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Article posted Mar 12 2009, 2:46 AM Category: Cover-Up/Deceptions Source: NZ Herald Print

Facebook - the CIA conspiracy

By Matt Greenop
Aug 08, 2007

Facebook has 20 million users worldwide, is worth billions of dollars and, if internet sources are to be believed, was started by the CIA.

The social networking phenomenon started as a way of American college students to keep in touch. It is rapidly catching up with MySpace, and has left others like Bebo in its wake.

But there is a dark side to the success story that's been spreading across the blogosphere. A complex but riveting Big Brother-type conspiracy theory which links Facebook to the CIA and the US Department of Defence.

The CIA is, though, using a Facebook group to recruit staff for its very sexy sounding National Clandestine Service.

Checking out the job ads does require a Facebook login, so if you haven't joined the site - or are worried that CIA spooks will start following you home from work -check them out on the agency's own site.

The story starts once Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg had launched, after the dorm room drama that's led to the current court case.

Facebook's first round of venture capital funding ($US500,000) came from former Paypal CEO Peter Thiel. Author of anti-multicultural tome 'The Diversity Myth', he is also on the board of radical conservative group VanguardPAC.

The second round of funding into Facebook ($US12.7 million) came from 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 firm established by the Central Intelligence Agency in 1999. One of the company's key areas of expertise are in "data mining technologies".

Breyer also served on the board of R&D firm BBN Technologies, which was one of those companies responsible for the rise of the internet.

Dr Anita Jones joined the firm, which included Gilman Louie. She had also served on the In-Q-Tel's board, and had been director of Defence Research and Engineering for the US Department of Defence.

She was also an adviser to the Secretary of Defence and overseeing the Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), which is responsible for high-tech, high-end development.

It was when a journalist lifted the lid on the DARPA's Information Awareness Office that the public began to show concern at its information mining projects.

Wikipedia's IAO page says: "the IAO has the stated mission to gather as much information as possible about everyone, in a centralised location, for easy perusal by the United States government, including (though not limited to) internet activity, credit card purchase histories, airline ticket purchases, car rentals, medical records, educational transcripts, driver's licenses, utility bills, tax returns, and any other available data.".

Not surprisingly, the backlash from civil libertarians led to a Congressional investigation into DARPA's activity, the Information Awareness Office lost its funding.

Now the internet conspiracy theorists are citing Facebook as the IAO's new mask.

Parts of the IAO's technology round-up included 'human network analysis and behaviour model building engines', which Facebook's massive volume of neatly-targeted data gathering allows for.

Facebook's own Terms of use state: "by posting Member Content to any part of the Web site, you automatically grant, and you represent and warrant that you have the right to grant, to facebook an irrevocable, perpetual, non-exclusive, transferable, fully paid, worldwide license to use, copy, perform, display, reformat, translate, excerpt and distribute such information and content and to prepare derivative works of, or incorpoate into other works, such information and content, and to grant and authorise sublicenses of the foregoing.

And in its equally interesting privacy policy: "Facebook may also collect information about you from other sources, such as newspapers, blogs, instant messaging services, and other users of the Facebook service through the operation of the service (eg. photo tags) in order to provide you with more useful information and a more personalised experience. By using Facebook, you are consenting to have your personal data transferred to and processed in the United States."

Is the CIA really providing the impetus and the funding behind the monster growth of this year's biggest dot com success story? Maybe only the men with the nice suits and ear pieces can answer that.

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Posted: Mar 18 2009, 12:27 PM

6919 Funny thing happened after I joined Facebook. There was a girl that I was loosely associated with, that came up on my facebook page as a possible associate. We never exchanged invitations, however she became engaged to one of the largest growers for Gerber foods. From that point on, I started getting spammed from Gerber. Weird huh?

Posted: Apr 04 2009, 11:34 PM

I believe they are able to mine anything they please on the net.

Posted: Apr 12 2009, 5:28 PM

72230 >>citizenpain

Of course the CIA has the technology to mine information about people on the internet. Hell, anybody with passing familiarity with computers and the ability to download the right script kiddie tools can mine for information.

However, with Facebook the information is all in one place. And not only stuff like personal information, but the interactions between people as well i.e. who's friends/enemies with who. If, say, Joe Schmo grows up to be a homegrown terrorist and the intelligence community knows that A. Metzler, B. Metzler, and C. Metzler have been Joe's friends in the past but don't share in his extremist leanings, then they can start applying pressure to those people to find out more about Joe Schmo.

But is the CIA actually behind Facebook? Seems a bit paranoid, but that's the name of the game today, isn't it?

Posted: Apr 24 2009, 11:07 AM

90206 Yes.... I always thought something was fishy...
useless wanker

Posted: Apr 28 2009, 6:37 PM

8624 first

Posted: Apr 30 2009, 8:17 AM

1966 The CIA may have not started Facebook but they are listening and watcihng like big brother, make freinds in Afganistan while you are in america and you will see the Clandestine capabilities of the CIA.

Posted: Jun 08 2009, 8:14 PM

71101 You should only if you have something to hide, or really give a damn what the government thinks of you. I don't care what they know about me. The biggest danger of Facebook is that potential employers can see everything about you that you don't want them to know. I work for myself, so I don't worry about it.
Big Question?

Posted: Oct 12 2009, 3:35 AM

8696 Is the CIA behind Facebook?

Posted: Aug 20 2010, 1:43 PM

68171 I in particular think that the CIA is behind everything, there might be proof that they might even control the U.N. The only goal that the CIA tries to accomplish is to make USA stronger doesn't matter if they have to destroy other countries or blame the communist becuase the rich CEOs don't give a shit about peoples right. Facebook is just a small operation compared to their most big and destructive operations they have done.

Posted: Nov 30 2010, 4:28 PM

77162 where can i find the documentary 'facebook=cia' does anybody have a link on that one???

Posted: Sep 07 2011, 3:43 AM

9286 An interesting link:
James Smith

Posted: Aug 25 2013, 11:16 AM

It isn't as if any rational person still believes the USA is a free country. Think about it. No-warrant wire taps, indefinite detention of citizens without charges, approval of rendition of prisoners and torture, stop and frisk without probable cause, search and seizure without a warrant, no-knock entry, confiscation and destruction of cameras that might have been used to film police acting illegally, police brutality, police shootings that go without investigation, managed news, and the civil-rights destroying "Patriot" Act.

Acts of police behaving illegally, with shootings, Tasers, and unwarranted violence now appear almost daily. Rarely are these offenses punished. Most often "an investigation" is claimed, but soon forgotten.

In addition, the USA, with 5% of the world population, has 25% of all of the prisoners in the world. That means the USA has the most people in prison of any nation in history. Even by percentage of residents incarcerated, not just sheer numbers. USA is # 1!

 Does any of that sound like a free country?

As Dwight D. Eisenhower said about communism, "It's like slicing sausage. First they out off a small slice. That isn't worth fighting over. Then they take another small slice that isn't worth fighting over. Then another and another. Finally, all you have left is the string and that isn't worth fighting over, either.
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