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OPINION AND EDITORIAL

Presently a multi-channel network of social media crisis actors is attempting to re-write the history concerning the June 14, 2017 shut down of the Port of Charleston, South Carolina.  The container ship involved in the “dirty bomb hoax” was the MEMPHIS MAERSK.

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How a conspiracy theory closed part of a major US seaport

by Donie O’Sullivan   @CNNMoney June 16, 2017: 5:46 PM ET

“… Webb’s allegations were broadcast on “Crowdsource the Truth,” a conspiracy theory YouTube channel with a relatively modest 11,000 subscribers. Two other people appeared on-screen with Webb, all remote of one another — Webb said he was in Ohio. Throughout, the trio read and responded to live comments from their audience — which reached 2,000 viewers at some points, according to one of the hosts.

Webb posts daily on his own, separate YouTube channel, hosting a series he calls “Hillary’s Leakers, Hackers and Henchmen.” His videos rarely get more than 10,000 YouTube views.

After Webb mentioned the “Memphis Maersk,” the audience quickly sprung into collective action through a “Crowdsource the Truth” Facebook group and the live comments section that accompanied the YouTube broadcast.

Using a free online tracking tool, viewers found that the ship was in or approaching the Port of Charleston in South Carolina.

About an hour later, Webb’s onscreen counterpart, Jason Goodman, who runs “Crowdsource the Truth,” called a number he said was the Coast Guard while still live streaming.

Goodman identified himself to the person on the other end of the line as a “reporter with an independent news agency,” and began telling them about the alleged threat before he was interrupted.”   [quoted in relevant part from CNN article]

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“…Police in Zanesville — a central Ohio city of about 25,000 residents — say they first talked to Sweigert after getting a call about a suspicious car parked near its small downtown. Officers found him sitting inside at about 2 a.m. and suspected he was intoxicated, said police Capt. Chris Phipps.

Sweigert was charged with having physical control of a vehicle while under the influence — essentially meaning the car wasn’t being driven at the time. Sweigert pleaded not guilty, court records show, and he was later released on bail.

Around the same time, the police department got a call from the FBI asking if officers could track Sweigert down, Phipps said. The search of the Memphis was coming back clear, and agents had some follow-up questions about what he’d heard.

The FBI’s field office in Columbia couldn’t immediately be reached for comment Friday, but Phipps said investigators got a chance to talk with him: Agents stopped by the Zanesville jail Thursday afternoon.

“They didn’t want us to arrest him. They just wanted us to contact him and tell him to contact them in the morning,” Phipps said. “But as luck would have it, he ended up going to jail on a completely unrelated charge more or less simultaneously.” [quoted in relevant part].

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“A man going by George Webb went onto a website he runs and claimed that a source had told him there was a dirty bomb planted in a major American city, possibly Memphis. He said the source had gotten his information from other “sources.”

Before long the story changed to say there was a dirty bomb on a ship called the Memphis Maersk, a container ship headed for Charleston, South Carolina. That information ended up on another conspiracy channel on YouTube.

In the end, Webb, whose actual name is George Sweigert and who graduated from North Side High School in 1978, had managed to get the terminal evacuated where the container ship was located.

The Coast Guard inspected the ship and found nothing. It was another synthetic crisis. But it shows you what the internet can be used for.

That upsets a man named David Sweigert, who happens to be “George Webb’s” brother and who graduated from North Side in 1977.

It’s the result of what Sweigert, who is involved in infrastructure protection and computer security, says can happen when the internet is what he calls “weaponized.”

Crowdsourcing sites that operate like games get fans to go online and solve mysteries and conspiracy theories, David Sweigert said in a paper he prepared after the event.

Participants are told of a threat, creating a call to action, and soon fans start calling authorities about the imminent threat, he said.” [quoted in relevant part]

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Above: George Webb reveals interest in MEMPHIS MAERSK on May 26, 2017

 

Webb’s allegations were broadcast on “Crowdsource the Truth,” a conspiracy theory YouTube channel with a relatively modest 11,000 subscribers. Two other people appeared on-screen with Webb, all remote of one another — Webb said he was in Ohio. Throughout, the trio read and responded to live comments from their audience — which reached 2,000 viewers at some points, according to one of the hosts.Webb posts daily on his own, separate YouTube channel, hosting a series he calls “Hillary’s Leakers, Hackers and Henchmen.” His videos rarely get more than 10,000 YouTube views.

After Webb mentioned the “Memphis Maersk,” the audience quickly sprung into collective action through a “Crowdsource the Truth” Facebook group and the live comments section that accompanied the YouTube broadcast.

Using a free online tracking tool, viewers found that the ship was in or approaching the Port of Charleston in South Carolina.

About an hour later, Webb’s onscreen counterpart, Jason Goodman, who runs “Crowdsource the Truth,” called a number he said was the Coast Guard while still live streaming.

Goodman identified himself to the person on the other end of the line as a “reporter with an independent news agency,” and began telling them about the alleged threat before he was interrupted.

“Is this the ‘dirty bomb?'” the person asked — someone had already called it in — perhaps someone watching the live stream.

A few hours later, the Coast Guard said the terminal where the Maersk Memphis was docked had been evacuated after they were made aware of a “potential threat,” and that an investigation was underway. [quoted in relevant part]

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LINK:

http://www.billwarnerpi.com/2017_08_13_archive.html

 

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LINK:

https://trackingmeroz.wordpress.com/2018/05/28/the-unusual-telephone-calls-of-fbi-informant-okey-marshall-richards-jr/

 

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LINK:

https://www.amazon.com/Report-Charleston-Dirty-Social-Liability/dp/1717056792/ref=sr_1_2?keywords=Dave+Sweigert&qid=1580237518&sr=8-2

 

 

 

To be continued….

 

 

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