While protesters remain peaceful in the face of seeming escalating violence on the part of some police, the eyes of the world are watching. We never know exactly who is watching, though, and what they’re going to do about it. But it seems clear that Anonymous is advising against the October 10th #InvadeWallStreet action to “erase” the NYSE from the Internet.
Meeting notes from Anonymous state:
We have taken notice to a planned attack which has been named #InvadeWallStreet, which is to be held out October 10th.
We strongly advise against this action and everything it entails to.
Many of our brothers and sisters have gone down in the fight for using such tactics, like the wikileaks defendants who took down Visa, Paypal and Mastercard which led to mass arrests.
We do not want history to repeat itself, and are sincerely worried.
Using such a tool such as LOIC to get your message across would be deemed irresponsible and you would be signing your own ticket to jail.
Please change these tactics for this OP to spare our movement the loss and to spare OccupyWallStreet of the bad press.
Thank you and we hope we have made our point.
We are Anonymous.
We are legion.
We do not forgive.
We do not forget.
Throughout Occupy Wall Street, Anonymous has been sending messages of solidarity with the citizens and proving the point that while the “authorities” are behaving as if they have all of the power, there are ways to even that playing field that don’t involve physical violence or violating the law.
This is the new revolution; with peaceful protesters and tech savvy watch guards of citizens’ rights, fighting back doesn’t have to be physical. But with anonymity comes the problem of false attribution. The #InvadeWallSteet action was previously attributed to Anonymous, just as this afternoon a press release lacking the identifying marks of an official Anonymous release circulated on Google+ claiming that Anonymous was planning to release the private information of the police and bankers who are acting to violate protesters’ rights.
When you’re Anonymous, everyone knows your name.
Some may see these factions of Anonymous or copycats as vigilantism, while others will appreciate the support, but no one can deny the power of Anonymous and other groups like them. It’s wise of Anonymous to advocate for the careful use of that power.
Today the President expressed support for the protesters. At some point, police who are behaving unlawfully will be squeezed between a rock and a hard place with no where to turn, and hopefully the majority of police officers who do their difficult jobs with integrity and honor will show the protesters’ the same respect shown by officers in Dallas today. We are all the 99%, police included.
The protesters across America are taking the lead, inspiring others from former Marines to union leaders to Libertarians to Anonymous with their peaceable assembly and their non-violent protests. The message is clear: We have your backs, protesters; keep up the great work.
Anonymous is watching. And by watching, apparently, they don’t just mean watching for police brutality and bankers gone wild, but also working diligently to safeguard the reputation of Occupy Wall Street and mitigate against any potential loss to the movement. They’re in it, as we all are, for the long haul, not for short-term satisfaction. This means being smart about the tactics used and utilizing the power of positive press to embolden a viral movement.
The revolution will not be editorialized or co-opted. This isn’t about right or left, it’s about citizens’ rights, economic justice and a fair chance.
Note: Due to the inherently anonymous nature of Anonymous, I can only report what I believe to be the most accurate version of their stance. I’ve confirmed the above notes with several sources, and the notes contain what I am assured are indications of authenticity, but I am not privy to the inside workings of Anonymous.