Anonymous can be anyone, that is referred to as a group is a feature of language more than an expression of what anonymous is. There is a good reason why the name anonymous was chosen, it wasn't to create a specific group with restricted membership.
I am certainly not saying that Anonymous's something is not better than nothing but besides some minor chaos, what are they accomplishing? Chances are the technicians behind fixing the DDos Server crashes are not responsible for SOPA or PIPA. The actual people who put these bills into action are almost losing nothing by having their website taken down other than the pride that they know they are getting to us emotionally. Am I missing something, I am fully against SOPA and PIPA I just do not know that crashing a server for a day or two is achieving anything.
I understand anonymous embarrassing those trading child porn, and exposing their names across the internet, I support that part of anonymous, but taking the private info of those in law enforcement, and in the military, and making that info public is hypocritical, and dangerous to their family members. They don't care.
They exalted themselves to the level of Almighty and then thought they could decide what is right and what is wrong. They might do a little bit of good, but they do far more harm than the little good they actually do. They are wanna-be anarchists who then try to create order the way "they" want it.
Let me just say, the people running Megaupload, should they be guilty of the money racketeering/ laundering charges, deserve to go to jail for that. I do not put it past the government to trump up charges just to get these guys in handcuffs, so I'm NOT saying they are guilty, but if they are, those are serious crimes. Megaupload however does NOT deserve to be taken down, it is a website, it is not "guilty" of a crime. Even if there are illegal files hosted there, there are also legit files there hosted by legit people. This is the internet version of the police finding out there's stolen property in an apartment and burning the ENTIRE building down. This is not Judge Dredd, they are not THE LAW. You find your suspects, you take them to court, they are only guilty when proven so. Due process in itself is going to be gone soon, even though that's been slowly dying since the Patriot Act.
I'm really baffled as to who the Feds think they are anymore. They are literally taking people's internet property with a move like this. They should be lucky they're just getting script kiddie DDoS and limp wristed protesting, because at this rate it won't be too much longer until they stir up too many people and it's pipe bombs and sniper fire instead. There's always a few loose cannons in any organized protest, the bigger the protest, the more there are. All it takes is one.
They need to leave the MPAA/RIAA websites alone though, their sites themselves are the best examples of what tools they are. One of the top tabs in the MPAA landing page is dedicated entirely to Chris Dodd which promises access to his latest speeches, biography, and a "high resolution photograph of Senator Dodd." (Protip bro, you don't get to keep calling yourself Senator when you are NOT a Senator any longer.) Does ANYONE really want a high res photo of Chris Dodd? That kind of narcissism is reminiscent of Hitler.