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The British government has prepared for terrorist incidents by
pre-planning social media campaigns that are designed to appear to be a
spontaneous public response to attacks, Middle East Eye has learned.
Hashtags are carefully tested before attacks happen, Instagram images selected, and “impromptu” street posters are printed.
In operations that contingency planners term “controlled
spontaneity”, politicians’ statements, vigils and inter-faith events are
also negotiated and planned in readiness for any terrorist attack.
The campaigns have been deployed during every terrorist incident in
recent years including the 2017 London Bridge attack and the Finsbury
Park mosque attack.
Within hours of an attack, other campaigns are swiftly organised,
with I “heart” posters being designed and distributed, according to the
location of the attack, and plans drawn up for people to hand out
flowers at the scene of the crime, in apparently unprompted gestures of
love and support.
The purpose of the operations, according to a number of people
involved in their creation, is to shape public responses, encouraging
individuals to focus on empathy for the victims and a sense of unity
with strangers, rather than reacting with violence or anger.
Many of the operations are said to be modelled on extensive plans
that were drawn up in the UK to channel public anger in the wake of any
attack on the 2012 London Olympics.
Some had been devised the previous year, at a time when social media
platforms were aiding communications between protesters during the Arab
Spring – and when a series of riots were erupting in towns and cities
One senior figure involved in that contingency planning says that the riots had “absolutely terrified” the British government, and that Theresa May, who was then home secretary and is now prime minister, had been particularly shaken.
The measures drawn up in advance of the Olympics were intended to
“corral the Princess Dianaesque grief” that was expected to emerge after
any mass-casualty attack, a reference to the public mourning that
followed the death of Princess Diana in a car crash in 1997. This person
describes those measures candidly as an attempt at “mind control”.
Although there was no terrorist incident at the 2012 Olympics,
variants are said to have been deployed in the wake of every attack in
the UK since then.
“The point I noticed change was the Olympics,” says one veteran contingency planner in the UK.
“The management of the secret, hidden emergency planning work behind
the Olympics became the social control that we would fall back on if we
had any terrorist attack, or if we had any disruption. It’s ‘this is the
hashtag we go to’. And we’ve never come back from those days.
“This job has changed significantly from planning for organic, people
responses to tragedy, to being told: ‘We would like the people to do
that, how do you get them there?’”
“A lot of the public’s responses are spontaneous, of course. But a
lot are shaped. The [British] government doesn’t want spontaneity: it
wants controlled spontaneity.”
Officials at the Home Office in particular are said to have been
impressed by football fans’ demonstrations of support for a Premier
League player, Fabrice Muamba, after he suffered a cardiac arrest and
collapsed on the pitch in March 2012, four months before the start of
At subsequent matches, fans of many different clubs held up placards and banners bearing messages of support for Muamba.
MEE understands that during subsequent contingency planning meetings, Home Officials suggested that replicating such a response could assist the recovery process after any terrorist attack, and result in the Olympic Games continuing.
“They were saying: ‘That’s what we want. If something happens at the
Olympics, we want you to make people respond like that. And then the
people will want the Olympics to carry on.”
A number of Western governments are understood to have exchanged
information about the way in which they use social media in an attempt
to shape public responses following terrorist attacks.
Examples of “controlled spontaneity” within the UK that MEE has identified include:
In her remarks outside the Prime Minister’s official residence,
Theresa May said she had “done her best”, and “everything I can” to
deliver Brexit by negotiating a deal with the European Union, but
conceded “sadly I was not able to do so”.
Saying it was time for a new Prime Minister to lead Brexit, Mrs May said she would be resigning as leader of the Conservative Party on Friday 7th of June, so that a successor could be chosen.
In doing so, the Prime Minister fires the starting gun on a
leadership race that has already been run behind closed doors for weeks.
The details of her departure mean Mrs May could remain party leader,
and hence Prime Minister, for weeks if not months more.
While she will officially relinquish the title of Conservative party
leader in 14 days, May revealed she would also be staying on Prime
Minister until her replacement is selected, which depending on how the
election runs. When Mrs May became leader following the resignation of
David Cameron in the wake of the 2016 EU referendum, she was selected
within days as other candidates dropped out to give her a clear run.
In the case of David Cameron’s own ascension to the leadership, it
took five and a half months between it being announced, and the final
The United States Navy wants to archive 350 billion social media posts in order to conduct “research.”
What exactly does the military want to study? “Modes of collective expression.”
