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Military's 'Sock Puppet' Software Creates Fake Online Identities to Spread Pro-American Propaganda


US Politics & Gov't  (tags: constitution, dishonesty, freedoms, lies, propaganda, spy, sock puppet, Pentagon, US Military, NWO, CFR )

Scott
- 1226 days ago - guardian.co.uk
The California based Ntrepid Corporation has won a $2.4 million contract to develop software to secretly influence social media by developing fake online personas managed by government agents spouting pro-American opinion.



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Scott Freewheeler (45)
Friday March 18, 2011, 8:00 am

The Ntrepid Corporation provides national security and law enforcement customers with software, hardware and managed services for cyber operations, analytics, linguistics, and tagging & tracking.

General David Petraeus told the Telegraph that the aim of the US military was to be "first with the truth". If what he says is actually true then it truly would be a first.
 

wooddragon xx (88)
Friday March 18, 2011, 8:39 am
Cheers Scott me mate... :0)

Well, we thought it was true and happening here on C2, with those hatemongers/racists/islamophobic/fascists. Spreading all that hate propaganda and firing up the people on the threads. They probably are being paid. mmmm, I wonder how much money they are being paid? Bloody hell, I wouldn't mind getting paid for spreading Love or even paid to fire up the hatemongers. I would have no problems in doing that would be worth doing. And I would have laugh too!! He! I may actually ask one of them if they are being paid, just for the fun of it!!? Well, Hello people out there... think of me for a job in the future will ya!! I am well, organised, meticulous and fun to have around on a rainy day!! Lol. No, seriously, can I have the bloody job???? Would you like my CV?? Would you?

Peace and out...
 

Sandra T. (126)
Friday March 18, 2011, 9:16 am
My God, what do they have to put themselves through to try and be credible. They are using this wherever they damn well please (excuse me), and the fact that they name all these places they are not targeting, is the strongest indicator to me that those are probably the very first.(twitter, facebook etc. )

And why wouldn't they? The Middle Eastern protest organizers have heavily relied on these sites and organized them almost to perfection. The elite are worried about themselves now probably, they world has it's eye on the them, and they know they have a lot to lose.

What a pathetic attempt to silence the truth. Why do they US get away with all the crap and everyone else gets scrutinized, condemned and sanctioned, if it's not to their liking? It's not enough that they invade the world where they find it fitting, they have to invade even moral priniciples and screwing people's heads backwards to get them to listen.

I am so fed up with all of this, I don't even have words to describe my disgust at it all. Wooddragon, I commend you for taking this nonsense for nothing more than we all should, and that's to look at for what it is, a stupid, sick amusing joke.

We will speak the truth no matter what or who they bring on, let it be known!!!
Thank you so much Scott, noted and will forward.
 

Helen Avila (175)
Friday March 18, 2011, 9:26 am
Sandra, I have not forgotten about the bluebird pictures.. soon soon my sister
I think we need to share this with all our friends...Kit and sharon and I have experienced stalking by some of the sock puppets.. the best thing to do is to call them out.. when they spew hate.. be a broken record and call them out, do not respond to their sewage.. that's what they want.. they want us to drop to their level then post on other sites.. If they do not have fodder they will wither up and blow away. There are many and we need to be vigilant
 

Dandelion G. (381)
Friday March 18, 2011, 9:36 am
Good advice Helen.....
 

Jute W. (11)
Friday March 18, 2011, 9:37 am
Hmm, very interesting. ---I really haven't seen too much in the way Pro-American posts on anything. It's seems to trend more Anti-American too me.
 

Toni C. (508)
Friday March 18, 2011, 10:28 am
Noted. Thanks for the article... I'm with Jute on this one... the post seem to be against everything America's always stood for, including equality. But, okay, has anyone else been having problems with their computers while on Care2... or is it just me?
 

Sandra T. (126)
Friday March 18, 2011, 10:31 am
"Thank you"
You cannot currently send a star to Scott because you have done so within the last week.
 

Carrie B. (303)
Friday March 18, 2011, 10:43 am
Helen, Haven't we all at one time or another had this experience here on care2? Like you said, best to just ignore them? There is always that block button which I have recently used with one very annoying and persistent little pest!
 

