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Analysis posted Sep 17 2013, 8:31 AM Category: Tyranny/Police State Source: InformationLiberation Print

Anonymous Cop Pens Bizarre Editorial Calling for 'End of Anonymity on the Internet,' Says All Internet Posters Should be Forced to Register with the Government for 'Public Safety'

Chris | InformationLiberation

An anonymous police officer writing for Salt Lake City's penned a bizarre editorial calling for the end of anonymity on the internet. "Officer Anonymous" says everyone who wants to post comments online should be forced to register their email with the government in person at the DMV and be cataloged in a national database. The officer says this will end the problem of "trolling" and people "hiding behind the Internet."

From's "Ask a cop" column titled, "Trolling should be illegal":
SALT LAKE CITY First off, I am not talking about those silly wild haired dolls with jewels in their belly buttons. I am also not speaking about the ones that live under bridges and eat small children. I am speaking about the spineless bottom feeders who sit at their computer all day bullying other people with inflammatory comments and remarks.

A troll's sole purpose in life is to comment about an article, statement, question in a forum or other Internet venue so that comment will upset the target person or persons to the point where they are yelling at their computer and punching the monitor.
A troll thrives on a back and forth argument where one ultimately challenges the other to a fist fight or threatens to find out where the other person lives so they can settle this in person. These arguments tend to be typed in all caps lock. There are professional troll organizations where this becomes a quasi profession. Lame, I know.
So why should trolls go to jail? They are causing or inciting a riot plain and simple. The sole purpose is to upset as many people as possible through malicious or deceptive statements. They then sit back and watch the carnage. There is no benefit to anyone except themselves. The victims of these trolls are upset the rest of the day. They are driving aggressively on the roads, yelling at their co-workers and being consumed with a way to find out who that person on the Internet was.

This is not good for public safety. This is why I think the only way to combat this is to change the way we run comment boards and forums. Anyone who wants to comment or post anything needs to do this with their official email address registered by the government. This will be verified in person at your local driver's license division. No more anonymity on the Internet. Every time you post anything, your picture and name will pop up.

You trolls can still keep your precious usernames like halochamp34 and doritoskiller709, but it will be tied to your official email, the one and only email you can have. No more fictional emails and no more hiding behind the Internet. If you want to make public comments and be in the public domain of the Internet, then you should be brave enough to show your actual face.

This would also take care of many other problems on the Internet, like fraud and phishing scams or having an online relationship with a fictional person (sorry Manti Te'o). You may not see the brave statements about how you are a third-degree black belt and 6'4 230. Which is apparently the standard height, weight and skill of every person on call of duty.

How refreshing it would be to see who actually posted those racially charged comments. It would be interesting to see if they posted at all. Do you think those same people are making those same remarks in person? I don't think they are. It would take awhile for them to adjust to sunlight, or being around people. I bet it would be nice for their parents to have access to their basements again. They could finally put in that game room they always wanted.

You may be reading this, flabbergasted by my own hypocrisy. I am aware that I am writing these articles through the safety of anonymity. But if you guys are willing to come forward, then so am I. Let's break down the barriers of the Internet and come forward showing our true selves with no judgment. I can't wait to see the national email registry!
[Emphasis added]
Let's address this officer's points one by one. First off, has anyone ever seen any evidence "trolling" has ever caused any specific riot? Despite this claim being the centerpiece of his article, he gives no evidence this has ever occurred.

Second, and again without evidence, the cop says "victims" of trolling are somehow forced to "drive aggressively" and made to "yell at their co-workers," because he says they're "being consumed with a way to find out who that person on the Internet was." Again, the officer provided no evidence for this claim. Not everyone reacts the same way to being verbally harassed.

Next comes his government registration scheme which he wants done in the name of "public safety." Again the officer lays out no plan for how this would be done. How could every last persons' email be registered with the government? How will every website be forced to require email and be tapped into the same government database? How does he imagine this will be enforced, and what makes him think there will be no way around his scheme and it will single-handedly end all anonymity?

Nonetheless, Officer Anonymous completely ignores the importance of victims of trolling being able to remain anonymous, imagine if every troll on every internet forum could look you up and know exactly who you are, that in itself is a nightmare, one this cop clearly never thought of. Blizzard Entertainment tried to roll out such a scheme on their forum and dropped it like a hot potato after users revolted for those very same reasons. Imagine if on every medical forum where people talk about their private medical issues everyone was made to use their real name, how in the world would that contribute to human progress?

We have a laboratory which lacks anonymity and where everyone shows their face, it's called Facebook, and people sign up to it voluntarily rather than through force. Guess what, it's filled with trolls and even racists who don't give a damn about everyone knowing who they are. Let us go one step further, the "real world" is also filled with trolls and racists, and they don't care about being anonymous. Just because something happens "on the internet" doesn't mean it's a unique problem caused by the internet itself.

