Inside CIA’s Internet Eavesdropping “Open Source Center”

inside the netIn news that should shock no one, the CIA keeps constant tabs on the Internet. Monitoring Twitter, Facebook, chat rooms, and pretty much everything else. Associated Press writer Kimberly Dozier went inside the CIA’s Virginia based “Open Source Center” to have a look around and chat up these “white hat” hackers at work.

“At the agency's Open Source Center, a team known affectionately as the "vengeful librarians" also pores over Facebook, newspapers, TV news channels, local radio stations, Internet chat rooms — anything overseas that anyone can access and contribute to openly.

From Arabic to Mandarin Chinese, from an angry tweet to a thoughtful blog, the analysts gather the information, often in native tongue. They cross-reference it with the local newspaper or a clandestinely intercepted phone conversation. From there, they build a picture sought by the highest levels at the White House, giving a real-time peek, for example, at the mood of a region after the Navy SEAL raid that killed Osama bin Laden or perhaps a prediction of which Mideast nation seems ripe for revolt.”

Check out the full article on Yahoo! News.

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