#ActivismNow #IceRaids

BREAKING // Ongoing #ActiveCensorship by Raymond Johansen

Few will ever see this post, but that wont stop me from sharing it. An hour ago we learned that Muslims across America where being picked up for deportation. (#ICEraids across America) A family in Texas where stuck and needed an Arabic translator. I got that shared widely. When it hit 51 RT’s it stalled. Everything went quiet.

Not only that, my FB post with contact details was throttled. If you used the link from Twitter or anywhere else, not scrolling on my wall, you would only see the map and not the text with the phone number and details. (See attached photos)

Basically something that was bound for *virality* after being shared by accounts with an estimated reach of 2,8 million got stopped. It got stopped by someone with power enough to mess with Twitter and Facebook within half an hour.

This text deals with facts, but amidst it I feel obligated to share my theory. ICE started raiding Muslims for deportation and a whole row of private companies got paid to suppress social media criticism of it.

The first photo is what my post looks like for everyone clicking the link from anywhere on social media. It is blanked out. No text.


The second photo is what the post looks like on my Facebook Wall.


I am not a conspiracy nutter, nor am I a first timer. I have been through ops with governments attempting to stop us more times than most of you have ever eaten a proper fish meal. I have seen OpIsrael 1-4 succeed and then Saudi Arabia pay companies to stop us from helping #FreeRaif.

I have seen the industry grow to several hundred entities offering a service to anyone who wants to shut down any activity on social media. You can now “stop” any movement  or cause just by paying a weekly amount of anywhere between $10k-100k per week.

The last two times I shared important content to millions my RT’s stopped cold at 101 tweets. This time exactly at 51. (In the next few minutes a few RT’s happened, only because two or three people actually go to my stream or wall and see the tweet or post right there.)

Before you think I am just not thinking it through, try to get the fact that I actually have a lot of experience with this. We have been battling suppression more than two dozen times. And no, I am not merely being shadow banned. In 2017 it happens within the algorithms. Twitter started using them too, late last year. (? unsure of exact date) That change made it possible for powerful entities to quell any piece of information not to the liking of those with enough money or power.

What is going down around us is very much a sign of totalitarianism and it does not scare me. It is something we expected and are prepared for. Even though “they” (I know how it sounds) think they have put the breaks on me you will come across my thoughts everywhere. There will be no stopping me, or us. That is simply because when we meet opposition our #Resistance truly gets going. We don’t just double down. We do much much more than that.

Project Digital Border Defense : Submission by the Pirate Party of Norway to the Norwegian Parliament

by Raymond Johansen, member of the Board of Directors of the Pirate Party of Norway

This year the Norwegian government will consider copying every byte going in or out of Norway. This is the response of the Norwegian Pirate Party.

Contents List

  • 1. Why is it called Project Digital Border Defense?
  • 2. Why should we sacrifice an entire people’s privacy?
  • 2 a) Terrorism
  • 2 b) Cyber crime
  • 3. General considerations

Digital Border Defense, (DGF)

The Pirate Party understands that DGF is suggesting that the intelligence service copy all data passing our borders. This means that the collected data will be stored for a period of time. We further conclude that analyzing these large amounts of data will require enormous computing power. We also note that Parliament has allocated money to purchase and operate a supercomputer which is partly a collaboration with the US NSA. Here we read that the DGF documents are intended to protect Norway against terrorism and cybercrime.

On the basis of this simple summary, it is tempting to end our response to the consultation here. It goes without saying that this is a very bad idea. However, because we have followed the trend in many countries in this area for many years we’ve been forced to delve deeper into the issue. First, we’ll touch on the name, then we will go into why we should not sacrifice an entire people’s privacy in the fight against international terrorism and cybercrime. Finally, we will list some general considerations.

1. Why is it called Project Digital Border Defense?

The Pirate Party wonders why a name, which includes the words border and defense, was given to a project intended to copy 80 percent of what the Norwegian people do and say. For us it is crystal clear that they have chosen this name to trick people into believing that this is about a border and that they are there to protect us from an enemy.

