Friday, June 24, 2011

Arizona still in the news for all the wrong reasons

Arizona's SB1070 anti-immigrant bill was one of the major topics at last week's Netroots Nation conference in Minneapolis.

Arizona was back in the news earlier this week when Rapidly Aging Crank Sen. John McCain alleged that the state's raging wildland fires were caused by "illegal aliens." He may have been referring to undocumented workers from Gdansk or Singapore or even Tralfamadore, but we doubt it. In Arizona, "illegal aliens" or "illegal immigrants" or just "illegals" always refers to Hispanics. McCain is now denying he said such an incendiary thing.

Arizona is in the news this morning. An online activist group has hacked Arizona law enforcement files. Here's part of a press release issued by
We are releasing hundreds of private intelligence bulletins, training manuals, personal email correspondence, names, phone numbers, addresses and passwords belonging to Arizona law enforcement. We are targeting AZDPS specifically because we are against SB1070 and the racial profiling anti-immigrant police state that is Arizona. 
The documents classified as "law enforcement sensitive", "not for public distribution", and "for official use only" are primarily related to border patrol and counter-terrorism operations and describe the use of informants to infiltrate various gangs, cartels, motorcycle clubs, Nazi groups, and protest movements. 
 Every week we plan on releasing more classified documents and embarassing personal details of military and law enforcement in an effort not just to reveal their racist and corrupt nature but to purposefully sabotage their efforts to terrorize communities fighting an unjust "war on drugs".  
Hackers of the world are uniting and taking direct action against our common oppressors - the government, corporations, police, and militaries of the world. See you again real soon! ;D
This is a new -- and possibly dangerous -- escalation in the war against some of the nutcase legislation that has been issuing from state legislatures. Anti-immigrant legislation has been very popular after SB1070. Right-wingers tried to ram through a bill in the most recent Wyoming Legislature. It failed.

I don't have the skills to be a hacker. I thought that wingnut trolls might want to know that. However, we all need to come up with new and subversive ways to reverse the Radical Right tide. It's a big Internet and it awaits our creativity.

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