EXCLUSIVE: Battle of Ferguson II: An Inside Look at #OpKKK

November 22, 2014   |   Justin King

Justin King
November 21, 2014

(TheAntiMedia) The war between Anonymous and the Ku Klux Klan over the rights of protesters in Ferguson has been raging. The war involves a faction of Anonymous that has been in existence for years, but has remained a closely guarded secret. It also involves a factionalized hate group that has been unsuccessfully trying to rebrand itself as a kinder, gentler version of the KKK.

The facts are pretty simple. A faction of the Klan issued a threat against protesters in Ferguson. Anonymous stepped up and began #OpKKK, also known as #HoodsOff. Anonymous began disclosing the identities of Klansmen and even seized control of the Klan’s most important Twitter account. The Klan responded by claiming they weren’t violent, threatening Anonymous with violence, and saying the people being identified as Klansmen weren’t really Klansmen (even when there were photos of those members wearing the famous white sheets of the Klan).

The Klan’s seemingly bipolar actions stem from the fact that the Klan just isn’t what it used to be. There was a time when the Klan was a highly-organized paramilitary organization capable of striking fear into the hearts of its enemies all across the country. It was an invisible empire of white supremacist hatred that had members in all facets of life, from the local police departments to the halls of the US Senate.

Today, the Klan is factionalized. Many of the Grand Wizards aren’t really even racists; they’re just out to make a quick buck. Some factions are ultra-violent, and some are a club of people pretending to be racists in order to belong to something. (How sad is that?) There is no organization connecting the Klans. Each Klan tends to just follow whatever their particular leader says, and the leaders are sometimes at odds. In short, the organization is in complete disarray. This doesn’t make them ineffective. In fact, it probably makes them more dangerous. When other paramilitary organizations have fallen into this kind of factionalism, one group typically steps forward to proclaim themselves the “true” leaders. This proclamation historically has involved a major act of violence. (see: Irish Republican Army)

Disinformation:

For its part the Klan has engaged in a major campaign of disinformation, or maybe it’s just that one faction has no idea what the other factions are doing. An alleged phone call between Missouri Klan leader Frank Ancona and Anonymous activist Alex Poucher seems to indicate that his faction of the Klan actually want to help the protesters with their legal troubles. Ancona even offered to give the protesters access to Klan lawyers.

Of course, it’s hard to believe a word that comes out of Ancona’s mouth when he is the same Klansmen that checked-in on Facebook from the Ferguson Police Department with the comment:

“I was going to tie a watermelon to the back of my SUV and lead them [the protesters] all south.

Screen Shot provided by NOWsec.

Screen Shot provided by NOWsec.

If you listened to the recording, you’ll hear Ancona indicate that the Klan really isn’t racist.

Other Klansmen have condemned Ancona, but the website is probably still #TangoDown due to Anonymous operations.

Factions:

One of the more interesting parts to the Anonymous operation is that most, including many Anons, didn’t know anything about who was really behind it. Anonymous is also subdivided into many factions, most use a word and then add the abbreviation “sec” to the end to pay homage to the best-known subdivisions of Anonymous, like LulzSec (which means Lulz Security). The secret of who the masked men (and at least three women) behind the #OpKKK operation is out. It was the faction NOWsec. NOWsec has been in existence for years, but keeps an extremely low-profile.

NOWsec was formed around the time of Oscar Grant’s murder. That was more than five years ago. The Anti-Media talked to one of the reclusive activists through an encrypted chat. It was the first time an activist connected to NOWsec spoke with the press about the faction.

The activist, who is identified only as “Kafir,” was hesitant to answer questions about the size and strength of NOWsec.

“The amount of Anons in NOWsec is confidential. It’s made up of both local and non local Anons.” [local meaning activists in Ferguson]

Estimates about the size and strength vary greatly, but most place the group’s core membership in the range of 40 to 120.

