INTERVIEW: Meet @88blackhatz of AnonIntelGroup

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– KITTY HUNDAL, RAYMOND JOHANSEN – ACTIVISM

Social media has become a global community which mirrors real lives and real societies. In recent months some of us on social media have noticed that certain individuals and groups have become very familiar on our Facebook and Twitter feeds and are receiving a ground swell of support from many.

We, at Hacktivist Culture, would like to introduce readers to one such individual and group. This individual has become quite well known for the contributions they and their group are making through social media activism.

James St. Patrick aka @88blackhatss is the founder of the popular #IntelGroup also known as AnonIntelGroup or Anonymous Intelligence Group. #IntelGroup can also be found on wordpress: http://www.anonintelgroup.com/

The Anon, the man, the activist

We don’t want you to risk your anonymity but in order for our readers to be able to connect with you they need to understand a little bit about who you are. You have become a familiar, respected figure on social media, in Anonymous and social activist circles. In order to understand why, it helps if we understand who you are as a person or persona. So please tell us who James St. Patrick is?

Well first of all, I want to say thank you for having me . Thank you for the amazing work you have both done and are doing as we speak.

This would be my first formal interview and I’m honored it’s with you . So lets get to it…

Who is James St.Patrick? My response will always be “an idea”. I would describe myself as a person who not only wants change, but wants to be a part of the process that ultimately brings change. Maybe that’s what drew me to Anonymous. I was tired, of being tired you know? I genuinely want to help people. And I think I give people that feeling when they deal with me. I’m all work … no bullshit.

What are your passions in life? What do you hate and what do you love?

I am a big fan of everything . You name it and I can talk your ear off about it. I’m a huge advocate for marijuana.

I am a lover of life and everything in it. I am not afraid of fighting so long as I believe I’m fighting for what is right. Listing my dislikes would truly just boggle the mind. But trust me Police and Feds are 1 & 2 on that list. I hate the system. It’s rigged we know it, they know it, so lets fuck it up!

Can you share anything personal without risking your anonymity? Things like whether or not you have a family, personal/social commitments, involvement in community activism, career, or other information.

family_960_720Well I most definitely have a family who I get up and go to work for everyday. I am a father who’s devoted to his children. I am an active member of my community and I always try to give back. My family means the world to me. I try to lead by example both in real life and through my online identity.

What does your daily routine look like?

I go thru a lot of information on a daily basis. I mean people from all over the world are in constant contact with me sharing information. I spend a lot of my day reading and researching. I make sure I’m up to date on all current events, So we can always be in the best position to help our fellow brothers and sisters.

Watching your presence on social media we see that you have a multitude of friends and followers. Do you think they gravitate towards you because of your wit, good looks or knowledge? 😉

Well I definitely dont think its cuz of my looks, i think my followers for one, are the fucking greatest! Shout out to them, because nothing and I mean absolutely nothing would be possible without the tremendous amount of support I receive from them on a daily basis. But back to the question, I think people gravitate towards me because I dont clutter your timeline with useless shit.

I like to bring you information that you want, that you need. I don’t just report the news, I occasionally help create the news, I participate in the same things I bring awareness to. I have been consistent and I think people admire and respect that. I have been fortunate enough to meet great people doing great things. You know the saying ‘Real Recognize Real’, well I believe people believe in what I’m doing and who I’m doing it for and they support that.

Maneuvering through Anonymous is not easy without making enemies but i think others recognize what we are doing. We get a lot of support and we give back twice as much!

Does your handle @88blackhatss have any special significance?

8-8 stands for August 8th. That would be my birth month and day. Black is my favorite color. And everything I talk about is over your head like a Hat. 😉

Do you fear you have or will become the target of a federal investigation simply because you share Anon operations?

keep-calm-and-practice-good-opsecI refuse to live in fear of anything. The government will not and can not do anything to me they haven’t been doing to us already. I will not allow the fear of prison or death hinder our objectives.

The same way they operate with Authority and Impunity, so shall I.

