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Sat Feb 13, 2021, 08:40 PM

Most likely, we're being watched closely, and it's OK.

This is a response to a thread that was self-deleted by marmar who wanted to understand why views seem so high this evening on DU (immediately following the conclusion of Trump’s second impeachment trial) compared to responses and recommendations. What follows is my theory.

National security and other bots are probably doing repeated word-searches looking for words like:

fight, kill, terrorism, attack, bomb, destroy, plan, meeting, murder, eradicate, secede, secession, war, castrate all Republicans, treason, traitor, vengeance, decimate, decapitate, genocide, annihilate, blast, drown, AK-47, boot, sacrifice, blood, eggs and omelettes, illegal, weapon, killing, homicide, gun, ammo, insurrection, barricade, hang, secret, shoot, poison, anthrax, slaughter, plot, and don’t forget tiny demonic wizards designed to penetrate Trump’s testicles and blow them up from the inside.

If this post doesn’t raise a red flag, then I wrote it very poorly. Seriously, people SHOULD be concerned that true Americans are rightly angry about the blatant miscarriage of justice that we witnessed today. It would make sense for law enforcement to pay special attention to us today.



-Laelth

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Reply Most likely, we're being watched closely, and it's OK. (Original post)
Laelth Feb 2021 OP
applegrove Feb 2021 #1
CaliforniaPeggy Feb 2021 #2
Midnightwalk Feb 2021 #3
Nevilledog Feb 2021 #4
Laelth Feb 2021 #11
panader0 Feb 2021 #66
Laelth Feb 2021 #70
Mr.Bill Feb 2021 #13
Laelth Feb 2021 #22
llmart Feb 2021 #5
Laelth Feb 2021 #12
llmart Feb 2021 #14
Laelth Feb 2021 #21
dhill926 Feb 2021 #28
Laelth Feb 2021 #30
Tommymac Feb 2021 #29
Laelth Feb 2021 #33
TwilightZone Feb 2021 #6
Laelth Feb 2021 #8
dweller Feb 2021 #7
Laelth Feb 2021 #39
bdamomma Feb 2021 #9
WarGamer Feb 2021 #10
Irish_Dem Feb 2021 #31
Laelth Feb 2021 #40
Generic Brad Feb 2021 #54
Chainfire Feb 2021 #15
Laelth Feb 2021 #41
Chainfire Feb 2021 #42
Laelth Feb 2021 #46
Chainfire Feb 2021 #53
dameatball Feb 2021 #16
Laelth Feb 2021 #23
Hermit-The-Prog Feb 2021 #17
Celerity Feb 2021 #36
LaelthsDaughter Feb 2021 #18
Laelth Feb 2021 #26
LaelthsDaughter Feb 2021 #47
Laelth Feb 2021 #48
dweller Feb 2021 #19
Laelth Feb 2021 #24
Qutzupalotl Feb 2021 #20
Laelth Feb 2021 #49
ecstatic Feb 2021 #25
Laelth Feb 2021 #27
Sympthsical Feb 2021 #32
Laelth Feb 2021 #34
Sympthsical Feb 2021 #35
Laelth Feb 2021 #38
Sympthsical Feb 2021 #44
Laelth Feb 2021 #45
Clearly fogged in Feb 2021 #56
cwydro Feb 2021 #55
Laelth Feb 2021 #62
KY_EnviroGuy Feb 2021 #37
Laelth Feb 2021 #43
dmr Feb 2021 #50
soldierant Feb 2021 #51
PurgedVoter Feb 2021 #52
Laelth Feb 2021 #59
harumph Feb 2021 #57
Laelth Feb 2021 #58
Progressive Jones Feb 2021 #60
Laelth Feb 2021 #61
Klaralven Feb 2021 #63
Roisin Ni Fiachra Feb 2021 #64
Laelth Feb 2021 #69
JimGinPA Feb 2021 #65
SmartVoter22 Feb 2021 #67
Laelth Feb 2021 #68

Response to Laelth (Original post)

Sat Feb 13, 2021, 08:42 PM

1. And you got 500 looks in 1 minute. Right you are. And right the authorities

are.

