Co-Authored by Patrick S. Read --
The Op Sec Team are former American Special Force Operators, who banded together to curb top-secret leaks for personal gain and they've now been targeted by radical left, anonymous bloggers who criminally exposed their personal information on several public websites.
Per the Intelligence Identities Protection Act of 1982, passed by Ronald Reagan here it is a federal crime to expose covert agents
Whoever, in the course of a pattern of activities intended to identify and expose covert agents and with reason to believe that such activities would impair or impede the foreign intelligence activities of the United States, discloses any information that identifies an individual as a covert agent to any individual not authorized to receive classified information, knowing that the information disclosed so identifies such individual and that the United States is taking affirmative measures to conceal such individual’s classified intelligence relationship to the United States, shall be fined under title 18 or imprisoned not more than three years, or both.
The OpSec Team here recently had, not only their personal information, but their family & associates' personal-information disclosed by a group known as 'Surfers United' (S.U.) The group claims in its mission statement that its purpose is to 'combat online harassment and bullying;' which appears to be contradictory to their actions and publications.
Not only did S.U. release an uncanny amount of personal information about the members of the OpSec Team, but with no clear motive or justification, they also released the personal information of George Zimmerman and his entire family, and did the same to a U.S. Army Brigadier General. This just names a few instances of their campaign, which is clearly politically motivated and oriented to the radical left.
Well, the attack that S.U. waged against the heroes of the OpSec Team is now being waged on them.
While the group has tried to hide behind the online veil of anonymity, Conservative Report Online has learned the identity of at least one of the SU team members. Linda Mendes of North Dighton, Massachusetts is the real name of author “Missy D,” who cross-posted the OpSec Team members personal details across numerous websites linked to the S.U. group.
Mendes’ ID was accidentally revealed when her postings at another site had triggered another conflict. She had published just enough information for researchers to determine a general physical location and real life name. When one of her targets grew tired of her harassment, they released her information and cited Mendes’ own blog post on The Howlers Den as one part of the confirmation of her real identification. The group then quickly deleted the blog post to get rid of the identifying information.
Sources also revealed to Conservative Report Online that members of Surfers United have had a long history of harassment, and have threatened a wide array of people going back many years. This is something the Conservative Report is in the process of reviewing, and our findings will be published in the near future.
The Howlers Den, and other S.U. associates appear to have taken every precaution so as to not have their own personal information available on the internet. So, why a group would make it their sole purpose to publish another's personal information is not really clear, since the group claims to be focused strictly on 'anti-bullying.'
The very act of releasing information of people, whom took every precaution to remain anonymous, is in fact an act of bullying itself. Judging by their actions on the web, and their interactions with others, the group's intentions is to remain secretive and private while not allowing others to do so too.
The method S.U. used against OpSecTeam is referred to online as “doxing.” This is the act in which personal information, including official documents (dox) are released publicly online. This can include but is not limited to social security numbers, credit card numbers, and any other personal information that is normally safe-guarded by the owner. While “doxing” can be used by hackers, the process of doxing has grown more popular among internet users with little or no skills in the realm of hacking or even investigative research. Since the trove of personal information is exponentially expanding, it has become easier and easier to locate, and publish personal information.
But by focusing on OpSecTeam, SU and The Howlers Den have taken a stand in favor of security leaks and breaches.
Such releases, in just the past couple of years, have been responsible for captures of US operatives, as well as private individuals being targeted by America’s enemies.
And the radical group continues to expose the identities of US SEALs despite it being top-secret information, and despite the death threat Al Qaeda recently made against the author of "No Easy Day," Mark Owen. S.U. continues to expose the identity of SEALs despite twenty-four of them having been killed since they raided, and killed Osama Bin Laden. One former SEAL was just killed on 9/11 in an attack on Libya, which has been storied to be linked to Al Qaeda.
If S.U. isn't interested in helping to protect those who protect both them and their rights, then who are they interested in helping--during war time?
Why a group would target US Navy SEALs, and their non-partisan efforts to protect innocent people is beyond the understanding of nearly anyone reading about the attack on Team Op Sec. Furthermore, what does SU stand to gain from this? If it is notoriety and infamy, then they will be surprised to learn that they will be selling themselves short of their own dream--all while helping chip away at the last remnants of basic decency and decorum in an already leaky intel world.
Here is a link to the Team Op. Sec website, and if you would like to support their mission to end top-secret leaks for political gain, you can make a tax-deductible contribution to them here (Contact information contained within).