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January 11th, 2012
03:15 PM ET

'Anonymous' confront alleged police brutality

After playing a major role supporting protests overseas the shadowy internet collective Anonymous is moving beyond its hacker roots and into direct action against authorities here at home, authorities that some Anons say have unjustly attacked occupy protestors.

CNN’s Amber Lyon reports on the anarchic, faceless, uncontrollable and hidden power behind the Occupy protests. Armed with cameras, computers, Anonymous is rewriting the rules of engagement between protesters and police.

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Filed under: Amber Lyon • Anonymous
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  1. kerrog

    Watched last night. I have to say I just knew your station would present in negative light, but to my surprise, you presented facts, kept personal opinions out, and I really enjoyed it and was quite excited to know other Americans watched and hopefully realized this group is a voice for the American people, speaking out against wrongdoing and unjust amongst the government, banks, big corps etc. Thank you CNN for reminding us what "real" news is all about, the facts, no brainwashing, because we all have forgotten! Thank you!

    January 15, 2012 at 11:38 am |
    • Rick

      You must have missed the part that said they crashed the website of a security research company hacking their client list and credit card numbers then stealing one million dollars .... and you praise this behavior? People hacking and stealing is what you call the "voice for American people"??? Speaking out against wrongdoing?? When did it become ok to hack into websites and steal money?? Last time I checked there were laws against that and stealing is still a crime. The story said they expose personal information of police officers when "they believe" (not know – but BELIEVE) they see police misbehavior ... if they are so proud and think they are doing right why are they cowardly hiding behind masks? Do you wear a mask when you aren't doing anything wrong? .... Should have been your first clue buddy!!

      January 23, 2012 at 4:52 am |
  2. N

    Anonymous is Legion, Anonymous does not forgive, it does not forget. Simple words that we all should remember. Anon is not a group, it is an idea. When the ability to speak freely has been taken away, put on the mask and let your voice be heard. We are all Anonymous, hence we are Legion. The internet has given birth to unlimited information and brutality at the hands of the state is one of the many unforgivable things we all recognize. The group mind is fluid, but shared by all and kept alive by the one freedom that cannot be taken away thanks to the internet, Free Speech. Expect Us, we are one, we are many. You are Anonymous, as am I.

    January 15, 2012 at 8:51 am |
  3. Joel

    Anonymous is a group that is shining the light on many things that the public have been kept in the dark about. These people have been stripped of their rights for long enough. One of the rights that is being violated more and more is guaranteed by the First Amendment to the Constitution, right in our Bill of Rights. The freedom of assembly guarantees the right to assemble, in an orderly fashion (it doesn't give the right to assemble in groups to do harm, only in peaceful assemblies). Trespassing is defined as To trespass is to pass unlawfully within the boundaries of another's property. Public property maintained by the city/county/federal/etc. municipality is owned by the entity maintaining it, which gets the money from the taxpayers, making the land truly belong to the taxpayers. Thus technically the 'trespassing' charges shouldn't be valid, but that's where our 'freedoms' have been going for a long time. Honestly, how is it that the Occupiers are considered by many to be so terrible, but the protests here are very peaceful compared to other nations' protests. They are totally peaceful if you take out the instances where the police initiate the confrontation. Seriously, how many people do you know that would sit in line watching pepper spray sprayed all the way down the line to them without making any attempt to get away – if that's not peaceful then I don't know what is!

    January 14, 2012 at 11:31 pm |
  4. anonymous

    we do not forgive we do not forget, expect us

    January 13, 2012 at 1:58 pm |
  5. someone

    Sorry but Anonymous is not the power behind Occupy.

    January 12, 2012 at 4:46 pm |