Targeting Jeremy Hammond
Police state authority rules America.
by Stephen Lendman
America is no democracy. It never was an isn't now. Obama enforces police state harshness. It's official policy. Lawless entrapment reflects it. More on that below.
Hammond is one many victims. Some call him the other Bradley Manning. They do so for good reason. He founded the web site HackThisSite . In 2003, he created it after graduating from high school.
On March 5, 2012, FBI agents arrested him in Chicago. They'd been investigating the Anonymous hactivist group. They use computers for political activism.
They're connected likeminded groups. They include LulzSec, Internet Feds and AntiSec.
Hammond's an AntiSec member. He and five other computer hackers were charged with high-profile cyberattack crimes. Accusations allege he committed them against corporations and government entities.
His views are clear and unequivocal. "I have always made it clear that I am an anarchist-communist," he says. "I believe we need to abolish capitalism and the state in its entirety to realize a free, egalitarian society."
"I am not into watering down or selling out the message or making it more marketable for the masses."
His commitment led to his undoing. He believed betrayal was a click away. "We know we'll finish in prison," a fellow hacker said. "Jeremy knew he'd be raided." It's why he worked quickly. "He wants people to remember him."
He never imagined one of his own would betray him. Hector Xavier Monsegur (aka Sabu) was a trusted ally. He ended up conspiring with FBI agents instead. More on that below.
On March 6, the FBI's New York Field Office headlined "Six Hackers in the United States and Abroad Charged for Crimes Affecting Over One Million Victims."
Five face charges. A sixth pled guilty. Hammond was named. He pled innocent. He's "charged in a criminal complaint relating to the December 2011 hack of Strategic Forecasting, Inc. (Stratfor)."
It's an Austin, TX "global intelligence firm." One or more observers call it The Economist a week later. Its reports are suspect. Some have value. Others lack credibility. It's hard separating wheat from chaff.