How Not to Defend Confederate Heritage

Reports out of Virginia (here and here) suggest that somebody claiming to act on behalf of Confederate heritage has decided that the best way to do it is by terrorizing others. Apparently someone or some group, styling themselves “Anonymous CSA,” used social media to threaten three people in Virginia targeted for their supposed hostility to Confederate heritage. Among those threatened was Danville city council member Lawrence Campbell, Jr., who learned of the threats from local police. The police, in turn, were made aware of this threat from the Virginia Fusion Center.

Reports state  the matter is under investigation by federal and state authorities. One sign of its progress was that the social media used to conduct this campaign of intimidation soon disappeared from the platforms upon which the threats originally appeared.

More information as it becomes available …

11 thoughts on “How Not to Defend Confederate Heritage

  1. Rblee22468 July 10, 2015 / 6:06 am

    I’m just going to put this out there.

    https://disqus.com/by/anonymouscsa/

    “Disqus”… Notice any pattern?

    There was a now deleted FB post by Anonymous CSA in which they claimed that they were poised to release a considerable bit of information on the SCV prior to their National Convention. I have a copy of the post. Does anyone know of any Confederate Heritage activists with an SCV axe to grind? Ever heard of anyone like that with a bad taste in their mouth for the SCV? Info like that could potentially help identify the lawbreaker(s) in this case.

    • Andy Hall July 10, 2015 / 9:34 am

      Public speculation on that point is probably not constructive.

      • Brooks D. Simpson July 10, 2015 / 9:40 am

        Agreed.

        Besides, I’m rather sure that parties connected to the suspected creator of the video read this blog and the links to recent reports. So the creator knows law enforcement authorities know who the creator is.

        • Rblee22468 July 10, 2015 / 10:24 am

          All good points. Thank you for your wisdom.

  2. Rblee22468 July 10, 2015 / 8:19 am

    The offending videos can still be found at this page:

    [link deleted by blog owner]

    Coincidentally, in June 2014, in some circles, there was talk of a “CSA Anonymous”:

    http://atrueconfederate.blogspot.com/2014/11/csa-anonymous.html?m=1

    Interestingly enough, that post references a “Thomas Anderson” and a Vimeo account which, if you search “AnonymousCSA” and “Vimeo” together on Google yields 2 results for the now deleted Vimeo videos which also, wait for it, references “Thomas Anderson”. Something is definitely rotten in Denmark.

    • Brooks D. Simpson July 10, 2015 / 9:35 am

      You’ve forced me to do something I’ve never done on this blog before: edit a poster’s comment. Namely, I’ve deleted the link to the videos on question. I see no reason to use this blog to spread such materials.

      Most of us have a pretty good idea of who Anonymous CSA might be, including law enforcement authorities.

      • Rblee22468 July 10, 2015 / 9:39 am

        No problem. I hadn’t intended to spread it, but I certainly understand the reason for deleting it. My bad.

    • Mousy Tongue July 12, 2015 / 11:53 am
  3. The Lamp July 10, 2015 / 8:30 am

    The hive mind group “Anonymous” started around 2006 as an internet troll collective of script kiddies and some very young and talented hackers. They all came from troll forums on the internet like 4Chan, Something Awful, and Ebaum’s World and even a few from Gaia Online.

    Their first known target was an online kid’s game called “Habbo Hotel” where they took over the game at the “pool” and with their collective of game caricatures created a swastika to shut the pool area of the game down.

    Now, to be clear, none of this was based in any real racism or anti-semitism, they were trolls who were out to mess with people for kicks.

    From there their troll hive hit a number of targets including prank calling radio shows. They prank called a white supremacist radio host called “Hal Turner” and a battle between the kids and Turner reach a record high when the hackers amongst them hacked into Turner’s emails and exposed his operation as a fed honeypot when they discovered emails between Turner and the Feds. This was the end of Turner’s radio show.

    The next big target (there were several others in-between ) was the Church of Scientology. Now, let me make this clear, they never went after Scientology because they had any issues with the organization, they went after scientology because after they poked at them Scientology threatened them. The initial attack was never based in any moral foundation.
    As this feud escalated it took a turn to street protesting. The very first Anonymous street protest was in February of 2008 where all the basement dwelling computer neckbeards took a step out of their parent’s basements into the sunlight and actually met with people face to face.This was a double edged sword as now their hacker collective became an open door for non-hackers and for those who wanted to use the group for their own issues.

    From there the guy fawks mask they chose to wear, which has really nothing to do with the V For Vendetta subject, was twisted around to be worn by and used as 2.0 avatars by any AnonWannabe who thinks they are part of the collective or a political movement of their own agenda.

    When the cops and feds looked into this case they were first red flagged because the chuckleheads in this fake “AnonymousCSA” group claimed they were from “Anonymous”. It obviously didn’t take long, even for thickheaded feds, to discover that this was nothing more than a group of “flaggers” who wanted to play dress up “Anonymous”.

    http://m.fredericksburg.com/news/local/fredericksburg-area-authorities-alerted-about-pro-confederate-video-against-public/article_eaf32396-793b-5fc3-b9ea-f936ca8d5a0f.html?mode=jqm

    According to that article, there are not going to be any charges on the group involved with this charade, it was evident to even them that this AnonWannabe flagger group is a huge joke.
    But the cops and feds do know who they are and are going to keep an eye on them.

    Sorry for the long comment, but I think it is important to explain the real background of Anonymous and how moronic the people who pretend they are them from all sides of the political spectrum.

    One last point, the Anonymous collective is not on Twitter or Facebook anymore, they are all chilling out in IRCs talking about food and computer crap.

    Idiots who are sporting Guy Fawks avatars pretending to be “Anonymous” are really making fools out of themselves. No, you are not Anonymous, you are a joke!

  4. Stephnie Sumpter September 9, 2015 / 12:27 pm

    Reminds me of a little incident that happened here regarding a sailboat in Fla. an “owner” in Italy who couldn’t enter the USA, and a “Charter captain” who disappeared with said boat….. And the frenzy that certain people went into to lynch the charter capt……. On the word of an anonymous poster……

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