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Anonymous: Operation Angel – Aaron Swartz Day (2/11/2013)

In Aaron Swartz, Anonymous, News, Science & Technology, USA, USA, World Revolution on February 10, 2013 at 11:08 PM


What is #AaronSwartzDay? It is a day of rememberance, it is a day of awareness. We take this day in the name and memory of Aaron Swartz. Aaron was a brilliant young mind who co-founded RSS 1.0 at the age of 14. Aaron wasn’t satisfied with such an amazing accomplishment at such a young age, he realized he had a gift and wanted to share that gift with the world. Aaron went on to contribute to the creation of the CreativeCommons licensing process. He continued his career by creating Reddit.com and OpenLibrary.org.

Of course Aaron is best known for his unauthorized work with JSTOR. Aaron sought to liberate millions of JSTOR documents from their vaults into the archives of the internet as a product of Open Access. Aaron was a staunch believer in Open Access (Guerilla Open Access Manifesto, Swartz) and had faith that through Open Access the people of the world could reach an unprecedented state of being. In other words, Aaron was seeking a new age of enlightenment through Open Access. Simply put, Aaron wanted as we all do, Freedom of Information.

We choose this day to remember Aaron through social media because it represents the one-month mark since Aaron was found dead. Aaron Swartz committed suicide because of the impossible amounts of pressure put on him by a “justice” system that seeks to persecute rather than prosecute suspected criminals. Aaron was charged with a large number of felonies adding up to a potential 50-Year sentence. While he was given the chance to plea out of the case by taking 6 months in prison and pleading guilty to all of his charges, this was not an acceptable option for Aaron. Aaron, as we do, believed that his actions in regards to JSTOR were not criminal but done altruistically with the hopes of enlightening mankind as a whole. An obvious act of defiance that was meant to show that every person can play a role in making Open Access a reality.

#OPAngel became a reality shortly after Aaron was found dead, we initially existed to protect Aaron’s funeral service from a radical cult that sought to use his death as a soapbox for their hateful rhetoric. We ensured the cult’s failure in a matter of less than two days. Phase 1 of #OPAngel also consisted of online protests aimed at raising awareness to the miscarriage of justice that the DOJ perpetrated upon Aaron. Those guilty parties were identified and #OPAngel entered Phase 2.

With the advent of Phase 2 #OPAngel saw the creation of Aaron’s Law by Rep. Zoe Lofgren. #OPAngel also saw the creation of many petitions and services aimed at #CFAA reform and the administration of justice upon those responsible for Aaron’s Death, including Carmen Ortiz and Steve Heymann. Phase 2 consisted of a multitude of Online and Offline petitions which called for reform. The success of these protests spawned what is to be known as Phase 3 of #OPAngel.

Phase 3 of #OPAngel is to consist of more offline and online protests until #CFAA reform becomes a reality and those responsible for Aaron’s death are held as such. We will continue to bring awareness to these issues in any way we deem necessary. #OPLastResort has come to light with a number of high-profile hacks including those on the Fed. #OPLastResort shares many of the same core ideas as #OPAngel and in many ways #OPLastResort is a logical extension of #OPAngel. In that, we support #OPLastResort in their effort to raise awareness of Aaron, his struggles, and #CFAA reform. (See below for protest details on the 18th of February in DC and Boston)

Celebrate Aaron’s Life with us on this wonderful #AaronSwartzDay and share your stories of Aaron, share Aaron’s works, share facts about Aaron, share everything! We urge people to archive the information shared on this special day for later use. I hope we are able to use this day for #CFAA reform awareness, and show people who Aaron Swartz was and why his ideas did not die with him.





#OPAngel on Anon Relations: http://anonrelations.net/tag/opangel/ (PR/Video Archive)

February 18th Protests to get Carmen Ortiz & Steve Heymann Fired:


Guerilla Open Access Manifesto:


Aaron Swartz on Wikipedia:


The inspiring heroism of Aaron Swartz:


Petition to Remove Steve Heymann From Office:


Petition to Remove Carmen Ortiz From Office:


#OPAngel in DC honoring Aaron Swartz:

The Definitive Aaron Swartz Memorial Site:


Memorial JSTOR Liberator Project:


A source of documents for and from Aaron Swartz:


Open Source #CFAA reform:


Via Pastebin

Raytheon’s Riot Program Mines Social Network Data Like a Google for Spies

In Big Brother, Big Data, News, OpBigBrother, Other Leaks, Raytheon, Science & Technology, Surveillance on February 10, 2013 at 9:51 PM


A multinational security firm has secretly developed software capable of tracking people’s movements and predicting future behaviour by mining data from social networking websites.

A video obtained by the Guardian reveals how an “extreme-scale analytics” system created by Raytheon, the world’s fifth largest defence contractor, can gather vast amounts of information about people from websites including Facebook, Twitter and Foursquare.


Raytheon says it has not sold the software – named Riot, or Rapid Information Overlay Technology – to any clients.

But the Massachusetts-based company has acknowledged the technology was shared with US government and industry as part of a joint research and development effort, in 2010, to help build a national security system capable of analyzing “trillions of entities” from cyberspace.

The power of Riot to harness popular websites for surveillance offers a rare insight into controversial techniques that have attracted interest from intelligence and national security agencies, at the same time prompting civil liberties and online privacy concerns.

The sophisticated technology demonstrates how the same social networks that helped propel the Arab Spring revolutions can be transformed into a “Google for spies” and tapped as a means of monitoring and control.

Using Riot it is possible to gain an entire snapshot of a person’s life – their friends, the places they visit charted on a map – in little more than a few clicks of a button.

