Indymedia has gained immense power as an activist database since the WTO protests in Seattle. It has grown to include countries and cities around the world. This growth has not been embraced by the US government that we organize to protest against. It allows activists to organize huge amounts of people together to express their disatisfaction with the government and its policies.
This website has more trolls than I have ever seen on any other website. Not too many religious right, conservatives, or republicans would be able to find indymedia on their own because it isn't advertised anywhere or covered in the media.
I believe that the government has hired these trolls in attempt to frustrate this websites users and to discourage its use. It works for many people. It is hard to wade through all of the idiotic things these people say. We spend much of our time responding to them.
Why else would these people waste so much time on a website that promotes values that contradict their own?