posted on Jan, 10 2013 @ 12:28 PM
I find it interesting that someone - claiming to be Anonymous - initiated this 'petition.'
Considering that there is no recognizable "person" requesting this consideration, how can it be addressed?
The rationale behind DDOS attacks as being a form of protest is fairly rational (to a point):
It is, in that way, no different than any "occupy" protest. Instead of a group of people standing outside a building to occupy the area, they
are having their computer occupy a website to slow (or deny) service of that particular website for a short time.
But there are some real problems with this entire line of reasoning - from the perspective of a petition:
1) "Who" has this right to protest? Anonymous? Any citizen? Foreign entities?
2) What "targets" are "fair game?" Anyone? The government itself? Banks," "paid for services?"
Perhaps it is needless to say, but the establishment and all of her ancillary groups (like the media) will denigrate and characterize this as a step
towards anarchy.... for example they include this:
Not all such attacks are launched for similarly high-minded reasons, however, and given the recent spate of cyberattacks on US banks – which are
now believed to have been orchestrated by the Iranian government – this petition is unlikely win much sympathy from the White House.
Not to mention the small problem that the We the People site seems to have become a favorite forum for pranks and jokes. Recent oddball petitions have
included one request to build a real-life Death Star, and another to remake the American justice system in Judge Dredd's image.
I can understand the parallel between a DDOS and a form of "protest" ala "free speech" - but when people protesting interferes with commerce... you
can expect the government to slam down hard on the protestors.... profit is not to be threatened... especially in our era of corporate/government
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edit on 10-1-2013 by Maxmars because: (no reason given)