“Dallas man linked to Anonymous hackers indicted”
That Dallas man would be Barrett Brown. From lubbockonline:
A North Texas man linked to the worldwide hacking group Anonymous is facing federal charges for YouTube videos and Twitter postings in which he taunts the FBI and threatens to ruin one agent’s life.
Barrett Brown was taken into federal custody in Dallas last month, but authorities wouldn’t say why he was being detained until Thursday, when the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced a three-count indictment against him.
The 31-year-old Brown is charged with Internet threats, conspiracy to make publicly available restricted personal information of a government employee and retaliation against a federal law enforcement officer.
The indictment lists several tweets in which Brown talks about having a “plan to kill every government you meet” and taunts the FBI. It also quotes from a YouTube video titled in part, “Why I’m Going to Destroy FBI Agent Robert Smith.”
Not sure what to make of this: Brown is indicted for threatening to ruin the life a government employee. But when a government employee agreed to enlist the help of the (now indicted) Barrett Brown, a man clearly of interest to the feds for his connections to the hacker group Anonymous (however tenuous that connection), to help ruin the web presence of a private citizen who depends on that web presence for his livelihood (and with whom the government employee in question had had a very public internet feud, and had vowed elsewhere to harm professionally), such behavior is met with dismissal or rationalizations. Or worse still, silence.
Conclusion? It must be nice being a government employee, especially one involved in law enforcement. Because government employees involved with law enforcement are presumably de facto virtuous.
So you see, it’s not the salary; it’s the perks!
Jesus. How some of you out there can look yourselves in the mirror every day fascinates me. Honestly.
(h/t Mike LaRoche)