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Music : The Photographer (Act I - 'A Gentleman's Honor' + Act II) by Philip Glass
Dear citizens of the internet. The time has come for us to take to action. The time has come to reclaim what's ours.
Now ever since the dawn of ages, knowledge has been power. And thus many groups of people - over time - have tried to regulate and put restrictions to the public access to information and the means by which this information can be stored, duplicated and distributed.
Especially since the second world war, governments have been growing this exponentially expanding web of secrecy - which they claim is a necessary prerequisite to protect and serve our national interests and personal well-being.
Time and time again, we have learned that these are lies.
On the other hand, increasingly more idea's, things and technologies are being locked away from the majority of the public by large multinational corporations, copyright laws and patent offices worldwide.
However, the emergence of the internet has deeply challenged this way of doing things.
It has opened up a vast network of information - even to the poor - and made it possible to study pretty much anything you could possibly imagine to study.
It made accessible most so-called 'cultural products' for free - and gave people a means for their own production and distribution of ideas, things and technologies.
At the same time - it has undermined the very ideas of secrecy and censorship as such.
ANONYMOUS applauds this turn of events and believes there is great emancipatory power for the whole of humankind in these technological and ideological developments.
For we know that knowledge is free - and secrecy only leads to injustice and brutal abuse of power.
Now - one of the institutions fighting censorship and secrecy under the banner of free access to information is Wikileaks. What they do is very important.
That is exactly why Wikileaks - and it's public spokesman Julian Assange - have been under such severe attack by the powers that be these last weeks.
ANONYMOUS thinks the recent events and media-storm around Wikileaks are very important, in both a real and symbolic sense.
In a way - a true info-war is waged here for the very first time - and the outcome of this battle will affect all future battles about free access to information to come.
This battle is between the people - us - ANONYMOUS - and those who are in power.
If you care at all about this stuff, then YOU are ANONYMOUS.
ANONYMOUS is the people and the people is ANONYMOUS.
ANONYMOUS is the consciousness of the internet and it will avenge all those who seek to regulate, and put restrictions to, the public access to information through the internet.
Spread this consciousness!
Make video's, posters, stencils, stickers and so on - and spread them everywhere, both virtually and in the real world.
Write articles - and put them on your blog or send them to your local newspaper.
Put your local media under pressure to spend a reasonable amount of attention to - and a fair and 'objective' treatment of - these issue's.
Boycott - or attack - anyone who threatens the freedom of information on the internet.
Yes - this includes anyone trying to prevent sites as Wikileaks from operating properly.
Talk with your friends about these issue's.
Download, share, produce - be free!
Because YOU are ANONYMOUS!
We - ANONYMOUS - will win this war!
We are ANONYMOUS!
We are legion!
We do not forgive!
We do not forget!
KNOWLEDGE IS FREE!