Tuesday, 28 September 2010 10:00



'Want to earn tons of cool badges and prizes while competing with you friends to see who can be the best American? Download the SnapScouts app for your Android phone (iPhone app coming soon) and get started patrolling your neighborhood.

It's up to you to keep America safe! If you see something suspicious, Snap it! If you see someone who doesn't belong, Snap it! Not sure if someone or something is suspicious? Snap it anyway! Play with your friends and family to see who can get the best prizes. Join the SnapScouts today!'

See here: How to Play Being a Stasi Informer on Your Smart Phone

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BAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!

use this to peg police officers alllll daaaaay looooooong.
thats not the purpose

Joshua Geyer said:
BAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!

use this to peg police officers alllll daaaaay looooooong.
Found this after 2 minutes on google.

I was looking with disgust at the "SnapScouts" webpage that was linked to in the October 8 edition ofUnfiltered News. As I read through the page I started wondering whether or not it could be a chilling but clever parody. Upon further inspection I think I can say conclusively that it is.

If you look in the "About Us" section at the bottom, it says "Created in 2008 by George Parsons and Winston O'Brien, MiniTru LLC leverages modern technology to address the timeless threats to democracy and freedom." This seems to be a clear reference to the book 1984:

- GEORGE obviously is the first name of the author, George Orwell (real name Eric Blair).


- WINSTON is the first name of the main character and protagonist in the book, Winston Smith.


- MINITRU refers to the Ministry of Truth, where Winston works to craft lies and rewrite history.


- PARSONS is the surname of Winston's neighbor Tom, and his wife, who had "scarlet banners of the Youth League and the Spies, and a full-sized poster of Big Brother" on the walls of their flat. Orwell tells us: "[Tom] Parsons was Winston's fellow employee at the Ministry of Truth. He was a fattish but active man of paralysing stupidity, a mass of imbecile enthusiasms; one of those completely unquestioning, devoted drudges on whom, more even than on the Thought Police, the stability of the Party depended. ... He would inform you with quiet pride..."


- O'BRIEN is the Inner Party member to whom Winston confesses his desire to fight against the totalitarian state in which they are living, a desire which O'Brien ostensibly shares. When Winston is later arrested he learns that O'Brien was misleading him, and is actually entirely loyal to the Party. It is O'Brien who is tasked with torturing Winston in the Ministry of Love to "cure" him of his "insanity" and make him "love" Big Brother.

Of course, the disturbing fact still remains that we live in a society where, without these clues, it would be difficult to tell whether or not this was parody. In fact, as you know, and as Unfiltered News has documented, there are numerous real-life, non-parody programs which are very similar to "SnapScouts".

One example is "Internet Eyes", a website which, as the BBC reports, "pays the public to monitor live commercial CCTV footage" and will "pay up to $1,000 to subscribers who regularly report suspicious activity such as shoplifting."

The BBC continues: "Managing director Tony Morgan said the scheme would reduce crime and help prevent other anti-social behaviour. But civil liberties campaig"ners say the idea is "distasteful" and encourages private citizens to spy on each other. The private company intends to stream live footage to subscribers' home computers from CCTV cameras installed in shops and other businesses."

Other examples can be found by searching the internet for programs like "Operation Bright Eyes", "Operation TIPS", and "InfraGuard". Also, headlines like, "Terror watch uses local eyes", "US planning to recruit one in 24 Americans as citizen spies", "Town halls hire citizen snoopers as young as SEVEN to spy on neighbours and report wrongs", etc. One could spend all night compiling the examples.
very insightful

Tactical Edge said:
Found this after 2 minutes on google.

I was looking with disgust at the "SnapScouts" webpage that was linked to in the October 8 edition ofUnfiltered News. As I read through the page I started wondering whether or not it could be a chilling but clever parody. Upon further inspection I think I can say conclusively that it is.

If you look in the "About Us" section at the bottom, it says "Created in 2008 by George Parsons and Winston O'Brien, MiniTru LLC leverages modern technology to address the timeless threats to democracy and freedom." This seems to be a clear reference to the book 1984:

- GEORGE obviously is the first name of the author, George Orwell (real name Eric Blair).


- WINSTON is the first name of the main character and protagonist in the book, Winston Smith.


- MINITRU refers to the Ministry of Truth, where Winston works to craft lies and rewrite history.


- PARSONS is the surname of Winston's neighbor Tom, and his wife, who had "scarlet banners of the Youth League and the Spies, and a full-sized poster of Big Brother" on the walls of their flat. Orwell tells us: "[Tom] Parsons was Winston's fellow employee at the Ministry of Truth. He was a fattish but active man of paralysing stupidity, a mass of imbecile enthusiasms; one of those completely unquestioning, devoted drudges on whom, more even than on the Thought Police, the stability of the Party depended. ... He would inform you with quiet pride..."


- O'BRIEN is the Inner Party member to whom Winston confesses his desire to fight against the totalitarian state in which they are living, a desire which O'Brien ostensibly shares. When Winston is later arrested he learns that O'Brien was misleading him, and is actually entirely loyal to the Party. It is O'Brien who is tasked with torturing Winston in the Ministry of Love to "cure" him of his "insanity" and make him "love" Big Brother.

Of course, the disturbing fact still remains that we live in a society where, without these clues, it would be difficult to tell whether or not this was parody. In fact, as you know, and as Unfiltered News has documented, there are numerous real-life, non-parody programs which are very similar to "SnapScouts".

One example is "Internet Eyes", a website which, as the BBC reports, "pays the public to monitor live commercial CCTV footage" and will "pay up to $1,000 to subscribers who regularly report suspicious activity such as shoplifting."

The BBC continues: "Managing director Tony Morgan said the scheme would reduce crime and help prevent other anti-social behaviour. But civil liberties campaig"ners say the idea is "distasteful" and encourages private citizens to spy on each other. The private company intends to stream live footage to subscribers' home computers from CCTV cameras installed in shops and other businesses."

Other examples can be found by searching the internet for programs like "Operation Bright Eyes", "Operation TIPS", and "InfraGuard". Also, headlines like, "Terror watch uses local eyes", "US planning to recruit one in 24 Americans as citizen spies", "Town halls hire citizen snoopers as young as SEVEN to spy on neighbours and report wrongs", etc. One could spend all night compiling the examples.

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