The anonymous cop ends his piece by saying he knows people may be "flabbergasted by [his] own hypocrisy" for writing his article from "the safety of anonymity," but he says "if you guys are willing to come forward, then so am I."

Indeed, I am flabbergasted by your hypocrisy. As you note, anonymity provides you with safety, a safety you want to deny others. Yet despite calling for its end, you're not even willing to lead by example. Instead, you limit your own commitment to your principles by tying them to the actions of the people you're condemning. "I'll only do what's right if people who are wrong do what is right first."

Good thing you are anonymous, because if you attached your real name to your article people would know what a complete and total hypocrite you are. No wonder you chose a job where you're exempt from the basic rules of human decency and civil society.
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Posted: Sep 17 2013, 1:37 PM

70189 Everyone saying this is a Troll in itself could be correct;However, This is a cop from Utah one of the most ulra-right wing conservative states in union. My bet is he actually means every word of it as he said it with complete conviction that his assessment is accurate and true. It isn't of course but he thinks he can stop the internet he's just gonna have a bad day. Sorry charlie you really should just STFU.

Posted: Sep 17 2013, 1:45 PM

204124 One of the most ill informed and poorly thought out arguments I've ever read. Not to mention slightly hypocritical.

Posted: Sep 17 2013, 2:06 PM

6689 ACAB

Posted: Sep 17 2013, 2:30 PM

65128 Poe's Law.

Posted: Sep 17 2013, 2:32 PM

207118 Successful cop troll is successful....
Simon Richards

Posted: Sep 17 2013, 2:32 PM

206177 I would say that it's abundantly clear that "Officer Anonymous" is not actually a cop.

Posted: Sep 17 2013, 2:34 PM

75166 What a dip. He has to be a troll if he pens this anonymously and demands for the death of anonymity. That by itself is disregarding the incalculable expense of trying to force people to submit, and lets not forget the public outrage.

It would never happen.

Posted: Sep 17 2013, 2:36 PM

7032 Trolled!

Posted: Sep 17 2013, 2:39 PM

718 Best troll ever.

Posted: Sep 17 2013, 3:02 PM

21675 Yeah, let's not encourage people to not get worked up and get pissed off by what RANDOM, ANONYMOUS people say. That'd too mature.
Anonymous (lol)

Posted: Sep 17 2013, 3:03 PM

131193 Maybe hes trolling

Posted: Sep 17 2013, 3:07 PM

Hehe, I love the idea it's an elaborate troll, but alas this cop has a recurring column at which they've published for over a year:

Posted: Sep 17 2013, 3:55 PM

Why would there be a need to register? They have software fully capable of revealing who is posting, simply by the way people word their comments. I've read a bit on it. Cloud computing feeds everyone the same info. the network programming hits on specific words, then, they filter out the people who might be a risk to the government's agenda; for example...

If I were to post: "the government doesn't exist, unless, you believe they do." Such a comment would be red-flagged, and, require further investigation. That's when the network nodes (cyber police) step-in and start asking you lots of questions. If you refuse to comply.... Well, most people give in, but, I wouldn't suggest confronting them. Not because, they don't deserve to go down, but, because, they "don't deserve to go down." (How's that for doublethink?)

You'll know when you've become a threat, when they delete your e-mail accounts and you're only allowed to post on information liberation. I wouldn't worry too much over this nonsense. The government only has the capability of controlling one-half of the web. The other half, is up for grabs.

Posted: Sep 17 2013, 5:01 PM

6856 Time to troll the salt Lake City PD....
Map The Police

Posted: Sep 17 2013, 5:02 PM

9787 Go to this site and plot cops conducting radar and checkpoints on this map.
Bill Clay

Posted: Sep 17 2013, 5:52 PM

108132 The height of hypocrisy - big tough Officer Anonymous is afraid to print his own real name, but he wants to know yours! Am I the only one who thinks this entire editorial is one gigantic troll itself?

Posted: Sep 17 2013, 5:59 PM

Hey wacko cop....

Just close the page if it upsets you....
No one is forcing you to read something that upsets you.

You are the one attempting to incite the public here....

You want EVERYONE to lose their privacy rights because
a handful of people, like you, don't have the brains to stay away
from a web page that upsets you (or them)?

That's called "IMMATURE" behavior.
Grow up, and get off the "rumor" pages.

Your time should be spent looking for REAL criminals,
"not the bottom feeders", which, by the way, is a NWO term.
Therefore, you are probably NOT a real cop but rather
one of those fools posting on the rumor pages, TRYING to get
people riled up. LOL

You are out numbered... buzz off.


Posted: Sep 17 2013, 6:14 PM

435 this is the biggest troll ever. he's got you all pissed. well played anonocop...amazed they actually published this trollololol....

Posted: Sep 17 2013, 7:20 PM

99194 Oh the irony.

Posted: Sep 17 2013, 7:23 PM

10814 I really love that everyone has commented on this article anonymously. Bravo!
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