“…people are forgetting the other constitutional right that allows government agencies to put people’s right to safety ahead of their right of expression…We are allowed to designate the time, place and manner of free speech.”
Linton Johnson, BART Spokesman
Full story here.
As I sat at work on Sunday I followed the news of Anonymous and the impending strike at BART their “decision to shut down wireless access was criticized by many as heavy handed, and some raised questions about whether the move violated free speech” (source). Twitter was alive with comments from #OpBART, #MuBARTek,
YourAnonNews and others as 12:00 Pacific Time came around.
I had read the statement and watched the video, but it really didn’t seem many knew of the group or their intentions. I found this rather interesting. My co-workers must think I am some sort of crackpot because of the information I was passing and on and the rational behind why this as happening. I guess some don’t see the real issue at hand with this “attack” on Sunday.
“The problems began Thursday night when BART officials blocked wireless access to disrupt organization of a demonstration protesting the July 3 shooting death by BART police who said the 45-year-old victim was wielding a knife” (source).
You can read more about the operation from the report at THN. “It also accused myBART of storing member information poorly with “virtually no security” so that “any 8 year old with a internet connection” can steal it.”
Today is the peaceful protest at Civic Center Station in downtown San Francisco, where participants are requested to wear “red shirt or clothes with fake blood stains, and to bring video cameras.” Don’t forget the Guy Fawkes mask either!
We Are Anonymous
We Are Everywhere
We Are Legion
We Never Forget
We Never Forgive
From the Sunday online site, SFGate comes this story, Hacker group threatens cyberwar against BART. “Anonymous will attempt to show those engaging in the censorship what it feels like to be silenced,” a news release from the group said.” This in response to BART’s initiative to shut down cellular service in order to help prevent a protest last week. That protest was for (another) fatal BART Police shooting in July.
While many are not aware of the group known as Anonymous, if you run around in conspiracy circles, the group is world renown. “Anonymous is a group initiating active civil disobedience and spread through the Internet while staying hidden, originating in 2003 on the imageboard 4chan, representing the concept of many online community users simultaneously existing as an anarchic, digitized global brain” (source).
It will be interesting to see what actually unfolds Monday as the actions call for a “nonviolent” protest in the evening at Civic Center Station. It’s not the protest that has me worried so much, as we have seen protests before disrupt service in the BART system, but it’s the possibility of the cyber attack that I would put more credence in.
You can take a look at some of their operations in 2011 they have undertook including Fine Gael, an attack on HBGaul Federal, Bank of America, Sony and the social networking juggernaut, Facebook. I guess we want and see just what Anonymous has in store for BART. In fact I was rather surprised to see a number of pinned threads at GLP regarding BART cutting cellular service. Can’t say I was too surprised to see the number of responses against TPTB and silencing individuals freedoms.
The masked group known as Anonymous is at it again. Their original calling came against The Church of Scientology because of the Tom Cruise video. You can read more about Anonymous at Why We Protest. Recently, in conjunction with The Pirate Bay (currently renamed The Persian Bay) are attempting to provide Anonymous Iran,”a secure and reliable way of communication for Iranians and friends. Use it to discuss what is happening in Iran. Post in the forum either anonymously as a guest, as a registered user, or login with your facebook-account. We are not a government agency, nor are we Iranian. We are simply the internet and we believe in free speech.” Score another victory for this group who continues to support Anonymous as they help to assist those in Iran.