Scott Freewheeler (45)
Friday March 18, 2011, 11:10 am
Thank you all for your comments and for spreading this news.

Sadly, this hypocritical anti-freedom of opinion is going to make things so much worse for the image of Americas’ government. Not content with owning the mass media (CFR), they now intend to corrupt the Internet. (“When we want your opinion, we'll give it to you.”)

This seems to be a desperate attempt by those who realise they are losing this ‘info-war’. They can have their say too but ultimately or for now at least, the other side of the story and their dirty secrets will still be revealed.

I think these agents are as obvious to spot as the ‘agent provocateurs’ in demonstrations are. I believe I have met a few already. We must maintain civility and be polite in spite of them. Perhaps we will be able to reach some of their hearts. They are the people most valuable to convert to the cause of peace and harmony.

Toni. I have had problems with Care2. I am constantly getting logged out.


I had to laugh at some of the comments on the Guardian website;
“Facebook will never be the same again....The Army just poked the Navy... The Air Force threw a sheep at the Marines.”

“What are your wearing? I am wearing... American led international peace efforts continue to be successful in combating violence and terrorism globally”.

God protect us.
 

resignd Cannot remove (139)
Friday March 18, 2011, 11:28 am
You cannot currently send a star to Scott because you have done so within the last week.
It is more than likely. Plants on chat groups! How desperate they must be.
 

ParsifalOFFLINE S. (118)
Friday March 18, 2011, 11:39 am

Computers Acting Like Humans Astroturfing

Thanks Scott and Sandra - thanks - forgiving you for for directing me here in this important issue.
 

Sandra T. (126)
Friday March 18, 2011, 11:45 am
I wouldn't say that the posts are anti American, but they are anti government, directed at those who don't only wish to stir up trouble overseas, but are also posing a threat to the general American population; And unfortunately, it is because of these members in the US government that we need to spread these truths, for they affect us all.

It doesn't matter where we find these abuses, we should not be pro-anything unless that thing stands for justice and equality for all, and if these principles are abused from within our societies, in this case the US politicians or dictatorial rulers in the Middle East, who in my opinion share common traits, then we need to step on our national pride and get real, for in the end we will have served only our own and that of others interests of maintaining the most important things in all of our lives, such as freedom, equalty, security and dignity.

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wooddragon xx (88)
Friday March 18, 2011, 11:51 am
Sorry but no one has looked my CV! Did I not say that I am available immediately? Does this go out globally??? Helloooo? Anyone out there??

He! He!
 

Raen L. (19)
Friday March 18, 2011, 12:29 pm
Thanks for the heads up..
 

Scott Freewheeler (45)
Friday March 18, 2011, 12:45 pm

Dear Wooddragon,
Much as you probably deserve financial payment for your good work here I think you are likely unqualified for this job. You lack the provincial mentality, arrogance and bigoted altitude required for such employment.

Don’t be disheartened though as I hear there are great perks in working for the main Competitor – although the wages leave a lot to be desired, the benefits to ones eternal soul are significant so I am reliably informed.
 

Melody Aragorn (135)
Friday March 18, 2011, 1:40 pm
Every obstacle is a path, this only proves we are on the right page, greed is every where but yes we can make a difference together today!!
Walk the path less trodden and more of these people are bound to follow..
focus on the things we need to focus on..see they all will go away..
Thank You Scott for this and Wooddragon my dear for routing me here!!
 

Stella AWAY W. (258)
Friday March 18, 2011, 1:43 pm
Thanks everyone for the enjoyable read - just what I needed on a Friday evening, having 'forced' this body to go to work today to clear the systems! Now I can get into bed with a smile on my face thanks to ALL of you!! Governments and agents, my backside - it's time the People of the Nation show them (damn, it's an Afrikaans saying and I can't translate this time of night!!). Wooddragon, none of us would qualify for 'that' kind of job, we just haven't got it in our 'genes', hehe. Keep well and enjoy your weekends! Yeah, fake - typical US of A politicians and corporates.
 

Betsy Bee (1045)
Friday March 18, 2011, 3:03 pm
Thank you, Scott. That is almost too devious to believe. However, I am sure it is true.
 