When asked about the comments made by Ancona in regards to helping the protesters, the doubt was crystal clear.

“Ancona is trying to do damage control. The offer is not genuine.”

I was curious if NOWsec would continue operations against the Klan. Kafir made it clear that the operation had grown and was now in the hands of the global collective. Indicating that it was no longer their decision to make, but the activist did say the group wasn’t done with #HoodsOff.

“We will list every Klan member and Ghoul Squad member we can find.”

He later said,

“NOWsec’s current goal is exposing connections between TAK KKK and law enforcement involved in policing Ferguson protests.”

An employee with access to the St. Louis County Police Department (who also happens to be a NOWsec sympathizer) is aware of NOWsec’s operations and believes officers are worried.

“There have been discussions about it. They aren’t happy.”

The employee provided a list of names that will be turned over to NOWsec for examination and comparison.

The Klan has been attempting to find out the identities of the NOWsec activists, all I can say is good luck with that. NOWsec is one of the most secretive parts of Anonymous, and any attempts to find them will only lead to incorrect information. If other Anons don’t know exactly who they are, it’s unlikely the Klan will be able to track them down. To summarize the war, the Klan hasn’t been able to agree with itself or launch any successful counter-attack; and Anonymous has identified Klansmen, taken over Klan accounts, and has a mole inside the local police department.

It certainly seems the “Invisible Empire” is the hidden hand of someone wearing a Guy Fawkes mask, instead of the Klan hoods from yesteryear.

Information obtained by NOWsec is being held tightly. A release is expected in the coming days. 


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Author: Justin King

Justin King joined Anti-Media as an independent journalist in July of 2014. His topics of interest include activism, human rights, international relations, and military affairs. Born in Japan, he currently resides in the United States.

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  1. The kkk hasn't been a threat for quite sometime, anonymous May have just tipped their hand as to who they actually are, and more importantly as to who is behind them. I'm opting not to trust either of them.

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  2. I follow the sources I find on the web occasionally to be informed but I too am baffled by the potential abuse of power that a group like Anonymous could carry out. The way they present ideas or news or theories about what is according to them truth in most cases or at least possible are many times within the realm of imagination. I mean possibly some of the things they are doing would be great and then again at what point do you become transparent? Are we to just trust a shadow government?

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  3. The thing about anonymous is , that they are ordinary people like you or me. That said, whatever power Anonymous has is just the power that the people have. Anonymous just choose to use that power and accept whatever risk might come with it.

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  4. Victor SpiderMan-Thibeaut That, sir, is a good question.

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  5. Clearly racism is a threat to everyone, as is vigilante right wing violence. The so-called 'stand your ground' laws are enforced in a discriminatory manner and in a manner that often allows Republican men with CCW permits or a badge to act as a one 'men' lynching squad.

    Likewise, Republicans from George Zimmerman to Antonin Scalia are fond of insisting they aren't racist and neither are the police. The sight of public servants in those white robes is revealing to many people (although clearly not to you). I think it's time we held the men and women who keep insisting they aren't racist while they murder unarmed kids or support men like George Zimmerman personally responsible for their behavior. Because these assholes will not STOP murdering unarmed citizens until we do.

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  6. So choose the shadow that does the lesser evil? I suppose I should have said invisible nano govt.

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  7. I couldn't read all the BS. Too much wishy wash info here.

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  8. This guy sounds like an idiot…

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  9. Victor SpiderMan-Thibeaut Not sure, still have not seen nano technology in person to know that sort of things is even possible. Not even close to educated enough to know fact from fiction. Possible? Sure. I believe what I experience through tangible evidence. I am leaning towards yes though haha.

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  10. Yep you are correctly the teuth is reveil

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  11. What guy? And what did "the guy "say that was idiotic ?

