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Does what happens in the Facebook stay in the Facebook?


Wired Magazine Online

CIA Gets in Your Face(book)
Chaddus Bruce 01.24.07 | 2:00 AM
Wired Magazine Online

If you’re a Facebook member, a career as a government spook is only a click away.

Since December 2006, the Central Intelligence Agency has been using Facebook.com, the popular social networking site, to recruit potential employees into its National Clandestine Service. It marks the first time the CIA has ventured into social networking to hire new personnel.

The CIA’s Facebook page (login required) provides an overview of what the NCS is looking for in a recruit, along with a 30-second promotional YouTube video aimed at potential college-aged applicants. U.S. citizens with a GPA above 3.0 can apply.

“It’s an invaluable tool when it comes to peer-to-peer marketing,” says Michele Neff, a CIA spokeswoman.

The NCS, one of the four directorates of the CIA, was established following 9/11 to gather intelligence from sources both domestic and abroad. In 2004, President Bush directed the CIA to increase the “human intelligence capabilities” of the agency and hire more officers that can “blend more easily in foreign cities.”

The search for better spies led the NCS to set up shop on Facebook, which is used primarily by college students. Every Facebook user has her or his own page, and users can choose to join Facebook “groups,” which can be created by individuals or sponsored by companies as paid promotions. The NCS-sponsored Facebook group was launched on Dec. 19, 2006 and will stay active for two months. The group currently has over 2,100 members, up from around 200 one week after its debut.

Scores of companies and organizations have set up shop on Facebook, using the site’s interactive tools like chat, video and personal messaging to establish relationships with potential hires. However, compared to most recruitment pages, the CIA’s page is remarkably light on interactive content.

For example, Ernst & Young’s Facebook group (login required) offers resume advice, interaction with current employees and videos of actual interns. But like the CIA group, the accounting agency’s page operates mostly as a gateway to its corporate careers website.

Like many corporations or nonprofit organizations, the CIA has long turned to colleges with diverse and intelligent student bodies when hiring. But its foray into social networks is a new strategy not yet adopted by other agencies.

There are strict federal regulations that guide recruitment and hiring, which are tightly controlled by the Office of Personnel Management. The bureau audits the recruitment practices of five to six government agencies a year on a rotating basis, according to Kevin Mahoney, OPM’s associate director for human capital leadership.

Yet the CIA is an “exempted agency,” meaning it has its own hiring authority and isn’t audited by OPM. As a result, the CIA is less encumbered by bureaucratic recruitment procedures. Basically, it runs its own show.

“We don’t have to obtain permissions on any of the venues we have scheduled for print or web,” says the CIA’s Neff.

According to Robert Danbeck, associate director for OPM’s human resources products and services division, there is talk about using social networks to let people know about other government jobs. However, most of the focus remains on the one-stop government job site USAJOBS.gov, which currently has around 220,000 job vacancies.

“Right now, we really don’t know about (social networking). We haven’t gotten our arms around it yet,” Danbeck says.

Government agencies may be forced to turn to social networks and other web-based means for recruitment in the future. Hundreds of thousands of government workers are set to retire in the coming years, and new talent can increasingly be found on websites like Facebook and LinkedIn.

However, dealings between social networks and the government may raise the hackles of citizens concerned about their privacy online.

“If (the CIA) knows about Facebook, and they have a page on Facebook, it would be surprising if they weren’t using it in other ways,” says Nicole Ozer, civil liberties and technology policy director for the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California.

Facebook’s privacy policy states that outside companies sponsoring groups don’t have access to personal information or profiles. However, it does say that information may be shared with “other companies, lawyers, agents or government agencies,” in order to comply with the law.

Besides the fact that it isn’t technically a company, the CIA says it is only using Facebook as an advertisement for new recruits.

“The (CIA Facebook) page is only for information purposes; people cannot leave messages or engage in commentary,” says Neff. “There is no collection of names, bio information or resume collection from this site, nor do we engage members in any way.”

Neff’s claim is reinforced by Facebook’s director of marketing Melanie Deitch, who refers to the agency as an “advertiser.”

“The CIA has no direct access to any user’s profile,” Deitch says. “They adhere to the same rules as all of our advertisers. We do not publish or disseminate our users’ information to any advertiser.”

Ozer says that there’s no way we can be sure what the CIA is up to online.

“It seems if they would go to the trouble to infiltrate peace groups that they are also online looking at information.”


The First Post To Preceed All Future Posts……

As you may or may not be aware, I have been going through endless drama over the years with using Facebook.  My Accounts have received time bans from 48hr and the most recent being 3 days, I have been locked out of my accounts frequently.  I even lost all access to my account and all content I created for nearly a year.  All in all it has been a total pain in my fucking ass.  I have come to the quick conclusion that Mark Zuckerfuck  is a total narcissist fuck wad and be very careful everyone, once he enters politics or is paying campaign contributions for the elite to win elections, we will all be fucked and warehoused in FEMA Camps..lol   Well that may be a bit extreme, but it is very possible.  This world is getting all kinds of crazy & fucked up.  You are either part of the problem or working on the soution.  You obviously cannot run a linear system on a finite planet indefinitely…period!

My family is always asking why am I being picked on by Facebook? what the fuck am I doing to send up flags?  I am not sure how to take this really…what the fuck do you think I am doing?  I’m Facebooking and sharing what ever the fuck I so desire.  I’m being ME and I don’t see that changing anytime soon….not before a much longed for lobotomy anyway.

I share my opinions, my interest, my nothingness & my everything…no big fucking deal.

I think the biggest trouble I run into is conservative, uptight anal assholes and devout Christians and those close to you who disguised as friends(and I use the term loosely) who are in fact parasites….what a bunch of massive assholes…straight up!

Reasons I think I run into problems with social media:

  • I have no filters
  • I do & say what ever the fuck I like
  • Non-conforming
  • I am honest to a fault
  • A little to graphically expressive
  • Profanity is an excellent form of self expression & I like to be “Fucking Expressive”
  • My posts can be crude, lewd and over the top offensive & distasteful (To some, fuck them)

So from now on…NO HOLDS BARRED…I’m dishing out my bullshit whatever that may be.  Report my ass now bitches…hahaha…fuck you!

So please bare with me as I learn how to navigate my way around here.  I have already botched a few things and am sorting out corrections.  I want to be able to present my shit show to you in an aesthetically pleasing way that encourages you to come back.  I have lots to learn & I am A-okay with that!

For the most part, I am certain that people who visit my blog will find it entertaining, enlightening & resourceful.  This blog will include Rants, reviews, art & artist, music, humor, advocacy, philanthropy, wellness, nutrition,healthy lifestyle, and the simple truths the media doesn’t want you to know.   If I uncover something you can be certain I will post it up.  I will never force my views on anyone, I just hope for people to be open & receptive to learning & understanding new things and to go out on their own & learn for them selves. Take from it what you will, but please enjoy.  Please don’t take personal offense to anything contained here within, only take from it the parts you like.  I look forward to reading your responses & feedback over the times ahead.  All my best to you all!  Much Love Ang xx

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