The info war between Mexican bloggers and Los Zetas drug cartel is one of the most fascinating developments in a story distinctly lacking in good guys; a tale typified by an endless, relentless procession of horrific violence. On one side, netizens who are mad as hell and aren’t going to take it anymore. On the other side, drug thugs wielding guns and grenades with enough money to buy Belize. And then some. Click here for STRAFOR’s most excellent analysis of the current state of play, which includes this . . .
Anonymous has conducted successful Distributed Denial of Service Attacks on institutions such as Visa and MasterCard and has stolen sensitive information from HB Gary Federal in 2011 and subsequently publicized internal emails from that group. It brings together a group of individuals with a higher skill-set and sense of operational security than the less savvy anti-cartel bloggers already active in Mexico.
This higher skill-set means that Anonymous could contribute to the effectiveness of the online struggle against the cartels or at least bring more publicity to the issue. It’s important to remember that the U.S. has been engaging in its own electronic observation of the Mexican cartels for years. Anonymous likely won’t be able to turn up more information than the U.S. government already has, but they are able to publicize more information than the U.S. government can.
There’s also the possibility that the Anonymous bloggers could go nuclear (speaking of A bombs). They could release damning proof of the collusion between the Mexican government, Uncle Sam and the drug cartels. Which makes Anonymous a threat to all of the above (not to mention MasterCard).
Of course, it would be better if the bloggers had guns, too. Unfortunately, the central government neutered Mexican citizens’ constitutional right to keep and bear arms back in the 70s. And they crack down hard on any average guy packing heat.
But who’s to say the bloggers don’t have guns? Wouldn’t you? And maybe this blogger backlash will lead to an armed citizens’ militia; who better to organize one? Stranger things have happened.
And no matter what happens, we should thank God our Founding Fathers included both the First and Second Amendments. Together, via the Internet, they keep us safe. Remembering that safety, too, is a limited resource.