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.
(President Biden anyone?)
BTW, VP Biden is coming to our St. Patrick’s Day parade here in Pittsburgh. It has been summerlike here so we had the windows open and the C-5 “Screecher” (Mom calls it that) came in with all the stuff they take on these junkets. The noise alone scared my poor cats. B-(
“What exactly did “jamming our wireless” consist of? “
Well, when I wrote that I was a raging without being fully informed.
I heard an administrator in the know say that the the electronic equipment that filled a balcony was to stop road side bombs and I jumped to the conclusion that road side bombs are disabled by jamming cell phones.
But, that didn’t happen. They must have some other technology.
Others here would know I bet.
Hey, guys! Just letting you know we'll be sending someone over in January 2013 that you will be proud to protect, because they will be respectful of all that you do.
The Secret Service aren't the bad guys. It's the clowns in the Administration who worship at the feet of Marx and Mao that are running us into the ground.
I expect they did much the same thing on DU when President Bush visited someplace similar.
I am sure we don’t know the half of it.
Plus can you imagine the added verse to Dion’s “Abraham Martin & John?” B-P Everytime that song some on, I cringe. Anyhoo, if the Secret Service is around me, I’d bore them to death, heck my life is so uneventful, I’d invite them in for dinner. B-P
Please see my post #10.
I’ve had the Secret Service visit me at work for something I posted on FreeRepublic. I had overheard someone at work say something that I thought sounded like a threat against President Bush, so I posted here on FR asking for advice. Once I was convinced that I needed to report it, I had the mods remove my post, and I immediately called the USSS office in Orlando. I felt that it was time sensitive, since President Bush was coming to Daytona Beach for the Daytona 500 and this guy at work had said he “bought a gun for the occasion.”. The Secret Service office in Orlando took the info and said someone would get back to me. Someone finally came to my office at work, asking about me, and I talked with him on the phone. It turned out that he was NOT following up on my call to the Orlando office, but was instead following up on my post here on FR. They had subpoenaed the records from JimRob and tracked me down, apparently through my Social Security records or something.
Sure, wink, wink. That's your cover. "Here I am in Japan just working for a computer security and research and development company... nothing to see here..."
But, then you probably go hide out here:
We likely have a counterfeit President using likely fraudulent documents and he appears to be raiding the Treasury...The SS is next to him every day.. Why does a county sheriff have to do their job for them? Did they not swear an oath?
........................ What types of crimes does the Secret Service investigate?
The Secret Service has primary jurisdiction to investigate threats against Secret Service protectees as well as financial crimes, which include counterfeiting of U.S. currency or other U.S. Government obligations; forgery or theft of U.S. Treasury checks, bonds or other securities; credit card fraud; telecommunications fraud; computer fraud, identify fraud and certain other crimes affecting federally insured financial institutions.
What legal authority and powers do Secret Service agents have?
Under Title 18, Section 3056, of the United States Code, agents and officers of the United States Secret Service can:
Execute warrants issued under the laws of the United States
Make arrests without warrants for any offense against the United States committed in their presence, or for any felony recognizable under the laws of the United States if they have reasonable grounds to believe that the person to be arrested has committed such felony
Offer and pay rewards for services and information leading to the apprehension of persons involved in the violation of the law that the Secret Service is authorized to enforce
Investigate fraud in connection with identification documents, fraudulent commerce, fictitious instruments and foreign securities
and Perform other functions and duties authorized by law
The Secret Service works closely with the United States Attorney's Office in both protective and investigative matters.
The following are primary offenses investigated by the Secret Service:
Identity Crimes - Identity crimes are defined as the misuse of personal or financial identifiers in order to gain something of value and/or facilitate other criminal activity. The Secret Service is the primary federal agency tasked with investigating identity theft/fraud and its related activities under Title 18, United States Code, Section 1028. Identity crimes are some of the fastest growing and most serious economic crimes in the United States for both financial institutions and persons whose identifying information has been illegally used. The Secret Service records criminal complaints, assists victims in contacting other relevant investigative and consumer protection agencies and works with other federal, state and local law enforcement and reporting agencies to identify perpetrators.
Identity crimes investigated by the Secret Service include, but are not limited to, the following:
Credit Card/Access Device Fraud (Skimming)
False Identification Fraud
“Do a search on web scraping and you will find hundreds of links to software”
Thanks. This is insightful.
I didn’t realize the technology is so common. The Blaze article linked above makes it sound like there is a super computer that listens into everything around the world.
Biden looks like he’s auditioning for the Enzite/Smiling Bob commercial.
Secret Service Spies on Free Republic (no kidding)
. . . . Article and link at # 4.
That the USSS monitors FR is not news, but bears repeating. The troll angle is new, though.
The Secret service is comprised of a whole lot of top-notch people, including former military. These guys (and gals) are typically very patriotic. How ironic is it that they find themselves having to protect a sick, corrupt, communist, America-hating piece of dog sh** like Ubama? Whew... It must be like being a hockey goalie - - your natural instinct tells you to get out of the way of a hard rubber disk coming at you at 100MPH, but your job is to deliberately get in its way.
Always check the born on date. PDFed. The SS represents the occupation now. Keep that in mind.
They are gonna love my posts then.
Amen! The sooner he’s out of office, in a legal manner, the better off we’ll all be including the Secret Service. Much thanks for their protection of the Idiot in Chief.
“The Secret Service aren’t the bad guys”
Correct for most of them. Some are by now true believers of Obozo.
Sold out for cash.
Glad to help.
I want to see him in jail for life with no wagyu beef for dinner, he might get fed a lot of hot dogs..and an * next to his name forever as an ineligible President.
A lot of people wonder who “asked me to quit posting on FR”. You can guess now.
Wouldn;t it be better as a gif?
From your post in 2004:
At this point, I felt that I had to tell our Chief Operating Officer what was happening. I was a little disappointed that [USSS Agent] PC hadnt just gone to the guys home over the weekend instead of waiting and coming to the workplace, but I figured our COO should know that a USSS agent might be showing up at the job site that day to see this employee, so I told him the whole story. He had a strange look on his face and he said Well, let me tell you what I know. This morning, during our meeting, two Homeland Security suits showed up at the site flashing pictures of you and [employee_name] and saying they needed to talk to you both. He went on to say any idea you might have had that this would be anonymous was wrong.
Probably was your IP, not your SSN, however.
Gee, I hope they have a file on my postings. They might learn a thing or two they didn't know about who and what we have in the White House.
That’s a whole different system altogether. They’ve been doing that for decades. Think SETI for checking for listening in on civilians. they can also hook up monitors to signal transfer points and capture all the cellar traffic. All this stuff is commercially available, including over the air cellar descramblers. They are pricey and it requires access to certain secure information or properties to make use of it, but its pretty easy stuff. Just ret assured that there are much bigger threats out there than us little FReepers, so try not to worry about it I suppose. I’m sure no one is tracking anyone here personally.
IATZ from the SS