Often, Anons like me are called “cyber vigilantes”… Wikipedia offers this definition of “vigilante”… “A vigilante (//, //; Spanish: [bixiˈlante]; Portuguese: [viʒiˈlɐ̃t(ɨ)], [viʒiˈlɐ̃tʃi]) is a member of a self-appointed group that undertakes law enforcement without legal authority.”.
What this does is beg a question…what constitutes “legal authority”?
Are they talking about the “legal authority” of the Nazis which, under the Nuremberg laws, allowed them to target a segment of population because of their ethnicity or religion? Under German Laws…horrible treatment of Jews became “legal”.
Many poor folks were tortured during the Spanish Inquisition.. and this too, was considered “legal” because it was under “legal authority”.
Under the theory of “Might Makes Right”…”legal authority” is often conveyed via much killing…and the ones who inflict the most injuries and killing, become the rulers, and thus…by the standards of that writer I guess…have “legal authority”.
As an anarchist, I hold that there are no “legal authorities” in the sense that those who would attack Anonymous, use.
If by “legal authority”, you are simply meaning to imply it is whatever the ruling kind, junta, government, etc declares is legal…and that their “authority” and legitimacy came by way of slaughtering their opponents, then that is a sad , no..a PATHETIC way of validating your right to do something.
Did the colonists make a country via “legal authority”? Not if you asked King George…they were breaking several of the laws of the Crown.
What we must then make a decision on..what is “legal” as opposed to what is “fair and just”.
In Courts every day, judges make decisions that to me and you, may seem unfair, unjust, even dangerous to the public welfare by letting pedophiles, murderers, go free. So, what is “legal” is not always just, not always right.
Making a law saying what you do is right…is not the same as BEING right…any more than planting a flag on land that has been occupied by aborigines for centuries, makes your colonization, your stealing of their home land, is right.
What was done to the Native Americans was declared “legal” by the US Government, but was it right, was it just, was it fair?
And, while we are at it..read up on how the USA basically stole Hawaii.
Read this=> http://fowlchicago.wordpress.com/2012/12/23/the-history-of-us-imperialism-how-the-us-stole-hawaii/ The History of US Imperialism: How the US Stole Hawaii.
Yes, the USA basically stole Hawaii (see also http://digital.library.upenn.edu/women/liliuokalani/hawaii/hawaii.html )
So, if we step in and prevent a crime from being swept under the rug, try to help see that the victim gets some form of “justice” or that the perpetrators of crimes against the innocents. to me, THAT has MORAL AUTHORITY, and yes, in my mind, legal authority.
In the past, people knew that if you were poor, black, female, young, or any combination of those, and were victimized, money and power, often saw that your abuser, the one who hurt you, would be exonerated, and you would become the target of the ruling class…as a liar, as a “troublemaker” or whatever.
If what we Anons do is considered being “vigilantism” then give me a giant V…a V for Vendetta V…and a vigilante V.
We don’t drag people out of jails and hang them up…like the traditional “vigilantes” did.
When those who rule break the laws…make the laws…and do it without being punished….perhaps vigilance AND a bit of “vigilantism” is needed…because when the laws and enforcers of them are corrupt..someone must stand up for the victims.
So, we don our Guy Fawkes masks and enter the fray.
Victims are usually the first to thank us…the abusers, the pedos, the bullies..hate us.
But, their problem is that :
We never forgive. We never forget. We ARE Legion. and Those hurting innocents SHOULD expect us.