DARPA has a new tool that allows them to track anonymous users on the ‘dark web’. What could go wrong?
The scarcely reported on agency of government, DARPA, affiliated with the Pentagon and the Department of Defense, just might be the most dangerous apparatus of the US Military; especially when it comes to the safety of the American people and activists. The acronym of course stands for Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.
It is from this agency that some of the most advanced weapons of war come. The list of technologies they developed is long; they engineered killer robotic dogs, remotely controlled weapons of war such as drones, and other technologies not disclosed to the public. At this point in DARPA’s military role, it looks like they have a fixation on weapons that can be remotely controlled, without any need for soldiers consenting to the morality of their battle.
The things they are developing are simply dangerous beyond comprehension.
Recently in a CBS news report, representatives of DARPA were interviewed about a search engine they are developing called ‘Memex’, designed to scan the darkest recesses of the deep web, and probably do a lot more than they say it’s capable of.
Without acknowledging any regard for the dangers of this power, the CBS article said,
Memex goes far beyond the realm of traditional search engines and gives law enforcement a powerful new tool to search the “dark web,” where criminals buy, sell, and advertise in the illegal weapons trade and sex trafficking.
They claim the primary use of this search engine will be to catch human traffickers. However, if you are reading this, surely you know that DARPA exists to further the horizons of power consolidated in the US Government and Military-Industrial-Complex, not to keep us safe.
“The easiest way to think about Memex is: How can I make the unseen seen?” director of the information innovation office at DARPA said. “Most people on the internet are doing benign and good things,” he continued, “But there are parasites that live on there, and we take away their ability to use the internet against us — and make the world a better place.”
A Scientific American article about Memex said,
DARPA has said very little about Memex and its use by law enforcement and prosecutors to investigate suspected criminals … Memex—a combination of the words “memory” and “index” first coined in a 1945 article for The Atlantic—currently includes eight open-source, browser-based search, analysis and data-visualization programs as well as back-end server software that perform complex computations and data analysis.
As the Scientific American noted, DARPA has said very little about Memex. What does it tell about a person, a group of people, or a program when they are secretive and operate in the shadows? Why would a body of people doing benevolent work have to do that? I think keeping up with the projects underway by DARPA is of critical importance. This is where the most outrageous and powerful weapons of war are being developed.
These technologies carry the potential for the most intense surveillance/police state the world has literally ever seen; these weapons of war can be remotely controlled by very few people, miles away from the actual battleground.
They have developed numerous ‘killer robots’ that are capable of facial recognition. Robots armed with machine guns have already been used in the battlefield in Iraq. It’s completely impossible to give you any full perspective on DARPA in this one article, you must research yourself — there are lists and lists of technologies experimented with by the agency.
Taking Snowden’s NSA revelations into account; it’s no secret that activists, journalists, everyday citizens, and any threat to the government’s status-quo are targeted with these technologies just as much as real criminals are. There is no telling why they actually want to develop this deep web scanner called ‘Memex’.
If you would like to learn more about DARPA, here is an excellent report on the topic by James Corbett.
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