Some people I’ve spoken with, even in the Law Enforcement community, are unaware of where the mask typically used by Anonymous members comes from. The mask is known as a Guy Fawkes mask and was popularized in the 1982 graphic novel and subsequent 2006 movie, V for Vendetta. Guy Fawkes was a pro-catholic terrorist who attempted to blow up the British Parliament in the Gunpowder Plot of 1605 consistent with the rhyme, “Remember, Remember the fifth of November.”
While I’ve been critical of the loosely connected group known as Anonymous for a multitude of reasons including but not limited to their release of personal information pertaining to officers and their families, as well as their attempt to identify and silence informants, they’ve taken a new tact recently that even I don’t have a problem with. Anonymous is current identifying members of the Ku Klux Klan on twitter. If this action is based upon evidence or self-identification, and not simply a redneck witch-hunt, they won’t see me shedding a tear for the racists they out. Credit where credit is due, this seems like a noble goal from a group typically lacking in such. We’ll see how the execution of that goal plays out.