Hackers Take Over Govt Website - Claim "A Line Was Crossed" With Death Of Aaron Swartz

Anonymous, a hacker-activist group, ha claimed responsibility for hijacking the federal government's U.S. Sentencing Commission website to avenge the death of Aaron Swartz, an internet activist who allegedly committed suicide two weeks ago.

An independent agency of the judicial branch, the U.S. Sentencing Commission website was taken over around 9pm PST, after a first attack on Friday morning was unsuccessful, with a warning in response to Swartz's alleged suicide that read, "a line was crossed." By 3am PST the site was completely down.

Their campaign has been titled, "Operation Last Resort." The first salvo launched against the USSC they refer to as a "warhead."

According to Violet Blue at ZDNet,

It appears that via the U.S. government website, Anonymous had distributed encrypted government files and left a statement on the website that de-encryption keys would be publicly released (thus releasing the as-yet unknown information held on the stolen files) if the U.S. government did not comply with Anonymous' ultimatum demands for legal reform.

Anonymous has not specified exactly what files they have obtained. The various files were named after Supreme Court judges.

Anonymous sent a clear message of their intent, even acknowledging their methods are are not legal, yet claiming it as an attack on the system which they say has acted in clear violation of the 8th Amendment. Below, is the full text of their reasoning and nonnegotiable demands:

Citizens of the world,

Anonymous has observed for some time now the trajectory of justice in the United States with growing concern. We have marked the departure of this system from the noble ideals in which it was born and enshrined. We have seen the erosion of due process, the dilution of constitutional rights, the usurpation of the rightful authority of courts by the “discretion” of prosecutors. We have seen how the law is wielded less and less to uphold justice, and more and more to exercise control, authority and power in the interests of oppression or personal gain.

We have been watching, and waiting.

Two weeks ago today, a line was crossed. Two weeks ago today, Aaron Swartz was killed. Killed because he faced an impossible choice. Killed because he was forced into playing a game he could not win — a twisted and distorted perversion of justice — a game where the only winning move was not to play.

Anonymous immediately convened an emergency council to discuss our response to this tragedy. After much heavy-hearted discussion, the decision was upheld to engage the United States Department of Justice and its associated executive branches in a game of a similar nature, a game in which the only winning move is not to play.

Last year the Federal Bureau of Investigation revelled in porcine glee at its successful infiltration of certain elements of Anonymous. This infiltration was achieved through the use of the *same tactics which lead to Aaron Swartz’ death. It would not have been possible were it not for the power of federal prosecutors to thoroughly destroy the lives of any hacktivists they apprehend through the very real threat of highly disproportionate sentencing.

As a result of the FBI’s infiltration and entrapment tactics, several more of our brethren now face similar disproportionate persecution, the balance of their lives hanging on the severely skewed scales of a broken justice system.

We have felt within our hearts a burning rage in reaction to these events, but we have not allowed ourselves to be drawn into a foolish and premature response. We have bidden our time, operating in the shadows, adapting our tactics and honing our abilities. We have allowed the FBI and its masters in government — both the puppet and the shadow government that controls it — to believe they had struck a crippling blow to our infrastructure, that they had demoralized us, paralyzed us with paranoia and fear. We have held our tongue and waited.

With Aaron’s death we can wait no longer. The time has come to show the United States Department of Justice and its affiliates the true meaning of infiltration. The time has come to give this system a taste of its own medicine. The time has come for them to feel the helplessness and fear that comes with being forced into a game where the odds are stacked against them.

This website was chosen due to the symbolic nature of its purpose — the federal sentencing guidelines which enable prosecutors to cheat citizens of their constitutionally-guaranteed right to a fair trial, by a jury of their peers — the federal sentencing guidelines which are in clear violation of the 8th amendment protection against cruel and unusual punishments. This website was also chosen due to the nature of its visitors. It is far from the only government asset we control, and we have exercised such control for quite some time…

There has been a lot of fuss recently in the technological media regarding such operations as Red October, the widespread use of vulnerable browsers and the availability of zero-day exploits for these browsers and their plugins. None of this comes of course as any surprise to us, but it is perhaps good that those within the information security industry are making the extent of these threats more widely understood.

Still there is nothing quite as educational as a well-conducted demonstration…

Through this websites and various others that will remain unnamed, we have been conducting our own infiltration. We did not restrict ourselves like the FBI to one high-profile compromise. We are far more ambitious, and far more capable. Over the last two weeks we have wound down this operation, removed all traces of leakware from the compromised systems, and taken down the injection apparatus used to detect and exploit vulnerable machines.

We have enough fissile material for multiple warheads. Today we are launching the first of these. Operation Last Resort has begun…

Warhead – U S – D O J – L E A – 2013 . A E E 256 is primed and armed. It has been quietly distributed to numerous mirrors over the last few days and is available for download from this website now. We encourage all Anonymous to syndicate this file as widely as possible.