I will continue to do everything in my power to contribute to the Anonymous idea. In our quest for truth, transparency, justice and freedom, I will not let fear be a factor.

“Let them not say we did nothing”

What do you think has changed in the world post-Snowden?

I think now we question security practices a lot more than we ever did. He changed the way people did business with big tech companies. He brought encryption to the forefront. Those companies all had to step up their securities as well. I mean what was that line they said “the scope of the compromised knowledge related to US intelligence capabilities is staggering”. He has become huge in our community.

What is your philosophy on life? Do you follow any particular belief system?

Me personally, I believe there’s pieces of truth in every religion. And no man can truthfully tell another that his beliefs are wrong.

But I will say this:
The complexity of life on this planet. The beauty of the universe. The dance the stars do across the heavens is no accident. I believe without a doubt in a higher power. An architect if you will. There’s no way I believe life just happened. So I believe in something greater. Who? Or What? I’m still working that out.

88 on #IntelGroup

You are the founder of Anonymous Intelligence Group also known as AnonIntelGroup or #IntelGroup. Many of us have seen your daily stream of news about what is going on in the Anon world as well as the world at large. Some people think that if you share a story, an op or a tweet that you support that particular action. Why don’t you tell us what #IntelGroup is, and what its primary function is?

Well the primary function would be the steady flow of information. Sometimes people do mistake a re-tweet or the sharing of an article as support. But we share everything with the intent that YOU the reader should have all the info on a matter to decide for YOURSELF what you should do.

For example :
Reporter shares an article about a man who threw a dog off a roof. That doesn’t mean the reporter supports this man, it means, Hey! This guy threw his dog off the roof and I want that information out because we need to do something about it!  You know what I’m saying.

Our site is designed to focus on what the mainstream will not cover. We do spotlights on activities coming up and causes, that without us, wouldn’t even get a mention.

What is your short term and long term vision for #IntelGroup?

Well we are still growing and naturally there are growing pains. I think we are at that point every Anon account goes through where people are taking shots. You know these Feds have no respect, morals or ethics. They stop at nothing to disrupt any momentum any movement has. And I don’t mean just Anonymous. Look around.

So, short term we want Health, Freedom And Love.

Anonymous activism is a fluid situation. Things change and move quickly. You can be on top of the world one minute … Hiding in Canada the next. We take it day to day and we just work hard!

Would you care to name any particular ops that #IntelGroup, past or present, supports or participates in?

anonymous-serena-shim-turkey.jpgWow yea … Thinking back we have supported 100’s of Op’s throughout my time in Anon.

But the ones we were hands on with were:
#OpFerguson – worked with the streamers on ground.
#OpDarrianHunt – worked with victims mother Susan
#OpICantBreathe – formed with daughter Erica Garner
#OpSerenaShim – Currently working with victims mother Judy .
#OpFlint – we worked it with the activist that first brought awareness (@C1ty_of_Fl1nt)

And more that aren’t coming to my head right now. But the point you get from my work is I’m anti police brutality and I work closely with the families. I do this for two reasons. 1. I like to know my help directly effects the victims families. And 2. I don’t like disrespecting the families by doing things in the child’s name that they don’t agree with. So if I’m not confident we are helping the family, we won’t participate.

Can people join #IntelGroup? If not, why not? If so, how? Are there requirements to be a member?

People can support IntelGroup. Joining is a different story. See I have built this up in a certain way and a certain style. I am proud of it . From where my idea started to where it is. I am appreciative for the blessing of having a platform. A voice. I have let people in before and those people are no longer with us. But they caused immediate problems and didn’t want to follow our vision. They used the name as a badge and did what they wanted.

Also to be honest … I did so much work and just fell into a pattern of working . That with the small team we got we have accomplished a lot . We all work hard . And by working at this pace, we don’t leave a lot for the next guy to do. But I’m open minded and I know talent when I see it. If anyone’s interested just contact me. Great minds think alike. Anonymous has no leaders. But #IntelGroup is a circle within circle. A sub division.

