Posted 5 years ago on Oct. 24, 2011, 6:19 p.m. EST by vox
from Brooklyn, NY
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Unfortunately "open" freedom seeking movements such as OWS are easy prey for the infiltration and undermining by the various intelligence agencies and their informants and now privatized firms who are well paid with tax dollars to infect such forums and movements. You can spot the posts by the spooks. You see the average American simply has neither the time nor the inclination to make such efforts as the vehement diatribes posted here against the movement, Americans are an ambivalent people most of the time. AND they are simply too busy struggling for dear survival to even fight such an obviously necessary and well received movement as OWS is. No, these posts are coming from a well orchestrated system that has been in place for a long time. We saw it happen to the nascent "INDYMEDIA" movement which exploded onto the scene around 1999 and became a beacon of hope for truthful reporting, then suddenly around the time of the US Government's covert attacks on the WTC you started seeing all these posts about killing jews, and racist comments using the word "nigger", and people posing as liberals but claiming that the people running indymedia were nutcases, etc. And literally within seconds of thoughtful accurate posting of news the comment section would be filled with this right wing garbage and unfortunately unless people who are not experienced in this kind of subversion are warned that this garbage is coming from intelligence agencies in many cases this turns out to be quite a potent methodology to destroy the effectiveness of an organization. People tend to go along with the crowd and if the "crowd" (as represented by the comment section under the article) appears to denigrate the content of the article people unfortunately are very much swayed by these deceptive misinformation tactics of the intelligence services. It was all coming from the FBI and the NSA and also military intelligence got into the picture and there are many reports confirming the existence of these networks whose purpose is to destroy the effectiveness of such movements. Then all of the sudden the very hierarchy of the Indymedia organization was so infested with these infiltrators that they would not even entertain any articles regarding the mounting evidence that implicated the US Govt in the attacks of 911.
In other words one of the first truly effective and massive independent news networks was killed within 3 years of it's beginning and is now not a very important or vital force in the alternative distribution of real news like it was in it's first two years of explosive and exciting growth.
The best response is to "Disinfect" the forums. Disinfection is different from censorship. Disinfection is the removal of the tsunami of posts that appear to emanate from these agencies.
Americans are fully behind the OWS protests, but you couldn't tell that if you watched the other vehicles of these intelligence agencies such as CNN and FOX and all the rest of the television based news media.
Whenever a glimmer of light and truth emerges it is quickly followed by this barrage of textbook infiltration techniques. And soon the very hierarchy of the OWS movement along with the forums will also be infiltrated. I am for openness in the leadership structure of the movement. In other words the movement is too important to allow the anonymity of it's leadership.
And as for these Intelligence agency operatives who are swarming all over this forum, make them prove who they are and what their background is.
And also there needs to be an educational section possibly even a warning in the header of this OWS forum website that warns people that the Intelligence agencies are subverting the forums and to disregard many of the comments and articles here. It's a fine line to tread when dealing with this ultra right wing fanatics who control the money and can spend it on such misinformation but measures must be taken now to prevent what happened to Indymedia from happening to OWS forums and the organization itself.