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NO DISSENT OR YOU WILL BE BEATEN : Religious Protester Attacked at Seattle Gay Pride Event

Posted in America, Conservative, Current Events, Freedom, God, Liberty, Political, Politics, Progressives, The United States with tags , , on July 3, 2013 by FoolishReporter

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Seattle’s KOMO News is reporting that two men were arrested after video surfaced of them assaulting a religious protester during Seattle’s recent Gay Pride event. Here’s the raw video:

Now, as you watch that, note that the two men being confronted were *NEVER* the aggressors. In fact, the sign the man is holding doesn’t even directly mention gays, but rather is that view that one finds among the devoutly religious about the state of sin that they believe the United States currently rests in. Also, again, notice, that they were never the aggressors and actively tried to avoid any physical confrontation with those who decided they were worthy of being harassed.

But, yannow, just remember it’s the right-wing that’s inherently violent and reeks of fascism.

LOL.

Equality, Inequality and the NBA

Posted in America, Conservative, Current Events, government, Liberty, The United States with tags , , , , , , on June 7, 2013 by FoolishReporter

 

 

 

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LeBron James making the entire New York Knicks team look silly

 

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Jason Collins, long-time NBA player and the first active professional athlete to “come out of the closet”

 

Americans are so enamoured of equality, that they would rather be equal in slavery, than unequal in freedom — Alexis De Tocqueville

I recently shared the above quote on Twitter the other day, and got a curious response from a follower on there, in which they asked how is it freedom if some people are inherently unequal to others? I replied by stating I didn’t know that equality and freedom were supposed to be the same thing. They, in turn, replied by saying that isn’t what they were implying. When I asked what exactly the question they were asking was trying to accomplish, I ended up getting crickets.

Regardless, de Tocqueville’s quote and the question from my friend raises an important issue in the argument between big government, social justice advocates and smaller government, free market advocates. Those who push for equal outcomes among people seem to ignore one simple fact about humans as a whole: we are unequal in almost all things when viewed on an individual to individual basis.

To illustrate this point, we’ll look at the two basketball players pictured above, LeBron James and Jason Collins. To begin with, don’t forget that all players in any professional sport are the top one percent of the top one percent. In the NBA’s case, there are approximately 450 players distributed among the 30 teams in the league. Again, keeping in mind that active NBA players likely represent the absolute best players in the world, the occurrence of inequality among humans is easy to see.

Collins, who most recently got publicity for announcing he’s gay, is, at best, a journeyman NBA player. In his 10+ year career in the league, Collins has averaged 1.1 points per game, and about six rebounds per game. LeBron, in his 10-year career, has averaged  nearly a triple-double over the course of his time in the league, with 25.1 points per game, and approximately 6 rebounds and 6 assists per game.

So, in the highest concentration of basetball talent in the world, you have two players who’s stats can’t be further apart. Accordingly, their salaries reflect the inequality in the amount of talent the two players have. For instance, Collins averages about 1 million a season, while LeBron’s earnings for the 2012-13 season were approximately 19 million. And, in this situation, to proclaim that Collins is deserving of Lebron’s salary is patently ridiculous.

And yet, that’s the argument that we hear all the time today from the left. Income inequality is through the roof, and the only just solution would be to try and provide for equalized outcomes for everyone. Pulling from our example above and applying it to a more everyday scenario, the left essentially suggests that a cashier in a Wal-Mart is deserving of a wage commensurate with that of a highly skilled worker or middle management.

Within the larger context of our society, equality and freedom are there, despite the inherent inequality among us. Because, you see, both Collins and LeBron had equality of opportunity to choose what to do with their lives. In turn, because of the equality of opportunity, one can also argue that their freedom is unrestricted as well.

Well, that’s it for today. The pain meds are making my brain foggy, and I’m surprised I was even able to spit out 600 words or so. Til next my time, my friends.

 

 

 

Seattle Leftists Give a Big THUMBS DOWN to First Amendment

Posted in Current Events, Freedom, God, government, Politics, Progressives, The United States with tags , , , , on April 24, 2013 by FoolishReporter

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In case you missed it, a florist in Richland, WA recently declined to provide the floral arrangements for a gay couple’s wedding, citing her relationship with Jesus Christ as the cause for her refusal. Unfortunately for her, the state of Washington has a Consumer Protection Act (CPA) which bars discrimination based on sexual orientation. The State’s Attorney General, Bob Ferguson, has indicated he will take the florist to court over her violation of the CPA, and the ACLU also chimed in, saying they’ll sue the woman if she doesn’t apologize, serves the gay couple, and also donates money to an LGBT charity.

