A lucid response to Barrett Brown

Barrett Brown, I think you’re a pretty decent guy. “A moral chap,” in the words of Ian Murphy. What Murphy doesn’t realize is that morality is one of the worst epithets within Anonymous.

You have long worked as a crusader for truth and justice, heroically sacrificing your journalism career for worldwide fame and recognition. I swear, if I see “A Flock of Dodos” plugged one more time, I might actually buy the $95.91 hardcover from our free-speech friends at Amazon so I can get it over with. Come on, Barrett, you don’t actually think I’m so insane as to think you’re getting kickbacks from pro bono lawyers, do you? I think everyone understands where that joke was aimed. Only someone with a complete misunderstanding of Anonymous would not recognize this joke as cultural satire of Anonymous.

You have a poor understanding of Anonymous and its culture. Until recently, I thought you were probably pretty close to the mark. Not anymore. Your comments on Sony are wholly disturbing to my sense of truth.

“This week, Sony Corporation claimed to Congress that its investigation of the breach by which millions of customers had their credit card numbers compromised had turned up a document left on the server in question entitled “Anonymous” and containing the phrase “We are Legion”, itself a fragment of our longtime slogan. Some have taken this as proof that Anonymous was responsible for the most significant online heists in memory.”

“Some” have taken this as proof? As a crusader for truth, I think it’s your duty to point out that this “some” includes some within Anonymous itself. Well, I can let that go. This is a relatively minor offense, and you’re allowed to frame things in a way that makes Anonymous look better. It’s what a spokesperson does. It’s not an outright lie, like this:

“Anonymous is accused of having committed a major crime entirely different from the campaigns of civil disobedience for which we are rightfully known. The evidence is a single document that helpfully names us as the perpetrators.”

This is your most offensive statement because it characterizes Anonymous in such a grossly false light. You slander CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE by describing Anonymous as a series of “campaigns of civil disobedience.” Yes, Anonymous is known for CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE, but let’s be intellectually honest. Anonymous is known for other things too. Anonymous is known for publishing the personal information of enemies. The theft of millions of credit card numbers, sadly, is perfectly aligned with the previous behavior of Anonymous. Considering the epic failure of OpSony, is it so absurd to imagine a vengeful Anon who took “doxing” to a genocidal scale? No! Of course not! Anonymous was never so full of pure hate as it was when the PSN data was stolen. Anyone who paid any attention would know the hate was directed at the FANS OF SONY as much as the corporation itself. You are creating an imaginary group called Anonymous that the public desperately wants to believe in. It is, no matter how believable and cuddly, purely imaginary.

Anonymous is a culture. When things like “doxing” become acceptable behavior, the actions of a single person jeopardize the whole. Like I’ve warned many times with the metaphor of violence, all it takes is one maniac with a gun and a Guy Fawkes mask, and the whole thing is set up to fail. The Guy Fawkes mask was a file that says “We are Legion.” The gun was the over-zealous product of a culture that finds “doxing” hilarious. There has never been an instance where Anonymous didn’t leave a calling card. Listen, I want to believe Anonymous was framed, but I’m not going to use a bunch of blatant lies to rationalize this belief! That is exactly what you have done, oh moral crusader for truth.

Logs or it didn’t happen? Please! Logs of all private messages between everyone on AnonOps, or STFU.

I respect you for attempting to present the best side of Anonymous. However, the way you have ignored the worst of Anonymous is a miserable failure for truth. Please, Barrett, the name of truth is more holy than the name of Anonymous. Anonymous has always been in denial of its dark side, and you are now the very worst part of this problem. Sony may be guilty of framing Anonymous. Eastern European criminals may be guilty of framing Anonymous. More likely, Anonymous is guilty of framing Anonymous. Anonymous is a magnet for people who want to see the world burn.

The way you have portrayed Anonymous as a group is perhaps the most dangerous lie yet. It’s dangerous for your own position as spokesperson and dangerous for everyone who has ever participated under the banner of Anonymous. This excerpt is from Yes, you should join Anonymous, a piece that singlehandedly leverages your celebrity to define Anonymous as AnonOps IRC. What’s happened to AnonOps IRC, since you wrote this, Barrett?

“If you’d like to support Anonymous in our work, you may easily do so via these instructions, which includes information on using IRC to connect to our main base of operations at Anonops. A list of tools that are of use to anyone conducting our style of “information warfare” against corrupt institutions or engaging in activism of any sort may be found here.”

Well Barrett, you’ve further defined Anonymous as a group and helped implicate every participant in a larger conspiracy that doesn’t exist. For all your talk about the mad legal research going on within AnonOps, you’ve outed exactly how many sockpuppets and gearheads? Congratulations on being such a great spokesperson, slinging the word faggot around like it doesn’t mean something hateful. Bradley Manning is the real hero of our age. In a country that has only recently allowed free speech for homosexuals in its military, why the fuck are you, a supposed figurehead for free speech activism, using the word ‘faggot?’ You got a problem with Bradley Manning’s homosexuality or something? We all know how much great work you’ve done, and that I do nothing but pointless bitching and moaning. HAH! You’re the one who’s always left bitching after we’re done with the jokes. Anonymous is not a group, it is a culture. We’re so sorry that we have a mean sense of humor.

With a spokesperson like you, who needs enemies?

‘Truther’ is an epithet in America. Do you want ‘Anonymous’ to be an epithet?

OH SHIT, TOO FUCKING LATE! THX BROWN!

