None of can rest when a United States federal court can render a decision like Judge Loretta Preska, of the Southern District of New York, did yesterday, in denying Jeremy Hammond bail on hacking charges. It’s time for blind compliance to end.Judge Preska, you perpetuate the gasping throes of the insane security seizure that has gripped this country since 9/11. And now Jeremy Hammond will pay a far greater price than even the worst of his charges warrant, because we are headed down a path where the activists and whistleblowers are the criminals, while you and your judicial cronies toast your brethren on the bench, men like Jay Bybee, who should be jailed himself for his role in crafting torture memos.
Jeremy Hammond is politically motivated hacker, a freedom fighter, a militant anarchist. He believes in action and solidarity. He believes in the first amendment. His history is well-documented. And make no mistake, it is his political ideology which scares the court, not the fact that he may surreptitiously enter an internet cafe, and hurriedly execute some half-baked credit card caper. This is what the court fears: that Jeremy Hammond will use his time out on bail to prepare a competent defense. That he will be a public figure able to inspire and mobilize young militant activists. That he will speak, and be heard, publicly. And that his speech will inspire others to speak the truth about the devastation wrought by the systemic carnage that judges like Preska impose when they follow neither the law, nor their conscience, but instead seek, like cowards, legal safe-haven and comfort, safeguarding an illegal status quo, while the rest of us watch our civil liberties erode on these, the flimsiest of pretexts.
This decision should not stand. But it will. For now. But while Jeremy Hammond sits in prison, we watch. While he waits – his line of sight reduced to prison pinpoint windows – we see. And while the court promotes ignorance, we know. We know what Jeremy Hammond’s real crime is, Judge Preska: he didn’t adhere to the strictures that a diseased and hypocritical ruling entity has set forth. He didn’t believes the lies, and the pretty pictures. He dared to believe that his political theater could inspire legions of like-minded comrades. And it has.
Hammond and his politically-motivated fellow hackers, who now face charges across the Americas, Europe, and the United Kingdom are torch-bearers of freedom, courageous voices of an emergent consciousness, an awareness that we can do better than our corrupt, comfortable, overlords. You may confine Hammond to jail, but you can’t put the genie back in the bottle. And you can’t jail us all. For every day Hammond and his comrades sit, unjustifiably confined, we fight to never forget, and add to our ranks. And for every day Hammond and his comrades languish, their great minds hampered and dampened by confinement, we work, tenfold. We’re the ones who smash the bars of jails, for our brothers. We aim to free them all.