The core information in the opening post of this thread comes up from time to time as apparent "evidence" that ATS has connections to the government, specifically, the "IP" addresses referenced.
Those who do their own research will discover two things:
1) Those are not valid IP addresses.
2) The original source of the IP addresses was an April Fools Joke (and labeled as such) from 2004. More info here
There seems to be many who would like to cast aspersions, but it always seems to be on errant third-party information that was never properly researched.