From 19 August 2013: Remarks Made at the Jeremy Hammond / Barrett Brown Fundraiser

Jay Leiderman
By: Jay Leiderman
December 06 2016

Monday, August 19, 2013

Remarks Made at the Jeremy Hammond / Barrett Brown Fundraiser 19 August 2013 New York

We live in times where our liberties are ever threatened.  Where the individual is presumed to yield to the state.

Things that should not have ever been forgotten have, until recently, seemingly been lost to history. Things that should be said and known every day as we Americans decide how we allow ourselves to be governed are no longer spoken except by an outlawed few.  Our privacy, the very gift that gives us our spirit of independence has become threatened.  Where the masses have forgotten, a new breed of patriot, the hacktivist, remembers. Words that have, over the years, lost their meaning have suddenly gained meaning anew. There is a war on information, but that is not a war that the government will win. The people will prevail. As the people must prevail.

Jeremy Hammond
Jay leiderman addresses a crowd at a protest after celebrated hacktivist Jeremy Hammond was sentenced

I want to read to you a bit:

THESE are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value. We know how to put a proper price upon goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as FREEDOM should not be highly rated. 

Thomas Paine, The American Crisis, Winter 1776.  It is as appropriate now as it was at Valley Forge.  It shouldn’t be, but it is.

Let us not forget the principles upon which this country was born. As we look to our seemingly forgotten past we must embrace the fantastic promise of the digital revolution. It is our future.

The world is changing at a faster pace than it ever has before.  One person with the courage to come forward can change the world in ways they never could before.  But we must be mindful of the world as it is so that we can act to change it in ways that will benefit the future.





Rock and roll

These things have become passé

Information is the new currency

Information is the new aphrodisiac

Information is the new high.

He who controls the information controls your world.

And your government knows it.

But we’re starting to know it too, thanks at least in part to the groundbreaking work of Jeremy Hammond and Barrett Brown, two of the first prophets of the digital age.

Barrett Brown
Political Prisoner Barrett Brown

Educate and inform the whole mass of the people… They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty, said Thomas Jefferson. But our government would likely seek to classify our founding fathers as terrorists if they dared seek to turn their rhetoric to reality today. How far we have drifted from the American ideals. What dangerous times are these.

Likewise, predictably lurking about Jeremy and Barrett are prosecutors and judges who want to turn these prophets into martyrs. Our aim is to see that they fail miserably in these endeavors.

At issue in the cases of both Hammond and Brown is the principle that people are entitled to privacy while the state must be transparent. Syllogistically, a good result in The United States v Hammond and The United States v. Brown translates into a good result for freedom, freedom for us all. At the same time, we must also recognize that what is good for freedom is antithetical to the emerging omnipresent surveillance state.

Jeremy is accused of hacking Strategic Forecasting Inc., commonly known as Stratfor.  Stratfor was thought of as a private CIA.  He has admitted to passing over 5 million emails to Wikileaks for publication.  He has pled guilty and faces a possible 10 years in federal prison.  Those emails gave us a glimpse of the evil and inappropriate relationship between the government and the private spy network, the so called private intelligence community.  Among the disclosures of the Stratfor emails shed light upon was something called trapwire – facial recognition software already in place in major American cities that can track you as you go about your daily routine.

Jeremy Hammond Barrett Brown
Jay Leiderman addresses the crowd at a fundraiser for journalist Barrett Brown and hacktivist Jeremy Hammond in New York City

Trapwire was one of the many items that journalist Barrett Brown was investigating at the time of his arrest.  Barrett pends trial on charges that could add up to over 100 years of custody time.  Principal among the charges he faces are allegations that he shared a link to the Stratfotr hack wherein there were credit card numbers.  Assuming arguendo he did so, he shared a link to a newsworthy event.  He did something journalists do every day all day long.  But because of his investigations into these private intelligence firms, including Booz Allen Hamilton, the company in the news because they were the NSA contractor who employed NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, Barrett was charged and stands to lose his freedom for all of his days.  He’s 32 and they could give him 100 years.  It’s obscene.

