Last month, hacker collective Anonymous posted an official statement, the video entitled, “World War 3 Update”
Refreshing compared to what is usually slid behind a title like this, there were no cyber-punk scare tactics (editing and Guy Fawkes persona aside, of course) and even the quippy low-blows were mild, giving way to fourteen minutes of carefully thought-out geopolitical analysis. For those who are not open to the movement, or supporters of the collective (there are some who even speculate that Anonymous is a CIA and/or FBI disinformation/”honeypot” entrapment program on citizens), this video could be an interesting view, as the hackers draw multiple lines in the sand in this brief and focused dissertation.
Again, if Anonymous were to be a CIA Op, all of this information could be regarded as a disinformation campaign, but to say that one should watch their back in an online community of people who all have the name Guy Fawkes is not anything new—it’s common sense. Anonymous is a global collective with variant agendas according to their activist’s communities and cultures, all uniting under the same umbrella of Anonymous, and people like hacker-turned-FBI-informant “SABU” have shown the community that this is a very real danger, but it again appears to be more of a pervasive, individual-case possibility instead of an overarching government disinformation complex. Going off of this, any activist group that is interested in spreading information to help avoid another war clearly doesn’t have very overt plans of feeding the Military Industrial Complex, if any at all.
One of the final warnings of the video is to be wary of “Russian aggression” fueled by propaganda and scare-tactics, Fawkes stating:
“The specter of an external enemy must be etched into their collective mind through trauma, exaggeration, and repetition… It stands to reason that if we want to stop a war, we must reverse this pattern.”
And concluding the video is a pertinent summary of geopolitical trend as it stands:
“Washington is running out of options…. This is the end of a debt super-cycle, and the petro-dollar. The next let-down is going to be epic. The powers that be would rather tip the board than lose the game—they’d rather take us to war than take the blame. And if you let them get away with it, it’s just the beginning.”
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