Hack Group Anonymous Takes On Cartel; U.S. Drug Enforcement Deals

Anonymous, those pesky hackers, and the U.S. government are taking different tacks on how to get Mexican drug gangs to stop poisoning our citizens and stop the bloodshed and release those they are holding. After a kidnapping of an Anonymous operative, the hacker group proceeded to threaten one gang, Los Zetas, to force them to release their hostage. The gang, with unlimited resources, decided to fight fire with fire, apparently, and hired their own hackers to locate the group. Anonymous’ commentator Barrett Brown offers this as an explanation today on Anonymous operation OpCartel:

So who is Anonymous and what do they want? You can take a look at some early videos (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wEV2CMfhCeo ) but your guess is as good as mine as to their validity, and I suppose that is the point. Ideas without borders, and a ragtag bunch of really, really, smart guys who don’t like the way the world works and aim to stop it. So far, they have my attention.

If you get caught up in who they are, rather than what the concept represents, you must move on because there is nothing here for you. You either get the concept, or you don’t. We’ve covered some of their actions here and I continue to the same conclusion: hire them.

Maybe that is exactly what some smart guys in Washington have done, but that is only my scriptwriter’s fantasy talking really. I’m not convinced anyone in government wants anyone out their spewing the truth to power thing. I am convinced these cats are smarter than the entire lot working for government to control, rather than nurture, Internet communications and the raw genius that is its byproduct. I also attended Cal while the CIA recruited anthropology students and hackers to try to figure out the way the world works, so they could control those who knew what they were doing. An anonymous minded group will always outthink those who accepted the cookie-cutter model.

While it’s not entirely clear how Anonymous is going to take down gang affiliated communications, it’s even less clear what our government is doing to stop the flood of drugs and the murderous gangs that inflict their pain on our citizens. Check this video out from August to see what you think:

“As a show of good faith, we maybe did allow tons of cocaine into the U.S.?” Zambada Niebla, son of one of the leaders of the Sinaloa “Cartel,” arguably the most powerful international narco-trafficking organization on the planet, argues in his criminal case, now pending in federal court in Chicago, that he and the leadership of Mexico’s Sinaloa drug-trafficking organization, were, in effect, working for the U.S. government for years by providing US agents with intelligence about rival drug organizations.

In exchange for that cooperation, Zambada Neibla contends, the US government granted the leadership of the Sinaloa “Cartel” immunity from prosecution for their criminal activities — including the narco-trafficking charges he now faces in Chicago.

The government, in court pleadings filed in September 2011, denies that claim but at the same time has filed a motion in the case seeking to invoke the Classified Information Procedures Act (CIPA), a measure designed to assure national security information does not become public during court proceedings.

To date, the US mainstream media has been completely silent on the US government’s effort to invoke CIPA in the Zambada Niebla case.

To Further cast a shadow on what the U.S. government is doing, Obama is now being castigated for trying to legalize things that many of us thought were deeply embedded in our Constitution. If the FOIA is further debilitated by Washington, will there be any chance at all that journalists can find the truth and transparency the incumbent promised us?

And this on FOIA

Here is another quote from a more often quoted news outle, The Los Angeles Timest: “The Obama administration should rethink its outrageous proposal that would allow the government to lie to citizens about whether documents exist.”

Our feeling is that the government has not recognized the virtues of how the Internet and hacking community can benefit the people of the United States and the world. For far too long, Washington has viewed information as something to control rather than actually make accessible to all. The stakes for the digital community have never been higher as groups operating outside mainstream, regardless of their agenda, ought to be embraced, and, as long as they aren’t harming people, they ought to be encouraged. What say you on this?


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