If you thought your account was insignificant to the monolithic banking behemoths, think again. At least a million people have switched to small local banks or credit unions where their money is probably in better (local) hands, and also insured by FDIC:
“Let’s look at the other side of the numbers. If the 80,000 signed up for Bank Transfer Day indeed move their money, they stand to save a combined $4.8 million a year as credit union members save on banking fees, states Bill Cheney, CEO of CUNA. If over 400,000 consumers made the switch, they’d stand to save about $29.8 million just by joining a credit union. When you look at what consumers could gain and not just what banks would lose, it becomes a positive movement with long-standing legs.”
What is the problem with doxing? Fox News calls it high-tech “intimidation” but what is wrong with gathering information on people like Officer Bologna in New York who became famous for his prowess with a pepper spray canister?
Are we also supposed to forget about the criminality of Rupert Murdoch’s theft of data from private cell phones? Is that “intimidation” or does Fox have another definition for digging up dirt on one’s adversaries for legitimate reasons as opposed to profiting from the thefts like News Corp has?
The notion that certain people have a right to protect their personal data and background is comical when one considers that the banksters, other commercial interests and the government have routinely sold personal information for profit. In California, over a million fraudulent IDs have been issued courtesy of the state DMV, and millions of consumers have had their personal data stolen by thieves who targeted financial institutions which adamantly insisted their websites and their internal data systems were secure. When they weren’t, the same businesses failed to report the breeches to law enforcement officials of their customers.
More than 300 million accounts were hacked in 2009 according to the FBI and the residual effects have never been studied. In fact, only a fraction of those thefts were even reported to law enforcement or the public who were the victims.
So people like Anthony Bologna should be immune from scrutiny? Occupy Wall Street sympathizers should lay off? They have to be kidding. As long as Fox decided to bring up the subject, expect more doxing in the future. Not only is the practice protected speech (when it accurate), it is much less insidious than the business practices of hypocritical news outlets like Fox, or the tactics used by the cops in New York and Oakland.
Doxing of Oakland police is already underway by the underground collective known as Anonymous following this post:
“. . . members of the collective have begun releasing information about Oakland police officers, and the call is out for additional help.” http://pastebin.com/Qd6arXbg
The Oakland police website went down not long after the post:
“The time has come to retaliate against Oakland police via all non-violent means, beginning with 'doxing' of individual officers and particularly higher-ups involved in the department's conduct of late,"
(The post is also offering a $1000 reward for the identity of the officer that tossed the flash-grenade at Scott Olsen when he was incapacitated on the ground).
So is the sharing of information some sort of affront to the law enforcement community or the politicos who have ordered them to commit violence against Occupy Wall Street followers? Nope. The stranglehold that mainstream media and the government have enjoyed by way of controlling the flow of information is never criticized, but somehow investigating those that are the aggressors, the censors, is supposed to be off limits.
Not any more.
As predicted the following update was received inre the Teach-In scheduled for November 5 and 6. Still no word on the whereabouts of Ms. Mears, however:
Fwd: URGENT!!!! - Update to PRESS RELEASE - NOV.5 SPEAKER PANEL LOCATION CHANGED - @ CORNER OF TEMPLE & SPRING (NOT SOUTH LAWN) NOV..6 @ SOUTH LAWN
And thanks to Gille for this video. Great effort: