Google and CIA investing in scary internet monitoring company...

googlespy-768450How shocked would you be to learn that the intelligence gathering arm of the United States government is actually watching you right now?

Keeping tabs on what you read... what you laugh at... hell, even what you jerk off to...

Well they are... and they are doing it with Google's help.

A report in Wired is claiming that both Google and the CIA are financially backing an Internet monitoring project that scours Twitter accounts, blogs and websites for all sorts of information, and can also “predict the future”.

Yes you read that right... predict the future.

According to Wired, this “…company is called Recorded Future, and it scours tens of thousands of websites, blogs and Twitter accounts to find the relationships between people, organizations, actions and incidents — both present and still-to-come. In a white paper, the company says its temporal analytics engine “goes beyond search” by “looking at the ‘invisible links’ between documents that talk about the same, or related, entities and events.”

The idea is to figure out for each incident who was involved, where it happened and when it might go down. Recorded Future then plots that chatter, showing online “momentum” for any given event.

“The cool thing is, you can actually predict the curve, in many cases,” says company CEO Christopher Ahlberg, a former Swedish Army Ranger with a PhD in computer science…”

Here is a nice (propaganda) video intended to show you how it all works…



Kind of a neat idea, no?

I think I’m paranoid…

In their portfolio, Recorded Future “…continually scans thousands of news publications, blogs, niche sources, trade publications, government web sites, financial databases and more,” gathering data and noticing trends.

Then it sifts through millions of posts and conversations taking place on blogs, YouTube, Twitter and Amazon to “assemble actual real-time dossiers on people.”

Eventually (and this is where the CIA comes into play), the process is intended to be integrated with Google Earth. This will allow for the real time tracking of the locations of persons or groups as part of the overall intelligence dossier.

spy-vs-spy-without-bombs-775529While the work that is being done by Recorded Future is being sold as “terrorism analysis”, it does not take Alex Jones to see how this new technology is just begging to be applied to other areas of law enforcement.  The ability to predict “future curves” is one small step away from Minority Report policing technology… the ability to predict when a crime will be committed (maybe even stopping them before they ever occur).

As for Google’s part in all of this...

This isn't the first time the corporate megalith has been rumored to be in bed with the intelligence community. For a while now, there have been whispers about the torrid relationship between Google and the National Security Agency (NSA).

In 2008, Google denied that it had any role in the NSA’s “terrorist” surveillance program, after first refusing to say if they have provided users private data to the federal government under the warrantless wiretapping initiative.

googlecar_1376476cThat was followed up in February of this year, with Google announcing that they would be entering into a “working relationship” with the NSA.  It is widely believed that this “working relationship” means that Google will be giving over to the Federal Government all the user search histories and private information that they can get their hands.

And that's just the black bag shit they’re pulling when they work with Uncle Sam…

Let us not forget that the last scandal Google found themselves in was one where the company’s street view roaming vehicles were accessing the Wi-Fi details of internet users and mapping their online activities without their knowing (or approving).

Somebody’s watching me…

This whole thing stinks to high fucking heaven...

Sure, the idea of predicting the future using trending terms floating along out there in cyberspace is a real cool concept.

But, just like with the Patriot act, the ability to have such a program abused by law enforcement officers or that in the google-eyesbasement of some unmarked warehouse in Langley there's a hard drive with a complete and detailed history of everything you have ever looked at, commented on, or written about while surfing the net is the scary part.

When one combines this creepy tidbit to the recent drive in Washington to grant the Federal Government “enhanced controls” on the Internet (including the ability to shut it off), you are left with the unsettling thought that we are doomed to a future under constant surveillance from law enforcement, the government, and money hungry corporations.

Not sure if we are at pitchforks and torches time just yet friends...

But we are pretty fucking close...

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