US Military Thugs with Keyboards to Spread Propaganda Using Up to 10 Online Personas Each

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Ministry of Propaganda

Rumors have long floated around about government shills spreading disinformation on websites that are at odds with the governmental party line. Now it’s official: the US government has awarded a contract to a company in California to create software to manage “online personalities”. The software will allow one person to manage up to 10 personas, and will be used to counter “extremist ideology and propaganda”.

Those who visit forums and websites that tend to object to the actions of the current government won’t be surprised to hear that paid trolls are roaming the internet with the clear purpose of manipulating opinions via social media. Last year, an anonymous author confessed that he had worked as a paid shill targeting several popular alternative websites to spread disinformation.

The online personalities, known as “sock puppets”, will allow the military to “create a false consensus in online conversations, crowd out unwelcome opinions and smother commentaries or reports that do not correspond with its own objectives.”

US Centcom (Central Command) claims that the project will only target foreign sites.

Centcom spokesman Commander Bill Speaks said: “The technology supports classified blogging activities on foreign-language websites to enable Centcom to counter violent extremist and enemy propaganda outside the US.”

He said none of the interventions would be in English, as it would be unlawful to “address US audiences” with such technology, and any English-language use of social media by Centcom was always clearly attributed. The languages in which the interventions are conducted include Arabic, Farsi, Urdu and Pashto.

Centcom said it was not targeting any US-based web sites, in English or any other language, and specifically said it was not targeting Facebook or Twitter. (source)

In other words, the military is going to do its best to take over the websites where many alternative media readers exchange ideas, share information, and discuss current events. People conversing in forums or chatrooms may very well be talking with a cyber-soldier whose goal is to influence participants’ thinking with government-issued propaganda.

The Centcom contract stipulates that each fake online persona must have a convincing background, history and supporting details, and that up to 50 US-based controllers should be able to operate false identities from their workstations “without fear of being discovered by sophisticated adversaries” (source)

The “controllers” will use different servers to make it look as though the comments are coming from a variety of locations. They will use “traffic mixing” techniques in order to blend in with other visitors to the sites.

Centcom vows that this operation is not directed towards American citizens, but with the recent revelations about PRISM, it would be difficult to believe that those who would spy on our every move online would have any qualms about manipulating us online.

The Reich Ministry of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda was a Nazi government agency to promote their ideology to the masses. Had the internet been around during World War II, there is little doubt that they would have fired up their keyboards in a similar fashion.

The US government seems to really dislike the comparisons to totalitarian regimes of times past.

But when the jackboot fits…

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  • mijj

    > US Centcom (Central Command) claims that the project will only target foreign sites

    lol .. i wonder if he swore on the grave of his poor departed granny that this is true.

  • carroll price

    Well, the US is a foreign web site to Israel. So you can bet your ass that Israel will have a well trained cadet corp. (paid with US dollars) that combs every US based web sites that allows comments critical of Israhell.

    • Jeff

      They already do. It`s called Hasbara.

  • Bob Marshall

    American public believes is false.” William Casey, CIA Director(1981)

  • Bob Marshall

    You only posted the last part of my post.

  • Bob Marshall

    “We’ll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American public believes is false.” William Casey, CIA Director (1981)

  • Bob Marshall

    The lies the Kuwaiti Ambassadors daughter told about babies being taken out of incubators and left on the ground to die trained by Hill&Knowlton and paid between 12 and 20 million to soread this lie. How many were killed because America bought it. I watched on TV as women across America called for revenge. Is Henry Kissinger right/ Does America buy war like children gobble candy?

  • Muzzie the Muzrat

    Facebook, Twitter, Google+ etc are very fussy on real name policy. Muzzie is a nickname LOL but the Islamic values I promote are real and no-one paid me. I’ve suspected a lot of posters of being trolls/shills. Can’t prove it but I choose not to feed them. Do I want a Gestapo internet or do I value free speech?
    May Allah be my guide over this one and lead me to the straight path.

  • Grim

    I ran several controversial websites and can say with absolute certainty that this rotten government trolls sites which do not swallow their poisoned pills.

    I know for a fact because up till a few years ago I used TraceMyIp as my tracker on all my sites and not only could watch where they came from but everything they did on my sites and how long they were there.

    I had more visits from the military and alphabet agencies every day than I had from regular traffic.

    It’s time that the government serves us under our scrutiny or this will only get worse.

    • Muzzie the Muzrat

      Get aggressive, play the same game by banning nuisance posters. Facebook bans us for the simplest thing eg adding too many friends. Its your website and like your house we are guests and must behave accordingly. Do you enter a Mosque and insult Islam? ? ?

      • Ahhh-mohamad wears army boots!

  • anderson

    “..will be used to counter “extremist ideology and propaganda”. Meaning that anyone who dares question the official propaganda will be ridiculed & bullied into silence. Will these brave American military men be given sock puppet medals of honor for this? What heroes.

  • Todd Caraher

    Ha ha.. They will get their IP addresses banned. Via ARIN you can determine what IP range and block the whole class B, class C or net block. Had to do that when I was running an online store 2 yrs ago.

  • Government Shill

    You’re all just a bunch of lying commies!

  • Granger

    I find this amusing, because left wing activist groups have been doing exactly this, since Lenin and Marx.

    Have you ever wondered how policy gets through, that no one ever voted for and no one is allowed to question it?

    Open borders are demanded for all White countries and only White countries – no vote or discussion on this genocide is allowed.

    • Mojo Nixon

      “Have you ever wondered how policy gets through, that no one ever voted for and no one is allowed to question it? ”

      Yes. Coward shills like yourself who continue to use phrases like “left wing”, “right wing” and “liberal”. The same game propagandists have been using foe eons to divide and conquer the masses with delusion.

  • speaking of multiple online personalities…

    uh, how should I go about this?
    watch Fox News and then start typing!

  • Bonnie

    The Reich Ministry of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda was a Nazi government agency to promote their ideology to the masses. –

    Kimberly Paxton, you better do your homework.

    Before the “Nazis” ever got started, the Brits and the U.S. had those :”Ministries” going, to promote war against Germany, and to stir up their people AGAINST a peaceful Germany.

    I don’t know why you’re even bringing up the “Nazis”- when the Soviets slaughtered more than 100 MILLION people- compared to the alleged 6Million jews. Or is it that ONLY jews are important?

    I accuse you of RACIST, Miss Paton.

  • Such technology could be used by any government agency.

    Little snippets of info like this only give us a glimpse of the tip of the iceberg.

  • Constitution

    the US government has awarded a contract to a company in California to create software to manage “online personalities”. – See more at:

    What is the company name so we can call them? We know they will only be targeting sites in the U.S.

  • Granger

    @Mojo Nixon

    If you want to be “unified” with a genocidal cult, that just hates Whites, then go right ahead.

    I want nothing to do with your kind.