“We would like to remind everyone not to click links posted to the channel,” is a simple yet effective message with which anyone that has spent time on IRC should be familiar. It serves as a warning, and it says: “Be smart and stay safe.” We are FreeAnons and for years we have witnessed the prosecution of our brothers and sisters. As FreeAnons, counter operations are an important part of our mission. With the recent activities in Ohio, we would like to share a few messages of our own:
It’s 2018, and apparently Anonymous is dead? “Give it a rest,” they say, or “put the mask away!” It’s 2018, and people on social media cringe at pictures of Guy Fawkes. It’s 2018, and the FBI openly mocks our brothers and sisters in court. It’s 2018… June 1st, and it’s a Friday. Fuck the FBI! It’s 2018, and Jeremy Hammond has been held since 2012! It’s 2018, and this will be Matthew Dehart’s 7th birthday spent in a prison cell. It’s 2018, and we’re still here! We are the Anonymous Solidarity Network, and until every Anon is free we will attest to the Anonymous creed. We do not forgive and we do not forget! Free them all!
We are the Anonymous Solidarity Network. We stand in solidarity with all arrested anons. We stand firm in our belief that hacktivists are not criminals and that hacktivism is not a crime. We stand in remembrance of Aaron Swartz as we say that information wants to be free and that those who liberate it are heroes. We set our sails in a sea of troubled waters and hoist high a black flag.
Barrett Brown is free! Finally, and upon release our friend wasted no time making his way to the nearest McDonald’s to take in the (apparently) missed delight of a greasy breakfast. More than 4 years of questionable confinement for a crime you didn’t commit, and being convicted of multiple, seemingly made-up-on-the-spot charges, can make a fella hungry.