#IntelGroup has rules . We operate with ethics. We show respect. We demand respect. We aren’t dramatic. We don’t go back and fourth. We just Do Work. And people have come to appreciate that. I won’t let anything tarnish what we work for. Our actions always represent two things: #IntelGroup & #Anonymous

I’ve noticed that there are other people on Twitter who use the hashtag #IntelGroup. Are they members or supporters? What do they do for #IntelGroup? How do they contribute?

Some are members, most are supporters. Sometimes you see people use it who clearly don’t even know what it is. But have seen it so often on Twitter that they use it.
The hashtag #IntelGroup was first used for the reason of me not wanting to just hand the keys to our #IntelGroup accounts to just anybody. By others inserting the hashtag into their tweets, I would scan at the end of the day that hashtag and share the articles with the hashtag in it.

Then the hashtag took on a life of its own . And now people use it as like an Alert …. A bat signal if you will lulz

Do your members follow the same belief system that you do or do you accept people from a variety of beliefs? Is there a world view or core belief that everyone accepts and follows as a criterion for involvement in #IntelGroup? In other words – what is it that unites you as a group?

I don’t push my beliefs on anybody in #Intelgroup . But naturally we all just click . We operate with minimal contact yet stay in touch, we all got issues and things we push. Occasionally things clash but we manage to sort things out internally without much ruckus. There are no children here. We know what’s at stake and we mutually bond for justice , transparency and freedom. We are all fighters.

88 on Anonymous in general

Anonymous is seen by some as a headless collective that in recent years have lost their touch and effectiveness. Some have even concluded that all Anonymous ranks and ops have been so infiltrated by intelligence agencies, special interests and otherwise bad actors that they can never again exert any real positive impact on the world we live in. What are your thoughts on that?

91c5c6ba85820c033c1fc756ff6db962Well anytime money gets thrown into the mix it changes everything. Feds grab these kids and scare them. The next thing you know they offer a way out, throw em a couple bucks and boom your signing online identity agreements, and now the Feds are running a Twitter account. The shit gets crazy quick. But you know what? Name me a movement without these perpetrators and imposters . Name a movement they don’t try and discredit or hijack. There will always be these issues.

But I urge Anons to make a decision. If you’re doing this for money or fame, this is not a game. And the problem is, you don’t just hurt yourself but you almost always hurt people that actually care and fight out of the goodness of their hearts. I formed IntelGroup to actually control what we do. Anonymous is awesome and I love Anonymous. But it has flaws . And that, ‘anyone can be Anonymous’ bites you in the ass real quick. But see, not everyone can be #IntelGroup. Therefore we control the actions carried out in our name.

We control what we support. We can spark for #IntelGroup. There’s a contact. You can reach out and ask us shit, you know?

Do you think Anonymous will ever again be a part of world changing events like the Arab Spring?

Arab SPringFor sure. Every movement evolves. Anonymous is evolving every day . It has come such a long way. The snake with many heads gets one or two cut off daily but it continues to flourish. Maybe I’m biased.

Maybe I believe in the idea of Anonymous so much, I’m blinded. But from where I’m standing Anonymous is just getting started.

What do you think of the fact that at least one Anonymous op (one of the OpISIS ones) openly states that they are working with the Feds? Is this a good or bad thing? Or are you neutral towards ops like this one.

It’s disgusting . And I know some of those guys who made the switch. These muthafuckers spent an entire summer hitting Police Departments offline and fighting for #TamirRice and #DarrianHunt and then wake up one morning and are working with the Feds taking down #ISIS. People freaked. They trusted these guys. And this is just one case that we know about. Can you imagine the ones we don’t?

Back to the question is this a bad thing? Well from what I’ve experienced, any cooperation with law enforcement is a bad thing. But for fuck sake these people who do this never were pure. This is all a platform to do what they ultimately want to do which is be a fucking rat.

What is, in your opinion, the most important areas of interest to Anonymous?

Social Justice and Change. Internet Freedom. And Being the Voice For The Little Guy.

Anonymous has a love hate relationship with Julian Assange, but do you think that most still support the actions of WikiLeaks?

