Over the last couple of years, Facebook has attracted considerable criticism from free-thinkers, truthers and those defending the right to freedom of speech.
Currently Facebook are actively engaged in the removal of any commentary which actively seeks to question the official narratives of National Governments, Big-Pharma, Big-Tech, Globalised Big Business and of course the Military Industrial Complex.
What follows is the result of comprehensive research into the true nature of the world’s biggest social media platform.
The Origins of Facebook
Facebook has grown into a monstorous behemoth and is way more powerful than anyone could have ever envisioned.
While Facebook has sought to portray itself as a digital “town square” to enable the people of the world to connect, a deeper look into its military origins and continual military connections reveals that the world’s largest social media network was always intended to act as a surveillance tool to identify and target domestic dissent.
What exactly is Facebook’s role in the ever-expanding surveillance and “pre-crime” programs being conducted by the US national security state?
How does Facebook relate to a former, controversial DARPA-run surveillance program (LifeLog) which was essentially analogous to what the world’s largest social network has now become?
The answer to these questions can be found in an in-depth scrutiny of the company’s origins.
In concert with military contractors and former heads of DARPA and the CIA, Facebook has spent the last several years doing two key things:
(1) Preparing to play a much larger role in surveillance and data mining than it currently does.
(2) Advancing the development of a “humanised” Ai – a major objective of a secretive CIA program known as LifeLog.
‘Pre-Crime‘ in Action
In mid-February 2021, the MSM in the US published a story about the trial of Daniel Baker, a US veteran. He was reported as follows,
“Daniel Baker, an anti-Trump, anti-government, anti-white supremacist, and anti-police, was charged by a Florida grand jury with two counts of transmitting a communication in interstate commerce containing a threat to kidnap or injure.”
The communication in question had been posted by Baker on Facebook, where he had created an event page to organise an armed counter-rally to one planned by Donald Trump supporters at the Florida capital of Tallahassee on January 6 2021.
Baker had written on his Facebook event page,
“If you are afraid to die fighting the enemy, then stay in bed and live. Call all of your friends and Rise Up!,”
Baker’s case is notable as it was one of the first “pre-crime” arrests that was based entirely on social media posts.
This is now part of the US Governments push to normalise the arresting of individuals for online posts in order to prevent violent acts before they happen.
From the increasing sophistication of US intelligence/military contractor Palantir’s predictive policing programs to the formal announcement by the Justice Department’s Disruption and Early Engagement Program in 2019, this steady advance toward a pre-crime centred “war on domestic terror” has been expanded under every post-9/11 US presidential administration.
Exposé Part 1
Part One of this two-part exposé explores Facebook’s connection to dark state and the US national-security complex, the platform’s origins and the timing (and nature) of its rise to global dominance.
It will also explore how the platform might be integrated with a controversial US military program which was shut down the same day that Facebook was launched.
That dark state program was known as LifeLog and was one of most controversial post-9/11 surveillance programs ever pursued by the Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).
LifeLog threatened to destroy privacy and civil liberties in the United States whilst harvesting data for producing “humanized” artificial intelligence (AI).
As this article will show, Facebook is not the only Silicon Valley giant whose origins coincide closely with this same series of secretive DARPA surveillance initiatives and whose current activities are now providing the data for a hi-tech war on domestic dissent.
Total Information Awareness
In the aftermath of the 911 attacks, DARPA, in close collaboration with the US intelligence community (specifically the CIA), began developing a “pre-crime” approach to combatting terrorism.
This program was known as Total Information Awareness or TIA.
The purpose of TIA was to develop an “all-seeing” military-surveillance apparatus.
The official logic behind TIA was that invasive surveillance of the entire US population was necessary in order to prevent terrorist attacks, bioterrorism events, and even disease outbreaks.
The architect of TIA, and the man who led it during its relatively brief existence, was John Poindexter, best remembered as Ronald Reagan’s National Security Advisor during the Iran-Contra affair. Poindexter was convicted of five felonies in relation to that scandal.
A less well-known activity of these Iran-Contra figures (Poindexter and Oliver North) was their development of the Main Core database which is still used in “Continuity of Government” protocols today.
Main Core was used to compile a list of US dissidents and “potential troublemakers” which would be dealt with if the COG protocols were ever invoked.
These protocols could be invoked for a variety of reasons, including widespread public opposition to a US military intervention abroad, widespread internal dissent, a vaguely defined moment of “national crisis” or a “time of panic.”
No American was ever informed if their name had been placed on the Main Core list. A person could be added to the list for merely having attended a protest in the past, for failing to pay taxes, or for other, often trivial behaviour which was deemed “unfriendly” by the Main Core architects buried deep within the Reagan administration.
In light of this, it was no exaggeration when New York Times columnist William Safire wrote that, with TIA,
“Poindexter is now realising his twenty-year dream: getting the data-mining’ power to snoop on every public and private act of every American.”
The TIA program met with considerable citizen outrage after it was revealed to the public in early 2003.
TIA’s critics included the American Civil Liberties Union, which claimed that this dark state surveillance program would “kill privacy in America” because “every aspect of our lives would be catalogued.”
Several mainstream media outlets warned that the TIA program was “fighting terror by terrifying US citizens.”
As a result of this public pressure, DARPA changed the program’s name to Terrorist Information Awareness so to make it sound less like a national-security panopticon and more like a program aiming specifically at terrorists in the post-9/11 era.
The TIA projects were never actually closed down. Instead most were moved to the classified portfolios of the Pentagon and US intelligence community.
However some of these programs became intelligence funded and were contracted out to the private-sector.
One such endeavour, is Peter Thiel’s Palantir company.
(Several others have resurfaced recently under the guise of combatting the COVID-19 crisis.)
Soon after TIA was initiated, a similar DARPA program was taking shape under the direction of a close friend of Poindexter’s, DARPA program manager Douglas Gage.
Gage’s project, LifeLog, sought to “build a database tracking a person’s entire existence” which included an individual’s relationships and communications (phone calls, mail, etc.), their media-consumption habits, their purchases, and much more in order to build a digital record of “everything an individual says, sees, or does.”
LifeLog would then take this unstructured data and organise it into “discreet episodes” or snapshots while also “mapping out relationships, memories, events and experiences.”
LifeLog, as per Gage and the supporters of his program, would create a permanent and searchable electronic diary of a person’s entire life, which DARPA argued could be used to create next-generation “digital assistants” and offer users a “near-perfect digital memory.”
After this program was shut down Gage insisted, that individuals would have had…
“Complete control of their own data-collection efforts as they could decide when to turn the sensors on or off and decide who will share the data.”
In the years since then, analogous promises of user control have been made by the tech giants of Silicon Valley, only to be broken repeatedly for profit and to feed the government’s domestic-surveillance apparatus.
The information that LifeLog gleaned from an individual’s every interaction with technology would be combined with information obtained from a GPS transmitter that tracked and documented the person’s location, audio-visual sensors that recorded what the person saw and said, as well as biomedical monitors that gauged the person’s health.
Like TIA, LifeLog was promoted by DARPA as potentially supporting “medical research and the early detection of an emerging epidemic.”
Critics in mainstream media outlets (and elsewhere) were quick to point out that the Lifelong program would inevitably be used to build profiles on dissidents as well as suspected terrorists.
Combined with TIA’s surveillance of individuals at multiple levels, LifeLog went even further by “adding physical information (like how we feel) and media data (like what we read) to this transactional data.”
One critic, Lee Tien of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, warned at the time that the programs that DARPA were pursuing, including LifeLog, “have obvious, easy paths to Homeland Security deployments.”
Mass Surveillance / Big Data
At the time, DARPA publicly insisted that LifeLog and TIA were not connected, despite their obvious parallels, and that LifeLog would not be used for “clandestine surveillance.”
