The hacker group known only as Anonymous is threatening to take down the live internet stream of President Obama’s State of the Union speech. Too bad they can’t interrupt the television broadcast of the spectacle, too. Oh well, at least there’s cable.
Here’s part of the statement posted at AnonRelations:
Citizens of the Internet,
Last year we faced our greatest threat from lawmakers. We faced down SOPA, PIPA, CISPA and ACTA.
And we won!
But that victory did not come easily. Nor did it come without a price.
Aaron Swartz was one of the leading voices in the fight against these idiotic and destructive efforts to control the last free space on Earth.
Aaron Swartz was persecuted. Now Aaron Swartz is dead.
Tonight, the President of the United States will appear before a joint session of Congress to deliver the State of the Union Address and tomorrow he plans to sign an executive order for cyber-security as the House Intelligence committee reintroduces the defeated CISPA act which turns private companies into government informants. …
We reject the State of the Union. We reject the authority of the President to sign arbitrary orders and bring irresponsible and damaging controls to the Internet.
The President of the United States of America, and the Joint Session of Congress will face an Army tonight.
We will form a virtual blockade between Capitol Hill and the Internet. Armed with nothing more than Lulz, Nyancat and PEW-PEW-PEW! Lazers, we will face down the largest superpower on Earth.
And we will win!
There will be no State of the Union Address on the web tonight.
I hear the Westminster Dog Show is on at the same time. I think I’ll watch that. You know we’ll be hearing all about the big speech for the next few days, so why waste our time watching it live? Haven’t we been lied to enough over the past four years?
Or you can just follow Vodkapundit’s live drunkenblogging of the event. That will probably be more fun.
Update: If you can’t stand watching it, but want to know what he said, you can read the transcript of his remarks at The Lid.