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Tuesday, August 21, 2007

ATF agents caught editing Wikipedia pages for Star Wars, beer

You may have heard already about the Wikipedia Scanner, a new website that lets you find out who has been editing what Wikipedia pages and from where. And since the site went bigtime last week a lot of activity has come to light, such as the Central Intelligence Agency and the Vatican making edits, Apple, Microsoft and Dell adding negative info about their competitors and Diebold attempting to wipe out serious concerns about the integrity of its voting machines.

Now comes word that Red's Trading Post has blown the lid on what members of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms are doing with our tax money.

Among other things, IP addresses that trace back to the BATF have been responsible for Wikipedia edits regarding: Star Wars, Calvin and Hobbes, Charles Bronson, Samuel Adams Beer, and Harry Potter.

I suppose it's easier for ATF members to play around with fantasy, than it is for them to "edit away" the very real world that they have played a part in creating (WARNING: graphic image at the link).


qemuel said...

Sound like a certain Ministry of Truth from Orwell's 1984, anyone?


Anonymous said...


Good luck