Dr_Midnight explains how the Russian propaganda machine is messing with Trumpets…

There’s an imperial ton of astroturfing going on, and it’s quite visible in how those groups popped up literally overnight (hint-hint). The thing is that they targeted groups who were… how does one say… more receptive to the message who wouldn’t be inclined to look any deeper into what they were joining.

As an example, right now, this is happening in Los Angeles.

Now, here’s a screenshot of the description of the “Operation Gridlock Los Angeles” group when it was first spotted by Buzzfeed News.

Concurrently, here’s a screenshot of the description of the “Operation Gridlock Tennessee” group.

But, hey… it’s Buzzfeed News right? Cool-cool-cool-cool-cool…

Here’s a link to the group “Pennsylvanians Against Excessive Quarantine” – sitting 55,281 members deep at the time of this post.

Okay…

Now here’s a link to the group “Minnesotans Against Excessive Quarantine” – presently with 18,938 members.

Why do these groups have the exact same description?

Let’s not stop there. Following their own links: one is from the “Pennsylvania Firearms Association”, and the other is from the group “Minnesota Gun Rights” – both with the exact same layout.

Both of these domains are registered with the same registrar and were registered on the exact same day at the same time.[ ~]$ whois reopenmn.com [Querying whois.verisign-grs.com] [Redirected to whois.godaddy.com] [Querying whois.godaddy.com]

[whois.godaddy.com]

Domain Name: reopenmn.com Registry Domain ID: 2512322197_DOMAIN_COM-VRSN Registrar WHOIS Server: whois.godaddy.com Registrar URL: http://www.godaddy.com Updated Date: 2020-04-08T14:39:18Z Creation Date: 2020-04-08T14:39:17Z Registrar Registration Expiration Date: 2021-04-08T14:39:17Z [ ~]$ whois reopenpa.com [Querying whois.verisign-grs.com] [Redirected to whois.godaddy.com] [Querying whois.godaddy.com]

[whois.godaddy.com]

Domain Name: reopenpa.com Registry Domain ID: 2512322050_DOMAIN_COM-VRSN Registrar WHOIS Server: whois.godaddy.com Registrar URL: http://www.godaddy.com Updated Date: 2020-04-08T14:37:30Z Creation Date: 2020-04-08T14:37:29Z Registrar Registration Expiration Date: 2021-04-08T14:37:29Z

The rest of the whois information is obscured by a proxy organization that provides privacy for whois records (I even use them myself as do many others for privacy reasons), so I cannot tell who owns these domains.

Following the pattern of their sites, I checked for “reopenmd.com”, but it never resolved to anything. That said, the DNS lookup itself didn’t result in a NXDOMAIN error which tells me the domain does exist.[ ~]$ whois reopenmd.com [Querying whois.verisign-grs.com] [Redirected to whois.godaddy.com] [Querying whois.godaddy.com]

[whois.godaddy.com]

Domain Name: reopenmd.com Registry Domain ID: 2515645280_DOMAIN_COM-VRSN Registrar WHOIS Server: whois.godaddy.com Registrar URL: http://www.godaddy.com Updated Date: 2020-04-17T04:19:17Z Creation Date: 2020-04-17T04:19:16Z Registrar Registration Expiration Date: 2021-04-17T04:19:16Z Registrant Organization: Registrant State/Province: Florida Registrant Country: US Registrant Email: Select Contact Domain Holder link at https://www.godaddy.com/whois/results.aspx?domain=reopenmd.com Admin Email: Select Contact Domain Holder link at https://www.godaddy.com/whois/results.aspx?domain=reopenmd.com Tech Email: Select Contact Domain Holder link at https://www.godaddy.com/whois/results.aspx?domain=reopenmd.com

Registered a little more than week later with the same registrar. The thing is, they didn’t actually complete their whois information this time, and whoever set it up cheaped out or forgot to pay for the Domains by Proxy service. Although whois information is literally a public record, I’m not inclined to place my account at risk by opening myself up to accusations of doxxing. That said, anyone who feels inclined to can go to https://whois.godaddy.com and search for reopenmd.com. I myself would be personally curious as to why someone in Florida is registering domains claiming to be gun rights organizations in other states.

Seriously, even without that information – who or whomever is responsible for this astroturfing couldn’t make this more obvious if they tried. It honestly took me longer to type all of this up to present here than it did for me to find this all. Yet people have taken the bait hook-line-and-sinker.

Meanwhile, the President then starts tweeting “LIBERATE MINNESOTA”, “LIBERATE VIRGINIA…”, and “LIBERATE MICHIGAN”; and one of the major forces behind the group in Michigan was a political group that has direct ties to and has historically been heavily funded by the family of the Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos (though said family denies direct involvement in last weeks protest)?

In that regard, I’m not alleging some major conspiracy here, but l-o-fucking-l.


Edit: for the record, reopenva.com also exists and has the exact same registry info as reopenmd.com.[ ~]$ whois reopenva.com [Querying whois.verisign-grs.com] [Redirected to whois.godaddy.com] [Querying whois.godaddy.com]

[whois.godaddy.com]

Domain Name: reopenva.com Registry Domain ID: 2515650132_DOMAIN_COM-VRSN Registrar WHOIS Server: whois.godaddy.com Registrar URL: http://www.godaddy.com Updated Date: 2020-04-17T04:43:47Z Creation Date: 2020-04-17T04:43:46Z Registrar Registration Expiration Date: 2021-04-17T04:43:46Z Registrant Organization: Registrant State/Province: Florida Registrant Country: US Registrant Email: Select Contact Domain Holder link at https://www.godaddy.com/whois/results.aspx?domain=reopenva.com Admin Email: Select Contact Domain Holder link at https://www.godaddy.com/whois/results.aspx?domain=reopenva.com Tech Email: Select Contact Domain Holder link at https://www.godaddy.com/whois/results.aspx?domain=reopenva.com


Edit 2: Apparently, others have found that a domain for pretty much every other state was registered in the same pattern at the same time.


Edit 3: Holy crap, this blew up! Thanks! I really just have a strong dislike for disinformation, and want people to be empowered to know who is involved with what; and I also want people to know to always apply critical thinking to these things.