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We recently got a chance to speak with Ryan Ackroyd, aka Kayla. Ackroyd was arrested in September of 2011 along with other members of LulzSec. He was released last month after serving 10 of the 30 months in which he was sentenced. Here is what Ryan had to say:

FreeAnons: So you were recently released. Could you tell us when and what are the terms of your release?

Ryan Ackroyd: I was released in February on Home Detention Curfew (HDC) which means that I have to wear an electronic tag and be home for 19:00 every night. I was supposed to be released before Christmas but they “lost my paperwork” and I had to start it allover again…

FA:  For those unfamiliar with your case would you like to explain that in your own words?

RA:  Back in 2011 I was arrested for my involvement in the attacks orchestrated by Anonymous, Lulz Security (LulzSec) and Operation Anti-Security. I was sentenced in 2013 to 30 months in prison of which I served 10 months. I am currently on TAG and have to abide by the rules of probation until 2015 when the sentence is complete. I have been handed a Serious Crime Prevention Order by the court which prevents me from using encryption which allows hidden volumes, Virtual machines or from deleting my web history. Once I have saved enough money for legal I intend to fight this SCPO in court.

FA: And how do you feel about the way the whole thing transpired?

RA: I knew I was going to get caught but I never thought that I would get stabbed in the back. Sabu didn’t have much information about me, he knew nothing about me personally but he was still able to log our conversations. The media have overplayed Sabu’s snitching role, the most to come from Sabu was a few chat logs, at least in my case. I am not angry at Sabu I am just disappointed, he took it to a whole new level just to save himself and now he has joined the ranks of Lammo etc, I wondered why 2600 gave him a shell account on 2600.

FA:  We have seen some pretty harsh sentences handed down in hacking cases being tried under the CFAA. On the other side of things we are seeing warrant-less surveillance out of control with the three letter agencies like the NSA. What are your thoughts on this?

RA:  I find it shocking that people do more prison time for sharing a link than people who commit crimes such as rape. The government are afraid of hackers, they know hackers are the types of people they cannot defend their secrets against so they aim to cage us all up while using the same “illegal” tactics as we do.

FA:  The recent leaks coming from Edward Snowden document the use of much the same methods hackers use to facilitate a lot of this surveillance. Malware, Viruses, etc. Do you think these agencies should be allowed to employ the same methods they are locking away others for in the name of national security?

RA:  Of course not, they should be held to account for breaking the laws they impose but who’s going to do it? Don’t expect any of them going to jail for it thats all I can say.

FA: From an outside perspective, some may believe that Anonymous has slowed down operations quite a bit and that the string of arrests of Anonymous members has forced many into hiding.
What do you think the current state of Anonymous is and where do you see it going in the future?

RA:  I couldn’t tell you the current state of Anonymous at this stage, I’m still reading up on nearly 3 years of internet. I seriously doubt that our arrests had any major impact. We were only a few cogs in thew wider machine that drives Anonymous, there are many, many more than just us.

FA:  Hector “Sabu” Monsegur is due in court again this coming Friday. (April 4th 2014) We have seen a pattern of delays in his sentencing that would lead many to believe he is still cooperating with the Feds. Do you think we will ever see a day when Sabu is sentenced?

RA:  To be honest, he is an outed FBI informant. Prisoners do not like snitches and that is a fact I have seen with my own eyes inside of prison. I doubt Sabu will do any prison time, he’s being rinsed for all the information he has possibly to make it worth the courts dropping all charges against him. Thats probably why it’s taking so long.

FA:  Do you believe that he is still out there cooperating and there is a potential for more arrests as a result?

RA:I believe so yes, they will be using him to penetrate all kinds of groups talking people with skills in to hacking a set up box in order to take the “main players” out of the game completely.

FA:  Were you able to keep up with the Jeremy Hammond case and what were your thoughts on that?

RA:  There wasn’t much news about it on TV here in the UK, here in UK prisson cells you do have a TV and I did hear a few things. I have only recently been able to read more in to it, there’s a lot to read.

