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Here’s something you may not have heard: Robert Steele, a former CIA agent, claims Snowden was part of a secret operation by Obama to “take the NSA down a notch”. Of course, this may be a lie, an attempt to get Snowden kicked out of Russia so the US can get at him, but it makes you rethink everything up to this point, doesn’t it?
Like, if Snowden was an operation, you’d have to consider that the NSA might actually NOT have the powers Snowden says it has. A lie of omnipresent spying designed to get Americans to protect their data better, see how they’d react, and stop real terror attacks? Building a huge data center building in Utah and then leaking the Snowden thing would be much cheaper than actually spying on everyone. I think they probably really are all up in your Facebook, Google, Skype, and so on, but I do have to wonder.
Steele also says that every terror attack in the US has been a planned government false flag operation. Interesting statement coming from an insider like him.
Whatever level of truth Steele is delivering, I do like the idea of real vote reform in 2015 and Open Source government and intelligence. Jump to about 1/2 way in this video (12:13) for his interview.
“Out of 319 million total population in 2012, 240 million eligible voters, 110 million voted within a two-party tyranny whose boundaries are defined by gerrymandered districts and blocked ballot access for Independents and small parties (especially Green and Libertarian). Bottom line: 60% of We the People are disenfranchised, if not 80%.”
Robert David Steele is a former spy, honorary hacker, #1 Amazon reviewer for non-fiction (reading in 98 categories), and a former candidate for president (Reform Party). He is the author of The Open- Source Everything Manifesto: Transparency, Truth and Trust. His recent profile in The Guardian has received 58,000 likes and put Open Source Everything into the meme pool. Learn more: www.robertdavidsteele.com
Robert David Steele Vivas (born July 16, 1952) is an American activist and a former Central Intelligence Agency clandestine services case officer known for his promotion of open source intelligence (OSINT).
Open source intelligence? How does that work?
OSINT includes a wide variety of information and sources:
- Media: newspapers, magazines, radio, television, and computer-based information.
- Web-based communities and user-generated content: social-networking sites, video sharing sites, wikis, blogs, and folksonomies.
- Public data: government reports, official data such as budgets, demographics, hearings, legislative debates, press conferences, speeches, marine and aeronautical safety warnings, environmental impact statements and contract awards.
- Observation and reporting: amateur airplane spotters, radio monitors and satellite observers among many others have provided significant information not otherwise available. The availability of worldwide satellite photography, often of high resolution, on the Web (e.g., Google Earth) has expanded open-source capabilities into areas formerly available only to major intelligence services.
- Professional and academic (including grey literature): conferences, symposia, professional associations, academic papers, and subject matter experts.
- Most information has geospatial dimensions, but many often overlook the geospatial side of OSINT: not all open-source data is unstructured text. Examples of geospatial open source include hard and softcopy maps, atlases, gazetteers, port plans, gravity data, aeronautical data, navigation data, geodetic data, human terrain data (cultural and economic), environmental data, commercial imagery, LIDAR, hyper and multi-spectral data, airborne imagery, geo-names, geo-features, urban terrain, vertical obstruction data, boundary marker data, geospatial mashups, spatial databases, and web services. Most of the geospatial data mentioned above is integrated, analyzed, and syndicated using geospatial software like a Geographic Information System (GIS) not a browser per se.
… OSINT is distinguished from research in that it applies the process of intelligence to create tailored knowledge supportive of a specific decision by a specific individual or group.
Only open source can store history. A robust open-source program can, in effect, gather data to monitor the world’s cultures and how they change with time. This is difficult, if not impossible, using the snapshots provided by classified collection methods.
The government uses part of Intellipedia for OSINT according to wikipedia. Chris Rasmussen, knowledge management officer at the Defense Department’s National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) posted a screenshot for wikipedia of the Intellipedia system:
Intellipedia is an online system for collaborative data sharing used by the United States Intelligence Community (IC)… Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) users share information on the unclassified Intelink-U wiki.
Intelink-U (Intelink-SBU) is a sensitive but unclassified (SBU) variant of Intelink which was established for use by U.S. federal organizations and properly vetted state, tribal, and local officials so sensitive information and open source intelligence could be shared amongst a secure community of interest. Intelink-U was formerly known as the Open Source Information System (OSIS).
Judging from the Firefox plugins used, this might be from around 2006, but the earliest I found this image on the net is 2009 on a french Canadian site. which claims that it had about 35,000 items (200,000 pages) back six years ago. Did this morph into the system Snowden speaks of in Citizen Four?
I have no idea how well Intellipeida works as far as the guidelines/protocols used, but I love the idea of having a team of bright minds creating credibility scores to filter the junk that is out there now. Education about hoaxes and misconceptions is going on informally all over the net, but too slowly.