The Man From I.N.Q.T.E.L.

 

IN-Q-TEL SPIES ARE PUBLICLY ACKNOWLEDGED TO BE WORKING AT ELON MUSK’S COMPANIES, ERIC SCHMIDT’S COMPANIES AND MARK ZUCKERBERG’S INVESTMENTS

 

The Man From I.N.Q.T.E.L.

 

Special submission to the Intercept by Rob Martin and S. Brown with The Guardian

 

Five tons of cocaine may seem like a lot of cocaine for a “501 C 3 non-profit charity” to have on it’s

 

airplanes but the little rogue Silicon Valley spy agency called I.N.Q.T.E.L. said that “it just couldn’t

 

imagine how it got there” or why I.N.Q.T.E.L. flight manifests had decided to name the airplane

 

“Cocaine One”.

 

Former editors at Silicon Valley’s TechCrunch say that “I.N.Q.T.E.L. is just an off-shoot of the Mark

 

Zuckerberg/Eric Schmidt scheme to try to steer defense money to Silicon Valley VC’s who funded the

 

Obama campaign. In fact, all of the Big Data technologies that Silicon Valley tried to push off onto the

 

Pentagon have failed on every front, found not a single terrorist ahead of time, been exploited by those

 

VC’s to spy on Americans for marketing and political manipulation and, got every major corporation

 

hacked by the Russians and Chinese and, generally, turned into one of the biggest social technology

 

disasters in history.”

 

Chris Byron writes in the The New York Post that he thinks that the THE SPY AGENCY SHOULD

 

CLOSE ITS VENTURE CAPITAL FIRM

 

“If former National Security Agency chief Michael Hayden hangs in there as President Bush’s nominee

 

to head the CIA and makes it to a Senate confirmation hearing, one of the panel’s members should ask

 

him this: “Sir, please tell the committee how much further you anticipate allowing the CIA to expand its

 

presence on Wall Street via the private venture capital firm known as In-Q-Tel, Inc.”

 

Hayden came under withering fire in Washington last week as word spread that the ex-NSA chief had

 

presided over the White House’s post-9/11 surveillance program of monitoring domestic U.S. telephone

 

calls. The White House, politically weakened from a year of setbacks both at home and abroad, may

 

decide to withdraw Hayden from consideration and submit an alternative nominee burdened with less

 

civil liberties baggage.

 

Yet whoever winds up in the CIA’s top job will inherit a developing mess involving In-Q-Tel that was

 

largely ignored by the agency’s departing director, Porter Goss. Hints that all is not well with In-Q-Telhave begun seeping into view as this little-known domestic CIA front operation continues to funnel

 

agency money into penny stock and micro-cap companies in Wall Street’s murkiest back alleys.

 

Two In-Q-Tel CEOs have resigned from the six-year-old venture capital fund in just the last four

 

months; the fund is being run on a day-to-day basis by a man from Washington’s politically greased

 

Carlyle Group who has been with In-Q-Tel for only a few weeks. Headhunters are said to be having

 

trouble coming up with candidates for a permanent replacement.

 

And there are even reports, largely unconfirmed, that the Securities and Exchange Commision is

 

looking into several penny stock promoters with ties to In-Q-Tel.

 

Launched in 1999 by CIA director George Tenet as a Wall Street venture fund to finance new

 

technologies for the spy world, In-Q-Tel quickly found friends on Capitol Hill, where policymakers

 

seized on the fund as a way to remind constituents that the ghost of Vietnam no longer walked the land.

 

The attacks of 9/11 gave In-Q-Tel even more stature in Congress, where the fund came to be seen as an

 

essential element in the war effort.

 

Yet the public’s visceral reaction to last week’s NSA revelations suggests that war or no war, a backlash

 

against government snooping may be starting. And that in turn promises to crank up the heat under In-

 

Q-Tel, where at least some of the fund’s investments raise questions of judgment regarding how

 

taxpayer money is being spent by the organization, as well as who it is choosing for business partners.

 

A year ago, this column drew back the curtain on a fishy In-Q-Tel in vestment, financed out of the black

 

box budget of the CIA, in a defense-sector start-up called Ionatron Inc.

 

Run by a longtime Wall Street regulatory violator named Robert Howard, Ionatron used a cash

 

infusion from In-Q-Tel to promote itself around Washington as the developer of a laser-equipped,

 

remotely controlled device the size of a golf cart that could patrol the highways of Iraq, ferreting out

 

and detonating insurgent land mines ahead of troop movements.

 

We warned in this space that the technology being trumpeted by Ionatron was not only unproven, but

 

had been obtained by Howard and some midlevel researchers at Raytheon Corp. under highly

 

irregular circumstances designed to persuade a West Coast laser researcher into turning over his

 

research to Howard’s group.

 

Nonetheless, Sen. Hillary Clinton and her Democratic colleague from California, Barbara Boxer,

 

quickly embraced the Ionatron program, which eventually devoured more than $12 million in

 

government funding before the Pentagon finally concluded last week that the devices are not reliable

 

and cancelled plans to deploy them.