The frustrating thing about this story is the simple fact that, a) the gay couple in question didn’t raise the alarm of this issue, as the linked above article indicates. Instead, it somehow got back to local news stations who took the story and ran with it, along with Seattle’s The Stranger, home of hate-filled asshole Dan Savage.

Now, as something of an expert troll, the absurdity of this story kind of struck me, so much so that I actually went comment thread trolling on the linked story above. To me, it’s a VERY strange thing to see people willfully cheering on using the power of the State to coerce someone to act against their beliefs, as is being done here. This woman’s beliefs made her say no, and, from all appearances, say no without a shred of hatred in her heart towards the couple. But, according to the lefty crowd in Seattle, she’s a hateful bigot who deserves anything that might come her way now.

Regardless, in part of my comment thread trolling, I quoted the First Amendment in full, highlighting the portion about “freedom of religion, or exercise thereof”. As far as I know, the 1st Amendment protects this woman from a state-level law. Someone within the thread also quoted the 14th Amendment at me, but that also seemed to support my position that coercing this woman to act against her beliefs by using the power of the state is a direct contradiction of either amendment.

But wow oh wow, wouldn’t ya know it. When I posted the First Amendment in full… well, see for yourselves:

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Notice anything funny there?

That’s right. 10 people gave a thumbs-down to the First Amendment.

Or, more simply, the lovely leftists in Seattle are basically telling anyone who disagrees with them to “shut up, and comply.”

Shaking my damn head.

Three Very Different Places With A Common Theme

Posted in America, Current Events, Democrat, government, The United States on March 28, 2013 by FoolishReporter

A run-down home in Detroit, MI via Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre

A run-down home in Detroit, MI via Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre

Twitter was all abuzz yesterday with live tweets of a Chicago Public Schools Teacher march in protest of the fact that 150 public schools have to be shut down in order to try and get their budget right and close a $1 billion shortfall. Never mind that Chicago teachers, according to this report either make the most out of any public schools in the nation, or come in second behind New York City. As always, that *CAN’T* be a contributing factor in the budgetary problems the district is facing, oh no.

Regardless, late last month, it was announced that the state of Michigan would be taking over management of the city of Detroit, in an attempt to fix that dying city before it becomes an even more horrific post-apocalyptic wasteland. And in my state, Washington, the state legislature is looking at it’s own BILLION dollar shortfall for the next biennium (and that’s before factoring in a State Supreme Court decision from last year that mandates the state legislature must meet it’s State constitution duty to fully fund education, which some lawmakers predict could make the shortfall balloon out to $3 billion or so).

Now, I know in my state, there’s been a democrat in the governor’s house for essentially the entirety of my life (I’m 30.) Here’s proof :

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Since 1985, Democrats have run this state, and now, after 30ish years, we are running into the ground. So that got me to wondering about Detroit and Chicago and the leadership in those cities. Not surprisingly, my suspicions were confirmed :

Chicago :

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Yes, you read that right. Democrats have been in charge of the Second City SINCE 1931. That’s going on NINE decades. And, in case you haven’t been paying attention, even with their “strictest gun laws” in the nation (a favorite position of the left and Democrats) Chicago has been Murder City for quite awhile now.

And then onto Detroit:

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So almost 60 plus years of Democrat leadership has ran that city into the proverbial ground. HARD. (Oh, and don’t forget Kwame Kilpatrick was just recently convicted on corruption charges. Funnily enough, HuffPo seems to miss mentioning his political affiliation in this story from yesterday.)

Now, to a rational person, this commonality between the party and the terrible budget problems, and in some instances, mind-blowing poverty and violence, would show them that there’s something wrong with big government, and any member of either party who promotes it. Unfortunately, even rational, intelligent people will say the point I’m trying to make here is complete bullshit, and that’s okay. Realizing that the statist utopia is unachievable is just one of those things that “you get it when you get it.”

Thankfully, at least,  it seems more and more are starting to figure it out.

Zoolander IRL! Malaysian Payola for Bloggers Scheme Extends to Left

Posted in Conservative, Current Events, Liberal, Media, Progressives, social media, The United States with tags , , on March 4, 2013 by FoolishReporter

(h/t @vinceinthebay for making the comparison)

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In literally one of the funkiest stories to come out of the blogosphere in recent years, it’s been outed that both sides of the political blogging spectrum took sizable sums of money from the oppressive Malaysian government. As I reported for The Trenches on Friday, Josh Trevino and others actively wrote puff pieces for the Malaysian government between 2009-11, with Trevino taking approximately $350,000 and distributing that money to other “influential” voices in the right leaning blogosphere.

