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article imageSuspected Anonymous members indicted for modern day sit-in Special

By Justin King     Oct 3, 2013 in World
A Federal Grand Jury has indicted 13 people suspected of participating in cyber attacks carried out by the collective known as Anonymous.
The indictment stems from the 2010 attacks protesting the shutdown of Pirate Bay, a file sharing service. Operation: Payback allegedly targeted the Motion Picture Industry of America’s website, the U.S. Copyright Office, as well as several other entertainment industry websites.
An indictment in the Federal system is no indication of guilt. In a survey of the Grand Jury system, it was found that the Grand Jury indicted whomever the prosecutor accused in 99.9% of cases. William J. Campbell, a former Federal District Judge in Chicago, said
Today, the grand jury is the total captive of the prosecutor who, if he is candid, will concede that he can indict anybody, at any time, for almost anything, before any grand jury.
The indictment indicates that software known as a “Low Orbit Ion Cannon” was used in the attacks. The ominous sounding software is an open-source program that allows many anonymous users to combine their efforts by directing a high amount of traffic to a single page of a website, typically the home page or login page. Those participating in the attack simply wait as the program continues to send packets of information to the page being attacked. The information being sent to the page blocks the way of anyone else trying to access it. Many equate this type of operation to a digital sit-in, saying that by blocking access to the website they are using the same form of non-violent protest the civil rights movement used in the 1960s when they blocked access to buildings.
The indictment charges them with conspiracy to intentionally cause damage to protected computers, although it is unclear at this time how the computers were damaged.
Alex Freeman, a person who identifies with the Anonymous collective but who has no intimate knowledge of the defendants or the operation said
Essentially, the powers that be have declared war on those citizens who are in active engagement as citizens. When the watchdogs are silenced, and made out as examples to the rest of the population, then public discourse is stymied. Without citizen engagement, a republic cannot function. Add to that a government that thinks itself above rule of law, and the need for these freedom fighters becomes even more dire.
The accused range in age from 21 to 65 and each lived in a different state.
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