Behind the Scenes of Crowdfunded Murder Site ‘Assassination Market’

Screen Shot 2013-11-24 at 10.30.54 AMKuwabatake Sanjuro wants to make it too dangerous to hold public office.

Via Newser.

Ben Bernanke has an almost $75,000 price on his head, placed there by anonymous malcontents online. He’s the biggest—but far from the only—target on Assassination Market, a “dark web” site that lets users nominate targets and contribute money to the cause using theoretically untraceable bitcoins. Kill a target and prove it—by naming the time of death beforehand via encoded message—and you can claim the reward. The site is the work of a self-proclaimed “crypto-anarchist” who goes by the alias Kuwabatake Sanjuro, and he gave an email interview to Andy Greenberg at Forbes.

Sanjuro’s goal is to “destroy all governments, everywhere,” by making public office too dangerous to hold

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  • DeepCough

    You know why Ben Bernanke is smirking? Because he thinks it’s funny that some no-name hitman would actually make a bullshit attempt to kill him (for a measly 75 Gs), when Bernanke could have Sanjuro’s website deleted with a simple phone call–and if Bernanke wanted, he could have Sanjuro killed purely for the shits and giggles. I mean, c’mon, man.

    • Dingbert

      Real world proof he just doesn’t care: I passed him on the highway about a year ago. I honked and waved at about the same time Bernanke’s car hit an empty Big Gulp and made a loud “pop.” The Secret Service guy in the truck behind him nearly jumped out the window to see what happened. Bernanke didn’t even look up from what he was reading. I’m sure I’m on yet another list now, though.

      • Anarchy Pony

        We’re all on the lists, at least you’re in familiar company.

      • DeepCough

        Narchy is right. We’re all on the list, but you’re probably designated as “not a threat,” which should give you some relief.

  • Dingbert

    The issue is that there’s no one to kill. There’s not one person or group of people who you can point to and say, “THEY caused this!” Our systems are too hopelessly convoluted to draw a simple line of cause-and-effect. We all play a part and we all bear some of the blame.

    “He sees the market as a way to bring the democratizing effect of capitalism to politics.”
    He’s probably right, too, but not in the way he’d like to think. And, frankly, I think he got his “cryptos” mixed up. When someones first reaction to people he doesn’t like is to have them murdered, it sounds more like fascism than anarchism.

    • Andrew

      I hear people blame specific groups or individuals and take no blame all the time.

      • Dingbert

        I’ve always said that we could balance the US budget by tomorrow if we just destroyed the AARP and Grover Norquist. So I’m as guilty as anyone.

  • Haystack

    Stupid. If this works at all, it’s only going to create more opportunities for people who want a police state to clamp down on our freedoms. And who is to say that this would only be used against political figures and not, say, controversial artists, writers, etc.?

    • DeepCough

      And who is to say that this would only be used against political figures and not, say, controversial artists, writers, etc.?

      The FBI started watching John Lennon the very second he uttered the phrase “bigger than Jesus.”

      • Andrew

        And now even an unrelated group of middle-class suburbanites can do similarly. Anybody with money can be a tyrant.

    • Andrew

      It will be.

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