They obviously couldn't come up with a reasonable, or even polite response to Chabinsky's justification for the kind of Bill of Rights-violating search-and-seizure tactics the FBI has engaged in for years. For more than a decade, in fact – ever since the hysteria following 9/11 allowed the Bush administration to strip away the protections of the Constitution and give the FBI and DHS powers more appropriate in a George Orwell novel than from a government whose power is limited by the Constitution that defines rights of the individual as being more important than those of the state.
Anonymous certainly couldn't articulate a response to threats from an FBI that violated even the tissue-thin barriers on its power to to tap an Internet connection or hack a Web site or intimidate a phone company into giving away detailed records of the lives of citizens. Not when those citizens had not only the right to be private, but to expect agents of the Government for the People to protect their privacy rather than violating it.
"The Internet has become so important to so many people that we have to ensure that the World Wide Web does not become the Wild Wild West," Chabinsky said
Let me ask you, good sir, when was the Internet not the Wild Wild West? Do you really believe you were in control of it at any point? You were not.
That does not mean that everyone behaves like an outlaw. You see, most people do not behave like bandits if they have no reason to. We become bandits on the Internet because you have forced our hand. The Anonymous bitchslap rings through your ears like hacktivism movements of the 90s. We're back - and we're not going anywhere. Expect us.
Oh yeah. They're finished. You can just tell.