The Pentagon’s pro-war sock puppets

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March 23, 2011
Independent Institute
by Anthony Gregory  
Posted in Commentary

"[T]here is something especially unsettling about the prospect of government infiltrators in civil society. They have long existed, but the post-9/11 drive to put them in positions of trust — package carriers, cable installers and telephone repairmen — whereby they would have access to Americans’ homes, seemed a bit too Stasi-like even for the American people, some of whose outrage apparently inspired Bush to cancel that program. But now we have what we could call Operation Sock Puppet — named after the common label given to a false online persona created for the purpose of weighing in on one side of the debate and to tip the scales of discourse — whereby the government plans to infiltrate social media and whoop it up for war." (03/22/11)  

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