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Facebook: Data Mining for the CIA?

Facebook has a half billion people enthusiastically spying and reporting on their friends, family, and neighbors.

by Andrew Wozny

DARPA (the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) has some grotesque tentacles: the Information Awareness Office (IAO); TIA (Total Information Awareness, renamed Terrorism Information Program); and TIPS (Terrorism Information and Prevention System).

It is commonly believed that in 2003 an irate American people forced the government to stop these Orwellian command-and-control police state operations—or did they?

Congress stopped the IAO from gathering as much information as possible about everyone in a centralized nexus for easy spying by the United States government, including Internet activity, credit card purchase histories, airline ticket purchases, car rentals, medical records, educational transcripts, driver’s licenses, utility bills, tax returns, and all other available data. The government’s plan was to emulate Communist East Germany’s STASI police state by getting mailmen, boy scouts, teachers, students and others to spy on everyone else. Children would be urged to spy on parents.

These layers of the mind control infrastructure were seemingly dead and buried. But was the stake actually driven through its evil heart? History leads us to believe that it was not.

Then — shazam — here comes the privacy killing juggernaut called Facebook [created by  Mark Zuckerberg (pictured) — Ed.].

Facebook does what Chairman Mao, Joseph Stalin, or Adolf Hitler could not have dreamt of doing — it has a half billion people willingly doing a form of spy work on all their friends, family, neighbors, etc. — while enthusiastically revealing information on themselves.  Having this huge database on these half billion members (and non-members who are written about) is too much power for any private entity — but what if it is part of, or is accessed by, the military-industrial-national security-police state complex?

We all know that “he who pays the check, calls the shots,”  therefore; whoever controls the purse strings controls the whole project. When it had less than a million or so participants, Facebook demonstrated the potential to do even more than IAO, TIA and TIPS combined. Facebook really exploded after its second round of funding—$12.7 million from the venture capital firm Accel Partners. Its manager, James Breyer, was formerly chairman of the National Venture Capital Association and served on the board with Gilman Louie, CEO of In-Q-Tel, a venture capital front established by the CIA in 1999. In-Q-Tel is the same outfit that funds Google and other technological powerhouses. One of its specialties is “data mining technologies.”

Dr. Anita Jones, who joined the firm, also came from Gilman Louie and served on In-Q-Tel’s board. She had been director of Defense Research and Engineering for the U.S. Department of Defense. This link goes full circle because she was also an adviser to the secretary of defense, overseeing DARPA, which is responsible for high-tech, high-end development.

But as bad as the beginning of Facebook is, the parallels between the CIA’s backing of Google’s dream of becoming “the mind of God,” and the CIA’s funding of Facebook’s goal of knowing everything about everybody is anything but benign.

Furthermore, the CIA uses a Facebook group to recruit staff for its National Clandestine Service. Check it out if you dare.

Read the full article at The Examiner

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2 Comments

  1. MS
    5 November, 2010 at 1:33 am — Reply

    Facebook data mining for the CIA sounds ludicrous at first, but if you think about it, FB has means to carry it out. Even that Russian spy Chapman was on FB, and that gave her more visibility than the other spies.

  2. fed up
    5 November, 2010 at 5:47 pm — Reply

    Actively datamining may sound ludicrous at first, I agree.

    But then go ahead and take a look at your gmail, hotmail, yahoo or facebook terms of use and privacy statements. They specifically say that if required by law enforcement agencies, they will disclose any of your info the agency may want. Frankly they could also check out your ISP and your phone use (as we all very well know).

    There really is no such thing as privacy on the internet. Or pretty much anywhere for that matter. Creepy but true.

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