AFTER Martinelli's fatal drunken Blackberry chat to then-ambassador Barbara Stephenson demanding help with tapping the phones of his critics, you'd think that our Excelentisimo and his henchmen would show some restraint using social media and such. Not so.
Recently, our fearless president opened an account on Twitter, and immediately started tweeting away, saying hello to good friends like Alvaro Uribe and such. And so happy he was:
muy contento de estar en linea con todos uds, este es mi twitter oficial , un canal abierto para poder comunicarnos. escriban con confianza
Unstoppable, some of his gems include:
Durante el foro Panamá:where the world meets, invite a inversionistas a que sean socios estratégicos, la oportunidad es ahora aquí en Panamá
Just some hours ago, he mysteriously tweeted:
Probably some sort of code-speak? We'll never know. Similarly vague was this one:
@Eric_MJP @CoCoas_net oye uds son mala gente jajajajajajajaj
About the mining brawl he had this to say:
no se explotará ningún yacimiento en la Comarca, el gobierno desarrollará la minería de manera responsable
Yeah, well, sure.
However, Martinelli is nothing compared to vice-president Juan Carlos Varela, who in just a few weeks, indeed, firmly established himself as the King of Cliché on the microblogging site:
Hay dos lugares en el mundo por donde pasan todas las banderas: El edificio de las Naciones Unidas en Nueva York y el Canal de #Panama
Wow! Never mind there's also a Suez canal. Or the Atlantic ocean, for that matter. And that's just the beginning of a whole collection of bathroom tile wisdom that Martinelli's doormat dishes out:
Recordemos nuestro lema: " Puente del Mundo Corazón del Universo" #Panama
Seguiremos desarrollando este país, económica y socialmente, para beneficio no sólo de los panameños, sino de la región que servimos
and this one is hilarious:
Los empresarios que decidan tener presencia en nuestro país pueden estar seguros que contarán con todo el respaldo del Gobierno Nacional
As if any serious entrepreneur would want to do business with his bunch of narcos, money launderers and kleptocrats. But wait! It gets better:
En Panamá se necesita una oposición responsable, que no se esconda y que deje de financiar protestas http://bit.ly/erRRDL #Panama
Maybe we need a responsible government that doesn't bribe the opposition, that doesn't buy itself fake indigenous leaders and that drinks a little less of your booze, Mr. Varela?
When I “tweet” my opinion regarding the recent mining law, @rmartinelli “blocked” my account (@prsmv52).
What a surprise!
When ill informed Security ministry employees, Panamanian Government civil servants, and the National Police try to use this type of Technology it always back fires on them!
Any three year old can block who ever they disagree with or do not like at any time, just like these juvenile punks who manufacture false Tweeter and Face book accounts for this Phony Overly Oppressive Martinelli Government.
The Panamanian Government can create all these fake Internet accounts with software used and supplied by the US Government.
“Revealed: Air Force ordered software to manage army of fake virtual people”
By Stephen C. Webster
February 19, 2011 “Raw Story” — These days, with Face book and Twitter and social media galore, it can be increasingly hard to tell who your “friends” are.
But after this, Internet users would be well advised to ask another question entirely: Are my “friends” even real people?”
That’s precisely what can happen here within this Deceitful Tyrannical Corrupted Oppressive ill connected Martinelli Government!
The obvious potential for Panamanian Security Ministry/National Police to blatantly accumulated hoards of fake Panamanian Citizens on the Interent to manipulating and even manufacture the appearance of true public opinion.
Now the truth is out the Martinelli Government is a complete hoax and a udder fraud when it comes to it’s use of the Internet!
This Martinelli Government is so very afraid of the Panamanian People!
“Panama where the numbers never add up”
I love how everyone’s joining Twitter, wary of the Renaissance.
” –Follow up on the software used to create fake internet individuals and Fake social network accounts–”
“ONE WOULD BE A TRUE FOOL IF ONE THINKS THE PANAMANIAN GOVERNMENT DOES NOT USE OR IS ATTEMPTING TO USE THIS TYPE OF DECEPTIVE SOFTWARE AFFORDED TO IT BY THE USA GOVERNMENT!”
This article is noted below!
“Army of Fake Social Media Friends to Promote Propaganda
Does a code of ethics still exist in Intelligence firms? Does it disappear behind closed doors, dirty deeds done in the dark and used against the American people who are supposed to be free to express themselves?
