Trump Says NY Times Might Have Fabricated Anonymous Op-ed: ‘Totally Corrupt’


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Towards the end of his 46 minute interview with Fox & Friends, President Trump opened fire on The New York Times for the kazillionth time because of the anonymous op-ed they published weeks ago from a supposed senior official in his administration. The op-ed was a major bombshell last month since it described an internal government resistance that works to undermine Trump in certain ways while containing his volatile tendencies at other points. When asked if his administration was close to figuring out who the writer might’ve been, Trump blasted off with a “fake news media” tangent and suggested that the Times might’ve completely manufactured Anonymous by writing it up themselves.
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Trump Calls on Jeff Sessions to Investigate Anonymous Op-Ed Author


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President Donald Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One on Friday that he wants Attorney General Jeff Sessions to investigate who wrote the anonymous op-ed published in The New York Times Wednesday. The only public information about the author is that he or she is a “senior official” in the White House. “We’re going to take a look at what he had, what he gave, what he’s talking about also where he is right now,” Trump cryptically explained to reporters. “I don’t want him in those meetings,” Trump added in regards to if the author has high-level security clearance. Trump also said he was considering taking legal action against the Times for an endangerment of “national security,” calling publishing the op-ed a “disgrace.” He also said that The New York Times‘ stock dipped slightly after Trump spoke out against the article’s publication. Trump said as much Wednesday as Continue reading "Trump Calls on Jeff Sessions to Investigate Anonymous Op-Ed Author"

O See, Can You Say


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Between the Kavanaugh confirmation hearings on Capitol Hill and an anonymous op-ed from within the Trump White House, a wave of rule-bending and -breaking has crashed on Washington. This week, we explore how political decorum and popular dissent have evolved since the early days of our republic — and how the legal protections for those core freedoms could transform our future.
  1. Brooke and Bob on how best to cover the anonymous op/ed written by a "senior official in the Trump administration." Listen.
  2. Geoffrey Stone, professor of law at University of Chicago, on our evolving — and occasionally faulty — interpretations of the first amendment. And, Laura Weinrib, professor of law at University of Chicago, on how early-20th century labor struggles gave birth to our modern ideas about freedom of speech. Listen.

  3. Tim Wu [@superwuster], professor of law at Columbia University, on how the first amendment Continue reading "O See, Can You Say"

WATCH: Trump Can’t Say ‘Anonymous’


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On Thursday, President Donald Trump held a rally in Montana where talk, not surprisingly, turned to the New York Times op-ed railing against his presidency and fitness for office. “The so-called resistance is angry because their horrible ideas have been rejected by the American people and it is driving them crazy,” Trump said. He then added: “They are the ones, honestly, that have been driven crazy.” Yet things went a bit awry when he tried to say “anonymous.” “The latest active resistance is the op-ed published in the failing New York Times by an anom-oni-ss, really an anom-in-iss gutless coward,” he said slurring the word “anonymous.” Moving on, the president then suggested that the op-ed author may be a woman because they say he’s a man. Watch above, via Fox News

Speculation: Who is the Anonymous White House Official Behind the ‘Resistance’ Op-Ed?


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The New York Times dropped a bomb on the news cycle Wednesday afternoon when the paper published an op-ed from an anonymous, senior administration official that tells the story of resistance against Donald Trump within the White House. And everyone wants to know who it is. Speculation naturally followed immediately after publication, and internet sleuthing started with the words themselves. The premise, voiced below by an MSNBC tech reporter, is that the style or choice of words will lead inevitably to the writer. And on that line of thinking, Panoply’s Dan Bloom noted something one fairly intriguing term: “lodestar.”

CNN’s Lanny Davis Problem


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Six weeks ago, CNN broke a blockbuster story: According to several anonymous sources, President Trump had advance knowledge of the infamous Trump Tower meeting. It was a potential smoking gun, until one of those sources — Lanny Davis, attorney for Michael Cohen — recanted. Beyond that headache for CNN, there was another. The original article had claimed, "Contacted by CNN, one of Cohen's attorneys, Lanny Davis, declined to comment." Depending on how you understand the word "comment," and depending your general disposition, that claim could be technically true or woefully, mendaciously disingenuous. Bob spoke with Washington Post media reporter Paul Farhi about the implications — and dangers — of this latest media mishap. 

