I have serious issues with this:
Anonymous Files Petition To Make DDoS Legal Form of Protest: hypnosec writes “Anonymous has filed a petition with the U.S. Government asking the Obama administration to make Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks a legal form of protest. Anonymous has argued that because of advancements in internet technology, there is a need for new ways of protest. The hacking collective doesn’t consider DDoS as a form of attack and equates it to hitting the ‘refresh’ button on a webpage. Comparing these attacks to the ‘occupy’ protests, Anonymous notes that instead of people occupying an area, it is their computers occupying a website for a particular period of time.”
Read more of this story at Slashdot.
One this is, to my layman’s mind, a clear and simple violation of the 1st Amendment freedom of speech rights of the website owner. To DDoS the site and shut out the speech of the owner is more egregious than to “suppress” Anonymous’s right to protest.
Here’s the greater dilemma, though: while the premise that the Constitution and its Bill or Rights are based on Natural Law, the Constitution is a legal document between the citizens of the United States of America. It is not binding on non-citizens, nor (in my estimation) does it offer protections to them. By being “Anonymous”, these individuals should not be afforded Constitutional protections. To be protected under the Constitution, one must be identified as a citizen eligible to those protections.