Terrorist ‘tweets’? US Army warns of Twitter dangers

Terrorist ‘tweets’? US Army warns of Twitter dangers
“Twitter has also become a social activism tool for socialists, human rights groups, communists, vegetarians, anarchists, religious communities, atheists, political enthusiasts, hacktivists and others to communicate with each other and to send messages to broader audiences,” the report said.

Mmmm…

5 Replies to “Terrorist ‘tweets’? US Army warns of Twitter dangers”

  1. Alec, I was hoping you would notice this. Sadly, I think they have a point, to a degree. If I can find it online, I’ll send you a related link, but I have it hard copy from my local paper, from September 9, 2001. A scary thought. Otherwise, send me your snail and I’ll snail it to you.

  2. Oh my, those dangerous vegetarians and atheists are spreading their agenda via Twitter!? I best cancel my broadband connection to the house, lest my kids be exposed to… you know… IDEAS! :::shudder:::

    Seriously? Why did the US even bother with that pesky first amendment anyway?

    “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

    Free speech is only welcome when the speaker AGREES with the American Republican Party’s point of view. Silly Twitter users, didn’t you know?

  3. Unfortunately, the U.S. Army report isn’t helping their own cause to word their report as you quoted above.

    Bottom line, how can you protect “the good guys” when you take a megaphone to the streets to announce your plans for catching the bad guys? (Or even, “I’m on the good guy squad and I’ll be here on vacation at this place at this time”…) They make themselves targets to the bad guys.

    From the editorial I previously referred to above,

    “It’s regrettable that too often the right to protest is being abused by anarchists.”

    “Whether inside these international gatherings or outside on the streets, hijackers, to the detriment of a full agenda of troubling concerns, are getting their way. Such tactics are nothing new, but they seemed to become more prevalent after protesters managed to disrupt the 1999 World Trade Organization meeting in Seattle. Similar disruptions occurred at the G-7 talks in Geneva and at the WTO talks in Canada. “

    It appears the U.S. Army has detracted from what I take to be the real problem with (any, not just U.S. troops) using Twitter: inadvertently placing themselves and possibly others at risk by what they say.

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