Now that it looks like Ron Paul will take the Iowa caucus hands-down, the shadowy hacker group Anonymous has vowed to disrupt the vote.
“Republican Party officials in Iowa are taking new steps to secure their vote counting systems after an anonymous threat suggested computer hackers could attempt to disrupt next month’s presidential nominating caucuses,” reports the Associated Press.
A video on YouTube was allegedly posted by Anonymous. It calls the political system corrupt and urges supporters to “peacefully shut down” the January 3rd caucus.
“Investigators aren’t sure whether the video is authentic, but party officials have instructed precinct caucuses to use paper ballots as a backup system and taken other steps to protect the database and website that displays caucus results,” the AP adds.
According to a survey conducted between December 16-19 by Public Policy Polling, Ron Paul dominates the pre-election caucus in Iowa. “Newt Gingrich’s campaign is rapidly imploding, and Ron Paul has now taken the lead in Iowa. He’s at 23% to 20% for Mitt Romney, 14% for Gingrich, 10% each for Rick Santorum, Michele Bachmann, and Rick Perry, 4% for Jon Huntsman, and 2% for Gary Johnson,” the organization reports.
Since 1972, the Iowa caucuses have been the first major electoral event of the nominating process for the presidency and have served as an early indication of which candidates might win the nomination of their party at the national convention.
The establishment is sincerely perturbed by Paul’s rise and widespread support. Last week Chris Wallace of Fox News said if Paul wins Iowa it does not matter because the GOP doesn’t believe he can win.
As polls demonstrate, Ron Paul can indeed win not only the Iowa and New Hampshire caucuses, but also the primaries, the nomination and ultimately the presidency.
The GOP does not want an anti-big government constitutionalist who has vowed to end the wars and abolish the Federal Reserve to win and will likely engage in skullduggery to make sure Mitt Romney or Mitt Gingrich take the nomination and lose in the race against Obama.
An Anonymous video posted in November: