Anonymous Unmasked in Scientology Protests - 2008-03-14
Though masks have been a successful tactic in other cities they are useless in New York. On the "Anonymous" protest planning forums Enturbulation.org, the loose-knit collective of activists, hackers and pranksters have gone to great lengths to warn one another that masks are not tolerated in New York. Sure, two people standing together can wear whatever they want. Add a third, and this becomes a crime.
The law dates back to the 19th Century, said Christopher Dunn, associate legal director of the New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU), and was originally put on the books to thwart highway bandits. In 1999 the NYCLU brought a lawsuit against the Giuliani administration after it denied a parade permit to the American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, using the mask law as the excuse.