The Federal Reserve is worried that people don't like them very much (they're right), so they're going to spend some of that money they print out of thin air to create a "Social Listening Platform" to monitor "billions of conversations" and "gather data from various social media outlets and news sources." In other words, the Federal Reserve is going to spy on you.
The Federal Reserve wants to know what you are saying about it. In fact, the Federal Reserve has announced plans to identify "key bloggers" and to monitor "billions of conversations" about the Fed on Facebook, Twitter, forums and blogs. This is yet another sign that the alternative media is having a dramatic impact ... What they really want to do is to gather information on everyone that views the Federal Reserve negatively. It is unclear how they plan to use this information once they have it, but considering how many alternative media sources have been shut down lately, this is obviously a very troubling sign.
"The solution must be able to gather data from the primary social media platforms –Facebook, Twitter, Blogs, Forums and YouTube."
Hopefully you understand this already, but nothing posted on the Internet is ever anonymous. Everything on the Internet is gathered by a vast host of organizations and is used for a wide variety of purposes. Data mining has become a billion dollar industry, and it is only going to keep growing.
You may think that you are "anonymous" when you criticize organizations like the Fed, but the truth is that if you are loud enough they will see it and they will make a record of it.
"The solution must provide real-time monitoring of relevant conversations. It should provide sentiment analysis (positive, negative or neutral) around key conversational topics."
Why do they need to perform "sentiment analysis"?
If someone is identified as being overly "negative" about the Fed, what will they do about it?
"The solution should provide an alerting mechanism that automatically sends out reports or notifications based a predefined trigger."
This sounds very much like the kind of "keyword" intelligence gathering systems that are currently in use by major governments around the globe.
Very, very creepy stuff.
Are you disturbed yet?
You should be disturbed. Very disturbed.
Two weeks ago, the media's heart went aflutter when it learned that the president had borrowed a page right out of ole' Joe McCarthy's communist witch hunt book with the launch of Attack Watch. The response by everyone, even fans of Obama, was immediate and brutal. Yet where Obama took about 24 hours to crash and burn, someone else has stepped in with a far stealthier method of ferreting out the traitors amongst us: none other than our old friends, the Federal Reserve Bank of the United States, which in a Request for Proposals filed to companies that are Fed vendors, is requesting the creation of a "Social Listening Platform" whose function is to "gather data from various social media outlets and news sources." It will "monitor billions of conversations and generate text analytics based on predefined criteria." The Fed's desired product should be able to "determine the sentiment [ED:LOL] of a speaker or writer with respect to some topic or document"... "The solution must be able to gather data from the primary social media platforms – Facebook, Twitter, Blogs, Forums and YouTube. It should also be able to aggregate data from various media outlets such as: CNN, WSJ, Factiva etc." Most importantly, the "Listening Platform" should be able to "Handle crisis situations, Continuously monitor conversations, and Identify and reach out to key bloggers and influencers." Said otherwise, the Fed has just entered the counterespionage era and will be monitoring everything written about it anywhere in the world. After all, why ask others to snitch for you and anger everyone as Obama found out the hard way, when you can pay others to create the supreme FIATtack WatchTM using money you yourself can print in unlimited amounts. And once the Internet is completely "transparent", the Fed will next focus on telephone conversations, and finally will simply bug each and every otherwise "private" location in the world. Because very soon saying that "printing money is treason" will be treason, and such terrorist thoughts must be pre-crimed before they even occur.
People are growing tired of the Fed's counterfeiting schemes. People are tired of losing their jobs only to get stuck with multi-trillion dollar bills to bailout corporate-cronies and foreign banksters too. In fact every day, more and more Americans want to stop the central planning and End the Fed!
I could save them the trouble and expense of spying on the world with a simple summary: Everyone who understands the U.S. central banking system despises the Fed and understands that it is an organization that was created to inflate the money supply and funnel money to the banks. And while investors once feared its influence over the financial markets, no one fears it anymore because Chairman Bernanke's predictions are uniformly wrong, his policies have uniformly failed, and the shortcomings of the its debt currency are becoming obvious even to non-economists.
The Federal Reserve is seeking contractors to build a tool that will monitor and analyze blogs, news reports, and social-media chatter about the central bank and its policies, with a goal of being able to use "public relations" strategies to counter the growing barrage of negative publicity. But critics quickly added to the institution's troubled image as the news spread by lambasting the half-baked scheme as "Orwellian" spying and "intimidation."
Other demands listed by the central bank include the ability to track the reach and spread of its propaganda, "handle crisis situations," and identify emerging trends in Fed-related discussions online. The desired system would also be able to differentiate between "influencers versus followers," and gauge the true impact of specific anti-Fed criticism beyond simply comparing online traffic data generated by a particular source.
The financial analysis site ZeroHedge, apparently the first media outlet to uncover and expose the scheme, fiercely ridiculed the central bank and its tactics. But it also noted that "the Fed has just entered the counterespionage era and will be monitoring everything written about it anywhere in the world."
The central bank, however, is not alone. Numerous critics of the plan have compared it to President Obama's recently unveiled "Attack Watch," a service for Americans to report negative statements about the administration or its policies. The citizen-snitching operation, as it has been dubbed, also prompted ridicule — but grave concern as well.
And as The New American reported in March, the U.S. military was exposed earlier this year seeking a tool that would allow a single government agent to operate multiple fake social-media characters simultaneously. The objective, similar to the Fed's desired "solution," is to monitor critics and influence public opinion through propaganda.
Analysts said authorities' growing interest in tracking and manipulating public sentiment expressed online is a sign that the alternative media is becoming increasingly powerful as the "mainstream media" continues to implode. Others said the efforts also appear to be desperate intimidation tactics aimed at quieting the growing wave of public outrage aimed at the Fed, the undeclared wars, and the Obama administration.
Fury over the privately owned central banking system and its policies — multi-trillion-dollar secret bailouts, mass manipulation of markets, wild money printing, resisting a government audit, and more — has been steadily rising for years. Official documents released in 2009 revealed that even the U.S. military was concerned about the growing "End the Fed" movement.
But according to analysts, it was becoming clear that the central bank and its owners were on the defensive well before news of the coming spying and propaganda operations made headlines. In mid-2009, for instance, the Fed was forced to hire a top lobbyist to defend the cartel's interests on Capitol Hill.
Where's a great man like President Andrew Jackson when you need him?
We've got better ... End the Fed!
This title reminded Elliott of a story about Lyndon B. Johnson: "When Lyndon Johnson ran for Congress, legend says, he wanted to spread the rumor that his opponent was a pig-f*cker. Johnson's campaign manager said, 'Lyndon, you know he doesn't do that!' Johnson replied, 'I know. I just want to make him deny it.'" (Now That's Amore)
We have forced the Fed to worry about what people are saying about it, when for generations no one asked questions. Now they'd like to get people to self-censor before they write anything negative. ~ Ilene
How much more central bank chicanery are you willing to put up with?