FA:  Jeremy, in his statement to the courts, spoke of members of Anonymous being used to target foreign government targets. This was later redacted. We know that Jeremy and others were led by Fed handlers to many of these targets and that the Feds supplied them with both vulnerabilities and servers. Do you think this borders on entrapment?

RA:  Yes it does, if it can be proven and thats the problem.

FA: So, you are probably playing internet catch-up at the moment I would imagine. Anything you missed out on up until now that you have found particularly interesting?

RA: I am still living in 2011, The internet moves too fast, there is a lot for me to catch up on that is for sure.

FA: Is there anything you would like to say to the people out there?

RA: Keep your cards close to your chest and beware those trying too hard to be your friend.

We are happy to have you home Ryan. Stay frosty!

FreeAnons Supports Stanley Cohen

I once heard a joke by Stephen Fry that stuck with me.

Q: What do lawyers and sperm have in common?
A: A one in a million shot at being human.

 

Stanley Cohen is that one in a million. Cohen is an activist and human rights attorney. Many of you may be familiar with his work on the PayPal 14 case as counsel for Mercedes Haefer. Others may recognize him from his appearance in We Are Legion.

 

Stanley Cohen has supported us, and now comes our opportunity to support him. In a recent post on his website Cohen addressed the ongoing investigation on him by the U.S. Department of Justice:

 

“As many of you know I am currently under indictment in two separate US federal district courts for essentially the same allegation – impeding or obstructing the IRS. It is not a case, as some have stated, of income tax evasion. Although the government denies, it, we know that the investigation began more than 10 years ago when the DOJ began to investigate and tried to charge me with material support for terrorism as a result of my work as an attorney and interntional law advisor for a number of so-called terrorist groups- most prominently Hamas, who I have had the great honor and privilege of working with as an attorney since 1995; it continues through this day. When that witch hunt failed, in came the IRS and for 7 years or so we have battled these allegations at great cost with federal prosecutors in New York and Washington and in the courts. This fight has taken a tremendous amount of effort by my team of lawyers, my family, friends, supporters and clients. It has cost us more than six hundred thousand dollars, a large amount of which is still owed, and hurt my “non-political” practice by scaring off clients. Recently it has interfered with some critical work with various human rights groups and activists overseas and made travel abroad—essential to that effort – impractical. Most important it has taken an increasing toll on my family. After all this time we were on the eve of the first of what promised to be at least two trials in two different districts, possible appeals, and enormous additional expenses. Obviously these trials would have made the work that I love and live for, namely resistance, and support of resistance, ineffective for the foreseeable future.

 

After painful discussions with my family, friends, supporters and colleagues and clients at home and abroad I have elected to end this particular whitchhunt and harassment, and to do so tomorrow (April 14, 2014).

There is no doubt I have made mistakes which allowed the witchhunt to continue, and to produce a result not imposed against other like persons, but that comes with the turf.

 

Tomorrow I will plead guilty in the Northern District of New York to impeding the IRS. This plea will cover all outstanding charges and bring an end to this chapter. I will be sentenced likely in about 4-6 months to 18 months in prison – with actual jail time of likely a year. I will lose my law license of 31 years at the time of my sentence but will be able to reapply for it when I end my sentence.

 

Make no mistake about it, this plea will not change my commitment to truth, justice and resistance. Nor should it be seen as acquiescence to the naive and liberal notion that this government and others and their respective criminal justice systems work or are just. The fight will go on but in different ways. I would expect to spend much of my time in prison working with and assisting the unjustly accused and those prosecuted because of color, class or politics. Perhaps that book will finally be written.

