Spying Goes All 2.0

from the pssst,-slip-me-some-ajax-in-the-dead-drop dept

While the US intelligence community has a long history of expensively botched computer systems, it does seem like they've suddenly became Web 2.0 believers. Last year we wrote about the internal Wikipedia-like offering called Intellipedia, that would let members from different agencies in the intelligence community share information more easily. It appears that things have progressed beyond that as well. They now have a social networking app just for the intelligence community, called A-Space, along with a del.icio.us clone and internal blogs. Of course, it seems like some in the intelligence arena (especially those who happen to be undercover) aren't entirely thrilled with the concept -- but it will be interesting to find out how it develops (as if we'll ever find out). What would be really nice to know is how much these efforts are costing compared to the $600 million that was thrown away on useless computer systems.


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    Ben(damnit), Aug 22nd, 2007 @ 2:29pm

    How Long?

    How long before someone hacks it is my question....

     

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    Hmmm, Aug 22nd, 2007 @ 2:36pm

    Re: How Long?

    10 minutes

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 22nd, 2007 @ 2:52pm

    Systems such as these are still in their infancy, but they are developing quite rapidly. The sheep will never know much about them.

    We've been down this road. Echelon, anyone? Rumors, speculation and hysteria.

    :-)

    Boogie! Boogie! Boogie! The guv'ment is listening to all your calls!

     

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    Pope Ratzo, Aug 22nd, 2007 @ 4:50pm

    A-Space?

    C'mon, "A-Space"??

    How long until we see the pix of drunk spies showing their boobs?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 22nd, 2007 @ 5:51pm

    Re: A-Space?

     

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    qkslvrwolf, Aug 23rd, 2007 @ 2:28pm

    Well, if it were the Air Force...

    My guess'd be they're spending a 50-100 mil on it.

    See, if it were the air force, we'd have to start off with a big, beefy Sun 1280, because anything less than a half-million dollar computer would be just silly. Then, we'd ahve to have another half million dollars worth of application servers, cisco routers and switchs, etc, for the suite that would be running our wiki. Then we'd have to have a lab suite, at least one test suite (probably two or three), a development suite or two, a training suite or two, and a full suite's worth of equipment sitting in storage. So, we're up to around 10 mil. Then, we'd have to have about 10 contractors and 10 airmen working as sysadmins for the system. But, since this is the air force, and we're SOOOO good at IT, we'd have to go ahead and contract out a developer to engineer the suite (and this is assuming, of course, that we don't try and built it from scratch.) The air force would then staff it with a program manager who is probably around a major, has a degree in business, doesn't like computers at all, and will probably hire a company run by an ex-lt col pilot who used to dabble in vb and is convinced that they're a hot shit software engineering manager because of it. Said Lt Col will then manage to convince the never-ending stream of computer illiterate program managers (who will rotate every six months or so) that things like "making your mouse scroll work is going to take 6 months and 100,000 dollars in development and testing man hours" (true quote, btw). Oh yeah. Key intelligence system like this can't have a single site, so we'd have to build 4-5 of them around the country and staff each one just like the first.

    So if it were the air force? It'd be a 50-100 million dollar program.

    But the air force has the best IT in government. Just ask any air force comm officer over the rank of captain. Because they trust their (poorly trained and uninterested) airmen to let them know what's going on.

     

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    geral, May 27th, 2008 @ 12:46pm

    collapse of constitutional government

    The Responsibility For The Collapse Of The USA


    The present task is to identify agencies and *individuals of the USA government who are responsible for the collapse of the constitutional democracy and the simultaneous formation of the current totalitarian state here. As may be expected the criminals and the terrorists of the two premier homicidal groups (i.e.: the fbi/cia) are also the spearheads of the nation's global intel operations, both overt and covert.** Other intel groups take orders (either directly or indirectly ) from the fbi and the cia.

