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article imageOp-Ed: Lt Governor’s call for grand jury signals win for Anonymous Special

By Justin King     Oct 15, 2013 in World
Anonymous began activities in support of #OpMaryville just yesterday, but the pressure brought by the collective has already been felt in Jefferson City.
The operation began after details of the alleged rape of two teenage girls in the town of Maryville, and the subsequent actions of the prosecutor emerged. In a single day of activity, the collective managed to bring national attention to the case through an innovative use of social media tactics. While one element of Anonymous was busy trolling the University of Central Missouri’s Facebook page by repeatedly posting that the school was allowing a rapist to attend, another was laying out plans to create a “twitterstorm” by repeatedly using hashtags to draw attention to the case. The friends of the alleged rapist’s social media accounts were scoured for any information related to the case or the character of the accused. These activities, and those like them, created a national debate that brought a small-town crime with a hint of political corruption to front pages around the country.
The Lt. Governor released this statement today:
Since Sunday I have read with growing dismay the media accounts of the Daisy Coleman case in Nodaway County. I make no claim to knowledge of all the facts. Still, facts revealed in exhaustive media reports, including the 4,000-word piece in the Kansas City Star, raise all kinds of questions that it is now clear won’t be put to rest.
These questions will fester and taint the reputation of our state for delivering impartial justice to all.
I am disappointed that the Attorney General would wash his hands of the matter through a brief statement by a spokesman. The appalling facts in the public record shock the conscience and cry out that responsible authorities must take another look. I call on Attorney General Koster and Prosecutor Rice to join me in asking that the Circuit Court convene a grand jury to review all the evidence, hear all witnesses, and issue a decision as to whether charges should ensue.
I hope that responsible officials will join me in this call for a grand jury to make the final call on whether criminal charges should or should not be filed.
During the operation, sources within Anonymous close to the operation, and those completely uninvolved, were silent. The only on the record statement from anyone within the movement was from Guy Freeman
They should have expected us.
The statement is a reference to the Anonymous motto: We are Anonymous. We are Legion. We do not forgive. We do not forget. Expect us.
While no one within the collective was willing to speak beyond slogans, the central information clearinghouse for the operation, a Twitter account with the name @YourAnonCentral, did point out that at least one person speaking to the press on behalf of Anonymous had nothing to do with the operation.
Disclaimer by @YourAnonCentral about Deric Lostutter s involvement in #OpMaryville
Disclaimer by @YourAnonCentral about Deric Lostutter's involvement in #OpMaryville
Deric Lostutter created headlines with his involvement in a similar operation in Stubenville, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation raid that followed. He has been cited as a source for information pertaining to this operation by several news agencies.
The current operation by Anonymous, and the quick response by government officials, sets the stage for Anonymous to be viewed as a force to be reckoned with in local and national politics. As the movement gains numbers, more and more of their operations are reaching beyond cyberspace and into the real world. A collective with no central leadership is shaping up to be a leading force driving the activist community.
While the Lt. Governor’s statement is a call for celebration to those involved, it does not mark the end of operations in the collective’s attempts to gain #justicefordaisy.
The October 22nd demonstration is still scheduled to occur at the courthouse in Maryville.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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