Anonymous Documentary We Are Legion Peels Back Hacktivist Group’s History

By Angela Water | January 22, 2012 | 11:33 am

PARK CITY, Utah — New documentary We Are Legion puts an actual human face on Anonymous, the hacktivist group whose members usually are seen wearing Guy Fawkes masks — if they are seen at all.

Considering Anonymous’ retaliatory acts against websites run by the Department of Justice and the entertainment industry just last week in response to the government takedown of file-sharing site Megaupload, We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists could almost be mistaken for a 93-minute news segment.
But unlike most news segments about the group, the documentary contains genuine moments with actual Anons (some maintain their anonymity in the doc, but others don’t).

“The last two or three days we’ve seen a lot of what Anonymous does,” We Are Legion director Brian Knappenberger said in an interview with Wired.com here Saturday, the morning after the documentary’s premiere at the Slamdance Film Festival. “You know, there was a film about the Weather Underground that came out a few years ago, and that was made 30 years after they were blowing up buildings, and I love that film. But picture making a film like that while they were still blowing up buildings — that’s what I’m talking about.”

We Are Legion might be the first to portray the group’s members as true revolutionaries, and it could serve as a time capsule if the kind of online sit-ins and retaliatory strikes that Anonymous has helped create become the new model for civil disobedience across the globe.

For those who didn’t hear of Anonymous until Occupy Wall Street started up, We Are Legion effectively puts the group’s current incarnation in historical perspective. The documentary traces the roots of early hacker-activist groups like the Cult of the Dead Cow and Electronic Disturbance Theater before jumping into Anonymous’ roots in 4chan.

The documentary goes deep. Speaking with current and former Anonymous participants — as well as Wired writers Ryan Singel and Steven Levy — Knappenberger gives a thorough chronological account of Anonymous’ exploits, up to the group’s current place at the forefront of online disobedience.

Starting with Mercedes Renee Haefer, who was arrested in conjunction with the denial-of-service attacks against online payment service PayPal last July, the documentary talks to Anons and experts about Anonymous’ vendetta against Scientology, defense of WikiLeaks, and support of the actions in Tunisia and Egypt during the Arab Spring.

Slamdance, the underground alternative movie fest that runs during the Sundance Film Festival here each year, seems like the perfect place for We Are Legion‘s primer on Anonymous. The film might have seemed out of place at a glitzy Hollywood-in-the-hills screening.

“It feels right,” Knappenberger said of the premiere. “Slamdance has a kind of undercurrent of revolutionary, counterculture, slightly anarchic vibe that just seemed to fit [the film] right away.”

Knappenberger is looking for distribution for his film so it can be seen by a wider audience. It seems possible that Hollywood backers will shy away from a film about Anonymous after the group’s actions against the Motion Picture Association of America and other entertainment industry power players. But Knappenberger said he isn’t worried.

“I just want to tell the story,” he said, adding that considering Anonymous’ various targets over the years, “Who aren’t I offending?”

He could also take advice from his subject Haefer, who in the film says that what Anonymous ultimately hopes to protect is freedom of speech, regardless of a person’s opinions or background.

Or, as she says simply, “Your opinion matters.”

Anonymous Documentary We Are Legion Peels Back Hacktivist Group's History | Underwire | Wired.com.

Ron Paul’s 0% Tax Proposal Would Create Most Jobs “In History of the World”

As The Wall Street Journal’s Stephen Moore explained on FOX Business to Judge Andrew Napolitano after Monday night’s debate:

Judge Napolitano: But the biggest sound bite of last night comes from another cowboy from Texas. Congressman Ron Paul, whos tax ideas outgunned his opponents.

Ron Paul: We should have the lowest tax that we’ve ever had, and up till 1913 it was 0%. What’s so bad about that?

Debate moderator: So you’re answer is 0?

RP: Zero

Judge Napolitano: Zero! Joining me now to discuss abolishing the income tax is a man who’s no stranger to studying and analyzing taxes. He’s Stephen Moore, head of the editorial board of the Wall Street Journal.

Judge Napolitano: Can we take Congressman Paul seriously at his word? That were he to be nominated and elected President, he would move to reduce the income tax rates to zero, or as he says, gradually abolish the income tax, shrink the government down to its Constitutional size, and force it to go to other resources for cash.

Stephen Moore: This is a point Ron Paul made very effectively last night, which was for the first roughly 130 or 140 years of our nation we didn’t have an income tax, and yet we did have a prosperous country, we got richer every year, and so there’s no reason we can’t imagine what America would be like without an income tax.

Stephen Moore: As an economist, can you imagine America’s competitive position in the world if Ron Paul were able to get our income tax rate down to zero, when other countries have 30, 40, 50% rates… you would see the most insourcing of jobs into America in the history of the world.

Ron Paul's 0% Tax Proposal Would Create Most Jobs "In History of the World" | Ron Paul 2012 Presidential Campaign CommitteeRon Paul 2012 Presidential Campaign Committee.

Delaney Amendment Suspended. Now legal to poison foods with additives that are known to cause cancer.

Betty Martini
Wed Jan 15 10:52:05 EST 1997

H.R. 3200 passed. Congress actually sided with the poison manufacturers
to allow them to legally poison the food supply. When the late FDA
toxicologist Dr. Adrian Gross told Congress that aspartame violated the
Delaney Amendment because it caused cancer in lab animals, especially
brain tumors, Congress sided with Monsanto. Dr. Gross’ last words were:
“And if the FDA violates its own laws who is left to protect the
public?”he should have added and expect no help from Congress. Monsanto
funds them too. Congress should not be allowed to accept money from
industry where regulations are concerned.

We really have no protector. Thank you Mission Possible activists all
over the world, for without you warning the public thousands and thousands
more would have perished.

Since this note is going to lists and the nutrition newsgroup let me
remind EVERYONE again of the meeting in Washington on Dec 30 and Dec 31
for all those who are sick of having our food supply being poisoned, who
want the deadly poison NutraSweet (once listed with the pentagon in an
inventory of prospective biochemical warfare weapons submitted to
Congress)banned, want the bovine growth hormone banned (with an increased
insulin growth factor, the regulator of cancer), want to stop genetic
engineering, the victims, the press, the doctors and the scientists.
This meeting to consider how to stop the insanity will create the
Committee of 2001. Remember there is nothing so powerful as CONSUMER
POWER IN ACTION. As word has gotten around the word that NutraSweet is a
poison we’re beginning to see products that say: NO NUTRASWEET IN THIS
PRODUCT. The NutraSweet Companies days are numbered and we’ve asked for
recall based on a pivotal study that showed high serum phenylalanine
levels in privates who suffered grand mal seizures. The FDA report of 92
documented symptoms from blindness and coma to convulsions and death list
4 different types of seizures.

Remember recently NutraSweet made world news when Dr. Olney discussed the
increase in brain tumors. The rats developed astrocytomas, a rare brain
tumor, the first stage of the deadly, malignant glioblastoma. And now Dr.
Olney says glioblastomas are rampant in the population. Well what did
anyone expect. The secret trade information (DISCUSSED IN CONGRESS – we
have it on video) said that the phenylalanine in aspartame breaks down to
DKP, a brain tumor agent. And the original manufacturer said if they told
the FDA it would not get approved. Yet Congress did nothing. It could
have been banned right then. Think of all the youngsters who have died of
brain tumors who would be alive today, and the rest population who have
died from aspartame triggered brain tumors.

With world consumer support the Committee of 2001 will make it a goal to
put an end to allowing death and disability to be considered an acceptable
cost of business. Be there and tell your friends. Copy this please, put
it on web pages and journalists please advertise the date. For those who
want to put your name on the list please email Robert Cohen above or call
him at 201-599-0325. Bob Cohen is the man who filed suit against the FDA
for failure to release the rest of the data on the bovine growth hormone
under Freedom of Information. The incestuous relationship of Monsanto and
the FDA is legend. Even though IT IS THE LAW the judge sided with
Monsanto! Monsanto has put itself above the law. They bought Searle who
first manufactured NutraSweet in l985 and Searle themselves were listed in
the book ABOVE THE LAW.

Regards,
Betty

Mission Possible
*****************************************************************************
To get more information on aspartame, email betty at pd.org as follows:
Subject: sendme help The subject line must be typed exactly like the above
line. Betty Martini 1. Take the 60-day No-Aspartame test Mission
Possible and send us your case history. PO Box 28098 2. Tell your doctor
and your friends. Atlanta GA 30358 3. Return Aspar-Poisoned foods to the
store. USA (Nutrasweet(tm), Equal(tm), Spoonful(tm), etc)

We are dedicated to the proposition that we will not be satisfied until death
and disability are no longer considered an acceptable cost of business.

Delaney Amendment Suspended. Now legal to poison foods with additives that are known to cause cancer. (fwd).

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