Sunday, January 27, 2008

Facebook and the CIA

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It was two years ago today that the BBC News reported on the Information Operations Roadmap, the United States military's approach to information warfare, with an emphasis on the Internet.

Now, from the revealing article, With Friends Like These ..., in the prestigious international journal, The Guardian, comes some important related information:

"The third board member of Facebook is Jim Breyer. He is a partner in the venture capital firm Accel Partners, who put $12.7m into Facebook in April 2005. On the board of such US giants as Wal-Mart and Marvel Entertainment, he is also a former chairman of the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA). Now these are the people who are really making things happen in America, because they invest in the new young talent, the Zuckerbergs and the like. Facebook's most recent round of funding was led by a company called Greylock Venture Capital, who put in the sum of $27.5m. One of Greylock's senior partners is called Howard Cox, another former chairman of the NVCA, who is also on the board of In-Q-Tel. What's In-Q-Tel? Well, believe it or not (and check out their website), this is the venture-capital wing of the CIA ...

"The US defence department and the CIA love technology because it makes spying easier. 'We need to find new ways to deter new adversaries,' defence secretary Donald Rumsfeld said in 2003. 'We need to make the leap into the information age, which is the critical foundation of our transformation efforts.' ..."
Read on at The Guardian

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