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Originally posted by Pilot
reply to post by Aleister
I'm no legal scholar, but if the CIA is forbidden from operating within US borders, how does the First Amendment protect operatives engaged in shilling exactly? You don't sound too sure about that. Are you trying to make excuses for these people while simultaneously disapproving of what they do?
It's worth noting that this issue - who pronounced the 27 dead at the school, was recussitation attempted and by whom and on how many victims - has really gotten the attention of the shills.
Originally posted by Aleister
Kind of. It is a conflict that the CIA operatives have to give up their freedom of speech and of the press in operating within the U.S. (the consitutional freedoms are one of the bedrocks of citizens rights in the U.S.). And of course they should not be breaking this important law, and trying to derail threads by ignoring the law to do it. But on one level it is their right as individual citizens to do so, even if they should be in jail for doing so. That's why posters and admins on important-topic threads, or posting on threads which may attract these type of thread-creepers, have to be diligent in keeping the discussion on topic. These folks (or at least their bosses) know how to use words and emotions to move a thread off topic, so everyone here who is interested in the topic their posting on has to keep on top of that and not get caught up in the web of emotion.
Back to topic on this thread, have any of the admins at the site where the post was first made given an adequate explanation for closing it? I'm glad ATS has kept it open, and hopefully that news will "get around" to some users on the other sites who would like to try ATS as either a back-up or their main posting outlet (I personally would like to see the best science-orienated people join us here, and ancient civilization folks, sort of outside the interest area of this thread).
Originally posted by Empyreal
While I'm sure this event is not a hoax, based on the scale of the response, I'm not sure what it is.
[color=#13ee00]One detail that bothers me is that if this was supposed to be an program error that took ASCII text off of the clipboard and dumped it into the message, why is the Team Leaders last name obfuscated with asterisks? It says Sheila N*****. I can understand how the clipboard could get dumped to the post on accident, but wouldn't those asterisks have to be added after the fact? Unless her last name really is N******.
I'm hoping anyone might have an idea on that. It's a small bit that puts a check-mark in the "accidentally on purpose" column for me.
If an electronic document is subject to redaction (i.e., word processing or Adobe Acrobat files) custodians should be sure to [color=#11ee00]delete the material being redacted and insert in place of the redacted material asterisks to obviously indicate the redaction.
Originally posted by bigfootgurl
Another comment relevant to the subject being discussed on the thread in question.