Jeremy Hammond Rejects and Redirs OpISIS and Co-opted Anon

grarpamp grarpamp at
Sun Dec 13 23:24:40 PST 2015

Reject #OpIsis and the Co-Opting of Anonymous

In this new writing, Jeremy shares his views on Anonymous, #OpISIS,
and the recent wave of anti-immigrant sentiment that has been sweeping
the nation.


The attacks in France were a terrible but unfortunately predictable
response by desperate people who, after a decade of war and
occupation, want the west to taste what we have been regularly dishing
out. But we cannot allow them to be used to justify more war.

In the wake of the Paris attacks, the Western governments are
provoking Islamophobic hatred in order to escalate military operations
in the Middle East and push police state powers. It’s a familiar
script, and from prison, I’ve been following these developments,
disturbed about the attacks on immigrant and Muslim communities and
the resurgence of the fascist right.

I remember in the wake of 9/11, the waves of blind patriotism and
xenophobia that the war-mongering politicians used to push
police-state laws, mass surveillance, and rampant militarization. It
was never about fighting terrorism or weapons of mass destruction, but
about US empire: control over land, oil, and drug production, like all
wars. Hundreds of thousands of innocents were murdered by the US
military over the longest war in our history while we escalated drone
warfare elsewhere in Syria, Yemen, Pakistan, and Somalia, creating the
conditions which gave rise to ISIS in the first place.

That same post-9/11 hysteria is back and all the war-mongers are again
frothing at the mouth with hate for immigrants and refugees, pushing
for national Muslim registration databases, and for regime change in

But I never thought Anonymous would join in on their frenzied call for
war. Apparently, GhostSec and others purportedly associated with
Anonymous have been DDoSing forums, taking down Twitter accounts, and
reporting IP addresses to law enforcement in collaboration with shady
military contractors like Kronos Advisory. The naïve fools behind the
operation are being manipulated by intelligence agents taking
advantage of the emotional reaction to the Paris attacks to harness
our skills to fight their hypocritical “war on terrorism.”

As someone who hacked with Anonymous and marched against the war in
Iraq, I completely oppose #OpISIS and any attempts to co-opt our
movement into supporting the government’s militaristic agenda.
Escalated US military involvement is certainly going to result in more
civilian deaths, as it already has. All deaths of innocent civilians
are a tragedy, and we cannot value one life over another. (And you are
still more likely to be shot down by police than in a terrorist

The same intelligence industry that runs their own NSA hacker
operations against ISIS uses the same counter-terrorism justification
to spy on everyday civilians with no regards for rights to privacy,
encryption, or anonymity. They have always targeted Anonymous and
other dissident groups as terrorists, and when they aren’t trying to
discredit or imprison us, they are attempting to co-opt us – sometimes
openly by attending conference like DEFCON, seducing us with promises
of money or calls for patriotic duty, other times covertly lurking
around IRC channels attempting to steer us unwittingly into supporting
their agenda. Remember, Sabu asked me to hack government websites of
Syria and Turkey, among others, which I did, unaware he was an FBI
informant. They didn’t want to talk about it at my sentencing hearing,
but they did condemn my attacks against police and military
contractors at length. The agents out there encouraging you to “hack
the terrorists” will have no problem turning around and locking you up
for years if you are not useful to their agenda.

We won’t let Anonymous be unwittingly used to further the military
industrial complex’s imperialistic operations around the world. We
don’t work for the government – we are against all governments. We are
on the side of the oppressed, not the oppressors. We support the
victims of war, not the war-makers. If you want to report membership
lists and IP addresses of suspected terrorists, go join the CIA or
hang out with wannabes like Stratfor or the th3j35t3r. Call it
state-sponsored hacking, patriotic hacktivism, whatever – just don’t
you dare call yourselves Anonymous.

I urge my comrades still out there in the trenches, sitting on some
hot 0day, ready to loot databases and trash systems. If you want to
stop war and terrorism, target who Martin Luther King Jr. called the
“largest purveyor of violence in the word today” – the US government.
So Anonymous, get to it – drone manufacturers, white hat infosec
contractors, CIA directors, Donald Trump, and your local police
department – they all have blood on their hands, they are all fair

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