The hunting and murder of migrants by US Marines along the Arizona border was among the first facts revealed, after LulzSec hacked the Arizona Department of Public Safety on Thursday.
Describing the hacked data, Boingboing.net, said, “There are countless mundane documents covering hours worked, officers’ personal information and other stuff of minimal journalistic interest. But the bulletins often offer fascinating stories of law enforcement encounters, such as this one with off-duty Marines patrolling the U.S.-Mexico border with assault weapons.”
The data describes heavily-armed US Marines, working on contract, to hunt migrants:
“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.”
As it released this data, Lulz Security said in a statement, “We are targeting AZDPS specifically because we are against SB1070 and the racial profiling anti-immigrant police state that is Arizona.”
Groups like Lulzsec and Anonymous are helping to bring accountability to power structures in a way the media hasn’t.
All that matters now is how we use this information.
And here is the torrent that Lulzsec released containing all the information they had unveiled for anyone interested in looking at it. If you don’t know how to use torrents, watch this tutorial produced by what sounds like a 9 year old.