Who is Anonymous? v0.912 Before I get to the actual meat of this post, I think a little preface is in order. On the YouTube there is a video rebuttal of the Fox News11 "Hackers on Steroids" report out there claiming, for all of us, who Anonymous is. I am not sure if everyone's seen it but makes us out to be exactly as that stinking pile of media portrays us: a group of overly dramatic punks willing to say or do anything if we think it will intimidate someone. I do not know who made it (ANONYMOUS WORKS!) but I can tell you that it nearly turned me off to Anonymous at first. So, with this in mind I began to ask myself what Anonymous is. If this is TL;DR then I would suggest a free text-to-speech program to help you digest it easily... and maybe turn it into a video for mass-production and dissemination. I dunno. Just a thought to help the members of Anonymous keep on message during this war of perception and to inform new-fags on the general idea of what we're trying to do 'round the tubes. This may be edited at a later date if constructive criticism is given. Should you choose to copy-pasta then your own edits that are not retarded would be welcome. I'm not some copyright asshat and would appreciate it if I were never attributed to this. If this needs to be moved, then move it. If you have nothing to say that could help and you don't like it then report it but please don't spam, just let it die. It will die, and maybe get sent to the WOS and that will be that. =========================================================================== Hello. This is Anonymous. I am Anonymous. We are Anonymous. You may have heard these phrases before on YouTube and other video distribution sites on the internet, read them on posters and fliers, and perhaps you have even had them spoken to you. You have heard them but do you know what they mean? With so many videos, news blurbs, rumors, and actual misinformation how can you be sure? Do you know what Anonymous is? Do you know who Anonymous is? Do you know what Anonymous is trying to do? Do you know why Anonymous is doing what it is doing? I am not sure any one really knows, but thinking myself as one of the more articulate specks of nothing in Anonymous I can take an educated guess at these questions. Do I know what Anonymous is? At the risk of sounding grandiose Anonymous is something the world has never seen before. Anonymous is the product of an innate desire for humans to interact with other humans if they believe there is a cause greater than themselves. In short, if something has potential then people will feel compelled to join in on the fun. Why human beings, and thus the ever swelling ranks of Anonymous, have this desire is up to people smarter than this lone voice amongst the teeming thousands to ponder. I do not have to understand why to see it happening. Anonymous, it seems, can only exist and act in places where the flow of thoughts and information between one person and a great many others can be made both without punishment and without identity, that is, without anything to lose. Anonymous can only exist where the Western ideal of “Free Speech” has reached, or is at least nearing, its pinnacle. Anonymous cannot exist where institutionalized censorship is enforced. Anonymous cannot topple tyrannical governments. Anonymous cannot exist where the infrastructure of civilization is insufficient or non-existent to support the free flow of thoughts and information. Anonymous cannot end world hunger or orchestrated poverty in the world. Anonymous cannot exist where the common human being is subjugated, exploited, starved, manipulated, or abused. Anonymous cannot solve all of the world's problems. Anonymous has no leaders, no head that some other collective can cut off to kill Anonymous. Trying to do so would only bring attention to Anonymous and so strengthen it, letting it take larger strides with more people supporting it. Ignoring Anonymous will not starve it, rather it will let Anonymous act without opposition. Anonymous cannot be perverted once its attentions are focused as to pervert Anonymous an individual or group would have to wrest control from a leadership that does not exist. Anonymous does not hear lies. Spreading lies will only galvanize the dedicated and give fodder to the vindictive. Anonymous can not forgive. Anonymous can not forget. Do I know who Anonymous is? I am Anonymous. Anonymous is legion. Anonymous can be and is anyone from everywhere made up of any race, any age, any gender, any caste, class, creed, or orientation willing to come together without their faces or names to show themselves and their collective will to the world. There have been reports in the media that Anonymous is simply a group of hackers, of young men bent on anarchy and destruction for the sake of destruction. This is not true. I am Anonymous but Anonymous does not care who I am. I am Anonymous but Anonymous does not want me speaking for it. Anonymous does not care who you are. Anonymous will never care who anyone is nor can they directly order, reward, or punish anyone for their actions. Contrary to misinformation