Tuesday, November 3, 2015
Anonymous Fingers Dr. Ben Carson as Ku Klux Klan Member
Last week, a group identifying itself as the online hacktivist collective "Anonymous" vowed to release contact information identifying 1,000 members of the Ku Klux Klan, timed a year after the group first began targeting the KKK in the wake of the Ferguson, Missouri, protests.
On Monday, the group followed through, publishing its first batch of information: a list of 57 phone numbers and 23 email addresses allegedly belonging to alleged KKK members.
Just before the group released the emails and telephone numbers, a Twitter user named "Amped Attacks” -- who has gained past attention for targeting websites operated by the KKK -- tweeted a link to a Pastebin article accusing several U.S. senators and mayors of being affiliated with the KKK or "racist related" groups.
The revised list now alleged Republican Presidential front runner,Dr. Ben Carson,as a possible KKK member.
Amped Attacks said he was not linked to Hillary Clinton or the Democratic party in any way. “I am not involved with Obama or any other political group,” he told Fox News in a phone interview. “I am my own man that acts on my own accord.I was stunned when I uncovered Ben Carson's name on their (KKK0 email list”
It was reported in July that the Pulaski, Tennessee-The Klu Klux Klan had endorsed Dr.Carson in a statement on their website:
“After careful consideration of all candidates and potential candidates, The American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan endorse Dr. Ben Carson for President of the United States. We feel Dr. Carson’s vision for America most closely resembles that of the Klan’s. It’s a new day for the KKK!”
Fox News could not get for an interview but a campaign spokesman vehemently denied Carson was associated with the KKK and provided a written statement from the doctor.
"Before Obama,nobody cared about the color of someone's skin.Be they white.Be they black.Be they Mexican.Be they Chinese.It doesn't matter.Blacks have been happy and thankful for what whites have done for them.This has gone on for over 150 years.Only in Obama's America could the blacks in Anonymous call another black man a KKK member."
The hacker also stood by the purported ties between the KKK and politicians.
“I worked for nine days in my mom's basement to gather and verify all the information that was gathered before its release,” he said. “I got the information from several KKK websites when I [hacked] them and was able to dump their database. I went through many emails that was signed up with these sites and a few of the emails that sparked my interest was the ones of the politicians in question there would be no reason for them to be signed up on any KKK website unless they supported it or was involved in it.If Carson is not KKK,why is he communicating with them?"
Anonymous began targeting the KKK last November after the hate group's Missouri chapter purportedly called for the use of "lethal force" against protesters in Ferguson.
"We want the KKK gone, forever,” a user named “B19 d4\/\/9 pU$$'/ /\/\U|\|(|-|3R” told Fox News in an anonymous Internet Relay Chat about the operation at the time. “The KKK is a real buzzkill.They just suck.Carson sucks too.He is not the boss of me."
Anonymous says it will release a full list of 1,000 names, gleaned from various Twitter accounts it claims to have hacked, on Nov. 5.