Hate Group Westboro Baptist Chruch Drops Aaron Swartz Funeral Protest Plans After Anonymous Vows Action

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Hacktivist group Anonymous pledged to crash picketing efforts by the members of the hate group Westboro Baptist Church, who had previously warned to picket the funeral of Reddit co-founder and internet activist Aaron Swartz. Swartz committed suicide in his Brooklyn apartment on Friday, Jan. 11,

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Hacktivist group Anonymous pledged to crash picketing efforts by the members of the hate group Westboro Baptist Church, who had previously warned to picket the funeral of Reddit co-founder and internet activist Aaron Swartz. Swartz committed suicide in his Brooklyn apartment on Friday, Jan. 11, 

Anonymous Group has been eagerly involved and is looking forward to seek revenge after the Swartz’s suicide, from proposing a peaceful protest in Washington D.C. on January 25 with the hashtag #OpAngel to stopping the Westboro Baptist Church from protesting his funeral on Tuesday.

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A number of people turned up to the funeral home in Highland Park, Ill., on Tuesday, willing to block the way of WBC members and to stop them from getting near to the procession.

 

 

WBC was nowhere to be found, when supporters and members of Anonymous showed up.

 

 

@anon2worldalso tweeted that the WBC's lawyer contacted police to say that WBC would not be attending the funeral.

 

 

Westboro Baptist Church in a press release on Sunday announced their plans to protest Swartz's funeral.

 

 

Then a video was uploaded on YouTube on Monday, announcing that hacktivists would block any attempt by Westboro to protest Swartz's funeral.

Internet activist and computer prodigy Aaron Swartz, who helped create an early version of the Web feed system RSS, committed suicide in New York City on Jan. 11. The 26-year-old was facing federal criminal charges in a controversial fraud case.

According to the federal indictment, Swartz used MIT's computer networks to steal more than 4 million articles from JSTOR, an online archive and journal distribution service.

JSTOR did not press charges against Swartz after the digitized copies of the articles were returned, according to media reports at the time. Swartz, who pleaded not guilty to all counts, faced 35 years in prison and a $1 million fine if convicted. He was released on bond and his trial was scheduled to start later this year.

Anonymous has previously also taken a stance against controversial protest attempts made by the Westboro Baptist Church.  In December, Anonymous called for supporters to head to Connecticut to block WBC members from the funerals of the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting victims.

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Redditorswho openly mournedfor Swartz, have now commented on Anonymous’ action against WBC, see what they believe:

[–]Blamsquad

I'll believe it when I don't see it.

[–]Kalmins

The ole bait n switch. Tell them one thing, do another.

[–]SomeFakeInternetName

Anonymous has them scared.

Good.

[–]crash7800

More like they hit their goal without having to physically travel.

The WBC's goal is publicity. By threatening them, Anon gave them press and the attention of their hundreds of thousands (if no millions) of followers.

By talking and posting about it we are helping them to achieve their goals.

These people are not afraid - they are insane. They got what they wanted out of this which was news press and coverage in an influential group. So, now they don't have to travel. We saved them a trip.

[–]kernelhappy

The WBC are hardly insane, quite the opposite, they're shrewd and calculated running a simple, effective play book.

The WBC basically operates on the principle that people won't break the law to fight them or if they do break the law, WBC can fall back on litigation. Since Anonymous is a non-tangible entity that is really good about remaining non-tangible and is not always concerned about abiding by the law, the playbook doesn't work well against them. The risk/reward isn't worth it.

[–]crankybadger

The thing that would piss off the WBC more than anything would be to push them out of the Google search results. Anonymous could easily make a "Westboro Baptist Church" that's friendly, welcoming, pro-gay, and quite curiously, linked to aggressively from many sites, promoting it to the #1 slot on Google.

It can't be too hard to get these slimy jackasses off the pedestal.
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