LulzSec’s Arizona Hack Reveals Off-Duty Marines Patrol Arizona-Mexico Border as Mercenaries
Yesterday, LulzSec announced a hack of the Arizona Department of Public Safety and posted the documents—mostly mundane—online. One entry details the fact that off-duty Marines were acting as mercenaries.
Yesterday, LulzSec (the Anonymous splinter group) posted classified files containing private correspondence, manuals, e-mails and bulletins between the Arizona Department of Public Safety, then announced that they’d uploaded the files to Pirate Bay as “Chinga la Migra” or “Fuck the Border.”
According to LulzSec, the hack was precipitated by Arizona’s immigration policy under SB1070:
We are releasing hundreds of private intelligence bulletins, training manuals,
personal email correspondence, names, phone numbers, addresses and passwords belonging to Arizona law enforcement. We are targeting AZDPS specifically because we are against SB1070 and the racial profiling anti-immigrant police state that is Arizona.
The documents classified as “law enforcement sensitive”, “not for public
distribution”, and “for official use only” are primarily related to border
patrol and counter-terrorism operations and describe the use of informants to
infiltrate various gangs, cartels, motorcycle clubs, Nazi groups, and protest
Every week we plan on releasing more classified documents and embarassing
personal details of military and law enforcement in an effort not just to reveal
their racist and corrupt nature but to purposefully sabotage their efforts to
terrorize communities fighting an unjust “war on drugs.”
Hackers of the world are uniting and taking direct action against our common
oppressors – the government, corporations, police, and militaries of the world.
See you again real soon! ;D
Boingboing.net sifted through various of the AZDPS files and found that US Border Patrol agents—in several incidents in October—came across two off-duty Marines working as “private contractors” for the Border Watch Group the Blue Lights.
Here is an excerpt from the AZDPS regarding these encounters:
In other incidents reported in October, U.S. Border Patrol agents encountered two subjects who claimed to be members of the Border Watch Group the Blue Lights based on the Caballo Loco Ranch. The subjects, armed with pistols and at least one M4 rifle, were dressed in full desert camouflage uniforms, similar to those of the United States military. They stated they were not members of the Minutemen, but paid contract employees who “get the job done” and “were not just volunteers.” They possessed valid United States Marine Corps identification cards.
Arizona elected officials might consider holding a public hearing on whether it is legal for US military personnel to work as paid contractors for the Blue Lights while off-duty.
Surely the US military doesn’t want to be associated with citizen mercenary groups? Then again, there is a great tradition of ex-US soldiers finishing their tours of duties and enriching themselves in mercenary armies like Blackwater (now Xe) and DynCorp. The latter mercenary corporation, in fact, “is in charge of the border posts between the US and Mexico,” according to CorpWatch.org.
And another particular area of interest—though perhaps most didn’t seem to notice—was that LulzSec made a point of stating, “informants” were being used “to infiltrate various … protest movements.” This, of course, is a time-honored police and state tactic—god forbid American citizens assemble to protest their government.
EDIT: Also interesting is the leaked correspondence reveals Arizona police instructed officers to be aware of citizens carrying police recording software on smart phones. Read about OpenWatch’s smartphone app CopRecorder in my article “OpenWatch Releases CopRecorder App for Smart Phones: Smile Police, You Love Us.”