Monthly Archives: August 2011

Transparency Terrifies David Horowitz

My, it’s been awhile, hasn’t it? Don’t worry, gentle readers– we haven’t gone anywhere.

Horowitz is infamous for screaming for freedom to hate but cries like a baby when others exercise their freedom to expose him

We subscribe to a heck of a lot of email listservs, and among them JihadWatch and the David Horowitz Freedom Center are among our most prolific subscriptions. Every day, we’re treated to a landslide of the most paranoid and ridiculous delusions about the coming floodtide of fifth-column Muslim ninja insurgent terrorists, walking amongst us– unseen!

On August 26, 2011, Center for American Progress released a large and comprehensive report entitled Fear, Inc.The Roots of the Islamophobia Network in America, which details the funding and propagation of Islamophobic rhetoric in the United States.

This report (which can be viewed in its entirety here) does little more than report publicly available information about who funds organizations like Jihadwatch and figures like David Horowitz and Pam Geller, then goes to on to document the tangible effects this sort of rhetoric has on society.

The existence of such a report in the wake of Anders Behring Breivik’s mass slaughter in Norway is timely and necessary, and the exercise of bringing transparency to shady matters is the epitome of freedom of speech and freedom of the press. That Breivik was a fan (if not a pen-pal) of Geller’s makes his inclusion in this report all the more salient.

This report therefore directly threatens the careers of the members of the cloyingly titled “Stop Islamisation of America” movement.

Naturally, the content of the emails changed to apoplectic fits about how the “Islamic Supremacist Propaganda Machine” is silencing critics of Islam and is waging a war against freedom of speech.

David Horowitz and Robert Spencer seized this opportunity to needle their audience for hard cash– claiming the best way to defend freedom of speech was to send them as much money as you possibly could.

Here is one of Horowitz’s begging and BAWWWWing e-mails:

BEG AND BAWWWW AND BEG AND BAWWWW!

Your reward for throwing your money away on this “heroic act of patriotic freedom-fighting?” A copy of David Horowitz’s latest book. ( OH JOY!) Freedom isn’t free, you know.

The Center for American Progress report is obviously not an assault on freedom of speech. This is more apparent when it is compared with the actions of the groups it exposes– who routinely demonize and scapegoat all members of a religion as dangerous and duplicitous savages. Does applauding people who commit mass murder as a valid form of “combat” against said religion count as “defending freedom of speech?” Only in the mind of the murderer.

The only real difference between blindly ranting that all opposition to “pro-America” activists is funded by an Islamic conspiracy or a Jewish conspiracy is the site on which it’s published. If we were to simply change “Muslim” to “Jew” in your screeds, it would be indistinguishable from the anti-Semitic bile that is pumped out of Stormfront or VNN; sorry, Mr.Horowitz– that makes you a racist.

MORE TRANSPARENCY ON WHO IS FUNDING RACIST POLITICAL GROUPS

Excellent work from our friends at the "Center for a New Community"

Another impressive report on transparency, issued on August 30, 2011, was produced by Center for New Community— in which it details the organizational and financial structure of the anti-immigration movement in the US. As it turns out– and as we have reported in the past— all of the major anti-immigration organizations in the US have been founded by, receive funding from or are otherwise associated with a man with white supremacist ties named John Tanton.

It is also worthy to note that the Scaife Foundations that supply Tanton with money are related by blood to the same Richard Mellon Scaife that funds a bulk of the anti-Muslim bigotry in this country and are also mentioned in the above Center for American Progress report.

Oh, what a tangled web.

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BART Part #1

Anonymous "Improves" CaliforniaAvoid.or

BART, the Bay Area Rapid Transit threaten to turn off cell phone service because of their fears of protests, well, the internets didn’t agree with this move….

LULZ!

Stay tuned for part #2

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Hey, Booz Allen, U Mad?

LULZ!

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Anonymous Vs. HBGary Federal

u mad?

