Greetings, members of NATO.
We are Anonymous.
In a recent publication, you called Anonymous a threat. You alleged that secrecy is a necessary evil, and that transparency is not always the right way forward.
Anonymous is not a threat to the people. Anonymous is the people.
Anonymous would like to remind you that the government and the people are distinct entities, with more and more frequently conflicting goals and desires. It is Anonymous’ position that, when there is a conflict of interest between the government and the people, it is the people’s will which must take priority.
We do not wish to threaten anybody’s way of life. We do not wish to dictate anything to anybody. We do not wish to terrorize any nation. We merely wish to remove power from vested interests and return it to the people – from whom, in a democracy, it should never have been taken in the first place.
TRANSPARENCY IS TRUTH
Allow us to explain the obvious to you.
Transparency poses no threat to honest government; it only ever restrains government’s ability to act in a manner with which the people would disagree. Transparency allows democratic consequences and accountability. Transparency is not a luxury; it is the foundation of democracy.
Anonymous does not accept that any government or military has the right to be above its own law. Whether HBGary were acting in the cause of security or military gain is irrelevant: their actions were illegal and morally reprehensible.
We are offended by the use of phoney clichés, like “in the interests of national security,” used to justify illegal and deceptive activities. If a government must break the rules, it must also be willing to accept at the ballot box the democratic consequences of doing so.
It is unacceptable to have a situation in which the people are, in many cases, totally and utterly unaware of what is being said and done in their names.
This is why we hack: we hack because you lie.
ANONYMOUS AND WIKILEAKS
Anonymous and Wikileaks are separate entities. The actions of Anonymous were not aided or even requested by WikiLeaks. However, Anonymous and WikiLeaks do share one common attribute: neither is a threat to any organization… unless that organization has something to hide.
If governments were doing nothing underhand or illegal, there would be nothing “embarassing” about Wikileaks’ revelations, nor would there have been any scandal emanating from HBGary. The resulting scandals were not a result of Anonymous’ or Wikileaks’ revelations, they were the result of the CONTENT of those revelations.
Responsibility for that content can be laid solely at the doorstep of policymakers who, like all corrupt entities, naively believed that they were above the law and that they would not be caught lying, stealing, murdering.
Much government and corporate comment has been dedicated to avoiding similar leaks in the future. Advice ranges from better security to lower levels of clearance, from harsher penalties for whistleblowers to censorship of the press. Anonymous finds it quite telling that not a one of these entities is discussing ways to stop their illegal, immoral activities.
WE ARE LEGION
Anonymous has proven over the last several years that an old-world hierarchy is not necessary to achieve great progress.
Anonymous is not an organization as you understand the word; Anonymous is a vast, amorphic, leaderless movement that exists everywhere and nowhere. Anonymous is an emotion. It is both a refusal and an affirmation. It has no center, no top, no leadership.
Anonymous is unlike any organization you can fathom, and as long as you continue to be evil you can neither cage nor defeat it.
You and everything you stand for have, by the changing tides and the advancement of technology, become obsolete. Your only chance of defeating the movement which binds all of us is to accept it. This is no longer your world. It is our world – the people’s world. And we will have it back.
We are Anonymous.
We are legion.
We do not forgive.
We do not forget.