The Anonymous hacktivist collective likes to say they are Not Your Personal Army (NYPA), meaning they do not care about your petty dramas and issues and will not respond to attempted incitement. Politically, Anons tend to fall into the libertarian-progressive space on issues such as internet freedom and equality, but Anons’ causes are mostly not political. A substantial affinity group of anti-pedophile Anons has been carrying out social media action with detached efficiency for years. Having first come to public attention with its awareness and protest campaign against Scientology, “The Hive” is clearly not afraid to make enemies, but it is choosy about them.
Unite Blue is Zach Green’s personal Twitter army, born in a state of hashtag war with uber-conservative #TGDN. For a founding mythology, the Unite Blue website presents a curious permutation of right wing Twitter conspiracy memes about Twitter’s spamblocking algorithm. Unite Blue uses operant conditioning to encourage reactionary behavior; for example, Unite Blue can tell you if your tweets are 97, 98, or 99% “progressive” according to Zach Green’s formula. Team Followback with all of your sock puppet accounts is actively encouraged. From the very beginning, Unite Blue has been built for “Twitter war.”
Perhaps that need for conflict explains why the Unite Blue “community” has landed in a Twitter flame war with Anonymous over a pedophile named William Talley. As a result of misplaced solidarity among a small group of highly-motivated, if not ably-guided Unite Blue members, Zach Green’s personal army has sparked conflict with Anonymous for weeks. The matter reached critical mass last Sunday when a prominent Unite Blue troll named Steven Hatlestad published a YouTube video that foolishly tried to tell Anons their business, violating the NYPA principle and prompting escalation by the collective.
A clique of Unite Blue enthusiasts — dubbed “#CauldronOfStupid” by one witty observer — rallied in solidarity over Mr. Talley, who plead guilty to possession of child pornography in February and then accepted a position on the board of Unite Blue. He was later outed by an Anon and Unite Blue critic named Trina Cuppett. Zach Green removed Talley from the board, but the very next day the “Cauldron” doxed Cuppett in retaliation.
Steven Hadlestad has become something of an enforcer for Unite Blue. He used fake “Anon” accounts to spread an attack blog containing fabrications, libel, and information about Cuppett’s family members. While some observers tried to stop the angry mob, the Cauldron of Stupid used Hatlestad’s attack blog to avenge themselves on Cuppett. Many of the same people who gleefully took part then are now wailing at the unfairness of Anons naming and shaming them in like manner for their support of William Talley.
Hatlestad’s video is included below in a slideshow detailing how this Twitter conflict began:
The next day, this account @ibub2 began tweeting a link to crackingnutz.blogspot.com, now a private blog. Posts there contained identifying information about Trina and her family. The account, which presents itself as an Anon, belongs to Steven Hatlestad, who is also @PapiTerra and @ziletrezo of Unite Blue
Absurdly, Hadlestad’s video flashes the Twitter avatar of @Shoq over the word “puppets” as well as “bullying and intimidation.” Talley was broadcasting this theme weeks ago, and his Twitter circle gladly repeats it. But @Shoq is not the commander of Anonymous. This gambit has succeeded in getting many obsessive @Shoq-trolls to become pedophilia apologists, but of course Anonymous saw right through the chaff.
Nor was the collective swayed when Janeal Eller @SDzzz tweeted Anon accounts to try and convince them that @OpTrollBill was Trina Cuppett, or that they were lying, “fake” Anons. In fact, @OpTrollBill is an experienced social media activist with years of law enforcement contacts from finding and stinging sexual predators. He is a dedicated volunteer. So is Trina, who canvassed Twitter last year to help Anne Onymous publicize his video of Mitt Romney’s “47 percent” remarks.
For the last few weeks, the Anons have been speaking out on Twitter to convince Talley’s Unite Blue “family” to disown him. Some did so belatedly, but the Cauldron has developed a grudge about it. They insist the Anons are covertly attacking Unite Blue, and that it is somehow a Twitter cat’s doing, and that I am somehow involved. The Cauldron maintained friendly relations with Talley, insisting for weeks that the public documents about William Talley are fake. They reject your reality and substitute their own.