Interestingly enough, RS McCain was able to break the story that an influential left-leaning blogger also seemed to have been receiving sums of money from the Malay government for de-facto PR services in American media.  From McCain’s piece :

Wait, did he say “Jerome Armstrong”? Founder of the progressive blog MyDD, who in 2003 co-founded the political consulting firm Armstrong Zuniga with Daily Kos founder Markos Moulitsas Zuniga? The same Jerome Armstrong who co-authored with Markos the 2006 book, Crashing the Gate: Netroots, Grassroots, and the Rise of People-Powered Politics?

Oh, yes, that Jerome Armstrong — the Internet hustler who once offered such various online services as financial advice and astrology readings as “Vis Numar” — was also part of of the “Malaysia Matters” dot-com triumvirate.

Are we to suppose that Jerome Armstrong participated in this pay-for-play project out of the goodness of his heart? Was Jerome Armstrong motivated by altruistic philanthropic concern for human rights on the Malay peninsula?

Give me a freaking break: Jerome cashed a check, too.

McCain has been unable to pin down a specific amount that Armstrong may have been given, although in his update post, he notes that he has a source telling him it’s likely Armstrong got more money than Trevino, using the logic of “2nd guy in gets more than the 3rd guy in.” Seems feasible, I suppose.

Regardless, as Vince in the Bay pointed out on his Twitter over the weekend… Hey guys, wasn’t this the plot to Zoolander? But instead of trying to assassinate the Prime Minister of Malaysia (and I have no idea if that’s an actual position in that country, because lazy), it appears this scheme was aimed at using American blogs to perform character assassination of Malaysia’s main opposition leader, Anwar Ibrahim. However, this clip still seems imminently appropriate :

Bridging the Gap

Posted in Anonymous, Conservative, Current Events, Freedom, government, Love, The United States with tags , , , on February 27, 2013 by FoolishReporter

This post can also be found on The Trenches, but I am aware of some of the bias that exists for many regarding that site, so I figured I’d post it here on my personal blog as well. 

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One of the top trending pastes on the site Pastebin.com for the last 48-hours has been one called “We, The People.” Penned by myself, and inspired by a friend who’s deeply identified with Anonymous, it’s really a simple plea to any who will listen, that We, The People need to come together at this time, more than ever. I’ve shared it a fair amount in the last day and a half, as has my friend. While on my side of things, the post hasn’t seemed to generate nearly as much conversation as I had anticipated, it certainly has for my friend.

Many on his side, who are also affiliated with Anonymous, have found what we presented in that simple post on Pastebin to be a worthwhile idea. Others, unfortunately, have expressed contempt and derided my friend for even suggesting such a thing. And that’s okay.

This is just the first step in what will likely be a long process, but I’d say the reaction he’s received, coupled with the fact that nearly 2,000 people have viewed the post since it was put online yesterday, are probably a good indication that the idea of right and left uniting together, is an idea who’s time has come. We all know it’s broken. We all know those we’ve chosen to fix it seem completely uninterested in doing so. We also know that many of the media, old AND new, have a vested interest in keeping the divide as wide as ever, as well.

Something really interesting, to me at least, was a tweet I received in reply to one of the times I posted the paste to my Twitter in the last 24 hours. It was from a profile obviously aligned with Anonymous, but it was spreading awareness of what they termed #OpELE, or Operation Everybody Love Everybody.

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And with it, was this pastebin.  A short excerpt from it :

#AmeriSec believes that “Everybody should Love Everybody”. This op evolved organically out of a conversation between several of our members. We are deeply aware of the fact that, too often, people are sad, lonely, or in need of assistance from their community. To address this issue, we plan to dedicate a minimum of one day per month in which ALL AmeriSec Anons are showing their love for others. This can be done in countless ways, such as cleaning up a park or other public space, volunteering at a soup kitchen, planting a garden, repairing a play area for a school, gathering toiletries for a homeless or battered women’s shelter, or simply hugging people on the sidewalk. There have (been) similar, service-based Ops in the past, and Occupy Sandy is still in need of support. We encourage you to reach out to existing Anon Ops or Occupy movements if they are in your vicinity (AnonSolidarity  = ELE!). The most important thing here is that Anons are showing their love and Everybody is Lovin’ Everybody!

 

Sounds like something you’d expect conservatives and the religious right to be preaching, doesn’t it? Work at the local level, truly help those who need it, and try and be a force of positive change in other people’s lives.

The commonalities are greater than the differences, and if we can rally around those things we all share alike, it certainly seems like we’d be capable of finally fixing some of the problems we find ourselves still struggling with on a daily basis.

I think we’re up to it.

Do you?

