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US spy operations: social media

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Revealed: US spy operation that manipulates social media

March 17, 2011

Military’s ‘sock puppet’ software creates fake online identities to spread pro-American propaganda

The US military is developing software that will let it secretly manipulate social media sites by using fake online personas to influence internet conversations and spread pro-American propaganda.

A Californian corporation has been awarded a contract with United States Central Command (Centcom), which oversees US armed operations in the Middle East and Central Asia, to develop what is described as an “online persona management service” that will allow one US serviceman or woman to control up to 10 separate identities based all over the world.

The project has been likened by web experts to China’s attempts to control and restrict free speech on the internet. Critics are likely to complain that it will allow the US military to create a false consensus in online conversations, crowd out unwelcome opinions and smother commentaries or reports that do not correspond with its own objectives.

The discovery that the US military is developing false online personalities – known to users of social media as “sock puppets” – could also encourage other governments, private companies and non-government organisations to do the same.

Photos: David Petraeus, Obama reception

Read more at: http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2011/mar/17/us-spy-operation-social-networks


Latest News Syria: Russia

December 4, 2013

Moscow, (SANA) – The Russian Foreign Ministry said that the terrorist attacks targeting places of worship and religious figures in Syria must stop, stressing the need to prepare a suitable atmosphere for holding the international conference on Syria “Geneva 2.”

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Syria: media manipulation – Google


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Syria: Iraq repeats the need of a political solution


US-pressure on Iraq – Iraq repeats the need of a political solution to the situation in Syria…


March 25, 2013

BAGHDAD: US secretary of state John Kerry pressed Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki on Sunday to stop Iranian flights over Iraq from carrying arms to Syria during a visit to the Iraqi capital.

Iraqi officials denied allowing weapons to be flown from Iran to Syria through Iraqi airspace. Abbas al-Bayati, a member of the Security and Defence committee in parliament, said: “We have done our duty by randomly inspecting a number of Iranian flights and we did not find any leaked or smuggled weapons.”

“If the US is keen to push us to do more they have to give us the information that they have relating to this,” he said.

At his news conference, Kerry said the United States had “agreed to try to provide more information” to the Iraqis and suggested that sentiment in the US Congress may be turning against Iraq because of the suspected arms transfers to Assad.

More than a dozen car bombs and suicide blasts tore through Shia Muslim districts in the Iraqi capital Baghdad and other areas on Tuesday, killing nearly 60 people on the 10th anniversary of the US-led invasion that ousted Saddam.

A statement released by Maliki’s office following the talks said they had agreed on the need to find a political solution to the situation in Syria.

Photo: Iraqi Media Delegation in Syria

Latest News: Tolerance for Syria Forum


Participants in Tolerance for Syria Forum in Homs Affirm Importance of Dialogue

Feb 10, 2013

The popular committee for national reconciliation in Homs organized a dialogue forum in Homs Grand Hotel on Sunday titled “Tolerance for Syria” with the participation of social, religious and political forces.

Homs Governor underlined the importance of such forums that unite Syrians to hold dialogue, pointing out that extremist Takfiri mentality wanted to make Homs a city of darkness but it’s people today are engaged in dialogue because they wanted their city to be a city of tolerance and coexistence.

In turn, Father Michel Nu’man said that this forum is a meeting of amity and tolerance, stressing the need for unified work to emerge from the current crisis by settling the matters of abductees and detainees, adding that what is happening in Syria isn’t the Syrians’ doing because they’re a tolerant and peaceful people.

Participants affirmed that dialogue is a national duty, calling for cooperation to restore security and stability to Syria and planning the next stage of its history.

They called for facilitating the return of displaced people to their homes and releasing detainees who didn’t shed blood.

The forum was concluded by a closing statement containing 10 articles on ending the crisis, covering issues such as returning the displaced to their homes, releasing all abductees and combating abduction, and cooperating with local and international humanitarian relief agencies.

H. Sabbagh


Latest News: War on Syria and internet censorship


On the skynetblogs of the Belgian association Werkgroep Morkhoven, there were hundreds of webpages  about the war on Syria, NATO, the violation of human rights and tortures in Belgian prisons and psychiatric institutions, the political corruption in Belgium and the European Community, the cover up of the Zandvoort childporn case (with 90.000 victims) and about many other topics.

Sometimes these skynetblogs were at the top of Google search results as was the case for the search keywords ‘Latest News Syria’ on Google (300.000.000 results).

Seven days ago,  after publication on the blog ‘Brussel, Brussels, Bruxelles’ of some critical articles on NATO which is headquartered in Brussels,  the skynetblogs were suddenly inaccessible.

A short message that was previously formatted, mentioned that the administrator of the blog had ‘presumably closed his account and removed the 20 skynetblogs’.

When Skynet learned that this story was incorrect and completely ridiculous, it  changed its short message: ‘ Your blogs are encrypted’.

It proved that the blogs were still existing as was the case before with the skynetblog ‘Doofpot Justitie‘ (Cover up operation of Justice). This blog was also encrypted some times ago after a strange campaign of a female lawyer which, as her famous father, is active in Belgian politics.

The woman, a member of the Socialist Party which is responsible for the cover up of the Zandvoort childporn case, demanded that the skynet blogs of  the Werkgroep Morkhoven would be removed from the list of search results of a small internet search engine.

Some years before, another member of the socialist party which has good contacts with a senator who was State Secretary and minister of  Security,  demanded the same. The man who has been reported 30 times in police reports because of sexual offenses against little boys, is responsible for the long media campaign against Morkhoven-member Marcel Vervloesem who revealed the Zandvoort childporn case.   He is also responsible for the fact that the extraordinary media attention for this case,  including three Japanese newspapers, disappeared and the Zandvoort case has been covered.

It is clear that the encryption of the skynetblogs is a cover-up operation because of the Werkgroep Morkhoven is not a right-wing or anti-socialist association.

Undoubtedly the critical articles of Werkgroep Morkhoven about the involvement of  the Belgian government, the European Union and NATO in the war propaganda and political manipulations in the war on Syria, are also responsible for the the encryption and the removal from the list with search results of Google. The removal of Google is not coming as a surprise. It is a common secret that the U.S.-Defense Department’s best-known geek announced past year that she was leaving the Pentagon for a job at Google.

Skynet is a part of the Belgacom Group, the largest Belgian telecommunication company which is  for 53% Belgian State owned. The Belgacom Group  is working closely with the Israeli telecommunication industry and has very good contacts with the Israeli government.

Only 1 (dead) webpage of the skynetblogs hasn’t been removed of  Google. Coincidentally this link refers to the website of the  Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) which was constantly inaccessible and which link is hardly findable on Google under de keywords ‘latest news Syria’.


Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA): Latest News… : ISSAKABA

Aug 31, 2012 … PROVINCES, (SANA) – A unit of the armed forces on Friday clashed with an

armed terrorist group in al-Khandaq Street in Bab Hood …



Photo:  Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.  Germany is Israel’s largest trading partner in Europe and Israel’s second most important trading partner after the United States. Israeli imports from Germany amount to some USD 2.3 billion annually, while Israel is Germany’s fourth largest trading partner in the North Africa/Middle East region.

Latest News War on Syria: Princess de Croÿ blog censored


December 27th, 2012

Some days ago, Google said that the webpages the skynetblogs of the Belgian action group Werkgroep Morkhoven, were no longer to consult because of the webpages didn’t exist anymore.

This information was incorrect.

Some days later, Skynet showed the next short message: ‘the administrators were presumably closing their account and deleting all their blogs’.

But neither the princess nor myself have done that.

On December 25, 2012, Princess de Croÿ wrote to the customer service of Skynet:


I am director of Skynet blogs Werkgroep Morkhoven and Princess of Croy Foundation. It appears that these blogs (Issakaba, Middle East News, Divers, Werkgroep Morkhoven, Blogoloog, Fondation Princesse de Croy) are disabled, which obviously has not been done by me or by Jan Boeykens who created them. Your services are therefore a serious safety issue. Providers retain all the contents of sites to protect customers from such problems. I would be so grateful if these sites come back online.


Jacqueline de Croÿ

The next day, Skynet showed the next short message: ‘Your blogs were put in quarantine. They are encrypted’.

That proved that they were still existing.

In the past, some criminals which, together with the Belgian authorities, tried to cover up the Zandvoort child pornography case (with almost 90.000 victims), filed a complaint with the Skynet’s customer service.  The service decided to encrypt two blogs of Werkgroep Morkhoven, including ‘Doofpot Justitie’ (Cover-up operation Justice). We could still see the webpages of the blogs but could no longer publish on it.  After some days, the web pages of these blogs were no longer to find on Google.

We wrote now four times to the customer service of Skynet but the service didn’t reply. We only received a confirmation of our complaints.

Over a couple of days, all the webpages of our blogs will be disappeared from the lists of the internet search engines.

Because of here’s a criminal intent and the freedom of expression is severely violated, we are going to contact our lawyer now.

It may be that Belgian justice which covered up the Zandvoort child porncase by false accusations and hiding documents, will ignore our complaint.  But we prefer a growing international attention for this case, instead of remaining silent.

Jan Boeykens, president of Werkgroep Morkhoven and administrator of the skynetblogs

War on Syria: Internet censorship Belgium


Google: ‘princesse de croÿ syria’


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    4 Sep 2012 – McCain, Obama, AIPAC, Israel and the One Hundred Eighth United States Congress The war against Syria was not launched to establish…



December 30th 2012: the customer service of Skynet didn’t reply and it keeps the blogs encrypted. A few thousand webpages published during the past 8 years, has been disappeared of Google which certainly was the intention.  It is really shocking that this kind of censorship is possible. It proves that the Internet is completely controlled by the government which doesn’t accept criticism or opposition groups.  Let this be a warning to other independent associations and activists.

Photo: President Obama, drinking champaign with the managers of Facebook en Google.