Meet the Guy Who Snitched on Occupy Wall Street to the FBI and NYPD
Since the Occupy Wall Street protest began on September 17, New York security consultant Thomas Ryan has been waging a campaign to infiltrate and discredit the movement. Ryan says he’s done contract work for the U.S. Army and he brags on his blog that he leads “a team called Black Cell, a team of the most-highly trained and capable physical, threat and cyber security professionals in the world.” But over the past few weeks, he and his computer security buddies have been spending time covertly attending Occupy Wall Street meetings, monitoring organizers’ social media accounts, and hanging out with protesters in Lower Manhattan.
As part of their intelligence-gathering operation, the group gained access to a listserv used by Occupy Wall Street organizers called September17discuss. On September17discuss, organizers hash out tactics and plan events, conduct post-mortems of media appearances, and trade the latest protest gossip. On Friday, Ryan leaked thousands of September17discuss emails to conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart, who is now using them to try to smear Occupy Wall Street as an anarchist conspiracy to disrupt global markets.
What may much more alarming to Occupy Wall Street organizers is that while Ryan was monitoring September17discuss, he was forwarding interesting email threads to contacts at the NYPD and FBI, including special agent Jordan T. Loyd, a member of the FBI’s New York-based cyber security team
Hold the fuck up.
Why are you people getting angry that he snitched, but you love Julian Assange? You all love a website dedicated to the act of globally posting whistle-blowing secrets about international companies, so how is this any different?
“Well Peter, these are people who are just rallying against a cause, they’re not doing any harm.”
2 problems with that argument:
1) If you’re going to compare an international company to the people trying to run Occupy Wallstreet, then they’re both being snitched on for something, by someone else, for someone else’s goal. The argument “if the companies have nothing to hide, why are the hiding it?” runs true for the Occupy movement. “If the people running Occupy have nothing illegal to hide, why are they hiding it?”
2) You can’t say that without knowing the context. Why is it you chose to believe the secrets WikiLeaks posts without knowing the context? You’re willing to shit yourselves over Collateral Murder, not knowing the complete back story behind it? What if they had reason to believe those two Reuters employees were major terrorists? What if they thought those were the two people they’ve been hunting for months? -Yet you hate it when people work against you in the exact same way - posting information without context for others to read.
This is absolutely and completely hypocritical.