Kamila A. (141)
Friday March 18, 2011, 6:08 pm
No worries, this shows desperation on the part of the Dark Ones, and the fact that everyone realizes their insanity (and bad grammar and spelling) signals their sure demise. Keep shining the light on these lizards until there is no dark spot to hide in!!!! Thank you Scott!
 

Sue D. (156)
Friday March 18, 2011, 8:34 pm
If this is true, and U.S.gov is going to use fake ID's to promote "Pro American Propaganda", then more power to 'em. Frankly, I don't think it'll work the way they might hope. I too, agree with Jute - I haven't seen much 'pro-America' propaganda here, much less anywhere else. The people already know that our government has done much that simply doesn't go along with democracy, equality for all, human rights, Geneva Convention, etc. People know what the truth is, and if government wants people to BE pro American, (or pro any other country) they have to change their ways. We easily deal with the impostor identities here and I haven't seen any of the Dark Side converting ANYONE here, after all, we (most of us) are not FAUX viewers.

We who protest the dirty deeds by governments, leaders, corporations, politicians and the funders of such are Patriots who love our country/s. We know the difference between right and wrong and that's why we protest.
 

Angela Dubie (306)
Friday March 18, 2011, 8:41 pm
They would do that?
 

Scott Freewheeler (45)
Friday March 18, 2011, 9:21 pm
I agree it was a poor choice of words by the report. I think what they mean by ‘pro American propaganda’ is the whole world government NWO thing and all that goes along with it; corporate imperialism, plutocracy, anti-Islam, pro Israeli, neo conservative, pro war, union busting, media control by the CFR, the outrageous power of the ‘federal’ reserve and other private banks, the Patriot Act, the secret plans for “Continuity of Government” and martial law, and all the other ‘Shock Doctrines’ and Executive Orders which are in direct opposition to the Constitution and decent American peoples opinion.

They would have been better calling it pro- "all of those things" propaganda but it is a bit of a mouth full.

I am always extremely careful to lay blame directly at the feet of only those that are worthy of it and I would have had to clarify that statement if it were my report but you can forgive people for referring to these negative issues as ‘American’ policies, especially since many still believe the NWO to be just a conspiracy theory.

I am fully aware that the vast majority of Americans are truly great people; in fact I am counting on it. Who else can stand up against the might of the USA other than the USA?

The hard working American people will soon be the only hope against the NWO plans to strip us all of our freedom and rights. It is the kind of powerful patriotism and stoicism that Charlton Heston’s famous “from my cold dead hands” speech characterises that could save us all. (God rest his soul)
 

Sue D. (156)
Friday March 18, 2011, 10:07 pm
Well, Scott - you had me till 'Charlton Heston'. Not that he wasn't a great actor, but patriotism... maybe in his own 'Gun tote'n, NRA fanatical, Republican' sort of way. I lost any respect for him long ago.

It is good that you believe most Americans are truly great people, and I believe most people of the world are in fact, great people. Just enough of the truly crazy fanatics to make this world appear so 'bad'. I am inclined to think that within a short time (years) we might see the results of the peaceful protests and demands that the governments listen to their people. That the Greedy & Selfish of the world will lose their power and the people will begin a reign of peace. So, maybe it could be the NWO is going to be a good thing? I am not sure what I believe about NWO, if there is some kind of conspiracy, across the globe or just what, but that too would be cause for the masses to stop the craziness.

Great post and certainly thought provoking.
 

Marsha Aronson (401)
Friday March 18, 2011, 10:13 pm
I'm sorry - perhaps I'm not "getting" it, but doesn't the article say that these personas would not be used to influence Americans? Only foreign-based websites, and only to "promote America." I can't see any advantage for them to try to infiltrate a site like Care2 for any reason at all. And they don't need to. After all, there are still plenty of real-life nuts out there who like making trouble wherever they go.
 

