Update Monday 8:50 a.m. On KQED Radio's Forum at 9:30 a.m., a discussion on the dissemination of the Linton Johnson photos as they relate to the ethics of hacking.
Update Monday: Chris Andoe, who was organizing the LGBT counter-protest, posted this in our comments section over the weekend:
LGBT DISPUTE WITH ANONYMOUS TENTATIVELY SETTLED. COUNTER-DEMONSTRATION CANCELLED.
San Francisco, CA August 28, 2011
Monday’s counter-demonstration against Anonymous by members of the LGBT Community has been cancelled after Anonymous made assurances that they have no malice against LGBT people.
While many people speak for Anonymous we have been told the group was largely against the release of the Linton Johnson photos, and that they are not planning any similar tactics (sexual images) in the future.
Some community leaders, such as La Mesha Irizarry of the Idriss Stelley Foundation are skeptical but had grave safety concerns for demonstrators. “A counter protest pinning commuters against protesters is itself a dangerous, unstable mix” said Irizarry.
The LGBT group had planned to demonstrate alongside the “Commuters Take Back Bart” group, which is still planning to demonstrate.
Lead organizers will be at the Civic Center in the event community members who aren’t aware of the cancellation show up to demonstrate.
You can read here the online debate that went on over this planned action, including the back-and-forth between Andoe and some Anonymouses.
Also, related to this topic, Matier & Ross' column in the Chronicle on Sunday:
Last week's online posting of partially nude photos of BART spokesman Linton Johnson - in apparent response to the transit agency's cutting off cell phone service Aug. 11 to avert a protest in downtown San Francisco - has Johnson's spouse furious.
"These are blatantly homophobic and racist attacks from what I've seen," Jeffrey Johnson, Linton's partner of 12 years, told us Friday..."I'm not sure where those photos came from," Jeffrey Johnson said, insisting they were not from the couple's Facebook pages.
However they were released, Jeffrey Johnson says gay and African American friends with whom he has talked are just as angry as he is. And judging from the calls we've received, at least some of them plan to be downtown during Monday evening's BART commute to greet another planned Anonymous protest with their own counterdemonstration.
KQED's Mina Kim today spoke to Chris Andoe, a San Francisco-based LGBT activist who says he is rallying the LGBT community to join a counter-protest on Monday to what anti-BART organizers have threatened will be a weekly action. A series of protests against the transit agency have disrupted commutes in recent weeks.