Dox dropped on Hammond Judge

Posted in Anonymous, Current Events, government, hackers, Internet, Technology, The United States with tags , , , , , on February 22, 2013 by FoolishReporter

via Rolling Stone

via Rolling Stone

 

While we won’t link to the pastebin currently being spread around Twitter, it should be noted that supporters of Jeremy Hammond, a hacker caught up in LulzSec’s hack of Stratfor in 2011, are rightly pissed that the judge presiding over Hammond’s case, Loretta A. Preska, refuses to recuse herself from the case. It does seem quite unusual that she wouldn’t, considering that her husband was a victim of the Stratfor hack. Apparently, there’s NO conflict of interest in a judge presiding over a case in which their spouse was a victim.

Another thing to keep in mind, my friends who are following these cases closely. These cases are essentially going to set the precedent for these types of activities. From the severe charges being brought against Barret Brown and Andrew Aurenheimer, to Hammond’s case, to the charges that Aaron Swartz was facing before he died… The message the government wants to send is clear : DO THIS AND YOU WILL BE FUCKED WITH SEVERELY.

How do we fight this? Hard to say. But certainly, at least in Hammond’s case, and Weev’s case, there are some significant issues that can be brought up and should be brought up regarding the nature of their acts and how the government is approaching those cases. (Sorry Barrett, you kinda fucked yourself over when you started making wild-eyed threats towards an FBI agent. They REALLY frown on that shit.)

Anyways… search pastebin for the aforementioned dox if you’re really interested, I suppose.

Is AP writer @MikeBakerAP a Hoplophobe?

Posted in Freedom, guns, Media, The United States with tags on February 8, 2013 by FoolishReporter

via The Washington Post

via The Washington Post

Second amendment supporters took to state capitols again today, including Olympia, Washington. Entertainingly enough, one of the Associated Press’ writers for Olympia, Mike Baker (@mikebakerap), has been covering the rally since it began earlier this afternoon. Like any good leftist hack of a journalist, Baker appears to be completely, utterly confused by these people proudly exercising their right to bear arms. Also, he seems a bit fearful of , what I imagine he sees them as, wild-eyed gun supporters. Enjoy this moron’s tweets :

OH NOEES!!! Responsible gun owners with a child around. As has happened for the 200 plus years of this country’s existence.

Ah! Found the Stars and Bars! Therefore, it’s highly likely all those attending the rally today support the Confederacy, right Mikey? Nice try, ya fucking hack.

Your point being….?

Welp, we’ll close it up with Sigmund Freud’s thought about those who express fear at weapons and/or guns :

A fear of guns is a sign of retarded sexual and emotional maturity. (“General Introduction to Psychoanalysis,” S. Freud)

 

Another Terrifying Aspect of Obama’s Drone Doctrine

Posted in America, Current Events, Freedom, government, Obama, Politics, The United States with tags , , , , on February 7, 2013 by FoolishReporter

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via pbs.org

As the story continues to build around the leaked Department of Justice draft document that outlined the Obama administration’s rationale for using drone strikes against American citizens who possibly have a tenuous connection to Al-Qaeda, my recent reading of James Bamford’s “The Shadow Factory : The Ultra-Secret NSA from 9/11 to the Eavesdropping on America” really hit home. In that book, Bamford discussed the explosion in growth, surveillance capability and data analysis of the NSA post 9/11, and how, during George W. Bush’s presidency, many of the constraints that had been placed on the NSA were either cast aside completely, or just mostly ignored, especially when it came to domestic surveillance of Americans.

Another major point Bamford hits on in that book is that the NSA, and those in charge of it, exponentially expanded their surveillance capabilities, but, while leaps and bounds were being made in the analysis side of things, it was still very much a hit and miss scenario with the intelligence collected by the NSA. It’s this part that I want to relate to the recent revelations about Obama’s Drone Doctrine.

From the linked NBC story above, describing some of the rationale explained in the DoJ memo:

“The condition that an operational  leader present an ‘imminent’ threat of violent attack against the United States does not require the United States to have clear evidence that a specific attack on U.S. persons and interests will take place in the immediate future,” the memo states.

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Instead, it says,  an “informed, high-level” official of the U.S. government may determine that the targeted American  has been “recently” involved in “activities” posing a threat of a violent attack and “there is  no evidence suggesting that he has renounced or abandoned such activities.” The memo does not define “recently” or “activities.

So, the first part basically says an American citizen who may have ties to al-Qaeda doesn’t necessarily have to be actively plotting against the United States in order for them to be a viable target to the administration. The second part is more where Bamford’s book comes in, especially with the “‘informed, high-level’ official” phrasing.

Because, as Bamford illustrates, the information that likely predicates someone being considered for a targeted drone killing, has a high probability of being quite flimsy. A few quotes from the book:

The core group is about 40,000, which is the hard-core, identified,” he said. “When you go out at two degrees or three degrees, meaning friends, family, business associates, it grows to almost 120,000. When you go out four degrees, you’re upwards of 400,000. Four degrees is—I know you, you live in the building, and it so happens that there is a business in that building that allows me to connect the owner of that business to another group of another cell.

