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April 03, 2014

U.S. secretly launched Cuban twitter analog aimed at encouraging revolution

It's 2012 and we are still trying to overthrow the government of Cuba. US Secretly Tried To Gin Up A 'Cuban Spring' With Twitter-Like Network
The U.S. government secretly ran a Twitter-like communications network in Cuba aimed at encouraging an uprising against the island's communist government, according to an Associated Press investigation published Thursday. The United States Agency for International Development set up a text-based social media platform in 2009 called ZunZuneo, which is slang for a hummingbird's tweet. The agency used shell companies in Spain and a Cayman Islands bank account to obscure the project's true origins and circumvent Cuba's strict Internet censorship. Documents obtained by the AP showed that the U.S. government wanted to first attract subscribers to the service with news updates and then blast out political content once ZunZuneo gained popularity. The goal was to faciliate a sort of Cuban Spring, inspiring mass gatherings of people to "renegotiate the balance of power between the state and society," as one document read. The company charged with building the service, Mobile Accord Inc., was also gathering valuable intelligence about the Cuban subscribers including "gender, age, 'receptiveness' and 'political tendencies,'" according to the AP. But ZunZuneo had lost steam by the middle of 2012. The Cuban government caught onto the scheme by the time the service signed up just 40,000 subscribers in 2011, a former employee told the AP, and the company charged with finding an independent firm to take over the operation from the U.S. government failed in its search for new management. Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey met with a State Department official about potentially taking over funding for the project, according to documents obtained by the AP, although he declined comment on the matter.

December 06, 2013

UPDATE: "Israel Poisoned Arafat with Polonium" Looking Less Likely

Following up, as we were one of many, many, many...

August 23, 2013

"Sovereign" citizens in Nevada caught in plan to abduct and murder all the cops

Vegas Police Bust ‘Sovereign Citizen’ Terror Plot
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A sting operation stopped a plot to abduct, torture and kill police officers to bring attention to the antiauthority sovereign citizen movement, Las Vegas police said Thursday. David Allen Brutsche and Devon Campbell Newman were arrested at an apartment a few miles off the Vegas Strip before they could carry out a plan to snatch officers, “put them on trial” and execute them in a vacant house, Las Vegas police Lt. James Seebock said. Federal authorities regard sovereign citizen extremists as domestic terrorists. Authorities have linked sovereign citizens groups with violent confrontations in recent years, including deadly shootings in Louisiana and Arkansas. Brutsche, 42, and Newman, 67, wanted to draw attention to the group’s rejection of governmental authority, making the case a domestic terror plot, Seebock said. “They were furthering their ‘sovereign citizen’ ideology by committing criminal acts toward law enforcement,” he said. Brutsche and Newman were held in Clark County jail pending court appearances on charges including conspiracy to commit murder and attempted kidnapping. It was not immediately clear whether they had lawyers. The investigation began when an unidentified undercover officer befriended Brutsche and Newman in April, police said. . . .