| Late last night, Brian posted about a continuing and coordinated Denial of Service attack on the No on Prop 8 website. It coincided with a similar DoS attack on Florida's No on 2 website which is also fighting to protect marriage equality.
More details have emerged since last night, and the picture is likely to remain in flux for some time. No on 8 has confirmed that this is a coordinated national attack, with participants not just in California but (at least) in Texas, New Jersey and Georgia. This is a federal crime, and the FBI and other federal law enforcement agencies have been notified. As of less than two hours ago, the attacks are ongoing.
Via press release, an interesting point from the No on Prop 8 campaign:
"I'm sure we'll hear a lot of denials today from the Prop 8 campaign, but this is clearly an orchestrated attempt to tear down what has become one of the largest grassroots movements in California electoral history," said Patrick Guerriero, NO on Prop 8 Campaign Director.
One would expect to hear a lot of denials. Have there been ANY denials though? I haven't heard about any. Or any condemnation. Or anything but tacit support for this sort of illegal behavior. The tactics from the Yes side have been spiraling outrageously out of control in recent weeks, so until I hear a full-throated condemnation of this illegal attack from the Yes on 8 campaign, I'm hard-pressed to believe they're not giddy if not directly involved.
And I don't mean a classic non-apology apology about how it's an unfortunate situation. I want a full on not-in-our-name, don't-you-dare-do-it-again, breaking-the-law-is-never-acceptable condemnation. Anything short is tacit approval of this sort of anti-democratic and illegal behavior. It's implied and effective complicity.
I'm waiting. I look forward to it. I'll be happy to hear it. But I'm not gonna hold my breath.
In the meantime, We need to double down in support of No on Prop 8. We can't quantify what was lost in the downtime last night in terms of volunteers or money, but we can definitely throw down more of both. No on Prop 8 needs GOTV and other volunteer support and the Calitics ActBlue page is still accepting donations for Equality For All.
Whoever is responsible for this DoS attack thinks it will help pass Prop 8. It's up to us to step up again and prove them wrong.