On the internet there are simply no borders. That simply lies in the nature of the technology. Data flowing through the Internet knows no geography. An email from a Norwegian to his neighbor will potentially visit Sweden, Denmark, the Netherlands and the United States and then come back to Norway via a route that only perhaps is somewhat similar to what it took to begin with. The internet is transnational in every conceivable way. Since we cannot stop all e-mails on “a border” to see if it might contain anything criminal before we release it. We think that the name of this project is not only misleading – it is directly intended to manipulate the common man.

On our physical border crossings we have customs and passport control. Here, people from other countries are asked about their intentions for the visit and then their identity is checked. This is only natural and necessary. On the Internet there are no borders, customs or passport inspectors. That is simply not possible. It is difficult to avoid words like ridiculous, technically impossible, grossly misleading and direct manipulation – considering what they chose to name it.

The Pirate Party wants to be a Privacy Border Defense in the coming year. It is particularly sad that this work must be done, but it seems as if we are the only ones willing to take up arms against those who would erode our rights.

2. Why should we sacrifice an entire people’s privacy?

The Lysne II – Commission’s report is clear that the motivation for the invasion of the Norwegian people’s privacy is terrorism and cybercrime, (industrial espionage and criminals who want to steal your money).

2 a) Terrorism

The Pirate Party will always shape our policies based on facts. Some call this science-based policies. If we are to provide the intelligence service with access to everyone’s privacy due to terrorism, we would want to look into whether the threat is real or not. First, let’s look at GTD, Global Terrorism Database. GTD has registered all kinds of events in Norway from 1970 to 2015. The database includes everything from kidnapping and extortion – to bombs. There we find 26 events, 3 of which take place abroad and only 2 that had fatal consequences. One of them was the murder of Benjamin Hermansen at Holmlia – carried out by neo-Nazis. The other one was obviously the Utøya / Regjeringskvartalet. These are the only two incidents that can objectively be called terrorism. Source: (Global Terrorism Database – with all details)

There is no question that international terrorism is a major problem. Similarly, it is also crystal clear that it does not affect Norway at all. The Pirate Party has, to put it mildly, difficulty understanding how the monitoring of all Norwegians will help the fight against terrorism. It is not true that we have terrorist cells hiding in an apartment in Selbu or Nedre-Eiker.

All western countries have a responsibility to safeguard their security. The Pirate Party thinks that the best way of accomplishing that is to ensure that it pursues a foreign policy that does not create terrorists while at the same time implementing an effective integration policy. Let’s take a look at the numbers, or science if you will. The United States, our closest ally, has implemented national and international mass surveillance. They have not been able to document a single case where such monitoring has stopped a single terrorist act. Source: “U.S. Mass Surveillance Has No Record of Thwarting Large Terror Attacks, Regardless of Snowden Leaks”

While the NSA claims that they have thwarted terrorist attacks through mass surveillance, one can see dozens of articles refuting their claims. DHS (Department of Homeland Security), has published a report on preventing terrorist attacks which you can read here: (Isil-related arrest-in-homeland-from-jan2014). The article from The Intercept above explains why the NSA claims are not true.

As mentioned, Norway has had only two terrorist attacks in the past 30 years. What about the US then? Is terrorism really a reason to “eavesdrop” on it’s own citizens and the rest of the world? Reports show that since 9/11 there have been less than 100 people killed by terrorists. To understand how insignificant a problem that is we can point out that more than 15,000 were killed by firearms in the United States last year. If we only look at Chicago, a single city, 767 people were shot and killed in 2016. Source for the number of terrorist killed: “RAND Database of Worldwide Terrorism Incidents”

There are still politicians in the United States who claim that mass surveillance helps, (most of them are paid by entities that profit from “The War on Terror”). Here is an article from The Atlantic which solidly removes any residual doubt. (The last defenders of the NSA)

In Norway we do not have terrorism. In the US they have fewer victims of terrorism killed than those who died from falls in bathtubs in Europe during the same period. In Norway there are many who vote for a particular party because they fear Muslims.

