posted on Jun, 29 2006 @ 05:36 PM
Why would the government shut down ATS when they run it as a counter-intel site? Kidding
Seriously though, shutting down ATS would be more trouble than it's worth. Firstly, shutting it down would, by inference, suggest that the contents
of the site in some way are true. It is more likely that if something that would truly impact on national security ended up on here, the government
would contact the administrators, and ask to have it removed. This has certainly happened at other sites. But it would have to be pretty bad for them
to do this, as the policy is not to confirm or deny speculation on the accuracy of certain information.
Secondly, shutting down ATS doesn't mean the end of the road for the members. A new web site would start up. Controlling the internet is pretty hard
to do. Ask China about the headaches internet access is causing for them. Pesky democratic web sites. The backlash would be huge. The negative
publicity ("We demand free speech"), especially with an election around the corner, wouldn't be appreciated.
Finally, there is so much info on here, some good, some...well...not so good, that picking the wheat from the chaff is difficult. This in a number of
ways works in the Governments favour more than anything.
So, in summary, I think you'll find that ATS is safe, unless they specifically break any laws, in which case it becomes a legal issue. And the Three
Amigos have already proven that they can more than look after themselves in this regard.