WARNING: Adult language in this article in the context in which it is used by members of anonymous. I apologize for the graphic nature of it, but felt that to edit it out would to be reduce the harshness and violence of the thoughts conveyed.
There seems to be a great deal of naïveté surrounding Anonymous and the Occupy movement, their purpose, their mission, and current and projected capabilities.
This misperception comes from certain beliefs about this cyber group and its real life manifestation which are naively held by the "useful fools," "cannon fodder," "newfags," or "n00bs" who seriously believe that they are a grassroots movement and that both Anonymous (cyber) and Occupy (kinetic) are by Americans and for Americans.
A misperception which is encouraged by those who understand the real agenda and do not feel that it would be prudent to disclose the "bigger picture" to the uninformed masses.
The misperception is purposely continued by certain elements of the Main Stream Media MSM who are "in-the-know." These are the elements of MSM who are in direct or indirect contact with the leadership of Anonymous (more about this latter) and who hold to the same, anti-american, anti-democracy, principles that are inherent in the upper echelons of the Anonymous heirarchy.
The misperception is inadvertantly continued by many well meaning media, bloggers and others who "believe the lie" and espouse the rhetoric and enthusiasm of well-meaning youths who just want a fair deal for the 99%.
It's not the purpose of this article to debate the above propositions. I would point the reader to "The 2012 Anonymous Primer – What Anonymous is and What Anonymous is not" , which is written by the guest blogger Natter, for a better understanding of what Anonymous is and isn't.
If you want a more detailed look I would also point you to the http://owsmail.dc406.com where the emails of the leadership of occupy movement clearly show their plans and allegiances. Or you can spend years in the IRC channels and various haunts of Anonymous Now and Then to realize the truth of these statements.
The purpose of this article is to directly confront the direct opposition by Anonymous to the message delivered by General Alexander regarding a possible future capability of Anonymous to affect the power grid.
Anonymous, immediately and adamantly denied the possibility of such an action, asking rhetorically; "Why would we ever affect the power grid when lives depend upon it?" On face value, it's a great argument and presupposes that Anonymous does not want to do malice to America.
The problem is that the argument came very quickly, and there is a very definite desire by a great many members of Anonymous to do a great deal of malice toward this country that I, and millions like me, have sworn to defend against all enemies, foreign and domestic.
The body of evidence about what Occupy has tried to do In Real Life (IRL) lies before us. We have seen deaths, rapes, violence, trespass, and a total disrespect of the standards of civil decorum in our society. The very freedom that the constitution affords all of its citizens has been used against us by violent extremist bent on bringing about chaos and violent change.
But don't think that this conduct is limited to the actions IRL alone.
As someone who has proudly railed against the manipulation and hijacking of a sophmoric, well-meaning group of young people who are opposed to things like DMCA, RIAA and MPAA, I can honestly tell you that the chaos that has been purposefully perpetrated by Anonymous in the cyber realm is far greater than we have seen IRL.
Not only that, but the rhetoric, venom, chaos, and damage done in cyber already FAR surppasses that done IRL as well.
I have watched elements of anonymous use the most vile and offensive language to maliciously accuse and vehemently attack every aspect of our American society. F**k FBI Friday (#FFF), #F**kthePolice, #Pedocop, are a normal part of the rhetoric of what remains of that portion of Anonymous that is attacking American institutions and our law enforcement agencies, officers, and military personnel.
Just today I watched the members of @CabinCr3w hack into the web site of ANOTHER law enforcement related web site, dump the information out of that site, and then proceed to invade the privacy of three law enforcement officers in the LA area because they used the same password on the hacked site for their gmail accounts.
They hacked the officers' gmail accounts and proceeded to read and post all of their personnel information, to accuse one officer of being a pedophile and to post the personal intimate photos of a female officer for all the world to see.
As if this weren't enough, @ItsKahuna then proceeded to log in to the female officer's personal web site, and to deface her site by posting an embarassing intimate photo of her on the front page. After he was done, he proceeded to degrade and humiliate her via his Twitter account for all of his friends to see. Of course the tag #f**kthepolice was sewn throughout his missives.
I am the father of four daughters and the grandfather of four lovely grandaughters and I have to tell you that I cannot imagine the emotional terror and hurt that this young officer must be going through.
Why would Anonymous turn off the power? Because it would serve their selfish purposes. Because it would cause chaos and hurt that these savage individuals thrive on because of their perceived immunity from justice.
Because in their minds it would be "Lulzy" a twisted term that means funny in a sick and demented /b/ chan kind of way.
Don't fall for the "poor little us, we wouldn't hurt a fly" rhetoric. Our law enforcement and governmental agencies, financial institutions, and yes... our physical infrastructure are under direct attack, IRL by the Occupy Movement and in cyber by Anonymous.
Members of Anonymous DAILY tweet about SCADA vulnerabilities. Members of Anonymous have already BEEN IN our SCADA systems. The only reason that there has not been a major incident is because the rhetoric has not escalated to that level, yet.
If you are an American information security professional, then I urge you to quit worrying about what conferences you're going to speak at and get serious about catching the people who attacked Mechelle Thompson and her fellow officers and shoring up the defenses of EVERY computer system that you are responsible for, IMMEDIATELY.
Next time it might be your friend, wife or daughter who is violated. Next time it might be your police department, sheriff's department, or state police whose information is released for criminals to use to circumvent their investigations or do them harm.
Don't be naïve about Anonymous or the Occupy movement because they aren't naïve about what they are doing and what they are trying to achieve.