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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Anonymous & Me

The recent attack by Anonymous on the U.S. Sentencing Commission Website is being denounced as counter-productive by those who have self-tasked to dictate the proper manner of speech in the Cyberworld. E.g.: Skating on Stilts. My regret is that the message of Anonymous in this instance is being lost in the discussions on the propriety of the manner of their expression.  That message not surprisingly deeply resonates with me.

In the preamble of the January 27, 2013, hack of the Sentencing Commission's website, Anonymous stated: 
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.

Exactly so.  Moreover, let us not forget that the most important pamphlet in the history of the United States -- Common Sense -- was originally published anonymously.  Would that the People now were as passionate about their liberty and its loss as those then.

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