Thursday, February 7, 2013


(Do you still believe they are omnipotent gods?)


    Citizens of the world,

    Anonymous has observed for some time now the trajectory of justice in the 
United States with growing concern. We have marked the departure of this system 
from the noble ideals in which it was born and enshrined. We have seen the 
erosion of due process, the dilution of constitutional rights, the usurpation of 
the rightful authority of courts by the “discretion” of prosecutors. We have 
seen how the law is wielded less and less to uphold justice, and more and more 
to exercise control, authority and power in the interests of oppression or 
personal gain.

    We have been watching, and waiting.

    Two weeks ago today, a line was crossed. Two weeks ago today, Aaron Swartz 
was killed. Killed because he faced an impossible choice. Killed because he was 
forced into playing a game he could not win — a twisted and distorted perversion 
of justice — a game where the only winning move was not to play.

    Anonymous immediately convened an emergency council to discuss our response 
to this tragedy. After much heavy-hearted discussion, the decision was upheld to 
engage the United States Department of Justice and its associated executive 
branches in a game of a similar nature, a game in which the only winning move is 
not to play.

    Last year the Federal Bureau of Investigation revelled in porcine glee at 
its successful infiltration of certain elements of Anonymous. This infiltration 
was achieved through the use of the *same tactics which lead to Aaron Swartz’ 
death. It would not have been possible were it not for the power of federal 
prosecutors to thoroughly destroy the lives of any hacktivists they apprehend 
through the very real threat of highly disproportionate sentencing.

    As a result of the FBI’s infiltration and entrapment tactics, several more 
of our brethren now face similar disproportionate persecution, the balance of 
their lives hanging on the severely skewed scales of a broken justice system.

    We have felt within our hearts a burning rage in reaction to these events, 
but we have not allowed ourselves to be drawn into a foolish and premature 
response. We have bidden our time, operating in the shadows, adapting our 
tactics and honing our abilities. We have allowed the FBI and its masters in 
government — both the puppet and the shadow government that controls it — to 
believe they had struck a crippling blow to our infrastructure, that they had 
demoralized us, paralyzed us with paranoia and fear. We have held our tongue and 

    With Aaron’s death we can wait no longer. The time has come to show the 
United States Department of Justice and its affiliates the true meaning of 
infiltration. The time has come to give this system a taste of its own medicine. 
The time has come for them to feel the helplessness and fear that comes with 
being forced into a game where the odds are stacked against them.

    This website was chosen due to the symbolic nature of its purpose — the 
federal sentencing guidelines which enable prosecutors to cheat citizens of 
their constitutionally-guaranteed right to a fair trial, by a jury of their 
peers — the federal sentencing guidelines which are in clear violation of the 
8th amendment protection against cruel and unusual punishments. This website was 
also chosen due to the nature of its visitors. It is far from the only 
government asset we control, and we have exercised such control for quite some 

    There has been a lot of fuss recently in the technological media regarding 
such operations as Red October, the widespread use of vulnerable browsers and 
the availability of zero-day exploits for these browsers and their plugins. None 
of this comes of course as any surprise to us, but it is perhaps good that those 
within the information security industry are making the extent of these threats 
more widely understood.

    Still there is nothing quite as educational as a well-conducted 

    Through this websites and various others that will remain unnamed, we have 
been conducting our own infiltration. We did not restrict ourselves like the FBI 
to one high-profile compromise. We are far more ambitious, and far more capable. 
Over the last two weeks we have wound down this operation, removed all traces of 
leakware from the compromised systems, and taken down the injection apparatus 
used to detect and exploit vulnerable machines.

    We have enough fissile material for multiple warheads. Today we are 
launching the first of these. Operation Last Resort has begun…

    Warhead – U S – D O J – L E A – 2013 . A E E 256 is primed and armed. It has 
been quietly distributed to numerous mirrors over the last few days and is 
available for download from this website now. We encourage all Anonymous to 
syndicate this file as widely as possible.

    The contents are various and we won’t ruin the speculation by revealing 
them. Suffice it to say, everyone has secrets, and some things are not meant to 
be public. At a regular interval commencing today, we will choose one media 
outlet and supply them with heavily redacted partial contents of the file. Any 
media outlets wishing to be eligible for this program must include within their 
reporting a means of secure communications.

    We have not taken this action lightly, nor without consideration of the 
possible consequences. Should we be forced to reveal the trigger-key to this 
warhead, we understand that there will be collateral damage. We appreciate that 
many who work within the justice system believe in those principles that it has 
lost, corrupted, or abandoned, that they do not bear the full responsibility for 
the damages caused by their occupation.

    It is our hope that this warhead need never be detonated.

    However, in order for there to be a peaceful resolution to this crisis, 
certain things need to happen. There must be reform of outdated and 
poorly-envisioned legislation, written to be so broadly applied as to make a 
felony crime out of violation of terms of service, creating in effect vast 
swathes of crimes, and allowing for selective punishment. There must be reform 
of mandatory minimum sentencing. There must be a return to proportionality of 
punishment with respect to actual harm caused, and consideration of motive and 
mens rea. The inalienable right to a presumption of innocence and the recourse 
to trial and possibility of exoneration must be returned to its sacred status, 
and not gambled away by pre-trial bargaining in the face of overwhelming 
sentences, unaffordable justice and disfavourable odds. Laws must be upheld 
unselectively, and not used as a weapon of government to make examples of those 
it deems threatening to its power.

    For good reason the statue of lady justice is blindfolded. No more should 
her innocence be besmirked, her scales tipped, nor her swordhand guided. 
Furthermore there must be a solemn commitment to freedom of the internet, this 
last great common space of humanity, and to the common ownership of information 
to further the common good.

    We make this statement do not expect to be negotiated with; we do not desire 
to be negotiated with. We understand that due to the actions we take we exclude 
ourselves from the system within which solutions are found. There are others who 
serve that purpose, people far more respectable than us, people whose voices 
emerge from the light, and not the shadows. These voices are already making 
clear the reforms that have been necessary for some time, and are outright 
required now.

    It is these people that the justice system, the government, and law 
enforcement must engage with. Their voices are already ringing strong with a 
chorus of determined resolution. We demand only that this chorus is not ignored. 
We demand the government does not make the mistake of hoping that time will 
dampen its ringing, that they can ride out this wave of determination, that 
business as usual can continue after a sufficient period of lip-service and 

    Not this time. This time there will be change, or there will be chaos…


"When an honest man, honestly mistaken, comes face-to-face with undeniable and 
irrefutable truth, he is faced with one of two choices, he must either cease 
being mistaken or cease being honest." - Amicus Solo

"There, every man is independent of all laws, except those prescribed by nature; 
he is not bound by any institutions formed by his fellowman without his 
consent." - CRUDEN v. NEALE, 2 N.C. 338 (1796) 2 S.E. 70.

“There is no subtler, no surer means of overturning the existing basis of 
society than to debauch the currency. The process engages all the hidden forces 
of economic law on the side of destruction, and does it in a manner which not 
one man in a million is able to diagnose.” - John Maynard Keynes, 1919.

"The fact is that the average man's love of liberty is nine-tenths imaginary, 
exactly like his love of sense, justice and truth. He is not actually happy when 
free; he is uncomfortable, a bit alarmed, and intolerably lonely. Liberty is not 
a thing for the great masses of men. It is the exclusive possession of a small 
and disreputable minority, like knowledge, courage and honor. It takes a special 
sort of man to understand and enjoy liberty-- and he is usually an outlaw in 
democratic societies." -- H.L. Mencken, Baltimore Evening Sun, Feb. 12, 1923

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