Wow, like this is news. Granted it is nice to know about the CIA and actually be able to point to something called "Open Source Center" and "vengeful librarians", so in that respect good work, but outside of that everyone already know this kind of thing goes on. OSINT (open source intellignece) is nothing new. I find it funny that the CIA flat out called it Open Source Center. Guess no real need to hide it since anyone can do it. Police do it, journalist do it, governments do it, PI's do it, everyone to a certain extent does it whether they realize it or not. The question really is the amount of resources one has to pull from so many public sources vs. the analytics to make a correct determination based on what you got. Taking into account any misinformation purposely placed.
ONE: They are looking at things that people are posting publicly anyway
TWO: They are not looking at Americans
THREE: Get over yourself, they don't care about your piddly postings
FOUR: Anyone with enough time and effort could do the same thing
AND FIVE: You guys are doing a great job at the CIA.
With most of Twitter accounts set to public and a similar percentage of Facebook following suit, it's easy to trace the general mood of the place. Heck, Twitter even makes it easier for you with trends.
"off-the-cuff utterances"? "regional"? Come come.. you only have to read the polls to see Obama's approval rating is terrible, and it's not just some random blogger but based on real, credible evidence. It's not confined to some nameless, random and conveniently labelled "Obama hater".
Meanwhile, Ron Paul who despite incredible success in straw polls, gets the shaft.
I don't THINK you need to read a blog to realise just how pissed of the American public and beyond are, with this administration. So how is this administration going to counter this and come up with real, workable policy? It can't. It doesn't want to, it seems. War and debt are very lucrative industries, especially if you own a nation's debt and can thus call the shots. Obama is just a puppet with a teleprompter.
If this administration was so sure of itself, if it REALLY represented the people - it wouldn't need to effectively spy on them or use puppets/overnight media sensations like Obama dangling on a string, whose lost without his tele-prompter. What next: hacking the polling booths? Denying certain demographics the right to vote? Getting the BBC to re-elect this fool, and make him look like his sh*t doesn't stink? You may as well re-elect Lady Gaga for all the good he is doing - and all the good he obviously doesn't want to do.
It's just absurd to assume the only 'uprising' taking place is overseas, utterly absurd. Obama's propaganda 'army' won him the election; he came from NOTHING to President not because he was a capable candidate, but because he was supported by the corporations and the media they own. Money quite literally was, no object. Then there was the issue of the race card being played. He knew what buttons to press.
Now, it's been well-documented that not just overseas but on our own soil, his propaganda army is aiming it's sight on social media. Why? Because people are on the whole, fed up of him and the traditional media being manipulated. Your opinions are being stored for later 'use'.
This administration seems to think it can fool all the people all the time. Wrong. America is broke, destitute and desperate. America borders the most corrupt country on earth and our elected officials sit there and paint a pretty picture whilst gungs, gangs and drugs are brought in by the truckload. No to mention the MILLIONS coming across illegally. The impact on social cohesion and resource allocation as well as the environment is truly shocking, and still, they spend their time papering over the craps of this problem like it doesn't exist.
The discontent with this administration goes beyond blogs, beyond social media in general. But real solutions require real change, and not just external.