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+ - Obama Czar: Infiltrate conspiracy theory groups 1

Submitted by megamerican
megamerican (1073936) writes "President Barack Obama's appointee to head the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs advocated in a recent paper the "cognitive infiltration" of groups that advocate "conspiracy theories" like the ones surrounding 9/11 via "chat rooms, online social networks, or even real-space groups and attempt to undermine" those groups. Sunstein admits that, "some conspiracy theories, under our definition, have turned out to be true." Sunstein has also recently advocated banning websites which post "right-wing rumors" and bringing back the Fairness Doctrine. You can find a PDF of his paper here.

For decades the FBI under COINTELPRO (1956-1971) focused on disrupting, marginalizing and neutralizing political dissidents, most notably the Black Panthers. More recently CENTCOM announced it would be "[engaging] bloggers who are posting inaccurate or untrue information, as well as bloggers who are posting incomplete information." In January 2009 the USAF released a flow-chart for "counter-bloggers" to "counter the people out there in the blogosphere who have negative opinions about the U.S. government and the Air Force,""
Government

+ - Virginia Says Slashdot Users May Be Terrorists 6

Submitted by megamerican
megamerican (1073936) writes "A leaked document from a Virginia Fusion Center titled 2009 Virginia Terrorism Threat Assessment lists Slashdot users and other websites alongside Al-Qaeda, HAMAS, "Lone-Wolf Extremists" and many others as potential terrorists. Slashdot and other websites have been labeled under the ominous sounding title of Anonymous:


A "loose coalition of Internet denizens", Anonymous consists largely of users from multiple internet sites such as 4chan, 711chan, 420chan, Something Awful, Fark, Encyclopedia Dramatica, Slashdot, IRC channels, and YouTube. Other social networking sites are also utilized to mobilize physical protests. Anonymous has no leader and is reliant on the collective power of individuals acting in such a way that benefits the movement.

According to the Report, cell phones, digital music players are signs that you may be a terrorist. It lists podcasting as a cause for concern citing a recent ban by Australia. Citizens for a legitimate government, where the document was leaked to has a write-up here."

Security

+ - Internet-9/11 and i-PATRIOT ACT in the Works?

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megamerican
megamerican writes "

Harvard Law Professor Lawrence Lessig says that Counter Terrorism Czar Richard Clarke told him there would be an internet-9/11 attack and that the Justice Department is waiting for such an attack to implement an already written i-PATRIOT ACT. Lessig stated this during a group panel segment titled "2018: Life on the Net." Legislation such as the PRO-IP Act of 2007: H.R. 4279, that would create an IP czar at the Department of Justice and the Intellectual Property Enforcement Act of 2007: S. 522, which would create an entire 'Intellectual Property Enforcement Network' are just some examples of what may be in the i-PATRIOT ACT.

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