Pentagon sets its sights on social networking websites
From the fine folks that brought you the
Total Terrorism Information Awareness
program, another wickedly-named branch of the NSA, the Disruptive Technologies Office
(formerly ARDA), is funding research into the usefulness of the Semantic Web
for combing through and profiling the 80 million members of MySpace.
Watch what you say.
Russell Tice, the NSA whistleblower who was the source for the NYT, has alleged that the the technology exists to track and sort through every domestic and international phone call as they are switched through centers, such as one in New York, and to search for key words or phrases that a terrorist might use. "If you picked the word 'jihad' out of a conversation," Tice said, "the technology exists that you focus in on that conversation, and you pull it out of the system for processing."
What else are they listening for?