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  12. I totally agree, they are running scared because they are afraid of police being outed as klansmen and/or white supremacists in uniform. Also any other information that they might come up with. Also the idea that the KKK and the police is trying to find NOWsec and their names is funny. Yea if you where that powerful to get the information of a international counterintelligence organizationt that prides itself in being anonymous you would have control over Ferguson decades ago. They are talking shit the cops and KKK, just a bunch of losers that think that having tor access (if they knew what that was) or using false twitter accounts and email accounts constitute IT security.

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  13. Ferguson has become daily news in Europe

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  14. Gwen youre a confused crunt…. zim had every right to plug that no good pos…. i suppose someone starts slamming your head into a curb youre gonna ask them nicely to stop….

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  15. This has all been fascinating to watch. To those claiming that the KKK is not much of a threat, that's simply not true, as seen by the information being revealed by Anonymous, something you would have thought the FBI would have been able to find (how is it that volunteers can do in three days what government agencies haven't been able to do?) Especially damning is the evidence of links between Ancona and the Ferguson PD, checking in there on FB. Are gov agencies so blinded by their desperation to prevent protests that they're unable to do their job of protecting the public? When a government agency is more interested in shutting down protests than dealing with the obvious infiltration and corruption leading to those protests, you have a major problem. Anonymous is doing what these government agencies should be doing, and doing it for free, and handing that information to the public. To be honest, the FBI and others have seemingly completely failed, while Anon has been volunteering to do their jobs for them. This doesn't exactly instil confidence does it? If the FBI are powerless or unwilling to act when a clear connection is made between a KKK "Grand Wizard" (a person threatening to murder people) and a local PD guilty of civil rights abuses, police brutality, and all while suspected of protecting (and lying for) an officer who killed an unarmed teen, this grows to be about much more than just Ferguson. If the FBI was doing its job Ancona would have been arrested already, the Ferguson PD would have been replaced while investigations are carried out, and the public would be kept aware of everything of importance while a transparent investigation continues. As none of this has been done a week after this began, it's damn right that the people have absolutely no faith in their local PD, or their government. And as for Holder being "disappointed", that's not damn good enough. Even if this were not about that poor kid being murdered in the street, there should be massive protests throughout the state (if not the country) over the governments refusal to act against the obvious infiltration of law enforcement by a terrorist cell. If Ancona were Muslim and stating the same things against other people, his ass would be in a cell already and all his friends in the local PD would be out of a job and under investigation, but I guess it's okay to be a terrorist when you're "not brown".

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  16. Do not chase or follow strangers in the dark of night the grab them if you are truly to much of a puss to fight then bitch out , get scared, and shoot. Like a bar "super man" that starts a fight, get his ass kicked, the pulls a gun. Even race out of the equation, Zim is a pussy.

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  17. You do all this cause of the KKK, yet the black Panthers started the racist threats. My family has been threatened cause they are white, and live 3 blocks from the immediate area, they are actually right off of st Elizabeth. But it's fine for the black faction to make threats?

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  18. Damn, the KKK is getting pounded

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  19. I seriously doubt they tipped any scales about who they are.

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  20. Black Panters started arming themselves to protect themselves from police brutality. They only threaten people who threaten them first

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  21. Archie Hoyt Richey Or this was done to create distress and make the PD chase their own tail while further actions are taken by anonymous. If anything it would force them to start launching investigations into the cops themselves either way it ends up. Pretty clever.

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  22. Reggie Williams i don't think the kkk originally made a threat, only said they would defend the threats of killing police

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  23. Very well said.

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  24. The cat is out the bag. Game on!

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  26. Jeff Lachance it's you are, not youre ( youre is not a word). What is a crunt?. Capital I, and you're going to ask… Your lack of literacy is showing.

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  27. It's one of a few options, people. Side with the racist, oppressive police departments and government agencies. Side with Anonymous as they lay down the groundwork for a possible revolution, take actions into your own hands, or do nothing at all. So. While you guys are arguing on Facebook, too afraid to open your minds to the deliberate acts of injustice being performed daily all around you, we'll be having our rights stripped away one after the other until we're nothing more than a nation of slaves. At that point, skin color and moral preference will be rendered irrelevant. There's only do or die.