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Response to Laelth (Original post)

Sat Feb 13, 2021, 08:42 PM

2. I think you're most likely right; this makes sense to me. n/t

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Response to Laelth (Original post)

Sat Feb 13, 2021, 08:42 PM

3. 490 views in one minute. nt

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Response to Laelth (Original post)

Sat Feb 13, 2021, 08:43 PM

4. Eggs & Omlets?

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Response to Nevilledog (Reply #4)

Sat Feb 13, 2021, 08:53 PM

11. Isn't that how Stalin justified killing 20 million of his own people?

“In order to make an omelette, you have to break a few eggs.”



-Laelth

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Response to Laelth (Reply #11)

Mon Feb 15, 2021, 09:08 AM

66. I've got my eye on you.

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Response to panader0 (Reply #66)

Mon Feb 15, 2021, 10:47 AM

70. Really? n/t



-Laelth

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Response to Nevilledog (Reply #4)

Sat Feb 13, 2021, 08:55 PM

13. All I can think of is the saying

You have to break a few eggs to make an omelet.

Maybe some people use that as code for violent action?

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Response to Mr.Bill (Reply #13)

Sat Feb 13, 2021, 09:17 PM

22. Just so. It definitely implies that the ends justify the means. n/t

-Laelth

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Response to Laelth (Original post)

Sat Feb 13, 2021, 08:45 PM

5. Trump has testicles???

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Response to Laelth (Reply #12)

Sat Feb 13, 2021, 08:56 PM

14. LOL

I'll volunteer.

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Response to Laelth (Reply #21)

Sat Feb 13, 2021, 09:31 PM

28. right now some incel Qnon mental defective in his basement is saying...

"I KNEW it," haha....

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Response to dhill926 (Reply #28)

Sat Feb 13, 2021, 09:34 PM

30. I have to stop now, or I will get in trouble.

Nice chatting with you. Talk to you soon.



-Laelth

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Response to Laelth (Reply #21)

Sat Feb 13, 2021, 09:31 PM

29. Oops you did it again.

I thinks that A word is in someone's list.

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Response to Tommymac (Reply #29)

Sat Feb 13, 2021, 09:35 PM

33. Of that I am certain. n/t



-Laelth

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Response to Laelth (Original post)

Sat Feb 13, 2021, 08:45 PM

6. This is also a busy place at times like this.

But yes, it's quite likely that it's getting attention outside the usual, but I think there might be a lot of right-wing lurkers in the total. That also happens at times like this. They want to see our reactions for the same reason DUers go check out FR, Fox, etc.

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Response to TwilightZone (Reply #6)

Sat Feb 13, 2021, 08:49 PM

8. Quite true.

I like reading a few of their reactions as well.



-Laelth

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Response to Laelth (Original post)

Sat Feb 13, 2021, 08:46 PM

7. Hi Agent Mikes



✌🏻

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Response to Laelth (Original post)

Sat Feb 13, 2021, 08:50 PM

9. why look at

Us??? what are those Seditionists/Trump loyalists saying now.

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Response to Laelth (Original post)

Sat Feb 13, 2021, 08:51 PM

10. "Agent Mike"??

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Response to WarGamer (Reply #10)

Sat Feb 13, 2021, 09:35 PM

31. The humorous hypothetical government agent we pretend monitors our site.

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Response to WarGamer (Reply #10)

Sun Feb 14, 2021, 10:22 AM

54. More like "Agent Mike Bot"

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Response to Laelth (Original post)

Sat Feb 13, 2021, 08:57 PM

15. I am way past caring about that kind of thing.

If they ever start to come after mouthy liberals, I will be doomed for my post on gun forums. There are a lot of folks on one forum that would be happy to see me hung, drawn and quartered for my expressed views.

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Response to Chainfire (Reply #15)

Sat Feb 13, 2021, 09:55 PM

41. I hear you.

If Gilead ever happens, I am screwn.