Since we have little more than zero victims of terrorism killed in the past 30 years in this country, the Pirate Party looks at Europe in this context. From 1970 to 2016, just under 2 percent of all terrorist attacks in Europe were religiously motivated. In France, the same number is under 1 percent. Source: Global Terrorism Database, GTD.

The Pirate Party cannot find one single piece of evidence that convinces us that we need to sacrifice every citizens privacy.

2 b) Cyber crime

Hackers will break into any network where there is information that enables them to earn or steal money. Hackers working for a country such as Russia, China or the United States, do so because they want oil-secrets or to understand our country’s foreign policy. The last three years, the United States and Canada have negotiated the TPP, TTIP, CETA and TISA. They have, of course, utilized their digital spies to gain advantage in their negotiations.

From the Snowden revelations we know that the GCHQ (UK) and the NSA (USA), actually hacked Belgacom. Belgacom is the EU’s ISP (Internet Service Provider). Furthermore, we know that the main ISP for the Norwegian oil sector and oil platforms is an American company. Do we truly believe that the intelligence services that are monitoring Norwegians will protect Norway’s industry? Both Russian and American oil companies have been drooling for Norwegian technology for decades. In recent years, oil prices have been extremely low. In this kind of situation, Norwegian technology would be highly sought after. Do we have to wiretap every Norwegian to stop this kind of espionage? The answer is obviously no. The Pirate Party wants to be clear that we do not, for one second, believe the Lysne II – Commission justifications for sacrificing Norwegian privacy.

Risking ridicule, all supporters of “surveil everybody all of the time”: DGF have the dumbest rationale for mass surveillance we’ve ever heard. What the Intelligence service is proposing is that we invade the privacy of every citizen in Selbu simply to catch a potential bank robber from Russia who might be thinking about robbing a local bank. BTW the local bank is called Selbu Sparebank. The Pirate Party knows that sounds ridiculous. Equally ridiculous as Digital Border Defense. If you do not want the Russian cyber criminals to hack a business, you will help the business, of course, to close the door to the vault. Obviously, you do not expose everyone’s private life and tell them that you need to see the contents of all their letters – because bank robbers. You implement cybersecurity at the local level in every company and not on a non-existent internet border.

During the last 10 years, the NSA spent billions on mass surveillance of its own citizens and the rest of the world. Has it stopped any cybercriminals? Of course not. It was only when the Americans took a plane to China and negotiated face to face that they saw some reduction in attacks. Every day technology companies, health institutions and even intelligence companies are being hacked in the United States, even though they have had mass surveillance for years.

At this point we feel that it is right that we remind everyone of the Pirate Party’s fundamental ideas. One of them is that we make decisions based on science, or if you prefer: facts. The facts tell us that the “Monitor everybody – always” concept is not a good reason to sacrifice the privacy of an entire population. We therefore formally challenge all politicians or actors in the Intelligence services to meet with us for a debate. You can decide the time, place and content. Jacta est alea!

3. General considerations

– The Constitution

We refer to paragraph 102 and leave it at that

– The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) // Cour de justice de l’Union européenne

Twice in the past two years, the EU has concluded that mass surveillance is illegal. The Pirate Party adds that it is also morally and ethically reprehensible. Here is an analysis of the Court’s decision: European Court of Justice rules against mass data retention in EU

– Norway’s adherence to international conventions

The Pirate Party is confident that the Norwegian government is aware of all the international treaties we have signed. This is just a reminder that we are signatory to many international treaties with the United Nations. We do not think it is necessary to list them all.