Crowdsourcing Justice: The Truth Behind the Steubenville Rape


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Five years ago, two high school football players in Steubenville, Ohio were found responsible in juvenile court for the rape of a 16-year-old girl.  For much of the national media, that was the end of  the story — but for those in Steubenville who lived through it, the truth never caught up to the lies that spread online and the vigilante terror that resulted. A new, three-part audio documentary from Audible examines the case and the danger of crowd-sourcing justice to online activists. Bob spoke to producer Derek John who, along with Anders Kelto, reported the series for Audible’s new podcast, “Gamebreaker.” 

One Hacker’s Crusade to Attack ISIS by Drowning Them in Porn


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ComputerA member of the loosely organized hacking collective Anonymous has taken the fight to ISIS by inundating hundreds of Twitter accounts associated with the terrorist group with pornography. The hacker Wauchula Ghost — who did not give his real name — told the Washington Post: “Daesh doesn’t like porn. They don’t like women in general. We just started using it to poke fun at them and diminish their presence online.” The Post‘s Jacob Bogage writes:
Instead of messages supporting the self-described caliphate or encouraging violence, some 160 accounts hacked by the Ghost have tweeted photos of nude women. Some users’ avatars now read “I [heart] porn.” The content is a jab at the group’s interpretation of Muslim religious customs that require piety and chastity. By tweeting sexual content rather than traditional battle cries against the West, the Ghost said he wants to undermine the voices of Continue reading "One Hacker’s Crusade to Attack ISIS by Drowning Them in Porn"

Anonymous Targets ‘Monolithic and Evil’ Ku Klux Klan With Cyber Attack


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The main website associated with the Ku Klux Klan was targeted and brought down by hackers from the groups Ghost Squad and Anonymous as part of the ongoing #OpKKK war. Sunday’s DDoS attack (distributed denial-of-service) shut down the site at some point Sunday, which as of this publishing, remains offline:Screen Shot 2016-04-25 at 7.29.29 AM In an interview with hackRead, one of the hackers said:
“We targeted the KKK due to our hackers being up in their face, we believe in free speech but their form of beliefs is monolithic and evil. We stand for constitutional rights but they want anyone who is not Caucasian removed from earth so we targeted the KKK official website to show love for our boots on the ground and to send a message that all forms of corruption will be fought. We are not fascist but we certainly do not agree with the KKK movement. They are the Fascists and Continue reading "Anonymous Targets ‘Monolithic and Evil’ Ku Klux Klan With Cyber Attack"

Anonymous Claims Credit for Doxxing Personal Trump Info That’s Been Online For a While


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PicMonkey Collage - AnonymousAnonymous has set its sights on Donald Trump, and one of their affiliates posted a video to YouTube Thursday in which it claimed to have unearthed personal information on the mogul. If the hacktivist collective is serious about its plans, though, they’ll have to up their game, since most of the information they distributed is actually not new at all. In previous threat videos, the group promised to wage cyber warfare against Trump’s organizations in retaliation for proposals that the group deemed “disturbing,” “xenophobic,” and “fascist” in nature. The new video was circulated by Anonymous Twitter accounts, and it contains links to a Pastebin page containing Trump’s cell phone number, social security number, and the names and addresses of his various employees. While it is unknown whether the SSN actually belongs to Trump, numerous reports confirm that many of the names and addresses have been publicly available through Google’s Continue reading "Anonymous Claims Credit for Doxxing Personal Trump Info That’s Been Online For a While"

Anonymous Declares War on Trump and Calls On ‘Every Able Person With a Computer’ For Help


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Donald Trump, it is too late to expect us.” This riff on the infamous “Expect us” of Anonymous‘ creed:
We are Anonymous. We are legion. We do not forgive. We do not forget. Expect us.

When Anonymous says this in a video, it usually means that they’ve declared war on someone. In Trump’s case, they have now declared it twice.   They said, “Dear Donald Trump, we have been watching you for a long time and what we see is deeply disturbing,” before playing a highlight reel of some of the candidate’s more offensive remarks. Watch above to see the dramatic call to arms. [image via screengrab] For more from Lindsey, follow her on Twitter.

