To paraphrase the old Buddhist koan, “When Sabu shoots himself in the head, alone in the desert, will anyone care?” What, for that matter, about the copper who turned him?
By now every one’s read at an account of how an influential member of the hacktivest collective Lulzsec was co-opted by American “law enforcement” to incite his fellow members into incriminating behavior for which they may now spend the rest of their natural lives behind bars.
Some of these stories have focused on local interest of individual participants in the drama. Others have investigated the nature of hacker culture. Still others on the legal problems presented by the apparently classic “entrapment” strategy used by the FBI. But to date I have yet to see one discuss at any length the operation here of the deeper psycho/social dynamic that underlies the the self-concept of both Lulzsec and police forces.
This seems very odd to me, almost as if there were a deliberate conspiracy of stupidity to ignore the single most salient point of the whole affair. Then again, my particular family history could be expected to make me preternaturally sensitive to issues of communal solidarity and order.… Read the rest