Weekend Pondering: Is Facebook a Front for the CIA?Submitted by Michael Nystrom on Fri, 05/22/2009 - 01:37
Has anyone else heard this story about Facebook being a CIA front? It was a Ron Paul supporter I met at the Rally on Lexington Green who tipped me off. I'd never heard it before (which was unusual, since I thought I was hip to all the conspiracies).
Remember the old story about the sun and the wind having the competition to see who could get the guy to take his heavy overcoat off? The wind blew as hard as it could, but the man just clutched more tightly at his coat. Then the sun came out, friendly and warm, and they guy took his coat off voluntarily.
If the government really is just a criminal syndicate like the mafia (as some claim), it knows it has to maximize its resources and achieve productivity gains. The KGB/Stasi is the old school, inefficient, labor & resource intensive model of spying. See: The Lives of Others for the gist. The old method involves too much work, and too much human involvement.
If innovation in the spying industry takes place, Facebook could be the newest, most innovative model. Let the computers do the spying! But after the outcry over the forceful, wind-like Information Awareness Office, a new model was needed. So along came the friendly, sunshine-like "social networking" site whereby people actually volunteer all of their information for anyone and everyone -- including the government -- to see. It plays so perfectly to that constant of human nature - vanity - to get folks to reveal what they never would otherwise.
Here's another article on the subject, though most of the information is the same as the video.
These days it is impossible to tell what is true anymore. My question du jour seems to be who is lying to me today and why? I deactivated my Facebook account yesterday. This was not primarily reason, though it did play its part. (Though it's not like I'll be able to hide now.) Mainly there's just too much information to keep up with. How much of it is really necessary? When the Revolution comes, we'll know. You won't need Facebook to tell you. In the mean time, my stay as incognito as possible and conserve your energy.
Of course, what do I know? I'm just a dude with a blog. I figure the best way to get to the bottom of this is turn it over to the good people on the Daily Paul. After all, 30,000 heads are better than one. What do you know about this one?