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2013-12-09 09:31:25 AM  
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"The documents do not cite any counterterrorism successes from the effort, and former American intelligence officials, current and former gaming company employees and outside experts said in interviews that they knew of little evidence that terrorist groups viewed the games as havens to communicate and plot operations."

And this is the f*cking problem with our current counterterrorism strategies. We literally  paid government agents to play WoW all day. And of  course we didn't find anything, because no self-respecting terrorist was going to be using WoW to communicate, knowing that Blizzard was storing every piece of their conversations and their actions.

It's the same utter bullshiat, waste of money, and invasion of rights as the New York Police Department's Demographics Unit, which infiltrated mosques and Muslim-owned businesses across the entire city, ended up violating tons of people's civil rights, and came up with no actionable intelligence at all. Oh, and the officers involved also tended to "investigate" all the best restaurants, and often ended their shift by "investigating" the really good bakeries and using government funds to "blend in" and buy themselves a whole bunch of delicious food.
2013-12-09 08:49:39 AM  
3 votes:

libranoelrose: what a stupid headline

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2013-12-09 08:47:15 AM  
2 votes:
what a stupid headline
2013-12-09 07:48:35 PM  
1 vote:

ikanreed: Remember that the 9/11 hijackers were mostly middle class unmarried males, who lacked direction and meaning in their life.

I remember they were Saudis. We didn't invade Saudi Arabia.
2013-12-09 10:53:02 AM  
1 vote:
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Seems relevant.
2013-12-09 10:43:21 AM  
1 vote:
So some clever CIA employee figured out a way to play WoW on company time. You kind of have to admire that. Now he's going to submit a proposal that terrorists might be hiding messages in porn.
2013-12-09 10:26:35 AM  
1 vote:
The NSA reportedly tried to expand the program to Eve online, but the effort was abandoned after the third time the program head's bank account was drained by anonymous hackers using aliases with variations on the word "Goon" in them.
2013-12-09 10:23:43 AM  
1 vote:

Karma Chameleon: Wouldn't paranoia be increased?

No because wrapping your head in tinfoil gives you the confidence that nobody is reading your brainwaves. It also gives you slightly higher resistance to fire damage but you take a -2 penalty against microwave weapons.
2013-12-09 10:20:37 AM  
1 vote:
It must be easy to be in national security. You just come up with some BS, "What if terrorists are communicating using seashells on the beach?" and then you get paid to hang out at the beach.
2013-12-09 10:11:55 AM  
1 vote:
Wouldn't paranoia be increased?
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