Thursday, July 19, 2012

Newest U.S. counterterrorism strategy: trolling

"In the decade since 9/11, the U.S. government has used a wide variety of tactics against terrorists. It’s invaded countries where they operated (and ones where they didn’t). It’s tried to win the backing of foreign populations in which the terrorists hide. And it’s sent commandos and deadly flying robots to kill them one by one.

One thing it hasn’t done, until now: troll them.

Within the State Department, a Silicon Valley veteran has quietly launched an improbable new initiative to annoy, frustrate and humiliate denizens of online extremist forums. It’s so new that it hasn’t fully taken shape: Even its architects concede it hasn’t fleshed out an actual strategy yet, and accordingly can’t point to any results it’s yielded. Its annual budget is a rounding error. The Pentagon will spend more in Afghanistan in the time it takes you to finish reading this sentence."

This is all fine and well, until you realize we are the terrorist. The entire thing is a manufactured hoax to steal natural resources, sell weapons, depopulate, and force them unto a global banking system. The operation Viral Peace this article refers to insists this will be to combat online extremism, that includes what I'm saying to you right now. Am I an enemy combatant?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

This will prove completely useless against true radicals, but might have a place in swaying public opinions against radicals. Still, I'm extremely skeptical. It reminds me of that Monty Python movie where the attacker threatens a "nasty taunting"