p2pnet view P2P | Freedom:- Joseph Menn, the Financial Times reporter whose ‘scoop’ catapulted ex-HB Gary Federal boss Aaron Barr to instant fame when it ‘revealed’ the latter had supposedly penetrated the non-existent Anonymous inner ranks, says US law enforcement authorities are investigating the ungroup’s Operation Bradical meant to “disrupt activities at the Marine Corps base in Quantico to protest against the alleged rough treatment given suspected WikiLeaks source Bradley Manning”.
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“As army private Bradley Manning suffers for his alleged megaleak of secret documents to WikiLeaks, one group of hackers seems determined to make sure that others feel his pain”, said the first clip in yesterday’s p2pnet world headlines.
Over the weekend, the loose hacker collective Anonymous declared that it will go on the offensive against those who are currently detaining Manning in a Quantico military brig, keeping him in solitary confinement and forcing him to strip nightly and stand at attention naked each morning. In a crowdsourced document used to coordinate the group’s actions, Anonymous members name Department of Defense Press Secretary Geoff Morell and chief warrant officer Denise Barnes as targets and call on members to dig up personal information on both, including phone numbers, personal histories and home addresses. The goal of the operation, for now, is to “dox” the two officials, the typical Anonymous method of publishing personal information of victims and using it for mass harassment. “Targets established,” reads the document, before naming Morell and Barnes. “We’re in the ruining business. And business is good.” The group, which is calling its attack “Operation Bradical,” also lists demands as follows: “Manning must be given sheets, blankets, any religious texts he desires, adequate reading material, clothes, and a ball. One week. Otherwise, we continue to dox and ruin those responsible for keeeping him naked, without bedding, without any of the basic amenities that were provided even to captured Nazis in WWII.”
Menn, however, still doesn’t get it. “Members of Anonymous identify with WikiLeaks and see themselves as crusaders for the free flow of information”, he says in the FT post.
There are, of course, no members, no sign-up, no ‘group’, no nothing. Just Anons randomly working singly and together to put injustices to rights.
The Financial Times goes on >>>
But while WikiLeaks has merely published classified material, as have mainstream media organisations, Anonymous has become steadily more aggressive.
Merely? The US Marines wouldn’t agree. It’s why they’ve jailed Manning.
Menn continues >>>
First it [Anonymous] went after businesses with “denial-of-service” attacks, in which computers bombard websites until they can’t handle the load and become unavailable to the public. That brought some 40 law enforcement searches in the US and a handful or arrests in other countries.
Anonymous became more brazen last month, hacking into a US security firn that had boasted to the Financial Times of infiltrating the online group and identifying many of its leaders. Anonymous distributed thousands of internal e-mails from the company, HBGary Federal, among other things showing that HBGary Federal and two allied businesses had proposed planting fake documents on WikiLeaks to discredit that site.
Anonymous has, of course, been brazen since Day One.
Words like “honor” play a large part in Marine culture, as does the Marine motto “Semper Fi.”
The Marines’ recruiting website puts it like this:
Marines are held to the highest standards, ethically and morally. Respect for others is essential. Marines are expected to act responsibly in a manner befitting the title they’ve earned.
That may be the expectation, but the reality — at least insofar as the Marines are responsible for the conditions of Bradley Manning’s detention — is something else.
The conduct of Quantico Brig commander CWO Denise Barnes (upper right) in particular is not doing much to enhance the image of the Corps, but she’s hardly alone in that. Marines above and below her in the chain of command are at least as responsible for the abuse of the reputation of the Corps as she is.
What kind of Marine treats prisoners with disrespect, and plays petty, degrading, and humiliating games with them?
What kind of Marine overrules expert medical opinion for the care of those under his/her control and command?
What kind of Marine lies about his or her actions and stands in the way of legitimate legal processes?
What kind of Marine detains civilian visitors to the brig for no reason other than to prevent the prisoner from having visits by attempting to intimidate those who try?
What kind of Marine subjects prisoners in custody to conditions that the International Committee of the Red Cross would call a violation of the Geneva Conventions?
What kind of Marine? The kind found up and down the chain of command at the Quantico brig, apparently. If it is a military crime to “bring discredit upon the armed forces,” as Manning is charged with doing, then there are more than a few leathernecks who ought to be facing a military tribunal of their own.
Judge Andrew Napolitano of Fox News summed up the situation like this in January, and things have only gotten worse since then:
Regardless of whatever crime Private Manning may or may not have committed, he’s innocent until proven guilty. Both Mr. House and Private Manning have constitutional rights. These KGB-like government tactics are not only obscenely un-American, they are wholly unconstitutional and unlawful.
Barnes is not only not showing respect, but bringing the Corps into disrespect by her punitive approach to a prisoner in her brig awaiting trial. By not putting a stop to this conduct, Barnes’ superiors are joining her in bringing disrespect upon the Corps.
What kind of Marine sits by in silence as the reputation of the Corps is trashed?
They are The Few. The Proud. The KGB-Like.
It wasn’t always like this, you know. I have a feeling that PFC Guy Gabaldon, USMC (Reserve), would not be impressed (emphasis added):
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Guy L. Gabaldon (517054), Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty while serving with Headquarters and Service Company, Second Marines, SECOND Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Saipan and Tinian, Marianas Islands, South Pacific Area, from 15 June to 1 August 1944. Acting as a Japanese Interpreter for the Second Marines, Private First Class Gabaldon displayed extreme courage and initiative in single-handedly capturing enemy civilian and military personnel during the Saipan and Tinian operations. Working alone in front of the lines, he daringly entered enemy caves, pillboxes, buildings, and jungle brush, frequently in the face of hostile fire, and succeeded in not only obtaining vital military information, but in capturing well over one thousand enemy civilians and troops. Through his valiant and distinguished exploits, Private First Class Gabaldon made an important contribution to the successful prosecution of the campaign and, through his efforts, a definite humane treatment of civilian prisoners was assured. His courageous and inspiring devotion to duty throughout reflects the highest credit upon himself and the United States Naval Service.
Approved by the Secretary of the Navy on November 23, 1960
“Aren’t there any Marines like PFC Gabaldon around today?” – Peterr asks on Firedog Lake.
instant fame – Financial Times reveals Anonymous hierarchy, February 6, 2011
Forbes – Anonymous Hackers Target Alleged WikiLeaker Bradley Mannings’ Jailers
Firedog Lake – The Few. The Proud. The KGB-Like., March 7, 2011
First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win ~ Mahatma Gandhi
World War III will be a global information war with no division between civilian & military participation ~ Marshall McLuhan
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