Freedom Downtime

Synopsis: Computer hackers are being portrayed as the newest brand of terrorists. This is a story of a hacker named Kevin Mitnick, imprisoned without bail for nearly five years. Freedom Downtime tries to uncover the reasons why the authorities are so scared of Mitnick as well as define what exactly he did. Surprisingly, no real evidence is ever presented by the authorities to back up the sensationalist claims in mass media. But when a Hollywood studio decides to make a movie about Mitnick's life through the eyes of one of his accusers, hackers turn to activism to get their message out. Through interviews with relatives, friends, lawyers, and experts in the computer and civil liberties arena, a picture of a great injustice becomes apparent. A cross-country journey uncovers some realities of the hacker culture as well as the sobering fact that so many technically young adept people are being imprisoned.
121 min

All we can do is try to publicize the facts.

Not what the government is saying,

but the facts.

And not simply parrot or regurgitate...

what the government's saying,

because that's largely bullshit.

lt was the dead of winter.

l don't remember it ever being so cold.

And we were on a mission.

A bunch of us had volunteered

to drive our good friend to his new home...

the Schuylkill Federal Prison

in the middle of Pennsylvania.

He called himself Phiber Optik.

You'd have to look hard to find someone

who didn't think he was brilliant.

Before we left, we had a night of fun...

in the streets of Philadelphia,

in the middle of an ice storm.

Phiber learned by exploring.

He was never too busy to explain...

howthings worked to anyone interested.

l think that's what pissed of

the authorities the most.

They never tried to prove that

Phiber Optik hacked into any computers.

They got him for conspiracy...

for talking on a tapped phone line...

about howto hack certain sites.

There were people who broke into systems...

and fucked things up,

and they never even got arrested.

The feds didn't care.

They wanted to shut down the teachers,

the people who didn't knowto keep secrets.

There's Bernie S.

He's another guy who loves to explain...

howtechnology works

to anyone who's interested.

He didn't know it, but hell

was just around the corner waiting for him.

We made one last stop

before we dropped Phiber off.

lt was a town called Frackville.

We thought it was funny because

of a hacker newsletter called Phrack.

We thought it'd make a good picture

for the hacker community.

But Bernie had the balls

to get a Frackville cop...

to pose with Phiber.

These guys had no clue

what was going on...

but they quickly got into the spirit.

lt was the last time we laughed that night.

We drove to the prison.

lt felt like it was 20 degrees below zero.

We didn't know

they'd throw him in the hole...

for the entire weekend.

Some kind of prison welcoming ceremony.

And like the gullible idiots we were...

we figured we'd have a chance

to say goodbye.

We didn't.

They grabbed him.

And we had to run out of there

to keep them from taking our camera.

Phiber came home 10 months later, a hero.

Everyone knew

sending someone like that to prison...

was a big mistake.

After it was over, we were pretty sure

it wouldn't happen again.

Were we ever wrong.

Bad boys gone to jail

Bad boys gone to jail

Look at you, boy, you've come of age

and now you're going around

saying you're a bad boy

You say that you'll never go to jail

'Cause you're so bad and you cannot fail

Oh bad boy

Oh rude boy

Oh bad boy

Gots to believe me

Oh bad boy

Here is how you fail

Gots to believe me one time

You went to town just to fool around

You met a girl who was wearing a frown

You going around, boasting, feeling bad

Now you're sitting in jail

don't you feel so sad

This is like the crudest form

of communication l've ever had to do.

l just saw something.

Was that you? Well, we can see your hand.

l doubt you can stick your whole head

through the window

Splotch your face up against the window

We'll know it's the right one,

we can at least zoom in on it.

We'll know it's the right one,

we can at least zoom in on it.

Kevin Mitnick, the world's most dangerous

computer hacker.

My regret about Cyberpunk

is talking about Kevin...

and how he was always eating

and how he was overweight.

People have really gotten on my case

about that.

Some guy came up to me

at anAustin book thing and said:

''Why did you go on and on

about Kevin's weight?''

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