Originally posted by AnarchysAngel
reply to post by schuyler
I thought it was bad to write poorly on ATS? Huh, who'd a thunk it.
Any ideas for how to spot a spook, or just having a little fun with my writing?
Since you say you have been here awhile you must know that this subject comes up on a regular basis. There are people here who insist they can
"tell" because they've worked out how spooks write and what techniques are used to be, for example, a disinformation agent. I realize that
"spook" and "disinformation agent" aren't always the same, but the same rule applies in terms of how people think spooks and their bretheren must
It is my belief that people who believe they are in some sort of unique position to be able to tell are delusional or naive or both, just as I
consider your original post, frankly. On the other hand, as this is a conspiracy site, it goes with the territory. On ATS EVERYTHING is a conspiracy.
So we have to live with it. But it still begs the question. What would the intent of spooks be? It's either to gather information or disrupt the
If the intent is to gather information, then the best method may be to simply sit quietly and take names. It's not even necessary to register. Just
lurk. Perhaps a more proactive approach might have one say something like, "Can you elaborate on that?" to tease out more information, but probably
a better way to accomplish that is via an automated system to scrape ATS for keywords and phrases, mark those on "the list" for further review, and
sift out what is probably 99% BS before it sees the eyes of a human.
The "human" in this case is probably a young enlisted person, an E-4 through E-6 whose job it is to listen and filter. They are in the military, but
work "for" the NSA at NSA facilities such as at Fort Gordon in South Carolina (near Augusta, Georgia) These folks are not high paid spooks with a
lot of discretion. They work within strict guidelines and rules as to what they are to do when confronted with a given situation. So, bottom line is
that if ATS is monitored, it's done with an automated system for at least one and perhaps more iterations before it reaches a low level operative who
dumps most of it as uninteresting. How do I know this? Let's just say I knew someone who used to be in the biz.
Disinfo is another kettle of fish, of course, designed to overtly disrupt a conversation. The problem with "outing" so-called disinfo agents is that
it assumes conformity. As I'm sure you've seen, expressing an unpopular opinion here frequently results in you being called a disinfo agent. In a
thread yesterday I took issue with the idea that consumer products are lowering in quality. I gave several examples of products that were increasing
in quality. The result was the thinly disguised accusation that my intent was to disrupt the thread. Well, the thread was stupid and I simply called
it out. "Free speech" means nothing if you cannot tolerate people with another opinion than yours. Just because they have a different opinion does
not mean they are some sort of agent.
In my opinion, ATS has much too high an opinion of its collective self. The idea that ATS can "deny ignorance" is itself suspect unless you realize
it might have an alternative meaning, as in "deny [your own] ignorance." Just listen to the proclamations on ATS. We know for certain, that:
* Crazy person X is possessed by a demon
* Queen Elizabeth is a reptilian
* FTL Starships exist
* The earth is hollow
* Nazis (almost blew it there!) landed on the Moon
* Venus is inhabited
These people know FOR CERTAIN that what they say is correct. They are absolutely sure of themselves and often brook no opposition. I mean, I wouldn't
hire most of these guys to mow my lawn. I'm certain myself most of them still live with their Mommies. ATS is a place where every tenth grader
considers himself an expert.
So if I were "with the government and here to help" and intent on ensuring that ATS remained in turmoil and did not present any kind of threat to
the established order, I would poke around here for a week or so and come to an inevitable conclusion. The best way to ensure ATS would not become a
problem would be to leave it alone. ATS is its own worst enemy. Even if good discussions do get going, sooner or later the ignoramusses arrive and
I suppose I'm expressing my own frustrations here, but I don't think ATS is worth monitoring more than an occasional drive by sniff. I'd be
spending my budget on Al Quaida recuitment sites and skinhead hate sites. Those guys are dangerous. ATS is not.
So if someone claims to "teach" you how to spot a "spook," you know one thing for certain. They have no idea what they are talking about.
Hope this helps.