-Laelth

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Response to Laelth (Reply #41)

Sat Feb 13, 2021, 10:00 PM

42. Blewn and tattoonend

Perhaps we can accompany each other to the pearly gates.

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Response to Chainfire (Reply #42)

Sat Feb 13, 2021, 10:12 PM

46. It's gonna freak me out ...

... when I meet you on our ordinary, daily walk to the market and you’re somebody else using the same name as my dear, forever-lost friend.



-Laelth

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Response to Laelth (Reply #46)

Sun Feb 14, 2021, 10:18 AM

53. I'm back!

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Response to Laelth (Original post)

Sat Feb 13, 2021, 08:57 PM

16. Does that mean they are not going to be sending us any hearts???

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Response to dameatball (Reply #16)

Sat Feb 13, 2021, 09:18 PM

23. Probably not. n/t



-Laelth

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Response to Laelth (Original post)

Sat Feb 13, 2021, 08:58 PM

17. 'Way back before y2k, we used to troll the FBI with such terms in online "chats".

Sorry, I don't remember the (alleged) name of the software they were using.

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Response to Laelth (Original post)

Sat Feb 13, 2021, 08:58 PM

18. Let us not forget...

Bust their kneecaps, maim, shoot, gun down, stab, torture, eviscerate, bomb, gas, explode, slash, overwhelm, boil, freeze to death, poison with: wolfsbane, carbon monoxide, hemlock, belladonna, and arsenic, some good old fashioned bludgeoning, and incineration.

All of this to just have fun with poking at the people watching.

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Response to LaelthsDaughter (Reply #18)

Sat Feb 13, 2021, 09:29 PM

26. I think you might be having too much fun with this. n/t



-Laelth

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Response to Laelth (Reply #26)

Sat Feb 13, 2021, 10:20 PM

47. Maybe

Possibly~.

But I'll add one more: defenistration.

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Response to LaelthsDaughter (Reply #47)

Sat Feb 13, 2021, 10:26 PM

48. Yes. That's too much fun.

Just ask Putin.



-Laelth

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Response to Laelth (Original post)

Sat Feb 13, 2021, 08:58 PM

19. Well, you didn't break 1k

in over 10 minutes, so I suppose you scared them off ..

good job 👍

✌🏻

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Response to dweller (Reply #19)

Sat Feb 13, 2021, 09:27 PM

24. This thread has already been flagged and is being recorded.

No need to bot-search for it now.



-Laelth

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Response to Laelth (Original post)

Sat Feb 13, 2021, 08:59 PM

20. Could be just googling impeachment questions

leads to discussion boards and leads to DU. Our reputation is deserved; despite our rowdiness, we can be substantive and sticklers for accuracy, which is useful to those seeking answers. Hi, future members!

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Response to Qutzupalotl (Reply #20)

Sat Feb 13, 2021, 10:27 PM

49. Honestly, I expect that the fascists are searching for delicious, liberal tears.

I think that is part of it, anyway.



-Laelth

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Response to Laelth (Original post)

Sat Feb 13, 2021, 09:27 PM

25. But it doesn't fit our MO and they know that

We're not violent terrorists. I resisted the urge to say some extremely nasty things to MoscowTurtle & lyin Ted though.

I'm over it now. I'll probably disappear from all topics related to trump until the *real* trial begins.

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Response to ecstatic (Reply #25)

Sat Feb 13, 2021, 09:30 PM

27. They have to monitor us just for the appearance of balance.

Agreed. They know that DU isn’t a violent threat to anyone or anything.

-Laelth

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Response to Laelth (Original post)

Sat Feb 13, 2021, 09:35 PM

32. I doubt anyone cares much

It's a busy political news day. Not only are we posters and lurkers refreshing threads much more than usual, but outsiders who are curious about partisan reactions to things are surfing around as well.

I'm just guesstimating, but there's maybe, what, 200 regularly active posters here? Maybe? That seems high even. I lurk a lot more than post, and it always seems like I'm reading the same couple dozen people everyday.

