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Taliban reportedly using fake Facebook pages of pretty girls to gather soldiers' secrets
FOX News ^ | September 9, 2012

Posted on 09/09/2012 4:29:41 PM PDT by Neil E. Wright

The Taliban is using fake Facebook profiles of cute girls in an attempt to befriend soldiers with the intent of gathering information about operations, the Sunday Telegraph reports.

Australian and coalition troops are being targeted by Taliban insurgents posing as “attractive women” on Facebook, according to the paper, and now troops are being warned about the potential danger.

A review by the Australian government found a false sense of security exists among personnel due to an excessive reliance on privacy settings.

According to the Telegraph, troops are being told that geo-tagging – the process of websites that secretly logs the location of where a post is made or where a photo is uploaded – is of special concern.

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1 posted on 09/09/2012 4:29:47 PM PDT by Neil E. Wright
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To: Neil E. Wright
Two can play at that game...


2 posted on 09/09/2012 4:34:52 PM PDT by mikrofon (Fezbook)
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To: Neil E. Wright

Went home with a waitress, the way I always do,
...how was I to know she was with the Russians, too?!?

-Warren Zevon


3 posted on 09/09/2012 4:36:49 PM PDT by Dr. Pritchett
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To: Neil E. Wright

We need rules like they had in WWII regarding communications.

I as visiting my grandmother last week and we talked about granddad and WWII. She said she never really knew where he was till later because there were such strict rules.


4 posted on 09/09/2012 4:39:00 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Neil E. Wright

The Taliban can be lured in, by pre-adolescent boys wearing makeup.


5 posted on 09/09/2012 4:39:39 PM PDT by lurk
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To: Neil E. Wright

Reason 386 why Facebook is an evil, evil thing.


6 posted on 09/09/2012 4:45:48 PM PDT by upchuck (If nobama is reelected and gets to choose more SCOTUS judges, this country is finished.)
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To: Neil E. Wright

yeah and? I certainly remember the North Korean spy I met a long time ago. She was cute.


7 posted on 09/09/2012 4:46:40 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Neil E. Wright

8 posted on 09/09/2012 4:47:35 PM PDT by ASA Vet (Natural-born citizens, are those born in the country, of parents who are citizens. De Vattel)
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9 posted on 09/09/2012 4:48:17 PM PDT by mikrofon (Fezbook)
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To: Neil E. Wright

Tokyo Rose has been channeled into Fallujah Fiona.


10 posted on 09/09/2012 4:51:24 PM PDT by lightman (Settling for the "lesser of two..." is still choosing Evil)
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To: cripplecreek

Why in the hell do troops in theater have access to electronic communications outside the chain of command?

Take away ALL iphones, laptops, cellphones etc. Any coms are through mail or heavily monitored comms via the CIC or similar office.

Either it is a war or it isn’t, no half way between.


11 posted on 09/09/2012 4:51:28 PM PDT by wrench
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To: Neil E. Wright

Hello handsome American soldier. Come marry me. My father has two goats and a bush for my dowry.


12 posted on 09/09/2012 4:58:09 PM PDT by InvisibleChurch (the mature Christian is almost impossible to offend)
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To: lurk
Now, with the Pink Pentagon, we can expect troopies to be suckered by pictures of male swimmers, Tom Cruise and Elton John.

One catch though: They can't be prosecuted, that would be "homophobic."

13 posted on 09/09/2012 5:03:30 PM PDT by jonascord (Hot Flash: Your "government" is no longer mine.)
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To: upchuck

Just FB or all social media sites?


14 posted on 09/09/2012 5:05:43 PM PDT by Borges
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To: cripplecreek
"She said she never really knew where he was till later because there were such strict rules.

A useful excuse when stationed on the Isle of Capri with vino, women, and pizza no doubt.

15 posted on 09/09/2012 5:11:11 PM PDT by LZ_Bayonet ( I AM THE TEA PARTY LEADER !)
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To: Neil E. Wright

I’m in the navy and I often receive friend requests from very attractive young females. I don’t know them nor do I know any of their friends. I figured there’s various scams behind such requests and the Taliban (or other enemy forces) could be amongst them. Naturally, I don’t accept the requests.


16 posted on 09/09/2012 5:18:49 PM PDT by Drew68 (I WILL vote to defeat Barack Hussein Obama!)
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To: Neil E. Wright

Mata Hari of the Tweets ???


