The hacking collective known as “Anonymous” was reported to have threatened WBC or the Westboro Baptist Church. WBC is home to the infamous Pastor Fred Phelps who pickets just about any funeral he can these days holding signs that say, “God Hates Fags.” The group “Anonymous” is known for online retaliatory attacks against those trying to dismantle Wikileaks. The question is, did Anonymous really concern itself with Fred Phelps?
It appears it is all a hoax. According to PC World, an open letter on February 16th of this year claimed that “enough was enough” and that while the hackers were defenders of freedom of speech, the Phelps clan had crossed the line. The letter demanded that WBC desist in all of its activities. In response, WBC said, “bring it” which wasn’t exactly bright since you can’t sue anonymous hackers (which Fred Phelps loves to do).
The real Anonymous, or those who speak for it, cleared the air by posting a statement on AnonNews.org that this was all a fabrication and they had nothing to do with the threat. They further suggested that WBC was probably behind it all to get media attention. Per the actual statement: “In closing, let us assure you: We are not BAWWWWING sissies, nor are we afraid of your false god; we’re just really busy. Stay tuned, and we’ll come back to play another day. We promise.”
They also warned their Anonymous members that WBC likes to set traps and collect IP addresses for lawsuits. Now I suspect that if Anonymous really wanted to take out the WBC hate site they could do it very easily, but they have commited themselves to protecting free speech and therefore that includes hate speech. It is better not to give good ol’ Fred more of a persecution complex than he already has. He is, after all, like a spoiled child begging desperately for everyone’s attention even if it means he acts like a complete asshole.