 

Ionatron’s stock price has tumbled more than a third in the last three weeks, leaving the company’s

 

largest investor – prominent hedge fund SAC Capital Advisors, run by Steven A. Cohen of Connecticut –

 

sitting with millions in paper losses.

 

SAC Capital has acknowledged that it is under investigation by the SEC in what appears to be a

 

separate matter involving stock trading, and the SEC may soon start taking a look into the hedge fund’s

 

buying of Ionatron’s shares.

 

In-Q-Tel’s growing portfolio of investments includes a few successes. Yet the fund has more often

 

poured money into companies that were barking dogs long before In-Q-Tel showed up, and have failed

 

to improve since.

 

Consider a North Carolina outfit called ID Technologies Corp., which began life in 1994 as

 

CardGuard International Inc. to promote a fingerprint identification system no one wanted to buy. In

 

the four years that followed, the company racked up losses of $3 million on a mere $92,000 in

 

revenues.

 

In 1998, the company changed its name to ID Technologies and added $2.5 million more to the loss

 

column on barely $100,000 more in revenues.

 

Along the way, In-Q-Tel popped up with plans to invest $400,000 more in ID Tech, but the firm

 

collapsed, leaving investors with $5.58 million in cumulative losses and a stock that now sells for a

 

fraction of a penny per share.Another In-Q-Tel investment, in a data software company called Convera Corp., may be headed in the

 

same direction, bearing much greater losses. In 2004 the fund took a stake in Convera, which had yet

 

to turn a profit while piling up more than $1 billion in cumulative losses since its founding in the mid-

 

1980s.

 

By the end of 2005, a resulting bounce in Convera stock had topped out at $16, and the shares have

 

since lost half their value. Last week they were trading below $8 on investor disenchantment with the

 

perennial money loser’s latest offering: an Internet search engine for extracting information from video

 

files.

 

Because its funding comes from the CIA, In-Q-Tel has been an irresistible target for conspiracy

 

theorists who charge that the CIA is somehow linked through it to every penny stock that goes south.

 

Last week, one left-leaning Web site reported that SEC investigators think the CIA-backed venture fund

 

has been steering money into penny stock “pump and dump” firms in Israel, Dubai and Malaysia.

 

But a day’s worth of phoning around traces these claims to a tireless complainant named Tony Ryals,

 

who has been bombarding the SEC and Internet message boards for years with claims that he has

 

uncovered a submerged world of In-Q-Tel-linked fraud stretching for Kuala Lumpur to the Middle

 

East.

 

The alleged linkages are bewildering in their complexity and typically impossible to follow, but

 

conspiracy buffs find them irresistible, since they seem to echo some of the CIA’s worst excesses from

 

30 to 40 years ago, and by their nature, they can never be entirely disproved.

 

WHETHER the SEC has looked into Ryals’ charges and found them baseless isn’t known, but thanks to

 

In-Q-Tel and the lengthening shadow of the CIA on Wall Street, the most improbable of such claims

 

once again have a whiff of credibility.

 

Bottom line: There are many sensible ways the CIA could have gone about developing the technologies

 

it needs, but funneling money into Wall Street via an outfit like In-Q-Tel was never one of them. So it

 

will be a good thing for Wall Street – and for America, too – if the CIA’s next spymaster simply shuts the

 

operation down. (cbyron@nypost.com)

 

Bob Simon, of the CBS News 60 Minutes TV show, thought that I.N.Q.T.E.L. was a bunch of wanna

 

be’s from Stanford and Yale. The internet’s Corbett Report has produced numerous documentaries

 

which describe I.N.Q.T.E.L. as nearly psychotic fringe-mentality yuppie spies with their own private

 

agenda.

 

Thomas Ricks explains how I.N.Q.T.E.L. and New America Foundation, who are, essentially the same

 

organization want all war to now be fought by Silicon Valley technologies. Isn’t that convenient for

 

those Silicon Valley campaign financiers?

 

“The Future of War: A New America project looking at 21st century conflict. In the interest of

 

improving our national security, protecting our rights, and helping get us out of the endless “war on

 

terror,” the New America Foundation is launching a project on the future of war. Here is a look at the

 

initial thinking, which is liable to change as our various participants bring to bear their very different

 

areas of expertise. Plus, isn’t it time that there was a study of the future of defense funded by neither

 

the Pentagon nor the defense industry?

 

By the Future of War team, New America Foundation (Controlled by Eric Schmidt and Google)

 

Best Defense office of the future. Throughout history, changes in the conduct of warfare have been one

 

of the primary drivers of shifts in how societies and states are organized. Today, the evolution of

 

autonomous weapons systems, the emergence of ever more sophisticated surveillance technologies, the

 

militarization of cyberspace and outer space, and a range of similar developments are dramaticallychanging the nature of war — with profound implications for the nature of the international order, the

 

manner in which we control and constrain power and violence, and the nature of the state itself.

 

Few seem fully to grasp this, however. For the most part, these changes in the means and methods of

 

warfare are usually viewed narrowly, and understood as matters of interest mainly to specialized

 

communities of policy wonks, military planners, civil libertarians, or counterterrorism experts. As with

 

the story of the blind men and the elephant, many people are looking at different facets of the changing

 

nature of war, each trying to describe what they see (and often misunderstanding what it is they are

 

seeing). That’s not good enough: We need to look at the whole elephant.

 

With the United States still locked into a “forever war” paradigm that doesn’t comport with American

 

values or history, it’s more urgent than ever to understand the ways in which changes in the nature of

 

war both drive and are driven by changes in state-level, sub-state-level, and international policies and

 

institutions. At the same time states are developing unprecedented military technologies, the means of

 

mass destruction have been democratized: Today, terrorist organizations and other non-state actors

 

can cause damage and destruction on a scale we normally associate with states. Meanwhile, new

 

technologies are eroding old assumptions about sovereignty and state autonomy. Nonetheless, we still

 

operate mainly within a legal and political paradigm that draws sharp — if increasingly arbitrary–

 

lines between domestic and international matters, between states and non-state actors, and between

 

war and crime.

 

It’s increasingly apparent that existing legal paradigms neither provide adequate tools for responding

 

to new kinds of threats nor offer an appropriate framework for protecting human rights and human

 

dignity. As we move forward, we need to find a way to evolve beyond the post-9/11 state of perpetual

 

war — and we need to do so in a way takes into account these seismic changes, allows for an adaptive

 

response to evolving threats, and enhances the robust protection of human rights.

 

The New America Foundation is well positioned to sort out the thorny issues that arise from the

 

changing nature of warfare. Unlike most think tanks and NGOs, New America isn’t made up of

 

specialists having “insider” conversations with one another: lawyers talking to other lawyers, or

 

defense policy experts talking to other defense policy experts. Instead, New America connects the

 

worlds of law, technology, political science, history, policy, the military, the human rights community,

 

and the media, each of which often operates in isolation.

 

Core members of New America’s Future of War team include journalists, technologists, military history

 

and terrorism experts, human rights experts, and international law and defense policy experts. Our

 

individual and collective expertise and connections enable us to convene the most creative and

 

influential thinkers, writers, and decision-makers from these varied and often separate worlds; develop

 

bold conceptual frameworks combined with more specific legal and policy proposals; write and talk

 

about these intelligibly and interestingly; and attract extensive media coverage to our work and our

 

recommendations. The Future of War project is led by Peter Bergen, director of national security

 

studies at the New America Foundation and the author of several books. This series was drafted by him

 

and the team’s other members: Rosa Brooks, Anne-Marie Slaughter, Sascha Meinrath, and Tom Ricks.”

 

If that isn’t a pitch for “GIVE GOOGLE ALL OF THE PENTAGON’S MONEY” then the moon is

 

blue. There is how Eric Schmidt gets hundreds of billions of government dollars shoveled into his

 

pocket and why Eric Schmidt gets to tell President Obama what to do! (See the article THE ANDROID

 

ADMINISTRATION)

 

I.N.Q.T.E.L. has provided the staff for Google, Facebook, Elon Musk’s companies including Space X

 

(Where an I.N.Q.T.E.L. related programmer was arrested for running SILK ROAD, the largest on-line

 

cocaine selling service in history) and helped get Sony Pictures Entertainment the secret information

 

for their OBL film: ZERO DARK THIRTY in exchange for campaign contributions.I.N.Q.T.E.L. is the dirty tricks team that the Sid Blumenthal’s of the world send their clients to.

 

I.N.Q.T.E.L. is contracted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to put hit jobs on the enemies of the U.S.

 

Chamber of Commerce. Hillary Clinton’s State Department has paid I.N.Q.T.E.L. tens of millions of

 

dollars. Why?

 

When Eric Schmidt and Google created “The Arab Spring” uprisings in the Middle East, a fact widely

 

reported in the news and bragged about by Google’s own staff, I.N.Q.T.E.L. was riding shotgun on the

 

whole affair.

 

Here is the thing: Should taxpayer money be used to fund I.N.Q.T.E.L. when it is often just being used

 

as a political and business dirty tricks service to attack U.S. citizens, inside America, who compete with

 

Silicon Valley campaign financiers?

 

The law says it is a felony for I.N.Q.T.E.L. to exist. What does the reader think?

 

We asked Chester L. Jordan, The U.S. Army Legal Services Agency Regulatory Law and Intellectual

 

Property Division boss in Arlington, VA, and his staff, if I.N.Q.T.E.L. did not seem to be competing

 

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p style=”margin-bottom:0;line-height:100%;”>with, and screwing with the very Pentagon, itself. He said he would take it under consideration.

 

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