For those keeping up with current news headlines, Anonymous operations like #OpTrump and #OpISIS have caused quite a stir. While having the presentation of authenticity, these operations have proven to be nothing more than an attempt to illegitimize the genuine faction of hackers who adorn the mask, and an attempt to cull and beguile the growing numbers of followers and enthusiasts that Anonymous has continued to gain in recent years.
At the end of last year, The Last American Vagabond called into question the legitimacy of the Anonymous collective, releasing a podcast entitled, “Anonymous = Big Brother Govt” with a supplementary article further elaborating on the concept.
(From a mathematical perspective, here is the evolution of the concept represented as a generalized algorithm: [LULXMAS(sabu) x FBI ] + AnonymousOperations(#OpParis + #OpISIS + #OpTrump) + Mainstream Media Relations = Controlled Opposition/Social Engineering)
Not surprisingly, others in the alternative news community started picking up on the same line of thought around the same time, and already it can be seen as a recurring idea throughout the internet, all very much (more or less) starting when Anonymous began commenting on the controversy of the Paris Attacks of Friday the 13th.
This, however, had a compound effect that begun with the controversial announcement of #OpISIS (Anonymous members censoring people affiliated with ISIS on social media and consequently infringing on Freedom of Speech). The sum total of these events can be expressed as those posing as Anonymous seeking to do the following: 1) help the establishment evade discussion of NATO-funded Islamic terrorism, 2) dissimilate any clear messages that Anonymous has sought to make, and 3) convolute the collective’s legitimacy by placing themselves closer to both Mainstream Media and governmental relations.
In the recently posted video, Guy Fawkes addressed some of the collective’s recent disconcerting actions by making known a divergence currently taking place within the collective itself.
Specifically addressing #OpISIS as well as commenting on the governmental connections to Anonymous, Guy Fawkes had this to say:
“We think its great if people want to hack ISIS and publish their secrets, but engaging in social media censorship campaigns and dealing with intelligence contractors and government agents is deeply absurd. The former will contribute to legitimize the spread of internet censorship and will lead to increased censorship for everyone. Dealing with government agents will not only result in many more informers in Anonymous, but it will also damage its reputation, as it will lead to a view that Anonymous is too near the interests of US Intelligence–the same intelligence industry that runs their own NSA hacking operations against ISIS, uses the same counter-terrorism justification to spy on everyday civilians with no regards for rights to privacy, encryption, or anonymity.”
As for #OpTrump, Fawkes said,
“In short, this operation goes against everything Anonymous stands for. Threatening a presidential candidate to keep his mouth shut concerning a subject is censorship. We are for everyone letting their voice be heard, even if the person at hand is a monster.”
The Last American Vagabond recently had the opportunity to interview one claiming to be associated with the Anonymous collective. Desiring his name to remain Anonymous, he went by his YouTube handle TheBoycottSnake. In regards to the Vagabond’s accusations of Anonymous and their connection to US Intelligence, he was able to corroborate that the collective is undergoing a sort of mitosis; separated between convoluted, illegitimate campaigns and advancements in the Truth Movement.
The Anonymous movement at its basest level, represents the masses; anyone is Anonymous, and everyone is Anonymous; there in lies its power, and its weakness, for anyone can come forward claiming to represent them while fostering deceptive intentions. So perhaps the only sort of conclusion that can be drawn from the matter is this: Just because someone is wearing a Guy Fawkes mask does not make them a part of the official Anonymous movement. With the collective growing in numbers, focus, and support, it’s important now more than ever that citizens on the outside use critical thinking and discretion when analyzing any sets of data–especially those regarding Anonymous. Ultimately, a person should be judged by their words and not the mask they choose to don.
Sources: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ECT82UjG0x4, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-rsa3sZ3AY, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fdmcu9PSZDY, https://www.thelastamericanvagabond.com/featured/social-engineering-at-its-finest-anonymous-records-interview-with-cnn/, https://www.thelastamericanvagabond.com/featured/american-hacktivist-movement-compromised/
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