The Internet hacking group “Anonymous” has decided to join the fight against right-wing extremism. Deutche Welle and PC Magazine report that last month, elements of the loosely-knit confederation of super-hackers set their sites on German neo-Nazi and right-wing extremist groups, especially the NPD, and have set up a German-language website dedicated to revealing confidential information hacked from NPD accounts, including the names of donors and the real names of individuals writing for extremist publications under pseudonyms.
They then they took their fight one step further, and reportedly took down the website of the American Nazi Party and the affiliated site, White Honor, though both those sites have since returned to the Internet.
Anonymous’ latest hits are on a group that is particularly close to my heart, American Third Position. As of this writing, the main website of the group is down; its owners have apparently responded by redirecting its URL to the website of Merlin Miller, A3P’s candidate for US President in 2012 (yes, they have a presidential candidate). A huge amount of information on A3P’s Jamie Kelso has now been posted on the “Good Night White Pride” website. Anonymous has reported that they have evidence that Ron Paul, who is currently seeking the Republican nomination for a 2012 presidential run, met with A3P’s board of directors. If this is true, it is an explosive revelation. I haven’t looked at the evidence for this yet, but it is already circulating on some news sites, though it has not yet made the national press. (Allegations that Ron Paul has links to white supremacist groups have been out there for years, and the controversy over his newsletters, which in the past have contained extremist content, is well known.) Of course the extremists themselves are blaming Anonymous’ activities on Jews.
Although I also fight extremism and anti-Semitism by publishing information on this blog about the activities and ideas of extremists, I do not support illegal activity or hacking. I post information I find online or in printed materials; I do not try to hack websites. (In any case, I have no idea how to do that.)