Dystopian Vietnam Launches 10,000-Strong Cyber-Unit To Combat “Fake News”

Reuters has revealed a rather disturbing Orwellian tale of Communist-ruled Vietnam marching towards a complete censorship of the internet.
Government officials have announced a new, 10,000-strong military cyber warfare unit used to combat ‘fake news’, amid a much larger crackdown on critics of the state.
The announcement came in a speech on Christmas Day given by Lieutenant General Nguyen Trong Nghia, a deputy head of the military’s political department. According to state-run media, Lt Gen Nguyen revealed the 10,000-strong army of state-owned hackers called ‘Force 47’, will be targeting enemies of the Communist party who ‘create chaos’ online.
Lt Gen Nguyen further said, ‘in every hour, minute, and second, we must be ready to fight proactively against the wrong views.’
‘Force 47’ could be compared to the so-called 50-cent army, employed by Communist China, who are paid 50 cents for every website that is censored. Communist-ruled Vietnam has certainly escalated this latest attempt to control the internet, especially the ability to censor political dissidents on social media.
Bloomberg reports, the disclosure of the unit is the government’s effort to put more pressure on YouTube Inc. and Facebook Inc. to remove accounts promoting anti-party views.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Thu, 12/28/2017 –.

Why Twitter, Facebook and Google Are the Antisocial Networks

In today’s Outside the Box we resume our eight-part Strategic Investment Conference Speaker Series with my friend Niall Ferguson, senior fellow of the Hoover Institution at Stanford and the Center for European Studies at Harvard. Niall has a cautionary tale for us on the topic of social networks.
The problem, in a nutshell:
Facebook certainly made an impact last year, but not quite the impact the young Zuckerberg had in mind in his Harvard dorm. A committed believer in globalisation who tends to wear his liberal politics on his T-shirt sleeve, Zuckerberg is reeling. Not only did the masterminds behind the Brexit and Trump campaigns successfully use Facebook advertising to hone and target their ultimately victorious campaign messages; worse, the Russian government appears to have used Facebook in the same way, seeking to depress voter support for Hillary Clinton. Worse still, neo-Nazis seem to have been using the social network to spread their own distinctive brand of hate.
Niall – ever the history prof – can’t help chiding Mr. Zuckerberg on his choice of majors at Harvard:
Yet the architects of the biggest social networks to have existed should not have been surprised. If he had studied history at Harvard rather than psychology and computer science, Zuckerberg might have foreseen the ways in which Facebook and its ilk would be used and abused.

This post was published at Mauldin Economics on DECEMBER 27, 2017.

ALTERNATIVE MEDIA JOURNALIST BROKE A STORY BEFORE LOCAL NEWS, SO SHE WAS ARRESTED, CHARGED WITH FELONIES

An alternative media journalist reported a story before her local media did and so she was arrested and charged with felonies.
Laredo, TX – If you report a story before the police department is scheduled to release it to local media, you can and will be arrested and charged with a felony. For those that seek proof that alternative media is under attack, one needn’t look any further than the case of Priscilla Villarreal.
Villarreal runs an alternative media platform out of Laredo and operates it on a news page on Facebook called LaGordiloca. Earlier this month, Villarreal was arrested and charged with two counts of ‘misuse of official information,’ a third-degree felony for operating that page.
As Texas Monthly reports, Villarreal, 32, turned herself in to Laredo police on December 13 after being charged with two felony counts of ‘misuse of official information,’ stemming from her reporting on a Border Patrol agent’s suicide last April.
Villarreal denies that she did anything illegal, and her attorney says the police department is simply trying to silence her because it does not like the way she reports. She often swears while she narrates her live-streamed footage, and she sometimes captures graphic images. She has been known to verbally spar with police officers in public.

This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on DECEMBER 22, 2017.

Wife Of Fusion GPS Founder Admits Her Husband Was Behind Fake “RussiaGate” Story

Authored by Alex Christoforou via The Duran,
The Russiagate story concocted by Hillary Clinton and the DNC, who coincidently funded Fusion GPS (the firm behind the ‘Trump dossier’ that the entire Russia election meddling is based upon), is unraveling at record speed.
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Mary Jacoby, the wife of Fusion GPS founder Glenn Simpson, who is the man in the middle of the entire Russiagate scandal, boasted on Facebook about how ‘Russiagate,’ would not exist if it weren’t for her husband.
Tablet Magazine reports…
A Tablet investigation using public sources to trace the evolution of the now-famous dossier suggests that central elements of the Russiagate scandal emerged not from the British ex-spy Christopher Steele’s top-secret ‘sources’ in the Russian government – which are unlikely to exist separate from Russian government control – but from a series of stories that Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson and his wife Mary Jacoby co-wrote for TheWall Street Journal well before Fusion GPS existed, and Donald Trump was simply another loud-mouthed Manhattan real estate millionaire. Understanding the origins of the ‘Steele dossier’ is especially important because of what it tells us about the nature and the workings of what its supporters would hopefully describe as an ongoing campaign to remove the elected president of the United States.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Dec 24, 2017.

