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The CIA has opened the kimono on its Virginia-based Open Source Center, where a team known as the "vengeful librarians" pore over Facebook, Twitter, internet chat rooms, and any other overseas forum that anyone can access and contribute to openly, the Associated Press reports. With hundreds of analysts, the team is charged with …

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Anonymous Coward

Of course they do. They probably watch TV and read the newspapers too.

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Anonymous Coward

Digital Spy

I wonder what 'intelligence' they gather from Digital Spy?

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min

yeah...

...like this was not already happening. social media is always great for getting ground zero opinion...amongst all the usual guff. so i would be very surprised if they had not been sifting for ages already.

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Coat

Classified

Oh joy we're overrun with trolls and now have to play 'spot the spook'

I'll get my coat on after checking for bugs

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Anonymous Coward

they are looking for _intelligence_....

... on Facebook?

well that the government for you! Let us, at the very least, hope that the person searching is intelligent!

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Joke

Yeah, but NASA are looking for little green men on Mars. Which do you think will get there first?

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But how much do they write?

Never mind the 5 million tweets that the AP article says they may read in a busy day, how many are they writing? How many fake personas do they have posted on the interwebs, and how many factoids do they launch in a typical day?

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Devil

Including the REG toooooo !!

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Anonymous Coward

hmmm

To be expected. Nosey bastards. At least most other corrupt police states have the decency to mainly victimize & terrorize their own citizens.

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Black Helicopters

We've been sending them coded messages for years.

\/\//-\!\!I<3r5

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Anonymous Coward

Another Reason

Never to post anything on Faceblock or Twatter.

First we have companies checking up on your profiles etc when you apply for jobs.

God knows whay they get up to once you are in their employ.

Now we have the Feds and other spooks doing pattern searched on your posts.

You really have to ask yourself this question

"Is posting on these sort of sites really worth it anymore when something you might have said years before can come back and bite you hard?"

For me, the answer is a definite NO. No WAY. Never.

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Big Brother

Life Imitates Satire

The Onion broke this story long before El Reg.

http://www.theonion.com/video/cias-facebook-program-dramatically-cut-agencys-cos,19753/

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careful what you say boys they might just 'unlike' you.

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Anonymous Coward

3 Days of the Condor

Message Ends

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Anonymous Coward

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Anonymous Coward

Message received, ready to initiate operation "glowing mushroom".

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