a couple of weeks ago it was reported that the US air force solicited bids for a software package that could create an army of avatars, which could flood online forums with government propaganda.
yesterday, it was reported that the pro-transparency hacker collective anonymous was publicizing information it had gleaned from its attack on HBGary relating to precisely this same sort of activity -- only now it's already fully operational. from their dispatch:
"'We believe Metal Gear involves an army of fake cyber personalities immersed in social networking websites for the purposes of manipulating the mass population via influence, crawling information from major online communities (such as Facebook), and identifying anonymous personalities via correlating stored information from multiple sources to establish connections between separate online accounts, using this information to arrest dissidents and activists who work anonymously.'" TG Daily
faced with incontrovertible evidence that these activities were in full swing, the military could no longer deny its existence. also from TG:
The United States Central Command (CENTCOM) has confirmed it is coding advanced software designed to infiltrate social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter.
The existence of Metal Gear was first revealed by the cyber activist group known as Anonymous, which managed to obtain critical data about the project from leaked HBGary documents.
the military, predictably, insists their efforts are aimed exclusively at foreigners -- to disrupt, they swear with their usual swagger, terrorist networks. everyone who takes comfort in that will also get a warm glow from the japanese reactors. it's ludicrous to take any of their assertions at face value.
just as it was revealed that the state department instructed its "diplomats" to engage in very un-diplomatic spying on their counterparts at posts around the world, as well as the UN, we can be sure that the military is riding roughshod over its legal limitations to engage in wholesale cyber-warfare against "enemies" both on the home front and abroad. in brief, if you're not down with the program, you're the enemy; dubya put it succinctly: you're either with us or against us.
if you were late coming to the party, it can be assumed that on many other levels, the government -- at the behest of its corporate overlords -- are engaged in all kinds of rough-and-tumble play in the vast arena of gamesmanship called "contingency operations."
next time you scroll down to the comments section of an online news story, take note of the consistency of responses defending the government's point of view, and how it interlocks with the K-street dick drizzle that rains down on us all through the TV and radio. total misinformation immersion is the agenda of new age hipsters on the totalitarian tip.