Join Anonymous October 25th for the spookiest Halloween fundraiser event and
blooding curling fun all meanwhile helping pay off the #PayPal14 restitution. PARTY HARD. #ObeyParty666
Follow us on twitter for updates: @ObeyParty
Help to collect The 8,600,000 Pennies for the PayPal14
In early December 2010, 1000s of people participated when Anonymous launched a distributed denial of service (DDoS) against PayPal. This was to protest PayPal cutting off service to WikiLeaks in an attempt to shut down their publishing. In January 2011, the US Department of Justice issued 40 subpoenas in search of information. In July, fourteen of the thousands who participated had their homes raided and were charged under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. They were made to serve as an example to us all, at great personal cost. For three years they have been carrying the stress of their charges and the weight of the threatened 15 years in prison and $500,000 fines each, by themselves.
In Citizens United, the US Supreme Court ruled that independent political expenditures by corporations and unions are protected under the First Amendment. When PayPal removed the same right of individuals to spend their money in support of their beliefs, these protesters defended us all. These fourteen and the thousands that participated stood up for free speech and the right to protest for us all.
These protesters were not spreading malware, hacking servers or damaging the website. They were expressing an opinion just as any protester in a park, signer of a petition, or congressional switchboard caller. These people were making a statement and publicly exposing PayPal in front of their shareholders and the world on behalf of those of us who value freedom of information.
On December 4, 2013, 11 defendants in what is known as the “PayPal 14” case pleaded guilty to both felony and misdemeanor charges during their appearances in federal court. If they have no more legal trouble until December 4th, 2014, federal prosecutors will seek to drop the felony charges and the defendants will be sentenced to probation and possibly receive credit for time served. They also agreed to pay $86,000 collectively (approximately $5,600 each) in ransom to PayPal. Two other defendants pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge, and likely will be sentenced to 90 days in prison. A final defendant was not eligible for a plea deal.
We do not believe it is appropriate for 14 people to take the fall for something thousands did and many more worldwide have voiced support for. We believe this ransom is being inflicted on our community as a whole to discourage us individually from standing for what we believe in. If we are to have the freedom to stand for our beliefs we must bear the consequences together and together remember who inflicted the ransom on us. Corporate interests have aligned in solidarity against us. We need to align in solidarity with our beliefs as well.
We believe in freedom of speech. We support the weak against the powerful. We share this sentence with the PayPal 14.
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Greetings world, we are Anonymous.
Join us October 25th for the spookiest fundraiser event and most bloodcurdling fun, all while helping pay off the PayPal 14 restitution.
In early December 2010, thousands of people participated in an Anonymous launched, harmless DDoS, a digital sit-in against PayPal, to protest the company’s attempt to shut down Wikileaks’ publishing. In July 2011, fourteen of the thousands who participated had their homes raided and were charged under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA). They, the PayPal 14 are being forced take the blame for all who participated at great personal cost to themselves. For three years they have carried the stress of their charges, as well as the weight of possible 15-year prison sentences and half-million dollars in fines. We do not believe it is appropriate for 14 people to take the fall for something thousands did and many more worldwide have voiced support for. We believe this ransom is being inflicted on our community as a whole to discourage us individually from standing for what we believe in.
The ObeyParty is part of our efforts to ensure that our brothers and sisters no longer carry this burden alone.
During the 2010 PayPal DDoS, PayPal themselves confirmed that PayPal.com was never down and never compromised. The PayPal 14 ransom is not about restitution. It is extortion and the gagging of free expression. The PayPal 14 are legally gagged from speaking against eBay, PayPal and their affiliates. If their $86,000 in fines do not get paid, they will face severe consequences–quite possibly even imprisonment.
HOW THIS WORKS: On October 25th we ask Anons across the globe to host a Halloween/El Dia de los Muertos-themed party in which they will collect donations for #PayPal14. Alternatively you can also join us online to raise funds and have fun for the Pay Pal 14.
There are three objectives to the ObeyParties:
1. Raise the ransom money of $86,000 so our fellow anons will not be charged with felonies. Various efforts so far have raised nearly 25% of that amount. Every penny raised does help the 14 with meeting the ransom.
2. Have fun. Since the objective of this legal persecution is to divide and discourage us, we must use the opportunity to come together and laugh at eBay and PayPal.
3. Make PayPal and eBay sorry they started this. How much bad PR can $86,000 buy? During ObeyDay, we ask that everyone remember Pierre Omidyar, the multi-billionaire we are raising $86,000 in penance for and all of his associates. The PayPal 14 must show contrition and not speak against the Omidyar empire as part of their legal conditions, but we are under no such constraint. We encourage fundraising efforts which also publicize this case and laugh at PayPal, eBay, Omidyar and associates.
For those who cannot create a party, we will set up a haunted TinyChat in room ‘ObeyParty’ with a mystery host and one of the Paypal14 defendants. By court order they cannot be in the same room, so we’ll have to alternate between them.
Truth or Lulz
What: Massive international irl/webcam/livetweet solidarity party hosted by all of us
When: July 25th, 2014: 24 hours global time <-- problem is that July 25 begins at different times in every time zone. Where: Everywhere IRL | Online: http://tinychat.com/obeyparty
Why: To have fun and fuck with PayPal while raising funds for the #PayPal14 ransom
Who: Anonymous and Ghouls
Hashtags: #ObeyParty666- #OP666-
Website: http://www.gofundme.com/PayPal14 [<--- READ AND DONATE] Follow: PLEASE SPREAD THIS INFORMATION AS FAR AS POSSIBLE We believe in freedom of speech. We support the weak against the powerful. We share this sentence with the PayPal 14. And most of all we like to PARTY HARD. Join us! [Original ObeyParty: http://pastebin.com/tGqgYXiP]
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