Mary P. (157)
Friday March 18, 2011, 11:18 pm
Thanks Scott - great article and ALL great comments. The American Government
Pretends to identify itself as a democratic country; but behind closed
Doors, it plots to play a very different ball game!!! Its full of evil agendas;
NOT only for People of other Countries; BUT for its OWN People too.
It is slowly and subtly taking away, many rights of the american people
From, right under their noses, and the people don't even see it as,
It knows how to keep most of its People DISTRACTED; promotes
HATE and FEAR of others ,who are different to them; Invades countries
Under FALSE Pretences(WMD-IRAQ); and sends its armies to Fight UNPATRIOTIC
Wars( OIL) resulting in MURDERS of millions of innocent people.

TONI - I, too, have my computer constantly playing up - atm its says
File either missing or corrupted - windows\program; LOL!!! Its
Out of commission atm; but u know the saying 'where there is a
Will there is a Way!!! They cannot STOP us from getting the 'TRUTH'
And exposing their Evil ways to the world.
Somehow I did NOT think of joining the dots on this one; BUT
Thanks Toni; it now makes sense. Even had my previous cellphone
Go crazy on me; completely losing all my information!! There
Definitely are some 'Dark Forces' at play!!!

I ,AGREE with SCOTT and wish to say 'THE AMERICAN People are
Amazing, Courageous and Compassionate People'.
 

NICKY MELVILLE (115)
Saturday March 19, 2011, 2:29 am
If we are here on Care 2 as genuine people, just trying to make a difference in the world and GENUINELY trying to support others and try to STOP abuse and bigotry and hatred and do all we can to promote peace, then we can afford to ignore ANYTHING that is not helpful, kind or positive. obviously we are going to sound off at the people who commit attrocities in the articles that we read and we will often respond with anger and frustration and even voice what we would like to DO to the people who are abusing others! But we are not using the site positively if we start levelling our anger at each other. we have no right to try to put each other down and SURELY we have enough sense to see when people are trying to manipulte us into their false way of thinking. We have to try to be wise and do our research and to live our OWN lives with integrity and compassion and bring THOSE attributes to Care 2 Anything that promotes racial hatred, or gender hatred, or plitical hatred is a NEGATIVE force and we should turn away from it and make very good use of our delete buttons! Come on guys! Let's only fill our minds and lives up with positive loving and carng thing... How else can we make this planet a better place?
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday March 19, 2011, 3:10 am
Military's 'sock puppet' software creates fake online identities to spread pro-American propaganda:

Gen David Petraeus has previously said US online psychological operations are aimed at 'countering extremist ideology and propaganda'.

The US military is developing software that will let it secretly manipulate social media sites by using fake online personas to influence internet conversations and spread pro-American propaganda.

A Californian corporation has been awarded a contract with United States Central Command (Centcom), which oversees US armed operations in the Middle East and Central Asia, to develop what is described as an "online persona management service" that will allow one US serviceman or woman to control up to 10 separate identities based all over the world.

The project has been likened by web experts to China's attempts to control and restrict free speech on the internet. Critics are likely to complain that it will allow the US military to create a false consensus in online conversations, crowd out unwelcome opinions and smother commentaries or reports that do not correspond with its own objectives.

The discovery that the US military is developing false online personalities – known to users of social media as "sock puppets" – could also encourage other governments, private companies and non-government organisations to do the same.

The Centcom contract stipulates that each fake online persona must have a convincing background, history and supporting details, and that up to 50 US-based controllers should be able to operate false identities from their workstations "without fear of being discovered by sophisticated adversaries".

Centcom spokesman Commander Bill Speaks said: "The technology supports classified blogging activities on foreign-language websites to enable Centcom to counter violent extremist and enemy propaganda outside the US."

He said none of the interventions would be in English, as it would be unlawful to "address US audiences" with such technology, and any English-language use of social media by Centcom was always clearly attributed. The languages in which the interventions are conducted include Arabic, Farsi, Urdu and Pashto.

Centcom said it was not targeting any US-based web sites, in English or any other language, and specifically said it was not targeting Facebook or Twitter.

Once developed, the software could allow US service personnel, working around the clock in one location, to respond to emerging online conversations with any number of co-ordinated messages, blogposts, chatroom posts and other interventions. Details of the contract suggest this location would be MacDill air force base near Tampa, Florida, home of US Special Operations Command.

Persona management by the US military would face legal challenges if it were turned against citizens of the US, where a number of people engaged in sock puppetry have faced prosecution.
 