Anonymous Launches Campaign Against Michigan Governor for Poison Water Crisis


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As Michigan governor Rick Synder continues to face criticism for his handling of the polluted water crisis griping the city of Flint, the hactivist group Anonymous announced that they are preparing to launch a campaign against him. Many have been calling for Synder’s resignation ever since it came to light that he switched the city’s water supply to a polluted river in a cost-cutting maneuver, which ended up contaminating the entire city’s supply with toxic levels of lead. IntelGroup, a faction of Anonymous, released a video yesterday that blasted Synder’s administration, and promised they would start a cyber campaign to round up enough evidence to force him to stand trial for manslaughter. “The crimes committed by Gov. Snyder as well as other city officials will not go unpunished,” an Anonymous spokesman states. “We encourage the city of Flint to be vocal and demand that Governor Snyder face criminal charges, Anonymous will Continue reading "Anonymous Launches Campaign Against Michigan Governor for Poison Water Crisis"

Anonymous Hackers Reportedly Declare War on Trump Over Muslim Ban Proposal


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PicMonkey-Collage-AnonymousMembers of Anonymous have issued a stern warning to Donald Trump, with some members of the hacktivist collective saying they have declared war against the mogul for his controversial call to ban foreign Muslims. While Anonymous has been preoccupied recently with their attempt to wage cyber-war with ISIS, various Twitter accounts linked to the group have launched Operation Trump, and have admonished the Republican candidate’s inflammatory rhetoric by saying he is only supporting ISIS’ case against America. One hacker uploaded a picture to Twitter, and alleged that a distributed denial of service attack was underway to crash www.trumptowerny.com: As of today, the site is still in operation, and Anonymous has yet to issue any official support for the members who have gotten behind #OpTrump. Nonetheless, a Continue reading "Anonymous Hackers Reportedly Declare War on Trump Over Muslim Ban Proposal"

Anonymous Declares Dec. 11 ‘ISIS Trolling Day,’ Invites Web Users to Target #Daeshbags


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PicMonkey Collage - AnonymousAnonymous, the hacktivist collective that declared “total war” on ISIS after November’s terror attacks in Paris, asked its followers to participate in ‘ISIS Trolling Day’ on Dec. 11, RT reports. In a message on Ghostbin, Anonymous announced “The World against ISIS Project,” asking followers to “show your support and help against ISIS by joining us and trolling them.” “Do not think you have to be apart of Anonymous, anyone can do this and does not require any special skills,” the message adds. The project provides tips on how to troll ISIS online, suggesting participants spread photos of dead ISIS members and mock ISIS wives by using images of goats. In addition, Anonymous suggests web users parody the terrorist organization’s propaganda material in original YouTube videos. The group also wants help making the hashtag #Daeshbags (a play on “Daesh” — an acronym reportedly reviled by the Islamic State) trend worldwide. Extolling the benefits of Continue reading "Anonymous Declares Dec. 11 ‘ISIS Trolling Day,’ Invites Web Users to Target #Daeshbags"

Anonymous Replaces ISIS Website With Viagra Ad: ‘Enhance Your Calm’


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PicMonkey Collage - AnonymousGhostSec, a group affiliated with the hacktivist collective Anonymous, removed an ISIS support website and replaced it with ads for Viagra and Prozac, International Business Times reports.

The website was reportedly hosted on the dark web in an effort by ISIS to secure its internet presence amid growing cyber attacks on the jihadi terrorist group. IBT reported the site mirrored other online resources by the Al-Hayat Media Center, ISIS’ sophisticated media arm that creates the majority of its propaganda material.

“Too Much ISIS. Enhance your calm,” the text box read. “Too many people are into this ISIS-stuff. Please gaze upon this lovely ad so we can upgrade our infrastructure to give you ISIS content you all so desperately crave.” The ad also linked to an online pharmacy where visitors can buy pharmaceutical drugs with bitcoins. This hack is the latest iteration of the Anonymous vs. ISIS cyber war. In retaliation for the Nov. 13 terrorist attacks in Continue reading "Anonymous Replaces ISIS Website With Viagra Ad: ‘Enhance Your Calm’"

