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Big Data, the Nuclear War on Your Soul

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By the 1990’s the bridge between media, academia and spy agencies had disappeared. Publishing, lecturing, every aspect of journalism or education, eventually to include science, mathematics and engineering as well, had become “political.”

Any individual who strayed became a threat. Every organization, official or ad hoc, had to be penetrated and managed, using programs developed by the FBI under Hoover in the 1950s and 1960s.

Conversely, all “output,” meaning every lecture, every book, every news story, knowing all was “filtered and controlled” was a source of intelligence “backwash” and could reveal not only “intentions” but “patterns of misdirection.”

This was before social media, before facial recognition, before license plate scanners that could check everything from your unpaid fines to medical records.

Despite efforts by privacy advocates and EU regulations, an “industry” now competing with and deeply paralleling the military weapons monoliths has taken shape in the shadows, unseen, unregulated, unaccountable and unstoppable.

In 1975 a film was made that covered the earliest stages of these efforts. From reviewer Roger Ebert:

“’Three Days of the Condor’ is a well-made thriller, tense and involving, and the scary thing, in these months after Watergate, is that it’s all too believable. Conspiracies involving murder by federal agencies used to be found in obscure publications of the far left. Now they’re glossy entertainments starring Robert Redford and Faye Dunaway. How soon we grow used to the most depressing possibilities about our government — and how soon, too, we commercialize on them. Hollywood stars used to play cowboys and generals. Now they’re wiretappers and assassins, or targets.”

Then in 2010, AMC developed a new TV series, one more focused, one more advanced, one quickly squashed when its plotline began to suggest an all to realistic apparatus inside the US capable of planning and executing events such as 9/11. From New York Vulture:

“What would be its next groundbreaking series?

Enter Rubicon, an espionage drama inspired by ’70s conspiracy thrillers—The Parallax View, Three Days of the Condor, The Conversation, and All the President’s Men are the........

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