Last year, Anonymous responded to the Ku Klux Klan’s threats toward peaceful Ferguson protesters by “de-hooding” a sizeable portion of the hate group. #OpKKK not only tormented racists by revealing who they are but led to the hacktivists knocking numerous Klan websites offline and even stealing the “white Christian organization’s” Twitter account. Fearing “real danger” as a result of the outings, many members decided to quit the Klan for fear that their reputations may be damaged and harm may come to them.
Recently, the Klan reawakened the hackers’ interest when one of its meth-mouthed degenerate slimeballs harassed a friend of some members of the group on Twitter. Conover Kennard, the proprietor of the FreakOutNation blog, regularly deals with threats — but one individual calling himself “Thomas Klan” went a bit too far in his mission to defame and destroy her, creating numerous fake accounts to troll her, harassing her friends, and making numerous threats toward the former model turned liberal shit-stirrer.
After witnessing the harassment, Anonymous activist “Amped Attacks” began taking down KKK web sites. But Thomas Klan continued to threaten both Kennard and Anonymous after the sites fell victim to the hacktivists’ attacks. So, for days, Klan websites kept disappearing until, ultimately, Thomas Klan’s Twitter account was finally banned.
Kennard says that her friends in Anonymous have decided to “identify 1,000 members of the Ku Klux Klan” after the hackers gained access to one of the hate group’s accounts. From the account, they were able to unmask several members of the Cracker Squad.
“We’ve gained access to yet another KKK Twitter account,” writes @Operation_KKK, a Twitter handle that should be familiar to anyone who was paying attention during the first round of #OpKKK. “Using the info obtained, we will be revealing about 1000 klan member identities.”
In a press release, the hacktivists announced the new operation:
When people are faced with grave injustices, those cries do not go unheard.
Ku Klux Klan, We never stopped watching you. We know who you are. We know the dangerous extent to which you will go to cover your asses. Originally, we did not attack you for your beliefs as we fight for freedom of speech. We attacked you due to your threats to use lethal force in the Ferguson protests. We took this grudge between us rather seriously. You continue to threaten anons and others. We never said we would only strike once.
The anons involved in this operation still believe you no longer particularly deserve the right to Freedom of Speech and Freedom to Assemble but that is not up to us. Let us make this especially clear: We are not oppressing you, Ku Klux Klan. We are not here to strip you of your Freedom of Speech. Anonymous will never strip you of any of your Constitutional rights. There is no “hate speech” exception to the Constitution. In a free society, we do have a duty to protect free thought, even when especially offensive. Your hateful ideas and words remain yours to keep. You are allowed to speak and in kind, we are allowed to respond. You are legally free to live and be any which way you choose to live and be. Keep in mind, it is not illegal nor oppressive to hurt your feelings. With that said – We are stripping you of your anonymity. Again. This is our protected speech.
After closely observing so many of you for so very long, we feel confident that applying transparency to your organizational cells is the right, just, appropriate and only course of action. You are abhorrent. Criminal. You are more than extremists. You are more than a hate group. You operate much more like terrorists and you should be recognized as such. You are terrorists that hide your identities beneath sheets and infiltrate society on every level. The privacy of the Ku Klux Klan no longer exists in cyberspace. You’ve had blood on your hands for nearly 200 years. You continue to inflict civil rights violations, commit violent crimes and solicit others to commit violent criminal acts. You seek to intimidate and/or eliminate those that are different from you and those that you dislike by any means possible. You seek to terrorize anyone and anything that you feel is a threat to your narrow view of the “American way of life”.
The last time we took your hoods off, you claimed to be misunderstood. Victimized. No. You are a damaged, dangerous, fragmented, splintered and amorphous collection of terroristic cells with a hate-based ideology and a well documented history of violence against the American public – assault, murder, terrorism. You play a deep, damaging and historically sinister and malevolent role in the United States. We understand you far too well. You made a clear and ever present enemy of Anonymous when you threatened the lives of protesters and the men and women representing Anonymous on the ground in Ferguson, Missouri in November of 2014. You continue to make threats to anons you believe you have identified, journalists, anyone in the public that speaks out against your behavior. Your threats and intimidation are unprovoked, unwanted and will not be tolerated. Enough is enough. You once told Anonymous that we awakened a sleeping giant within you. We are here to remind you once again – you summoned an unslayable dragon. Anonymous is an idea. This fight will go on as long as it has to.
The aim of this operation is digital. Another cyber war trist, nothing more. We are not violent. We will release, to the global public, the identities of up to 1000 klan members, Ghoul Squad affiliates and other close associates of various factions of the Ku Klux Klan across the Unites States.
In a separate press release, Anonymous promised the KKK that because of the attacks and harassment of their “brothers and sisters” like Kennard, “Anything you upload will be taken down, anything you use to promote the KKK will be shut down.” The hackers laid out an important message for the Klan:
You messed with our family and now we will mess with yours…
The Hacktivists suggest that you show your support by raising awareness of the new #OpKKK by sharing your thoughts about the hate group on Twitter and other social media — #WhiteGenocide is a great place to start — and help them take the #HoodsOff of Klansmen yet again.
Watch a video about the Klan fallout after the LAST #OpKKK, below: