State politician mixes it up with Anonymous

State Rep Dan Gordon
A Rhode Island politician with a colorful past got into a Twitter discussion with Anonymous et. al. The results were intriguing.

What a way to start the New Year. On New Year’s Eve, Rhode Island State Representative Dan Gordon (R-Portsmouth) tweeted a few phrases commonly associated with hacktivist group Anonymous.

He may have confidently expected to get a few retweets and brand himself a maverick (always useful in American politics) but it’s doubtful he expected to spend the first days of the New Year playing whack-a-mole with the fallout.

From requests to Twitpic his junk, Anthony Weiner-style, to demands he put a shoe on his head, Gordon has had a busy couple of days. He’s also fielded invitations to appear on Anon-centric podcasts, to explain his criminal history (most recent arrest was September 16) and military service record.

Here are some of the Twitter exchanges. 


Anonymous is doxing KKK members (and I'm OK with it)
Can doxing be used for good? It seems like an odd question in a year when the prominent outing of personal details about women in gaming has become major news; of course we should oppose doxing! No one should be threatened with the release of personally identifying information! But that changes when the target of said outing is a booster of a major hate group: the KKK, an organization that has thrived in no small part because of its secretiveness. It’s easy to make raciali...
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