Monday, November 21, 2011

CIA is watching tweets, Facebook

In the first report of its kind, the Associated Press has learned that the Central Intelligence Agency is following tweets, up to 5 million a day.

“In an anonymous industrial park in Virginia, in an unassuming brick building... a team known affectionately as the ‘vengeful librarians’ also pores over Facebook, newspapers, TV news channels, local radio stations, Internet chat rooms - anything overseas that anyone can access and contribute to openly,” the AP reports
The agency's Open Source Center, as it is called, gathers information, often in a country’s native language, to get a picture of the mood of a region after a world event, or a prediction of what might come.
The center followed Chinese-language tweets to find out China wasn’t pleased with Osama bin Laden’s death, for example, and knew months before that an uprising in Egypt was coming, though they couldn’t predict when.

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billy pilgrim said...

anyone who didn't know that must have just fallen off the turnip truck. even the canadian spy agency has been monitoring all that junk for years.

texlahoma said...

Billy - Yet they still put their pictures up, list all their friends and family, tell where they work and when they are going to be away from home. I think maybe I'll invest in a turnip truck company, cause these Falkers are falling off left and right.

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