The contents are various and we won’t ruin the speculation by revealing them. Suffice it to say, everyone has secrets, and some things are not meant to be public. At a regular interval commencing today, we will choose one media outlet and supply them with heavily redacted partial contents of the file. Any media outlets wishing to be eligible for this program must include within their reporting a means of secure communications.

We have not taken this action lightly, nor without consideration of the possible consequences. Should we be forced to reveal the trigger-key to this warhead, we understand that there will be collateral damage. We appreciate that many who work within the justice system believe in those principles that it has lost, corrupted, or abandoned, that they do not bear the full responsibility for the damages caused by their occupation.

It is our hope that this warhead need never be detonated.

However, in order for there to be a peaceful resolution to this crisis, certain things need to happen. There must be reform of outdated and poorly-envisioned legislation, written to be so broadly applied as to make a felony crime out of violation of terms of service, creating in effect vast swathes of crimes, and allowing for selective punishment. There must be reform of mandatory minimum sentencing. There must be a return to proportionality of punishment with respect to actual harm caused, and consideration of motive and mens rea. The inalienable right to a presumption of innocence and the recourse to trial and possibility of exoneration must be returned to its sacred status, and not gambled away by pre-trial bargaining in the face of overwhelming sentences, unaffordable justice and disfavourable odds. Laws must be upheld unselectively, and not used as a weapon of government to make examples of those it deems threatening to its power.

For good reason the statue of lady justice is blindfolded. No more should her innocence be besmirked, her scales tipped, nor her swordhand guided. Furthermore there must be a solemn commitment to freedom of the internet, this last great common space of humanity, and to the common ownership of information to further the common good.

We make this statement do not expect to be negotiated with; we do not desire to be negotiated with. We understand that due to the actions we take we exclude ourselves from the system within which solutions are found. There are others who serve that purpose, people far more respectable than us, people whose voices emerge from the light, and not the shadows. These voices are already making clear the reforms that have been necessary for some time, and are outright required now.

It is these people that the justice system, the government, and law enforcement must engage with. Their voices are already ringing strong with a chorus of determined resolution. We demand only that this chorus is not ignored. We demand the government does not make the mistake of hoping that time will dampen its ringing, that they can ride out this wave of determination, that business as usual can continue after a sufficient period of lip-service and back-patting.

Not this time. This time there will be change, or there will be chaos…


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  • http://www.facebook.com/arleen.blackstone Arleen Blackstone

    When will the Whiners stop blaming others for their problems and take a good long look in the mirror? Daily look in the mirror and repeat "I am responsible for my choices and my actions."

  • Truthbug

    Lots of heat here. I'm looking for the light.

  • beijingyank

    Join the Resistance.

    Bearing in mind the words of Richard Nixon, "Do anything you want, just don't get caught." If it ever presents itself, and you are able to inconvenience the lives of the 911Neocons in any way...from a slight, to extreme prejudice, do it.

  • isthisnameokay

    good for them... now .. get those bureaucratic bums off my wallet. go away you bums.

  • http://www.facebook.com/reginald.zenkewich Reginald Zenkewich

    I agree with the sentiments espoused by this group, OUR system of checks and balances has been twisted by those who wish to be in complete control of every aspect of our individual lives and to become slaves to the master( govt) who believe they are are the chosen.

  • http://twitter.com/AlRoberts3 Al Roberts

    I don't like hackers. Maybe some of them are good people. But where there are good ones, there are sure to be others who will work for the government to mess with ordinary people who post thoughts that are against and in opposition to the tyrannts who are not in government. So how does one keep the good ones and not have to put up with the bad ones.
    I guess that is when we go back to the 19th century type of living. Simplicity is sometimes best. I have been told that people just can't do without their iphones and other junk. I don't even have a cell phone. I don't miss it, and it does not dominate my life. I am HAPPY.

  • [email protected]

    How do we support a secret organization??

  • http://www.facebook.com/soteria.allen Soteria Allen

    Thank you!! "Nothing is too difficult for the Lord!" (Luke 1:37), just as our Founding Fathers and the many people in agreement with them, in hearing God telling them of the need of the 1st American Revolution, knew! As the Bible says,"Fear of man is a snare." I commend these people of Anonymous who are risking their very lives, and who have the wisdom of God for this specific assignment; yes, from a God who LOVES us all extremely! Those who are presently in a position of causing tyranny in and through the US gov't (and from outside) are DECEIVED by the Father of LIES, the devil, who is out to CONTROL each of us, to RULE (tyranny) in place of God, the rightful Ruler. JESUS' beautiful, LOVING LORDSHIP is something the devil doesn't want anyone to EVER EVEN KNOW ABOUT!! Thank you Anonymous, and all involved with you!! There are MANY others of us WILLING to help in any way we can! I am one---and will be watching as to how I can help, in addition to prayers and things I'm already doing. Nothing so risky as you---but I am willing! I know God is in this, and He is our Help, and Protection! (Psalms 91 and 23, etc.) God bless you all! With Jesus' Compassion 4 America! (& the world!) Love, Soteria Allen (& JESUS!!)

