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You Are Unknowingly A CIA Subcontractor Agent If You Play PokemonGO. And Here Is Why.

August 29, 2016

Before going in to explanations on why, let me take you to some areas you need to know previous to heading more deeply into this matter. Have you ever before heard of the NGA?
No, not the National Governors Associations, and neither a National Galery of Art.
The NGA which is a National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (Wikipedia) – is a US Department Of Defense agency that provides location, mapping and imagery intelligence support to NSA and CIA in combat operations.
In 1999 a venture capital firm called In-Q-Tell was founded by former Lockheed Martin CEO Norman Augustine. In-Q-Tel invests in high-tech companies for the sole purpose of keeping the Central Intelligence Agency, and other intelligence agencies, equipped with the latest in information technology in support of United States intelligence capability.
In-Q-Tel’s mission is to identify and invest in companies developing cutting-edge technologies that serve United States national security interests. And much of the In-Q-tel’s funding comes’ from National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
The firm is seen as a trend-setter in the information technology industry, with the average dollar invested by In-Q-Tel in 2012 attracting nine dollars of investment from other companies.
Former CIA director George Tenet who was Director of Central Intelligence from July 1997 to July 2004 says:
“We [the CIA] decided to use our limited dollars to leverage technology developed elsewhere. In 1999 we chartered … In-Q-Tel. … While we pay the bills, In-Q-Tel is independent of CIA. CIA identifies pressing problems, and In-Q-Tel provides the technology to address them. The In-Q-Tel alliance has put the Agency back at the leading edge of technology … This … collaboration … enabled CIA to take advantage of the technology that Las Vegas uses to identify corrupt card players and apply it to link analysis for terrorists and to adapt the technology that online booksellers use and convert it to scour millions of pages of documents looking for unexpected results”
In 2001, In-Q-Tel invested in “Keyhole Inc.” founded by John Hanke, who previously worked in a “foreign affairs” position within the U.S. government. Key Hole developed 3D “flyby” images of buildings and terrain from geospatial data collected by satellites with the name of the product known to public at that time as “Earth”
In 2004 In-Q-Tel sold it’s shares to Google which resulted in Google’s acquisition of “Key Hole”- the CIA funded satellite mapping software, which after the take over Google rolled it to what we now know as “Google Earth”
As of August 2006, In-Q-Tel had reviewed more than 5,800 business plans, invested some $150 million in more than 90 companies, and delivered more than 130 technology solutions to the intelligence community. In 2005 it was said to be funded with about $37 million a year from the CIA.
In 2010, John Hanke, the founder of Keyhole, has founded Niantic Labs, an internal start up at Google. Over the next few years, Niantic created two location-based apps/games. The first was Field Trip, a smartphone application where users walk around and find things. The second was Ingress, a sci-fi-themed game where players walk around and between locations in the real world.
And here is an interesting connection. The name of the first company founded by John Hanke – “Keyhole Inc” was a homage, a tribute to KH – code name of the satellites utilized in Corona program – a program that was launched back in 1959 by CIA to conduct photographic surveillance of the USSR, People’s Republic of China and other areas with the help of satellites. The Corona satellites were designated KH-1, KH-2, KH-3, KH-4, KH-4A and KH-4B.
KH stood for “Key Hole” or “Keyhole” with the name being an analogy to the act of spying into a person’s room by peering through their door’s keyhole.
It’s easy to see why the CIA would have an interest in the software behind Pokémon Go; the game utilizes the player’s camera and gyroscope to display an image of a Pokémon as though it were in the real world, such as the player’s apartment complex or workplace bathroom.
Software like that could theoretically turn millions of smartphone users into ‘Imperial probe droids’ who take real-time, ground-level footage of their cities and homes, reaching into dark alleyways and basements which spy satellites and Google cars can’t reach. Pokemon Go could be reasonably considered a logical continuation of the Corona program.
Going back to In-Q-Tel, the CIA is not just using games for its purposes in global surveillance, it’s venture firm’s start up projects in App and gaming industry are attracting public interest and participation in promotion of its startups which when successful create global buzz and generate $ billions of profit what in the end brings return on investment to the CIA initially having invested in these startups.
Young people have been tricked by the Pokemon Go into giving up their privacy to these intelligence agencies.And if you already downloaded Pokemon Go, what means you gave access to your Google User ID, Google account and email address, primarily your Gmail account- your email box, it’s a right time to think of moving to a secure and private email services like Shazzlemail which is free and offers end-to-end encryption of your email communications and is on guard of your privacy.

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CIA Ex-Boss: Secretive Spooks Tolerated In UK More Than In US

May 31, 2016

British people are not demanding more transparency from the intelligence services as loudly as Americans, the former director of the US National Security Agency (NSA) and CIA has said.
Michael Hayden played a pivotal, leading role in American intelligence until he was replaced as director of the CIA shortly into the presidency of Barack Obama.
In a wide-ranging talk on the fourth day of the Hay festival, Hayden addressed CIA torture, targeted killings, what he thinks about Edward Snowden and how Facebook is perhaps a greater threat to privacy than government.
Hayden said the security services were changing faster in the US than the UK. “You as a population are far more tolerant of aggressive action on the part of your intelligence services than we are in the United States,” he said.
The US intelligence services would not have validation from the American people unless there was a certain amount of knowledge, an increased transparency, he said.
Hayden talked about the tensions between the need to know and the need to protect.
In his newlypublished book Hayden calls Snowden naive and narcissistic and says he wanted to put him on a “kill list”.
On the next page he said Snowden “highlighted the need for a broad cultural shift” in terms of transparency and what constitutes consent. On Sunday he said there was no contradiction between the two assertions.
“The 2% of what Snowden revealed that had to do with privacy accelerated a necessary conversation. The other 98% was about how the US and foreign governments collected legitimate material … that was incredibly damaging.”
The privacy revelations quickened a conversation which had “hit the beach” in the US but it “has not hit the beach here in Great Britain”.
Hayden was asked about how much information we give to social media companies and whether the public is naive in trusting Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook more than the NSA.
“I have my views on that,” he joked. “Your habits are all geared to protecting privacy against the government because that was always the traditional threat. That is no longer the pattern, it is the private sector … we are going through a cultural adjustment.
“With regard to the 21st-century definition of reasonable privacy, Mark Zuckerberg is probably going to have a greater influence on that than your or my government because of the rules we will embed inside his Facebook applications.”
On “enhanced interrogation techniques” or torture – which could include waterboarding – Hayden said he personally authorised it only once and it did not, he admitted, work.
But he added the “suite” of usable techniques had been reduced from 13 to six and the interrogator believed he would have got information if that had not been the case. “Was it doomed to failure or was it a failure because we did not do enough?”
Targeted killings were justified, Hayden said, because the US believed it was at war. The UK, he said, referring to the killing of “Jihadi John”, has now “joined the queue”.
Hayden said he believed Islam was going through the crisis that Christianity went through in the 17th century as it was in an internal crisis. “We are not the target, we are collateral damage. What has happened in Paris, in Brussels … is spillage.”
Hayden also touched on Donald Trump, whose pronouncements, he said, had damaged US security.
“The jihadist narrative is that there is undying enmity between Islam and the modern world so when Trump says they all hate us, he’s using their narrative … he’s feeding their recruitment video.”
By Mark Brown
www.theguardian.com

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