If the government and/or bots are going to go snooping around, they're going to go to your Reddits, Facebooks, Twitter, etc. where tens of thousands of people are interacting in real time.

This is a very small corner of the internet. If someone is lurking around here trying to assess anything, they're wasting an awful lot of time.

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Response to Sympthsical (Reply #32)

Sat Feb 13, 2021, 09:37 PM

34. Small, sure, but it's not that small.

It’s worth monitoring, I would think ... I would hope.



-Laelth

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Response to Laelth (Reply #34)

Sat Feb 13, 2021, 09:42 PM

35. I honestly don't think it is

I read a lot of political sites. The only reason I knew of this place is because a friend is a long-time poster and said I should read and post here.

I don't know the membership numbers or anything, but as I said, it feels like I'm reading the same posters most days. It feels like a pretty small community to me. And I'm just comparing that to, say, political subReddits, where there are so many people, I never who anyone is.

I mean, it doesn't matter. As long as the community likes each other and generally gets along, the number doesn't matter. Just the quality you're getting out of it.

I just can't imagine the government particularly cares. Facebook monitoring alone feels like it should be its own Cabinet department.

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Response to Sympthsical (Reply #35)

Sat Feb 13, 2021, 09:46 PM

38. Admittedly, we're nothing compared to Facebook.

Thank you for your insight.

-Laelth

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Response to Laelth (Reply #38)

Sat Feb 13, 2021, 10:02 PM

44. Though, now that you mention it . . .

I just glanced around. There's one post with 11 replies and 5.7k views. That seems . . . odd. However, it's titled "The MFer got away with it again," and that's the kind of post that a lot of outsiders will glom onto to see the reactions.

But, one thing to note is that the site owners can see where traffic is coming from. So, if it was a problem, maybe an admin could chime in? I've run a few sites in the past, and I could always instantly tell if something got linked somewhere. It's there in the stats read out.

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Response to Sympthsical (Reply #44)

Sat Feb 13, 2021, 10:06 PM

45. We used to be much bigger (in terms of internet share).

This site dates to 2000, and, at one point, was in the top 200 busiest sites on the internet. We do American politics, and we are the largest left-wing, American political forum on the internet. We’re accustomed to being watched. The admins are fully aware of our traffic patterns. It’s no biggie to us.

Compared to our right-wing mirrors, we’re harmless.



-Laelth

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Response to Laelth (Reply #45)

Sun Feb 14, 2021, 07:12 PM

56. Thank you for sticking up for us harmless lurkers.

People who like to look for the bigger picture of things. People who come here because the relatively small number of posters are those who deliver a consistent and well thought approach to things. In this Orwellian world it seems that anyone speaking above their paygrade bears monitoring. Those damned dangerous words again. I think it's s total bullshit.

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Response to Sympthsical (Reply #32)

Sun Feb 14, 2021, 10:31 AM

55. I doubt very much anyone looks at us except as a source of amusement at times.

Most of us over 60, the same posters, some of whom post OP after OP umpteen times a day...Agent Mike isn't going to lose sleep over a group that overwhelmingly has posted about how they don't DARE even put a bumpersticker on a car for fear of keying, much less a sign in their yard.

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Response to cwydro (Reply #55)

Mon Feb 15, 2021, 07:11 AM

62. Sigh. I fear that we are quite lame (as domestic terrorists go).

Still, they have to monitor us to create the appearance of “balance.” They know that the really dangerous loons come from our right wing.

-Laelth

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Response to Laelth (Original post)

Sat Feb 13, 2021, 09:44 PM

37. I noticed long ago that any post with their party name or....

the name of any of their politicians seem to gather huge numbers of views.

That strongly suggest there are bots or trolls searching for Dems saying bad stuff about Rethugs, I guess to prove why they have constant butt hurt and whine on social media 24/7.

I mean, it's not like a bunch of 100% assholes don't deserve a little criticism from the public......