Let me read some Jefferson once more to buttress the historic importance of these acts:

Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others.  I do not add ‘within the limits of the law’ because law is often the tyrants will, and always so when it violates the rights of the individual. 

Indeed, Jefferson would be in the lockup today, perhaps sharing a cell with Jeremy or Barrett.  What dangerous times are these indeed when personal liberty is constantly under threat of incarceration.

Jeremy and Barrett acted not for fame or for financial gain.  They didn’t think that one day we would gather together like this to support them and their actions.  They did what they did because of their unyielding principles.  Because they understood that freedom, liberty and independence come from that simple concept; privacy for the individual and transparency for the state.  Based upon that, they have acted heroically.

They remembered the American ideals that were lost to time.  They remembered their past as they forged ahead to make a better future for us all.  These are indeed the times that try man’s souls, but if we follow the lead set by Jeremy and Barrett, I’ve no doubt that it will be the American people that have a glorious triumph over the American government and the corporatocracy’s private surveillance state.

Donating to the causes of Jeremy Hammond and Barrett Brown is important for the foregoing reasons. We ask you to stand up for freedom, to stand against the surveillance state, to stand for the true ideals of the American experiment and help us protect and fight for these prophets of the digital age.

Jeremy and Barrett put themselves on the line for your freedom. Please help secure theirs. We do not forgive the transgressions of the surveillance state.  We do not forget our heroes.


7 thoughts on “From 19 August 2013: Remarks Made at the Jeremy Hammond / Barrett Brown Fundraiser

  1. Why Is Barrett Brown Facing 100 Years in Prison? | VICE

    By Patrick McGuire

    It was announced on Wednesday morning that Barrett Brown, a man who became a very public talking head for AnonOps (the brain trust that is arguably the cortex of the hacktivist group Anonymous, even though there technically isn’t one) is facing up to 100 years in jail for three separate indictments. The most recent two indictments—the threatening of an FBI officer in a YouTube video and the concealing of evidence—do not seem worthy of such a harsh sentence, considering a man in Houston recieved only 42 months for threatening to blow up an FBI building, and a former dentist got 18 months for threatening to kill an FBI agent. The third, however, pertains to Barrett Brown’s pasting of a link in an Anonymous IRC chat room to a document full of credit card numbers and their authentication codes that was stolen from the security company Stratfor, in the midst of a hack that released over five million internal emails. Those emails were published to Wikileaks. Some writers have rightfully raised their concerns about the legalities behind sharing a link that points to stolen material (which is why I have not linked to those five million emails) and whether or not that should be an indictable offense. However, Barrett’s work and research into Stratfor tells a much more complicated and disturbing story than a pile of stolen Visa cards.

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  2. Every revolutionary has a protest song,
    Topiary got one it was ten minutes long,
    I gotta contender name of Barrett
    Guy’s a diamond 24 karat
    He’s gonna make us a neat defendant
    With his interpretation of the first amendment
    He earns no money Pays no taxes
    Leaking shit about Abraxas
    So lock and load and get the baseball bat
    Did anyone check if he was on Tinychat?
    You fucking dumb fuck, this kid’s online,
    The world will see his kick his behind,
    Live on air he’s going down
    This is the Ballad of Barrett Brown


    Hello I’m Robert Stacy McCain
    It’s only cause of Barrett that you know my name
    I was the donkey twitter was the carrot
    Hey @support you gonna twitter jail Barrett?
    No one’s as smug as Robert Stacey Mac
    And I’m not a racist — hell my cleaner is black
    I got your number Barrett I know what you’re planning
    I’m going to lock you up with Bradley Manning
    Barret’s in prison saying who will save us
    who you gonna call? Jake Davis?
    look at Jake now, the shades have gone
    he’s got your old job at the Guardian
    Barrett shut up with your anarchy
    You made me hit the caps lock key
    What can I say? Social media’s hell
    Many a tweep has filled many a jail cell
    Barrett Brown you’re a fucking noob
    Y’ever see Stacy Mac on YouTube?
    I’m right behind you Barrett –
    That just means don’t bend down
    It’s the Ballad of Barrett Brown


