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Um, why is believeinmermaids.com seized by DHS???

 
Anonymous Coward
05/30/2012 04:10 AM
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Re: Um, why is believeinmermaids.com seized by DHS???
This video has made a big splash. I see anywhere from 100 to 400 watching it on at least one website that has it, on an everyday basis.

I also see it's been taken off of YouTube; at least I can't find it on there anymore.

Maybe it was reported and DHS did shut them down at the producer's request?

I don't know enough about the sign they've put up on that Mermaid website, to know if it's fake or not.

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It's fake. The site was never seized look at the page's source code. Bodog ( [link to www.bodog.com] ) was seized due to online gambling so we will use it as an example.

Bodog:

<html>
<head>
<title>This domain name has been seized by ICE - Homeland Security Investigations</title>
</head>
<body bgcolor="#FFFFFF">
<div align="center"><img src="IPRC_Seized_2011_05_Baltimore.gif" width="1024" height="768" border="0"></div>
</body>
</html>


believeinmermaids.com


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" [link to www.w3.org]

<html xmlns=" [link to www.w3.org] xml:lang="en" lang="en">
<head>
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<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=utf-8"/>

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<script src=" [link to ajax.googleapis.com] type="text/javascript"></script>



<script type="text/javascript">
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$(this).css('margin-top', mh);
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})(jQuery);
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<script type="text/javascript">

var _gaq = _gaq || [];
_gaq.push(['_setAccount', 'UA-2145848-8']);
_gaq.push(['_setDomainName', 'none']);
_gaq.push(['_setAllowLinker', true]);
_gaq.push(['_trackPageview']);

(function() {
var ga = document.createElement('script'); ga.type = 'text/javascript'; ga.async = true;
ga.src = ('https:' == document.location.protocol ? ' [link to ssl' (secure)] : ' [link to www')] + '.google-analytics.com/ga.js';
var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ga, s);
})();

</script>

<title>Mermaids are Real &#65533; Real Evidence from Dr. Paul Robertson, NOAA researcher</title>

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<body>
<div id="wrapper">
<h1>Mermaids, merpeople, water creatures found! Mermaid legends are true!</h1>
<h2>Mermaids, merpeople, and other water creatures have been living in our oceans and lakes for years</h2>
<p>The Body Found, Mermaid, Mermaids, Real, NOAA, scientist, studies, bodies, Dr. Paul Robertson, real, evidence, mermaid body, conspiracy, Mermaids Evidence</p>

<div id="image">
<img src="media/img/mermaids_web.jpg" width="960" height="720" title="Mermaid Legends-Mermaid Sightings-water creature" alt="Mermaid legend is true, and there is proof of real live mermaids" />
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<script type="text/javascript">
$('#image').vAlign();
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05/30/2012 04:10 AM
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Ok, it does look like it may be a promo for the video. Here is the actual link that's hidden to the people going to that Mermaid page:

[link to www.believeinmermaids.com] /media/img/mermaids_web.jpg


See the "media" part of the URL? At least, that's what I'm guessing. I hope anyway.

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05/30/2012 04:12 AM
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Re: Um, why is believeinmermaids.com seized by DHS???

Okay, so we have Zombies, mermaids and what else? It seems like the most unlikely sources, and most joked about sources of doom, happen to be the scenarios that are actually coming to fruition, right now.

For all of those who have mastered "The Secret" and manifestation, please draw us up a little bit different game plan. Most of this new stuff doesn't sound like too much fun at all.

Shit!. it's all about love... why do I keep forgetting that?!?!
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05/30/2012 04:13 AM
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Re: Um, why is believeinmermaids.com seized by DHS???
Ok, it does look like it may be a promo for the video. Here is the actual link that's hidden to the people going to that Mermaid page:

[link to www.believeinmermaids.com] /media/img/mermaids_web.jpg


See the "media" part of the URL? At least, that's what I'm guessing. I hope anyway.

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^^^ oops, sorry wonkish, looks like we came to the same conclusion.

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05/30/2012 04:19 PM
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Re: Um, why is believeinmermaids.com seized by DHS???
our government is so fucked up. stop being a huge pussy and show the people this discovery
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05/31/2012 04:22 PM
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I cannot believe you people acually fell for this stunt....



I DON'T WANT TO LIVE ON THIS PLANET ANYMORE.
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05/31/2012 04:27 PM

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I cannot believe you people acually fell for this stunt....



