The manner in which Anonymous infiltrated Ku Klux Klan groups in order to expose them was detailed to me in a phone conversation with one of the people behind @Operation_KKK’s Twitter account.
Some of the information has not been released until now. A Facebook account was created to monitor the Blue Lives Matter movement after they witnessed racial slurs from the group hurling racial slurs on livestream. From befriending Blue Lives Matter supporters, an Anon – who shall remain Anonymous (see what I did there?) -observed mutual friendships with Klansmen.
OpKKK created an account using a ‘thin blue line’ as an avatar with ‘Christian Conservative’ to describe his fake identity, then added anti-Hillary, pro-Trump and anti-Obama posts on his new Facebook page which was created in March.
He said, “It was easy to go from a Blue Lives Matter account to a Klan account.”
The first friend request was accepted by Frank Ancona, the Imperial Wizard of the Traditionalist American Knights, who last year threatened lethal force against Ferguson protesters. Ancona had “many” mutual Facebook friends with the Blue Lives Matter movement.
The second friend request which was accepted was from William Cheatham from Ferguson, a member of the Traditionalist American Knights, who had even more Blue Lives Matter supporters as mutual friends.
After over 200 confirmed Klansmen became mutual friends with the fake account, requests poured in.
To garner friend requests, Klansmen have what amounts to a secret handshake. In a personal message, they ask “AYAK” which means ‘Are you a Klansman?” The answer they are looking for is “AKIA” an acronym that means ‘A Klansman I am.”
OpKKK used that when friend requests were sent to their bogus account.
AYAK: Are you a klansman? AKIA: A klansman I am. https://t.co/kI0BR1RDiS
— Operation KKK (@Operation_KKK) November 6, 2015
After gaining two Facebook ‘friends’ the Anon was privy to their friend lists, then the social site suggested users for him to befriend. Then private groups were infiltrated to monitor them, Once in the group, “people spoke freely.”
— Anon Cop Watch (@AnonCopWatch) November 7, 2015
“Most of them were poor,” OpKKK told me. In one instance, Thomas Moore complained that he was broke and couldn’t pay his electricity bill. He needed $230. What’s particularly funny about this is that Moore wrote, “They’ll never get me!” then gave the Anon information after he offered to help with his bill. He even included the last digits of this social security number.
The bill was never paid by OpKKK. Someone else helped the Little Feller out. OpKKK observed some usual conversations in the groups. In one, group members discussed a man named Jimi Miller who was late to the last Klan rally. One member asks if he’s “friends with the sheriff who wanted to join in.” Another says he’s the guy who “killed Jesse” Another member said, “yup.” So they just admitted to murder.
OpKKK found that there were many in the group that served in the military. They were preparing for the ‘upcoming race war.’
OpKKK said, “90% of the group’s members used Confederate flags for their avatars.”
Another conversation which caused some infighting in the group involved Republican Presidential candidate Ben Carson. One of the group’s members liked him because ‘he’s a Christian.” Well, you know Carson is black, so other members objected, while some others defended him.
Some of the groups were strictly set up for ‘Christians’ while others were accepting requests from just about anyone who hated black people.
After OpKKK was announced, others were looking for information on the Klan, too, on Facebook. At one point, it appeared that others were trying to get information on OpKKK’s fake account, to find if they are in the KKK, when in fact, they were the operation behind infiltrating the groups.
700 names were left off the list because OpKKK could not put them through the verification process they use to confirm their identities due to their account being suspended. OpKKK wanted concrete proof, not just mutual friendships on Facebook – so those names were omitted.
Operation KKK worked as a group to obtain the information and did not work with other Anons in the IRC -an international communication platform frequented by Anonymous and other activists. The verification process was important so they tirelessly worked together to identify Klan members.
Anonymous strongly supports free speech, and were not acting as ‘thought police’ as some have suggested. This operation has opened the dialogue to race in our country – a thing which is sorely needed.
“Some police officers had multiple friends in the Klan” on Facebook. But after OpKKK was announced, information confirming whether they are actual members of the Klan could not be located since the Anon’s fake account was closed by Facebook. By that time, he had changed his avatar to a Confederate flag with a KKK symbol on it – which he attributes as a possibility to his account being suspended.
“Some (police officers) had five or six friends in the Klan” on Facebook. One was a chief of police.
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