    Hi everyone my name is Jennifer Emick
    Barrett you’re going to listen to my polemic
    This hacker shit has become endemic
    I do Asherah research it’s not exactly academic
    But I’m starting with you Barrett and all of your fibs
    Gonna get some cops to jump on his ribs
    I haven’t got no scruples at all
    And if I don’t like you then Troll-lo-lo-loll!
    I’ve got a secret crush on barrett
    and what Stacy Mccain says, I just parrot
    BB’s name I will besmirch
    That’s the job of Asherah reserach
    Mercedes Haefer any day I’ll match her
    This is Chitty Chitty Bang Bagn and I’m the child catcher
    I trolled Barrett’s girl and just depressed her
    I’ll get you all – even you Jester
    I’ll get Barrett’s mum he’ll never hide her
    Goddamn it lets’ pull that Goatse wider!
    The nets a circus, and I’m the fucking clown
    I wish I had a song! But instead I’m singing the Ballad of Barrett Brown. DAMN!


    Hello everyone my name is Aaron
    You can’t dox me I’m way past caring
    I’ll sell your details to the feds for any amount
    And I use the same password for every account!
    Yeah I heard we’re all ganging up on Barrett
    Bust him out of that Texas garrett
    What you gonna do barrett you and whose private army?
    I’m standing here getting head from Parmy
    Oh come on bitch suck for goodness sake!
    I hear you want to get me together with Jake
    But Aaron don’t get down like that
    I’m not your average Internet rat
    I want to be the internet’z chief inspector
    When you’re done there Parmy just send in Hector
    Anyway guys I’m bouncing back
    Can’t get me with your lulzy hack
    I got a new website SHIT Tango Down! Tango Down!
    We’re gonna blame Barrett Brown


    Hello —- I’m Barrett Brown
    a lot of assholes want to bring me down
    You know where to find me my name is Barrett
    I’m lying in the bath with a glass of claret,
    I got the bollacks I am the dog’s own
    All I need know’s a little suboxone
    This isn’t what I became a hat for
    I only wanted to report on Stratfor
    So here’s a clip of me shooting a gun
    and that’s what you’ll get if you hassle my mum
    So those were the vegetables that was the salad
    And you’ve been listening to a tragic ballad
    This is a goddamn witch hunt – what da ya think!?
    You gonna lock up everyone who pastes a link?
    I got a short message Agent Smith is in it
    Well when I say short, I mean 45 minutes.
    My god, my door is being kicked down
    so bye for now everyone – this is the ballad of me,
    Hello, my name is Barrett Brown.

    A federal grand jury has indicted Barrett Brown, an activist from Texas with links to the Anonymous hacktivist movement, on a dozen federal charges for sharing a hyperlink inside of an Internet chat room.

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  3. Ballad of Barrett Brown – YouTube
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  5. The Strange Case of Barrett Brown
    Amid the outrage over the NSA’s spying program, the jailing of journalist Barrett Brown points to a deeper and very troubling problem.
    By Peter Ludlow

    In early 2010, journalist and satirist Barrett Brown was working on a book on political pundits, when the hacktivist collective Anonymous caught his attention. He soon began writing about its activities and potential. In a defense of the group’s anti-censorship operations in Australia published on February 10, Brown declared, “I am now certain that this phenomenon is among the most important and under-reported social developments to have occurred in decades, and that the development in question promises to threaten the institution of the nation-state and perhaps even someday replace it as the world’s most fundamental and relevant method of human organization.”

    By then, Brown was already considered by his fans to be the Hunter S. Thompson of his generation. In point of fact he wasn’t like Hunter S. Thompson, but was more of a throwback—a sharp-witted, irreverent journalist and satirist in the mold of Ambrose Bierce or Dorothy Parker. His acid tongue was on display in his co-authored 2007 book, Flock of Dodos: Behind Modern Creationism, Intelligent Design and the Easter Bunny, in which he declared: “This will not be a polite book. Politeness is wasted on the dishonest, who will always take advantage of any well-intended concession.”

  6. Barrett Brown had a hard time finding good counsel. Jeremy Hammond was lucky that he had a team of dedicated lawyers. Check this out next time:

    National Legal Aid & Defender Association
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