- Aug 28, 2015
A group of activists that calls itself Anonymous has published a list of over 400 names of people it claims are members of the Ku Klux Klan. The list, which has yet to be verified, was published on text-sharing website Pastebin on Thursday after the group says it gained access to a Twitter account related to the white supremacist group.
The list was published as part of a campaign known as Operation KKK and was posted by the official Twitter account through which the campaign has been coordinated since last year. The group initially claimed the list was going to comprise of names of 1,000 individuals but they removed some names to carry out further investigations.
In a statement accompanying the list, the group said: "We hope Operation KKK will, in part, spark a bit of constructive dialogue about race, racism, racial terror and freedom of expression, across group lines. Public discourse about these topics can be honest, messy, snarky, offensive, humbling, infuriating, productive, and serious all at once. The reality is that racism usually does NOT wear a hood but it does permeate our culture on every level."
The group says that information about those on the list was gathered over a 12-month period, with the group claiming the KKK is made up of 150 active cells operating in 41 states, with membership concentrated in both the South and the Midwest. The Anonymous members who put together the list say it was gathered using "human intelligence data collection strategies" which consisted of interviewing expert sources as well as carrying out covert operations.
The names of those Anonymous claims are members of the KKK are listed in alphabetical order with links to social media accounts as well as some other identifying information, such as location, family members and what businesses they operate. Some of the names on the list are tagged as "Alias" which the group says are confirmed aliases used by members of the KKK.