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  28. If we were truly represented by our our "official" government there would not be a vacuum for a group like Anonymous to fill. Water always finds its own level, and fortunately, so does justice. Thank you Anonymous!

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  29. You are a retard!! When did the black panthers make threats????? Please read what was said carefully.. Don't be sheep!

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  30. There turning all cultures against themselves and others.. While we kill our people, they kill our people..

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  31. I'll tell you the reason why the FBI doesn't do anything. The same FBI that didn't consider a bomb that was placed close to a Martin Luther King parade 2 years ago a possible terrorists attack or other instances of this. And thats because of two reasons. One, if they go after these groups (white supremacists groups) they are afraid of possibly uncovering other white supremacists that may be moles or sympathizers that may have helped and it could be sending alot of people that are wealthy, white and politicians. And two, bad people are THOSE PEOPLE not us aka dominant society and by going after those groups it would show the world and our own society that there are local terrorists groups in the US and they are the KKK and white supremacists groups.

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  32. Dan Redcastle I think you're wrong on this one… The KKK DID not only make threats by Burning crosses and stoning windows and chasing fearful black folks from there homes after being in slavery but also ACTIVELY killed black families interracial (Some conceived out of rape) and did a lot of crimes. Not justifying black panthers actions but Black panthers came away after the KKK and as a means to fight oppression and to stand up to gov't and groups after much of the Black Community leaders were getting knocked off.. such as martin luther king Malcom X.

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  33. What we are seeing is the evolution of the digital age where.. EVERYTHING.. is digitized and recorded and available if you have the technical skill sets to expose those who have hidden among the good people of this nation while they have promoted hate and bigotry under the guise of their respectable positions of leadership. My money is on the kids with the computers….

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  34. So lets see, shall we trust a PD that has been proven to have links to a domestic terrorist organization, one that has been caught out lying to the public in official police reports and records, and one that has been reprimanded over their use of weapons against protestors, OR do we trust a diverse and leaderless group of individuals (not unlike any public group of individuals) who are raising valid questions, supporting the right to protest, and exposing the obvious connections between this terrorist organization and the PD?

    Hmm, difficult choice indeed…

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  35. You seem confused about what Anonymous is. You seem to think it's an organized group having meetings and deciding on targets by democratic vote. From everything I have seen, Anonymous is made up of thousands of individuals of all backgrounds, all races and all ages, creating factions within when the need arises, taking up common causes – in what way is this any different to you protesting against something on the street with a group of like-minded people? Their tactics might be different, but then is it really any different to you protesting against a politician and exposing their lies in the street or in the media? Anonymous seems to be working for good (at least in this example), while the government agencies who are supposed to be serving and protecting the public are consistently failing in their jobs.

    Again, I find it remarkable that a terrorist group like the KKK can be outed for having ties to a police department facing massively damaging claims of abuse, racism, violence and corruption, and the FBI are seemingly only interested in shutting down protests AGAINST it.

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  36. It is sad, that people just realize that there is a connection with the kkk and the police, in every community. the military knowingly accepts klan an motorcycle gang affiliates and send these murderers to the front lines. these mentally sick people then come back, if they survive and continue to kill until they are killed or apprehended.

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  37. I am sure that there are white supremacists elements in the FBI. There always has been. The FBI simply couldn't be so incompetent to not be able to unveil KKK members if they wanted to. The fact is, they don't want to.

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  38. Those are not the only options. Peaceful protest in its many forms is the best option.

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  39. Robbie Wallis well said. Factions of Anonymous don't appear to commit acts of violence, they are more involved in exposing criminal/unethical behavior.

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  40. If these guys know there's a mole, you can guarantee that the police dept knows it has a mole. Still don't know who it is though.

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