|Think Again: Your tax dollars at work bashing thoughtful analysts and journalists.|
Ostensively, the whole purpose of the account is to strike back against Terrorists at a moment's notice whenever they terror-tweet. In other words, troll them.
However, the desired effect of @ThinkAgain_DOS, and our our actual motive, has been to raise the public profile of Twitter Terrorists. We identified the need for a stage, a veritable security theater, where up-and-coming terror groups could make a name for themselves: a cyberspace where they could work on developing their infamy. After all, if we don't respond to their tweets, who will? We asked ourselves how some of the smaller terrorist groups could get noticed and attract followers. For example, even some important terrorist groups like Al Nussra only have a few thousand followers. When we follow a new terrorist organization on Twitter, it increases their credibility. Over time, enhancing the profile of Twitter Terrorists ought to help our corporate partners fund new and profitable countertwitterterrorism, cyberwarfare, and surveillance initiatives.
No less important, in the guise of trolling Twitter Terrorists, our new Twitter account provides a platform from which we can insult, heckle and harass independent analysts and journalists.
As Jonathan Krohn (@JihadiStuff) told CNN, we "target journalists and analysts with as much verve as attacking jihadis." It's an observation grounded in Krohn's firsthand experience interacting with us:
The above tweet came in response to us having publicly insinuated that Krohn, an American writer and journalist, works for the Terrorists.
Aris Roussinos (@arisroussinos), a crisis reporter for Vice Magazine, made a similar observation about our new Twitter account:
To help Israel dominate its neighborhood, we've been trying to weaken the Syrian state. It's a policy that has resulted in 150 thousand deaths. So far, we've avoided criticism by blaming Assad on the one hand, and sending American celebrities to Syrian refugees camps to plead that the world "do something" on the other. The revolving door between the Department and various human rights organizations has also helped us mitigate criticism.
In Libya we funnelled about $500 million to al-Qaeda aligned groups. It's no secret that the backbone of our Syria policy entails supporting armed resistance groups who depend on the muscle of al-Qaeda. The Financial Times describes the Terrorists as the "invaluable allies" of the groups we directly support.
|Al Qaeda: The friend of our friend...|
Because independent analysts keep returning the conversations about our Syria policy to this inconvenient fact, we've either sought to have our media partners ignore their reporting (the Sy Hersh treatment) or intimidate them into silence (#ThinkAgain strategy).
PartisanGirl @PartisanGirl) has been one of the sharpest critics of our efforts to destabilize Syria. Typical of the modern Syrian woman, PartisanGirl doesn't want to see her country return to the Middle Ages. Syrians like her are thankful to Assad for having made Syria an outpost of secular values in a region where women are too often treated as second-class citizens.
|Saudi Arabia is our ally in the war against Syria's secular regime.|
The following screenshot shows one of our interactions with PartisanGirl. To support her arguments, PartisanGirl will cite a reputable journal like Foreign Affairs. We will counter with a link to a story we got printed in one of the tabloids.
|PartisanGirl quotes from Foreign Affairs, we link to tabloid stories.|
Because PartisanGirl is a strong debater, we now respond to her arguments by insulting her. For example, noticing a typo in one of her tweets to us, we called her a retard who can't speak English properly.
Our staff over at Foggy Bottom are responsible for operating @ThinkAgain_DOS. You might be tempted to call our treatment of PartisanGirl undiplomatic. But sometimes we have to take the gloves off and do whatever it takes to avoid having a serious discussion about Syria with someone who knows what she is talking about.