Free alleged Anonymous supporters
Over the past few months, many people have been detained and charged in connection with operations by the Anonymous collective. The most often cited op is Operation Avenge Assange. This was begun after MasterCard, Visa, PayPal, and other institutions blocked voluntary donations to Wikileaks. Thousands of Anonymous supporters coordinated 'attacks' against these these websites using the LOIC tool to DDoS the website servers. DDoSing has been described as nothing more than an online sit-in. Machines send requests to a server so frequently that it is overwhelmed; how long this is sustained determines how long the servers are offline. If we assume that DDoS is the online, and often international, form of a peaceful sit-in, the US government (as well as others, most notably the UK & Turkey) is charging individuals with federal offenses for what, if it were a real-life sit-in, would be no more than citation or a misdemeanor. The arrest and charging of peaceful protesters is a disgrace. As technology evolves, our interpretation of laws must evolve as well, to protect our fragile liberties.