Social Media Used to Track Troops  – Get Soldiers to Disobey Orders

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Using Social Media Websites as a Weapon

By: Cristal M Clark

This new research is not really too surprising to me, it does however lend credit to one thing I talk about a lot and that is with just a little information about someone, that individual can be swayed, coerced, pushed and prodded to do things that they might not normally do, for instance, a soldier who suddenly just disobeys a direct order.

All of the right information in the wrong hands can be dangerous.

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Researchers from NATO’s Strategic Communications Center of Excellence recently conducted an experiment, they with virtually very little cash and whole lot of social media were able to easily identify roughly 150 soldiers, because of that, they were able to locate multiple battalions, actually track troop movements, and convince service members to leave their posts and engage in other “undesirable behavior.”

Which really is not that difficult with just a little information gained using social media with regards to the subject. Foreign States can and do use social media in an effort to identify and target NATO forces, but also, to manipulate those NATO forces.

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This is quite frankly scary for any soldier or troop serving in any military anywhere in the world because quite a few service men and women worldwide use social media when deployed to keep in touch with loved one’s when they can’t utilize a cell phone.

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Likewise, people like posting things like pictures of their wedding, children, wishing a happy birthday to a loved one or happy anniversary to a wife or husband, celebrating a fellow troop member or mourning a fellow troop members death. Family members post on social media about service members as well. It is just one big ball of thread if you will.  

And with the right information, in the wrong hands, the reality is, more and more people can be persuaded to do things or act on things that they normally would not when presented with a free pass, or the perfect opportunity or manipulated in such a way that they fear not doing what they are told to do in certain situations.

People are sharing secrets, they are more easily manipulated and a lot easier to con especially when faced with some type of threat all thanks to the use of social media.  

According to researcher Nora Biteniece; “The researchers used Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and other popular social media sites to find valuable information, particularly exploitable information, like a serviceman having a wife and also being on dating apps.”

US Army Col. Liam Collins wrote in Army Magazine last summer; “The Russians are adept at identifying Ukrainian positions by their electrometric signatures, in one tactic, soldiers receive texts telling them that they are ‘surrounded and abandoned.’ Minutes later, their families receive a text stating, ‘Your son is killed in action,’ which often prompts a call or text to the soldiers. Minutes later, soldiers receive another message telling them to ‘retreat and live,’ followed by an artillery strike to the location where a large group of cellphones was detected.”

In 2017, The Wall Street Journal reported that the Russians were hacking the cellphones of NATO soldiers to “gain operational information, gauge troop strength and to intimidate soldiers.”

As you can imagine, that caused some panic, so naturally out of fear Estonian troops were being forced by their superior officers to jump in the lake to enforce the strict “no smartphones” policy.

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Years ago, I worked with someone from the FBI on educating people about identity theft and this was back in the early 2000’s before it was really a thing, we both knew we were sitting on a bomb because of the way society was changing and using technology more and more. His golden rule was do not reveal too much personal information about yourself in the digital world, for instance social media and that my friends was just as social media was getting started.

Even I have been guilty of sharing too much personal information on social media, I think we all have once or twice. In the last year though, I have not really updated any personal information other than to repost some really old pictures on Facebook from before I lost someone close to me, and even more honest, I rarely if ever go onto Facebook these days because Facebook collects and does not protect as recent news has shown, any of our personal information.

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Think about this if you will, if NATO troops can be fooled so too can an average person who is utilizing social media on dating sites, signed up for a newsletter, even youtube, It’s not all ones car loan company who is selling our information, we are basically giving it away for free these days.

Cristal M Clark

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Donald Trump Committing Political Suicide?

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Trump’s Mob Mentality – Holding Department of Defense Funds Hostage.

By: Cristal M Clark

Senior adviser and a hardline voice on immigration Stephen Miller says that 200 miles of border wall will be built by September 2020.
This really is the truest most pure example of actual abuse of presidential power, according to Stephen Miller, “a couple hundred” of miles of border wall be built by around September 2020. Hmmm, I wonder what the significance of that time frame is?

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Oh right, the next presidential election. The crisis at the southern border, the one thing that did not work during the mid-terms, he’s trying at for the presidential election?

It has never been any more clear, that Trump and his declaration of a national emergency are nothing more than for political gain, not an actual real-life national emergency. This is his game plan to get re-elected.

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He is using a blatant disregard for the constitution and not a soul is stopping him? I really have to question the system that is set up so as to prevent this type of abuse and protect the sanctity of the Constitution of the United States.

But what really is shocking to me is his frame of mind that is comparable to that of nothing more than a career criminal. If you caught is Friday Rose Garden speech, it was quite the spectacle. In that speech Trump casually mentioned two items that caught my attention, the first being that he truthfully really did not need to actually declare a national emergency and the second, he stated that by the time this gets to the Supreme Court, he’ll have a chance at winning his funding, in court, in the Supreme Court where he pushed for certain Supreme Court Judges to be part of the said Supreme Court.

First, did Donald Trump just inform everyone that like a gangster, he bought his way into getting around the law by owning it and second, is that not suggesting that our supreme court judges will ignore the oath that they took and side step the law because Trump got them elected and into the Supreme Court? So, they will rule in his favor as a thank you or because like mobsters, they owe him?

This is a manufactured emergency, because the reality is, where is the proof of any of Trump’s claims? Running one’s mouth, regardless of whether or not that individual is the president, is not sufficient enough evidence of proof. At least in the eyes of the law.

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I also have to really question the other side of Trump’s motive here in that, by diverting funds i.e. holding them hostage, from the Department of Defense, in any capacity is a mistake Trump will likely not survive.

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Like Trump or not, Republican, Democrat or Independent, the one thing a majority of American’s have in common and stand for, is that we are truly Red, White and Blue, meaning we stand behind our Department of Defense, our military branches and when someone becomes a threat to our military and any of its branches, they become public enemy number 1.

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Trump is really too inept to realize that making this move might very well cost him that beloved core group of voters he has, he is digging himself into a hole he will be unable to crawl back out of.

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What’s more is that Trump is going to find troubles no matter which buckets he attempts to rob Peter to Pay Paul from, the simplicity is that, the one bucket you don’t rob, is the Department of Defense’s.

Cristal M Clark

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