CIA closely follows Twitter, Facebook—but ONLY OVERSEAS (not)

“The OSC’s focus is overseas, collecting against foreign intelligence issues,” said CIA spokeswoman Jennifer Youngblood. “Looking at social media outlets overseas is just a small part of what this skilled organization does,” she said. “There is no effort to collect on Americans.”

Now pull the other one.


AP Exclusive: CIA tracks revolt by Tweet, Facebook
By KIMBERLY DOZIER, AP Intelligence Writer

McLEAN, Va. (AP) — In an anonymous industrial park, CIA analysts who jokingly call themselves the “ninja librarians” are mining the mass of information people publish about themselves overseas, tracking everything from common public opinion to revolutions.

The group’s effort gives the White House a daily snapshot of the world built from tweets, newspaper articles and Facebook updates.

The agency’s Open Source Center sometimes looks at 5 million tweets a day. The analysts are also checking out TV news channels, local radio stations, Internet chat rooms — anything overseas that people can access and contribute to openly.

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3 thoughts on “CIA closely follows Twitter, Facebook—but ONLY OVERSEAS (not)”

  1. “There is no effort to collect on Americans”- yeah, I quess the NSA, Department of Homeland Security, and FBI has their plate pretty full with doing that to us 24/7, 365.

  2. stay at SMU la.. im in dlimema of graduating 3.5 or 4 yrs but with an extra track in finance if 4 yrs…. DILEMMAS!! or another is do 3.5 and take 6 months internship in case i dont find an ideal job

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