Everyone’s a critic. And while I do implore everyone to research and be patient with information. If you can’t?? Fuck it! Leak Dat Shit! I’d rather it leak than not. And I think everyone will agree you’d rather have something then nothing. I applaud Julian [Assange] for his work.

If you could change three things about how Anonymous operates, what would those be?

I am not one to criticize something without a solution and the problems Anonymous has right now are just too big for me to contemplate. I love Anonymous for the idea that it is and I will do my part to make it better.

What are your thoughts about our biggest signal boost channel, Your Anon News?

I have a great relationship with #YAN. Whether they admit it or not, they are the biggest voice for us in Twitter. YAN supports us and helps us carry our message further. I mean people don’t know this but #IntelGroup was formed in part because we couldn’t get YAN’s attention at first, being new and not knowing how to utilize Twitter better. I was like fuck it! I’ll make my own news account and push our own shit! Well thanks to that #IntelGroup is gaining ground and now our inspiration is a DM away. YAN has been doing amazing work for years. They have my Love and Support.

Everybody knows that you and every other anon would never support or endorse a political entity under the Anonymous label. Yet there seems to be a certain affinity between the Pirate Party and the Anonymous collective. What are your thoughts on that?

I think that the Pirate Party shares similar ideals. Like civil rights, free sharing of informationanon_pirates_by_cr3tiv3-d4ytykc, privacy, transparency, network neutrality as well as copyright and patent laws.

Like I said great minds think alike and I think when you get down to it Anonymous and The Pirate Party have a lot in common.

Plus name me a person who doesn’t think Pirates are cool. Lulz.

Do you believe that the unity that developed between Anonymous, Occupy and WikiLeaks in 2011 still exists (generally speaking)? If so, is/was this a good or bad thing? If not, should it be rebuilt?

I think like everything in life when things go wrong people try and pass the blame around. People grow and distance themselves from others. But I think it’s natural. All our paths crossed because we are all seeking the same thing. Truth and transparency. No relationships have been damaged beyond repair. We all just assumed more responsibility and that weight gets to be too much sometimes. But I believe we will all unite very soon. We are all playing the same game . We will forever be players.

– Interview by Kitty Hundal and Raymond Johansen for Hacktivist Culture 2k16

‪#‎IMSIcatchers‬ | Oslo under surveillance

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#PST Norway spied on it’s own country’s government, financial industry and foreign embassies in #Oslo.

I base this on OSINT information having followed the case ever since the newspaper Aftenposten revealed the existence of IMSI catchers in central parts of the capital. The same was discovered in Stockholm. London and all over the US.

PST tried, in vain, to discredit the newspaper and their experts. (Later they apologized to the latter, Delma, a British security firm). Then they took part in a white wash investigation which they later “closed”. The capital police was also caught blatantly lying about the frequency of their use of the technology.

Most pundits speculated that there was only two categories of suspects. criminals and foreign Intelligence services. I contend that there is a third.

Namely our own Norwegian intel services. Their behavior, lies and spins makes it the most reasonable conclusion. It is noteworthy to mention that IMSI catchers are produced by a US company in Florida, and the fact that Norway has a very special relationship with the Americans. Norway is in fact one of nine countries in the so called 9 Eyes Alliance.

It is my sincere hope that Aftenposten and other newspapers continue to work on this case, because the implications if I am correct are enormous.

It is not the first time the intelligence services in Norway have been caught spying on their own government. Anonymous Norway​ will continue to try to “find” evidence, sharing this information with media.

There is no doubt that certain politicians have been complicit in helping cover up what has really happened here and they will of course be a target of our investigation too. Again, using only OSINT resources. (At least those of us that reside in Norway.)

For the more nerdy of you, here is an article with loads of technical information and links to sources that documents each and every word in this post.

http://nottmagazine.com/2015/07/17/oslo-under-surveillance/

Latest: http://nottmagazine.com/2015/04/05/a-norwegian-watergate/

Enforced Transparency 101

CIA Director John Brennan

CIA Director John Brennan

When the ones who should be taking care of our security go bad, do bad things and fuck up the world someone must Enforce Transparency on them.

