U.S. GOV'T USES 'SPOOFED' WEB PAGES AND URL'S TO CENSOR INTERNET
• Fraud and deception key ingredients of targeted hi-tech censorship regime that makes a mockery of First Amendment freedoms.
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Over the past few months, this veteran journalist has published several articles detailing the precise methodologies employed by the multi-agency Homeland Security- administered fusion center network to censor and manipulate internet content -- notably, the political speech of extrajudicially "targeted" U.S. citizens.
Perhaps because I'm an independent journalist, no longer in the employ of major mainstream media outlets, my documented articles are known only to those who can find my work, which often appears to be "black-holed" or "deep-sixed" by a rogue bureaucracy -- using the very tactics and methods I have exposed in my articles.
So forgive me for reporting another variation on this disturbing theme:
The U.S. government imposes draconian censorship on the telecommunications of so-called "targeted individuals" -- and maliciously alters the content of major media websites -- by re-directing the internet connections of these persons to "spoofed" or faked web pages under the control of government operatives...
... what the intel community terms a "man in the middle attack."
The "information systems" defense contractor personnel who run this operation intercept in "real time" attempted internet postings by their "targets" -- especially, politically-oriented comments to mainstream media and political blogs.
The operatives have been given the authority to delay such attempted postings for review -- and they have the power to decide on a whim whether to censor (or "black-hole") the comment; maliciously alter or edit the comment (often inserting spelling and grammatical errors in an effort to cast aspersions on the author); or, if they choose, allow the comment to be posted to the "real" website as written.
In some cases, the "target" may receive an on-screen message that the comment is being "held for review by the blog owner." Sometimes, the comment does not show up among other submitted comments. But often, it appears to the "target" that his or her comment has posted as intended -- as viewed over the target's internet connection.
But the target may be looking at a "spoofed" or faked page visible only to the target -- purposeful and malicious tampering with internet content by agents of the U.S. government. Case in point...
I wrote the following comment in response to an internet column by Washington Post reporter Chris Cillizza, author of "The Fix" political blog:
TEA PARTY A FRONT FOR RIGHT-WING GRASSROOTS, FED-FUNDED COMMUNITY-BASED EXTREMISM?
It seems to me that "Tea Party" adherents are the same types who have co-opted federally-funded "community watch" programs such as InfraGard and Citizen Corps to conduct legally suspect, ideologically-driven, police-protected grassroots campaigns of social cleansing and persecution:
OR http://NowPublic.com/scrivener (lede articles and links therein)
The comment contained links to my exclusive articles about the U.S. government's electromagnetic assaults on unknowing U.S. citizens -- making it a prime target for censorship. So it was not surprising that more than a minute elapsed between the time I hit the "submit" button and the apparent posting of the comment on the blog.
I use the word "apparent" advisedly -- because the comment APPEARED to post to the blog. It would be visible only to me, the "targeted individual," if the government censor chooses to "black-hole" or censor the comment by means of a "spoofed" or counterfeit web page created for the express purpose of government censorship -- a spoofed page that appears only over the internet connection of the targeted individual.
The "target" -- in this case, this journalist -- THINKS he has the constitutionally protected right to free speech, when in fact a rogue government has employed fraud and deception to strip him of that right.
Here's how I know for sure, beyond any reasonable doubt, that my comment has been posted to a "spoofed" page, and may or may not be passed along to the "real" website:
After I attempted to post my comment, my browser froze -- allowing me to examine in detail the URLs that typically churn in rapid sequence in lower left-hand corner "task bar." The main URL (or "address") line of the browser read as follows:
But the browser task bar told the real story -- that my comment was consigned to this "spoofed" or faked web page under the control of the government censors. Here's the message that appeared in the task bar:
Go to "http//www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/community/mypost/index.html?newspaperUserid = scrivener50"
It is apparent that my connection was re-directed to that URL, a "spoofed" or faked web page custom-tailored to my Washington Post user ID, making it appear to me that my comment -- or, as the censorship regime refers to it, "mypost" -- was published along with other submitted comments.
That may or may not be the case -- because by consigning my comment to a "spoofed" page, the censor has the option to black-hole the comment or, if he so chooses, to pass it along (after some delay) as written.
Even if my comment did post some time later, I contend that such "prior restraint" is an act of censorship in and of itself. But it appears that quite often, my comments do not post to the actual web site -- as evidenced by the fact that internet search engine results turn up only a relative few of my many submitted blog comments.
It's my belief that top officials of the Obama administration are clueless as to the pervasiveness of this censorship regime, or that they are unaware that government agencies and commands are censoring the internet content of millions of Americans, and not just suspected bad actors.
If this censorship regime concerns you -- and it should -- please re-post this article widely -- because, for reasons explained above, I have no way of knowing whether this account has been posted or if I am being "black-holed" once again by the U.S. government's fusion center- based shadow government -- a rogue bureaucracy that has stolen democracy from all of us.
http://NowPublic.com/scrivener -- lede stories and links therein, and "stories" list (but be advised: some of the links to my most important articles have been removed from that list, apparently by rogue government operatives).
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