Surprise! ISIS Inspired Terrorist Arrested In San Francisco Was An Anti-Trump Antifa Supporter

One day after local media outlets in San Francisco confirmed that the FBI had arrested Muslim convert Everitt Aaron Jameson for planning to attack the popular Pier 39 shopping center and tourist attraction, it has been revealed that the suspect was also a supporter of Antifa and other hard-left causes.
According to authorities, Jameson targeted Pier 39 because of his knowledge of the area and the specific fact that it would be ‘heavily crowded.’ The man also believed that it would be easy to ‘funnel’ more people into the area in order to murder them.
While mainstream media reports have confirmed that Jameson recently began to post and like pro-terrorism related content on Facebook, the establishment press has so far ignored the stunning fact that the would be terrorist was also a public supporter of Antifa as well as mainstream press outlets who support the group such as CNN and Buzzfeed.
Paul Joseph Watson reported:
Jameson liked Berkeley Antifa, Antifa California, Antifa Scaramento and White Rose Antifa Portland, an archived version of his Facebook profile confirms.
He also liked a number of other far-left pages, including ‘Trump Resistance Movement’, ‘Things Trump Supporters Say’, ‘US Democratic Socialists’, ‘Progressive Politics’, and ‘Jeremy Corbyn’.

This post was published at shtfplan on December 23rd, 2017.

US Military Issues Alert After Discovering North Korean Propaganda On American Bases

U. S. Forces Korea, a sub-unified command of the United States Pacific Command, has issued a warning to servicemembers on the Korean Peninsula to stay vigilant for ‘insider threats’ after North Korean propaganda surfaced on American military bases.

According to Stripes.com, the 8th Army reported that a ‘significant number of North Korean propaganda leaflets and CDs’ were found at Seoul’s Yongsan Garrison, on Thursday. This prompted military officials to release a Facebook alert, warning US soldiers to ‘maintain situational awareness,’ since a number of foreign nationals have access to US military bases, which they could be viewed as ‘potential insider threats.’

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Dec 23, 2017.

‘Christmas Was The Perfect Day’: FBI Arrests ISIS Terrorist Who Planned Christmas Day Attack On San Francisco

The FBI has stopped an ISIS sympathizer in San Francisco from carrying out a terror attack on Christmas Day at the popular shopping center and tourist attraction known as Pier 39, according to FBI documents related to the arrest.
Multiple news reports have revealed that the FBI has arrested Everitt Aaron Jameson, who also apparently referred to himself as Abdallah adu Everitt ibn Gordon in a handwritten letter obtained by police.
According to authorities, Jameson targeted Pier 39 because of his knowledge of the area and the specific fact that it would be ‘heavily crowded.’ The man also believed that it would be easy to ‘funnel’ more people into the area in order to murder them.
The local ABC News affiliate reports:
Jameson reportedly said he was inspired by the New York terror attack on Oct. 31, when a man drove into a crowd and killed eight people, and the deadly 2015 shooting in San Bernardino.
The documents also say Jameson was posting and liking pro-ISIS and pro-terrorism content on Facebook.
Perhaps most worrisome is the fact that the suspect was apparently once a Marine Corps sniper.
And according to the documents, the suspect was discharged from the Marine Corps. He had prior military experience with a ‘sharpshooter’ rifle qualification and expertise with rifle marksmanship.

This post was published at shtfplan on December 22nd, 2017.

Facebook Handing Over More Info To US Government: ‘This Is What Facebook Was Designed To Do’

Every year, Facebook gets tens of thousands of requests for data from governments worldwide, including search warrants, subpoenas, or calls to restrict certain kinds of content. And, according to a new report, those requests are increasing at an alarming rate.
According to QZ.com, in the United States, the requests rose by 26% from the last six months of 2016 to the first six months of 2017, while globally, requests increased by about 21%. Since 2013, when the company first started providing data on government requests, the US number has been steadily rising – it has roughly tripled in a period of four years.