Scott Freewheeler (45)
Saturday March 19, 2011, 7:23 am
If you think this is not happening to us think again.

Take a recent post for example: “Israeli PM Criticizes Palestinian Unity Effort”

http://www.care2.com/news/member/193692282/2750932

Now “Visit Site” copy half the text or even all of it and google it. You will see it word for word on exactly 115,000 different websites – every single site that allows postings has this propaganda.

Cal is our (Care2’s) government agent. We are English speaking are we not?
 

Scott Freewheeler (45)
Saturday March 19, 2011, 7:43 am

If you google any other stories that are not valuable as propaganda tools you will get a couple of hundred hits or even a couple of thousand if it is very popular but you will not get 115,000 or anywhere even close to that. Of course these people have to have a cover so you will get other news too. Since the software is so powerful it is easy to have your “Cat gets stuck in tree” cover stories.

As you can see on that pro-Israeli propaganda post I spend quite some time debunking its nonsense but I am just one man with one account on one social media site. How can I compete?

What can I do to combat the rest of the 114,999 posts around the internet? If anyone wishes to use my post they are welcome to spread it around but it still will not address all of the propaganda.

So there are real people with real opinions but don’t be fooled that the Internet is free of this ‘Psyche War’ as you can see it certainly is not. It is not quite as one-sided as traditional televisions’ CFR led rot but it is not far off that.
 

Robert Tomlinson (64)
Saturday March 19, 2011, 6:55 pm
It looks as if the Ministry of Propaganda is being taken over by the military.
 

Linda h. (86)
Saturday March 19, 2011, 9:54 pm
HB Gary does this. It's used here in the states to promote the Teaparty and the anti Muslim and anti Immigrant hate fests. The anti gun control people were caught doing this too years ago. Look it up on Wikipedia before it's disappeared. The Chamber of Commerce is a big fan and probably is responsible for much of what we see on this site. Teabagger foolishness mostly and some Pam Geller for sure.
 

bj. shaw (61)
Saturday March 19, 2011, 10:11 pm
It is sad the the USA has basically stated the same thing to free speech as Henry Ford said about choosing a color for a Model T. Ford said "You can have any color you want as long as it Black" now the USA says You can say what ever you like as long as it is what we want you to say.

Just like Ford made the choice for you so too now does the USA. Not offering a choice is not giving you one.
 

Scott Freewheeler (45)
Saturday March 19, 2011, 11:35 pm
Sue. Ok I admit that I don’t know Charlton Heston other than as an actor and that speech but I admire the sentiment of pride and patriotism in the US, it is well deserved. I love the constitution and the moral backbone and courage of Americans. We English are too reserved and timid and lack confidence. We could have a revolution here in the UK but we wouldn’t want to be a nuisance or put anyone out unduly, that would be ‘bad form’.

As far as the NWO goes it is certainly not good for anyone unless they are one of the elite plutocrats. If you are not blessed with an unshakeable faith in God or a totally fearless nature I suggest you may wish to call me a fruitcake and leave it at that. I will not remonstrate.

Think carefully before you do any research or PM me for more information. Do you wish to be their enemy? I don’t hate them at all but they definitely dislike me now. I have had considerable unwanted attention, recently and in the past. I want as much support as possible but it has to be your personal choice if you should want to ‘convert’ to being one of ‘us’ as opposed to one of ‘them’. This conspiracy theory stuff can easily take over your life and be frightening to some. Fear is not what I am about. It is the last thing I want to spread; I leave that to the NWO.
 

Scott Freewheeler (45)
Saturday March 19, 2011, 11:54 pm

Marsha. Take a look at this short film about an ordinary mother who went on a peace march. She had a knock on her door from the FBI so she went and got her camera and filmed the conversation. She called it “The Federal Bureau of Intimidation” and posted it on the Internet. Here it is on You Tube.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K0xwauFSOEo

You can see that she is being treated like a criminal purely for supporting America’s democracy and wanting a peaceful world for her children. Fortunately she is no fool and handles herself admirably.