However, DARPA’s own documentation on LifeLog noted that the project “will be able to infer the user’s routines, habits and relationships with other people, organizations, places and objects, and to exploit these patterns to ease its task.”
This acknowledged its use as a tool for mass surveillance.
In addition to the ability to profile potential enemies of the state, LifeLog had another goal that was arguably more important to the national-security state and its academic partners—the “humanization” and advancement of artificial intelligence.
In late 2002, just months prior to announcing the existence of LifeLog, DARPA released a strategy document detailing development of artificial intelligence by feeding it with massive floods of data from various sources.
The post-9/11 military-surveillance projects—LifeLog and TIA being only two of them—offered quantities of data that had previously been unthinkable to obtain and that could potentially hold the key to achieving the hypothesized “technological singularity.”
AI Brain-Chip Interface
The 2002 DARPA document even discusses DARPA’s effort to create a brain-chip interface that would feed human thoughts directly into machines to advance AI by keeping it constantly awash in freshly mined data.
One of the projects outlined by DARPA, the Cognitive Computing Initiative, sought to develop sophisticated artificial intelligence through the creation of an “enduring personalised cognitive assistant,” later termed the Perceptive Assistant that Learns, or PAL.
PAL, from the very beginning was tied to LifeLog, which was originally intended to result in granting an AI “assistant” human-like decision-making and comprehension abilities by spinning masses of unstructured data into narrative format.
The would-be main researchers for the LifeLog project also reflect the program’s end goal of creating humanized AI.
For instance, Howard Shrobe at the MIT Artificial Intelligence Laboratory and his team at the time were set to be intimately involved in LifeLog.
Shrobe had previously worked for DARPA on the “evolutionary design of complex software” before becoming associate director of the AI Lab at MIT and has devoted his entire career to building “cognitive-style AI.”
“It would not surprise me to learn that the government continued to fund research that pushed this area forward without calling it LifeLog.”
Along with its critics, one of the would-be researchers working on LifeLog, MIT’s David Karger, was also certain that the DARPA project would continue in a repackaged form.
He told Wired:
“I am sure such research will continue to be funded under some other title . . . I can’t imagine DARPA ‘dropping out’ of a such a key research area.”
The answer to these speculations may lay with the company that launched the exact same day that LifeLog was shuttered by the Pentagon: Facebook.
Palantir, TIA and Thiel Information Awareness
In late 2003, after considerable controversy and criticism, TIA was shut down and defunded by Congress.
However, it was only later revealed that TIA was never actually shut down, nor were its various programs.
Instead these programs were covertly divided up among the web of deep state military and intelligence agencies which make up the US national-security state.
Some of these programs were also privatised.
The same month that TIA was pressured to change it’s name, Peter Thiel incorporated Palantir, which was then developing the core panopticon software that TIA had hoped to wield.
Soon after Palantir’s incorporation in 2003, Richard Perle, a notorious neoconservative from the Reagan and Bush administrations (and an architect of the Iraq War) called TIA’s Poindexter asking to be introduced to Thiel and his associate Alex Karp, who was now Palantir’s CEO.
According to a report in New York magazine, Poindexter “was precisely the person” whom Thiel and Karp wanted to meet, because “their new company was similar to what Poindexter had tried to create at the Pentagon,” that is, TIA.
During their meeting, Thiel and Karp sought “to pick the brain of the man who was widely viewed as the godfather of modern surveillance.”
Soon after Palantir’s incorporation, (the exact timing and details of the investment remain hidden from the public) the CIA’s In-Q-Tel became the company’s first financial backer, aside from Thiel himself, giving it an estimated $2 million.
In-Q-Tel’s stake in Palantir would not be publicly reported until mid-2006.
The money was certainly useful.
In October 2020 Alex Karp told the New York Times,
“The real value of the In-Q-Tel investment was that it gave Palantir access to the CIA analysts who were its intended clients.”