This post was published at shtfplan on December 20th, 2017.

HOUSE IT AIDES RAN CAR DEALERSHIP WITH MARKINGS OF A NEFARIOUS MONEY LAUNDERING OPERATION

The used car dealership known as CIA never seemed like an ordinary car dealership, with inventory, staff and expenses.
On its Facebook page, CIA’s ‘staff’ were fake personalities such as ‘James Falls O’Brien,’ whose photo was taken from a hairstyle model catalog, and ‘Jade Julia,’ whose image came from a web page called ‘Beautiful Girls Wallpaper.’
If a customer showed up looking to buy a car from Cars International A, often referred to as CIA, Abid Awan – who was managing partner of the dealership while also earning $160,000 handling IT for House Democrats – would frequently simply go across the street to another dealership called AAA Motors and get one.
‘If AAA borrows a car to Cars International and they have a customer, it was simply take the car across the street and sell it, and then later on give the profit back or not,’ Nasir Khattak, who ran the longstanding AAA dealership, testified in a lawsuit. ‘There was no documentation… If you go and try to dissect, you will not be able to make any sense out of them because there were many, dozens and dozens, of cars transferred between the two dealerships and between other people.’

This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on DECEMBER 20, 2017.

FEDERALIZING FACEBOOK TO PROTECT US FROM THE RUSSIANS

Is a Bipartisan Bill About to Create a Social Media Department of Homeland Security?
Senator James Lankford, R-Oklahoma will be introducing a bill in the US Senate sometime during the Christmas week coming up, ostensibly to help identify and react to cyber security threats, as well as help coordinate the identification and reaction among state and federal agencies. But wait, there’s more, far more…
The bill is being co-sponsored by Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, and Democratic Senators Amy Klobuchar and Kamala Harris. The author of the bill, Lankford, is considered a ‘rising star’ in the Republican Party. The Democrat co-signers, Klobuchar and Harris, are both considered rising stars in their party. I think these facts are worth noting when considering the prospects of this bill being taken seriously, and the prospects of this bill’s eventual passage.
You don’t stick your rising stars on a showpiece bit of legislation that is intended to go nowhere.
The bill is ostensibly designed to create more effective lines of communication between the Department of Homeland Security, the Intelligence Community at the Federal level, as well as State Election officials. The bill’s goal is to prevent further foreign interference in US Elections, and to help states better defend against cyber attacks.

This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on DECEMBER 18, 2017.

Media, Politicians Desperate to Protect the Shaky Russia-gate Narrative

It’s been 18 months since the Democratic Party and the US mainstream media launched it’s ‘Russia-gate’ narrative, claiming that Moscow had hacked the DNC, John Podesta and somehow influenced the result of the US 2016 Presidential Election. 18 months later, there’s still no evidence to substantiate this mainstream conspiracy theory.
Award-winning journalist Robert Parry of Consortium News explains exactly how The New York Times is continuing its sorry pattern of falsifying the record on Russia-gate, giving its readers information that the newspaper knows not to be true…
If Russia-gate is the massive scandal that we are told it is by so many Important People – across the U. S. mainstream media and the political world – why do its proponents have to resort to lies and exaggerations to maintain the pillars supporting the narrative?
A new example on Thursday was The New York Times’ statement that a Russian agency ‘spent $100,000 on [Facebook’s] platform to influence the United States presidential election last year’ – when the Times knows that statement is not true.
According to Facebook, only 44 percent of that amount appeared before the U. S. presidential election in 2016 (i.e., $44,000) and few of those ads addressed the actual election. And, we know that the Times is aware of the truth because it was acknowledged in a Times article in early October.

This post was published at 21st Century Wire on DECEMBER 18, 2017.

‘We Came From Different Parts Of The Country’: Possible Voter Fraud In Alabama Senate Race Exposed

The possibility that there was widespread voter fraud during the recent Alabama senate election between Doug Jones and Roy Moore has become very real after a Jones voter was caught on camera discussing how his supporters came from different parts of the country to vote for the Democrat.
The clip, which has gone viral on Facebook, was captured by the local Fox affiliate shortly after the media had confirmed that Jones had pulled off the stunning upset.
After being asked by a local reporter why he was excited to see Jones victory, the man responded with a comment that could easily be interpreted as proof that voter fraud did indeed happen.
‘Because we came here all the way from different parts of the country as part of our fellowship and all of us pitched in to vote and canvas together and we got our boy elected!’ the Jones supporter stunningly revealed.

This post was published at shtfplan on December 14th, 2017.