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Ex-Lulzsec-Head Sabu Rewarded Six-Month Sentencing Delay 131

Posted by samzenpus
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hypnosec writes "Ex-Lulzsec-head and hacker Hector Xavier Monsegur a.k.a. Sabu has managed to get his court case delayed by six months – thanks to his cooperation with the US Federal authorities in getting other Lulzsec members behind bars. This news came to light after a court document appeared online, which was filed by the US Government as a request to the US district Attorney. The US Gov put forward an adjournment request "in light of the defendant's ongoing cooperation with the Government." The request has been accepted and now the case has been adjourned till 22 February, 2013."
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Ex-Lulzsec-Head Sabu Rewarded Six-Month Sentencing Delay

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  • Just keep doing like you do. Us older nerds watched this TV show you might have read on your historical wiki pages: Star Trek. Not to be confused with the empty visceral current Hollywood movie incarnation.

    In the TV show, they had this alien race called the Borg:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Borg_(Star_Trek) [wikipedia.org]

    It was a notable work of fiction because of their social organization. Their ships were perfect cubes. You could beam onto them with a landing party, and they wouldn't care. You could kill, abduct, or otherwise maim a Borg crew member, they wouldn't care. None of these actions represented a threat. They are basically the fictional representation of the social order of siafu:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dorylus [wikipedia.org]

    Or, of course, any social insect.

    And of course:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anonymous_(group) [wikipedia.org]

    "We are Anonymous. We are Legion. We do not forgive. We do not forget. Expect us."

    Do not change. Do not be discouraged. Do not give in. Adhere more exactingly to the social organization trait of social insects and the Borg.

    Resistance is futile.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday August 24, 2012 @04:59AM (#41106913)

    No honor among script kiddies, eh?

  • by djsmiley (752149) <djsmiley2k@gmail.com> on Friday August 24, 2012 @05:01AM (#41106927) Homepage Journal

    If they wanted to take him down, he'd disappear.

    6 months doing _what_ is the question you need to ask. He already knows the kind of social influence he needs to rise to the "top" of headless organizations such as anon. And anon has the lovely thing that no one needs to ask who you are. Anyone asking would be viewed with suspicion....

    Cut off one head and many shall spawn in its place? What happens when that head is under the control of the feds I wonder?

  • by sumdumass (711423) on Friday August 24, 2012 @05:22AM (#41107021) Journal

    Around election time is one of the worst times to go on trial or get arrested. Too many "see, I'm tough on crime" politicians exist. Waiting 6 months is likely going to net him more favorable terms and perhaps a more "fair" trial as behind the scenes activity will be less.

    Even the deals will be better because politicians won't need to pressure judges to be strict so they can gain favor with the voters.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday August 24, 2012 @05:41AM (#41107089)

    Ha ha! Rape is hilarious! Ha ha!

    Nice job normalising a horrific crime, fuckhead. You are part of the reason the American penal system is so terrible. Everyone accepts it as OK.

  • by ciderbrew (1860166) on Friday August 24, 2012 @06:00AM (#41107147)
    The American people are the reason the penal system is so terrible. They want it that way. I've seen American prisons on the TV and it scares the fuck out of me. I'd not commit a crime in the US. Fear the man.
    Mind you, If I copy a file here, the UK will have me extradited for a crime that isn't even a crime in my own land.
    Even when it is an infringement of copyright, they've not made a film or game I'd want to bother to download in years. I hope I'm safe not committing "cyber crime"; but I can't be sure. I'd better sign up to Amnesty International now I guess.
  • by Dr_Barnowl (709838) on Friday August 24, 2012 @06:27AM (#41107267)

    More evidence of this ; one of our prominent politicians, Michael Portillo, did a BBC documentary where he researched for the perfect method of execution - something quick and humane. While I don't agree with the death penalty, if you have to have it, you may as well be humane about it.

    The current methods used by America seem barbaric - burning someone to death with electricity, or filling their veins with painful toxic chemicals.

    He came to the conclusion that the method used by slaughterhouses for killing pigs, nitrogen asphyxiation, was cheap, quick, and humane. He even went so far as to experience the effects of asphyxiation via some Air Force test chambers.

    All the Americans (currently involved in the Death Row process) that he spoke to were vehemently opposed to it, on the grounds that they couldn't accept an execution method that invokes mild euphoria in the subject before they expire.

    Despite the Constitution forbidding "cruel and unusual" punishments, they see nothing wrong with strapping someone into something that wouldn't be out of place in a severe BDSM fetish and then frying them to death with electricity. Or gassing them with cyanide, a deeply unpleasant experience. Given the opportunity to remove all that nastiness from the proceedings, they resist - revealing that their mentality is not about justice, but about revenge.

  • by darkmeridian (119044) <william...chuang@@@gmail...com> on Friday August 24, 2012 @06:44AM (#41107353) Homepage

    The six months is for prosecuting the other guys that he rolled on. His deal is contingent on him cooperating fully with the authorities, which means actually taking the stand against them. I'm betting that the six month delay is to let him take the stand against the other guys, and to let the prosecutors rate his performance, before they figure out this guy's punishment.

  • by HaZardman27 (1521119) on Friday August 24, 2012 @08:26AM (#41108265)
    These people must be completely ignorant to the issue of recidivism. How do you expect someone to rehabilitate and become a functioning member of society when you punish them by treating them like an animal? Not to mention, unless you're in a very low-security prison, you won't be learning anything productive or developing useful job skills. Once these prisoners get out, how are they expected to care for themselves in a society that will forever hate them? I, as an American, also have a problem with how much we spend on our prison system, but not because we're giving prisoners basic life support, but because of how ridiculously large our prison system has become.

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