Anonymous Declares War on the City of Orlando for "Food Terrorists"

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Anonymous, an online community of anarchist hackers, is taking on its new hacktivist cause -- an apparent "war" on the City of Orlando for the recent arrests of "food terrorists."

The group Food Not Bombs -- which has recently been sharing food with people in parks across Florida -- says 21 people have been arrested thus far in Orlando's Lake Eola Park.

Now a news release believed to be from Anonymous issues "a declaration of war."

"The City of Orlando has ignored our warnings, and our generous offer of a cease fire," Anonymous allegedly writes. "On Wednesday last you not only arrested two more people for feeding but you arrested the worldwide President of Food Not Bombs Keith McHenry. This is a declaration of war.

"Henceforth there will be no more cease fires, no more attempts to get you to resolve this issue with human decency. We will now treat you like the human rights abusers that you are."

Anonymous hasn't allegedly mentioned other cities around Florida becoming the next victims of distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks, but a member of the Fort Lauderdale Food Not Bombs group has said they're being harassed in Fort Lauderdale too.

"The city does want to kick us out of Fort Lauderdale," Phillip Johnson told New Times last week. "The police have been harsher lately -- there's been a lot more harassment of the homeless."

Johnson pointed out a police surveillance tower that was recently installed in Stranahan Park and said police are trying to prohibit people from giving away food, except for a lone Salvation Army truck.

Food Not Bombs has been planning statewide "camp-ins" for July 1 since before the alleged Anonymous attack was revealed, but from the looks of the news release, Orlando is the main concern.

"Anonymous will now begin a massive campaign against you and your city web assets. Everyday we will launch a new DDoS attack on a different Target," it says. "We will continue to E-Mail millions of people in 50 countries with the Boycott Orlando campaign message."

According to a Twitter account dedicated to "Operation Orlando," it looks like they're aware of what's going on in Fort Lauderdale too.

"FINALLY we have confirmation from FNB South Florida Chapter that there were three arrests wednesday," one post says, as well as another post retweeting that Food Not Bombs will be sharing food at Fort Lauderdale's Stranahan Park at 5:30 p.m. today.

The first target of the attack, orlandofloridaguide.com, is currently down at the time of this post.


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Matthand1
Matthand1

I was a homeless man in orlando and lemme tell you somethingthat place is a mess. people selling their foodstamps to people for half price for their addictions,people who dont get up off there keesters to find a job,people who sit in lake eola for the sole pourpose of watching woman all day,walking the streets all day just to find cigarette butts ,first of the month comes they get their checks they buddy up a few weeks in a motel and smoke crack and drink themselves into what they see as their only pourpose in life then when they are broke they look for another hand out..Ive heard ALOT ofem say O I B HOMELESS NOW FOR YEARS..fact is thats all they want in general ..there are a few good ones out there and i was one of em' for 2 weeks ..orlando is a beautiful city that smells like urine...thanks to the homeless,

asher b
asher b

The thinking behind the ordnance where you have to apply for a ticket to give food away seems  like the signs outdoors at restaurants whereby you shouldn't feed sparrows . Don't *enable* the nuisances and they'll go away and annoy somewhere else . There is a word for it - Menschenverachtend . It means "despising humans" . 

nanook5
nanook5

 i'm looking up how to pronounce that, but i'm so using it!

dr_augusta
dr_augusta

Let's just hope they are more succesful than they were the time they attempted to distribute food without any utensils. Great adolescent energy and idealism, but seems to me they need an adult in charge.

Guest
Guest

Of course, if you just read what you see in the media, you think it's an evil evil thing to deny feeding the homeless.  But unfortunately, with each feeding, crime spikes, cars are broken into, and there have even been a few rapes in the park and nearby streets by - you guessed it - transients.  I'm all for trying to resolve the homeless issue... as I'm sure the city of Orlando is.  But find a better way... hell, there's a Church down the street where all the homeless sleep on the front steps every night.  How hyprocritical!  If you really care about them, let them inside at night!

Once again, Anonymous is just a bunch of dorks feeling good about themselves thinking that they're "doing something right" when in fact they're just being ignorant assholes.

nanook5
nanook5

so everyone time a homeless person is fed crime increases? i suppose if they all starved to death there'd be no crime?

please offer any proof whatsoever of any break-ins and ESPECIALLY any rapes near the park.

am i subtly suggesting you're full of shit, and that you're probably one of the same 3 or 4 area realtors that enjoys making up total bullshit lies to villify the homeless in fort lauderdale? you decide.

