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On Thursday September 22nd the FBI conducted raids and arrests across the US resulting in the arrests of two alleged “Anonymous” and “LulzSec” members. The FBI claims that one of those arrested, Christopher Doyon, 47, from Mountain View, California, is “Commander X” from the People’s Liberation Front(PLF).

He was arrested along with Joshua John Covelli for allgedly participating in “Operation Peace Camp 2010” LOIC/DDOS attacks against Santa Cruz County computer systems, protesting a controversial outdoor sleeping ban. Read the indictment here: (Scribd or DOJ)

Doyon’s lawyer has said that regardless of his defendant’s alleged role in the action, that DDOS activities are nothing more than a legitimate “digital sit-in” and should not be prosecuted as criminal activity.

Cody Kretsinger (“Recursion”) was also arrested in Phoenix AZ for allegedly participating in LulzSec attacks against Sony Pictures computer systems where large amounts of company and customer records were acquired through SQL injection vulnerabilities. Read his indictment: (Scribd)

Search warrants were also executed against unknown people in Minnesota, Montana and New Jersey, but no further information is available at this time.

Those arrested were charged with Title 18 Section 1030 Computer Fraud and Abuse Act violations. Although the majority of Anonymous defendants being prosecuted for CFAA are only accused of low-level LOIC/DDOS actions, Congress and the Obama administration is currently pushing for increased sentences and RICO conspiracy classifications.

We stand in solidarity with hackers and leakers everywhere who take action against oppressive governments and corporations. Freedom to all accused Anonymous defendants!

The following statements have been circulating about the arrest of Jake Davis, alleged Lulzsec member Topiary: This is a message to and about Topiary, found on twitter and pastebin.

On an historical day of the days of the great Anonymous… the Simple Prankster Turned Swank Garden Hedge  – Topiary (may theLulz bless his soul) has been vanned in a moment of truthfulness, for he made his word truthful to his actions.

Thus, he joined the magnificent procession of the Anons that has been extended with the great leaders, loyal soldiers, and honourable knights.

He refused to accept vice in exchange for his lulz, or to submit and be humiliated by the misguided and the receivers of the wrath of Sec, who have been stricken by disgrace and misery. Topiary faced the lulz with lulz, force with force, and accepted to challenge the supercilious throngs that came out arrogantly and ostentatiously with their machinery, gear, d0x, and lack of humor.

Despite all this, his determination never wavered and his strength was never weakened; he instead stood up to them, face-to-face like a high mountain. He continued to fight the kind of battles that he was accustomed to… until he received the bullets of Sec and humorlessness to surrender his soul to its Lulz…

After a life full of efforts and diligence, courage and patience, incitement and cyber victory, generosity and charity, expatriation and travels, advice and good planning, wisdom and sophistication, the life of the Garden Hedge came to an end during this specific era.

His blood, words, attitudes, and his ending are to remain a longcat running within the junctions of Anonymous generation after generation.

If Scotland Yard succeeded in vanning Topiary, that is no shame or disgrace. Are not men and heroes killed but on the battlefields? But can the British, with their media, agents, tools, soldiers, and apparatus kill what Topiary lived and was vanned for?

Alas! Topiary did not found an organisation that lives with his life and dies with his death.

We raised his rank as he held high our lulz. We cherished him as he cherished the lulz; and through him, we frightened the totality of the unlulzy parties as Topiary feared only the shears.

If the light of Anonymous and AntiSec could be extinguished with the vanning or death of someone, it would have been already. Alas, it is not so.

We in Anonymous vow to David Davidson the Exalted and seek His support to help us go forward on the path of AntiSec that was trekked by Topiary.

We stress that Topiary’s blood, bless his soul, is more precious to us and to every Anon to go in vain. It will, lulz willing, remain a curse that will chase and haunt Sec and its agents.

Very soon, lulz willing, their joy will turn into mourning and our lulz will be mixed with their tears. We will fulfill Topiary’s maxim, bless his soul: ‘You are free.’

The anons of Anonymous, whether in groups or individually, will not relent, despair, surrender, or weaken and will continue to plan until you are afflicted with a catastrophe that turns your very life into lulz.

We call on our Anons in the UK where Garden Hedge Topiary was vanned to revolt and wash this shame brought upon them by a band of traitors and bandits who sold out to Anonymous’ enemies and disparaged the sentiment of this noble, lulzy people.

We call on Anons to revolt altogether to cleanse the world of the ProSec filth who spread mischief in the land.

The Hedge refused to depart this life before sharing with Anonymous its happiness with the revolutions against injustice and wrongdoers. He, bless his soul, tweeted a message one week before he died, which included guidance that will soon, lulz willing, be disseminated.

His message was this poetic verse: ‘You cannot arrest an idea.’

Topiary – may you fly always over the horizon.