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Anonymous targets Westboro Baptist over threats of Newtown protest

0330-Military_full_600(CNN) — Hacktivist group Anonymous published what it claims to be personal information of members of the Westboro Baptist Church after the group announced on Saturday it would picket Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, where 26 children and adults were killed.

Anonymous published private e-mail addresses, phone numbers and home addresses of various members, and teased the group about the hack on Twitter. Anonymous also posted a video condemning the group for “breeding hatred” and adding, “We will destroy you. We are coming.”

The Westboro group holds protests at military funerals, and targets various cultures and demographics, particularly gay people. The group blames them for tragedies such as shootings, saying it’s God’s punishment for their actions.

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18 Comments to “Anonymous targets Westboro Baptist over threats of Newtown protest”

    Citizen98107 said:
    December 17, 2012 at 9:57 AM

    More insanity from the Westboro Group. They need to find something better/useful to do with their time.

      SJB said:
      December 18, 2012 at 4:32 PM

      But that's how they make their money. It is their only purpose–to spread hate and profit. Truly sick.

    Elaine said:
    December 18, 2012 at 4:19 PM

    OK, so they need to stop breeding hate and encouraging hatred. They need to stop targeting specific groups and hating on them, and need to find better use of their time. Anons and the Phelps' both. What the anons are doing is illegal. We can't forget that.

      AnonOps said:
      December 18, 2012 at 4:22 PM

      It depends what country you are in if its illegal, and what we are doing is for the good of all of us, what WBC is doing is breeding hatred and causing pain and hurt for victims of this horrible crime.

        Elaine said:
        December 18, 2012 at 4:27 PM

        So is anonymous. Look, anons posted private information of many Phelps members, which is illegal. Lists I saw had their social security numbers on them! Furthermore, at least five of the Phelps on that list have left the family. And many of the members posted were under the age of 18. They cannot help the family they were born in to. How does being a jerk and releasing their private information in order to harass the members of this group accomplish anything but more hate? How is one who uses this information to commit the same act as the WBC any better than the members themselves?

          AnonOps said:
          December 18, 2012 at 5:25 PM

          The person who released the d0x with the former members on it realized his mistake and changed it. plus those people truly believe the hatred they spew

            evil twin said:
            December 22, 2012 at 10:27 PM

            I would like that list. I know exactly what to do with it

      Paul said:
      December 18, 2012 at 4:27 PM

      I disagree. It's called civil disobedience. What they are doing is very similar to a teacher and bully situation. The bully has the legal right to verbally harass any child he wants… But it doesn't make it right… so the teacher steps in and makes his bullying look stupid to others in an attempt to show them that it's not acceptable behavior in this society. So, to the Anons I say do what you must to show this group that while we respect their freedom of speech, they have taken it too far by going to funerals and candle vigils for the dead.

    suckmydeckplease said:
    December 18, 2012 at 4:20 PM

    Good. They deserve it. All the families they harass when they are mending broken hearts over their lost family members.

    iVeX - Lulz said:
    December 18, 2012 at 4:22 PM

    Westboro deserves what is happening to them, Nuff Said.

    american said:
    December 18, 2012 at 4:22 PM

    do you have to be an inbred to sign up for that church or can anyone sign up?

    Knives said:
    December 18, 2012 at 4:25 PM

    Why don't people see this as a hate crime? I find it shameful to the human race for people to be so ignorant. You can have your beliefs but when it comes to protesting at the funerals' of children and people who gave their lives for this country and a better way of life is shameful and utterly revolting. I fully support Anonymous and what they are doing to this hate cult. I'm sure one day it will turn violent and I know what corner I'll be standing in when it does.

    Mark said:
    December 18, 2012 at 4:28 PM

    Run them out of town. Flatten their tires and then let them try to find someone to fix them. Don't give them hotel space and refuse to sell them food. They are evil. They picket the funerals of our fine soldiers who were fighting for their right to safely sit here, get fat, and spew bile at everyone else, all the while claiming it's their first amendment right. Screw you, Shirley. Now you're targeting kids, and you've now reached my limit. I have no more tolerance for you. You yourself are a sinner and you yourself are not without flaws. And you yourself will be the one in hell for what you did here in your mortal form. God have mercy on your vicious soul.

    ColdFusionWaffles said:
    December 18, 2012 at 4:30 PM
      sjb said:
      December 18, 2012 at 4:34 PM


      Anonymous said:
      January 8, 2013 at 4:51 AM

      Currently sharing on AnonOps.

    anonymous said:
    December 18, 2012 at 4:43 PM

    Are you serious about the WBC kids being innocent?? You clearly know nothing about this so called “church”. They stand right with them protesting, wearing shirts of abusive nature. These people are born and bred to hate. Its sad that the children are involved, but they are just as involved as the rest of the phelps family. Its disgusting.

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