Form versus Content in Enforced Transparency

by Matt Goerzen and Raymond Johansen published on Dis Magazine

Transparency is seen as vital to any functioning democracy; in the United States, citizens enjoy limited powers to bring government documents into the public domain via the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), and some legal protection is granted to public interest-motivated leakers and whistleblowers. Generally, transparency is understood as a net positive for liberal democracy, and organizations like the Pirate Parties International centralize transparency in their re-imaginings of more radical democratic politics. Activist organizations like WikiLeaks and Anonymous also dedicate themselves to bringing information about the political elite into the public domain—often this aligns with leftist agendas, but recent events raise questions about just who ultimately benefits from the publicization of secretive information.

Democratic theorists like Darin Barney and Jodi Dean warn us that the availability of information alone does not guarantee politically salutary outcomes.1 The commitment to analyzing and deliberating on an endlessly accelerating flow of information can actually push the event of real political organizing towards an always–elusive horizon. It is a mistake, warns Barney, to reduce politics to publicity alone.2 Deliberation can be debilitating.

And the idea of “post-truth” politics further suggests that the form of information’s coming to light can shape its reception in an even more substantial manner than the content of that information itself. The status of the emails hacked from the DNC and the Clinton campaign—their bulk and the illicit event of their publication via salacious leaks, hacks, and criminal investigations—may have overshadowed the relative innocuity of much of their content, and the significance of a foreign government’s involvement in bringing them to light. When does an all-encompassing commitment to transparency as an end in-and-of-itself —as upheld by organizations like WikiLeaks—facilitate the advancement of still other powerful agendas and geopolitical machinations, themselves hidden from view?

Raymond Johansen sits on the board of Pirate Parties International and is an outspoken advocate of hacker exfiltration, or “enforced transparency.” Founded in 2005 by Rick Falkvinge, the Pirate Parties received a major boost on October 29 of this year, when an unprecedented number of the parties’ representatives were elected to office in Iceland’s national elections—an accomplishment spurned, in no small way, by information contained in the Panama Papers leaks, which prompted the nation’s elected leader to resign his office.

Matt Goerzen is an artist and researcher interested in the political effects of anonymity, critical forms of trolling, security cultures, and memetic warfare.

In the two weeks straddling the election, Goerzen asked Johansen a series of questions about the mechanisms of transparency at work in this emerging political arena.

To read the Interview Click Here: Form versus Content in Enforced Transparency

#UK “The nightmare you have yet to have

#UK “The nightmare you have yet to have is already a reality”

Snoopers Charter, Investigatory Powers Bill or whatever the flock you choose to call it. Its mass surveillance that will end up leaving you flabbergasted. Here someone made a list of everyone that will get access to your stuff. Go through the list and think about how many you know or know of that works in these places. Then…. simply try to imagine what fuckery they can bestow upon you when they look you up.
Metropolitan Police Service
City of London Police
Police forces maintained under section 2 of the Police Act 1996
Police Service of Scotland
Police Service of Northern Ireland
British Transport Police
Ministry of Defence Police
Royal Navy Police
Royal Military Police
Royal Air Force Police
Security Service
Secret Intelligence Service
Ministry of Defence
Department of Health
Home Office
Ministry of Justice
National Crime Agency
HM Revenue & Customs
Department for Transport
Department for Work and Pensions
NHS trusts and foundation trusts in England that provide ambulance services
Common Services Agency for the Scottish Health Service
Competition and Markets Authority
Criminal Cases Review Commission
Department for Communities in Northern Ireland
Department for the Economy in Northern Ireland
Department of Justice in Northern Ireland
Financial Conduct Authority
Fire and rescue authorities under the Fire and Rescue Services Act 2004
Food Standards Agency
Food Standards Scotland
Gambling Commission
Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority
Health and Safety Executive
Independent Police Complaints Commissioner
Information Commissioner
NHS Business Services Authority
Northern Ireland Ambulance Service Health and Social Care Trust
Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue
etc etc

INTERVIEW: Meet @88blackhatss of AnonIntelGroup



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.

wallpaper-wikileaks-6Anonymous 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