On the front page of the Chicago Tribune, you’ll find the headline “Genius with no Wisdom.”
The same paper that concentrated it’s coverage of Occupy Chicago’s celebration over their victory over Rahm and G8 with a half page on their hecklers would, of course, be the paper to paint Jeremy Hammond, recent federal arrestee involved with Anonymous, Lulzsec and Anti-sec’s raid on the intelligence firm Stratfor, as an intelligent idiot.
Idealists are fools, to the mainstream.
But to me, Jeremy Hammond is a hero in the grand tradition of the anarchist movement as one of intellectuals, angry industrial peasants and idealistic criminals.
This isn’t, after all, a first time thing for Hammond— and that might be offputting, to the average American. But look at his rap-sheet: arrested for burning the American flag and federal time for stealing the credit card information of anti-protest conservatives… and seeking to donate it elsewhere. The man wasn’t even stealing for himself.
Indeed, Hammond is described, in the Sun Times, as a good, respectful employee— gasp, he was unemployed!- who still volunteered for Food Not Bombs, who created websites to teach people anonymity and infiltration (in truth, if one’s learns how to be a White Hat, one can easily become a Black Hat— but apparently we’re in a “knowledge is dangerous” world environment); a guy with an apartment who still dumpster dived and do you know what that tells me?
Jeremy Hammond *believed.* He did not steal from the innocent, he did not attack the bottom of the pyramid and he certainly wasn’t doing what he did for *himself.* Jeremy Hammond is a *believer.*
He, and other’s like him, are the heart of all change.
As I said, I liken him to the days of anarchy past: the Propaganda By Deed, often done by people with rap-sheets just as long as his. This time, though, the criminal with an agenda destroyed no property or life— the new Black Bloc is the Hack Bloc and Hammond was among it’s vanguard.
I listened to people talk about the subject, about these hackers, these shadowy credit card thieves, when discussing the paper—- the papers all emphasize the “theft” of information of over 700,000 employees and figures, including a former CIA director and a VP, as well as Credit Card information.
This is the Mass Media’s propaganda tactic: tell the what but never the why… and especially the *why them.*
They “stole” information from Stratfor, a company who is in the business of spy-craft… that is to say, stealing information.
Wikileaks’ “stolen” info on Stratfor’s activities which included information on their monitoring of activist groups on behalf of Dow Chemical.
Why is it that when the powerful spy on the weak, it is a business and when the weak spy on the powerful, it’s a capital offense?
And what have the Anons, in the past, done with this Credit Card information we so worry about? Donate it to charity.
These are the things the Mass Media will keep as quiet as possible. Anonymous is a threat to your suburban home— never mind that they caught pedophiles, they are pure evil. They will destroy the nation’s power grid despite the fact that they, as computer Hacktivists, NEED the nation’s power grid.
Smoke screens and comfortable lies.
As this continues, into trials and further Authority propaganda, I will remember Hammond— not the posterboy, the distraction that the media wants you to look at: Hector Xavier Monsegur, Sabu, the snitch who lived in Public Housing, the comfortable stereotype that reinforces the message that the those who strike against the concentrated powers who spy, “steal” and sell our information daily are just jobless bums (the image they want to use against the Occupy movement).
I’ll remember the genius who actually did as he believed, went to jail for it, came out and did it again. I believe that man is a hero.
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