Skip to comments.Secret Service Spies on Free Republic (no kidding)
Posted on 03/16/2012 10:30:17 PM PDT by garjog
Just reading "New Details on NSAs Spy Center and Secrets From Domestic Eavesdropping Operation Stellar Wind-- The Blaze/ March 16, 2012" http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2860168/posts
reminded me that I wanted to report to you all that the Secret Service spied on a post I set up to report on Obama using the athletic fields of our university here on the eastside of Seattle.
On Feb. 17 Obama made one of his frequent fundraising visits, this time to Washington State to shake down a couple billionaires who live near by. He spoke at Boeing in the morning, then flew to Kirkland.
The trip was a means to raise money for his re-election and was totally funded by taxpayers. SEVEN choppers and what seemed like a about 100 troops.
A couple weeks before the Secret Service contacted our small university, where I work, and asked if we would be willing to let the President use our fields to land seven choppers, including Marine One and Two.
The University agreed. So the day of classes on Friday, Feb. 17 was hopeless. The campus was like an armed military base as soon as the Black Hawks landed. It was so exciting, students didn't want to go to classes. It was like a free day.
Anyway I posted a thread inviting area Freepers to protest. We didn't know the details of exactly when he would arrive, so I kept an update for anyone interested.
Then at post number 15 comments by a user named "NU Grad" appeared. Hmmm. I didn't remember that user name before. He sounded like he was aware of the events and so I figured, OK, a former student in the area is a Freeper and got pinged for Washington State.
But, no. This guy was a Secret Service Troll pretending to be associated with Northwest University. He signed up on Feb. 17. I didn't think of checking when he became a member until later when I figured it out.
Before I realized he was a Government Troll, I Freeper mailed "NU Grad" and told him my name and asked him when he graduated just in case he was a former student who I knew personally. (Stupid me).
I am sure it was espionage because the admin was told that the Secret Service wanted to monitor our email system.
It would be logical that they would also do some kind of Internet key word monitoring as well.
They had a balcony on a building near the fields packed with some kind of electrical equipment. Guess to dampen road side bombs or something.
We saw snipers and plain clothed agents in the bushes or walking around looking like "students" with back packs, but they were too old to pull it off. Must have been about 8 snipers on the roofs and crouching around corners of buildings.
I mean, I am glad that these guys are doing their job to protect the President. It is impressive that they are so thorough.
But, it is kind of creepy that they pretended to be one of us just to monitor what we were saying.
(NOTE: If I go missing and end up in a secret prison somewhere you know what happened.)
This is view that I had of Obama touching down. Few people ever get this close to Marine One.
I understand that the neighbors who live around campus were mad that the 8 choppers were making so much noise coming and going. The next day we got a message saying that the university will not be hosting a presidential landing again.
What did we get for the visit? Our security director got a commemorative plaque thanking him for permitting the White House to use our property. Nice.
of such, power walls are built.
Correction. There were seven choppers, two Navy and three Army I think, then Marine One and Two. Kind of strange to see that many aircraft on one and a half football fields, but they fit.
“New Details on NSAs Spy Center and Secrets From Domestic Eavesdropping Operation Stellar Wind— The Blaze/ March 16, 2012”
That the USSS monitors FR is not news, but bears repeating. The troll angle is new, though.
I’d be glad if they were doing their job to protect the President. But...not too sure we have a genuine one.
“The troll angle is new, though.”
Check out what he says at # 15.
He is trying to sound like he knows something about the university. But, you can tell he just read promotional material on our web page. Only PR people talk like that. Hee, hee.
Yeah, phishing and social engineering at it’s simplest form.
They use commercial software to scan all the websites. Its pretty impressive stuff. I’ve used it. Its not a secret. Maybe I should do a write-up about it in a more scholarly post. They spend millions per year on licenses and a slew of servers and control consoles to spy on Twitter, Facebook, and whatever else they desire. Due to the nature of HTML, AJAX, Flash, and other technologies that make up most of the websites out there, there is not much of a way around it unless access to the website is highly secure in the first place, such as making FR require a secure connection and strong password before even allowing viewing of any messages. But that would bring down pressure from the man for sure. Basically, if you are on FR, you can consider yourself on file somewhere, but likely not a person of interest or even known to any agent; just an archived name in a file somewhere to be checked on some time in the future should the need arise.
To protect the President is a necessary and laudable end. That end does not justify using unconstitutional means.
HEY! SECRET SERVICE! I’m over here! Read and learn from my threads and comments. Enjoy!
BTW, back in the day, didn’t an outfit in Germany also have SS for an abbreviated name? Forget what they were called. Probably just a coincidence - - - .
BTW, BTW, we pay your salaries, so do a good job and read all of our comments. You won’t find a better bunch of Patriots!
BTW, BTW, BTW, We will send y’all a REAL President next January, so keep the Faith!
The trolls do have a distinct scent, at that.
OK, Lefty Lie. My tin foil detector is making me think that YOU are a spy.
Come clean. NAS?
Are you spying on the Japanese or what?
Maybe I'll see you there. I regard my posts as innocuous, but I'm HERE, you know? Your description of the presidential visitation brings my most paranoid fantasies that much closer to reality.
The university is getting no payment for the huge inconvenience of jamming our wireless
What exactly did "jamming our wireless" consist of?
Not I. I just work in computer security and research and development and have had meetings with the make of the software that does exactly this kind of thing, and he US government is one of their biggest customers. Put and and two together, and its easy. Its software used by a lot of companies to monitor pricing changes on e-retailing sites, and then adjust their own prices accordingly. Its also used as a data aggregation tool for software that runs on the web but doesn’t have an API to access its data directly. There are many tools that do this, but the one from the company I am working with is particularly awesome. Do a search on “web scraping” and you will find hundreds of links to software that does this and eventually come across the company that supplies the software to the government. I however will not directly say who they are, as they are an honest company that just happens to be capitalizing off the governments need for spying.
Good thing Panetta wasn’t there or the snipers and Marines would have to disarm.