You've felt it your entire life, that there's something wrong with the world.  You don't know what it is, but it's there, like a splinter in your mind, driving you mad.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Divide and conquer

Mission accomplished.

What's an online persona?

An online persona is part of a grab bag of dirty tricks the government is using in the battle for control of your mind.  The government regularly uses real undercover agents, called "agents provocateurs", in real-life settings to infiltrate protest groups for purposes of spying, redirecting consensus, and causing discord.  Now, they are using the same technique online, but with even greater leverage, because one real person can pretend to be ten online "personas".

Back in June of 2010, MacDill Air Force Base in Florida advertised its intention to activate 50 agents to control 500 online personas that would crawl the Internet and disrupt targeted organizations.  These agents would use a sophisticated software package designed to hide their activities.  Here are excerpts from the original document:

  • Online Persona Management Service "will enable an operator to exercise a number of different online persons from the same workstation and without fear of being discovered by sophisticated adversaries."

  • Secure Virtual Private Network "provides excellent cover and powerful deniability."

  • Static IP Address Management allows individuals "to easily switch IP addresses to look like ordinary users as opposed to one organization."

So, the next time you are being berated or intimidated online, or even being gently redirected by guile and cunning, you should remember that Big Brother is not just watching you.  He has a whole army of virtual people out there pretending to be concerned citizens just like you, only with a very different agenda.


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