You really have to wonder who keeps thinking it's a politically wise move to hack political opponents' social media. Whether it is the hacking of Sarah Palin's email, or of Mitt Romney's email earlier this year, or the story we are about to relate, the act has universally cast poor light on the hackers and generated sympathy for the victims of the hacking attempt. Yet, for reasons that more than a few people find bemusing, the act of politically-motivated hacking continues unabated.
In this case, the victims of the hacking are two separate Minnesota-based political interest groups and one Senate candidate in Minnesota. Their commonality? They all support an amendment protecting traditional marriage. And for that sin, they were all hacked via Facebook, where each were found to have posted material they simply did not agree with. In the case of the two groups - Minnesota for Marriage and the Minnesota Catholic Conference - the following controversial and extreme passage from Leviticus 20:13 was posted:
If a man has sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They are to be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads.
Needless to say, no one in either group believes homosexuals should be put to death, and have disowned the posting and reported it to Facebook. They have, however, been forced to leave it up as an assist to the Facebook investigators.
The US Senate Candidate, Republican Kurt Bills, did not have anything quite so objectionable posted about him. Rather, the hackers posted a claim on his part that he was about to announce his opposition to the traditional marriage amendment. Bills actually holds the diametrically opposite position. He, too, has reported the act to Facebook.
Both campaigns suspect their political opponents, but have so far been unable to prove anything. Moreover, their opponents have denounced the move.
The local Minnesota CBS affiliate has done a report on the hackings: