With two weeks left before Iowa's first-in-the-nation presidential caucuses, the Iowa Republican Party is taking steps to secure its electronic vote collection system after receiving a mysterious threat to its computers.
The security measures are in response to a 2-minute threat by Anonymous which states that both the Republican and Democrat parties are desecrating American democracy because they are part of a corrupt political system that favors wealthy corporations.
Anonymous has been associated with hacking Visa and Paypal's websites. Should it succeed in taking down the Iowa GOP vote tallying system, officials say that the results can be reconstructed in a day or so.
Some Ron Paul Supporters See a Conspiracy Theory.
The Associated Press report has come out in the wake of Ron Paul's surge in the Iowa polls. Commenting within minutes of the news story, "IamYoddle" wrote,
I'm not into all those conspiracy, but its a little weird this comes up right when Ron Paul is first in IOWA and second in NH. u mad establishment?
Paul 23% (+2)
Romney 20% (+4)
Gingrich 14% (-8)
Ron Paul is surging in the GOP polls, currently leading in the Iowa polls (as reported by Public Policy Polling) and taking second place in New Hampshire (as reported by American Research Group, Inc.).
GOP and Christian Conservatives Nervous about Ron Paul.
Paul is anti-war, accused as being isolationist. On the Tonight Show with Jay Leno Friday night, Paul characterized Michele Bachmann as someone who hates Muslims and "wants to go get 'em" and Rick Santorum as someone who is obsessed with gays and Muslims. He defended environmental protection as a matter of property rights and told Leno that he stands for individual civil rights. Paul wants to cut federal spending by $1 trillion in his first year, which he says will invigorate the economy.
The religious right, which fuels the social issues advocated by most of this year's GOP candidates, does not approve of Ron Paul. In a piece published on the American Family Association's filtered news service, One News Now:
Elaine Donnelly, president of the Center of Military Readiness, says however that Paul supported President Barack Obama and homosexual activists with his vote during last year's lame-duck session of the 111th Congress to repeal "don't ask, don't tell" — the law excluding homosexuals from serving openly in the U.S. military.
"People should know that Ron Paul voted for gays in the military in 2010," Donnelly states. "I think he should be held accountable for that vote. Certainly anyone who supports the military should question his support of the armed forces with that vote on his record."
The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) is equally angry that Paul does not appear to be anti-gay enough. Death and Taxes reports:
“Many of Ron Paul’s supporters in Iowa believe that he is on their side when it comes to preserving traditional marriage, but he isn’t,” NOM president Brian Brown said this weekend. “While Paul says he personally believes in traditional marriage, he has refused to sign our pledge and, worse, has said that marriage is strictly a private affair and that government has no role in regulating marriage. This is a dangerous position with profound consequences for society.”
Russia Today's Alyona noted that the mainstream media either glazes over Paul's rise in the Iowa polls and then moves on to the other candidates and what this means for their campaigns, or they just don't even mention Paul and instead only talk about Gingrich and Romney.
The ED Show points out that Fox News and Republican pundits say that Ron Paul will not be nominee and that if he wins the Iowa caucus, his win will diminish the reputation of the caucus.
Occupy Iowa Message.
Last month, Anonymous urged that the primary be shut down through an Occupy Iowa movement, which did not specifically threaten the GOP's website . Making no exceptions for candidates like Ron Paul who do not fit the Republican mode, the video stated:
This communication is protected by Anonymous.
The Democratic Party has failed us
The Republican Party has failed us
Both parties are desecrating the american democracy and committing crimes against humanity on behalf of american people.
Both parties are funded by the same mega corporations.
The same corporations that fund political campaigns
The same corporations that buy lobbyist
the same corporations that operate the united states government
The Primarys and Caucasus put on by these parties are part of an elaborate scam the deceives the public into voting for candidates that serve the private interests of the mega corporations.
these parties have deliberately driven tens of millions of people into poverty
Voting for these parties is unethical, they have destroyed the american democracy
We are calling upon you to occupy the campaign offices of presidential headquarters in Des Moines Iowa on December 27th, and peacefully shut down the first in the nation Iowa Caucuses on January 3rd.
operation empire state rebellion… continues
we are Anonymous
we are legion
we do not forgive
we do not forget