This just happened and #TheBrennan will be a part of history from now.

It’s not a bad thing to hack the bad and to expose their corruption / abuse of power. It’s an indication of a good hack when the bad are hacked. It is in fact supreme Lulz to do so.

The kuul thing is that his whole security clearance file is there. Kuul for everyone but Brennan, that is, since everyone he ever knew is in it. Hmmmm.

Hat tip @ 4:20 and high school teens making hero moves. All hail Enforced Transparency!

“Today, 21 October 2015 and over the coming days WikiLeaks is releasing documents from one of CIA chief John Brennan’s non-government email accounts. Brennan used the account occasionally for several intelligence related projects.

John Brennan became the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency in March 2013, replacing General David Petraeus who was forced to step down after becoming embroiled in a classified information mishandling scandal. Brennan was made Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism on the commencement of the Obama presidency in 2009–a position he held until taking up his role as CIA chief.”

WikiLeaks Emails

~ by Raymond Johansen

Enforced Transparency 5: Crowdsourcing Independent Journalism

HAXpopart_400x400ENFORCED TRANSPARENCY by way of investigative journalism

In our first article, we explained that when governments deny their citizens transparency and start to do bad things. We need to employ new tools to safeguard our democracy.

This article, will focus on Independent Journalism and how to achieve that very independence. We will cover three examples of this, where journalists have achieved financing of their projects independent of mainstream media – usually curbed by corporate interests. An example of this is the recent scandal involving Peter Oborne, the former chief political commentator of The Telegraph – link here

THE TOOLS OF Enforced Transparency ARE

  1. Hacking
  2. Whistleblowing
  3. Leaking
  4. Independent Journalism
  5. FOIA request (coincidentally  “invented” in Sweden)

PRIME EXAMPLE
DemokratiHenrik Alexandersson is one those of independent voices seeking to tell a story, enforcing transparency, by financing a book. By way of crowdsourcing – completely devoid of pressure from corporate influence.

We call him / HAX and know him well for his crystal clear libertarian voice attacking mass surveillance and several other important causes . A watchdog this blog would wish there were more of.
His aim is to finance a book called “Demokratifabriken – EU från insidan”. Loosely translated as “The Democracy Factory – EU from the inside“. We were lucky enough to be able to ask him some questions about his crowdsourcing campaign. His hope is to raise 7,000 EUR. At publication his campaign stand at 1,793 EUR with 26 days left.

THE INTERVIEW WITH / HAX
Q: Henrik Alexandersson, can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I’m a Swedish libertarian, blogger and human rights activist. In the fight against Swedish mass surveillance i came in contact with the Pirate Party. As I was living in Brussels and blogging about the EU, they gave me a job as assistant to their first MEP, Christian Engström. I worked there for five years, we didn’t get re-elected and now I’m a freelance writer and digital nomad, kind of.

SQUACHQ: Demokratifabriken, your crowd funded project, seems to be an attempt to make sure that the public gets a peak behind the curtains in Brussels. Is that correct or would you like to explain it to us in your own words?

The EU is a centralized project, saturated with bureaucracy, incompetence and corporatism. It is turning into a central planned system with a huge democratic deficit and little transparency. Power is moving from the people to politics, from member states to Brussels and from democratic institutions to non-elected bureaucrats. I think the EU should be more de-centralised and focused om free movement (people, goods, services and money) and civil rights.

Pluralism once made Europe great. Some harmonisation might be in order to have a common market. But must everything be the same everywhere? What is the point of free movement then?

Q: It seems you are close to reaching your goal of 7k EUR. Is that enough money to actually achieve what you set out to do?

Well, it’s 5,000 EUR as minimum level for me taking the time to write and produce a book. If we reach 7,000 EUR, there will also be an audio book. If the campaign raises more money it will be used for a Swedish lecturing tour. If we don’t reach 5,000 EUR, the fundraising company will return the money to the contributors, and there will be no book.