By Darlene Storm
February 27, 2011 “Computerworld” — It’s recently been revealed that the U.S. government contracted HBGary Federal for the development of software which could create multiple fake social media profiles to manipulate and sway public opinion on controversial issues by promoting propaganda. It could also be used as surveillance to find public opinions with points of view the powers-that-be didn’t like. It could then potentially have their “fake” people run smear campaigns against those “real” people. As disturbing as this is, it’s not really new for U.S. intelligence or private intelligence firms to do the dirty work behind closed doors.
EFF previously warned that Big Brother wants to be your friend for social media surveillance. While the FBI Intelligence Information Report Handbook (PDF) mentioned using “covert accounts” to access protected information, other government agencies endorsed using security exploits to access protected information.
It’s not a big surprise that the U.S. military also wants to use social media to its benefit. Last year, Public Intelligence published the U.S. Air Force social media guide which gave 10 tips for social media such as, “The enemy is engaged in this battlespace and you must engage there as well.” Number three was “DON’T LIE. Credibility is critical, without it, no one cares what you have to say…it’s also punishable by the UCMJ to give a false statement.” The Air Force used the chart below to show how social media influences public opinion.
The 6th Contracting Squadron at MacDill Air Force Base sought the development of Persona Management Software which could be used for creating and managing fake profiles on social media sites to distort the truth and make it appear as if there was a generally accepted agreement on controversial issues. “Personas must be able to appear to originate in nearly any part of the world and can interact through conventional online services and social media platforms.” What happened to don’t lie and the Uniform Code of Military Justice?
Everything revealed after Anonymous leaked emails from private security firm HBGary Federal is disturbing on many levels. However, the Daily Kos said with the Persona Management Software it would take very few people to create “an army of sockpuppets” which could distort the truth while appearing to be “an entire Brooks Brothers riot online.”
So again I ask, what happened to number three . . . the rule about not lying that was also “punishable by the UCMJ to give a false statement”?
President and CEO of Plessas Experts Network, Inc, Kirby Plessas pointed out some of the unethical and potentially illegal activities that Aaron Barr’s leaked emails suggested like “Chumming and baiting” which sounded like “entrapment of some sort.” There would be no warrant for the data collected on individuals which could then be stored for how long? “THIS is the entire reason Intelligence Oversight was created — to avoid this sort of thing from ever happening again.”
According to Redacted News, the leaked emails showed how names can be cross-referenced across social media sites to collect information on people and then used to gain access to those social ciricles. The emails also talked of how Facebook could be used to spread government messages:
Even the most restrictive and security conscious of persons can be exploited. Through the targeting and
targets friend list if it is exposed and find a targets most socially promiscuous friends, the ones that have over 300-500 friends, friend them to develop mutual friends before sending a friend request to the target. To that end friend’s accounts can be compromised and used to post malicious material to a targets wall. When choosing to participate in social media an individual is only as protected as his/her weakest friend.
Lots of people have multiple online aliases, Facebook or Twitter accounts for both business and private life. What most bothers me is the lying and seemingly unethical means to an end. Although the government says it doesn’t approve of censorship, etc, when its secrets come to light, it seems to be Okay with recommending underhanded tactics.
Secretary Clinton delivered a speech called, “Internet Rights and Wrongs: Choices and Challenges In A Networked World.” To help promote and support Internet freedom, the State Department intends to award $25 million in grants. While that is great news, the EFF reported, “For every strong statement about preserving liberty, freedom of expression, and privacy on the global Internet, there exists a countervailing example of the United States attempting to undermine those same values.”
Secretary Clinton later told “This Week” anchor Christiane Amanpou that most Americans “are in favor of human rights, freedom, democracy. We know that ultimately the most progress that can be made on behalf of human beings anywhere is when those individuals are empowered, when they have governments that are responsive.” Clinton added, “At the same time, we recognize that this process can be hijacked. It can be hijacked by both outside and inside elements within any country.”
So while the U.S. government can talk a good talk, what it does and what it says often doesn’t seem to jive. Gasp, I know, it’s not a big shocker but sometimes I find that utterly frustrating. The President wanted an Internet Kill Switch, the FBI keeps pushing for backdoors on all-things-Net. What happened to a code of ethics? Does it disappear behind closed doors, dirty deeds done in the dark and used against the American people who are supposed to be free to express themselves? ”
“Panama where the numbers never add up”