Watch: Iraq War Whistleblower - Banned From Twitter - Tells His Story

Authored by Mike Krieger via Liberty Blitzkrieg,

During my time in Iraq working for the State Department, a time that I initially was a red, white and blue government official, I frequently lied to the media. I lied to them about how things were going, I lied to them about how successful we were.

My colleagues and I were contemptuous of them, most of the people we talked to in the media didn’t know enough to ask important questions, most of them didn’t care enough to ask questions and simply jotted down whatever we told them, and it was just remarkably easy to fool them. It’s almost as if they wanted to play along with us.

At one point I described it as they weren’t looking for “the story,” just “a story.” I made some remarks about how many of them were more concerned about looking good in their stand-ups, getting their makeup on straight than looking for details or questioning the lies that the government put forward. 

– Peter Van Buren, Iraq War Whistleblower, banned from Twitter a few days ago

The above quote is from an extraordinary discussion between Daniel McAdams, Scott Horton and Peter Van Buren that occurred yesterday.

Stop whatever you’re doing right now and watch this, it’s that important.

Let’s now get right into why this is so incredibly problematic. Mr. Van Buren claims that he was deleted from Twitter after making a mainstream journalist named Jonathan Katz uncomfortable with what was an obvious joke that no honest person would ever take as a real threat of violence.

Van Buren wrote “I hope a MAGA guy eats your face,” which apparently led Katz to complain to the Twitter authorities. Shortly afterwards, Van Buren was disappeared from Twitter.

Here’s where what Twitter did becomes extremely problematic. When the company, or its secret algorithms, banned Van Buren it sent all his tweets down the memory hole. Thus, we can’t go back and look at the history of everything that happened in this specific incident, nor can we review his history of tweets. He just gets vanished with no recourse for writing something pretty innocuous in the grand scheme of things.

If Twitter’s going to disappear someone from the platform it should do two things. First, offer that person a detailed account of why they were banned and let them appeal the decision. Second, simply because a person can’t tweet going forward, that person’s history of tweets should be left up for posterity and history’s sake, provided the person who composed the tweets wants to keep them up. This Orwellian vanishing of years and years of compliant tweets and valuable information is unethical and indefensible.

I’ve been an active user and major proponent of Twitter since 2012, but Jack Dorsey and company are flirting with disaster if they keep this up. If what Daniel McAdams says is true and he was temporarily suspended for a retweet, something is seriously broken at the platform.

Although I ultimately hope Twitter can get back on track, the problems faced by using centralized platforms in which humans are relied upon to make arbitrary decisions on who gets to speak and who doesn’t based on their whims, biases and emotions needs to be addressed. A platform needs to be just that, a platform.

This gets to one of the main reasons I’ve been and remain such a ardent supporter of Bitcoin. The principles of decentralization, open source code and censorship resistant peer-to-peer interaction is applicable to human society on multiple levels. Not just when it comes to money, but it’s also instrumental when it comes to protecting free speech and creating a genuine digital “public square.”

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Comments

J S Bach Wed, 08/08/2018 - 18:30 Permalink

Van Buren is to be commended.  Peter has the right to speak and be heard.

All of this pretentiousness by the online PTB are only serving to speed their own demise.  Sometimes Nature's erosion works over decades as the flowing of a brook.  Sometimes it comes in the crashing wave of a tsunami.  I believe the latter is what we are about to witness with the downfall of the MSM.

Ecclesia Militans peopledontwanttruth Wed, 08/08/2018 - 18:36 Permalink

Terms of use peeps. Twitter owes no one anything.  No history, no explanation of getting hit with the ban stick, nothing.

Also, Peter Van Buren was a team leader at a PRT - that's a schlep job (I should know, I had to schlep around with those peeps in Afghanistan.)  This is a guy trying to make a career out of being forced to retire by State.  Of course he lied to the media - probably not as much as he lied typing up his annual performance reviews.

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Scar Bro land_of_the_few Wed, 08/08/2018 - 18:48 Permalink

The Iraq war was based on the lie that Saddam Hussein had some connection with al-qaeda... NOT THE SAUDIS.. but Saddam Hussein (who regularly imprisoned and flayed al-qaeda terrorists).