Guest
Guest

Orlando/Lake Eola downtown rape by a homeless manhttp://www.clickorlando.com/ne... to be confused with a false rape report a year laterhttp://www.clickorlando.c... - we all would love to take care of the homeless problem - find decent, secure shelters, encourage them to be self supporting... but doing things like this definitely causes legitimate security problems.

Guest
Guest

 How many rapes were done in that same area by people who weren't homeless? I'm willing to wager the number is much higher.

Guest
Guest

that's just silly dude.  It's a silly fantasy argument.  That's just the one story I bothered to pull up... if you really want to find out for yourself (rather than just assume I'm wrong), go check the OPD police records for the Lake Eola area.

nanook5
nanook5

Ah I thought we were talking about Stranahan. But again, 1 rape 2 years ago in now way justifies collective, unconstitutional punishment against poor people, which is what this is.

Guest
Guest

No dude, I live here. I have a 75 year old mom who stays with me for months at a time and she won't go out during or after a feeding. I have a friend across from the feeding area who's car has been broken into twice, each time at night after a feeding.

Do YOU live downtown?

MiamiGods
MiamiGods

Here is a suggestion. Instead of arresting people feeding the homeless, why don't the police show up when they are feeding them? I guarantee 1 or 2 officers would stop any and all crimes in the area. 

Oh yeah, I forgot, the OPD has to taser drunk college kids downtown instead. They are the real threat to our society. 

Guest
Guest

No, food does not equal crime... but having 40-50 homeless people assemble in one area causes legitimate issues.  I've had friends who've been "mugged" by a homeless guy pretending to have a gun in his pocket.  Some of them are homeless because they fell into drug use, and that same drug use forces them to steal to fulfill their addiction.  Why don't they f*#!ng feed them at the Church??  Why?  Because the hypocrites don't want them there, either.  The jail is no where near downtown, I'm not sure why you even brought that up.

You just love the idea of vilifying everybody because we "don't want them feeding the homeless" - well that's bullshit... its a catch phrase that is easily abused by people to further their own argument, but has no basis in truth.  There are legitimate safety concerns involved here.  If you deny that, then lie to us and tell me the shelters are perfectly safe.  That's why none of the homeless people go there - because the shelters aren't safe.  That being the case, what makes you think that same security issue won't spill out onto the streets?

Again... I'm gonna reiterate this for clarity... we should be doing REAL things to solve the homeless problems... provide a SAFE shelter for them with services to help them get back on their feet, and medical insurance for the people who've lost everything because of an illness... but putting other people in danger just so you can feed the homeless is NOT an OK solution... it's not OK to just shuffle the risk around, and it's an unrealistic fairy-tale to believe that there aren't any risks and that everything is roses and butterflies.  Hell, if I thought it'd help, I'd be glad to pay extra in taxes if it meant the homeless would get legitimate help.  But I don't relish the idea of my mom not being able to walk outside on feeding nights...

nanook5
nanook5

no i'm just there every morning and night, and i don't have a car to break into :(you're still not going to convince anyone that food=crime, and how do you know the person that broke into your friends car was homeless? the homeless are there because of the bus station, the jail, and the safety of the area.

if you want to make people suffer collectively in order to get satisfaction for your personal problems, join the IDF.

someBody
someBody

enablers! 

it would be better if they actually taught the homeless a skill so they could earn enough for a meal.

-give a man a fish and he eats for a day...

WWJD?
WWJD?

How can one quote the bible in defense of denying charities from feeding the homeless.That is NOT what Jesus preached.Go back and read your book again and get right with your messiah.

dr_augusta
dr_augusta

uh , that quote is not from the Bible.

Gefilte_Fish
Gefilte_Fish

I am not sure how to respond to this, but some parts in me DO ENJOY when the bully get kick in the groin.

Why Orlando does not disignate a place for the Organization to dispense food? It seems the City of Orlando does not want to compromise and feels bullying is the best measure. Well, they get what they deserve.

DISCLAIMER:Gefilte Fish in no way shape or form does it condone any ill-action,promotes cyber attacks, rather just happy someone fights for the little guy and vulnerable by any means necessary.

nanook5
nanook5

orlando did actually create an alternative feeding location, which looks something like an old basketball court ringed in barbed wired-fence.

regardless one of fnb's few principles is that no one should ever be denied food and this includes denying food based on their location.

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