By Gregory B. Hladky
12:14 PM EST, December 19, 2012
The Newtown massacre has brought a sickening response from crazies like the Westboro Baptist Church and some idiot who put up a mocking Twitter account with a bloody kid’s photo labeled “Sandy Hook Victim.”
The reaction from Internet vigilantes like Anonymous and the “patriot hacker” called the Jester has been equally fierce. Multiple WBC websites have allegedly been hacked and taken down, the identity of the Twitter scumbag “doxed” (web slang for outing someone online) and his account abruptly closed, according to various news reports.
Westboro Baptist Church is the same revolting outfit based in Kansas that was picketing the funeral services of American soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. Its leaders have sent out faxes claiming “God sent the shooter” to Sandy Hook School as punishment for Connecticut legalizing gay marriage. They are also threatening to picket the funerals of those Newtown children.
There is a growing online petition effort to get the White House to declare the WBC as a hate group. The petition states the church’s “actions have been directed at many groups, including homosexuals, military, Jewish people and even other Christians” warns the WBC’s actions pose a threat to the general welfare.
Connecticut State Police have already issued a warning that anyone who “harasses or threatens the victims, victims’ families or witnesses of these horrific crimes” will be subject to state and/or federal prosecution.
“Harassment not only includes in-person contact, but also contact via the internet, social media, and telephone.” Social media includes, but is not limited to, Facebook, Blogs, YouTube, Twitter, Pinterest, and MySpace,” according to the state news release.
According to one alleged spokesman for Anonymous, The Jester (who is not directly affiliated with Anonymous) was responsible for taking down half a dozen of the WBC websites, such as godhatesfags.com.
The Jester (Twitter account @th3j35t3r) initially urged Twitter to take down the account mocking the Sandy Hook killings but later put up posts that indicated he’d done it himself. He also apparently identified the person responsible for the account as an Indiana college student.
The Jester is known for attacking the websites of Islamist terrorist groups.
Another Jester tweet indicated that one or more of the Westboro Baptist Church websites was “apparently having technical difficulties.”
In a YouTube video, WBC spokesperson Shirley Phelps-Roper called such hacktivists “thugs and criminals” and warned they are risking God’s wrath.
For some reason, her threats don’t seem to have had much impact.
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