"The word 'radical' derives from the Latin word for root. Therefore, if you want to get to the root of anything you must be radical. It is no accident that the word has now been totally demonized..." -- Gore Vidal
The evidence is now clear: FOX News was right, the war on Christmas is real! The NSA stole and abused Santa's technology for their own nefarious purposes, thereby directly assaulting capitalism Christmas at its core. Those damn socialist atheists!
All jokes aside, it has been one hell of a year, most especially for civil rights and hacktivism. A progressive Pope stepped in, gun control and Stand Your Ground were hotly debated, a bombing reignited Islamophobia, and easy access to affordable healthcare (something all industrialized nations have, except the United States) was obstructed to a level of sedition bordering on domestic terrorism. On a similar note, in what seems to be an attempt by the government to wipe its ass as disgustingly and disrespectfully as possible with the Constitution, it was revealed that the NSA prefers to think of us all as terrorists.
HackThisSite founder Jeremy Hammond was sentenced by a strongly-biased judge to ten years for an act of civil disobedience and protest under an abusive application of the 27-year-old and extremely outdated Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. Reddit co-founder Aaron Swartz committed suicide rather than face a similar fate under the same law. Sadly, the same unfortunate ending befell twomembers of the HackThisSite community who were incredible and important, not only to us, but to many others. They will be sorely missed.