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From John Adams' Alien and Sedition Acts to the Cold War and Joseph McCarthy, civil liberties and national security have had a delicate and troubled relationship in American history. Notorious among these is the case of the domestic surveillance program run by the FBI between 1956 and 1971 (after the censure of Joseph McCarthy by the Senate) under the name COINTELPRO (counterintelligence program). COINTELPRO was a secret FBI program designed to monitor and "neutralize" domestic groups deemed by the FBI to be a danger to national security. Such groups included anti-war groups and civil rights groups and individuals like Martin Luther King, Jr. and even Eleanor Roosevelt.
The domestic surveillance programs of COINTELPRO were only brought to light in early 1970s after a Senate Committee was created to investigate the FBI and the involvement of other intelligence agencies in political repression. The Committee was named for its Chairman, Idaho Senator Frank Church. It's findings were voluminous and, to many, worrying..
Under the aegis of COINTELPRO, the FBI kept files on a great number of Americans and investigated the NAACP for 25 years. The FBI admitted that it had burglarized political groups to gain information on their activities.
The political process is moving onto the Internet. Both within the United States and internationally, individuals, interest groups, and even nations are using the Internet to find each other, discuss the issues, and further their political goals. The Internet has also played an important role in recent conflicts. As a result, overseas segments of the Internet can be a useful tool for DoD, both for gathering and for disseminating information. By monitoring public message traffic and alternative news sources from around the world, early warning of impending significant developments could be developed, in advance of more traditional means of indications and warning. Commentary placed on the Internet by observers on the scene of low-intensity conflicts overseas could be useful to U.S. policymaking. During larger scale conflicts, when other conventional channels are disrupted, the Internet can be the only available means of communication into and out of the affected areas. Internet messages originating within regions under authoritarian control could provide other useful intelligence. Public messages conveying information about the intent of overseas groups prone to disrupting U.S. military operations can provide important counterintelligence. The Internet could also be used offensively as an additional medium in psychological operations campaigns and to help achieve unconventional warfare objectives. Used creatively as an integral asset, the Internet can facilitate many DoD operations and activities.
Beside being used to develop early warning of developing conflicts or the beginnings of new global trends or "sea changes," the Internet can be used at the opposite end of the spectrum: to obtain pinpoint information about specific matters of interest. Networks of human sources with access to the Internet could be developed in areas of security concern to the U.S., and these sources could be oriented to seek specific needed information. If constructed and managed correctly, such a system could be much more responsive and efficient than the current complex, unwieldy intelligence tasking and collection processes we must use. We might even consider cultivating the capability to perform strategic reconnaissance "by modem." This approach could never replace official DoD intelligence collection systems or services, but could be a useful adjunct.
COULD Abovetopsecret be a government project such as is described in this paper? Sure - why not? Is it? That's what we need to find out now, isn't it?
Originally posted by ZeddicusZulZorander
It's a simple as that. If you investigate for yourself, these content-takers have done the very same thing to many other people. In fact, anyone that makes statements contrary to their version are all labeled COINTELPRO (or maniacs if I remember.)
Originally posted by rdube02
....but it's always been my theory to fight fire with fire.
All of the points you bring up concerning Laura and her website are absolutely true, and I'm glad to see it pointed out here. However she's spread this nonsense freely for some time without any counter from ATS (as far as I could see) - and I'd like to see ATS kill these rumors once and for all.
Originally posted by LazarusTheLong
Am i missing something?
why do you do this?
Springer has helped you out, and in return, you cast dispersions that he (and his board) is a government controlled agent AGAIN!
I think your last research was good, and resulted with some good info...
So why drag it back up? Did we miss something before? Were you trying to prove that it was... and we didn't beleive you...
because as you have probably seen, there is no "proving the negative" of such an accusation
If you got proof, lets see it... dont ask the owners to YET AGAIN deny what they always have denied... that doesn't "prove" anything, and it just recycles the same BS speculation that ATS owners and users have had to endure, thanks to that lying stealing bitch...
check your motives... we are...
Originally posted by Crakeur
Could he be using the cointelpro angle as an excuse to avoid being exposed to or by slurpo?
Originally posted by Spiderj
That's probably the attitued the three amigos take to Jadcyk...what's the point.
As I said before I don't think they are and I also don't think theres anything they can say to people like laura that would convince her and others that they are not.
IMO of couse.
Originally posted by LazarusTheLong
When springer answers with a "gee thanks for the chance to set the record straight"
I will apologize for all my statements...
I disagree with your methods totally...