Of course, I could do with more money. But I need to be realistic. Raising some money at the start of the campaign is one thing, but now we enter the difficult phase – to keep the interest up and spreading the word in wider circles. To start a crowd funding campaign is one thing, but you need to keep it up for weeks and weeks, finding new channels and people to ask for money. And I hate asking people for money…

Q: How important would you say Transparency is to save what is left of Privacy and Democracy?

9958-cybercri_articleIt is essential. People must be able to trust that the authorities just point surveillance against people suspected for criminal activities. And we need to be sure that what is being labeled as ”criminal” really is criminal. Today we are not allowed to know what is going on. And the laws seem to allow more than was expected.

Henrik concludes with this statement: Well, I’m happy if I reach my primary goal. But people can fund the campaign as much as they want for 26 more days.

<<< This is the link to his campaign: >>>     ♣ FundedByMe

OUR NEXT EXAMPLE IS THE PROJECT CALLED “Blank Spot Project
The team behind this project consists of Brit Stakston, Author and Media Strategist and Digital Advisor and Martin Schibbye, Freelance Journalist. And quite a few others.

Their project raised 122,777 EUR with close to 2,000 backers. They describe their successful efforts like this:

“The crisis in journalism must be met with something new. We are a group of reporters who have decided to take matters into our own hands. Together we want to write the stories that don’t get covered.

Blank Spot Project is a digital platform for storytelling journalism, reporting from around the world. We want to show more of the world and write the stories that do not get written. When the journalist Martin Schibbye was released from an Ethiopian prison after 438 days in captivity, a fellow prisoner whispered “Tell the world what you have seen.” We are now a number of editors, photo editors, photographers, investigative journalists, digital developers and reporters, including Martin Schibbye, who together have decided to do just that: Tell what the world outside Sweden looks like.”

<<< This is the link to their campaign: >>>     ♣ FundedByMe

Recently they participated in a Panel discussion organized by Julia Reda in Brussels with other notables like Cory Doctorow, Director Lexi Alexander and among others award-winning Creative Commons photographer Jonathan Worth.

WHILE TOUCHING THIS SUBJECT THERE IS NO AVOIDING THE LUXEMBOURG LEAKS PROJECT BY THE ICIJ – WHERE 80 JOURNALISTS COOPERATED
icij-main-marquee-no-luxleaks_1ICIJ’s Luxembourg Leaks investigation is based on a confidential cache of secret tax agreements approved by Luxembourg authorities, that provide tax-relief for more than 350 companies around the world. These private deals are legal in Luxembourg.

In this interactive application ICIJ has created a visual and searchable database of 548 tax rulings that have been approved by Luxembourg officials with a stamped and signed confirmation letter. In addition, ICIJ is publishing 16 other documents — such as corporate tax returns — related to companies in Luxembourg.

|| hacktivist culture || could not write this article without a *tipshat* to The Intercept and Glenn Greenwald. A prime example of how to do independent investigative journalism.

TFCIn addition we would like to thank The Fifth Column for their work on Free Trade Agreements. Recently they published “Hackers and Journalists Partner for Enforced Transparency 3” – greetz to Alex Freeman

Articles are written by Kitty Hundal and Raymond Johansen, feel free to share in any way you like. And thanks for your precious time.

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THE PREVIOUS ARTICLES ON ENFORCED TRANSPARENCY
Enforced Transparency 1 – when hacking becomes necessary
Enforced Transparency 2 – when hacking becomes imperative
Hackers and journalists partner for Enforced Transparency 3
Enforced Transparency 4 – The Whistleblowers Bravery

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Hackers and Journalists Partner for Enforced Transparency 3 | The Fifth Column

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9958-cybercri_articleHacking: The Transparency Grenade
Hacking, whistleblowing and journalism are very effective tools in this regard. That is why we call it #EnforcedTransparency. In the image above you will see some of the most prominent enforcers the world has seen.  They are early innovators and should be hailed as heroes – not jailed as criminals.

via Hackers and Journalists Partner for Enforced Transparency | The Fifth Column.