Anonymous threatens retaliation if SOPA gets passed

21 Dec 2011

Hacker group Anonymous has come out with a statement on the controversial Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) which reconvenes in the US Senate today. While the world has been given little time to react to SOPA, Anonymous promises its reaction won’t be little.

Anonymous stated: “The goal of the so-called ‘Stop Online Piracy Act’ SOPA is to empower litigious U.S. corporations to police the internet, with the ability to act as judge, jury and executioner. SOPA tramples civil rights laws, fair use, freedom of press and freedom of speech. Under SOPA, an average person could be arrested, fined, sued and spend time in a federal prison for so little as uploading a video to YouTube or even linking to one. This law further proves the reality of corporate rule and totalitarianism.”

The hacker collective said the overwhelming backlash against the controversial bill should be enough to defeat it but the very fact deliberations are being reconvened so swiftly today after breaking down last week makes it clear corporate lobbyists are working to see SOPA fast tracked.

“It has been clandestinely moved forward in an attempt to fast track the law under the radar of a culture drunk on materialistic obsession – as such The House Judiciary Committee is reconvening on the 21st of December. In short, we were lied to.”

Anonymous promised retaliation if the bill is passed. “While it was the intent to give people little time to react, our reaction will not be little. This oligarchy rules without democracy, consent or support; it fears us, it fears protesters, it fears the solidarity of the Occupy Movement, it fears the 99pc, it fears YOU. The federal government currently perches on the narrow brink of collapse, let us give it a nice, hard push.”

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years