Pointing out the contradiction of police in New York chasing Anons who are protesting economic exploitation with the death penalty in a case opponents said should have been overturned, would have more influence on more people who might join protests against the execution than those who would join an operation to harrass the Supreme Court:
That particular response to the urge to join the protest shows my suggestion in an earlier blog that Anonymous go back to hacking its protests rather than trying to gather people in the street, as it did in San Francisco and is currently doing in New York, was missing an element.
Anonymous is a large, semi-cooperative communications network, more than a single cohesive group, like Amnesty International.
As such it's good at organizing, publicizing, informing and coordinating protest effort online – even independent of its tendency to go illegal with DDOS attacks and other tactics when it's really ticked off.
If there are a lot of Anons who agree about the Davis verdict, they should use that prominence and loud voice to call for more opposition to it, not run ineffective operations against a court that's not even involved in the case right now.
If phone-DOSsing the Supreme Court is the best response from those in Anonymous protesting Davis' execution, it's possible that some situations just don't have the kind of leverage points of which Anonymous can take advantage.
More likely the instincts of an organization formed around hackers has Anonymous a little confused about which weapons to use in which battles, as well as which battles it's actually in.
Joining a fight on its last day doesn't give Anonymous the time it usually takes to argue among itself about the right thing to do, the most effective thing to do or whether to do anything at all.
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