Just when I try and take a step back away from the digital world of online activism, ironically, the whole system appears to have begun collapsing in on itself in a fit of anarchy. Setting this article up, I am a self-described political conservative and a self-admitted Anti-Fascist and Anarchist, whom has been entrenched within the digital world of hackers for the better part of the last 5 years now. Therefore, literally everything which has happened over the course of the last 3 weeks has not only impacted my life, but has also effected the lives of some of my fellow “comrades” just as well. But before we gets into a the combined events of the last 3 weeks, you have to understand how we all arrived here in the first place.
How Anonymous Accidentally Created The Alt-Right
The story begins with a ten month long hacking operation known as #OpKKK, concluding in October 2015, during which hackers from all around the world infiltrated, hacked, recorded and exposed hundreds of Neo-Nazi/KKK affiliated websites, social groups, forums and physical locations around the United States. Believe it or not, some of the biggest names exposed in the data release were none other than Michael Pence, then Governor in Indiana and Daniel Coats, then Senator of Indiana. You may have heard of them lately? Considering that, under Donald Trumps command, Mike Pence has now become Vice President and Dan Coats the acting Director of National Security?
Oh, and I almost forgot, remember when Donald Trumps father was arrested at a KKK rally in New York City? But I’m sure that’s all just a coincidence, right? 😏
Lean More – 2015 #OpKKK: https://anonhq.com/?s=%22OpKKK%22
While those events are ancient history to some, what I really want to talk about here is what happened after unveiling KKK identities and databases. For example, remember all of the hype surrounding White Nationalists and the so called alt-right in 2016 – directly in the weeks/months leading up to the 2016 Presidential election? Well, it almost pains me to say, but the fact of the matter is that the rise of the alt-right and extremist political right online started in 2016 and came as a direct result of the hacking spree against the Neo-Nazi party and KKK in the fall of 2015. It was absolutely cause and effect, one event created the other.
As it were, not only were several United States Senators, Mayors and Governors questioned as a result of Anonymous’ investigation, but news of #OpKKK generated headlines globally – from even the most fringe of sources….
As you can imagine, the Nazi’s didn’t exactly take to kindly to the release of their databases and vowed to exact their revenge against Anonymous by any means possible – pun intended. As fate would have it, considering that Anonymous had been publicly advertising the release date of their findings for weeks in advance, in the days immediately before the actual release of KKK data, a number of fake leaks were posted online by people pretending to be Anonymous, simply just to cause confusion and make people doubt the legitimacy of the real leaks to come. But this was just the start.
We removed several names from our list for further investigation. We would rather have a smaller, accurate list that we are comfortable with
— Operation KKK (@Operation_KKK) November 5, 2015
Later, over the weeks/months following the conclusion of #OpKKK, a number of Neo-Nazi’s and Klan members attempted to infiltrate Anonymous circles to gather information about us, where we gathered, how we communicated, as well as to expose us wherever/however they could – essentially doing the same to us as we had done to them. It’s what happened after this that has gone on to become perhaps the single largest regret of my career.
The weird thing about the situation was that, over time, Nazi members and sympathizers realized that Anonymous hackers and activists were actually kind of smart and knowledgeable, specifically in that they can be extremely visible and active online, without anyone actually being able to track/trace them, or expose their identities.What I mean to say is that rather than expose Anonymous members, which was essentially impossible to do given our cyber security knowledge, Nazi and Klan members instead just kind of sat in on our chatroom and took all the information Anonymous shared with one another to serve/advance their own agenda’s.
This is ultimately the genesis of why/how the alt-right formed, and why White Nationalists/supremacists were able to grow their platforms/agenda’s so large to start 2016 – because they learned how to do it from the minds of some of the Internet’s best and brightest; Anonymous hackers. As someone who was an administrator over the single largest Anonymous chatroom in the world between 2015 and 2016, and whom made all of my cyber security tutorials free and open source to anyone whom came there with us, I’m perhaps more guilty than anyone else for all of this having happened, and witnessed it all myself in live time. It was only years later that I realized how reckless I used to be back then.
The Online War Against Anti-Fascism Has Begun
With that aside for a moment, lets start with why I am even writing this article here in the first place, which would be Donald Trumps full endorsement last night, July 27th 2019, of declaring all Anti-Fascists (ANTIFA) living here inside the United States a “Domestic Terrorist” organization. This statement is, of course, made even more ironic given the fact that one of Anonymous’ single largest ongoing operations the last two years has been something known as “Operation Domestic Terrorism” (#OpDomesticTerrorism) – exclusively targeting Neo-Nazi’s, ultra far-right Nationalists and white supremacists online. So then, what are the chances Donald Trump calls Anti-Fascists Domestic Terrorists for trying to fight actual domestic terrorists – whom happen to represent some of his most devout followers?
