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That's as much as I'll say.
Originally posted by SoulVisions
There's not going to be any link, or quoted text to initiate this discussion. I just wanted individuals to be aware that when certain threads are started on sites such as these, new topics can be/are started in order to garner/gather public opinions about particular situations or tests. (whether popular stories or even general military theories)
So they have to justify paying someone to observe a site/sites? You don't think they could datamine to find out how many people post on this site and others from region to region, state to state. Use statisticians and think tanks to determine what areas might cause the most resistance if an armed conflict were to occur between the government and it's people. Sites like ATS and GLP are perfect because it's a large concentration of for the most part like minded people, unlike facebook where there are so many accounts it becomes a lot of datamining to find out where the larger amount of resistors would be.I don't claim to know what government thinks, but if it were me that would be really great information to have. I'd want to know where large amounts of resistance would be so I could eradicate it as quickly as possible. Any time you have revolt, it needs to be severely punished as quickly as possible to let your citizens know it's not tolerated. That's how you control a population. Please understand that I'm not calling you out and claiming that you're wrong. I'm just saying that it's not out of the realm of possibility. If you're datamining, you may not be looking for one topic or another. You may just want a generalized idea of whats going on in your population and where.
Originally posted by mainidh
reply to post by Zarniwoop
But you see that's my point. I cannot see how they could justify paying someone out of tax payers money to do this. All they'd get are threads about the things I posted. Perhaps they may see something occasionally, but nothing to justify an ongoing covert presence. As I said, the whackos make it known in more mainstream arenas before they go on the loopy train.