The Most Revolutionary Act

Diverse Ramblings of an American Refugee

Dr Stuart Jeanne Bramhall

Dr Stuart Jeanne Bramhall
New Plymouth, New Zealand
December 02
Retired psychiatrist, activist and author of 2 young adult novels - Battle for Tomorrow and A Rebel Comes of Age - and a free ebook 21st Century Revolution. My 2010 memoir The Most Revolutionary Act: Memoir of an American Refugee describes the circumstances that led me to leave the US in 2002. More information about my books (and me) at


JANUARY 17, 2013 4:34PM

Sign Petition Supporting Anonymous

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Anonymous, a loose knit group of Internet activists, has just posted a petition on the White House “We the People” website. It asks that Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks be recognized as a legal form of protest. They compare it to the way Occupy protestors occupied public spaces by pitching tents. They argue that DDoS attacks, which break no federal or state laws, also occupy public spaces in order to send a political message.

In a DDoS attack, bots are created that overwhelm a website with so many visits that it becomes temporarily inaccessible. Anonymous has claimed responsibility for numerous DDoS attacks over the past several years. They are best known for taking Visa, Mastercard and Amazon offline in 2010 for their efforts to shut off financial support to Wikileaks and Julian Assange.

The petition declares

“With the advance in internet technology, comes new grounds for protesting. Distributed denial-of-service (DDoS), is not any form of hacking in any way. It is the equivalent of repeatedly hitting the refresh button on a webpage. It is, in that way, no different than any “occupy” protest. Instead of a group of people standing outside a building to occupy the area, they are having their computer occupy a website to slow (or deny) service of that particular website for a short time.

As part of this petition, those who have been jailed for DDoS should be immediately [sic] released and have anything regarding a DDoS, that is on their records cleared.”

Sign petition here

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Crossposted at Daily Censored


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What did Amazon have to do with the attempt to financially freeze Wiki? I thought it was PayPal that was in bed with Visa and Mastercard?

Amazon was the original server for the Wikileaks website. They refused to host it after Visa, Mastercard and PayPal froze them out.
In a world where justice is sparse - where the large slurp up the small - it is nice to know that there are people who understand and act to level the playing field - no matter how they go about it.

As the box is open and the slope slipped - people who oppose, dissent, protest or contest the status quo are now sliding into the govcorp definition of terrorist - and I can see them being droned accordingly.
Anonymous is one of the few groups I really respect. Don't worry I signed this one Dr.
Thanks for this, Dr. These guys are awesome. R