Now that you know that, what does that say or tell you about President Donald Trump and who his allies are? Next, I want you to think about what Anti-Fascists even are in the first place, which is Anti-Nazi’s, Anti-Fascism (arrests/incarceration, Wars, Authoritarianism in Government, against racism, sexism and nationalism). Knowing this, what purpose are Ted Cruz, Bill Cassidy and Donald Trump trying to serve here? Protecting Nazi’s, white supremacists and racists, whilst punishing people trying to stand up against injustice and authoritarianism? In what way do they think this to be good campaign strategy? Vote for us, we got the backs of Nazi’s! Cool story bro, let me know how well that works out for you.
The War Has Already Begun
Unfortunately, it was not just Trump’s declaration last night. One of the more fucked up things I’ve just discovered was that 6 of the 8 original Nazi dox lists have been scrubbed offline, off Pastebin within the last 2 months prior to this article – since being publicly available dating back to September 2015! Think that is any coincidence? Before you arrive at your own conclusion, have a look at the following evidence.
The other day I noticed hxxp://cyberguerrilla.org/ was taken offline and inaccessible, so I reached out to some of its developers for further information. Apparently, all of CgAn’s servers had been seized in Germany by the Bavarian Ministry of Justice. Here’s what they sent to me:
Local Court Bamberg seized our hard drives from CyberGuerrilla Autonomous Nexus without notifying us or giving any reason. If someone in Germany could help us it would be appreciated we need reason why they seized our hard drives.
Local Court Bamberg for IP 22.214.171.124
File number: 1 Gs 2117/19 (710 AR 178/19)
Not asking for money but maybe you can find a lawyer (collective) in Germany to represent us (free of charge) to ask information on why our hard drives where seized on Friday 19 July. Basically only trying to figure out, that is why we started from scratch because court has all data concerning password hashes, key’s, certs, etc.
– With revolutionary greetings, General Secretary, Central Committee of the Meowist Party of the Soviet CyberGuerrilla Autonomous Nexus
Keep in mind this latest incident took place less than two weeks after the American based company known as Twitter also began censoring and banning #CgAn and its supporters online. For example, I wrote this on July 9th 2019.
This next bit is not about Anonymous, necessarily, but rather about some of my fellow “comrades” working over at CyberGuerrilla Anonymous Nexus (CgAn). For those of you whom might not be aware, CyberGuerrilla has always been home to some of the undergrounds best hackers and cyber security practitioners for quite some time now, and I have ties to them going back to “Operation Africa” (#OpAfrica) back in 2015. Outside of being hackers though, CgAn are also some of the worlds most outspoken Anarchists, Communists and Anti-Fascists – comprising of one of the most globally diverse underground communities you will ever find.
Anonymous – Operation Africa AnonHQ https://t.co/5wCoRqdgFZ
— rickyyangang (@RickyYangang) February 20, 2016
With that out of the way, earlier this year one of CyberGuerrilla‘s biggest accounts “International CyberGuerrilla Column A” was shut down by Twitter – active with over 61,000 followers at the time of their closing. It also wasn’t an isolated incident either, and Twitter has made it a point to specifically take on CyberGuerrilla online. In fact, at one point just a few months ago, Twitter actually began censoring and deleting all hashtags with “CgAn” in it, making it harder for anyone online to see or follow them, or read any of the material they create. This is why researchers/activists such as myself have been going out of our way to make as many #CgAn‘s as possible – just to keep them indexed and show support.
Even more recently than that, Twitter has also begun cracking down on several other large and prominent accounts within the CgAn community – as you can see via the Tweets provided below.
— Debian Shadow – ☭ (@shadow_pgp) April 21, 2019
We are disgusted that our beloved friends | #CgAn are treated this way, but are we surprised? NO!