A key figure in the making of In-Q-Tel investments during this period, including the investment in Palantir, was the CIA’s chief information officer, Alan Wade, who had been the intelligence community’s point man for Total Information Awareness.
Wade had previously cofounded the post-9/11 Homeland Security software contractor Chiliad alongside Christine Maxwell, sister of Ghislaine Maxwell and daughter of Iran-Contra figure, intelligence operative, and media baron Robert Maxwell.
Wade currently sits on the board of the UK cyber security business Darktrace.
After the In-Q-Tel investment, the CIA would be Palantir’s only client until 2008.
During that period, Palantir’s two top engineers – Aki Jain and Stephen Cohen – traveled to CIA headquarters at Langley, Virginia, every two weeks.
Jain recalls making at least two hundred trips to CIA headquarters between 2005 and 2009.
During those visits, CIA analysts “would test [Palantir’s software] out and offer feedback, and then Cohen and Jain would fly back to California to tweak it.”
As with In-Q-Tel’s decision to invest in Palantir, the CIA’s chief information officer remained one of TIA’s architects.
Alan Wade played a key role in many of these meetings and subsequently in the “tweaking” of Palantir’s products.
Today, Palantir’s products are used for mass surveillance, predictive policing and other disconcerting policies of the US national-security state.
A telling example is Palantir’s sizeable involvement in the new Health and Human Services run wastewater surveillance program which is quietly spreading across the United States.
The Rise of Facebook
“LifeLog has the potential to become something like TIA cubed.”
The firestorm of criticism of LifeLog took its program manager, Doug Gage, by surprise.
However, Gage has continued to assert that the program’s critics “completely mis-characterised” the goals and ambitions of the project.
Despite Gage’s protests (and those of LifeLog’s would-be researchers and other supporters), the project was publicly nixed on February 4, 2004.
DARPA never provided an explanation for its quiet move to shut LifeLog, with a spokesperson stating only that it was related to “a change in priorities” for the agency.
On DARPA director Tony Tether’s decision to kill LifeLog, Gage later told VICE,
“I think he had been burnt so badly with TIA that he didn’t want to deal with any further controversy with LifeLog. The death of LifeLog was collateral damage tied to the death of TIA.”
Fortuitously for those supporting the goals and ambitions of LifeLog, a company that turned out to be its private-sector analogue was born on the same day that LifeLog’s cancellation was announced.
On February 4, 2004, what is now the world’s largest social network, Facebook, launched its website
Since then Facebook has risen to the top of the social media roost, leaving all the other social media companies of that era in the dust.
A few months into Facebook’s launch, in June 2004, Facebook cofounders Mark Zuckerberg and Dustin Moskovitz brought Sean Parker onto Facebook’s executive team.
Parker, previously known for cofounding Napster, later connected Facebook with its first outside investor, Peter Thiel.
As discussed, Thiel, at that time, in coordination with the CIA, was actively trying to resurrect controversial DARPA programs that had been dismantled the previous year.
Notably, Sean Parker, who became Facebook’s first president, also had a history with the CIA, who recruited him at the age of sixteen soon after he had been busted by the FBI for hacking corporate and military databases.
Thanks to Parker, in September 2004, Thiel formally acquired $500,000 worth of Facebook shares and was added to the Facebook board.
Parker maintained close ties to Facebook as well as to Thiel, with Parker being hired as a managing partner of Thiel’s Founders Fund in 2006.
Thiel and Facebook cofounder Mosokvitz became involved outside of the social network long after Facebook’s rise to prominence, with Thiel’s Founder Fund becoming a significant investor in Moskovitz’s company Asana in 2012.
Thiel’s longstanding symbiotic relationship with Facebook cofounders extends to his company Palantir, as the data that Facebook users make public invariably winds up in Palantir’s databases. This helps to drive the surveillance engine Palantir runs for a handful of US police departments, the military, and the intelligence community.
