Michael Shellenberger, Alex Gutentag and Matt Taibbi have continued their reporting on the “Censorship Industrial Complex” with a new piece on an odious organisation called the Cyber Threat Intelligence (CTI) League. Their revelations provide fresh details about the early history of the public-private campaign to censor the internet in the wake of the 2016 presidential election, and I have to say that this is one of the most amazing and bizarre stories I have ever encountered.
What is "Sara-Jayne Terp's" real name? You do know that she was at University of Maryland ("Go Terps"), right?
Shrink: Is the Russian interference here in the room with us now?
A lot to digest and re-read, but sadly none of it surprising in the slightest, given that total control of the internet has been a US/British goal since it was first made available to the wider public in the 1990s.
A minor point or two and not sound trite or pick nits but:
There's no such thing as former intelligence official, agent or officer. If someone has ever done work for or belonged to such an agency, it must always be assumed they may be part of that agency whatever they do. As with a criminal gang or the mafia, there's no real "out"; the group in question can always decide you "owe" them and they will always retain a way to pressure you into doing their bidding even if you genuinely wanted out and to be done with it all.
The hubbub about "misinformation" started because all Russia (Russia Today, mainly) had to do was report selected embarassing facts about the US, UK, EU and the rest of the West - that is the sticking point in the crow of the people you describe and even moreso their owners:
So much was wrong, corrupted, broken, subverted or simply wrong according to the people of the4 various western nations that russian propaganda just had to report truths.
Imagine the sense of outrage when they discovered that.
When US journalist Tim Pool visited Sweden, he was called a right-wing christian-conservative white-supremacist extremist by regime and state media, and was roundly villified and talked about - yet no swedish journalists would engage with him directly, nor refute any of his arguements, observations or his reporting.
The reason being, he visited areas of Sweden where you can get attacked on-sight for being white, or jewish should you be so stupid as to wear a star of David openly.
He simply had to show the truth.
You can fight propaganda with the truth, and the truth with propaganda, but what do you do when the propaganda is truth?
Censorship is the only path left. That or actually fixing the real and actual problems.
The next time you're paying taxes, remember that these people get hundreds of millions of dollars, for free, and if you try to do anything about it, they'll fuckin' shoot you for tax evasion
Terp looks like the generative AI output of “derp”
Jesus Christ. It's like the Soviet Cheka, except run by clueless, highly concerned, purple-haired schoolmarms. Imagine dedicating your career to fighting the national security threat of frogs on Twitter
The more I read about the ineptitude of these people, the more I kind of understand why they feel threatened, and the more I consider they need to be crushed.
Terp? My first thought was "how Dickensian." Then I saw her picture and...wow.
The convoluted over-analysis these people indulged in really takes the censorship absurdity to a whole new level. It prompts the obvious question: Wouldn't it be easier to just assemble a coherent and compelling argument supporting their "side" of any particular issue? Convince people of the "rightness" of your position the old-fashioned way?
Clearly the people advocating censorship have given up on fighting perceived falsehoods with good strong doses of truth. It is perceived as being much easier to just make their opponents STFU.
And this thing about the Russians--I know most of what now passes for the power structure wants THE PUBLIC to believe that all these anti-establishment narratives are being flogged by Russian-sympathetic players, But seriously--do these people actually believe that themselves? If it really is the Russians, how come they are doing so much better at influencing the public than you are?
Terp looks like a local troon.
Cyber Threat Intelligence League. Sheesh, sounds like a Marvel Comics construction. And that good guy/bad guy thing Twerp kept spouting.... Are there any adults left in the fucking room?
ETA: The name Sarah-Jane is a heads up. Peer at 'her' closely and tell me if that is truly a middle aged woman. The purple hair and teddy bear at cons is another tell.
This is fantastic news. At some level we all imagine some kind of MI6/NSA BlackOps thing that we need to genuinely fear. Whereas it seems to be a group of tech dropouts using Agile techniques to feel good about their fictional knowledge. The existence of cheap post-it notes is not a good sign either. The real ones stick very well.
Here is the view from the UK. Brexit shook them to the core. The elites were seriously put out. However they are somewhat realistic about power. The minions were aghast. It was evident they could not process what had happened.
Prior to the vote the chattering classes were content to believe the only people who hated the EU were white trash racists, a comfortably small subgroup most of whom were too drunk to vote in elections and would probably find the complexity of a referendum completely beyond their ken.
Not so. And after the vote they evidently could not understand this different world view. Normal people like doctors and scientists who wanted to end immigration and return their nation's sovereignty.
Sara Jayne Terp cannot process this. She will sincerely believe this could only happen with nefarious actors manipulating things behind the scenes. These are the midwits, and now they are our censors.
Pure Marxist evil, can't win the argument so they have to cheat.
tl;dr: Our civilization is being run by a Cargo Cult.
I know you meant this to be a serious post, but you really had me in stitches.
This sounds like something middle school kids would come up with to play in their tree house.
I wonder what technique mocking and laughing at them is and, most importantly, is it Russian?