I DON'T WANT TO LIVE ON THIS PLANET ANYMORE.
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Oh get over yourself
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06/01/2012 02:18 AM
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It's not real, sweetie. It's just an ad campaign for the Animal Planet series. The website is part of the ad. Most movie makers do that, now. Like when The Dark Knight, and Blair Witch came out.
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06/01/2012 02:21 AM
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i think they dont want us 2 know about it because it contradicts religion and the world would go ary or people would start killing them or some shit i believe it is true y is the government so intrested in hiding everything and confiscating evidence and shutting down websites ftg thats wat i say oh and btw did u know that only 5% of the oceans creatures have been discovered?


show says bodies washing up with whales, navy immediately on scene. washington state and elsewhere, bodies with spears. sounds like some type of genetic engineering shit
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thats what the government wants u 2 believe sweetie

It's not real, sweetie. It's just an ad campaign for the Animal Planet series. The website is part of the ad. Most movie makers do that, now. Like when The Dark Knight, and Blair Witch came out.
 Quoting: It' an Ad Campaign 13176070
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06/01/2012 09:37 AM
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Re: Um, why is believeinmermaids.com seized by DHS???
Mermaids are known terrorists.
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Muslims are offended that mermaids don't wear the hajib. DHS never misses a chance to push muslim customs on the rest of us.
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06/01/2012 09:59 AM
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The page doesn't redirect. It simply displays an image in from the websites own image repository.

[link to www.believeinmermaids.com]
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06/01/2012 10:09 AM
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The seizure page looks bogus...
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bingo
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06/01/2012 10:12 AM
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It's not real, sweetie. It's just an ad campaign for the Animal Planet series. The website is part of the ad. Most movie makers do that, now. Like when The Dark Knight, and Blair Witch came out.
 Quoting: It' an Ad Campaign 13176070


it's against the law to use the DHS seal if you're not the DHS

I doubt discovery (the discovery channel) would do that
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I thought that was true for TSA? I never saw anything about DHS...
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06/01/2012 10:14 AM
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It's not real, sweetie. It's just an ad campaign for the Animal Planet series. The website is part of the ad. Most movie makers do that, now. Like when The Dark Knight, and Blair Witch came out.
 Quoting: It' an Ad Campaign 13176070


it's against the law to use the DHS seal if you're not the DHS

I doubt discovery (the discovery channel) would do that
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I thought that was true for TSA? I never saw anything about DHS...
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House bill for TSA:
[link to www.govtrack.us]

It has not yet gone through:
[link to www.govtrack.us]
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06/01/2012 10:15 AM
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Mermen filed a sex discrimination suit?
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The seizure page looks bogus...
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bingo
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it does look bogus but why would discovery channel do that?

maybe they got hacked?
 Quoting: ^TrInItY^


Possible but who knows now a days.. one thing for sure it will drive people to watch the show…which the wifey and I watch…meh it was ok
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06/01/2012 10:22 AM
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Re: Um, why is believeinmermaids.com seized by DHS???
This is fake, you are being hoaxed.


1. I can guarantee you the DHS does not name their 'Seized' jpeg something like: [link to www.believeinmermaids.com]

2. The real DHS would not bother to follow the webmasters previously established directory/organizational structure, they would just drop the image file in the root dir.

3. When the DHS seizes a domain, they simply drop their OWN standard html index file in the root. It's a non-specific file that gets put on any seized domain. This stupid mermaids site does NOT have this standard file, but rather their pre-existing page has simply been edited. DHS would not go to all this work, they would just replace the old index file with their own template.

Fake, fake, fake.

C'mon people, it's fucking mermaids. I know this is a conspiracy site, but this is like suspecting the government is covering up the existence of leprechauns. If they are 'covering up' stuff about mermaids, it's most likely just to test how easily, and the extent to which they can get people believing in something absurd.
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06/01/2012 10:23 AM
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That should read 'I can guarantee you the DHS does not name their 'Seized' jpeg something like '/media/img/mermaids_web.jpg'
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06/01/2012 10:24 AM
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Does anyone have a working link to the video??
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Re: Um, why is believeinmermaids.com seized by DHS???
It's not real, sweetie. It's just an ad campaign for the Animal Planet series. The website is part of the ad. Most movie makers do that, now. Like when The Dark Knight, and Blair Witch came out.
 Quoting: It' an Ad Campaign 13176070


it's against the law to use the DHS seal if you're not the DHS

I doubt discovery (the discovery channel) would do that
 Quoting: ^TrInItY^


I thought that was true for TSA? I never saw anything about DHS...
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I would assume that IMPERSONATING a government official by using official seals of ANY government department without proper authorization would be criminal and is likely to be a FELONY / Indictable offence.

DISCOVERY Channel's legal department would be completely aware of the laws regarding impersonation and would 100% never allow it.

A government department would certainly have the Justice Dept prosecute any offenders using their seal within the timeframe allotted by the statute of limitations.

Is it fake by that criteria?
Certainly not.

Web source code means absolutely nothing as to whether or not a seizure is "real" or is a case of impersonation.

DHS and ICE would likely have several variations of their notice which would function differently according to their needs for each environment that they encounter.
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06/01/2012 10:27 AM
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prolly did it to keep the nutjobs from trying to catch one , which would result it a disaster somewhere , cause it,s all b.s anyways
Venus Alcyone

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06/01/2012 10:28 AM
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Re: Um, why is believeinmermaids.com seized by DHS???
Domain Name.......... believeinmermaids.com
Creation Date........ 2011-10-13
Registration Date.... 2011-10-13
Expiry Date.......... 2012-10-13
Organisation Name.... Discovery Communications, LLC
Organisation Address. One Discovery Place
Organisation Address.
Organisation Address. Silver Spring
Organisation Address. 20910
Organisation Address. MD
Organisation Address. UNITED STATES
 Quoting: ^TrInItY^


Okay thought it was a joke. Does this company own discovery channel and Animal Planet?
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06/01/2012 10:29 AM
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Re: Um, why is believeinmermaids.com seized by DHS???
leprachaun hunting is alot safer, than being out on the ocean.
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06/01/2012 10:31 AM
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Ok, it does look like it may be a promo for the video. Here is the actual link that's hidden to the people going to that Mermaid page:

[link to www.believeinmermaids.com] /media/img/mermaids_web.jpg


See the "media" part of the URL? At least, that's what I'm guessing. I hope anyway.

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Nope same message
[link to www.believeinmermaids.com]
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Domain Name.......... believeinmermaids.com
Creation Date........ 2011-10-13
Registration Date.... 2011-10-13
Expiry Date.......... 2012-10-13
Organisation Name.... Discovery Communications, LLC
Organisation Address. One Discovery Place
Organisation Address.
Organisation Address. Silver Spring
Organisation Address. 20910
Organisation Address. MD
Organisation Address. UNITED STATES
 Quoting: ^TrInItY^


Okay thought it was a joke. Does this company own discovery channel and Animal Planet?
 Quoting: Venus Alcyone


Yes.

see

[link to www.hoovers.com]
Venus Alcyone

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Domain Name.......... believeinmermaids.com
Creation Date........ 2011-10-13
Registration Date.... 2011-10-13
Expiry Date.......... 2012-10-13
Organisation Name.... Discovery Communications, LLC
Organisation Address. One Discovery Place
Organisation Address.
Organisation Address. Silver Spring
Organisation Address. 20910
Organisation Address. MD
Organisation Address. UNITED STATES
 Quoting: ^TrInItY^


Okay thought it was a joke. Does this company own discovery channel and Animal Planet?
 Quoting: Venus Alcyone


Yes.

see

[link to www.hoovers.com]
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Maybe they are doing this to promote the show? I just can't see DHS bothering about a show on mermaids.
Venus Alcyone

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06/01/2012 10:37 AM
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Re: Um, why is believeinmermaids.com seized by DHS???
It's not real, sweetie. It's just an ad campaign for the Animal Planet series. The website is part of the ad. Most movie makers do that, now. Like when The Dark Knight, and Blair Witch came out.
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it's against the law to use the DHS seal if you're not the DHS

I doubt discovery (the discovery channel) would do that
 Quoting: ^TrInItY^


I thought that was true for TSA? I never saw anything about DHS...
 Quoting: Laura Bow


I would assume that IMPERSONATING a government official by using official seals of ANY government department without proper authorization would be criminal and is likely to be a FELONY / Indictable offence.

DISCOVERY Channel's legal department would be completely aware of the laws regarding impersonation and would 100% never allow it.

A government department would certainly have the Justice Dept prosecute any offenders using their seal within the timeframe allotted by the statute of limitations.

Is it fake by that criteria?
Certainly not.

Web source code means absolutely nothing as to whether or not a seizure is "real" or is a case of impersonation.

DHS and ICE would likely have several variations of their notice which would function differently according to their needs for each environment that they encounter.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1673157


Hackers?
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06/01/2012 10:40 AM
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The seizure could be a result of copyright infringement by DISCOVERY. Perhaps they used footage or images from DISNEY's Little Mermaid animated feature without proper authorization and Disney complained?

Such an instance might result in site seizure by DHS and ICE.
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06/01/2012 10:44 AM
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Hackers?
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Still a felony for impersonating and DISCOVERY's responsibility to immediately remove the "hacked" page/site from public view.

So if this was the first day this page was up, sure... Hackers is always a possibility.

2nd day, NO! Not hackers as DISCOVERY would be liable for not removing the offending page within a resonable timeframe, such as 24 hours max.

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