Sunday, August 1, 2010

Wikipedia edits for fighter jet purchases

And, when it comes to the purchase of the new fighter jets... the political influence game has been traced to Alberta, Canada. Specifically, to CFB Cold Lake, Alta.
Cold Lake, Alberta relies heavily on military spending. CFB Cold Lake is one of the largest military bases in Canada. Locally the place is excited over the prospect of getting the new planes.

So no surprise that some individual(s) have been busily altering pages at Wikepedia!

The mystery of who at the Defence Department has been altering information on a Wikipedia website critical of the Conservative government's decision to spend billions on a new stealth jet is centred on the busiest fighter base in the country.
Defence Department information technology specialists haven't yet been able to determine where the computers being used to alter the Wikipedia site are located, according to department officials in Ottawa.

Yeah sure.....

But using a readily available search engine on the Internet, the Ottawa Citizen has tracked the locations of the three computers to CFB Cold Lake, Alta. The base is expected to be a major centre for the Joint Strike Fighter the Harper government wants to buy.

But the defence department can't track the computers locations down?
Wink, wink, nudge, nudge.

Nine attempts were made July 20 and 21 to alter the online encyclopedia's entry on the Joint Strike Fighter, including the removal of any information critical of the Conservative government's plan to spend at least $16 billion on the new fighter aircraft.
Defence Department computers were also used to insert insults, aimed at Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff, into the Wikipedia Joint Strike Fighter page.
The attempts to change the webpage, made during government work hours.....

Because that is what taxpayers of Canada get for their money, politically motivated removal of information and attacks on other political leaders. On taxpayer time, on taxpayer computers on taxpayer dimes...

In Canada we even had the media throwing around the booga booga story of the Russian jet interception.


On Feb. 18, 2009, American and Canadian fighter jets scrambled to intercept two Russian bombers that were approaching Canadian airspace
Maj.-Gen. Tom Lawson, the Canadian military's assistant chief of the air staff, says that in the 1980s, there was a set choreography between Canada, the US and Russia. Russia would regularly communicate its Arctic manoeuvers, and Canada would diligently scramble its CF-18s to monitor its northern borders.

These are routine flights that have gone on for years and no one thinks much of them except when some fear story is needed. Then, there are announcements from the government and everything get's blown out of proportion.
The reason the story of the Russian jets is again being dragged out, AGAIN, is to justify the purchase of the jets. The Wikipedia edits are part and parcel of the same propaganda.

Yawn, this get's so dam tiresome!

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