In the video obtained by the Guardian, it is explained by Raytheon’s “principal investigator” Brian Urch that photographs users post on social networks sometimes contain latitude and longitude details – automatically embedded by smartphones within so-called “exif header data.”

Riot pulls out this information, showing not only the photographs posted onto social networks by individuals, but also the location at which the photographs were taken.

“We’re going to track one of our own employees,” Urch says in the video, before bringing up pictures of “Nick,” a Raytheon staff member used as an example target. With information gathered from social networks, Riot quickly reveals Nick frequently visits Washington Nationals Park, where on one occasion he snapped a photograph of himself posing with a blonde haired woman.

“We know where Nick’s going, we know what Nick looks like,” Urch explains, “now we want to try to predict where he may be in the future.”

Riot can display on a spider diagram the associations and relationships between individuals online by looking at who they have communicated with over Twitter. It can also mine data from Facebook and sift GPS location information from Foursquare, a mobile phone app used by more than 25 million people to alert friends of their whereabouts. The Foursquare data can be used to display, in graph form, the top 10 places visited by tracked individuals and the times at which they visited them.

The video shows that Nick, who posts his location regularly on Foursquare, visits a gym frequently at 6am early each week. Urch quips: “So if you ever did want to try to get hold of Nick, or maybe get hold of his laptop, you might want to visit the gym at 6am on a Monday.”

Mining from public websites for law enforcement is considered legal in most countries. In February last year, for instance, the FBI requested help to develop a social-media mining application for monitoring “bad actors or groups”.

However, Ginger McCall, an attorney at the Washington-based Electronic Privacy Information Centre, said the Raytheon technology raised concerns about how troves of user data could be covertly collected without oversight or regulation.

“Social networking sites are often not transparent about what information is shared and how it is shared,” McCall said. “Users may be posting information that they believe will be viewed only by their friends, but instead, it is being viewed by government officials or pulled in by data collection services like the Riot search.”

Raytheon, which made sales worth an estimated $25bn (£16bn) in 2012, did not want its Riot demonstration video to be revealed on the grounds that it says it shows a “proof of concept” product that has not been sold to any clients.

Jared Adams, a spokesman for Raytheon’s intelligence and information systems department, said in an email: “Riot is a big data analytics system design we are working on with industry, national labs and commercial partners to help turn massive amounts of data into useable information to help meet our nation’s rapidly changing security needs.

“Its innovative privacy features are the most robust that we’re aware of, enabling the sharing and analysis of data without personally identifiable information [such as social security numbers, bank or other financial account information] being disclosed.”

In December, Riot was featured in a newly published patent Raytheon is pursuing for a system designed to gather data on people from social networks, blogs and other sources to identify whether they should be judged a security risk.

In April, Riot was scheduled to be showcased at a US government and industry national security conference for secretive, classified innovations, where it was listed under the category “big data – analytics, algorithms.”

According to records published by the US government’s trade controls department, the technology has been designated an “EAR99″ item under export regulations, which means it “can be shipped without a license to most destinations under most circumstances”.

Via TheGuardian

Urgent Call to Action! Jeremy Hammond Courthouse Support Rally 10:30am Feb. 21st Foley Sq. NYC

In Anonymous, Jeremy Hammond, News on February 10, 2013 at 8:54 PM



Anonymous “FreeAnons Video Diary”: Special Jeremy Hammond. Urgent call to action!

Decision on Motion to Recuse Loretta Preska in Jeremy Hammond Case. Judge Loretta Preska will make her decision on a motion to recuse herself from the case against Jeremy Hammond on 2/21/2013. How a judge with a conflict of interest has the right to decide to step down from a case is beyond all reason.

On the date of this decision, it is our goal to pack the courtroom and show Jeremy Hammond that we support him and fight with him. It is also our goal to show Judge Loretta Preska that we stand with the Jeremy Hammond Legal team and their motion to recuse this Judge and allow Jeremy the opportunity for a fair trial.

Since Jeremy has been placed in solitary confinement, it is imperative that he see as much support as possible in the courtroom on this date. We ask that you join Jeremy’s family and friends as we gather in Foley Square for a brief speech and then a short walk across the street to the Federal Courthouse to show support for Jeremy.

These court hearings are the only chance Jeremy has to see his family, friends and supporters so it is vital that we attend this hearing. A press conference regarding the outcome of this motion will be held immediately following the hearing.

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In CISPA, News on February 10, 2013 at 8:33 PM

LAPD Had No Idea Who They Were Shooting At In Dorner Pursuit, Says Victims’ Attorney

In LAPD Manhunt, News, Police Brutality, Viral Videos on February 10, 2013 at 8:16 PM



“It’s 100 percent clear that they had no idea who was in that vehicle and just lit it up,” says attorney Christopher Driscoll.

Driscoll is representing Maggie Carranza, 47, and her mother, 71-year-old Emma Hernandez, the two women who were shot on Thursday, Feb. 7 in Torrance, CA by LAPD officers. The officers were on the hunt for Christopher Dorner, and claim to have mistaken Carranza and Hernandez’s truck for Dorner’s.

“They had a description of the suspect, they had a description of the suspect’s vehicle. The two women obviously do not match that description in any way,” Driscoll says.

ReasonTV’s Tracy Oppenheimer sat down with Driscoll to discuss how this tragedy could have happened.

“When an officer is injured, or goes down, or is threatened, the team mentality really steps up,” Driscoll says, “you have that concern that individual citizens’ rights are going to get trampeled when the officers are attempting to get justice for their brothers.

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