps you can fetch it if you pay one of those shady services, and then various unrelated stuff from other people just randomly vacuumed up. That poor girl in Canada with the snowy photos that Anonloverz posted the link to with the denunciation "Shame" as if they were BDSM porn lol. Snowy back yards in Canada?! Then when I pointed out that they were harassing young girls with similar names, he dug some more and came up with a single svelte bodybuilder with my name and her photos on some page -- I had to LOL as I am a middle-aged overweight mother of two.
Some people think you should just take hilarious doxing like that take its course for that reason!
OCCUPY STEUBENVILLE? OH NO...
So, #OccupySteubenville is coming up on February 23, Soviet Army Day.
Which brings me to my conclusion about this --which I realize no one will share, but I don't care. It's just my operating hypothesis.
I think the fast and furious ops Anonymous is staging around Steubenville are all merely to distract from their hero Assange's rape charges and their own recent arrests as I've said. But I also think it's about a more sinister agenda of some intelligence services of some foreign powers that want to find ways to disrupt America and discredit it and just cause general chaos.
Now, I happen to believe that the Steubenville rape is contemptible and has to be prosecuted and is not a concoction of the Kremlin or Tehran or something like that. It's real. It is not invented by the KGB. That's not what I mean. And Anonloverz is probably somebody who couldn't even find Russia on a world map.
I mean something more sophisticated -- that these foreign operatives are exploiting these kinds of online movements and hysterical stories to make havoc. And they've succeeded. A brutal gang rape in India led to a woman's tormented death, and now this case is being compared to it, althought is is less severe as the victim survived and evidently without serious injuries. That doesn't make it any less of a case to prosecute and to put mechanisms into place to prevent. But the uproar around this, like the Trayvon case increasingly mean that the justice system cannot function normally and adequately. Now whose goal is that?
I can see that Anonymous is now on a red roll like the Red Wheel Solzhenitsyn wrote about. They enjoy pouncing and outing and scaring and hurting people with doxing and flashmobs and they can' t afford to let this particular story end because it's so enjoyable for them. It's about coming to power.
So they are enlarging the story even as they roll along, trying to make up a hysterical case for how all teens are abused by the government and their parents, who send them to re-education camps. The true stories of a few abused in this manner, even to the point of being killed, are now magnified to be an entire national trend, with a whole Reddit thread and constant victimology around the theme.
There's something so contrived about all of this, and with the masks and the methods, I think it's more than we realized, and it is sinister. But along the way, it's also just goofy and stupid, and involves a lot of little people doing lots of stupid things. I just happened to bump into a couple of them and tell them off -- and rightly so, more people should do this and we wouldn't have this riot then. They abused their ill-gotten power and harmed me by putting up my private information that can lead to all kinds of havoc -- and they also threaten *more* harm if I don't "shut up".
I remember years ago when the KGB followed me because I contacted dissidents in my human rights work, I felt it was at least a sort of predictable routine. They had certain rules they would abide by; both the CIA and KGB had understandings that they wouldn't kill people on each others' territory, for example. Then after Putin came to power, I began to feel that all those rogue agents let go under Yeltsin and reformatted as the security departments of banks or football teams or whatever, were now unsupervised and without ethical codes, such as they were in a country with a history of mass murder, and that now they would kill foreigners -- and they did, people like Paul Khlebnikov, the Forbes journalist in Moscow. There was a point when I worked on one certain case that I had three different kinds of these "services" following me, the official intelligence and then their off-brands or something. It's very creepy.
THE NORMALIZATION OF ANONYMOUS METHODOLOGY
So I think Anonymous has undergone a metasticizing and spreading in some more virulent but even "normalized" modes. What's very disturbing about the Anonymous phenomenon is the way it is being "normalized" I thought of exactly this post to write, but I see Stranahan beat me to it.
When the newspapers started doxing gun owners after the Newtown massacre, there was a big push to give them free speech rights like it was the Pentagon papers. The harm and exposure it brought to those legal gun owners was overlooked. Eventually they had to turn around on this as they themselves got threatened by angry Second Amendment activists and then in the ultimate irony had to hired armed guards.
That's what anarchists try to do: try to make societies not like themselves, the opposite of their beliefs, confused and contradictory.
Breitbart concludes that the "Marxist internal contradictions" (my term, not his) are now biting back on Anonymous itself with its doxing tactic:
One danger of the tactic is that it creates an escalating, endless cycle of paranoia. After a Time magazine story on the Church of Scientology, the controversial group is alleged to have gone after the journalist’s personal information in an early and well publicized variant of doxing. These “fair game” tactics were a central rationale given by the fledging Anonymous group in 2008 in their famous video that declared war on Scientology for its “campaigns of disinformation” and “suppression of dissent.” Now we have come full circle, and some in Anonymous have become the thing it once claimed to despise, actively promoting disinformation and attacking critics with relish as was shown in the Stephen K. Bannon film Occupy Unmasked.
I remember when and where I saw the Anonymous campaign against the Scientologists -- in 2007, and in Second Life, the Great Prototyper, in SL groups and avatars obsessed with this cause.
They were the same people who griefed me. They will come for any of you next. "Because none of us are as cruel of all of us," as their motto tells us.