CIA to start spying on social media?

I'm going to go out on a limb and say they're already spying on social media...

Visible Technologies, a company that monitors online social activity and packages the findings for clients, has forged a "strategic partnership" with In-Q-Tel, the CIA's not-for-profit investment arm, to give the organization insight into social media.

The deal was first reported on Monday by Wired.

According to Visible Technologies, In-Q-Tel is also investing in the company through a "technology development agreement." It did not release more details than that.

However, examining Visible Technologies' work may offer insight into what In-Q-Tel has in mind.

Visible Technologies, which is based in the Seattle area, provides services that allow companies to monitor social-media activity. Companies tend to be interested in consumer opinions. With Visible Technologies' service, companies can view content from mainstream media, cultivate information from blogs, check out open Web 2.0 sites, read tweets, and more. Visible Technologies said its goal is to provide clients "with actionable insight into social-media conversations."

Aside from culling real-time, raw conversations across the Web, Visible Technologies also "scores" its content, helping clients determine the context of each mention and whether the tone of the comments are negative or not.

In-Q-Tel apparently sees Visible Technologies' offering as ideal for monitoring social media overseas.

The CIA may or may not be interested in what people think about it, per se. However, In-Q-Tel spokesman Donald Tighe told Wired that the organization plans to use Visible Technologies' service for "early-warning detection on how issues are playing internationally." He noted that it has no intentions of monitoring activity in the United States.

Steven Aftergood, a member of the Federation of American Scientists, told Wired that that contention regarding overseas use only is probably true because "even if information is openly gathered by intelligence agencies, it would still be problematic if it were used for unauthorized domestic investigations or operations."

Regardless, In-Q-Tel, and by extension, the CIA, will be monitoring tweets and other social content soon. What do you think of that? Let us know in the comments below.

Ha ha: "monitoring (...) soon"

Yeah me, they're all over the social media for several years already. Here, it's not only intelligence, criminal intelligence and military's also .... the police. They're public about it. They're even proud about it.

They scan social networking sites with a large sweeping net to catch "criminal activity". That is because some criminals and activists are stupid enough to map their real-life network of friends into these databases. I dare to say my country and Germany are the worlds worst and technologically most advanced in this respect. Not because of knowledge or skill only, but because our populations are the ultimate stooges who will accept any and all privacy invasions out of xenophobic fear and obedience. The post Second World War criticism of such practices has vaporized after 9/11. We only whine about parking and speeding tickets, stupid, simple minded fools that we are. We have no (powerful) civil rights movement. My country taps three times as many phones as the United States per capita. We tap lawyer-client conversations. We tap journalists. We log ALL internet traffic (port 80, 25 and 110 or so) (ip headers). Really! ISPs must comply by law. The tap room is connected to the AMS-IX in Amsterdam. The AMS-IX is the largest internet exchange in the world.

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When it comes to taps, the government approves, suggests weak compromises or even demands MORE taps. The underlying motivation is: "if you have nothing to hide, you won't mind". These words are literally used. I can cite sources if necessary, but they'd be in Dutch.

With respect to surveillance, the United States and Europe have gone entirely bat shit crazy. There is no need to "expect" stuff, because really trust me, the surveillance state, although exponentially growing, is fully operational and any "law" supposedly protecting us is brushed away with laughter by these people. They like to pretend to be "behind on things". The insiders would laugh their ass off reading reports like this. When I travel to school, the train passes by a large Dutch echelon satellite tapping station (see left). It used to be an astronomy center. This is public too. My province houses two or three of such bases. Some of them are or used to be blurred out in Google Maps.

Why in my province? Because we are not densely populated, so there is relatively little electronic interference. All such a base needs to do is be inside a communication satellite's "footprint".

So, simuvac, your remark: "I'm going to go out on a limb and say they're already spying on social media..." is fully correct, but it is a grand understatement. I would like to elaborate further..but..I would endanger myself. I will say this. My country supplies and works with the United States on specific social mapping technology. We are "market leaders".

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IS the Media

Once you start digging into movies, TV shows, and other related media, you find very disturbing things.

For seasoned people "in the know" finding new undiscovered levels to the rabbit hole may be years apart.

If you start studying media, and the trends, things being projected, ideas, posters in the background, hidden messages, slight nuances. They do hide stuff in motion pictures.


In the movie "Deep Impact", the camera pans to the "countdown clock" in the ship that was sent to destroy the asteroid. The numbers on the "countdown clock" read 6:18:22

I googled those numbers, just as they were displayed on the clock, 6:18:22

This is what I get for number 1 result (goog it and see for yourself)

Genesis 6:18-22

18 But I will establish my covenant with you, and you will enter the ark—you and your sons and your wife and your sons' wives with you. 19 You are to bring into the ark two of all living creatures, male and female, to keep them alive with you. 20 Two of every kind of bird, of every kind of animal and of every kind of creature that moves along the ground will come to you to be kept alive. 21 You are to take every kind of food that is to be eaten and store it away as food for you and for them." 22 Noah did everything just as God commanded him.

Coincidence? I doubt it.

Once you know what to look for, the symbols, the wordings, the slight nuances, you start to see a bigger picture.

For anyone who has not taken a step deeper into wonderland, and would like to do so, studying the media provides a wealth of information.

You will also notice...

In Deep Impact;

That EVERYONE wears a watch, and shows it multiple times. Even little kids are wearing watches. All the men, women, and even all the "extras" are all wearing watches. I have never seen so many displays of "TIME" in any movie ever made. There are digital clocks, wall clocks, and at least 100 watches.

Accident? No way.

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Attorney: FBI trained NJ blogger to incite others

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