Then this guy is telling us that after they lied to start the war..... they continued lying during the war. Yes, err thanks for the info. Surely they told the truth after the war... Maybe some fucker will take to twitter debunk my "surely truth was told after lies during the war, after lies to start the war" theory.

Fucking useless information.

Can we get back to spammers warning us about spammers please. Oh yeah, and the 13yr old trolls looking for someone to argue with to kill time between masturbating sessions.

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inhibi AlphaSeraph Wed, 08/08/2018 - 19:29 Permalink

Does anyone actually use twitter besides celebs, politicians, internet personalities, and orgs?

At least, Ive never used it, and my FB is used by my wife (how confusing that must be for the algos). 

My FB looks like I died back in college and turned gay. Pretty sure my last post was a decade ago. Wouldnt have even had it then but my GF in highschool pretty much forced me into it. And I wasnt gonna forego sex just to abstain from a website.

Pretty sure that's why the guys even made a FB - to be able to date & creep around.

How sad & obvious - that 'social networking' is really more for the ego than any social interaction. Ive never seen anyone meet someone they didnt know, or further a friendship through FB.

Why is it even called social networking? It should just be called what it is: posting. 

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Feathered Serpent inhibi Wed, 08/08/2018 - 20:00 Permalink

I have multiple accounts on Twitter for my business, it's great because you can filter all the "social media" garbage and receive a feed strictly based on subject. For example, one of my accounts is UAV/drone industry based, so all the content I receive deals with that industry only.

It's all how you set it up. If someone decides to whine about Trump or complain about some sports team, they get blocked and I never see their garbage again.

Though the twats at Twitter do try to suck you in to the social media world by adding trending hashtags to your screen, but they are easily avoided.

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Free This peopledontwanttruth Wed, 08/08/2018 - 18:37 Permalink

DAHHH, but but but we had a vile of yellow cake....bwhahahahahahhahhahaah

It was cause Saddam was selling oil for gold, the windshield cowboy didn't like that, and also finished the job for his pops!

Now, Saddam was an evil guy! But a lot of people died just to get one madman. Sad.

Tweeter sucks anyway, you are better off fella! Snowflakes, what you gonna do?

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lock-stick Free This Wed, 08/08/2018 - 18:44 Permalink

It's all ONE SICK, PATHETIC SPAMMER!!!

•• Cryptopithicus Homme (bitcoin spammer - imaginary "friend")

•• Free This (ABOVE, in all his 7th grade glory - JACKASS  as new icon!)

•• Adolfsteinbergovitch ("I TORMENT THE WOMAN WHO SUCKS DICK!")

•• roea.rita ("I SUCK DICK ON THE INTERNET FOR LAND ROVERS!")

•• lisa.roy39  ("I SUCK DICK ON THE INTERNET FOR LAND ROVERS!")

•• Leakanthrophy (PORN for Jesus!)

•• 07564111 ("I PRETEND I DON'T KNOW ANY OF THEM!")

•• MoreSun (whacked, OH SO WHACKED!!)

•• Africoman

•• Sanctificado

•• beemasters

•• PrivetHedge

•• Cheolli

•• bobcatz

dozens and dozens and dozens of banned log-on's -- more than seven years!

 

....and all the while, the pathetic little SPAMMER sits in his leaky, moldy, smelly single wide in Western New York, surrounded by garbage and dirty clothes, trying to find his dick amidst rolls of fat, talking to his ACTION FIGURES and wondering where his life went.

 

It's all ONE SICK, PATHETIC LIDDLE SPAMMER!!!

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uhland62 peopledontwanttruth Wed, 08/08/2018 - 23:59 Permalink

You thought wrong. Saddam had a contract with French oil company elf Aquitaine to sell oil for Euros (not USD) from 1st April 2003 - hence invasion in March.

Always the same thing, a reason for war is publicised as fact. Years later we hear what the real reason was.

But then again, it might just be Uncle Sams favourite passtime to bring war to other people's streets because the military industrial complex needs to empty their warehouses or production would stop. 

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mailll Stan522 Wed, 08/08/2018 - 22:41 Permalink

Next thing he is going to tell us is that they lied to the media about what really happened on 911 and we believed it (sarcasm).