The NSA’s track record on accuracy, however, leaves much to be desired.

So loose are the criteria for being tossed into the vast sea of names that in 2007, over twenty-seven thousand were removed, for a variety of unnamed reasons…

The first quote is in regards to what’s known as the TIDE database, a massive database of suspected terrorists, and all the secondary and tertiary connections those “core” 40,000 may have. With each degree, they get further and further away from the true bad guys. Nothing could possibly go wrong with a massively wide surveillance net and a presidential doctrine that allows the government to kill people at will, could it? NAWWWW.

The second two are obviously related. I don’t remember off the top of my head what database or list the last quote was referencing, but it’s basically saying that the NSA’s surveillance and analysis systems had earmarked 27,000 people incorrectly at one point. Again, a massive surveillance program that has a hard time with accuracy coupled with an administration defending it’s right to kill it’s own citizens? HOT DIGGITY DAWG!

So, America, just keep in mind that the intel that’s likely used to place people on kill-lists and whatnot, is often times massively flawed and innocent people end up being grouped with actual terrorists.

Sleep tight!

The Curious Case of Project Vigilant Yet Continues : Andrew Breitbart, Weinergate, Twittergate and Occupy in this Installment!

Posted in Andrew Breitbart, Anonymous, Conservative, Current Events, government, hackers, Internet, Politics, social media, Technology, The United States with tags , , on February 6, 2013 by FoolishReporter

Project Vigilant's Chet Uber

Project Vigilant’s Chet Uber

Hacker and/or social engineer Tom Ryan

Hacker and/or social engineer Tom Ryan

Internet boogeyman Neal Rauhauser

Internet boogeyman Neal Rauhauser

We’re back for another installment in transcribing the leaked audio of conversations between Chet Uber and Tom Ryan, this time from a call said to have been recorded on September 28, 2012. As has been shown elsewhere in the two previous posts on this topic, Uber and Ryan seemed to be mostly talking to each other in regards to former Project Vigilant member Neal Rauhauser. Interestingly enough, some of this conversation touches on the late conservative media mogul Andrew Breitbart, the sexting scandal surrounding former U.S. Senator Anthony Weiner, and a Twitter scandal involving Rauhauser’s efforts to discredit the Tea Party on Twitter in 2010, known as Twittergate. A mostly full transcript of the conversation can be found here.

 

On Rauhauser’s involvement with a “Twitter Information Warfare Platform” 

UBER : So when Neal was working with us, we were trying to develop a set of tools that existed in the Microsoft world, and that’s why everybody was working with him. __- source world, and the open-sourced world.

But, we completely disagreed on politics. Neal’s a very, very far left minded person. He believes that all government, by nature, is corrupt, and that the government is broken, and unrepairable, and um, he thinks that the fault (?) is going to overthrow the far left. And so, in his head, he was, at the time, thinking and doing things that would shift things to the far left.

And I told him that in Project Vigilant, we don’t do politics. It’s just out of our realms. You know, our attack atribution doesn’t have a political party. We were thinking that somewhere, in this set of queue, this set of documents, that Neal might have written that was per-se a manifesto, or an end-game.

Because for the life of me, if what he did was all that he was professing now on his blog, a big social experiment, a big ____ , that he created in Twitter…which honestly, is a technique in semiotics. Um, it’s a combination of psyops and deception, then you’d think he would have wrote it down somewhere. It’s far too complicated to just think of off the top of your head.

Or, if he wasnt actually doing an experiment, and he was trying to actually do it, the plans for how he would do it, would be ___ somewhere. Like, who was the list of politicans that he was pro, and who was the list of politicians he was against.

RYAN : I saw them doing that on ____… Him and his little crony crew got together and put together a job list of politicians. I caught that live and in action.

UBER: I saw that too. But he didn’t take a picture of it, dont have a recording of it. And so, I can’t , I can’t… as much as I believe it, it’s hearsay evidence. You have to understand, I’m a court-certified forensics examiner. And, digital evidence by nature, all digital evidence by nature, is latent.

 RYAN: I have screen captures of it.

UBER: That’s my interpretation. So if you don’t capture it in screencaps, and they can be authenticated as real, now that’s stuff, I would think, that the people who we contacted…and I’m trying to stay … not naming, so I don’t get accused of… One of the things I got in trouble for before by um, by writers (?), is that we claimed to have ties to specific LEAs. We don’t.

To be honest, over the time we’ve been around, we’ve handed over evidence of crimes with a cyber component, to just about all of them.

RYAN: uh huh.

