Anonymous Issues Communique Announcing Plans to Disrupt State of the Union Address in Protest of #CISPA

[WASHINGTON, DC]  At approximately 10:22am EST an email address assigned to a Sparrow Project volunteer received a communique by a party identifying itself as the decentralized hacker collective, Anonymous. The communique details a planned effort by the groups’s affiliates online to disrupt the online streaming and syndication of the President’s State of the Union Address, scheduled for 9pm EST.

Barack Obama

The communique goes on to elaborate that this action is in response to a proposed executive order that would reinstate the most protested elements of the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Information Act (CISPA).

In 2012 a synergistic movement of progressives, legislative reformers, online activists, and autonomous hackers successfully defeated CISPA and another controversial bill, the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA).

Many credit Aaron Schwartz and the group which he cofounded, Demand Progress, with coordinating the successful campaign to stop these bills.

The following is the communique in its entirety, edit marked in red.

BEGIN COMMUNIQUE

 

Article II, Sector 3 of the US Constitution, says the President “shall from time to time give to Congress information of the State of the Union and recommend to their Consideration such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient.” At 9PM Eastern Standard Time, February [12], 2013 President Obama has planned to address a joint session of Congress to deliver the State of the Union Address. The following day, President Obama will be introducing an executive order, purportedly aimed at bolstering U.S. cybersecurity, after repeated failed attempts to pass legislation through Congress. Anonymous has reached a verdict of NO CONFIDENCE in this executive order and the plans to reintroduce the CISPA bill to Congress on the same day. As such, President Obama and the State of the Union Address will be BANISHED from the Internet for the duration of live delivery. So as not to infringe upon the President’s free speech, subsequent broadcasts will be allowed to pass unhindered. This action is being taken to underline a fact that appears to be sorely unrecognized by the Obama Administration — that the Internet is a sovereign territory, and does not fall under the jurisdiction of any nation state. We are the natives of this space, and its guardians, and we will fight until death to protect it as a neutral grounds for the unhindered interaction of all members of the human race, so long as they themselves act in harmony with this inviolable principle. Our determination is that President Obama is acting in direct contravention of this principle, and his brief exclusion is an educational, rather than a punitive measure. We hope that its lesson will be learnt. Punitive measures have not been ruled out. — Anonymous

END COMMUNIQUE

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  1. jim brew,

    ANONYMOUS GETS MY VOTE !!!!!
    We DON”T need this guy nor his politics and commie buddies !

  2. Debbi,

    So, Anonymous is depriving those of us who only have Internet as an info vehicle, of info. Shouldn’t they be disrupting the non-net sources? I don’t see the point.

    • smartalek,

      There are some things you might have heard of from your grandparents, or in a history class, called “radio” and “teevee.”
      I suspect you can still pick them up if you’re anywhere on, or within a hundred miles of, any terrestrial landmass, and almost certainly from anywhere in the continental US.
      If you can’t jerry-rig a receiving device, you might still find an operational one in the attic or basement of anyone between about 30 and 50. Some people older than 50 might even have one in their livingroom.
      Best of luck in this pursuit, and in all others.

      • solamentehuman,

        SmartAlek.
        you show a remarkable likeness to your moniker. Not everyone who is a US citizen even lives in the US, and yet are citizens with an interest in what will be said tonight, Some have ONLY the internet as a tool for receiving news and information. Your sarcasm is thus misplaced IMHO.

  3. Charlotte,

    I agree with the cause over which you’re protesting. But for !@#$’s sake, the President is TRYING to do so much else that’s good for the country, and only after a horrendous amount of bush w years, he finally has a chance. Furthermore, ted bleepin’ nugent is already there as a protest. Do you want to be lumped into that same category?

  4. Ann Green,

    Isn’t it ironic that Obama’s passport states that he is a Sovereign Citizen ~ he does know what sovereign territory MEANS… I am very interested in Obama’s appearance before the US Supreme Court this Thursday, 2-14-2013 ~ when allegations of his NOT BEING US born will be brought forth?

  5. Author admin,

    POINTS OF CLARIFICATION

    1.) This was posted because we believe people (regardless of their politics) have a right to know about this proposed action, and to honor the risks that this group may be taking in carrying out their action.

    2.) That said we have no way of knowing if this communique is genuine or credible. It appears to be so, but since we have no connection to the groups mentioned therein we cannot conclude one way or another if this will happen.

    3.) We DO NOT censor ignorant commentary on posts, we only censor hurtful or threatening commentary. Thus comments appear that we cannot endorse or agree with.

    4.) We are not a space for birther conspiracy theories or racially driven narratives attacking the president. We are pragmatic revolutionaries, that believe we must continue to challenge this administration as it continues some of the over-reaching policies of the administration before it. Our protests are not geared at Obama as an individual, but rather at a system that has bloated and corroded under the influence of corporate and repressive interests.

    your friends at sparrow

  6. Thomas D,

    The only thing that “Anonymous” is bothered by is that it might make it easier for them to get caught. The internet isn’t and never has been sovereign territory, you are still subject to the laws of the nation, even if they aren’t convenient. By hacking the president, they’re just giving him more reason to beef up internet security laws. I hated the idea of SOPA/PIPA, my career depends on openness. When people abuse this openness to commit crime or piracy, this openness is threatened.

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