Your Personal Communications Will No Longer Be ‘For Your Eyes Only’

Your Personal Communications Will No Longer Be ‘For Your Eyes Only’

Your Personal Communications Will No Longer Be ‘For Your Eyes Only’

Posted by David Kramer on October 19, 2009 07:31 PM

U.S. SPIES BUY STAKE IN FIRM THAT MONITORS BLOGS, TWEETS

America’s spy agencies want to read your blog posts, keep track of your Twitter updates — even check out your book reviews on Amazon.

In-Q-Tel, the investment arm of the CIA and the wider intelligence community, is putting cash into Visible Technologies, a software firm that specializes in monitoring social media. It’s part of a larger movement within the spy services to get better at using ”open source intelligence” — information that’s publicly available, but often hidden in the flood of TV shows, newspaper articles, blog posts, online videos and radio reports generated every day.

Visible crawls over half a million web 2.0 sites a day, scraping more than a million posts and conversations taking place on blogs, online forums, Flickr, YouTube, Twitter and Amazon. (It doesn’t touch closed social networks, like Facebook, at the moment.)

As time goes on, “Big Brother” seems to find more and more technological means of spying on us.

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5 years 14 weeks ago, 4:54 PM

zx12rmike

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You know it had to happen sometime. Probably been happening a lot longer than we think. Would not surprise me.

"We cannot defend freedom abroad by deserting it at home" Thomas Jefferson
5 years 14 weeks ago, 5:18 PM

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So, why hasn't then been a big uproar about it? I remember after 911 when they revealed they were monitoring more domestic phone/cell calls there was public outrage at the Bush administration.

5 years 14 weeks ago, 5:24 PM

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they are spying on us right wing extremist now, not their Muslim Bros.

5 years 14 weeks ago, 5:32 PM

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Sam, I know what you are saying. That's part of my point. They all jumped up and down and said the Goverment is impinging our rights. But, now that the tables have turned, everybody is OK with it. They were all worried about the government nosing in their business before and claimed it was the nations Constitutional Rights they were concerned with. Clearly it isn't and wasn't. Now that a "socialist" like power is in place, they are OK with it because they know it's the conservative guys who are being targeted. I'm sure there is some government weeny that monitros this sight ever day. That's fine, go ahead, I have nothing to be ashmed of here. And what happened to the cry of "racial profiling". Isn't targeting conservative Americans the same thing? Of course, but it's different when the shoe is on the other foot. Well, at least the goverment guy or gal who monitors us gets an eye full of tits and ass everyday. Not a bad job really if you think about it.

5 years 14 weeks ago, 8:01 PM

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Do as our dear leader says not what he does he is the next misiah. You ought to know that Bush was bad and could do nothing right. But Obama is good and can do nothing wrong now drink the kool-aide and be a good little Obama follower.

America is not at war. The U.S. Military is at war. America is at the Mall. If you don't stand behind our troops, PLEASE feel free to stand in front of them!
5 years 14 weeks ago, 8:30 PM

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photobear, yea, I hear you. Such a bunch of mindless droans buying into all this crap. I wish people would just wake up. But, I think they are happy in their ingnorance

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