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Facebook’s contribution to Terrorism


I was reminded recently that the white van is circling out there. and, raising questions that I do about people in power and of influence is genuinely risky business.

in any event, I’m, admittedly, a bit weary of using Facebook as a punching bag. however, I won’t tire of being relentless when it comes to pointing out that Mark Zuckerberg and his Facebook Mafia (this can be stated in something of positive light because it’s a reference to the wealth generated by the Facebook insiders and how they are seeding countless other venture at unprecedented speed) have it within their collective power to use the Facebook platform for good. but, right now, with millions of examples over the course of any given day, it’s being used for a lot of evil, and mostly in the hands of ignorant children.

as you probably know, I’ve managed to rile up some folks with my Most recent Facebook-oriented posts: Facebook is on a Mission but not from God, and: why Facebook might be a great bad story/

In-and-amongst recent comments, Mark Toler said:

“Brian – you make a compelling argument about the much maligned privacy of Facebook however based on your judgement I could make the same argument that Jim Basillie and Mike Lazaridis (joint CEO’s of RIM) are responsible for the September 11 attacks as it has been proven that al-Qaeda used such devices (with their impenetrable encryption) while planning and executing said attacks or that Bill Gates and other internet pioneers are somehow responsible for today’s ever increasing human traffic trade.


P.S. – I am not a fan of Mark Zuckerberg – like most in his position he clearly stole the idea. He gets an A for execution.”


My response:

“I see your point with RIM. Mobile phones are a big part of the problem with explosive devices around the world. Nokia is a favorite of terrorists. And, aside from explosive devices, hand-held devices are obviously used to communicate the threat of terrorism.

NOTE: My dear friend and business partner, Bob Twitchell is part of the solution for this with his hearty and ferocious crew at Dispersive Networks. That website is currently under redevelopment.

In an earlier Blog post, Facebook is on a Mission but not from God, I pointed out that Facebook is intent on putting “dumb phones” into the billions of unreached customers around the globe. I wish I had my wits about me enough for this recent post to draw that connection as well. But, now Facebook may be unwittingly aiding millions of more potential terrorists with this plan. That is not really fair to Facebook. But, your inadvertent point needs to give us all pause, collectively.

For now, I want Zuckerberg to regulate content and the age of the Facebook users. That is fair.”


NOTE: I defy parents of Middle School girls, for example, to relay positive stories around the use of Facebook. …well, actually, I’d be delighted to get word of some. And, I’ll publish them, to be fair. I’m simply skeptical many exist.

in the picture to the left, I’d like to think Obama is telling Zuckerman why he and Michelle won’t allow their own daughters to use Facebook. and, I wonder how Zuckerman might view his platform come the day he has a pre-teen daughter of his own?

returning the line-of-thiinking before my NOTE…

For now, I want Zuckerberg to regulate content and the age of the Facebook users. That is fair. […]

or, so I thought until Toler made his appearance in the comments section. Bob Twitchell was recently granted an expedited patent around his work for Homeland Defense. as an early investor and champion I can’t go into details, here, but a problem is with terrorists (in the general form) using cellular telephones as trigger devices for bombs like improvised explosive device (IED’s).

An  IED, also known as a roadside bomb, is a homemade bomb constructed and deployed in ways other than in conventionalmilitary action. It may be constructed of conventional military explosives, such as an artillery round, attached to a detonating mechanism.

IEDs may be used in terrorist actions or in unconventional warfare by guerrillas or commando forces in a theater of operations. In the 2003–2010 Iraq War, IEDs were used extensively against coalition forces and by the end of 2007 they had become responsible for approximately 60% of coalition deaths in Iraq. They are also used in Afghanistan by insurgent groups that has caused over 70% of coalition casualties in the 2001–present Afghanistan War.

They were also used extensively by cadres of the rebel Tamil Tiger (LTTE) organization against military targets in Sri Lanka before the LTTE was dismantled in mid 2009 by the Sri Lankan military forces. – Wikipedia

the term Improvised Explosive Device comes from the British Army in the 1970s, after thev Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA) used bombs made from agricultural fertilizer and semtex smuggled from Libya to make highly effective boobytrap devices or remote-controlled bombs. an IED is a bomb fabricated in an improvised manner incorporating destructive, lethal, noxious, pyrotechnic, or incendiary chemicals and designed to destroy or incapacitate personnel or vehicles. in some cases, IEDs are used to distract, disrupt, or delay an opposing force, facilitating another type of attack. IEDs may incorporate military or commercially-sourced explosives, and often combine both types, or they may otherwise be made with homemade explosives (HME).

cellular phones are a primary tool used to detonate IED, and similar devices.  a radio-controlled IED (RCIED) incorporating a cell phone which is modified and connected to an electrical firing circuit. cell phones operate in the UHF band in line of sight with base transceiver station (BTS) antennae sites. commonly, receipt of a paging signal by phone is sufficient to initiate the IED firing circuit.

so… getting back to my prior post: Facebook is on a Mission but not from God,  if Facebook is successful in putting millions, and possibly billions of “dumb phones” into the hands of the “unreached” thinking they are going to put into their collective hands, I am more concerned that they might be unwittingly (now we have to understand scienter) arming terrorists with, otherwise, state-of-the-art technology that can be used to kill children real-time, literally, as opposed to metaphorically, on-line.

I’m apparently going to receive a call from the bad boys at Goldman Sachs about my line-of-thinking because they are (naturally), part of the syndicate group, expected to take Facebook public.

meanwhile, Barack Obama recently met with the founders of Apple, Google and others, including Facebook, to promote government partnering with corporate America to create jobs and opportunities. I wonder if Messrs. Obama and Zuckerberg are potential golf buddies? to be fair, that might be a low blow at Obama. but, I also have to be fair to people like Neal Boortz that appear to be genuinely concerned that Obama may not be what we need him to be. is this a new axis of evil? not likely in terms of intent. but, ego can be an ugly delivery system for evil, unto itself.

by the way… just as a reminder, and in an effort to keep being fair, Michelle and Barack Obama apparently don’t allow their own daughters to use Facebook. read into that what you must in terms of the goose and the gander. so, I wonder what Obama actually said when had an opportunity to speak one-on-one with Zuckerberg? someone else said that a picture says a thousand words (is that correct?). but, really, what did Obama say, or ask, of Zuckerman?

we have to ask the other questions though, and dig for the truth. that is what it means to be Heterodox -and, an Optimistic Gentleman.

dig. push. ask questions. write letters. send emails. do research. hug your kids. don’t text and drive. call your Mom and tell her you love her. Don’t text your daughter and tell her you love her. take her out to lunch and do it.

do it!

…then ask her for her Facebook login passcode and tell her not to post anything she does not want you (or her Grandmother) to see.

do that too!

in the coming months, if that white van gets me, I genuinely love all of you.

peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork

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