    Due to the corruption, incompetence and outright felonious mindset of the members of the fbi/cia, all of the other intel arms of the USA government are unable to protect the country from the mounting threats by persons and countries who seek to stop this nation's assault on Humanity. The reason for the national intel failure, therefore , can be directly attributable to the fbi/cia and their foolish congressional and presidential Handlers. As a result of this website and (www.sosbeevfbi.com) I have learned that the following intel groups study my material sometime in an apparent effort to comprehend why the fbi would attempt to frame (or neutralize) one of their own:

    fbi ( this group of thugs ostensibly operates under doj, but in reality the fbi is the boss);
    cia- this group is a nation unto itself, operating completely independently of the US governmnet;;

    homeland security (responsible for many threats and assaults on my person)has an intel office manned by special agents and others who analyze data;
    dea has an intel office for national security matters, but dea is largely controlled by fbi/cia; dea also pretends to function under the authority of doj;

    the dept of defense is top dog in military intel, but they too take orders (or to put it mildly, "requests" from the fbi/cia)-within this dod group are army, air force, navy, marines (their respective intel offices);also under the dod banner are the dia, nsa, nro (national recon office), and the national geospacial intel office (Note that this office has extensively analysed my sites and for this reason I came to learn of their existence as a highly specialized tech office coordinating data both from earth and space);

    The US Department of State has its own office of intel which regularly reviews my material to determine whether I may be a candidate for a federal arrest warrant;The US depts of energy and treasury also each visit my sites in connection with their appraisals of finances, etc., in connection with my material and visits thereto.

    The various intel groups have their own subgroups which also carry out mission oriented objectives globally. For purposes of this report the reader should understand that the United States of America is run by the intel services and that these agencies are so completely corrupt in their operations and influence that no one can touch them.

    *The names of fbi and cia agents, operatives, thugs, assassins, etc., is a work in progress; see my sites, newspaper reports, and perform other inquiries to identify the government rat bastards who look to imprison, torture, kill anyone who stands in their path.

    **[Some of the above material is borrowed from the book, "Intelligence and National Security, A Reference Handbook" by J. Ransom Clark, Praeger Security International, Weatport Connecticut,2007.]
    ******************************************************************************** *
    Note: The Pentagon shows particular interest (see image below) in the above report because the people are supposed to be kept in the dark; I have a message for the Pentagon and the fbi/cia snakes that hang out therein: THIS LAND IS MY LAND.
    Site meter visit by ARMY at PENTAGON:

    GERAL W. SOSBEE vs. fbi
    Domain Name pentagon.mil (Military)
    IP Address 141.116.10.# (Army Information Systems Command-Pentagon)
    ISP Army Information Systems Command-Pentagon
    State : Virginia
    City : Annandale
    Time of Visit May 23 2008 2:56:13 pm
    Referring URL http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2008/05/376006.shtml
    Visit Entry Page http://www.sosbeevfbi.com/
    ______________________________
    The Washington D.C. (non)Indymedia deletes the above article and attacks with the following statement by a fbi/cia foolish stooge (underling):
    "The requested content was deleted with notes: Other = Excessive Weirdness. Really weird, rambling, paranoid rant. The FBI/CIA have an office dedicated to specifically monitor HIS output? Crank."
    http://dc.indymedia.org/newswire/display/143311/index.php
    ******************************** ******************************************
    Most Indymedia groups across the USA refuse to publish this report; thus, by their actions these Indy groups are clearly controlled by the fbi and the cia. This subversion of Indymedia is further evidence of the totalitarian state that presently grips the USA and that violently threatens all nations (either with armed invasions or with stated plans to obliterate specific countries).

     

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    geral sosbee, Nov 19th, 2008 @ 2:04pm

    EVIL CORRUPTION OF AMERICA AND ITS PEOPLE

    "America has put on a new face, but its heart full of hate, mind drowning in greed, and spirit which spreads evil, murder, repression and despotism continue to be the same as always," the deputy of al-Qaida chief Osama bin Laden said. AP


    SEE:
    http://sosbeevfbi.ning.com/forum/topics/former-fbi-agent-geral-sosbee

     

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    clmm8899, Apr 20th, 2009 @ 2:48am

     

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