Today will mark 200 days that Jeremy Hammond has been imprisoned without bail and without trial for having allegedly committed the 2011 attack against Strafor. On this day we stand in absolute solidarity with Jeremy Hammond and ask that everyone take a few moments to educate themselves or others regarding Jeremy’s case and the information that he selflessly made available to us. Do not allow his sacrifice to be in vain! Below is a press release issued by Jeremy Hammond’s Support Network.
On February the 27th of 2012, WikiLeaks began publishing more than five million emails taken from servers belonging to the Texas-headquartered intelligence company Strategic Forecasting, Inc. These files, taken over the course of several weeks during 2011 by hacktivists contributing to Operation Antisec, were taken under the direct supervision of the FBI and came to be known as the Global Intelligence Files. Operation Antisec was a joint operation between contributors of the hacktivist group LulzSec and the hacktivist collective known as Anonymous. The hacktivists whom contributed to the operation are, unfortunately, remembered mostly for their cooperation with the FBI as it was revealed and widely publicized that a prominent member of LulzSec was working along side the FBI and, in fact, that Operation Antisec had been orchestrated by the FBI.
The files secured by contributors of Operation Antisec and published by WikiLeaks have provided the public with insight into how the private intelligence community works; How they funnel money to informants through offshore tax havens, monitor activist groups and make investments based on privileged intelligence often for the benefit of their corporate and government clients. Most disturbing of all, information secured during the attack prove the implementation of a detailed surveillance system more accurate than modern facial recognition technology which has been installed across the U.S. without the consent of the American people. Operation Trapwire, an ongoing effort on the part of the Anonymous collective to identify and counter this surveillance system, is but one example of how many have been inspired by these revelations to take action.
Many have speculated that the decision on the part of the FBI not to intervene during the attack was due to the potential of incriminating Julian Assange. Julian Assange, of course, is the co-founder of Wikileaks and prior to the attack had established a relationship with members of LulzSec. Despite this, Jeremy Hammond is the only person affiliated with the attack, to this day, still being subjected to incarceration. At the time of this writing, Jeremy Hammond has been imprisoned without bail and without trial for 197 days, 1 hour and 13 minutes. We are not Anonymous. We are Jeremy’s friends. We are Jeremy’s family. Like Anonymous, however, we are legion. We are Jeremy’s Mother, Rose, whom has not seen Jeremy in months and whom is able to take little comfort in sleep at night for worrying. We are Jeremy’s twin brother, Jason, whom despite the burden of Jeremy’s absence continues to fight the very fight which his brother has fallen to.
Hacktivists and whistleblowers are not criminals. Their only burden is that of truth and that burden they passed along to us by their incredible acts of courage. Jeremy Hammond’s continued prosecution is but a sacrifice at the alter of transparency and we, Jeremy’s support network, will not stand idly by while he alone bares this burden. We believe that the burden of truth is the burden of us all. Jeremy’s burden is the burden of the people! The people have benefited from the information secured from the attack Jeremy is being prosecuted for, of which the Anonymous collective continues to organize operations based entirely upon and, had it not been for Jeremy’s actions, would still to this day be hidden from the people. Disheartening of most, though, is that many have forgotten Jeremy. Many have unburdened themselves with the comforts of asylum or that of immunity but it is not they who are heroes.
The true heroes are those whom, despite the consequences and despite the burdens, act out of true selflessness. The true heroes of our time are the hacktivists such as Jeremy Hammond and the whistleblowers such as Bradley Manning. Though many might, we will not soon forget their contributions and we will not allow them to be forgotten. The media calls Jeremy a hacker and a member of Anonymous, the courts and those pursuing his prosecution call him a criminal but we call Jeremy a hero and we ask, “What crimes has Jeremy committed that haven’t equally exposed the crimes committed by the very state prosecuting him?” And again we say, “Exposing the crimes of the state is not a crime!” In solidarity with Jeremy Hammond we cry, “Power to the people!”
As those before us would attest to, under the same unfortunate circumstances, “When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty.” Join us in our efforts. Take upon yourself the burden of those whom carried the weight of establishing a nation of the people, for the people and by the people but also of those whom lay wounded today upon a very similar battlefield having fallen continuing the fight for a true union of the people, by the people and for the people. If you are unfamiliar with the actions of Jeremy Hammond and those of other hacktivists, educate yourself for doing so is the greatest contribution you could possibly make.