DISCLAIMER: I am posting this as a member, not a moderator. My opinions are my own, and this is one of them. My views may or may not necessarily
agree with those of other staff members or the ownership of AboveTopSecret.com -- although it should be obvious that the more I know about what lies
behind their decisions, the more I tend to agree with them. However, please bear in mind when reading this post that I do not in any way, shape or
form seek to speak on behalf of anyone other than myself, and am posting this entirely on my own initiative.
Accessories After The Fact
I am not known to be a particularly prudent or judicious person, and hope no one will take this the wrong way. I'm just going to call it like I see
it, torpedoes be damned.
I hinted at this above, but at long last I think it's best that I just put my cards on the table.
I understand the concerns and frustrations of some of my fellow members regarding what may seem to be "censorship" of discussion related to Project
Serpo on AboveTopSecret.com.
I share some of them.
I also agree wholeheartedly, without reservation, with the decision of the ATS administration to take steps to minimize the use of its forums to
publicize and promote a hoax.
Yes, a hoax
There. I said it.
I'm a skeptic
, but I'm not an idiot.
The Thick Green Line
Project Serpo is a hoax. It's not even a particularly plausible hoax. So why should the Amigos see fit to "squelch" discussion of it on ATS?
Because Serpo is a hoax in progress
, and it is now eminently clear that the hoaxsters behind Serpo have been using ATS as an active component
They've been using us to refine their scam
Just look at the Serpo "monster thread". Already, revisions
to the Serpo story, based on the keen insights and criticisms of ATSers, are
being published elsewhere by "Anonymous".
Indeed. Because we've been writing their freakin' story for them.
We're being used.
The Specter Of Googlear War
The decisions of the ownership are informed by many things. Among them is the knowledge that some opportunists will try to use the popularity and
reach of ATS for free publicity.
On the one hand, they wish to keep discussion on ATS as open as possible. On the other hand, they must guard against the very real problems which
result when con artists seek to ply their trade in our community -- actions which threaten it.
Thus the ATS administration will, from time to time and as they see fit, take steps to prevent the misuse of this website for deception or what may
even amount to criminal activity, should fraud become a factor in the Serpo story (i.e., taking money under false pretenses).
Every member of ATS is free to disagree with the ownership on anything. However, the decisions of the Partners are binding on the use of ATS
resources, as they must be.
Lest anyone misunderstand me, I am flat-out claiming Serpo to be a hoax (go ahead, prove me wrong, little miss anonymous
), but don't consider
its status as a hoax to reflect in any way upon the possibility of the existence of intelligent extraterrestrial life (which I consider
), or its influence on earthly affairs (which I consider possible
I'm just saying I'm not going to buy every two-bit cock-and-bull story that comes down the pike, nor am I going to play along with it.
As for Serpo, ATS is doing nothing to prevent anyone who wishes to discuss it from doing so elsewhere.
It's a free Internet, after all, and there are many choices available for everyone.