Anonymous Wants Your Help Rickrolling ISIS on Social Media


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anonymous isis rickrollOnline hacker collective Anonymous hopes to ruin terrorism’s social media game with a new campaign, but they’re requesting the public’s help in doing so. Why? Because it will take everyone’s considerable thumb strength to spam ISIS with the ultimate Rickroll. That’s right, folks. Viral Internet sensation Rick Astley‘s ’80s-era music career was saved by a famous trolling. Now it’s going to fight terrorism. According to Bloomberg News, numerous Twitter accounts associated with Anonymous and the group’s campaign against ISIS announced the new tactic last week. They also posted instructions for first-time spammers and Internet trolls. anonymous isis rickroll guide Despite the fun often associated with Rickrolling, Anonymous stressed the importance of the campaign repeatedly. They were especially concerned with which individuals and groups’ accounts were targeted. “Please take a Continue reading "Anonymous Wants Your Help Rickrolling ISIS on Social Media"

ISIS Blasts Anonymous ‘Idiots’ After Hackers Declare ‘Total War’ on Militant Group


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PicMonkey Collage - AnonymousThe day after Anonymous declared “total war” on ISIS, operatives for the Islamic State blasted the vigilante group, calling the hacktivist collective “idiots.” Using Telegram, an encrypted messaging app, an ISIS-affiliated account shared a memo that read in part, “The #Anonymous hackers threatened in new video release that they will carry out a major hack operation on the Islamic state (idiots).” The memo was shared by supporters of ISIS and corroborated by SITE, an intelligence organization that analyzes communications among jihadist groups. The militants insisted Anonymous has only managed to access the Twitter accounts and e-mails of jihadists thus far, rhetorically asking ISIS followers, “What they gonna hack?” The memo also provided instructions on how to avoid hackers, telling supporters to change their IP addresses frequently and to avoid speaking with strangers over messaging apps and social media. ISIS’ message follows a video posted by Anonymous Monday, where a representative in a Guy Fawkes Continue reading "ISIS Blasts Anonymous ‘Idiots’ After Hackers Declare ‘Total War’ on Militant Group"

Anonymous Vows ‘Biggest Operation Ever’ Against ISIS for Attack on France


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The hacktivist collective known as Anonymous posted a video to their YouTube account on Saturday, where they condemned and swore vengeance on ISIS and its supporters for the terror attacks that devastated Paris.
Appearing in the group’s preferred Guy Fawkes mask, Anonymous’ spokesman gave a video in French saying that the hackers have declared war against the extremist group. A translation from Towleroad says that the message warns ISIS to expect “massive cyber attacks” and that members from all over the world would join the effort against them.
You should know that we will find you and we will not let you go. We will launch the biggest operation ever against you. Expect massive cyber attacks. War is declared. Get prepared. The French people are stronger than you and will come out of this atrocity even stronger.
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Anonymous Follows Through on Threat, Posts Info for Hundreds of Alleged KKK Members


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Approximately one week ago, Anonymous announced #OpKKK on Twitter, saying that they would soon release the names and social media information of a thousand Ku Klux Klan members. As it turns out, they weren’t bluffing: The hacker group has fought an online war with the white supremacist group for the past year, stating that this was retaliation for the group saying it would use “lethal force” against the protestors of Ferguson, Missouri. The hacktivists took control of numerous supremacist forums and websites, and promised that today would be the first day of #HoodsOff. A report from Re/code states that Anonymous obtained this information through interviews, covert record reviews, and digitally breaching supremacist websites. The released data is supposedly the cumulation of Anonymous’ searching ever since they began to target the group. “We Continue reading "Anonymous Follows Through on Threat, Posts Info for Hundreds of Alleged KKK Members"

If You Really Think Four Republican Senators Are in the KKK, You’re a Fool


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KKK FlyersThe biggest story of the day on progressive and alternative websites is a shocking one: Anonymous has released the names of four Republican Senators and five Republican mayors who are members of the Ku Klux Klan. Sites giving exposure to this news include Daily Kos, PoliticsUSA, USA Today (?!), The Root, and The Huffington Post. The more careful outlets merely passed along the accusation without naming names, the less savory ones seemed honestly sold on the notion that four Republican senators are members of the KKK. And if you believe that, I’ve got a bridge to sell you. To begin with, the Anonymous Twitter account that announced the eminent (and undeniably legitimate) release of information has come out and said the second hacker wasn’t connected with them, and even called the accused “innocent.” (Note: I will not be naming the accused politicians. Their names have been dragged through the Continue reading "If You Really Think Four Republican Senators Are in the KKK, You’re a Fool"