17 posted on 09/09/2012 5:21:44 PM PDT by Tennessee Nana
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To: Dr. Pritchett

^5


18 posted on 09/09/2012 5:25:10 PM PDT by thoolou ("I may have invented it, but Bill made it famous." - David Bradley, inventor of Ctrl-Alt-Del)
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To: upchuck

19 posted on 09/09/2012 5:26:41 PM PDT by Old Sarge (We are now officially over the precipice, we just havent struck the ground yet)
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To: wrench
Take away ALL iphones, laptops, cellphones etc. Any coms are through mail or heavily monitored comms via the CIC or similar office.

They simply don't have the ability to do that. We are a modern military and banning such devices would affect mission readiness. I can tell you that 90% of the time my cell phone rings, if it is not my wife, it is someone from my command --and they aren't calling to talk about the weather. Most commands have FB pages and this is where they dispense news about the command. We need email to communicate with each other and internet access for logistics purposes.

The best the military can do is to issue strict guidelines about OPSEC and punish anyone who violates them.

20 posted on 09/09/2012 5:27:14 PM PDT by Drew68 (I WILL vote to defeat Barack Hussein Obama!)
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To: Neil E. Wright

Mata Hari of the Tweets ???


21 posted on 09/09/2012 5:31:33 PM PDT by Tennessee Nana
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To: Drew68

Sorry, but none of that is necessary. Mission security is totally absent in that environment.

If that is what the state of our military is today, we need to bring EVERY service man home without delay.

This kind of loosey goosey communications smacks of small town police environment where there isn’t a cohesive enemy bent on killing every one of our friendly forces.


22 posted on 09/09/2012 5:35:02 PM PDT by wrench
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To: upchuck
Reason 386 why Facebook is an evil, evil thing.

Yep, just like guns.

23 posted on 09/09/2012 5:35:59 PM PDT by Future Snake Eater (CrossFit.com)
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To: Neil E. Wright

Homeland Security is probably doing the same thing in America to draw out veterans that are openly against Obamas transition of America to socialism.

But of course America just doesn’t understand that its “good” for all. /sarc


24 posted on 09/09/2012 5:37:31 PM PDT by Eye of Unk (OPSEC)
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To: wrench
Take away ALL iphones, laptops, cellphones etc. Any coms are through mail or heavily monitored comms via the CIC or similar office.

Yeah, right. I can see the recruiting drive right now--"Join the military, deploy to the other side of the world, live in shitty conditions, and have no contact with your family for at least a year! Sign up today!"

Either it is a war or it isn’t, no half way between.

It hasn't been a war since Tora Bora. It's a counterinsurgency operation, unless you were in 5/2 SBCT, then it was a counterguerilla operation.

25 posted on 09/09/2012 5:43:45 PM PDT by Future Snake Eater (CrossFit.com)
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To: Future Snake Eater

So glad our military has devolved into the best equipped touchy, feely force on earth.

Before long we will be making the French Army looking like a crack elite fighting force.

It is no wonder these illiterate third worlders are kicking our ass everywhere we go and destroying our 5 million dollar tanks with 500 bucks worth of HE and a spool of wire.

Bring them home or get serious about the mission.


26 posted on 09/09/2012 5:48:40 PM PDT by wrench
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To: Neil E. Wright

Wonder if any of our guys figure this out and play tricks on the Taliban?

“Hi Ashima! Don’t have long. We are setting up the secret mind control satellite antenna today. It will be a game changer. Gotta go. We can chat tomorrow.


27 posted on 09/09/2012 5:57:11 PM PDT by garjog
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To: wrench
So glad our military has devolved into the best equipped touchy, feely force on earth.

There's nothing wrong with "the military," just the ones who are determining policy. Some of them are in "the military" as well.

It is no wonder these illiterate third worlders are kicking our ass everywhere we go

Because Soldiers have the ability to talk to their family members on computers?

Bring them home or get serious about the mission.

Ay, there's the rub.

28 posted on 09/09/2012 5:58:34 PM PDT by Future Snake Eater (CrossFit.com)
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To: wrench
Sorry, but none of that is necessary. Mission security is totally absent in that environment.

You don't have a clue of what you're talking about. Take away our communication devices (while letting the Taliban keep theirs) and you'd seriously hobble our military. Should we go back to Motorola 2-way radios the size of backpacks and guys who ran hand-scribbled messages from trench to trench (while the Taliban cell phones in our every move)? Not going to happen.

