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  • US Military Botches Online Fight Against Islamic State

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- On any given day at MacDill Air Force Base, web crawlers scour social media for potential recruits to the Islamic State group. Then, in a high-stakes operation to counter the extremists' propaganda, language specialists employ fictitious identities and try to sway the targets from joining IS ranks.

    At least that's how the multimillion-dollar initiative is being sold to the Defense Department.

    A critical national security program known as "WebOps" is part of a vast psychological operation that the Pentagon says is effectively countering an enemy that has used the internet as a devastating tool of propaganda. But an Associated Press investigation found the management behind WebOps is so beset with incompetence, cronyism and flawed data that multiple people with direct knowledge of the program say it's having little impact.
    AP - Full Article

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    They just aren't hiring the right "people" to manage their social media...



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      But an Associated Press investigation found the management behind WebOps is so beset with incompetence, cronyism and flawed data that multiple people with direct knowledge of the program say it's having little impact.
      So it is a branch of the DNC?

      When did the AP suddenly become experts on psyops? They couldn't even sell the Hillabeast.
      Any man can hold his place when the bands play and women throw flowers; it is when the enemy presses close and metal shears through the ranks that one can acertain which are soldiers, and which are not.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Arnold J Rimmer View Post
        So it is a branch of the DNC?

        When did the AP suddenly become experts on psyops? They couldn't even sell the Hillabeast.
        You answered your own question in your quotation.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Daemon of Decay View Post
          You answered your own question in your quotation.
          Does that mean that he'd have to . . . . read it.

          I was married for two ******* years! Hell would be like Club Med! - Sam Kinison

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          • #6
            Originally posted by T. A. Gardner View Post
            They just aren't hiring the right "people" to manage their social media...



            yeah I am guessing with the screening you have to go through to get into those job it sort of eliminates a large section of people who would provide diversity to do the correctly.

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