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[From Wikipedia]: “In-Q-Tel of Arlington, Virginia, United States is a not-for-profit venture capital firm that invests in high-tech companies for the sole purpose of keeping the Central Intelligence Agency equipped with the latest in information technology in support of United States intelligence capability.”
[From an October 19, 2009, “Wired” magazine article, “Exclusive: U.S. Spies Buy Stake in Firm That Monitors Blogs, Tweets”, written by Noah Shachtman]:
“America’s spy agencies want to read your blog posts, keep track of your Twitter updates — even check out your book reviews on Amazon.
In-Q-Tel, the investment arm of the CIA and the wider intelligence community, is putting cash into Visible Technologies, a software firm that specializes in monitoring social media.”
[From a July 29, 2010, article, “Google Ventures, CIA's In-Q-Tel Back Recorded Future”,
written by Mark Hefflinger and published via Digital Media Wire.]:
Francisco - The CIA's In-Q-Tel investment arm and Google (NASD: GOOG) Ventures invested in a
real-time Web monitoring firm called Recorded
Future, Wired.com reports.
The investments were made shortly after the company was founded in 2009, and are believed to be under $10 million each.
Cambridge, Mass.-based Recorded Future has developed a "temporal analytics" engine that looks at the links between documents that refer to the same people, places and events.”
[From a Wednesday Aug 8, 2007, article “Facebook - the CIA conspiracy”, written by Matt Greenop and published in “The New Zealand Herald”]:
“The second round of funding into Facebook ($US12.7 million) came from venture capital firm Accel Partners. Its manager James Breyer was formerly chairman of the National Venture Capital Association, and served on the board with Gilman Louie, CEO of In-Q-Tel, a venture capital firm established by the Central Intelligence Agency in 1999. One of the company's key areas of expertise are in "data mining technologies".
Breyer also served on the board of R&D firm BBN Technologies, which was one of those companies responsible for the rise of the internet.
Dr Anita Jones joined the firm, which included Gilman Louie. She had also served on the In-Q-Tel's board, and had been director of Defence Research and Engineering for the US Department of Defence.
She was also an adviser to the Secretary of Defence and overseeing the Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), which is responsible for high-tech, high-end development.
It was when a journalist lifted the lid on the DARPA's Information Awareness Office that the public began to show concern at its information mining projects.”
The EyeOpener- Exposing ‘In-Q-Tel’: The CIA’s Own Venture Capital Firm