We bleed on the battlefield because our ROE makes us fight with our hands tied behind our backs, not because soldiers have Facebook accounts.

29 posted on 09/09/2012 6:04:39 PM PDT by Drew68 (I WILL vote to defeat Barack Hussein Obama!)
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To: Future Snake Eater

Talking/ communicating with family members is a nice luxury, and has been done for decades through SECURE channels so as to not endanger troops in the field.

If someone can not stand to be out of contact with their friends and family for extended periods of time, they need to find another line of work. I hear the Postal service is hiring.

I hear the Navy is real open about the swabbies using their sat phones and GPS units on the carriers so their families always know exactly where they are......NOT! And 80% of the carrier forces aren’t even involved in the ME expedition, they are essentially on peacetime patrol.


30 posted on 09/09/2012 6:06:39 PM PDT by wrench
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To: Drew68

We have secure 2 way comm units that are the size of flip phones and not dependent on commercial cell equipment, and we have the ability to block ALL cell signals at will in theater.

You are the one without a clue as to modern communication equipment.

The backpack moto-units are so Richard Nixon, but there really are some wonderful developments in the last 50 years as far as military grade equipment, but you will not find it at the local Apple store.


31 posted on 09/09/2012 6:12:13 PM PDT by wrench
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To: cripplecreek

My Mom had no idea at all where my Father was stationed in the Pacific Theater during WWII until he came home three years later.


32 posted on 09/09/2012 6:33:10 PM PDT by Inyo-Mono (My greatest fear is that when I'm gone my wife will sell my guns for what I told her I paid for them)
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To: thefactor

Army ping...


33 posted on 09/09/2012 6:39:42 PM PDT by Pharmboy (Democrats lie because they must.)
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To: lurk

The Taliban can be lured in by a pre-adolescent goat in a burqa.


34 posted on 09/09/2012 6:41:56 PM PDT by Humble Servant (Work for the most conservative one in the race, and keep up the pressure.)
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To: wrench

Yeah, I can’t imagine how we ever sailed around the world and killed people before the internet and cell phones..


35 posted on 09/09/2012 7:32:55 PM PDT by ExpatGator (I hate Illinois Nazis!)
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To: Borges
Just FB or all social media sites?

I have no use for any of the sites because they are all very intrusive. But FB is by far the worst.

36 posted on 09/09/2012 7:52:44 PM PDT by upchuck (If nobama is reelected and gets to choose more SCOTUS judges, this country is finished.)
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To: Old Sarge

LOL! There ya go.


37 posted on 09/09/2012 7:53:16 PM PDT by upchuck (If nobama is reelected and gets to choose more SCOTUS judges, this country is finished.)
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To: upchuck

Facebook is only as public or intrusive as you choose. It’s extremely useful for a variety of things.


38 posted on 09/09/2012 8:33:59 PM PDT by Borges
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To: wrench

“Either it is a war or it isn’t, no half way between.”

These days, it “isn’t”.

Doesn’t make any difference whether it’s the Pubbies or the ‘rats runnin’ the show...


39 posted on 09/09/2012 9:15:44 PM PDT by Road Glide
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To: wrench

You sound like someone who knows a little about WWII and has heard a few stories, probably on FR, about how the military does things overseas. Have you done a tour in Iraq and/or Afghanistan? Or are you just another keyboard commando trying to tell us that if only you were in charge, this war would’ve been won long ago?

Oh, and your assertion that Sailors have no outside contact from their ships is utterly ridiculous.


40 posted on 09/10/2012 2:34:47 AM PDT by Future Snake Eater (CrossFit.com)
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To: Drew68

“We bleed on the battlefield because our ROE makes us fight with our hands tied behind our backs, not because soldiers have Facebook accounts.”

Amen!

(worth repeating—by the way, join Rules of Engagement on Facebook)


41 posted on 10/23/2012 10:21:21 AM PDT by huldah1776
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To: Neil E. Wright; All
Judge Jeanine Pirro Nov. 3, 2012 with Retired Army Colonel David Hunt and Former CIA operative Mike Baker
42 posted on 11/04/2012 12:11:39 PM PST by Larousse2 (The price of Freedom is Eternal Vigilance. ~ Thomas Jefferson)
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