I think it is safe to say she is not a villain. So why bother with her and all decent Americans? The fact is that you outnumber them by a million to one and that is not good odds as far as they are concerned. They need to know who they are dealing with on an individual level because they cannot take you all on so they have to prioritise and find out who are the troublemakers and ringleaders.

It may be illegal to spy on an American in this way but they have been recording our phone calls for twenty years. It is also illegal to carry drop guns and plant them on civilian Iraqis you accidently shoot but this is accepted procedure; their generals tell them to, openly.

42% of Americans believe that 9/11 was organised and carried out by the Bush Administration and this number is rapidly growing and gaining momentum. That is almost 150 million Americans who feel sure that their own administration is capable of killing 3,000 innocent civilians and heroic firemen. These people are not likely to trust their government ever again and are a serious threat to the security of the ultra rich and powerful elite of which there are around 8,000. The only thing keeping the balance is the police and the army and the non-violent mentalities (hopefully) of the vast majority.

If you were one of the guilty super-rich would you not be more than a little concerned? They are losing this propaganda war so I believe they will have to act soon.

To those who are not at all prone to fear please send me a message and I will continue. I have no wish to scare anyone and most of the information is purely circumstantial or based on hearsay and leaked or fabricated documents and interviews.

I am happy to start anyone off on this road to conspiracy theories. There is so much bogus nonsense out there but every now and then you hit upon something utterly compelling. If anyone wants more information that is the result of 25 years of far too much time on my hands they are welcome to PM me and I will send some links to documentaries and answer all sincere questions.
 

Bon L. (0)
Sunday March 20, 2011, 1:17 am
Thanks for the info.
 

Carol H. (229)
Sunday March 20, 2011, 5:42 am
noted, thanks Scott
 

Laurita Walters (60)
Sunday March 20, 2011, 12:47 pm
Whoa! Wish it were a greater surprise, but it is just what I would have expected had I even thought of it...
Another example of fact following science fiction, the gov't can lie to so many more people at once!
 

Scott Freewheeler (45)
Sunday March 20, 2011, 1:01 pm
Indeed Laurita! Orwell would have kittens to see how uncannily close he was way back in 1949.
Thanks for the comment and the star. Blessings
 

Jb B. (0)
Sunday March 20, 2011, 1:32 pm
How is tjis suppose to be positive? There are already opinions about America.
 

John S. (297)
Monday March 21, 2011, 3:44 pm
How often does a post change your mind?
 

Scott Freewheeler (45)
Monday March 21, 2011, 11:09 pm

I think the truth has the power to change minds a lot faster than lies so we have that in our favour.

It takes a great many successful lies to cover up a dreadful and continuing conspiracy but only one major truth to blow it all to hell.

For Example;
A link like this BBC News clip of The World Trade Centre 7 Salomon Building Collapse can not only change minds but also change lives.

Months of careful planning, trillions spent owning every media corporation in the world, a secret organisation kept hidden for 100 years.............

....................and all that blown apart in just twenty seconds;



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ltP2t9nq9fI



This is utterly genuine beyond all doubt and proves that 9/11, as far as terrorist hijacking planes go was a hoax. It proves prior knowledge of the collapse beyond doubt and opens up a 47 storey can of worms.

Once you become suspicious, their lies collapse around you just like a house of cards. Then you will want to start watching David Ray Griffin documentaries and Aaron Russo’s freedom to fascism all the way though (past the rather boring tax on labour part).

Next thing you know you are a conspiracy theorist and only your weird friends remain!
 

Past Member (0)
Sunday May 29, 2011, 12:37 am
The dilemma we face when attempting this conversation regarding 'pro-American' speech is that the American government has become decidedly unAmerican since George W. Bush changed everything, using the war as an excuse.
The American war veterans have all died fo nothing, our country has been taken over by right-wing religious fundamentalists. Our freedom is gone, a new wold orde has take over. A small group is dictating to the masses. We are facing a domestic enemy now. People are being arrested and forced to attend Baptist Churches in my state, this is real and not funny. Go to their church or go to jail.

"The Constitution is just a goddamn piece of paper."
~ George W. Bush 2005 Capitol Hill Blue
 

Findthemissing Advocateagainstabuse (9)
Wednesday September 21, 2011, 7:00 pm
noted, thank you!
 
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