I’ve always wondered what the Cacophony Society would have looked like if its heyday were a generation later and comprised of hacktivists. If you haven’t seen the Cacophony movie Into the Zone, which came out earlier this year, I highly recommend it. But this is actually about Anonymous, which is also representative of a sort of cacophony, of insolence, ideology, anarchy, morality – with their own touch of merry prankster. And the documentary We Are Legion: The Story of Hacktivists covers their timeline.
One of the biggest problems with Anonymous, was not staying anonymous. Destruction or infiltration of movements like Occupy or Anonymous doesn’t only mean FBI agents banging on your door, or informants infiltrating – but it helps. Once the human thread and personal/group motivations are established, manipulation of activist organizations can be quite easy. No matter their seven proxies, they’re suddenly more vulnerable.
From Death and Taxes:
…in a community wherein anyone can have a voice, it stands to reason that subversive government influences are present, whether passively watching or actively suggesting. Disinformation, false flag operations, and immunity: these are the human intelligence gathering techniques that spy agencies use to infiltrate movements.
Though the flipping of LulzSec mastermind and Anonymous hacker Sabu isn’t mentioned in the below YouTube leak of the film, it’s supposedly in the final edit. And the documentary was surely completed before Anon “spokesman” Barrett Brown released his “Why I’m Going to Destroy FBI Agent Robert Smith” video and was raided/hauled off again by the FBI earlier this month (dude, you live in Dallas, Texas!). But the positives of Anonymous is it’s kinda beyond figureheads – as it’s really more of an ever growing, changing, shifting conglomerate of energy and ideals.
Posted by the movie site’s admin, September 23, 2012:
The other thing blatantly missing was any hint that the “Arab Spring” may have been puppeteered in part by the powers that be. Perhaps the final edit will at least touch on the possibility that they were being used. You may think you’re fighting oppression and supporting a revolution at the time, but what’s the end result? Hey, puppet masters aren’t called masters for nothing! Surely there’s more wisdom in hindsight. (“Arab Spring Exposed” brings up relevant points, though I disagree that Anonymous and Occupy didn’t initially manifest organically.)
Whether you agree or not with the methods or madness, We Are Legion is worth watching. It’s not quite as brilliant as Into the Zone, and frankly I’m curious how the Arab Spring would have evolved had the Cacophony Society assisted instead. (Okay, I’m only half joking). Never mind the trollers, wanna-be’s, negative influences via fast and furious sell-outs – Anonymous is one of the most dedicated youthful backlashes against the constant, blatant onslaught on our Constitution (and other immoral big banker corporate bully sociopathic b.s.). I included the dated version of the flick, but check the We Are Legion Documentary site for info on the theatrical run.