Anonymous gives the Koch Brothers a little dose of real grassroots activism.
Late Sunday night, while a good many people were watching the Academy Awards, Anonymous hackers were busying themselves by hacking the Koch Brothers-funded Americans for Prosperity website, making it unavailable during certain periods. Anonymous invoked the word “oligarchs” to describe the Koch Brothers’ corporate subversion.
And since we enjoy the Anonymous press releases, in which they often drop the term “bitch slap,” we’ve pasted it below for all to read (just in case the major media outlets and journalists are shirking their duties, as they are wont to do):
“Dear Citizens of the United States of America,
It has come to our attention that the brothers, David and Charles Koch–the billionaire owners of Koch Industries–have long attempted to usurp American Democracy. Their actions to undermine the legitimate political process in Wisconsin are the final straw. Starting today we fight back.
Koch Industries, and oligarchs like them, have most recently started to manipulate the political agenda in Wisconsin. Governor Walker’s union-busting budget plan contains a clause that went nearly un-noticed. This clause would allow the sale of publicly owned utility plants in Wisconsin to private parties (specifically, Koch Industries) at any price, no matter how low, without a public bidding process. The Koch’s have helped to fuel the unrest in Wisconsin and the drive behind the bill to eliminate the collective bargaining power of unions in a bid to gain a monopoly over the state’s power supplies.
The Koch brothers have made a science of fabricating ‘grassroots’ organizations and advertising campaigns to support them in an attempt to sway voters based on their falsehoods. Americans for Prosperity, Club for Growth and Citizens United are just a few of these organizations. In a world where corporate money has become the lifeblood of political influence, the labor unions are one of the few ways citizens have to fight against corporate greed. Anonymous cannot ignore the plight of the citizen-workers of Wisconsin, or the opportunity to fight for the people in America’s broken political system. For these reasons, we feel that the Koch brothers threaten the United States democratic system and, by extension, all freedom-loving individuals everywhere. As such, we have no choice but to spread the word of the Koch brothers’ political manipulation, their single-minded intent and the insidious truth of their actions in Wisconsin, for all to witness.
Anonymous hears the voice of the downtrodden American people, whose rights and liberties are being systematically removed one by one, even when their own government refuses to listen or worse – is complicit in these attacks. We are actively seeking vulnerabilities, but in the mean time we are calling for all supporters of true Democracy, and Freedom of The People, to boycott all Koch Industries’ paper products. We welcome unions across the globe to join us in this boycott to show that you will not allow big business to dictate your freedom.”
It should also be noted that the Koch Brothers (via Koch Industries) owns the Georgia-Pacific paper manufacturing plant in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Some facts from the George-Pacific website:
“Wisconsin is the Number One paper manufacturing state in the United States, and has been for over 50 years… Our Broadway mill is one of the largest tissue recycling operation in the world! Over 95 percent of the products we make in Green Bay are made with recycled fiber. Our Green Bay mills collect over 575,000 tons of recovered wastepaper per year. Most of our products are primarily made with pre- and post-consumer paper.”
The Koch Brothers’ George Pacific mill manufacturers the following brands: Quilted Northern, Angel Soft, Brawny, Soft N’ Gentle, Brawny Industrial, Vanity Fair, Sparkle, Dixie and Mardi Gras.
Literally, the paper with which a majority of us wipe our asses, the paper towel we use to clean up dog piss, and the paper plates and cups we use for the 4th of July are pumped into the Koch Brothers political machine of corporate anarchy.
Boycott these products. Look for the Georgia-Pacific logo on any toiletry products and boycott these serpentine Kochs.