Liz Gannes

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Facebook Actually a CIA Surveillance Program, Says the Onion

Facebook is a “massive online surveillance program run by the CIA,” conceived as part of the Patriot Act and so successful at information gathering that Congress recently reauthorized its funding, reports the Onion News Network. By contrast, pundits say the agency should cut funding for its Twitter initiative, with “400 billion tweets and not one useful bit of data was ever transmitted.” Meanwhile, Foursquare was designed by Al Qaeda to identify potential bombing locations, but most people wouldn’t miss its users if they were bombed.

It’s funnier when they say it:


CIA’s ‘Facebook’ Program Dramatically Cut Agency’s Costs

Please see the disclosure about Facebook in my ethics statement.


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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik