BART Protest Scheduled Today, Find Another Ride Home

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Michael Short
This guy is not your ride home
The notorious hacking group, Anonymous, has called for another evening BART protest, one that promises to be "bigger" and more miserable than what commuters saw last week when demonstrators put 96 BART cars out of service during rush hour.

A Twitter feed that's purportedly connected to the group, indicated the protest would happened again at 5 p.m. at Civic Center station. "Linton Johnson, Expect Us (And A Copy OF The Constitution) -2," the tweet reads.

BART issued a warning of its own, telling commuters there is a good change the transit agency will have to shutdown stations -- again.

BART had sent out a memo earlier this month, warning of protests throughout August. The rallies are being organized in response to the July 3 fatal shooting of 45-year-old Charles Hill.

The first protest was scheduled two weeks ago, but it never happened after BART cut cell-phone service for more than four hours at several stations, attempting to block the protesters from coordinating. This only riled protesters more, and last week they gathered at the Civic Center station, where they blocked train doors and climbed on cars, forcing BART  to close down three stations and halt service.

Over the weekend, BART sent a letter out to riders, defending its decision to cut cell-phone service as a way to try and prevent protesters from coordinating demonstrations.

According to the letter:
On August 10, BART Police obtained further information regarding the individuals' plans for color-coded teams to conduct lawless activity on the platforms. The additional information disclosed detailed organizational coordination among multiple "affinity groups" in addition to the organization that had sponsored the July 11 disruption.

The August 10 intelligence revealed that the individuals would be giving and receiving instructions to coordinate their activities via cell phone after their arrival on the train platforms at more than one station. Individuals were instructed to text the location of police officers so that the organizers would be aware of officer locations and response times. The overall information about the planned protest led BART to conclude that the planned action constituted a serious and imminent threat to the safety of BART passengers and personnel and the safe operation of the BART system, at a level that could far exceed the protest of July 11.
In response to the cellphone disruption, Anonymous hacked into two BART websites, including the police department's site. It released personal information, including names, addresses, passwords and logins, of both BART officers and passengers.

SF Weekly talks to the Anonymous hacker, who claims to be a French woman. Read the full story here.

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Anonymous, Please Read
Anonymous, Please Read

Anonymous, why assemble in Bart stations?  Your shouts of protest will fall on deaf ears, the people there are only going to get pissed at you for F'ing their commute.Why not assemble in front of City Hall where officials can hear you?  Or march down the street with your protests?  Forcing public transportation to shut down for hours during rush hour is not going to bring you Justice.  I don't think you should be arrested because you do have the right to protest, however I think you should take another look at your goals and re-evaluate the effect you're having on other SF citizens.  Please be considerate of others. 

Anonymouseisdumb
Anonymouseisdumb

Does Anonymous want Justice, or Attention? I think they are a bunch of unemployed babies that have nothing better to do with their time than inconvinience everyone they possibly can to validate their own personal insecurities that were brought on by something that went wrong during their upringing. AWWW What's the matter, Daddy bad touch you, or were you the nerd that got beat up everyday at school? Punx.

Tp
Tp

It is ridiculous how they just let them go nuts and do not arrest anyone.  I just want to get home from work.  Do your jobs BART police and arrest these a$$ holes.

Midnight Fapper
Midnight Fapper

oscar grant and charles hill just wanted to get somewhere too, before they were murdered by the police. i agree with you, bart police should do their job and arrest those respondsible for the killings.

do you not care about the first amendment? we have a RIGHT to assemble. if you don't like it, move to cuba or north korea.

Guest
Guest

So you're going to continue to fart up the evening commute until Bart police arrest certain members of the Bart police?  You realize the Oscar Grant case is closed, right, and the trial is over?

You don't have a right to "assemble" on private property, ding dong. In any event, the only strategy you're displaying is bad manners.  I could have sympathized with your cause but now I'm basically hoping Bart police get more violent and crack you over your inflated ego.

Joan Wetherell
Joan Wetherell

Cody, thank you for hanging in there and presenting a sane voice, although arguing with Anonymous is a waste of time.  But I am glad to have you speaking what I am thinking; I don't want to argue with these idiots.  It just makes me angry.  I am a veteran of a lot of protests, going back to the late 60's but these ignorant fools are seriously misguided and are certainly not doing anythign for the cause they claim to espouse.  Yes, Oscar Grant was murdered, in my opinion, but shutting down stations and keeping people from getting home to their families is not going to change anything or even create sympathy for the BART police issue.  It is about as useless as blowing bubbles from the Golden Gate Bridge would be, and a lot more likely to hurt their cause. 

e_dog
e_dog

How many of these asinine protests are riders going to have to endure before BART starts promising arrests and prosecutions instead of service shutdowns?

Guest
Guest

I'll have to admit, these doofuses have now convinced me to reccommend that Bart take action.  And the action I recommend Bart take is arresting some or all of them on the spot for disturbance of the peace.

If I ever sympathized with their cause I seriously fucking don't now.  Wish I didn't have to work and could spend my time fucking with innocent people to publicize my pet causes. I think tomorrow I'll drop a deuce in the Ferry Building to encourage people to have their animals spayed and neutered.

Midnight Fapper
Midnight Fapper

so you don't like the first amendment and freedom of speech?

quit your day job and become a rebel crusader revolutionary, hell, fidel overtook cuba with less than 70 men.

nobody's stopping you.

Guest
Guest

I don't like thuggish assholes who interfere with my life to advance their cause.  And you've got a seriously misguided perception about what rights the First Amendment provides.

In any event, putting aside all debates on principle; etc., go read the comments on SF Gate, or on here.  Do you think you're swaying the public to your POV?  Are you helping the cause or hurting it? Whether you're right or wrong, your methods are infantile and counterproductive.  They also sully the name "anonymous."  Next time I hear about something "Anonymous" is doing, my first reaction will be "Ahhh, those are those tone-deaf idiots who fucked up everyone's commute for two Mondays in a row."

Midnight Fapper
Midnight Fapper

it's simple... while we're out protesting, you guys voice your concerns to bart police.

bitching on the internet isn't going to magically solve anything.

direct your anger towards the government, not us.

Guest
Guest

Bart is the government now? 

If you wear a mask, you're a coward, pure and simple. You guys and the Klan: people who  wear masks. Congratulations on the company you keep, fucknut.

SeanD
SeanD

Cody:

BART is a government agency. So, yes.

Guest
Guest

These ridonkulous "protests" actually make the most sense if you believe them to be staged by the cops (or Bart itself) as a way to shame Anonymous.  Why would any group undertake such small-minded strategies that are only certain to engender hatred toward the group? And what about Midnight Fapper here? Would a protester trying to lure me to his cause act like such a pompous douche?  Maybe, but I'll more readily believe that he's a SFPD plant trying to taint my perception of Anonymous members as egotistical dipshits.

And brother, it's working.

Midnight Fapper
Midnight Fapper

99.5% of us aren't hiding our faces, you know where we'll be at today.

i'll even give you an 8x10" autographed photo to hang up above your dirty futon.

i am your king.

Fraserlandia
Fraserlandia

Well, yes, it's true that complaining to Anonymous is futile. One can't reason with infants who confuse attention with power. Just take your your ball and go home, kiddies, leave the commute to the grownups.

Midnight Fapper
Midnight Fapper

less than 200 people shutting down service for 340,000 commuters sounds pretty powerful to me.

no need to reason with us, go reason with bart police.

Fraserlandia
Fraserlandia

Well, yes, it's true that complaining to Anonymous is futile. One can't reason with infants who confuse attention with power. Just take your your ball and go home, kiddies, leave the commute to the grownups.

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