By John Paluska, Founder of The Daily Fodder

In another attack on freedom, Joe Biden slipped into the Made In America Laws Executive Order a section on increasing partnerships with with American the tech sector. The massive executive order requires the government to use more American-made tech products if possible.

The executive order states:

Sec. 10.  Report on Information Technology That Is a Commercial Item.  The FAR Council shall promptly review existing constraints on the extension of the requirements in Made in America Laws to information technology that is a commercial item and shall develop recommendations for lifting these constraints to further promote the policy set forth in section 1 of this order, as appropriate and consistent with applicable law.

On the surface this may sound like a good thing. But be advised the NSA, CIA, and FBI require direct access into all the programs they work with. The agreements between Silicon Valley and our Intelligence Community (which ultimately approves all the technology used by the Federal Government, along with the NIST) already historically included complete data-sharing, in addition to mandatory backdoors, and even inventing the very companies themselves. So when Biden wants to increase government purchasing and usage of technology, he is essentially directing the Intelligence Community to increase their reach into American products and services.

It also is abundantly clear at this point that social media is a tool of the CIA. This wasn't unusual news in 2011, when the CIA stated it themselves (though in very opaque methods). CBS News writer Jim Edwards wrote a great expose on it himself:

You don't need to wear a tinfoil hat to believe that the CIA is using Facebook, Twitter, Google (GOOG) and other social media to spy on people. That's because the CIA publishes a helpful list of press releases on all the social media ventures it sponsors, via its technology investment arm In-Q-Tel.

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One of the main threats to privacy comes from advertisers, who want to track everything consumers do on the web and scrape their online accounts for personal information. It shouldn't be surprising, therefore, to learn that the CIA and the worlds largest ad agency network, WPP (WPPGY), have been in bed together on a social media data-mining venture since at least January 2009. WPP currently claims to own the world's largest database of unique individual profiles -- including demographic, financial, purchase and geographic histories. WPP's Visible Technologies unit took an investment from In-Q-Tel in fall of 2009. Visible Technologies develops tools that can scan social media networks such as Twitter and Facebook.

However, Mark Zuckerberg openly admitted he basically did whatever the FBI told him to in a Congressional testimony. As The Sociable recounted:

They alerted us to be on heightened alert around a risk of hack-and-leak operations around a released trove of information.

And to be clear on this, we didn’t censor the content; we flagged it for fact checkers to review, and pending that review we temporarily constrained its distribution to make sure that it didn’t spread wildly while it was being reviewed.

But it’s not up to us to either to determine whether it’s Russian interference, nor whether it’s true. We rely on the FBI and intelligence, and fact checkers to do that.

So the CIA and FBI and other intelligence agencies openly worked with Google, Microsoft, Apple, a gigantic ad company, Facebook, and other tech startups, and even started its own encryption company to spy on governments, individuals, and whole groups of people.  

Now, with Biden recommending the government partner with even MORE American companies, the Intelligence Community could begin to hold a great deal more sway into our day-to-day lives, and can even increase its censorship to new heights. 

For instance, it is no secret that Hollywood is directly funded by the CIA. This is rather public information. The Atlantic's Nicholas Schou recounted it rather succinctly:

The CIA has a long history of “spooking the news,” dating back to its earliest days when the legendary spymaster Allen Dulles and his top staff drank and dined regularly with the press elite of New York and Washington, and the agency boasted hundreds of U.S. and foreign journalists as paid and unpaid assets. In 1977, after this systematic media manipulation was publicly exposed by congressional investigations, the CIA created an Office of Public Affairs that was tasked with guiding press coverage of intelligence matters in a more transparent fashion. The agency insists that it no longer maintains a stable of friendly American journalists, and that its efforts to influence the press are much more above board. But, in truth, the intelligence empire’s efforts to manufacture the truth and mold public opinion are more vast and varied than ever before. One of its foremost assets? Hollywood.

The agency has established a very active spin machine in the heart of the entertainment capital, which works strenuously to make sure the cloak-and-dagger world is presented in heroic terms. Since the mid-1990s, but especially after 9/11, American screenwriters, directors, and producers have traded positive portrayal of the spy profession in film or television projects for special access and favors at CIA headquarters.

If the government is commanded to work with more American brands, you can bet the CIA will be knocking on news agencies, Hollywood, and TV Networks looking to "fund" them if they just do some "explaining" for the CIA. And partnered with increased ownership of tech companies, this could turn America into an echo chamber.


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