| FACEBOOK & SOCIAL MEDIA:
A CONVENIENT COVER FOR SPYING
By Ralph Forbes
FREE PRESS readers may recall that DARPA (Defense Advanced Research
Projects Agency) has some creepy tentacles: the Information Awareness
Office (IAO); TIA (Total Information Awareness, renamed Terrorism
Information Program); and TIPS (Terrorism Information and Prevention
System). By 2003, an irate American people forced the government to
drop these spooky command-and-control police state operations—or
The “vampire coven” was seemingly dead and buried—but
was the stake actually driven through its evil heart?
In 2002, Divya Narendra had an idea for a social network site. By the
fall of 2003, she and twin brothers Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss were
looking for a web developer who could bring their idea to life. On Nov.
30, 2003 they hired Mark Zuckerberg to finish their program’s
codes. Little did they know what a monster Zuckerberg would hatch.
Above, Mark Zuckerberg
Zuckerberg bragged about taking their money so he could make his own
social networking site. He boasted that his creation, which became the
popular “Facebook” online social network, would naturally
succeed. While pretending to work on college projects, he was
sabotaging his clients by stalling. He claimed he was backed by the
“Brazilian Mafia”—but AFP’s revelations will
show, it is dangerous to believe anything Zuckerberg says.
Notably, The Social Network, is a new movie based on Zuckerberg and the
pre-CIA founding years of Facebook, starring Jesse Eisenberg as
Zuckerberg. Check upcoming issues of AFP to see how closely the script
depicts the shocking facts.
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 are spookier.
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.
Facebook, however, does what no dictator ever dreamed of—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.
The huge database on these half a 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 piper, calls the tune,”
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
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
Furthermore, the CIA uses a Facebook group to recruit staff for its
National Clandestine Service.
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