spread Anonymous is not some shadowy and unknowable group plotting to harm, kill, or destroy minorities, majorities, individuals, or property. Simply organizations that engage in practices that are destructive to Anonymous' continued survival and thus the survival of free speech. If threats are made then it is an action made by the individual who chooses to break with the consensus of Anonymous to do so and so compromise them self. Only the individual, willing to compromise them self can compromise them self. To join Anonymous, educate yourself, find out what Anonymous is doing and decide for yourself using the freedoms given to you whether or not you wish to become Anonymous. Anonymous wears masks for many reasons, the primary being to protect the individual from other individuals and organizations willing to harm, harass, or defame the individual. To leave Anonymous simply stop participating. It is that simple. Go about your life like nothing happened. Anonymous does not care if you were ever Anonymous, but individuals might. Be sure to protect yourself and remember to keep your participation in Anonymous anonymous. If you disclose your activities do not expect Anonymous to start caring. Do I know what Anonymous is trying to do? Do I know why? The first question is unanswerable without also addressing the second and even then the explanation will not be complete. The goals of Anonymous are dictated by the massed, unbreakable attention of its members instead of a single call to action. Granted that the call is needed but too soon it finds itself drowned out by the will of Anonymous if it perceives something worth its attention. The cause, and so Anonymous, take on a life of its own and may nearly forget why it was originally called to act without sacrificing the ultimate goal. Anonymous cannot be perverted because though everyone might be doing the same thing, the reasons they have are infinite, sweeping aside efforts contrary to the end result that everyone wants to see. In the beginning Anonymous was small and its reasons were few. Anonymous was both vulnerable yet inevitably unstoppable. Anonymous took offense at the Cult of Scientology's attempt to police the internet by censoring a Cult propaganda film that gave Anonymous amusement. The sleeping juggernaut had been roused and the call was sent out. Later Anonymous educated itself and made ties with non-anonymous allies like Mark Bunker, AKA: Wise Beard Man who were willing to further educate Anonymous. The list of reasons to fight became larger while the old reasons were strengthened. Beyond Lisa MacPherson and Paulette Couper Anonymous began to learn the full extent of Cult censorship, the fair game practices, the unconstitutional tax exemption, the coerced donations, the institutionalized child abuse, the kidnapping, the human trafficking, the brainwashing, the slave labor, the labor camps, the breaking up of families, the denial of medical services to members, the incarceration of members who wanted out, the bankrupting of members who wanted out, the harassment of members who wanted out, the murder of members who wanted or got out, the manipulation of the legal system to drain former members and their family, the silencing of critics, the murder of critics, infiltration of institutions put in place to protect civilization, and the plans to corrupt these institutions. Each crime gave Anonymous a reason to fight and so broadened Anonymous' access to its greatest asset in the war to come: the thoughts and feelings of the common human being. The current goals of Anonymous in my minuscule opinion should be the removal of the Cult's unconstitutional tax exemption, the total and complete disclosure of all Cult documents and religious texts, and eventual banning of the Cult of Scientology. The removal of tax-exemption would make the Cult far less profitable, would greatly diminish its ability to abuse and harrass its members and critics, and the bring the Cult closer to legal recognition that it is a business-like organization and not a religious institution. The legally imposed disclosure of Cult documents will allow public scrutiny free reign to dissect and thus kill the Cult and imprison its leadership for their many crimes. The dissolution of copyright on Scientological texts would allow the public to make up its own mind about whether or not they wish to join in the dutiful worship of L. Ron Hubbard's teachings. Anonymous does not want to ban these teachings, merely make them free. Free to believe, free to mock, free for humanity and its betterment. No religion should be above question or scrutiny. No one should have to give their livelihood or their life to ask a question of faith. Anonymous does not care what anyone believes and never will. Belief is a part of identity, not Anonymous, but Anonymous finds both amusement and strength in belief. Anonymous does not and will never favor one religion over the other. Anonymous does not want to ban religion and never will. Anonymous is legion. Anonymous is without flaw. I am Anonymous. I will not forgive. I will not forget. Expect us.