Warning: offensive languageA man once affiliated with the radical hacktivist group Anonymous has been arrested for threatening a federal agent, reports tech news site Ars Technica.
Barrett Brown of suburban Dallas was picked up the Feds just hours after posting a video on YouTube in which he lets loose on the FBI, berating one agent in particular named Robert Smith. Brown accuses Smith of harassing his mother, harrassment that allegedly involved slapping her with obstruction of justice charges for helping to hide Brown's laptop.
Brown says the charges against his mother are "fucking insane," and stresses that she's had nothing to do with helping Brown engage in any of the activities that have attracted the wrath of authorities. He lets loose on Smith in no uncertain terms: "My fucking mom is now being threatened by a chickenshit little faggot cock sucker, little FBI agent Robert Smith." At one point Brown says that "Smith's life is over," but hedges the statement by claiming, "When I say his life is over, I'm not saying I'm going to kill him, but I am going to ruin his life and look into his fucking kids."
According toWired, the FBI offered no official comment regarding Brown's arrest.
@Jackie312gm Nope. I just wanted to confirm that you really were saying that you think one mistake warrants eternal punishment. And by the way, I don't know his history so I can't say with even a semblance of certainty that he never did any wrong while on heroin, but simply being an addict doesn't automatically make one do bad things to others. At a glance it seems there's a lot of prejudice driving your opinion.
@CitizenToker I help the homeless and many heroin addicts. 90% are convicted felons or will be probably at sometime in their lifes. The addict in question right now, Mr.hacker will be a convicted felon sooner or later.He seems to be working toward that goal.
@Jackie312gm But you do t seem to be acknowledging that roughly half of those convicted didn't commit a crime to warrant conviction. They just happened to get caught with drugs, something that's a personal choice and shouldn't be punished. Perhaps he will be convicted but I wonder if he's actually done anything g wrong to deserve it.
I haven't researched this matter at all so i could be way off base here, but what I got from the video is that he is exposing wrong doing by government agents and in retaliation they're threatening his mother, who he claims to be innocent, and making his location known to a cartel hit squad. Hell, I'd be furious and wanting some retribution.
@CitizenToker - That's certainly the way he wants to present it. Seems to me though, if his laptop is evidence in a criminal investigation, and his mother is wilfully concealing it from the authorities, that's obstruction of justice, not harassment of the innocent.
@CitizenToker - Obviously we don't know all the facts. I tend to operate on the principle that neither side usually has a monopoly on the truth, hence I am not inclined to take everything this guy says at face value.
@Stratton Lol. I'm pretty tempted to, but I have a severe prejudice toward government as I believe virtually everything and everyone in it is corrupt and working to achieve a personal agenda at the cost of the general public but you're right. There's a lot that we won't know until all is said and done and maybe some things we'll never know for certain. It's not wise to just believe just because.
What the hell dude. How could you be so dense? Wear a mask, post the video from a library or other public computer, distort your voice. How you ever got into the so-called 'elite' hacker community known as Anonymous, is beyond me.
This was incredibly stupid. But you should always keep in mind, my dear FBI, you never have to worry about the ones that talk about doing things. They're looking for nothing but attention. Be it suicide, or homicide, if they talk, they won't act.
Maybe I missed something, I didn't hear him threaten anything illegal, only that he plans on digging up dirt in an attempt to ruin the life of who he believes to be a scandalous government agent who has endangered his life and harassed his family so I don't really see any grounds for prosecution based solely on that.
@Wilberhum That was a blanket statement that included no actual threat of criminal behavior. And IF he actually does have the evidence of wrong doing he claims to have and it finds it's way into a courtroom is say that agent's life will be ruined, appropriately so.
@CitizenToker If you don't think it's criminal to say "When I say his life is over, I'm not saying I'm going to kill him, but I am going to ruin his life and look into his fucking kids." then I suggest you go straighten out the FBI and educate them to what is and what isn't criminal.
well what would any of us do, if someone harrassed our mother? would we care if it was, the fbi or any other thug? this guy was upset, because he felt his mother was being unjustly harrassed. how many of us, would not defend our mother? apparently a lot of you, do not feel your mothers are worth defending.
There has to be something here that I'm missing. In the video I saw a man was upset because he alleges that a government agent participating in a conspiracy to frame activists who apparently have done nothing more that their patriotic duty, committing no crime in the process is harassing his mother with falsified criminal charges and made his location known to people who intend him harm and he claims to have proof of these allegations. If that's true why shouldn't he dig up dirt on agent Smith? And, again if he's telling the truth, he should be praised for the work he's done and the risks he's taken to expose corruption in gov and conspiracy against citizens doing the right thing not prosecuted. What really gets me, though, is the seemingly general consensus in the remarks that he deserves punishment and ridicule for simply being a drug user... Not for crimes he may have committed while on drugs, or in the pursuit of drugs... but just for using. Does liberty and justice for all just not mean a damn thing to Americans anymore?
Non-violent citizens who bring no harm to others don't deserve to be caged simply because they use non-tobacco, non-alcoholic, non-pharmaceutical drugs. I don't understand this mentality that people deserve to be punished for simply being unpopular.
@Thunderchicken I did and he did seem pretty out there, but whether his accusations are true or not he seems to believe them and they're severe enough to shake anyone if they're true. For Christ's sake, man, he believes a government agent exposed him to a Zeta hit squad because he exposed crimes. I'd be an angry wreck, too.
People like this are definately a threat. A good hacker can ruin your life with just a few keystrokes. The problem is how do you punish them or even keep them from doing this. You know...its called cyber bullying in teenage language