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Occupy Iowa Caucus: Anonymous Hacker Group Claims Responsibility For Web Video (VIDEO)

First Posted: 11/06/11 09:25 PM ET Updated: 11/07/11 12:13 PM ET

A new web video comes as evidence the hacker group Anonymous is getting involved in the 2012 election.

The Des Moines Register reports that Anonymous has claimed responsibility for a clip encouraging viewers to disrupt January's Iowa caucuses. The Hawkeye State-based outlet notes that local authorities are not taking the news lightly.

The two-minute YouTube video is narrated by a synthetic-sounding voice leveling a charge that both Democrats and Republicans have "failed us" -- citing ties to megacorporations as a key factor. Taking the argument a step further, the video alleges that both parties are guilty of deliberately driving tens of millions of people into poverty.

"Voting for these parties is unethical," the voice says. "They have destroyed the American democracy."

The clip reveals details of a planned caucus shutdown, beginning two days after Christmas.

"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 3," the voice says.

CNN reported last week that Occupy Wall Street activists have plans in the works to take their message to Iowa one week before the state's caucuses.

Despite the call to "occupy" from Anonymous, the Register reports that members of Occupy Des Moines say there is no connection between the groups.

In recent months, Anonymous has taken on a host of causes outside of politics. From threatening to kill Facebook over privacy issues, to taking on the prominent Zetas drug cartel, to revealing IP addresses of child porn viewers, the group has made a name for itself with these types of online operations.


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