With the recent revelations by Edward Snowden regarding the NSA’s domestic spying programmes, a great deal of attention has focused on this clandestine agencies ability to slurp network traffic and decrypt its contents.
How it then analyses and visualises this mountain of data is somewhat more opaque.
One way this is achieved is detailed on their own website’s research section. You can find the link here. A brief description follows:
Renoir is a general-purpose desktop program for manipulating and visualizing networks, otherwise known as graphs. It is written in Java to run on any platform that supports the Java Virtual Machine. Through a well-developed GUI, users can manipulate, analyze, and picture graphs. The program is very general, and applicable to visualizing any information expressing associations.
Renoir offers a variety of both automated and manual layout operations for conveying information. It provides user control of node icons, node color, node labeling, link colors, link styles, link labeling, and a host of other preferences. Graphical elements can have any number of attributes of varying types, including text, numbers, sound, and pictures. Attributes may be local or reside on other computers or in databases. Renoir offers unique capabilities to abstract the graph particularly when the graph gets complex, presenting simplified diagrams with details, which can be expanded and/or contracted real-time.
From what they describe it would appear United States Patent Number 6,515,666 otherwise known as ‘Renoir’ is one way they go about it.
Written in Java, Renoir is network-enabled graphing software, very similar to a tool the 5ociety has itself utilized recently provided by Gephi when attempting to analyse the chatter on the ‘Savile Outed as a Paedo‘ mega-thread on the David Icke Forums.
You can play around with the alpha version here (allow 30 secs to load).
Renoir was of course a famous French Impressionist painter. Impressionist painting characteristics include relatively small, thin, yet visible brush strokes that together form an interpretation of reality. The brush strokes of the NSA’s graphing software are the nodes and the picture of reality they form would appear to be whatever the operative wants to graph.
It is quite easy to see how this would potentially work. The operative could easily scale from a national or even regional level right down to an individual and their associated groups and personal profile that may include real-time communications. And they could do all this from the comfort of their laptop sat in polo shirt, shorts and sneakers eating doughnuts.
For all its generalised power, ‘Renoir’ is merely one small component of the overall capabilities of the U.S.’s ‘Total Information Awareness’ programme that some say has taken on an artificial intelligence of its own and is known by the nickname ‘Mr Computer’ and is considered to be a digital ‘superconsciousness’.
If you are interested in exploring this technology further, please express your interest in writing to the:
National Security Agency
NSA Technology Transfer Program
9800 Savage Road, Suite 6541
Fort George G. Meade, Maryland 20755-6541
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