Wednesday, March 27, 2013

The U.S. government actually does something right for a change: "U.S. trolling fans of Al Qaeda with online campaign"

Here at Rawstory.  "Trolling" isn't the right word for it. They're going onto online forums where " “Al-Qaeda and its supporters lurk” " and "... robustly engage with them in chat forums in Arabic, Somali, Punjabi and Urdu,” she explained.
“By targeting the hardliners, we are really trying to reach the middle grounders, the fence sitters, the sympathizers and passive supporters.”
Last year, staff at the new Center for Strategic Counterterrorism Communications, which reports directly to Sonenshine, wrote some 7,000 posts on different online forums.
“When we counter unfounded rumors, propaganda and conspiracy theories with facts, truth and reasonable argument, we can better define what we stand for. And we have a greater chance of changing more minds,” Sonenshine " 

It's good because 1) they're actually trying to reason with people, and 2) we don't have a maniac like Bush in the White House anymore. 

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