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Tuesday, September 03, 2013

If NSA Goes Entirely over to the Dark Side

If the NSA becomes really evil instead of moderately evil, they might try burying information:

If you can tap data from the major search engines, how hard is it to insert search results into their output?

Easy, it turns out. As easy as falling off a log. Google and Facebook are both advertising businesses. Twitter's trying to become one. Amazon and Ebay both rent space at the top of their search results to vendors who pay more money or offer more profits. Advertising is the keyword. All the NSA needs, in addition to the current information gathering capability, is the ability to inject spurious search results that submerge whatever nugget the user might be hunting for in a sea of irrelevant sewage. Imagine hunting for "Snowden" on Google and, instead of finding The New York Times or The Guardian's in-depth coverage, finding page after page of links to spam blogs.

On the other hand, the above characterization of the future behavior of unscrupulous spooks is true of the “natural anything” people:
I was reminded of this by the propensity of Internet crackpots (such as trutherbot) to repeat unsourced claims about GMO foods, vaccines, chemtrails, etc. When I try using Google/Bing/Ask/Yahoo/whatever to find out where the claim came from, I mainly get links to people repeating the same unsourced claim. (I discussed a specific example of this bulshytt here.)
Hmmmm…

Could THEY be behind the “natural anything” people? Who is Mike Adams really working for? Or is this a false-flag operation?

So try this thought experiment: how do you know that (Dr. Cassandra) isn't just a plant? A false flag? Someone who's been put out there to make his beliefs look silly and under-researched (because believe me, he does)? Could someone in the pay of the Mighty Conspiracy do a better job of bringing its opposition into disrepute?

On the gripping hand, as far as I know, burying information is currently done on an amateur basis.

1 Comments:

Anonymous Vader said...

What you're describing is not NSA going from moderately evil to truly evil. It's NSA going from evil and incompetent to evil and competent.

12:28 PM  

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