When the mass demonstrations in North Africa were organized and coordinated through the use of social media and mobile phones, folks in the West were enthralled by the refreshing empowering of the formerly powerless.
The same techniques were then used to organize mass assaults on Israel’s borders, and now the looter riots in the U.K.
And from California we’re hearing about organized cellphone-coordinated attacks on San Fransisco’s BART train system:
Officials block cellphones in San Francisco train stations SAN FRANCISCO — “An illegal, Orwellian violation of free-speech rights? Or just a smart tactic to protect train passengers’ safety from rowdy would-be demonstrators during a busy evening commute?
The question resonated Saturday in San Francisco and beyond as details emerged of Bay Area Rapid Transit officials’ decision to cut off underground cellphone service for a few hours at some stations Thursday. Commuters at stations from downtown to the city’s main airport were affected as BART officials sought to tactically thwart a planned protest over the recent fatal shooting of a 45-year-old man by transit police.” -more