Barrett Brown

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Barrett Brown (born August 14, 1981) is an American journalist, essayist and satirist. He is often referred to as an unofficial spokesperson for the hacktivist collective Anonymous, a label he disputes. He founded Project PM, an online distributed think tank, to facilitate analysis of leaked information about the cyber-military-industrial complex. He has spent over a year in a Texas jail and faces over a hundred more in federal prison over charges that he provided a URL link to source material and threatened to investigate a federal agent.


  • Anyone who dismisses out of hand evidence that U.S. intelligence agencies still do some of the things that they now brag about having done not too long ago is not a skeptic, but a fool.
  • I, for instance, am a jackass, and this anguishes me quite a bit, or at least it would if I were not so fond of being a jackass, which has long been a hobby of mine.
  • The truth is that I am a sentient computer program and I fully intend to burn your cities to the ground.
  • I would love to debate any politician in any western state on the question of whether the rule of law ought to be respected in a world where even the most "respectable" governments establish intelligence agencies that routinely violate those laws at taxpayer expense and at no real penalty to anyone involved.
  • What an age of innocence it was, the Watergate era... way back in the halcyon days when the US could be contrasted with totalitarian regimes on matters of surveillance.

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