A Ron Paul candidacy is criminal enough, but it appears that spam-sending criminals, if not the Ron Paul campaign itself, really love Ron Paul. Not surprising since the online presence of Ron Paul supporters is exceedingly annoying and disruptive. Wired has the story:
If Texas congressman Ron Paul is elected president in 2008, he may be the first leader of the free world put into power with the help of a global network of hacked PCs spewing spam, according to computer-security researchers who’ve analyzed a recent flurry of e-mail supporting the long-shot Republican candidate.
It’s not really that surprising that the wackjob anarchist candidate is supported by criminal anarchists, is it?
Some participants in the online political world have long suspected Paul’s technically sophisticated fan base of manipulating online tools and polls to boost the appearance of a wide base of support. But the UAB analysis is the first to document any internet shenanigans.
This is precisely why Red State has warned new users against spamming for Ron Paul on their website and why online polls are wise to leave Ron Paul out of the list of candidates. Ron Paul zombies don’t play fair. They have no scruples whatsoever. They even deny the reality that “white power” website Stormfront is 100% behind the Truther candidate.
When lab researchers examined the IP addresses of the computers from which the messages had been sent, it turned out that they were sprinkled around the globe in countries as far away from each other as South Korea, Japan, the United Kingdom, Nigeria and Brazil.
This may sound odd at first, but upon reflection the reason is clear. A Ron Paul Presidency would destroy the United States. Foreigners recognize this and are doing all they can to support the long-shot candidate. It’s in their best interest. Also, spammers from the United States find lax laws in other nations attractive when flogging their spam. And while the Ron Paul campaign claims ignorance, they do not condemn the illicit activity. Plausible deniability.
Paul spokesman Jesse Benton said in an e-mail, “This is the first I’ve heard about this situation.”
“If it is true, it could be done by a well-intentioned yet misguided supporter or someone with bad intentions trying to embarrass the campaign,” he wrote while ferrying his boss to tape an appearance on The Tonight Show. “Either way, this is independent work, and we have no connection.”
With a nod and a wink, the Ron Paul campaign condones this criminal activity. Ron Paul is wrong for the Internet and wrong for America. Scruples be damned. Among his supporters are criminals, racists, conspiracy theorists, the mentally ill and anarchists. They should be shunned, as should the Ron Paul campaign.
Expect Ron Paul to continue to ignore the behavior of his supporters. It reveals a lot about his character. Just say no to Ron Paul. It’s the right thing to do for any sane person who loves the United States of America.
Update: Conspiracy Theorists for Ron Paul cry, “It’s a conspiracy!” The Giuliani campaign bribed the Wired author! Uh, no. Also, holograms hit the WTC!!eleven!