UBER: we generally, that’s not what we do. What we’re doing, we’re collecting open-source intellgience, and running it against known tools. That are also being developed, that we’ve helped develop…I always say it wrong, but Ghostwrap (?), Ghostwap, I don’t know how to say it, for penetration testing, you know.

You’ve got a set of open-source methods that can be group viewed, and has transparency. We’re trying to create the same kind of thing for attack attribution. So that, anybody that was working in the field of attack attribution, it really doesn’t exist IDTF or ISO, of attack attribution.

The languages are different. I can’t talk to two people that work in attack attribution, and use the same words.

And so, our groups main focus, as much as people think that it’s to collect intelligence, the only reason we collect intelligence is to test our hypotheses. Or write an application and run it against the application. And we look at, we actually do a lot of work in set theory.

Looking at finite sets, and dynamic sets, and the stability of things…like the stability of a political system.

But, we never really looked at domestic politics, we look at foreign politics. Because, to me, at least in the time i’ve been either the director or been in charge of the intelligence program, instability in the American political system is just a plain given. It swings back and forth, and only once, do I know of in modern times, and that was Tom DeLay, on the far right, tried to convert the house so it would be Republican. And he went to prison for it.

Um, but Neal, on the other hand, he was originally trying to change the political system of the United States, and I know he was. I’d heard him talking about, and I’d watch him make these lists, and this thing he called the Set of Queue, this set of documents that’d list the name, and if he had that, then he could give it to these people, these watchdog agencies, both in law enforcement and in non-law enforcement, people who oversee the political system. And he could say, “Look, keep an eye on these politicians,” somebody who is totally anti-government put them all on this list.

That was our thinking, was, man, this list has got to exist somewhere. We’ve scoured, and like I told you, we had, in the …we ‘d broken into nine regions in the country. In Omaha, Nebraska, we have a data center. __ we have a data center. We had one in the mid-central states that was in Champaign-Urbana, that was the one Neal ran.

Everything in that data center was lost, when Neal ran it, except for Neal’s twitter shit. Which, as I told you, we happened to be working on a persona management system if you search my name and HBGary, you’ll find the letter between myself and HBGary. It was basically just me wanting to talk to… Aaron Barr about the fact that they wouldn’t have lost that bid if they had bothered to come to us.

Because, and it ended up we didn’t have it, because Neal lost it, we actually had the code for a pretty decent persona management system up and running.

RYAN: is that what he uses now, that Lulztweeter 9000 stuff?

UBER: well, he wasn’t made privilege to…um, the side that the high-end scientists wrote, that I worked on. That was the part, I think I gave you kind of a glimpse of it, you could carefully construct a sentence that can be repeated and even the high-end statistician can’t tell that the same thing was said over and over and over again by a suite of people.

Um, Neal lacked any mathematical skills in spoketastics (?) And has no linguqistic skills. He doesn’t understand natural language processing or anything like that.

What Neal understood was Twitter. I don’t know if you ever saw it, but he wrote a paper that I’ve read, I don’t have a copy of it…called “Reputation Economics”, and it’s a theory of how many tweets it takes to destroy the reputation of somebody using the Twitter system.

And that was Neal’s big thing. That his Twitter suite could manage a whole bunch of people in Twitter, and they could take a person on the list, and a hot button issue, find some real examples in the press, and then that tool would allow them to use Twitter to say that to the right groups of people, and manipulate lots of people with a few people.

The problem is, his Twitter suite lacks the nuances , so if I actually had all the tweets, I could run a statistical program and say, “This was all done with a Twitter tool, this is all artificially created with a computer”.

He was never, ever given…when we build something like that we compartmentalize it, so that some of the people working on it didn’t know what they were building had to do with Twitter at all. They were building parsers, or they were building the sentence deconstruction software.

Neal’s job was to build the front-end so that the Twitter API could be easily exposed to mathematical algorithms running out of Mathematica. And, I’ve never seen his Twitter stuff that he made public, work.

I know he published it recently and said “This is what I did, there’s nothing special here, anybody in the world can have it.”

Well the stuff we did, it was dot specified. Meaning that when we wrote it, we said the only person who should ever own this is the government, and then it should have a backdoor, and the backdoor should go to the Senate and House congressional oversight committee.

And it’s intention was for use by um, law enforcement and the military to basically move radical hate groups and things like that as they came out of the prison systems…into websites that were heavily monitored, and so that, without violating any phishing laws, or doing entrapment, you could have a system where, Twitter is something everyone uses. They would Tweet, that’s how they talk, and he knew that you could be ready, and you could, say, move everybody that hates black people, or everybody that hates white people, or everybody that hated Puerto Ricans to a website that also hated Puerto Ricans.

But instead of it being a true site against Puerto Ricans, it’d be a site that’s sitting on a network that has Cisco netflow running and (?) running and passive mode, so that everything that happened was seen. instead of what happens now… people who do that on boxes that are propped up and hidden on the internet that are not monitored.

In attack attribution, you can only deal with things that are seen. In other words, the only way to tell if an attack happens, is if you can observe the things that went into the attack. So if you can’t see the port scans, you won’t know that someone was getting ready to pentest you. If you don’t see the stuff when you go inflow, or running on specific ports with known PVP vulnerabilities, you won’t know.

So, if they’re practicing, on darknets and on boxes that are hidden on the internet, then law enforcement can’t monitor those.

But if it were built and put out there, by an non-governmental organization, and with the idea that, whatever the ideology was, and we we’re going to make a box for everybody…We had bought domain names that specifically that were designed to appeal to all the different groups that were in the Southern Poverty Law Center’s “map?”, and the FBI’s counter domestic terror list and the idea was, that would all be something that would be turned over to the government. They’d have this ready-made suite of open-source tools so that, the, electronic freedom foundations and all the other people who thought the government was trying to spy on Americans, could say, look at it, and go no, that’s not what’s happening. This is what’s happening, because this is what’s in the code.

And the problem is, that kind of tool exists, in the Microsoft world. They exist on Microsoft web servers. And Akami cookies, for example. Their suites of tools that have been made by really big companies, for um… on websites, they’re all closed-source.

Because of Neal’s love of PSV (?) and everything, and his political stuff, we had thought we had knew his endgame, which we called the Set of Queue.

We had no idea what he called it, if he has a manifesto or anything. You understand, it’s just too complex to keep in the back of your head. I mean, just the list of politicians. Good god, there’s two senators from every state, plus the population division of people in the house, and that’s just federal politics. Much less state and local government.

So Neal had to have written all this done somewhere. You were just telling me, you confirmed, something that I had seen myself.

And that was, make a list of the people who had to go, basically. Who had to be defeated in the next election. Kay. Well thats politics, and up to a point, it’s legal. But when you start to apply technology to the manipulation of the political system, I don’t think it’s legal.

Now, I’ve had a long talk with Mark Rasch, about that, and Mark’s a civil libertarian. And Mark’s like, “what’s illegal about it Chet?”

And I’m like, “Well, the people believe they’re in a fair system. And so, right there, the system’s not fair. Isn’t that against the law?”

And he says, “Well it should be against the law, but it’s not.”

And that was one of the things that drove our science team to go ‘oh shit, we better figure out a way to detect what Neal had already started working on.”

I’m not gonna lie to you, the Twitter thing was Neal’s idea. Not the whole thing, but the use of Twitter to do this, is something that Neal theorized, and it’s why he quit Project Vigilant. We refused to get involved in politics more than we were.

(Later in conversation)

UBER: 

It’s a thing that’s called “flashpoint”, and we believe that Neal understood flashpoints that he was going to create, or take advantage of, all these flashpoints when the cameras were rolling, and he was going to destabilize the United States government. That’s what we thought he was going to do, that’s what he think his endgame was.

We just can’t fucking prove it.

 

On the Twitter user known as Zapem: 

RYAN: There’s been a lot of questions I have, like him picking specific targets as far as people. I understand the whole Aaron Barr thing and the irony of it is, Aaron Barr is a leftist also. What the other stuff, he targets… well we know why he targeted me, because I dumped all the Occupy emails. Because in reality, I wanted to give Occupy the one thing … they sit there and protest for Bradley Manning, so I gave them a taste of their own thing.

And then, that was the purpose of it. The other scenario is, i’ve seen he has this unhealthy obsession with this person who goes by Zapem. I’ve been trying to figure that out.

UBER: Yeah…the thing is, we think Zapem might be government or law enforcement. Or married to govt or law enforcement. There’s this characteristic to things that Zapem says that have mil speak in it, and LEO speak in it. At least, in you know, and you gotta remember a lot of our team is ex-military or ex-government.

(later in conversation)

UBER: So he goes after Zapem. What do you think Zapem is? Do you know? You don’t have to tell me, but do you know who Zapem is? We think it’s a pro-government person.

RYAN: I just think it’s a right-winger that’s pro law-enforcement. She may be involved with law enforcement and that needs to be confirmed. But lately, she’s been targeted by Neal, and that cause it goes back to 2010 with Twittergate.

 

On Andrew Breitbart, Rauhauser, Weinergate and Twittergate: 

RYAN: About him and Mandy, Liberty Chick from Breitbart.. They’re ….

UBER: Hold on a second, honestly I want to get a place I can take some notes. Honestly, if you don’t mind, because this is new… soo… because the thing is, we have filters that filter open source IRC chat rooms … you call her the Liberty Chick?

