Originally posted by AfterInfinity
Here's the thing, though: Anonymous has taken up the mantle of a vigilante organization. When that happens, the inevitable questions are -
Does this group think it's above the law?
Which particular laws are you thinking of? Just curious.
Does this group have morals we feel comfortable with?
Although I have no idea what the proffessed morals of Anon might be, I can say this. By evidence of thier actions as political activists to date, I
would say that thier morals are more sound than those of any national or world government, and even surpass those of some humanitarian organisations
in terms of their determination to see people free from the bonds that bind them. I for one feel VERY comfortable with that.
Where does this group draw the line?
Perhaps the most unfortunate thing about Anon, is that they have never made that clear. However, perhaps in order to be effective, they cannot publish
such information? After all, what would the powerful and greedy in this world to fear, if they know the limitations of those who oppose them?
Can we count on it to do what's right, even when it wants to do otherwise?
Thats a difficult one,because it depends what your definition of "right" is. I highly doubt that Anon will start causing reactor meltdowns and power
grid malfunctions right and left, because it has already indicated its disgust at matters pertaining to collateral damage in battle. Short of that
though, again, no one knows where the line is. However, governments and private organisations do worse than they have done so far, on a daily basis,
and unlike Anon, thier targets are the weak and defenseless amongst us all to often. I know which I prefer.
How do we know this group is legitimate, and not a cover?
This is, in my opinion, the best question in your post. The answer of course, is that we dont. Even if every member you could positively identify
swore blind, and believed that he was part of a non government sponsored, all earth citizen resistance to power, there COULD potentially be a shadowy
controller at the back of all of this. But there again, what purpose would be served for any nation on Earth? Anon has had a crack at most of the big
nasties out there, as well as western democracies. I cannot see who would benefit from thier actions, apart from those they claim to seek to
How do we know this group won't eventually work for itself, rather than the people?
Again, we dont know anything about them with certainty. All we can do is judge them by thier actions, the way we judge everything else if we have any
Vigilante groups scare me. They can be useful, but they're also unstable. Do you want a rabid dog to guard your family?
Using the term vigilante inspires one to think of the old west, where vigilantes were as dangerous, if not more dangerous than the bandits they
hunted, and used terrifying means to achieve thier ends, means which terrified EVERYONE because of thier shocking violence and sadism.
I really cannot use the term vigilante in reference to Anon, because nothing they have done as a political activist organisation, no terms they have
used, threats they have made, strike me as being terrifying. They will be very troublesome for the people of the world who use thier power to crush
innocence, but no one else appears to have anything to fear from them what so ever. Perhaps when they start threatening working class grafters who
put thier all into earning the pittance allowed by thier status and social position, then I will get concerned. But really, I cannot see that
happening, based on what I have already seen from them.
We need to judge this group, by what it does, and what it says about what it does. We have nothing else to go on after all.
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by TrueBrit because: Added quote marks.