Govt Monitoring Patterns Of Life

September 27, 2013, by Ken Jorgustin

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A document obtained within the public domain reveals how technology is enabling govt entities to determine human “patterns of life”, which are examined for correlations and criteria that could potentially place you directly under their microscope…


 
The following is a presentation slide from a Intelligence And Security Command (INSCOM) document (labeled as unclassified), which addresses the use and analysis of Big Data, in which they discuss “Entity Tracking”, “Pattern of Life Analysis”, and “Threat Characterization”.

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While the document is from U.S. Army Intelligence and designed for their purposes, one question might be… just exactly where is this being used or where will this be used in the future? Could this technology be used here at home?

The documentation does not reveal WHO they are monitoring, or under WHAT conditions, or WHERE, or exactly which agency or agencies are using the techniques… however we can certainly suspiciously presume that the methodology could potentially be monitoring you and I, given the numerous revelations this year of NSA spying on Americans and others. One might consider that if INSCOM is using this technology/methodology, one could only imagine how much more sophisticated a similar NSA technology is likely to be…

 
It is evident from the slide that they input all sources of social media, human intelligence reports, biometrics, signal intelligence from any related sources including geo-location tracking/monitoring/cell-phones, IP-location, voice, electronic signature bread crumbs, etc., and cyber (internet) data.

They are “Continuously & Always Correlating All Data into the Entity Database” and use cross-intelligence correlation to determine…

…people who are or have been in the same place at the same time

…and/or in a location that may be ‘important’ (or flagged?)

…people tagged as having shared a location with someone else

…people classified to have relationships with others at various points

 
The expressed purpose is to determine patterns of life.
“De‐Anonymization of Large Data Sets to Detect/Match Behaviors and Patterns”

and to…
“Determine the Sentiment of a Town, City, Region, Country”.

 
While this INSCOM system may be designed for U.S. Army intelligence purposes, do we believe that patterns-of-life monitoring will not be used here in America? I think we pretty much know that it already is via the NSA.

The reason I posted this is to enlighten you as to the technological capabilities that our government has, and for your situational awareness or interest.

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