 

17 comments to A lucid response to Barrett Brown

  • you’ve never once told me about how you feel about me.
    when you say things like “i don’t know what to say” or give me cold
    reasons why you still can’t return my calls or letters, it hurts me.
    the first letter i wrote you, you didn’t return…but i know you must have still felt something.
    every time i see you i think you still feel something. last time, i
    did my best to ignore it, and you. like always, the memory has
    overwhelmed my consciousness, and i must express it.
    you have been so indifferent, but you know what you mean to me.
    i meet people everywhere, i make no friends, i have no friends, i do meet girls who’d never be my girlfriend. hell i try to let something happen, but it doesn’t. it can’t…i’m lonely no matter where i go or who i’m around. a party of smiling friends can be hell. i feel so alone, michaela.
    when i say that you’ve never once told me how you felt about me, i
    don’t mean it. you have so many times, but never with words.
    you told me once that words are a terrible way to express yourself,
    maybe you’re right, but i still am trying. for lack of your touch, i am left with words and paint and music and
    wood and it’s all shit. no one has a lower opinion of my own artwork
    than myself (not true, so not true). it is all miserable shadows of what your touch was like.
    when i wrote that crock of shit on your facebook, i guess it was
    because i couldn’t take your indifference. maybe i’d rather have had
    you hate me. hate’s an emotion and indifference isn’t.
    you know i didn’t mean any of it. to me it was just some joke. do you
    know what i wanted? what i was trying to do? i don’t think i can ever truly decipher my own intentions. my closest guess is that i wanted you to tell me how you felt just once. i didn’t even get that much…

    michaela, you are the only person on the entire planet to ever tell me that my web site is fucked up, to my face. i would love you for that if nothing else.(ur “art” is fucked up! luv me?)
    how can you respond to that …pile of shit… and not the writing
    that is closest to me?
    …i love you like i can never love anyone else.
    (yeah, its sucide for u again)

  • By publishing your personal e-mails, I am participating in the civil disobedience of Anonymous!

    you’ve never once told me about how you feel about me.
    when you say things like “i don’t know what to say” or give me cold
    reasons why you still can’t return my calls or letters, it hurts me.
    the first letter i wrote you, you didn’t return…but i know you must have still felt something.
    every time i see you i think you still feel something. last time, i
    did my best to ignore it, and you. like always, the memory has
    overwhelmed my consciousness, and i must express it.
    you have been so indifferent, but you know what you mean to me.
    i meet people everywhere, i make no friends, i have no friends, i do meet girls who’d never be my girlfriend. hell i try to let something happen, but it doesn’t. it can’t…i’m lonely no matter where i go or who i’m around. a party of smiling friends can be hell. i feel so alone, michaela.
    when i say that you’ve never once told me how you felt about me, i
    don’t mean it. you have so many times, but never with words.
    you told me once that words are a terrible way to express yourself,
    maybe you’re right, but i still am trying. for lack of your touch, i am left with words and paint and music and
    wood and it’s all shit. no one has a lower opinion of my own artwork
    than myself (not true, so not true). it is all miserable shadows of what your touch was like.
    when i wrote that crock of shit on your facebook, i guess it was
    because i couldn’t take your indifference. maybe i’d rather have had
    you hate me. hate’s an emotion and indifference isn’t.
    you know i didn’t mean any of it. to me it was just some joke. do you
    know what i wanted? what i was trying to do? i don’t think i can ever truly decipher my own intentions. my closest guess is that i wanted you to tell me how you felt just once. i didn’t even get that much…

    michaela, you are the only person on the entire planet to ever tell me that my web site is fucked up, to my face. i would love you for that if nothing else.(ur “art” is fucked up! luv me?)
    how can you respond to that …pile of shit… and not the writing
    that is closest to me?
    …i love you like i can never love anyone else.
    (yeah, its sucide for u again

  • I

    Old dox are old. It just proves Kilgore’s point, these guys are nasty jerks who like to kick people when they’re down. The Great Collective will roll them up like paper.

  • Go back to bed, Hal.

    Bill, I dunno how long you’ve been following us. Me, since way back in 2004 before it became the name itself.

    I’ve been on the sidelines ever since the whole Scientology raid. For me, the lulz stopped there for the most part. It was inevitable we’d be hijacked. Always in the back of my mind.

    I quite enjoyed reading your web sight on the interbutt. You had some balls. You are only human like all of us. You deserve an infinite amount of internets, sir.

    It’s a shame you didn’t keep your tracks hidden enough.

    Signed,
    a very cynical oldfag

  • I

    Kilgore is frikkin’ adorable, may well be the smartest person in his age group on the entire internet, and he has a bright future with many ladies ahead. The same cannot be said for those who’ve made themselves the enemies of the Great Collective. Going RL on families is one of the greatest crimes anyone can commit, and it is intolerable to the true Collective. Anonymous doesn’t run this. We do.

  • Anonymous

    I’m an anon, I enjoy it all from the Scientology raids, to sony, to Egypt, and back to Jessi Slaughter. Thank you for this article Sir Trout. Barrett is a greater cancer then even the new fags. Down with Barrett Brown!

  • [THN] The Hacker News Exclusive Report on Sony 3rd Attack Issue ! : The Hacker News ~ http://www.thehackernews.com/2011/05/thn-hacker-news-exclusive-report-on.html

  • JUDAS

    BARRET BROWN LEADER FOR THE ME BY THE ME. BARRET SHOULD START HIS OWN HACKTIVIST GROUP CALLED THE HYPOCRITICAL BANDITS OF MEDIA WHOREOCRITY. YEAH I MADE UP A WORD JUST FOR YOU BARRET. OH AND BARRET HAVE YOU PRACTICED SUCKING ANY DICKS LATELY? YOU BETTER OR THAT JAW OF YOURS WILL GET SORE IN PRISON.

  • Ryan'sMom

    anonymous = cyber psy-OP at it’s finest le le le

  • Anonymous

    Barrett is a top bloke, ;p

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