posted on Jul, 17 2012 @ 02:38 AM
reply to post by charles1952
Looks like the jig is up!
Meanwhile, another thing to consider with regard to government interest in ATS is that our
terms & conditions
expressly forbid self-incriminating discussions. While we do
talk about quite a few things that aren't considered "mainstream", we don't talk about committing crimes, don't plan terrorist attacks, don't
plot the violent overthrow of governments or otherwise do anything that would attract serious law enforcement attention.
So assuming various government agencies monitor ATS (and we might as well assume everything
is monitored everywhere
), there's really
not much here for them, and plenty of greener pastures out there on the Big Bad Internet if they're looking for someone to bust.
We also encourage members to protect their privacy, remove personal information (real names, addresses, phone numbers, etc.) when we see it and, in
general, leave very little for anyone to track or identify. That contrasts rather strongly with the aims of most social networking sites that want to
know everything about you (making them "target rich" environments for surveillance), and deliberately so, because we're here to talk about topics
of mutual interest, not each other.
Granted, this is ATS, so it's somewhat traditional to look for conspiracies in pretty much everything. But I suspect the overwhelming majority of
government attention we get is in the form of members and guests who come here for the same reasons anyone else does, because people who work for
governments are still people.
And like anyone else, they're welcome to join us anytime and share their opinions, too.