RYAN: Right. Liberty Chick from Breitbart, Mandy Nagy.

UBER: (repeats name for spelling and confirms Breitbart association.) The guy who died from a heart attack? See, and here’s the thing. Neal is telling me that because of what he did, that we’re going to get, he basically 90 days ago sent me an email that said “i really didn’t mean to do it, but in defending myself against all these people who are attacking me”, and this is the part… we don’t believe that, we believe he did it himself. “They’re gonna come all blame Project Vigilant, and you’re gonna have this right-wing fueled hate thing, because of the death of Andrew Breitbart.”

Well, until, honestly, and this may show the fact I concentrate on the east, and the far east, and the radical and fundamental islam, and things like that, and Russia, and Russian organized crime mobs, and the far east organized gangs, than I do american politics.

I didn’t even know who Andrew Breitbart was. I didn’t know anything until after the guy had already passed away.

But I just got a thing, on why Andrew Breitbart hates Neal Rauhauser.

RYAN: I’ve got a whole file.

UBER: Yeah!

RYAN: It’s weird because Neal has like a weird relationship with her, where the two of them never really badmouth each other. It’s only those two in that whole Breitbart group. That’s why I asked if you’d ever heard him bring her up.

(Later in conversation)

RYAN: I just think it’s a right-winger that’s pro law-enforcement. She may be involved with law enforcement and that needs to be confirmed. But lately, she’s been targeted by Neal, and that cause it goes back to 2010 with Twittergate.

UBER: We believe, this is what I saw, I gave you all those links, remember the one I put the asterisk by? I was right there, standing in the same room, when Neal did all that shit, and that’s why, this was after he’d been out of Project Vigilant for awhile. And I was like, this is why we don’t talk to each other.

I go, “I knew you when your kids were born. Something is fucked up in your head Neal. You cannot agree with this, this is wrong.” Well he told me , he came to me and told me that the Mexican cartel was after him because Anonymous was after him and pinned it on him.

He told me that everyone was after him for killing Andrew Breitbart, and that everybody was after him for Twittergate. Well he did Twittergate for gods sake, I know he did. And he did Weinergate, you know? I just can’t prove it!

And he’s getting away with it.

RYAN: It’s funny because when you look up killing Breitbart, your name actually pops up in the rumors I heard. You created some direct energy gun that you have to look out for him.

UBER: I did create a direct energy gun, but it wouldn’t kill somebody. You’d have to be, I didn’t create it, the Russians created it. They would go to a hotel room, take the drywall off one side of the room, by the bed, and essentially take the magnetron out of a microwave, and essentially microwave the guy’s head in the bed in the room next to you.

But directed energy weapons, when I got my defibrillator put in in 2008, I quit working on them. I worked on them, because the Infraguard coordinator at the time, came in and he goes “what’s a burst gun?” If you look in 2002, Dr Wick and I, Dr Wick’s from Sweden, the head of Sweden’s military related to directed energy weapons, so, that is true. I do know, and I set on the ____ committee, which is the intentional emitters…

But no, I don’t build rayguns to kill people, for God’s sake. Great, now I’ve got another fucking thing to add to my long list of bad shit I didn’t do.

On Rauhauser’s involvement with the Occupy movement and Project Vigilant’s activities monitoring Occupy: 

UBER: Well my problem came in that Neal has ties to the Occupy movement, and to me the Occupy movement, while it’s a guaranteed thing of the first amendment, freedom of speech and right to gather, I think the Occupy movement has far bigger …I’ve got stuff that I just found in Neal’s files, that talk about specific things like how to resist the police.

Specific ways to hold your hands so that it’s hard to cuff you, and ways to lie down so that it takes more police people to drag you off. I’m not sure, while its legal and free speech, to me that indicates that someone is preparing to do something like that.

(Later in conversation)

UBER: Our people know, you can’t do any of that kind of stuff, and we never have. But outside of that, if you want to fake that youre a leftist and join the leftist group, we had someone do that with Occupy, and I have a list of everybody in the email group in the Occupy. Our guy got given it, and even got an invitation and went to the Occupy Omaha group.

And everybody had cameras, and they’re so stupid that they wanted publicity. So everyone was taking pictures of everyone else that was there, posted them, to show the Occupy movement. Well, they didn’t know our guy had a high-res video camera and not a still camera, well we sent all of that to Dept of Homeland Security.

And they were talking about taking a car and lighting it on fire at a TV station at the height of the Occupy movement.

To us, that’s about as bad as it gets.

 

*Thus concludes the final episode of the Project Vigilant files for the time being. Hope you’ve enjoyed.*

 

 

 

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