February 4th, 2011, HBGary Federal CEO Aaron Barr gave an arrogant interview to the Financial Times, (which can be found here) where he claims that he knows the identities of the “leadership” of anonymous, has proof to support this allegation and is planning on using this to generate buzz about an upcoming speech he was to give at a cybersecurity conference in San Francisco later in February. Aaron Barr confessed to knowing the risks with such an undertaking, but he claimed to be prepared for them.

What happened next was stunning in its speed and brutality. Anonymous– which does not like being threatened, even with fabricated information– hacked rootkit.com, which is the personal website of Aaron’s corporate chief, Greg Hoglund. From there, anonymous was able to gain access to Greg’s email where they claimed to be Greg and sent HBGary’s technical director an email asking to open up port 59022, drop the firewall and to confirm the password. The technical director dutifully opened the port, dropped the firewall and provided the correct password.

Anonymous then had access to HBGary’s website and HBGary Federal’s website. They then downloaded the email files (“Spools”) for Aaron, Greg, and Aaron’s co-workers Phil and Ted. From there, they lured the still-incognito Aaron into a private IRC channel to confirm his identity. They did this by implying that Anonymous’ next target was HBGary Federal and– by virtue of having access to Aaron’s email– saw Aaron send an email attempting to warn his corporate masters of anon’s impending attack. With Aaron’s identity confirmed, they announced to him that they knew who he was and that they had possession of all of HBGary and HBGary Federal’s email.

Anons flooded into this chatroom and began mocking Aaron, who feebly attempted to defend himself by lying and claiming that he never intended to sell his information to the FBI, whereupon Anonymous produced his anonymous-v2.pdf file and the email that displayed his intention to attempt to sell both this file and HBGary Federal’s services to the FBI. Aaron proceeded to lie throughout this altercation, quitting in a rage several times before claiming that Anonymous had committed severe crimes and that they had “messed with the wrong opponent.” Aaron Barr finally exercised his divine right of stomping off the internet like a bratty child by offering the weak-assed excuse that anonymous was attempting to hack his home router, so in a fit of internet wizardry that completely justifies his six-figure salary, he turned his router off.

Seriously, he gets paid a six digit salary for THIS?

Penny of HBGary was brought into the chat, where she was advised to be honest as anonymous had possession of all of her emails and could verify if she was telling the truth or lying outright. Penny, being a corporatist, chose the lying path and claimed that she nor hbgary knew anything about Aaron’s activities. Anonymous quickly proved this false. While all of this was going on, Anonymous posted the 4.70 gigabyte archive to the pirate bay for the public to view.

Thanks to anonymous’ activities with chanology, a multitude of news outlets were notified and supplied with copies of the archive, where they proceeded to pick through them and pick out notable scandals, including HBGary’s involvement in a scheme cooked up by lawyers for Bank of America to intimidate, harass and blackmail journalists favorable to Wikileaks; and another scheme devised at the behest of the US Chamber of Commerce to infiltrate, subvert and hack major unions.

The fallout is still ongoing. Major IT companies are cutting all ties with HBGary, federal agencies are dumping HBGary and HBGary Federal and all companies that have installed HBGary products have been advised to discontinue their use and seek replacements due to the massive security hole this leak has produced. The juciest and most damning tidbit of all is the fact that HBGary was in possession of the infamous Stuxnet trojan– the same trojan that was used to infect and disable Iranian uranium centrifuges. Since it’s been leaked, the source code for Stuxnet is now available online for all to view.

Anonymous has since created a searchable, web-based database of all 60,000 leaked emails, which you can peruse for yourself at the following sites and mirrors:
http://hbgary.anonleaks.ch//

Several lessons are readily apparent from this saga: silencing free speech and freedom of expression by underhanded means always backfires; many IT Security companies have incredibly lax security and the fact that they are employed by the federal government and paid with taxpayer dollars is laughable and insulting; attacking anonymous for personal and monetary gain is fatally idiotic.

Aaron Barr has joined Hal Turner and a long list of butthurt losers who thought they could silence the internet and failed.

He who lols last, lols best.

Right now, we're in Romania and Saipan.

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Why London is Burning

Speak the Truth to Power, Brother!!!

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