Remote controlled airplanes (inside job), or a bunch of Arabs who have never flown a jumbo jet before yet took down 4 buildings with just 3 airplanes.  Let me flip a coin.

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Son of Captain Nemo Son of Captain Nemo Wed, 08/08/2018 - 18:39 Permalink

"This gets to one of the main reasons I’ve been and remain such a ardent supporter of Bitcoin. The principles of decentralization, open source code and censorship resistant peer-to-peer interaction is applicable to human society on multiple levels. Not just when it comes to money, but it’s also instrumental when it comes to protecting free speech and creating a genuine digital “public square.”...

Don't understand why you had to ruin this by mentioning the NSA/U.S. Treasury project going on 22 years (http://groups.csail.mit.edu/mac/classes/6.805/articles/money/nsamint/ns…)?... 

All designed to pay for what couldn't be paid for with honest money and  a "store of value" after 9/11/2001 (https://msutoday.msu.edu/news/2017/msu-scholars-find-21-trillion-in-una…)!!!

 

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Posa Wed, 08/08/2018 - 18:35 Permalink

If you're in any way a dissident or Deep State Enemy, best to choose your words carefully and seriously if you want a platform to tell your story. Use some other forum for "jokes" or they will use loose words as a pretext to ban. These creeps may still ban you but it will be for exposing and excoriating the Predator Class, not for casual insinuations of violence or unsupportable conspiracy theories the way Jones did with his Sandy Hook claims or actors and fake deaths.

 

That's just how it is. In any case we need alternative social media platforms ... there are enough operations with the cash flow to build out new social media and search engines... better this than whining incessantly about FB, Twitter, YouTube censorship.

 

If Jones used his cash flow for these purposes with others instead of on lawyters he'd be in much better shape.

land_of_the_few Wed, 08/08/2018 - 18:38 Permalink

This maimstream churnalist Ali Ackbar Hacq seems mightily trigglypuffed.

Does he really think his face would literally get eaten - he lives in a maximum zombie alert neighborhood or what? He needs to stop freebasing the Tide Pods. Lunatic.

wtftech Wed, 08/08/2018 - 18:41 Permalink

mike, the concept of btc was decentralized but did not turn out that way, when everybody has to verify a single transaction, the scalability was flawed from beginning.

the next version is a decentralizedWeb pushed by projects like metacurrency/holochain (which predates bitcoin development) and mozilla (firefox).

Holochain and mozilla have partnered together and implemented into the dweb design the actual theory so you would have your own twitter running across the dweb without censorship and gov/corp control of data.

If you want to try it out TODAY and create a page or clone the twitter project; its compatible with javascript, css and html.

Normal Wed, 08/08/2018 - 18:45 Permalink

Steemit.com Minds.com here we come! I think Zerohedge should start an open source social media platform. You already have the eyeballs. And, you can get rid of all those pesky ads. They are like flies in the coffee. Good idea no?

MuffDiver69 Wed, 08/08/2018 - 19:00 Permalink

These social media platforms are convenient but highly overrated....People like this need to archive their work and realize not long ago a blog would suffice...There isn’t some vast audience for this stuff, so to get something to stick it has to be more then tweets and videos...think outside the box you are allowing these companies to happily put you in...

Normal bh2 Wed, 08/08/2018 - 19:17 Permalink

I think to contact Thiel is a good idea. Bring those with money and decency to the rescue. But Zerohedge has the entire Alt Right which is to say the good guys that are for the most part true humanitarians--beings that make crucial decisions that lead to the unfolding of the personality such that society at large is strengthened enough; that a greater clearing in the expanse of silence is realized, and so on--; and so let be written that the fight club shall bring upon this earth the battle for existence in the face of defeat. Let all peoples rejoice; the end is nigh and out of the rapture normalcy shall prevail. I'm tired now.

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Consuelo Wed, 08/08/2018 - 19:24 Permalink

Should be fairly self-evident by now who gives the marching orders to the SMC (Social Media Complex).   Like the German journalist said years ago - an article posted right here in fact, ['we get our orders from the CIA'...]