Fusion center ‘accidentally’ releases ‘remote mind control’ files

America's national security and intelligence apparatus is so massive, yet compartmentalized, that it often appears the U.S. government doesn't know what information it actually has in its possession, or what to do with it. This was dramatically demonstrated last week with the seemingly accidental release of documents on "remote mind control" in response to an … Continue reading Fusion center ‘accidentally’ releases ‘remote mind control’ files

YouTube to add ‘conspiracy theory’ disclaimers from Wikipedia

YouTube, the widely-used video uploading site owned by Google, which is in turn owned by Alphabet, whose former chairman and current board member Eric Schmidt is a key adviser to the Pentagon, has announced that -- in a Cass Sunsteinesque effort to combat the perceived threat posed by "conspiracy theories" -- it will begin showing … Continue reading YouTube to add ‘conspiracy theory’ disclaimers from Wikipedia

Google involvement in drone A.I. project revealed

In 2016, after giving the matter "thoughtful consideration," tech executive Eric Schmidt told the public they should "stop freaking out" about potential pitfalls of artificial intelligence. Schmidt recently announced his resignation from the chairmanship of Google's parent company Alphabet, though he's apparently continuing in roles not only as an Alphabet board member, but heading the … Continue reading Google involvement in drone A.I. project revealed

Parkland conspiracy theories raise legitimate questions

In the two weeks since reports first emerged of 17 students killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, much controversy has erupted over issues that are often brought up in the wake of such incidents -- namely gun control and the 2nd Amendment. Yet other issues unrelated to firearm laws have also … Continue reading Parkland conspiracy theories raise legitimate questions

‘Injecting information’ to control the minds of monkeys

A new study from two neuroscientists at Rochester University is the subject of a New York Times article this week, which describes their apparently successful efforts to "'inject' information into monkeys' brains." To study the premotor cortex, doctors Kevin Mazurek and Marc Schieber "trained two rhesus monkeys to play a game," the Times reports: The … Continue reading ‘Injecting information’ to control the minds of monkeys

Iraqi security forces latest weapon? Facebook

If one thing has become clear in the past year or two, it is that even more than in the rest of our lives, on the internet and social media, appearances can be deceiving. From Russian trolling operations that we've heard so much about in the news, to less widely covered (and seemingly less effective) … Continue reading Iraqi security forces latest weapon? Facebook

Amazon’s new ‘secret region’ for the CIA

Amazon Web Services last week unveiled a new cloud computing "secret region" to store classified information for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and other members of the American intelligence community. In 2013 it was revealed that the CIA was pursuing a $600 million cloud computing contract with Amazon, in what The Atlantic has described as … Continue reading Amazon’s new ‘secret region’ for the CIA

10 astonishing revelations from the JFK files

The recent release of thousands of Central Intelligence Agency files on the John F. Kennedy assassination --which continues this week with another drop of 13,000 documents-- has opened up countless new areas of interest for researchers to study. Critics of federal secrecy who say that the JFK files release will not answer all the lingering … Continue reading 10 astonishing revelations from the JFK files

CIA, DoD eager to tap AI capabilities they don’t understand

An artificial intelligence arms race seems to be officially underway following Russian President Vladimir Putin's comment last week that whoever comes to dominate the field "will be the ruler of the world." This is one area, at least, where top U.S. policymakers can apparently agree with Putin. The military and the Central Intelligence Agency are … Continue reading CIA, DoD eager to tap AI capabilities they don’t understand

CIA spies on ‘liaison services’ — including other US intel community members?

In the wake of the 2016 U.S. election, Wikileaks and its founder Julian Assange have become, if possible, even more controversial than they were previously. Yet their latest contribution to the political chaos swirling in Washington may set some kind of new record. In March, Wikileaks began publishing a trove of Central Intelligence Agency documents … Continue reading CIA spies on ‘liaison services’ — including other US intel community members?