The Department of the Navy has posted a solicitation asking contractors to bid on a project that
would amass a staggering 350 billion social media posts dating from
2014 through 2016. The data will be taken from a single social media
platform – but the solicitation does not specify which one. -RT
“We seek to acquire a large-scale global historical archive
of social media data, providing the full text of all public social media
posts, across all countries and languages covered by the social media
platform,” the contract synopsis reads. The Navy said that the archive would
be used in “ongoing research efforts” into “the evolution of linguistic
communities” and “emerging modes of collective expression, over time
and across countries.”
This is simply spying and the research will be used for propaganda
purposes, and that is blatantly obvious at this point. The intentions
are far from benign.
The archive will draw from publicly available social media posts and “no private communications or private user data” will be included in the database. However,
all records must include the time and date at which each message was
sent and the public user handle associated with the message. Additionally,
each record in the archive must include all publicly available
meta-data, including country, language, hashtags, location, handle,
timestamp, and URLs, that were associated with the original posting. -RT
So basically, most of your information is going to be stored by the
U.S. military. The data must be collected from at least 200 million
unique users in at least 100 countries, with no single country
accounting for more than 30 percent of users, according to the contract.
The U.S. government has previously expressed interest in
collecting social media data for more tracking and spying on Americans. Last
year, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security issued a notice asking
contractors to bid on a database that tracks 290,000 global news sources
in over 100 languages. The contract also mentioned the ability to keep
tabs on“influencers,” leading some reports to speculate that theproposed database could be used to monitor journalists.
Without propaganda and brainwashing, leftist policies would have died decades ago. People are born wanting freedom from tyranny. It takes an effective campaign starting in childhood to change their minds and support their masters willingly while decrying those who seek actual freedom from oppression.
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The worst fears of Julian Assange’s legal team have just been realized.
Just as Wikileaks’ editor in chief anticipated, the DoJ has revealed
that a grand jury in Virginia has returned a new 18-count superseding
indictment against Assange that includes violations of the Espionage Act
stemming from his role in publishing the classified documents leaked by
Chelsea Manning, as well as his original charge of conspiring to break
into a government computer, per the New York Times.
The DOJ said with the indictment that Assange will face a maximum of 10 years for each of the 17 Espionage Act violations, plus the five-year penalty for his earlier hacking charge.
In addition to significantly raising the punishment threshold (from a
maximum of 5.5 years under the previous indictment to the prospect of a
death sentence for violating the Espionage Act), the new charges will
raise serious first amendment issues as Assange will become the first
journalist charged under the Espionage Act.
Though it’s not a guarantee, Espionage Act violations have, in the
past, carried the prospect of a death sentence, though Assange’s
specific violations will likely spare him the possibility of such a fate
(read more about Assange’s charges here).
For context, the Espionage Act of 1917 has been used to convict
suspected spies – most famously Julius and Ethel Rosenberg. The
Rosenbergs were famously put to death by electric chair in 1953.
The Justice Department’s decision to pursue Espionage Act charges
signals a dramatic escalation under President Trump to crack down on
leaks of classified information and aims squarely at First Amendment
protections for journalists. Most recently, law enforcement officials
charged a former intelligence analyst with giving classified documents
to The Intercept, a national security news website.
Legal scholars believe that prosecuting reporters over their work
would violate the First Amendment, but the prospect has not yet been
tested in court because the government had never charged a journalist
under the Espionage Act.
Though he is not a conventional journalist, much of what Mr. Assange
does at WikiLeaks is difficult to distinguish in a legally meaningful
way from what traditional news organizations like The New York Times do:
seek and publish information that officials want to be secret,
including classified national security matters, and take steps to
protect the confidentiality of sources.
Per the NYT, the Obama administration considered bringing the
Espionage Act charges against Assange, but balked because it didn’t want
to raise the First Amendment issue. While Wikileaks had warned of this
possibility, they suspected that the US would wait until Assange was on
American soil before bringing Espionage Act-related charges, since they
would carry a much more severe penalty.
Wikileaks said the new charges were “madness” and that this would be “the end of national security journalism.”
The article did not specify what these individuals did to find
themselves on the list, though the regime has revealed the system
assigns a numerical score to every Chinese citizen based on how much the
Communist Party approves of his or her behavior. Anything from
jaywalking and walking a dog without a leash to criticizing the
government on the internet to more serious, violent, and corrupt crimes
can hurt a person’s score. The consequences of a low credit score vary,
but most commonly appear to be travel restrictions at the moment.