 

Meanwhile, until my sentence I will continue representing my clients, travelling and speaking out and, hopefully, continue to inspire others to fight on. We all know that there is a cost when you say no, when you refuse to go silently into the night, when you reject he notion of complicity. But the work must go on – there is no choice. Mourn not for me but for the millions of people murdered worldwide because of their race, religion, politics or activism. Mourn not for me but for the millions of stateless people reduced to ‘life’ in refugee camps, or who live under Apartheid and Occupation and who are subjected daily to ethnic cleansing, collective punishment and indefinite detention. Mourn not for me but for the whistle blowers, journalists and dissidents murdered, jailed and exiled because of a belief, a simple vision, a commitment to change.

 

To those who love or support me, my decision will not matter. To those who hate me, enjoy your smug smile and distorted sentiment, it will not however change the words I have spoken and will speak in the future and the fights I have embraced or those yet to come. To those who do not know me or care, life goes on. Most important to my friends who in some small way have been inspired by my words and work, this is not a loss but a predictable result of a lifetime of resistance. There is a price to pay when you say no. choose wisely and fight the fight. I will have more to say at the time of my sentence but meanwhile all my thanks and love. Up the Rebels.”

We at FreeAnons will continue to support Stanley in any way we can and urge you all to do the same. We salute Mr. Cohen for his resilience, tenacity, and bravery as an activist, attorney and friend of Anonymous. Up the rebels, Stanley. Up the rebels.

 

Donations to the Stanley Cohen legal defense fund can be made here and more information and updates will be available via his website here.

Freedom fighters or cyber-terrorists?

Internationally famous for cyber-attacks against the Church of Scientology, government agencies of the US, Israel, Tunisia, Uganda, and others; child pornography sites; copyright protection agencies; the Westboro Baptist Church; and corporations such as PayPal, MasterCard, Visa, and Sony, who are the hacktivist collective known as ‘Anonymous’? What do they think? What motivates them?

In November 2012, The Imaginary Book Co. invited Anonymous to share their thoughts. We wanted to try and capture something of the essence of an imaginary non-organisation, to preserve it as a time-capsule for the future. We believe we’re witnessing the birth of something important, although perhaps it’s too early to even say what it is yet: a new form of democracy? Time will tell…

We assured Anonymous we would not edit, collate, correct, censor, comment upon, or judge what we received. That’s for others to do. We would simply print. We didn’t know what we’d get, if anything. This is what we got.

Anarchic, chaotic, sensible, deep, shallow, thoughtful, radical, revolutionary, and funny, this book is the first time Anonymous have written in their own words; plenty has been written about them, most of it inaccurate. And who’s to say this book itself isn’t more disinformation? Does it express the hopes and desires and motivations of the entire collective? Undoubtedly not; just a small sample of the thousands of reasons why anyone would associate themselves. Nevertheless, it’s a snapshot of Anonymous, right here and now, at this moment in time. If you want to know where Anonymous is headed, this is the book for you. When your government starts burning books, this is the one they’ll come for first…

Published to coincide with Anonymous’ worldwide “Million Mask March” on November 5th 2013, this 212 page paperback book, measuring 190mm x 250mm (7.72 x 10.08 inches) is packed with images, slogans and texts that explain, not only what Anonymous think, but how to get involved yourself.

PLEASE NOTE: All royalties from this book are being donated to FreeAnons, which provides legal and moral support for activists facing prosecution for involvement, alleged or otherwise, in Anonymous actions.

In France, the Ministry of the Interior’s intelligence service is going to war with Anonymous.

The Central Directorate of Internal Intelligence (DCRI), the intelligence agency of the French Interior Ministry, suspects “Kloud” of being a member of Anonymous, the hactivist movement characterised by its lack of hierarchy, structure and official membership.

They Searched Everywhere for an Anonymous Mask.

January 23, 2012, 6am: “Kloud” was arrested and questioned by the DCRI. He is accused of participating, throughout 2011 and under the banner of “Anonymous”, in the “Greenrights” campaign, an orchestrated agreement to conduct denial of service attacks against producers / distributors of electricity; General Electric, ENEL, EDF.

The Greenrights campaign (Operation Greenrights) was carried out by Internet users in France, Germany, Italy and the United States, in protest against industrial societies reliance on nuclear energy, in the wake of Fukushima.

Help pay the lawyers’ fees in the first procedure in France against Anonymous.


John Anthony Borell III was arrested in March 2012. He was sentenced to three years for hacking police sites. John wrote an amazing letter we would like to share. We hope these words will inspire you to respond to him (Mail to the Jail).

Why I Am Thankful For Prison.
With every minute that we live, life presents us with new obstacles and new challenges, a constant stream of new experiences, many of which, if not most, resulting in nothing but a fleeting memory. It’s the few moments and experiences, those which hold so much power as to define you as a person, which truly matter. It’s just as much the event as our receptiveness and perspective that makes this true.

I want to make it very clear, I HATE prison. It is a detest I could never put into words. In it being the most miserable and horrible time I can remember, I am still thankful for it. I realize how incredibly ridiculous this sounds, as when hearing this, the first thing one would ask themselves is “what could possibly instill a sense of gratitude in someone for time in prison?” That is what I wish to explain.

I recognize that prison is a punishment, much more than it is a deterrent. If it was an effective deterrent, none of us would be here. Its punishing you for actions which the law dictates as wrong. Whether they are or not is beside the point once you are in prison, as you are going to be here regardless. I definitely feel as though I am being punished, I think you must have something wrong with you if you don’t. The federal prison system is not about rehabilitation. With all of this in mind, life is about making the best of any situation, and I try to look at my daily life in prison with this in mind. So how does that even begin to equate to my being thankful?

It is no secret that I was using drugs, heroin and other opiates for the most part. I wasn’t just using them socially here and there, I have a problem with drugs. Time and time again my drug use hurt those around me and myself. Yet I ran right back to drugs every time. I was on a quick path to prison or death, I ended up in prison.

I remember the countless nights I would talk to Sarah, telling her how badly I wanted to quit, everything in me wished I could, but I just couldn’t. This may be the hardest thing to explain to someone who has never had a serious addiction. That is where I was when I was raided, on a downward spiral, leading to nowhere positive.

March 20, 2012, I quit drugs that day, I don’t think I will ever forget the date. When I was on pretrial, I was required to attend group meetings twice a week. They helped me stay clean, although it was a constant struggle, and still is. I took the power back that drugs had taken away from me.

So here I am, sitting on a plastic stool in a prison, eating a cheap, disgusting pack of tuna, writing this; and in this moment, being truly thankful. Even I find it a bit ridiculous, but I am. When I was free, I never would have just sat, even for five minutes, and thought about how I need to improve myself. Not how I could help someone else, but in all sense of it, focused only on what I need to do to better myself. I have a lot of issues I need to focus on, and for once I am doing so without hiding behind the numbness of the drugs to quell the pain I feel. I have been given a second chance to be a better me. A sober, confident, positive, and healthy me. I have been given a much needed break from my life to evaluate what I need to work on within myself. I would never have taken the time to reflect on my life if I was still out looking for my next fix.

I think Western culture plays a huge part in this constant need to be busy, be it the demand for productivity or just the thought that downtime is wasteful. This culture where we live in the future, always looking so far forward that we ignore the present, so busy doing things we never just stop to be, to just exist in the moment we are in and appreciate it, to recognize just how crazy it is to be alive at all, to exist.

A few days ago someone said to me “Your surroundings should not dictate your happiness.” I think this is what I need to focus on while I am here. This is my time to embrace a bit of selfishness and focus on improving me.

I truly want to use my life to help others, but how can I help others when I have not helped myself? I truly believe we should all set aside 30 minutes to an hour a day to do nothing but sit and reflect on what we can to do better ourselves, because not one of us is perfect. It just so happens I’ve been given some time away from everything to fix me. Of that time, I have about 11,000 hours left. I am more than thankful for that opportunity than most of you could begin to imagine. I needed a break to reflect on my life more than most.

Yesterday, someone on my unit, when talking to me, said “You either leave prison more negative or more positive.” I fully intend on the latter. A better person, not only for my wife, my friends, and my family, but for me.