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Response to KY_EnviroGuy (Reply #37)

Sat Feb 13, 2021, 10:00 PM

43. Hear! Hear!

It’s a bit depressing that they’re not really afraid of us. The Republicans who voted to acquit are far more afraid of their rabid right-wing constituents than they are of the majority of their constituents (loyal American patriots who know incitement to insurrection when they see it). It’s somewhat sad that they’re NOT afraid of us.

-Laelth

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Response to Laelth (Original post)

Sat Feb 13, 2021, 11:02 PM

50. Eggs and omelettes? What's that suppose to mean?

I learned a long time ago (decades) to watch what I say, or how to say it.

Even at home you never know who or what is listening in. Between our smart phones/appliances, Alexa, GPS, TV remotes, etc ....

I try not to think about it, yet, I'm very conscious of what I say and type.
:hi;

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Response to Laelth (Original post)

Sat Feb 13, 2021, 11:13 PM

51. Didn't Republicans just demonstrate that

there is nothing there to castrate?

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Response to Laelth (Original post)

Sat Feb 13, 2021, 11:59 PM

52. I am quite sure that crypic talk will keep them looking.

So if you need a yellow umbrella to fly, don't dust the chicken.

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Response to PurgedVoter (Reply #52)

Sun Feb 14, 2021, 09:35 PM

59. Roger that. n/t

-Laelth

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Response to Laelth (Original post)

Sun Feb 14, 2021, 08:29 PM

57. I'd like to respectfully submit the phrase "Fire up the wood chipper."

This is fun.

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Response to harumph (Reply #57)

Sun Feb 14, 2021, 08:51 PM

58. Shhh ... that one is not approved by ANTINT for public dissemination.

Please delete your post.

-Laelth

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Response to Laelth (Original post)

Sun Feb 14, 2021, 09:56 PM

60. There's anteefa dust in the omelettes at Mar-a-lardo... nt

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Response to Progressive Jones (Reply #60)

Mon Feb 15, 2021, 07:08 AM

61. Roger that. n/t

-Laelth

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Response to Laelth (Original post)

Mon Feb 15, 2021, 07:26 AM

63. The grunion run at midnight.

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Response to Klaralven (Reply #63)

Mon Feb 15, 2021, 08:01 AM

64. Calzones are ready for harvest.

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Response to Roisin Ni Fiachra (Reply #64)

Mon Feb 15, 2021, 10:43 AM

69. ANTINT ALERT

Portland, 02-15-21

ANTINT ALERT from Antifa Intelligence, Portland

Be advised that the preceding message was posted in error and did not originate from an authorized Antifa agent. This matter is under investigation, but be advised:

Calzones are NOT ready for harvest.

REPEAT

Calzones are NOT ready for harvest.

Direct all inquiries to ANTINT, Portland.

Thank you.

-Laelth

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Response to Laelth (Original post)

Mon Feb 15, 2021, 08:37 AM

65. Whenever I'm Driving On A Highway And I See A Police Car

I normally take a quick glance at my speedometer just to be sure I'm not going too fast. 90% of the time I don't need to ease of the gas because I'm within 5 mph of the speed limit. So while it may make me a little uneasy in the short term, after thinking about it a bit I suppose I'm glad they're out there keeping the roads a little safer.

This site goes out of it's way to not promote violence, or hate speech or any other anti-social or illegal activity, not only by the admins of the the site, but by the vast majority of the members as well. So while it may cause some uneasiness to think we might be being watched, it's also a good thing they are out there looking for those other vehicles driving recklessly.



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Response to Laelth (Original post)

Mon Feb 15, 2021, 09:59 AM

67. Did you guess those 'keywords'?

or are the actual ones the FBI uses?

Seems to be a pretty remarkable thing, for you to hae access to those keywords, and be able to post them; if in fact they are actual words the FBI uses to search Google.

I am not sure if the FBI even needs Google or Bing or DuckDuckGo to find what they're looking for.

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Response to SmartVoter22 (Reply #67)

Mon Feb 15, 2021, 10:36 AM

68. No comment. n/t



-Laelth

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