China is set to complete the implementation of the system in the
country in 2020. As the date approaches, the government’s propaganda
arms have escalated its promotion as necessary to live in a civilized
society. Last week, the Chinese Communist Youth League released a music
video titled “Live Up to Your Word”
featuring well-known Chinese actors and musicians who cater to a
teenage audience. The song in the video urged listeners to “be a
trustworthy youth” and “give thumbs up to integrity” by abiding by the
rules of the Communist Party. While it did not explicitly say the words
“social credit system,” observers considered it a way to promote the
behavior rewarded in social credit points.
Monday’s Global Times piece claimed it will “restore
morality” by holding bad citizens accountable, with “bad” solely defined
in the parameters set by Communist Party totalitarian chief Xi Jinping.
The federal party in Beijing is also establishing a points-based metric
for monitoring the performance of local governments, making it easier to keep local officials in line with Xi’s agenda.
“As of March, 13.49 million individuals have been classified as
untrustworthy and rejected access to 20.47 million plane tickets and
5.71 million high-speed train tickets for being dishonest,” the Global Times
reported, citing the government’s National Development and Reform
Commission (NDRC). Among the new examples the newspaper highlights as
dishonest behavior are failing to pay municipal parking fees, “eating on
the train,” and changing jobs with “malicious intent.”
China had previously revealed
that, as of March, the system blocked an unspecified number of
travelers from buying over 23 million airplane, train, and bus tickets
nationwide. That report did not say how many people the travel bans
affected, as the same person could presumably attempt to buy more
than one ticket or tickets for multiple means of transportation. The
system blocked over three times the number of plane tickets as train
tickets, suggesting the government is suppressing international travel
far more than use of domestic vehicles. At the time of the release of
the initial numbers in March, estimates found China had tripled the
number of people on its no-fly list, which predates the social credit
The Chinese also reportedly found
that some of the populations with the highest number of system
violations lived in wealthy areas, suggesting Xi is targeting
influential businesspeople with the system to keep them under his
In addition to limited access to travel, another punishment the
Chinese government rolled out in March was the use of an embarrassing
ringtone to alert individuals of a low-credit person in their midst. The
ringtone would tell those around a person with low credit to be “careful in their business dealings” with them.
Breitbart News reported
in February that a Christian student group at UCCS had filed a lawsuit
against their university over its refusal to recognize them as an
official student organization. This week, UCCS settled with the Ratio
Christi student group.
The original legal complaint against the university claimed that
administrators told students that they could not require their group
leader to be a Christian. “It has refused to do so specifically because
this religious organization seeks to ensure that its leaders share its
beliefs and that its members support its mission, even though other
student organizations do the same,” the complaint read.
According to a report
from The College Fix, Ratio Christi settled with UCCS. As a result of
the settlement, the University of Colorado will be forced to recognize
the group as an official student organization. Additionally, the
students will now be permitted to choose their own leaders.
Uprise RI reports that Burrillville was the first to make the declaration, followed by Hopkinton, West Greenwich, and Foster.
Video of Foster’s vote shows every town council member but one voting for Second Amendment Sanctuary status. Cheryl Hawes, the long vote opposing Second Amendment Sanctuary status, said, “Sorry, I lost all your votes.”
Medford, Ore. — A local non-profit is working to end homelessness one school bus at a time. ‘Forever Homes, Vehicles for Change’ is renovating retired buses into fully functioning houses on wheels.
“Every time I think about the bus, I just start smiling,” Founder and
local homeless advocate Julie Akins said. “I just started trying to
think of ways that I could help get kids under a roof, and honestly I
had a dream about a bus, and I woke up the next day, and started
researching, what I learned later is called a skoolie.”
The skoolie the group is working on is their first. Once renovated,
the buses will have water tanks, solar power, a kitchen, bathroom,
bedrooms and a living space.
“It’s an idea that’s just catching on like wildfire,” Leo Gorcey,
Director of Development said. “Buses can go anywhere from 20 to 30
years, so you’ve got buses that are being retired at 12 years who have
all these years of life left on them.”
To move in, applicants will need a driver’s license, a job, and a
child. The group is focusing its efforts on housing homeless children
and their families. Gorcey noted compared to a typical family home, it’s
much more cost effective.
“You can convert the bus into a really nice living space for about $15- to $18,000.”
For a dollar lease per month, plus rent for an RV park, struggling
families can save for a different home. They will also have the option
to buy the bus they’re in with $200 monthly payments. While the process
is long and laborious, Akins said the work will more than payoff.
