|03-12-2013, 01:35 PM||#1661|
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: West Yorkshire
In January 2012, the hacker collective Anonymous brought down the FBI website in response to planned American laws against internet piracy. In 2011, LulzSec, a sister organisation, broke into and blocked computer systems at VISA, Mastercard and PayPal. The groups have infiltrated the networks of totalitarian governments in Libya and Tunisia. They have attacked the CIA and NATO. But instead of being sanctimonious and secretive, these cyber activists are flippant and taunting, never hesitating to mock those they've outsmarted. Today, governments, big businesses and social activists are waking up to the true power of the internet, and how it can be manipulated.
This is the story of a hive mind, with many hackers across the globe connected to slice through security systems and escape untraced. Through the stories of four key members, We Are Anonymous offers a gripping, adrenalin-fuelled narrative drawing upon extensive research, and hundreds of conversations with the hackers themselves. By coming to know them - their backgrounds, families, motivations - we come to know the human side of their virtual exploits, showing exactly why they're so passionate about disrupting the internet's frontiers.
Written in a fast paced and exciting style, this book gives the full history of Anonymous; from its inception on 4chan, to its morphing into Lulzsec, with the exploits of both laid bare.
From the exploding Internet interest, to the original members downfall, the whole story is covered.
It's good history of Anonymous, but sometimes gave the impression of playing the whole thing down as just a bunch of kids arsing around; which I suppose, unlitmately, that's what they were.
But Anonymous goes on, doesn't it...
And the Internet is surely the biggest target, when one wants to bring anything down, isn't it.
So, over to you, Anonymous...do something that really matters.
|07-12-2013, 07:27 PM||#1662|
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: West Yorkshire
The Family: The secret Fundamentalsim at the Heart of Amercian Power. by Jeff Sharlet.
"They are The Family - fundamentalism's avant garde, waging war in the halls of American power and around the globe. They consider themselves the new chosen - congressmen, generals, and foreign dictators who meet in confidential cells, to pray and plan for a "leadership led by God", to be won not by force but through "quiet diplomacy".
Their base is a leafy estate overlooking the Potomac in Arlington, Virginia, and Jeff Sharlet is the only journalist to have reported from inside its walls.
The Family is about the other half of American fundamentalist power - not its angry masses, but its sophisticated elites. Sharlet follows the story back to Abraham Vereide, an immigrant preacher who in 1935 organised a small group of businessmen symaphetic to European fascism, fusing the far right with his own polite but authoritarian faith.
From that core, Vereide built an international network of fundamentalists who spoke the language of establishment power, a "family" that thrives to this day.
In public, they host prayer breakfasts; in private, they preach a gospel of "Biblical capitalism".military might, and American empire. Citing Hitler, Lenin, and Mao as leadership models, the Familiy's current leader, Doug Coe, declares, "We work with power where we can, build new power where we can't"
Sharlet's discoveries dramatically challenge conventional wisdom about American Fundamentalism, revealing its crucial role in unraveling of the New Deal, the waging of the cold war, and the no holds barred economics of globalisation.The question Sharlet believes we must ask is not "What do fundamentalists want?" but "What have they already done?"
Part history, part investigative journalism, The Family is a compelling account of how fundamentalism came to be interwoven with American power, a story that stretches from the religious revivals that have shaken this nation from its beginning to fundamentalism's new frontiers.
No other book about the right has exposed the Family or revealed its far-reaching impact on democracy, and no future reckoning of American fundamentalism will be able to ignore it.
The Family is the most powerful political organization you have never heard of. Its members have included a host of congressmen and senators, including some who chair important committees, CEOs of major corporations, senior officers in the military, leaders of foreign nations, members of the Supreme Court, and at least one president of the United States. It is a vast network of "prayer cells" of two or three individuals who see themselves as God's agents on earth.
The Family, as it is most commonly known, is like some immense, deep-sea leviathan that is only rarely glimpsed on the surface. Yet it is seen, like the Punxsutawney groundhog, at least once a year. This event is called the National Prayer Breakfast where the Family makes an effort to appear ecumenical and harmless. It is rather as if once a year Hannibal Lechter made a public appearance disguised as Mr. Rogers.
What is known as the Family began with a clergyman named Abraham Vereide in Depression-era Seattle. Vereide, or Abram, as he is referred to by the Family, looked upon workers who went on strike to secure enough pay to feed their families as agents of Satan. He was convinced that the Kingdom of God would be secured if the best among us, the rich that is, guided by Jesus Christ, made decisions for the rest of us unfettered by such messy things as democracy and the rule of law. If the poor could be made to see that God intended them to be poor and humbly accept their lot all would be well.
Abram, as one might have guessed, regarded the New Deal as an abomination in the eyes of the Lord.
Abram was a very effective salesmen for this idea among wealthy businessmen in Seattle. The Family grew through members recruiting new members who were either wealthy or in positions of authority. Over time, the Family's theology has been stripped down to "Jesus plus nothing." Members are expected to have surrendered themselves to Jesus Christ, but are certainly not asked to perform such unseemly acts as giving what they have to the poor or turning the other cheek. A prospective member gets reassurance that he (there are women involved, but with a few notable exceptions they have about as much power as the members of a ladies' auxiliary at a Moose lodge) has got Jesus watching over him, has his sins forgiven, and is now serving Jesus in everything he does. He gets to keep his power, his wealth, his vices. He is even able to tell himself that he is humble, or at least as humble as a man can be who reminds himself every day that he is one of God's elect.
And he gets one hell of a network or powerful connections.
What makes this different from other books on the Religious Right I've read, some of them quite good on facets of this phenomenon, is that those other books are about the more public, plebeian kind of fundamentalism one finds operating out in the open. Few participants in that kind of fundamentalism even know that the ethics-free kind of fundamentalism practiced by the Family exists. Sharlet does discuss how those fundamentalists fit into the plans of their elite brethren, as well as provide a rich and detailed history of fundamentalism and evangelical Protestantism from Jonathan Edwards (who encouraged an obviously disturbed woman to starve herself to death in a fit of religious fervor) onwards. If you are going to read only one book about the Religious Right, this is the one to select."
The is a truly ground breaking expose of the secret cabal of fundamentalist Christians at the forefront of political power.
Incidentally, Abraham Vereide was (as far as i'm aware) the first to use the term New World Order, in 1945, when referring to the Family's stated aims!
So the New World Order has been a political/religious campaign carried out not by satanic groups of devil worshippers, but by a well organised commitee of Bible bashers!
Well, well ,well....
Here's an inteview with the author: