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US Army Warns of Twitter's Danger

US Army Warns of Twitter's Danger

Twitter could be a tool of terrorists, according to the Military Intelligence Battalion, a part of the military that studies emerging technology's capacity to help militants. The intelligence study noted that activists (not quite terrorists) at the Republican National Convention used Twitter to pass on information about police whereabouts during protests this Summer. The report also states:

Twitter has also become a social activism tool for socialists, human rights groups, communists, vegetarians, anarchists, religious communities, atheists, political enthusiasts, hacktivists and others to communicate with each other and to send messages to broader audiences.

The military report goes on to imagine different scenarios in which extremists could combine Twitter with Google Maps, and cell phone images in their quest to execute attacks. While it's crucial for law enforcement and the military to stay informed about the latest communication technology, let's hope there isn't a crack down on vegetarian tweets!


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LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 8 years
I love how vegetarians got lumped into that grouping of people who use Twitter. "They might kill us all with carrots and tofu!" is the thought that I'm sure the person writing it was thinking. lol
Jessiebanana Jessiebanana 8 years
Snowbunny, how about the fact that they used anarchist and communist in the same breathe :oy:. Anyways we all know the worst you have to fear from anarchists is them drinking your oj from the fridge without buying anymore. I swear the single most unmotivated group of all time....
organicsugr organicsugr 8 years
Yes, bicyclist-policeman from the future, take down that androgynous hippie!
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 8 years
What we need to worry about is that damn sonic ear or what ever it's called they keep pushing on infomercials. They look like cell phone ear pieces and you can apparently hear conversations from several yards away. If that isn't putting a perfect tool in the hands of terrorists, identity thief's and other criminals I don't know what is.
snowbunny11 snowbunny11 8 years
TS- haha I'm a vegetarian and I'm still proud of myself when I make a vegan meal. Seriously, I like, perish without cheese...but I try so hard not to eat it!! (Uh oh...did we just have a 'suspect' conversation over the internet about our dietary habits!?)
snowbunny11 snowbunny11 8 years
Geez...twitter...a tool for us crazy vegetarians and human rights activists to use! I understand the point of the report, but their PR person majorly screwed up when they released it, I'm actually kind of offended by the wording! I mean, a vegetarian is not "not quite a terrorist"! (I know those were Liberty's words). And an atheist/vegetarian/political enthusiast like myself is not even an activist. This report is just creepy and judgey!
Shadowdamage Shadowdamage 8 years
".....socialists, human rights groups, communists, vegetarians, anarchists, religious communities, atheists, political enthusiasts, hacktivists..." That's like half the people I've run across on the internet. Except the vegetarians, they scare the hell out of me, they are TOTALLY dangerous! Always lookin' at me funny when I pick up that reindeer meat.... ((Though you can substitute the word "anarchist" for "loony unemployed conspiracy theory guy #1,808,278 who has nothing better to do than make Photoshopped flags of his imaginary American political party in the making and write his "speeches".)) :P
MarinerMandy MarinerMandy 8 years
Hmm, I think this report is just a conspiracy on the part of the Meat Association of America to stop the spread of vegetarianism.
colormesticky colormesticky 8 years
:rotfl: F*cking vegetarians. I always knew they were out to get us.
True-Song True-Song 8 years
That sounds good! I like to make vegan and vegetarian recipes, but it seems like a lot of them call for things I don't like (like mushrooms and eggplant).
foxie foxie 8 years
Well hey, I'm not trying to use TeamSugar as a tool to recruit you to my radical lifestyle or anything, but if you ever want easy recipes, hit me up. I have this creamy wild rice soup recipe in particular that my husband goes apeshi!t for. =D
True-Song True-Song 8 years
Also, the greatest danger of twitter is probably the urge to update from your phone while driving.
True-Song True-Song 8 years
It's so silly when reports like these focus on a site like Twitter or MySpace and say it can be a tool of terrorists or whatever. It's not the site, it's the internet. Also phones. Also regular mail. Smoke signals. And man, vegans, mad props to ya. I'm not a big meat eater, but I am absolutely delighted with myself when I can make a vegan meal. It's usually just tacos once a week (with beans, lettuce, cilantro, salsa, and guac) but I'm still extra proud that day.
foxie foxie 8 years
I saw this and realized... I'm a vegan and I've infiltrated the military! AhHHHHHHhhhhhhHhH!! I still don't get what Twitter even is.
TidalWave TidalWave 8 years
but i think anyone with a twitter account can follow me and then see my private twitter feeds. I'm not really sure of twitter's privacy settings. My point is, privacy settings don't matter to the Gov. anyway.
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 8 years
I think you can make twitter feeds private. Anyway, this seems like sort of a silly report. Maybe the army is baiting Al Queda to start using twitter.
TidalWave TidalWave 8 years
i don't even see what the big deal is. Twitter feeds are public! So it's not like the Gov. has to pass some ridiculous legislation in order to read our tweets!
hausfrau hausfrau 8 years
now all i can picture is a bunch of people in tie dye and birks hurling carrots at cops
hausfrau hausfrau 8 years
vegetarians i have no problem with... its the vegans that creep me out! :P
yesteryear yesteryear 8 years
haus, i am winding my beta max video tapes as we speak... ready for the message from on high that's hidden in this recorded episode of murder she wrote. and honestly, if you are posting anything super private on twitter youre stupid anyhow. it's on the internet!! safer to just send group texts. but i will agree with our government - vegetarians ARE really scary.
hausfrau hausfrau 8 years
In all seriousness though, its good that the report is out there and they are being vigilant. Better safe than sorry! Better watch what you say on those tweets! ;)
hausfrau hausfrau 8 years
YY - Sync your Casio and prepare for the next airing of Matlock.
yesteryear yesteryear 8 years
yes like any other technology, twitter can be used for evil... i suppose. it does bring make one wonder, if terrorists are so smart they should stop latching on to the newest technology and stick with what works: sending coded messages through matlock episodes and the family circle comic strip. or am i the only one who sees these messages?
Marni7 Marni7 8 years
Am I missing something? Clearly twitter is a place for fake americans to converse and I am not a part of it! :( what is up with that :P
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