🏴 They CANNOT silence ALL 🏴 https://t.co/HnB0U1TVap
— FemAnonFatal (@FEMANON_) July 7, 2019
Getting back to the story at hand, CyberGuerrilla has been attempting to fight back against Twitter for closing their accounts – all legally too. For example, despite Twitter claiming that their account was closed for breaking the terms of Twitters rules and conditions, Doemela is fighting back against Twitters decision. Below you can find a transcript of their appeal to Twitter, learn more about the case, find a link to their information/blog posting about it, as well as the location to their new Twitter account – should you feel compelled to follow them again. 😉
Doemela’s Appeal To Twitter:
I noticed that my account is suspended. I have read all terms and
conditions on your support page but cannot see any reason why I may have
been suspended. I’ve certainly taken every step to ensure that my
account is not breaking any rules.
I’ve been suspended several times, and the reason supplied to me is
always ‘it was done in error’. I kindly explain I don’t feel I am
violating any of Twitters’ rules, and politely request examples of me
doing this. There is also no one I know of that reported this account
for violation of Twitter’s Rules. I’m a keen user of Twitter, and if you
could please let me know why I was suspended then I will ensure I will
take whatever steps necessary so that it does not happen again.
This at the very least would be helpful, so I may learn what is
acceptable and adjust my behaviour accordingly. I think the bigger issue
is however; I’m not in violation of your terms. It seems to me your
‘report abuse’ function is being abused in order to silence dissenting
voices or genuine civil criticism. Abuse and harassment are both awful
and incredibly serious things. I applaud and support Twitters’
commitment to penalizing those who feel it’s acceptable to engage in
such a deplorable way.
However, your system is flawed. I appreciate you have far too many users
for it to be anything but automated, but it is currently punishing users
that are using your services legitimately, for discussion, challenging
ideas, and promoting worthy causes and dialogue.
All I ask is that you please review my case by putting actual human eyes
on the tweet examples provided to you, as I believe examples are
mandatory when making these reports. When doing so, please ask yourself
whether these constitute ‘abuse’ in any meaningful sense and whether
it’s more likely your reporting function is being exploited to silence
genuine, but undesired criticism by the same individual, or individuals.
In your worthy commitment to providing a report function for genuine
abuse, it appears you have overlooked the possibility of that function
actually becoming abused as a tool to constantly silence legitimate
voices. What measures can you suggest preventing this function from
becoming an actual tool of harassment? It appears I am a casualty.
Thank you! Look forward to really hearing back from you.
Needless to say though, their Twitter account is almost certainly never going to be restored again.
— International CyberGuerrillA Column (@CGuerrillAneXus) July 6, 2019
The Real World War Against Anti-Fascism Has Also Begun
Taking all of this information into consideration, on July 21st 2019 Senators and Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA) have now also taken it a step further by officially introducing a new piece of legislation designed to label all Anti-Fascists (ANTIFA) as the worlds newest terror group. It was only a week after this, on July 28th 2019, that Donald Trump made international headlines after stating it’s time to start considering ANTIFA a major terror organization – giving a full endorsement to Senator Cruz’s bill.
According to the bill itself, US Senate “calls for the groups and organizations across the country who act under the banner of Antifa to be designated as domestic terrorist organizations.” You can read through the 3 piece copy of the legislation provided via the pdf below.
Full Copy of Legislation:
Wrapping Things Up
I find this bill to be completely misguided and dangerous and no, that’s not just because I’m one of the people Donald Trumps is trying to turn into a terrorist. I mean, if you take a group of regular extremists and then call them terrorists, honestly, what do you think is going to happen? It’s only going to make them lash out even more aggressively. For example, I know I wouldn’t stand for being labeled a terrorist by my own Government without doing something to earn the title – so I’d earn it then, and I know I wouldn’t be alone.
Also, how the hell can Cruz, Cassidy and Trump justify waging a new War on Terrorism – this time on their own soil against their own people/citizens? Keeping in mind all of the countries other Wars right now, two of which we are losing (Syria & Afghanistan), waging a new War here in America sounds pretty extreme/fascists – at least if you ask me. On every level, it is PR move or political gesture that will only set these politicians up for failure, which I why I think their legislation has no possibility of ever passing Congress or landing on the Presidents table – especially given that Democrats own the House.
Besides, I seem to remember a time when there was a call to petition Anonymous as a terrorist organization back in 2014 I believe. However, this too was thrown out – just as it should for Anti-Fascists.
Regardless though, as all the evidence contained within this article is witness to, War isn’t just on the horizon, it is already underway and from Russia, to the US, to Germany, Governments all around the world have already fired their opening shots. How the internet or international community in general responds to them or retaliates remains to be seen, but it is clear Hackers, Anarchists, Anti-Fascists and Communists are all firmly in the worlds cross-hairs.