ANGRY AMERICANS. People are writing their feelings and comments in to news bloggers everywhere, in angry protest of what they feel is an injustice in our justice system. Apparently, an anonymous hacker hijacked a Federal Website in protest of another hackers' suicide. The suicide victims' name was Aaron Swartz and apparently, he was so distraught about the prison sentence; which threatened to steal half of his life, he decided in his grief, to take his own life instead. Aaron was facing a 35-year sentence for computer fraud charges.
Citizens are becoming extremely angry about the length of time this young man was sentenced. Their feelings are directed at the inequity of the sentence, as this punishment is more severe than that of a rapist or a murder, i.e., the punishment does not fit the crime. Remember, no justice, no peace.
Over 650 people posted protest comments on the 'Good Morning America' website within
a two-hour period of the press release alone. Supposedly, in his hacking letter Anonymous said, Swartz was "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."
He continued, "There must be a return to proportionality of punishment with respect to actual harm caused," it reads; also mentioning recent arrests of Anonymous associates by the FBI:
- In their statement, the hackers say they targeted the homepage of the Federal Sentencing Commission for "symbolic" reasons.
- The group claimed that if their demands were not met they would release a trove of embarrassing internal Justice Department documents to media outlets. Anonymous named the files after Supreme Court justices and provided hyperlinks to them from the defaced page.
- As of press time the commission's site had been taken offline but an earlier attempt by CNN to follow the files' links yielded dead-ends, mostly offline sites.
- The file names use an ".aes256?" suffix, denoting a common encryption protocol. The same system was used to encrypt the Wikileaks Afghan war documents before their release.
Just a few of the angry protests and out-cries against the justice system on this issue are as follows:
- 35 years for computer fraud? That's most of this guy's life! That's not fair! Rapists and murderers get less time in jail. Does computer fraud get 35 years?
- One guy Kills 2 people and rapes a child and gets 10 years......makes perfect sense!
- Rapists and murderers spend less time behind bars than a hacker? Not really surprising considering that rapists and murderers spend less time in prison than a guy with 2 ounces of marijuana in his trunk. Anonymous is right, the justice system is #$%$ backward...
- And Bill Gates thinks we should go to all electronic currency!
- It was only yesterday I read on this same website that a cyber attack on the US could easily happen. I expected this. The banker #$%$ that ruined this country stole trillions, but they're too important to prosecute. So instead let's fk over someone who was actually trying to help the human race. This country has long been overdue for a revolution.
- Classic!!! While they were there I had hoped they would've asked about DOJ involvement in selling weapons to Mexican narco-terrorists.
- It is only a matter of time for our government to figure out it is NOT stronger than "the people". Hack away Anonymous, and more power to you!!
- Why shouldn't research, paid for by Federal tax dollars, be available to the American citizen at no charge.
- Giving something away for free is now a crime.
If the above is any indication of how so many Americans feel about the disproportionate sentencing for offenders is making them feel, then America needs to pay attention. Some of the comments are extremely inflammatory. Some are egging other hackers on to do more hacking in an attempt to bring down the entire system. If they decide to move on their angry threats, then we are in serious danger.
Anyone who has online banking, spending, or even waiting to get paid through 'PayPal' should be having some serious concerns about now. What a mess could be made out of this. If the American public doesn't like what happened to them through the banking scam, then look out America, this next episode that will be perpetrated by the 'Anonymous hackers' threatens to do much worse damage, with serious pains which, will be reverberated throughout our nation and will extend throughout the entire world..
Just think about it, the whole world system could be shut down with a few 'key strokes' of a computer in the hands of extremely computer savvy young professionals. We are in precarious times America. This Examiner, along with many of my readers, would like to know what the officials plan to do if anything, in order to rectify this situation?
NOTE: Make no mistake readers, this Examiner is not in any way standing in judgement of the comments made in protest of a deeply felt injustice, on the contrary, this examiner is just asking a common sense question to the readers with respect to whether they are prepared or not for the 'back lash' they may or may not encounter (which will effect them) from the feelings of the masses, i.e. this article is meant to be "a wake up call" to the millions of Americans who had nothing to do with this heart-felt infraction against the hackers.