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May 12, 2014, 06:00:16 PM
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I dont think the US military thinks a lot of things through  Shocked
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May 12, 2014, 07:54:50 PM
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Some people will inevitably use Bitcoins for naughty things but it is much the same with cash.
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May 12, 2014, 11:52:02 PM
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To answer the question in the title, I would imagine it's because if they don't understand it or how it could be used as a threat, then it could become one. If they do understand how it could be used against them, then it's much harder to use it against them. Most terrorism gets thwarted in the financial realm, in my opinion, so I can see why they would do this at least.
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May 13, 2014, 12:24:31 AM
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Time to invade Iran in search of Satoshi Nakamoto.

lol...

Yep, they'll try to convince the sheeple that Satoshi is the mastermind behind this plot to destroy America by creating an alternative to the dollar.

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May 13, 2014, 04:40:08 AM
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The US Military are all about "order"  With order they feel they have control.  Bitcoin is not something that can be controlled and put in a box.  This scares them and they try to spread fear to others by using terms they know works like terrorism or terrorists.
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May 13, 2014, 05:37:32 AM
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Terrorist: A Slave that the Master Fears...  Huh


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May 13, 2014, 05:56:45 AM
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May 13, 2014, 10:17:22 AM
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Some people will inevitably use Bitcoins for naughty things but it is much the same with cash.

I man it is so much worse with cash if you ask me.  I've come to understand that cash is much more superior way to launder money and bitcoin and I don't know any local criminals and drug dealers that accept cash.  In my opinion cash is what the terrorists prefer over Bitcoins anyway.
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May 18, 2014, 12:36:20 PM
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RE:Why Does the US Military Think Bitcoin Is a Terrorist Threat?

 It doesn't. It's not.

 Pure FUD.



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May 18, 2014, 02:23:25 PM
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It's possible that it could be used by terrorists to transfer value around. But honestly at this point I highly doubt it, and I would expect most groups to have some sort of network between countries where they can exchange money. I know there is a massive non-terror related network for transferring money throughout the muslim world already.
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May 18, 2014, 11:55:54 PM
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It's possible that it could be used by terrorists to transfer value around. But honestly at this point I highly doubt it, and I would expect most groups to have some sort of network between countries where they can exchange money. I know there is a massive non-terror related network for transferring money throughout the muslim world already.

You're thinking of something called a hawala network, and those are (probably) way more closely monitored by US intel than BTC currently is. I definitely understand why people are upset the US military is monitoring BTC, but at least it's really nothing more than par for the course. It doesn't seem like they have anything against BTC in particular, just kind of the idea of something unmonitored that can be used to launder money. And, by the way, preventing money laundering is one of the easiest and most effective ways of reducing terrorism. Just saying.
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May 19, 2014, 12:07:44 AM
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And, by the way, preventing money laundering is one of the easiest and most effective ways of reducing terrorism.
Only if you use intellectually dishonest definitions of "terrorism".

The terrorist organization which has harmed more innocent people than any other currently-existing organization in the world is the US DoD.
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May 19, 2014, 12:41:27 AM
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You guys and dolls haven't yet figured out that all of this is only about government control, have you?


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May 19, 2014, 01:04:46 AM
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Ya think? No way. Say it ain't so Joe!

okay...

 Yes, the No Such Agency laid all the groundwork out for the very foundation of Bitcoin over the last two decades. Go ahead. Do your due diligence. It's all there. Plenty to fest your bright, wide open eyes over.

https://www.ixquick.com/
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 Who employs more Crypto Experts than everyone else combined? Bingo doesn't spell it's 3 letter nick name.

 And who exactly leads that Outfit? Yep, the Military. Officially or not their the likely ones. Get over it.

 We been played. Soon Our Masters Get Punked.

 It's all PR theater folks.

Get over it.


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May 19, 2014, 01:11:44 AM
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If you are a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

I have somehow never heard that before...pretty funny.  Smiley

Why Does the US Military Think Bitcoin Is a Terrorist Threat?
I'm not convinced they actually do consider BTC a legit Terrorist threat.
Almost anything that radically enhances personal freedom is eventually the target of propaganda. (i.e. The Internet, local militias, etc)

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May 19, 2014, 01:14:56 AM
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I don't think they really think that, they are just using the propaganda because all the negative PR they produced by claiming BTC was a safe haven for money laundering and buying drugs, was not that successful in squashing BTC.

They probably feel it is a slight threat because of how quickly and seamlessly you can move funds around the world to fund literally anything in an instant.
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May 19, 2014, 04:35:22 AM
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If you are a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

I have somehow never heard that before...pretty funny.  Smiley

Why Does the US Military Think Bitcoin Is a Terrorist Threat?
I'm not convinced they actually do consider BTC a legit Terrorist threat.
Almost anything that radically enhances personal freedom is eventually the target of propaganda. (i.e. The Internet, local militias, etc)

It's sure true though!

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May 19, 2014, 07:57:32 AM
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And, by the way, preventing money laundering is one of the easiest and most effective ways of reducing terrorism.
Only if you use intellectually dishonest definitions of "terrorism".

The terrorist organization which has harmed more innocent people than any other currently-existing organization in the world is the US DoD.

OK since I can already tell we probably won't find common ground, let's just use drug traffickers as a stand-in in the example.
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May 19, 2014, 08:00:43 AM
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OK since I can already tell we probably won't find common ground, let's just use drug traffickers as a stand-in in the example.
Well, ok, but the difference between the CIA and the military is really splitting hairs.
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June 14, 2014, 06:58:17 PM
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And, by the way, preventing money laundering is one of the easiest and most effective ways of reducing terrorism.
Only if you use intellectually dishonest definitions of "terrorism".

The terrorist organization which has harmed more innocent people than any other currently-existing organization in the world is the US DoD.

I would not agree with your statement, however the DoD does use a large amount of money every year. They get their funding from the US government.

A terrorist organization needs to be able to fund themselves
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