CIA copies dangerous software China uses to oppress citizens

In the name of national security, the CIA has just taken a drastic step toward transforming America into an authoritarian, oppressive technocracy like China, critics say.

According to Bloomberg, the CIA is prepping to roll out a ChatGPT-like artificial intelligence program to help them sift through data for clues. What sort of data? From the sounds of it, ostensibly anything publicly available.

“We’ve gone from newspapers and radio, to newspapers and television, to newspapers and cable television, to basic internet, to big data, and it just keeps going. We have to find the needles in the needle field,” Randy Nixon, the director of the agency’s Open-Source Enterprise division, said.

Given the CIA’s history of abuses, critics greatly worry about the potential ramifications of this new technology:

Note what one critic wrote: “Created to ‘combat China’ then used to control Americans.”

The part about combatting China is definitely true.

“It’s part of a broader government campaign to harness the power of AI and compete with China, which is seeking to become the global leader in the field by 2030,” Bloomberg notes.

China is already using AI to oppress its people: “Underpinning China’s system of oppression is a high-tech network of surveillance,” according to the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.

As for the part about controlling Americans, Decrypt.io points out that “[s]everal government agencies—CIA included—have been caught overstepping their legal boundaries in regards to the amount and type information they collect on citizens.”

Nixon reportedly tried to assuage these concerns by saying that the CIA plans to closely follow U.S. privacy laws, but there are some problems.

According to Bloomberg, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence has previously “flagged concerns about intelligence agencies turning to largely unregulated commercial marketplaces to purchase troves of data about people, including location information gathered from mobile phones.”

Here’s the key: “The intelligence community classifies such information as open-source information, even if it is available only for purchase by governments.

And so when the CIA claims it plans to only sift through publicly available data, that may very well be a deceiving statement meant to confuse.

Some critics have also cast down on the CIA’s claim that this is a new development. Basing their belief on the idea that the CIA has been keeping secrets from Americans, critics say the agency has probably had this sort of tech available to it for decades:

One critic pointed out that the CIA has already had access to a software suite called “Palantir” for decades.

According to Forbes, Palantir is “the go-to company for mining massive data sets for intelligence and law enforcement applications, with a slick software interface and coders who parachute into clients’ headquarters to customize its programs.”

“Palantir turns messy swamps of information into intuitively visualized maps, histograms and link charts. Give its so-called ‘forward-deployed engineers’ a few days to crawl, tag and integrate every scrap of a customer’s data, and Palantir can elucidate problems as disparate as terrorism, disaster response and human trafficking,” Forbes reported way back in 2013.

Palantir has previously been used to attack conservatives and spread the government’s false COVID narratives:

Vivek Saxena

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