DHS Monitoring TUG

Discussion in 'Aviation Passenger Security in the USA' started by Fisher1949, Jan 12, 2012.

  1. Fisher1949

    Fisher1949 Original Member Coach

    According to this article this is one website being watched.I was surprised to see TUG mentioned at the top of the article. I guess we're all subversives now.

    "Why the Department of Homeland Security may be monitoring your journalism and/or tweets"

    Why is the U.S. Department of Homeland Security monitoring American journalists in the USA? See, Homeland Security monitors journalists | Travel Underground. In the USA, freedom of speech has its appropriate and legal limits, according to the Department of Homeland Security. Be aware that the U.S. government is watching journalists to monitor what they write or say. See the site, Department of Homeland Security | Preserving our Freedoms.

    (If this is old news or wrong area please move or delete.)
  2. Doober

    Doober Original Member

    The link too me to an article on Romney. That said, I think we need a middle finger smilie to attach to all comments critical of DHS/TSA, etc., etc., etc.
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  3. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    I think the authors of the article just did a Google search on DHS monitoring and our previous thread on the subject came up -- not surprising since TUG tends to rank well in Google searches. They don't really know that DHS is watching us, they just know that we've discussed the possibility of DNS monitoring us.

    And they probably are. That's what organizations like the Stasi do. We should not expect the American Stasi to be any different.

    What the heck, now that Indian summer is gone, I could use a month at Gitmo. It's getting cold up here.
  4. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Just gave me a great idea, but I'm not sure it's technically possible. I would use that middle-finger-smilie as the favicon for traffic originating from the DHS proxy.

    Anyone know if Apache's rewrite engine can substitute files based on IP address? :D
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  5. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

  6. Elizabeth Conley

    Elizabeth Conley Original Member

    The DHS is a thoroughly repulsive government agency. I wonder how low they'll go before they're do themselves in.

    Do you think they'll be any less disgusting under subsequent administrations?
  7. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    I'm trying it out on a different site now -- will see if TUG's blue glove shows up there for me (and only for me). :)
  8. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    I've successfully prototyped it by having TUG's blue-glove icon show up on another forum where it doesn't belong, and only for my IP address.

    Would somebody like to help out by finding a nice middle-finger salute in size 32 x 32 or 16 x 16?
  9. KrazyKat

    KrazyKat Original Member

  10. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    We just want to give DHS the middle-finger salute as a sign of our love and affection, but on a different note -- it is 100% feasible to block DHS from accessing sites.

    Just as there are bots that scan sites, there are people who watch bots, documenting their IP addresses, signatures & behavior. You won't be able to catch every intrusion by DHS, but it will be possible to intercept most, and simply block them. Access can be denied, or they can be redirected to the Disney Channel or your favorite hygiene site or whatever.

    The difficult will be keeping them out of social media where we don't have direct access to the servers. We need to pressure outfits like Google & Facebook & Twitter to provide that blocking ability. With sites like Blogger/Blogspot, where it's possible to insert JavaScript, you could hinder them but not really block them; they can defeat it by blocking JavaScript. The development of blogging technology that relies on JavaScript & JQuery for all of the content would leave DHS seeing nothing if they tried to circumvent it by blocking JavaScript.

    Expect to see the emergence of "secure" blogging technologies that rely less on using static html pages on the front end & more on dynamic interactions that allow for better control of distribution.
  11. KrazyKat

    KrazyKat Original Member

    vsm-middle-bwlt.jpg ´╗┐Hey, Mike, I can lighten this up some more or as you see fit. Thought a beneath-the-outer-layer view was appropriate.
  12. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    I'd rather have the hand dark on light background -- that will stand out better.

    Some quick Google searching might find something ready-made.

    I found DHS' entire list of monitored sites, will post it when I get home.
  13. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    How about this? [​IMG]
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  14. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    It's so small (I know, this is probably an unsurmountable problem), and at first I thought it was the pile of sh*t icon, only lighter.
  15. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    But look at the icon to the left of the URL at the top of your browser -- you're only allowed 16x16 bits.
  16. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    I'm posting the list in the Civil Rights forum.
  17. CelticWhisper

    CelticWhisper Founding Member

    Took the liberty of inverting it - how's this? vsm-middle-bwlt-Inverted.jpg
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  18. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    Oooh, cool. On the other hand, it also looks like a Christmas tree.
  19. Caradoc

    Caradoc Original Member

    I'm not really seeing a downside to that, given the target audience.
  20. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    Let's hope their spies are more competent than this guy the air marshal arrested for robbery.
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