Anonymous targets cop group that coordinated calls on Occupy

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The hacker group Anonymous has targeted the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF), taking down the website and publicly releasing home phone numbers, addresses, emails, and other personal information of directors and staff.

PERF became an activist target after media outlets, including the Guardian, highlighted the nonprofit think tank's role in coordinating conference calls with mayors of major metropolitan cities about how to deal with Occupy encampments. Weeks after the conference calls were convened, a series of police raids targeted encampments in major U.S. cities such as New York, Oakland, and Portland.

On Nov. 19, Anonymous Operations tweeted, "A private NGO called #PERF is helping to train & coordinate #Occupy raids nationally ... PERF, Expect us!"

The attack occurred the next day, and PERF staff and directors' personal information was posted online. A screen shot tweeted by Anonymous showed an error message which read: PoliceForum.org seems to be down. :(

Reddit posted a hacker conversation about the action. Apparently, not everyone was impressed.

The executive director of PERF is Sherwin B. Chuck Wexler, a member of the Advisory Council for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. PERF board members include an assortment of police chiefs known for their track records of using heavy-handed tactics against protesters of the anti-globalization movement and mass demonstrations organized around Republican party national conventions. According to a bio for Wexler, "PERF’s research has a direct impact on policy and practice in policing around the world."

PERF's website is back up now. Before the attack occurred, the organization responded to the recent media attention with a public statement. "Over the last few days, the Police Executive Research Forum has been the subject of several false articles and blog postings alleging that we have been coordinating police crackdowns on Occupy protests," the message reads. "This is not true. PERF conducted two conference calls for the sole purpose of allowing police chiefs to compare notes about their experiences with 'Occupy' protests."

Anonymous is famous for releasing YouTube videos about its actions. Here's the one C@b!nCr3w, the anonymous hackers taking credit for the attack, created about the PERF stunt. ("Don't dox and drive" refers to "doxing," hacker slang for releasing individuals' personal data.)

Comments

Someone says it might have went this way
that person tells someone else
that someone else says it's likely to have happened this
those people third hand repeat as if it's an open secret
then you read it in the Bay Guardian as fact

Posted by Matlock on Nov. 22, 2011 @ 5:40 pm

Thank #OWS for exposing to the world exactly what a vicious police state the US has become on behalf of the 1%.

Posted by OleHippieChick on Nov. 23, 2011 @ 4:34 am

Oh if you guys would take the road to a social revolution, thanks for your brilliant efforts nonetheless.

Posted by Guest on Nov. 23, 2011 @ 6:17 am

Free speech is always welcome and should be encouraged.

When free speech turns violent, it harms the lives of citizens and business. When this happens, in a free society, police are required to do a the job they were trained to do.

Evidently, Anonymous does not understand this, they obviously don't have a head on there shoulders.

Posted by Guest Bill on Nov. 23, 2011 @ 6:30 am

I see Bill.

So, perhaps you can enlighten us. How have any of the Occupy protests, especially the ones on the Cal campuses which were violently repressed by the police without any aggressive provocation whatsoever; how exactly have any of these protests been 'violent'?

Posted by Eric Brooks on Nov. 23, 2011 @ 5:12 pm

"they obviously don't have a head on there shoulders." That's actually kind of a witty comment, considering the graphic of the headless suit.

Posted by rebecca on Nov. 23, 2011 @ 9:51 am

I made a blog post about this where you can download the PERF report on crowd management for yourself. I have linked it above.

My observation is that the better educated and better trained police are, the less violent they are. To me, it looks like PERF is legitimately trying to educate and train police leaders and to instill "best practices."

I have read about the conference calls. Was there actual coordination of the raids? That is important for people to know. If PERF is engaging in government work without being the government, that sounds illegal.

As a lawyer providing info to people who plan protests, I think it is a very good thing for police to have as much professionalism and training as possible.

Posted by Sue Basko on Nov. 23, 2011 @ 4:32 pm

The police have been running unwatched for years and years, and only recently with cell phone camera capability are we able to document what they are doing. Not all policemen are bad, but there are those who cross the line and get away with it.

Thank You Anonymous

Watch Anonymous' latest message to the World.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Tdv-6Ks71s

Posted by Guest on Jan. 28, 2012 @ 12:23 pm