The Internet loves Barrett Brown. The future loves him even more. #Anonfamily doesn't forget. Ever. All memory is made of love & pain.

(Tweet from @Pacific_Justice)

 

One large, glaring tweet stares out of Barrett Brown's indictment, screams incitement.  This tweet is so obvious that it gets its own count, number 4 to be precise:

Organize. Choose your pig. Make your move. pastebin.com/iHFxBiHv  #ProjectPM #Anonymous #blackbloc #revolution

I'm sure this is one the focal points of the case, but because as a stand-alone tweet it doesn't amount to much more than your average revolutionary threat, I think the rest of the case is being built around it.  The other tweets therefore will be built into a kind of matchstick tower, designed to prop up this beauty before the judge and jury.

The link is to an article called Operation Pursuant, which is interesting, relevant and typically lengthy.  The article was posted on 6th September, and in Internet terms has virtually no views, due to its length and verbosity.  

Incidentally, just because Barrett Brown posts something anonymously, doesn't make him a member of Anonymous, or what have you.  That's just not a fair assertion.

The three other tweets highlighted from the 7th September are as follows, and are numbered 4 a-c:

a) Kids! Overthrow the US government lol youtube.com/watch?v=pHCdS7O248g

Seriosuly, we should all tweet this right now.  Aside from 'lol' being somethjing of a giveaway it is tragic and brutal that this message should find its way into an actual United States District Court indictment.  Just makes me think this whole thing is a fake, really.

And as for the link, are they really, truly, seriously going to be playing BLONDIE in court? Note also, that the indictment places this tweet on the 7th September, though Twitter dates it the 6th.

b) @Badger32d I've experienced other end of the gun, watching mom detained by U.S. armed thugs. See you on the streets!

I'm not sure of the dangerous aspect of this Tweet, but I am not a paranoiac gun-toting American anarchist or Fed.  Here is the entire conversation, which I include for interest's sake, as it may explain a part of Barrett's anger with his country.  The basic point is that Barrett Brown feels he has experienced armed threat, notably when his mother's place was raided.

Barrett Brown @BarrettBrownLOL

Each time member of U.S. "no-restrictions" military is killed, a child gets a chance to live his life. Until drone kills him.

 

Sol @Badger32d

@BarrettBrownLOL excuse me? I hope I'm misreading this.

 

Barrett Brown‏@BarrettBrownLOL

@Badger32d You're not misreading it. I learned this sentiment from my #Vietnam vet uncle who saw this happen before

 

Sol @Badger32d

@BarrettBrownLOL from one who's lost 3 good friends in front of his eyes, you, sir are an asshat. I'm not sure how you see that as ok.

 

Barrett Brown @BarrettBrownLOL

@Badger32d From someone who is victim of U.S. injustice and works with those victimized worse, may all be subject to wrath of liberty

 

Sol @Badger32d

@BarrettBrownLOL so blame the US gvt, NOT the soldiers. We put our lives on the line for more than just political BS.

 

Barrett Brown @BarrettBrownLOL

@Badger32d Motivations differ. Armies decline from one time to another. No French civilians hunted for sport by Americans. Afghans, yes.

 

Sol @Badger32d

@BarrettBrownLOL bullshit. You can't armchair quarterback what you've never experienced.

 

Barrett Brown @BarrettBrownLOL

@Badger32d I've experienced other end of the gun, watching mom detained by U.S. armed thugs. See you on the streets!

There we have it.  Average Twitter debate between left and right, ending with clear anarchist threat of street battle, while calling the FBI 'thugs', something that has never been said before.  Now it is on a court docket.  I know the Internet sees some pretty horrid troll-based scuffles every minute of the day, but I consider the above chat to be one of the most polite and reasonable discussions you'll see.  It's fair, nothing but a mere scuffle, and both Barrett and Badger present their cases well.  There are more threads to this specific chat, but these are most of them, and comprise the gist.

c) #ProjectPM - Everyone in Anonymous with balls is either with us or awaiting trial.  Don't wait. Retaliate.

A particularly fruity piece of PR from Barrett, who manages to stir up rebellious excitement while also sending some big props to those locked down.  Without commenting on the truth of this statement (which frankly is irrelevant - something does not need to be true to appear on Twitter) it does appear to be a rather marvellous item of propaganda.

I did find someone who picked up the baton, however, a young novelist called Jane Madelyne, who appears to be immortalising this sentiment in a work of fiction.

I think it's this phrase 'Don't wait. Retaliate' that's gotten Barrett into another heap of trouble, due to its catchy nature.  He obviously did learn a few tricks from Topiary.  Incidentally, the FBI's motto is 'Fidelity, Bravery, Integrity' which is not quite so good, but commendable nonetheless.

 

Barrett Brown

 

Barrett Brown is an American activist, author, and freelance writer/journalist. His work has appeared in The Guardian, Vanity Fair, Huffington Post, Businessweek, and other outlets. He has appeared as a guest on MSNBC, Fox News and Russia Today.

On September 12, 2012 Barrett Brown was raided and arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation while he was participating in a Tinychat session. He was subsequently denied bail and detained without charge and adequate medical treatment for over two weeks while in the custody of US Marshals.

Read a full description at freebarrettbrown.org

In the first week of October 2012, Barrett was indicted on three counts related to alleged activities or postings on websites such as Twitter and YouTube, in which he postured for the return of property which was taken from him in March, and expressed frustration at the targeted campaign against him and a member of his family. The Department of Justice issued a press release on October 4th.

On December 4, 2012 Barrett was indicted by a federal grand jury on twelve additional counts related to data from a security breach at the company Stratfor. See more on this at Department of Justice 7th Dec 2012 Press Release.

Despite his lack of direct involvement in the operation and stated opposition to this aspect, Barrett faced these charges for the alleged mere act of pasting a hyperlink into an IRC (Internet Relay Chat) channel. On January 23rd, 2013 he was indicted a third time on two more counts, relating to the March 2012 FBI raid(s) on his apartment and his mother’s house.

Barrett pleaded not guilty in all three cases. In January 2015 he was sentenced to 63 months which he is currently serving, and ordered to pay restitution.

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