Are Hackers The Last Hope To Prevent A Totalitarian State?
This morning we awaken to the news that the shadowy hacker group Anonymous has hacked a federal government sentencing site and perhaps stolen an enormous amount of confidential information. They did so to avenge the suicide of Reddit founder Aaron Swartz, who they claim was hounded by federal prosecutors contributing to his sense of loss and despair.
This comes in the same week that the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit ruled that the President of the United States overstepped his constitutional bounds by making appointments to the NLRB when Congress was still in session without its advice and consent.
This is the same week that the Secretary of State expressed hostility to Congress about whether the false narrative put forth by the White House by a State Department official, the UN ambassador was important to discuss. In Secretary Clinton's words, "What difference does it make?" Perhaps only the difference between the life and death of four brave Americans and the difference between an honest administration or an administration that is knowingly lying to the American people and treating them as a necessary nuisance who are not entitled to know whether their leaders have engaged in criminal negligence and a cover up.
This is the same week that executive orders have been issued by the president that place limitations on the Second Amendment right to bear arms wholeheartedly supported by those on Left who think those Americans who want some measure of protection from an increasingly powerful federal government are reactionary fringe wackos. What was it that George Washington said?
"A free people ought not only to be armed and disciplined, but they should have sufficient arms and ammunition to maintain a status of independence from any who might attempt to abuse them, which would include their own government."
For as much as many of us find the tactics of Anonymous and other hackers unlawful and a threat to our other rights — are they in fact the last line of defense from a government that could become more tyrannical and totalitarian?
What do the lovers of liberty say here on Ricochet?