In the case of the Facebook – Cambridge Analytica data scandal, Palantir was also involved in utilising Facebook data to benefit the 2016 Donald Trump presidential campaign.
Today, as the arrest of Daniel Baker has shown, Facebook data is now slated to help power the coming “war on domestic terror,” given that information shared on the platform is being used in “pre-crime” capture of US citizens, domestically.
In light of this, it is worth dwelling on the point that Thiel’s exertions to resurrect the main aspects of TIA as his own private company coincided with his becoming the first outside investor in what was essentially the analogue of another DARPA program deeply intertwined with TIA.
Is Facebook a CIA Front?
Because of the coincidence that Facebook launched the same day that LifeLog was shut down, there has been speculation that Zuckerberg began and launched the FB project with Moskovitz, Saverin, and others via a behind-the-scenes coordination with DARPA or another organ of the national-security state.
While there is no direct evidence, the early involvement of Parker and Thiel in the project, particularly given the timing of Thiel’s other activities, reveals that the national-security state was involved in Facebook’s rise.
It is debatable whether Facebook was intended from its inception to be a LifeLog analogue or if it just happened to fit the bill after its launch.
The latter seems more likely, especially considering that Thiel also invested in another early social media platform, Friendster.
An important point linking Facebook and LifeLog is the subsequent identification of Facebook with LifeLog by the latter’s DARPA architect himself.
In 2015, Gage told VICE,
“Facebook is the real face of pseudo-LifeLog at this point. We have ended up providing the same kind of detailed personal information to advertisers and data brokers and without arousing the kind of opposition that LifeLog provoked.”
Your Data – Their New Oil
Users of Facebook and other large social media platforms have so far been content to allow these platforms to sell their private data so long as they publicly operate as private enterprises.
The backlash only really emerged when such activities were publicly tied to the US government, and especially the US military, even though Facebook and other tech giants routinely share their users’ data with the national-security state.
In practice, there is little difference between the public and private entities.
In 2019 Edward Snowden, the NSA whistleblower, said that Facebook is about as untrustworthy as the US intelligence industry,
“Facebook’s internal purpose, whether they state it publicly or not, is to compile perfect records of private lives to the maximum extent of their capability, and then exploit that for their own corporate enrichment. And damn the consequences.”
Snowden also said,
“The more Google knows about you, the more Facebook knows about you, the more they are able . . . to create permanent records of private lives, the more influence and power they have over us.”
This underscores how both Facebook and intelligence-linked Google have accomplished much of what LifeLog had aimed to do, but on a much larger scale than DARPA had originally envisioned.
The reality is that most of the large Silicon Valley companies of today have been closely linked to the US national-security state establishment since their inception.
Today these companies are more openly collaborating with the military-intelligence agencies that guided their development and/or provided early funding, as they are used to providing the data needed to fuel the newly announced war on domestic terror and its accompanying algorithms.
It is hardly a coincidence that someone like Peter Thiel, who built Palantir with the CIA and helped ensure Facebook’s rise, is also heavily involved in Big Data AI-driven “predictive policing” approaches to surveillance and law enforcement, both through Palantir and through his other investments.
TIA, LifeLog, and related government and private programs and institutions launched after 9/11, were always intended to be used against the American public in a war against dissent.
This was noted by their critics in 2003-4 and by those who have examined the origins of the “homeland security” pivot in the US and its connection to past CIA “counterterror” programs in Vietnam and Latin America.
Ultimately, the illusion that Facebook and related companies are independent of the US national-security state is preventing recognition of the reality of these social media platforms.
However, their long-intended, and covert uses, we are finally beginning to see move into the open.
Now, with billions of people conditioned to use Facebook and social media as part of their daily lives, the question is:
If that illusion were to be irrevocably shattered today, would it make a difference to Facebook’s users lives?
Or has the populace become so conditioned to surrendering their private data in exchange for dopamine-fuelled social-validation buzz that it no longer matters to them who ends up holding their data?
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Last American Vagabond
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