Hey mister.old.school, I like your thread. Stared and flagged!
I would also like to comment and discuss some points.
Originally posted by mister.old.school
Statement Five: The group, "Anonymous", takes a public stance: Project Chanology
Can someone explain to me how a loose-knit subculture of hacker children from 4chan and IRC, formerly known for not much more than defacing MySpace
pages and other nuisance hacks/pranks, suddenly takes a public stance on a socially complex issue?
4chan and the /b/tards
don't really care about the socially complex issues
so much as
they care to make fun and troll people.
And it's not something recent in regards to Scientology. Scientology and especially Tom Cruise in particular have been constantly picked on by
/b/tards, which any avid 4chan user/reader will attest to that.
I don't dispute the fact that a lot of people who went to the protests and were even involved in the online movement/propaganda/etc care about the
socially complex issues
, but I believe this is a byproduct of something that just happened to caught on. Speaking against Scientology is now a
, as the /b/tards would say.
Also, if you care (or seem to) about real issues, it helps to mobilize more people, and especially people with more 'moderate' stances comparatively
to those of the hardcore /b/tards. And it also gives out the idea that your goals are admirable and noble, which helps to make everyone else -
including the people that know nothing about 4chan, or /b/, or project chanology, or any of that - whenever they hear about this to look favorably on
you and your campaign and even be supportive to some degree.
Statement Six: The group, "Anonymous", is a target of the NSA and FBI
Regardless of the more realistic likelihood that this group is nothing more than bored 15-year olds, both of these agencies have labeled the group
"cyber terrorists" and have placed a high priority on infiltration and prosecution.
I haven't read or seen anything regarding the NSA or FBI labeling Anonymous "cyber terrorists".
I believe that came from FOX11's piece on Anonymous
, which was obviously hilarious to the
/b/tards due to the ridiculous mischaracterizations on it.
Statement Seven: The cult, "Church of Scientology", is also targeted by the NSA and FBI
While the U.S. Government would never make the overt mistake of classifying the CoS as a cult, several law enforcement agencies and covert
intelligence bodies have applied the distinction of "dangerous cult". Several low-level covert infiltration operations are underway. The operation
running through the NSA is rumored to be called "Project Voltar" (the rationale for the name is unknown) and supposedly involves the study of
And why shouldn't the FBI, NSA and other agencies take the Church of Scientology as dangerous organization? They have reasons to:
Project Snow White
Final Statement: The Chanology Project is a covert pattern injection by the NSA and FBI
[...]It brilliantly serves two known objectives: 1- identify connectivity patterns related to the "Anonymous" group; 2- increase public criticism of
the Scientology cult without risk of discovering a government agency connection.
Even before Project Chanology I'm sure the NSA and/or some other agencies were closely monitoring 4chan - and its derivatives - and it's activities.
Project Chanology is the confirmation these agencies got that, from their perspective, this sort of internet movements should be monitored.
We have read recently the news and threads here
on ATS about the DoD roadmap to deal
with the internet as if it was an enemy weapons system
From that perspective, I'm sure they are looking at Project Chanology and thinking "What if some day they decide to start talking about the
Government's wrong-doings? What if they decide to mobilize and protest against us?
In that sense I'm positive the NSA and others are very interested and are closely monitoring the situation.
Now, I can't honestly say for sure that they were directly involved in Project Chanology, but one thing's for sure: if they were, it certainly
wouldn't surprise me.
[edit on 24-2-2008 by danx]