Are there any famous names on the KKK list released by Anonymous this week? This is one question bouncing around online this weekend after all the hoopla with the fake KKK list posted last week. A list released by another group that was mistakenly taken as the Anonymous list did have some popular politicians named.
According to The Raw Story on November 6, Anonymous did release a list of Ku Klux Klan members and their sympathizers and it contains hundreds of names. The senators and mayors names that appeared on a list that was mistakenly credited to Anonymous, did not appear on the real Anonymous list.
The problem with Anonymous outing these names is that they basically didn’t out anyone who wasn’t already outed, according to Vocativ. Most of the names that appear on the list that the Anonymous people released are already public with their KKK affiliation. Many of these people are known to be members of the KKK.
One guy’s Facebook page has the “Aryan Nation WPWW” listed and another has a copy of the seal for the Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan” on his. The list that Anonymous posted has some names on it of people, who seem to appear on the list “for little more than hateful comments they made on various social media posts,” suggests Vocativ.
Rachel Pendergraft, a leader of the Arkansas-based Knights Party, a KKK “realm” founded by infamous Klansman David Duke, spoke to the media and said that they do actually keep a list of members. She also said that those names are stored on computers and the lists are not something that can be hacked because the computers are not hooked up to the Internet to prevent any hacking.
Pendergraft conveyed that many people on that KKK list would prefer to keep their names out of the public eye. She would not divulge the number of names on the lists. She also said:
“About three years ago [a group of hackers] supposedly ‘outted’ me,” said Pendergraft. “They used my name, my father’s name, my daughter’s name; they said they hacked us and got our addresses and put them online and said we were in the Klan. Guess what—all of that information was already online. I don’t know what they think they proved.”
Telesurtv reports that David Duke, a former top member or Grand Wizard of the Klan said that the Anonymous list was an “enormous failure.” Duke said: “They’ve had no impact whatsoever. There’s no KKK in the world; there are simply different groups with completely different ideologies.”
There are about 4,000 KKK members in the U.S. today, but they are broken down into small groups throughout the nation. The groups do not communicate with one another, so it sounds as if each group functions under their own leaders rather than having one grand leader calling the shots.
So apparently the people mentioned by Anonymous were already outed as KKK members, according to one of the KKK leaders. The KKK downplayed this hacking reveal saying Anonymous fell short of its goal to reveal members of the Ku Klux Klan that were not known to the public.