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/John-Whittington/100001496682673 John Whittington

    I believe, that this will be used to take control of the internet and any other form of the computer world by the F.B.I.!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Millard-Huff/100001533647046 Millard Huff

    DICK ACT of 1902... CAN'T BE REPEALED (GUN CONTROL FORBIDDEN) - Protection Against Tyrannical Government

    Submitted by Jonathan on Sun, 03/29/2009 - 2:04pm.

    The Dick Act of 1902 also known as the Efficiency of Militia Bill H.R. 11654, of June 28, 1902 invalidates all so-called gun-control laws. It also divides the militia into three distinct and separate entities.


    The three classes H.R. 11654 provides for are the organized militia, henceforth known as the National Guard of the State, Territory and District of Columbia, the unorganized militia and the regular army.

    The militia encompasses every able-bodied male between the ages of 18 and 45. All members of the unorganized militia have the absolute personal right and 2nd Amendment right to keep and bear arms of any type, and as many as they can afford to buy.

    The Dick Act of 1902 cannot be repealed; to do so would violate bills of attainder and ex post facto laws which would be yet another gross violation of the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

    The President of the United States has zero authority without violating the Constitution to call the National Guard to serve outside of their State borders.

    The National Guard Militia can only be required by the National Government for limited purposes specified in the Constitution (to uphold the laws of the Union; to suppress insurrection and repel invasion).

    These are the only purposes for which the General Government can call upon the National Guard.

    Attorney General Wickersham advised President Taft, "the Organized Militia (the National Guard) can not be employed for offensive warfare outside the limits of the United States."

    The Honorable William Gordon, in a speech to the House on Thursday, October 4, 1917, proved that the action of President Wilson in ordering the Organized Militia (the National Guard) to fight a war in Europe was so blatantly unconstitutional that he felt Wilson ought to have been impeached.

    During the war with England an attempt was made by Congress to pass a bill authorizing the president to draft 100,000 men between the ages of 18 and 45 to invade enemy territory, Canada.

    The bill was defeated in the House by Daniel Webster on the precise point that Congress had no such power over the militia as to authorize it to empower the President to draft them into the regular army and send them out of the country.

    The fact is that the President has no constitutional right, under any circumstances, to draft men from the militia to fight outside the borders of the USA, and not even beyond the borders of their respective states.

    Today, we have a constitutional LAW which still stands in waiting for the legislators to obey the Constitution which they swore an oath to uphold.

    Charles Hughes of the American Bar Association (ABA) made a speech which is contained in the Appendix to Congressional Record, House, September 10, 1917, pages 6836-6840 which states:

    "The militia, within the meaning of these provisions of the Constitution is distinct from the Army of the United States." In these pages we also find a statement made by Daniel Webster, "that the great principle of the Constitution on that subject is that the militia is the militia of the States and of the General Government; and thus being the militia of the States, there is no part of the Constitution worded with greater care and with more scrupulous jealousy than that which grants and limits the power of Congress over it."

    "This limitation upon the power to raise and support armies clearly establishes the intent and purpose of the framers of the Constitution to limit the power to raise and maintain a standing army to voluntary enlistment, because if the unlimited power to draft and conscript was intended to be conferred, it would have been a useless and puerile thing to limit the use of money for that purpose.

    Conscripted armies can be paid, but they are not required to be, and if it had been intended to confer the extraordinary power to draft the bodies of citizens and send them out of the country in direct conflict with the limitation upon the use of the militia imposed by the same section and article, certainly some restriction or limitation would have been imposed to restrain the unlimited use of such power."

    The Honorable William Gordon

    Congressional Record, House, Page 640 - 1917

    Re-Posted Nov. 3, 2009 - FourWinds10

    • jem


    • Stan

      Seems to me that the government could not care less about this and will do what they want. We will see....

  • freedomringsforall

    I can't believe that i am saying this but i hope that they out all the illegal B.S. that this Justice Dept. has been involved in.

    I hope that they help get to the bottom of all this administrations illegal activities and help to get some prosecutions!

  • jvb1980808

    We the people.....maybe NOW Obama and his lynch mob will get the message.

  • http://www.facebook.com/larry.voegtlin Larry Voegtlin

    let freedom ring down with all traitors to the Constitution bill of rights and WE THE PEOPLE

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Millard-Huff/100001533647046 Millard Huff

      Mister there is a whole lot of voting records we have to go through to weed out the obama voters.Then stand them up against the wall and shoot all of them for bring stupid.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=644152750 Vincent Eagan

    "the only winning move is not to play."

    Someone's been watching a little too much "Wargames"....

    • Drifanwulf

      Someone is downplaying the seriousness of this situation, Vincent.

  • http://www.facebook.com/tonyalbyrum Tonya Byrum

    Thank you Anonymous!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Thomas-Stevens/1548333730 Thomas Stevens

    Bring the Dept of Injustice down to it's knees.The whole system has to be revamped.Oh, and

    reitznl I'm one of the many who would and will break the law.No goverment goons are going to tell me that their taking my right to bear arms away from me.One way only,over my dead
    body. God Bless America & Semper Fi

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Millard-Huff/100001533647046 Millard Huff

      No bring the whole government down that is the only way to take this country back.

    • WASP

      We'd better get on with it. We have the right to keep and bear--for now. We have the guns--for now. And, we have a mulatto Hitler and Fascist gummint working to implement, at the behest of their NWO owner-handlers, the Great American Gun Grab. The longer we wait to use those guns for the purpose the founders intended, overthrowing oppressive gummint, the more of us are going to die in the attempt.

  • http://www.facebook.com/gary.rose.129 Gary Rose

    Files named after Supreme court Judges? Traitor 1 ? Traitor2? Trailer 3?Traitor4? Traitor5? Traitor6? Traitor7? Traitor 8? Are they not obummers Puppets against America? Also most Senators can carry same Title Why Standing ovation for President of Mexico in the Senate? also are they not giveing obummer any and everything think Obamacare for 1 alright??? Clearout White house to local yocal polititians Replace with Real American Thinking People and Legal Citizens to boot>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

  • reitznl

    I'm not one for breaking the law, but am glad that Anonymous is there to do it for me!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Millard-Huff/100001533647046 Millard Huff

      you'll be glad to let someone else do your dirty work what a sorry fu*k you are you fu*ken jerk.

    • TLady62

      Be careful what you ask for. These are the same types that would gladly hack the SSN database and use your information to open and run up credit cards, debit money from your checking account and destroy you. It happened to me last Summer. Had it not been for Lifelock, I'd still be trying to put that crap back together.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Marilyn-Trevino/684955304 Marilyn Trevino

    God speed.

  • reggiec

    The "justice system" has been broken for quite a long time. This includes the so called "war on drugs". I am not sure what it will take to correct the abuse of power by the federal government but maybe, just maybe this could be a start.

    • Raymond

      America has a Jew hating muslim who was born in Kenya,
      in the oval office.. What else needs to be said.

    • drjosefmengelederwasserangel


    • Raymond

      Wrong again.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Millard-Huff/100001533647046 Millard Huff

      He is a muslim puppet of the JEWS in AMERICA that are communist like he is.

    • http://www.facebook.com/pizzed.off Pizzed Off

      Not related to Ariana, are you? Dimwits of a feather and all that? Make statements like that and you'll be considered as stupid as the drjosefmengelederwasserangel moron who initiated the Jew-hating stupidity here.

    • WASP

      A pointy aluminum hat for you. A commie in every pot, a Jew behind every tree? Does being nuts hurt your little head?

    • jem

      Like WASP here. Paid troll. Responds with insults. Pointy hat is a favorite. The paid trolls don't engage in meaningful dialogue. It's not their job. Their job is to protect the NWO agenda, the Zionist Agenda (one and the same), and to use psychological tricks like ridicule and shame to make you give up the fight and discourage others from listening to your message, doing their due diligence,and reaching their own conclusions.

    • http://www.facebook.com/pizzed.off Pizzed Off

      Are you wearing a pointy little hat too?

    • fliteking

      drjosefmengelederwasserangel is proof the liberal mindset is deficient.

      Put down the glue bottle chief, it is eating tiny holes in your brain.

    • jem

      These boards are crawling with paid trolls/shills, in the pocket of the Zionists. IT doesn't take very much research to uncover the link between the secret societies and Zionists (practically one and the same). IT doesn't take much research to figure out WHO financed the communist revolution (ZIonist jews). It doesn't take much research to figure out who owns the mega banks, the federal reserve, the politicians, (Zionists). Obama is first and foremost a communist. His mother was a hardcore communist and she influenced him greatly. Regardless of his political ideology, Owe-bama, like so many of his predecessors, is a puppet, following orders.

    • JC

      Zionists are a cult that originated in Egypt. "Zion" Egypt to be precise.
      I do not believe they have much in common with mainstream everyday Jews. And while we can be certain there is a NWO Agenda, I believe it has more to do with Global Banker Elitists than it does with Jewish people.

      In any event, the best way to stop them is to nullify the so called Federal Reserve.