These Politicians Would Just Like to Say That They’re Not Members of the KKK

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A protester wearing an Anonymous Guy Fawkes mask takes part in a demonstration against controversial Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) as part of an international day of action against the increasingly-contested accord, in Zagreb on February 11, 2012. Tens of thousands of people marched in protests in more than a dozen European cities against a controversial anti-online piracy pact that critics say could curtail Internet freedom. ACTA was signed last year in Tokyo, and aims to bolster international standards for intellectual property protection, for example by doing more to fight counterfeit medicine and other goods. But its attempt to attack illegal downloading and Internet file-sharing has sparked angry protests from users, who fear it could curtail online freedom.  AFP PHOTO / HRVOJE POLAN (Photo credit should read HRVOJE POLAN/AFP/Getty Images)
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A couple of weeks ago, the (very loose) hacking collective Anonymous claimed to have learned the identities of 1,000 Ku Klux Klan members and vowed to make them public. On Monday, they got started by posting the names of nine “officials that have political power in the usa that are associated with either kkk or racist related,” including four United States senators and nine mayors. (Right now is a good time to note that anything Anonymous says should be taken with a grain of salt, which is definitely not to say that a number of American politicians haven’t been in the KKK.) 

Anonymous’s post signed off with a “#YouMadBro,” and it seems that the answer is yes:

No doubt Lahoma, Oklahoma, mayor Theresa Sharp, whose husband celebrated Halloween by donning a white robe and hood and possibly burning a cross, is grateful for the distraction.