“Whatever it takes to get kids under a roof and get a home cooked
meal, and have the kind of childhood that all of us want kids to have,
the kind of childhood we had,” Akins said. “There’s no reason not to
As reported by the Epoch Times,
the city of Darwin in Australia is preparing to integrate with Chinese
surveillance technology that powers its social credit system. “Virtual
fences” will alert authorities of unauthorized activity.
According to the report, the technology is based on systems being
used in Shenzhen, China where the social credit score is tracking
As reported, the system will be powered by artificial intelligence tracking individuals movements,
“In Darwin, they’ve already
constructed “poles, fitted with speakers, cameras and Wi-Fi,” according
to NT News, to monitor people, their movements around the city, the
websites they visit, and what apps they use. The monitoring will be
done mainly by artificial intelligence, but will alert authorities
based on set triggers.
Just as in China, the surveillance
system is being branded as a “smart city” program, and while Australian
officials claim its operations are benign, they’ve announced it
functions to monitor cell phone activity and “virtual fences” that will
trigger alerts if people cross them.”
This is happening as free speech is being crushed. CBS news recently promoted the idea that the United States should look to countries like Australia for a model for “regulating speech”.
Under the backdrop of “Russian meddling” and “fake news” narratives
there is an expectation among tech elites and globalists that internet
regulation and law in the west will yield to the Chinese model of
The Senate Monday may have given Gov. Ron DeSantis the perfect
agenda-sweetener for his Florida Cabinet meeting next month in Jerusalem
– a signing ceremony for a new Florida law requiring public schools to
treat anti-Semitism as discrimination, and anti-Semitic speech and acts
as racist speech and acts.
The Florida Senate unanimously approved
House Bill 741 with all 39 members on the chamber floor Monday signing
on as co-sponsors.
HB 741 – approved by the House 114-0 on April
11 – was substituted for its Senate companion bill, Senate Bill 1272,
which had only progressed through one committee, on the Senate floor and
adopted after senators consented to waive procedural rules to
accelerate its passage.
it is formally enrolled, the bill goes to DeSantis for the governor’s
signature. He has 10 days to sign or veto any bill once it crosses his
desk; approved bills left unsigned and un-vetoed still go into effect 10
days after transmittal.
In other words, DeSantis could
ceremoniously sign it during his May 25-31 trip to Israel which will
include a Florida Cabinet meeting at the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem,
likely sometime between May 28-30.
The Senate moved to introduce
HB 741 Monday morning two days after a shooting at a San Diego-area
synagogue and six months after the deadly mass shooting at a Pittsburgh
GOP State Chairman Sen. Joe Gruters, R-Sarasota, who
sponsored SB 1272, cited both attacks in describing why the measure is
necessary to ensure students are properly educated.
is on the rise, and we have the ability to do something about it. No
one is born with hate in their heart,” Gruters said.
The fact that
the Poway synagogue gunman is 19-years-old – recently emerged from 13
years of public school education – shows “our education system has
failed,” he said.
“If we don’t do something now,” Gruters
continued, “it will only get worse. I believe when the history books are
written, it will be known that on this day, in this chamber, and at
this moment, we made a statement against hatred.”
741, sponsored by Rep. Randy Fine, R-Palm Bay, amends the Florida
Educational Equality Act to add religion to the list of categories for
which discrimination is prohibited, and adopts a 2017 definition of
anti-Semitism encoded by the Miami-Dade County city of Bal Harbour and
endorsed by the U.S. State Department.
Fine filed HB 741 in
February as a response to the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS)
movement which he says is orchestrating anti-Israel campaigns using
Under the bill, the BDS movement is defined
as a terrorist group no different than the KKK or ISIS, which has
prompted some to question if criticism of the Jewish state could be
mischaracterized as being anti-Semitic criticism of the Jewish people.
741 also amends Florida’s hate crime statute to specifically include
anti-Semitism, which it defines “as a perception of the Jewish people,
which may be expressed as hatred toward Jewish people,” through such
Minority Leader Audrey Gibson, D-Jacksonville, was the only lawmaker to
cast a negative ballot against the measure during its committee rounds,
objecting to potential freedom of speech challenges – which it is
likely to draw – in SB 1272’s one and only committee hearing.
that, Gibson was vociferously skewered by Republicans and Democrats and,
within two days, had issued change-of-heart statements.
Baker Creek Seed Company on Monday canceled a scheduled visit from rancher Cliven Bundy on how to grow ancient crookneck watermelons in a desert climate after Twitter mobs started threatening all their vendors.
Hundreds of leftists — who’ve likely never seen a farm in real life —
all claimed they were avid gardeners and lifelong customers and
announced they’ll be boycotting them in response: