Skip to comments.Sociologist receives $797K to develop methods to identify terrorist social networks (tea party?)
Posted on 06/12/2010 7:01:19 AM PDT by Behind Liberal Lines
A Cornell sociologist is launching a new study to develop methods of identifying covert social networks, including terrorists who are preparing attacks, human traffickers and drug smugglers, among other groups.
Matthew Brashears, assistant professor of sociology, has received a three-year, $797,000 grant from the Defense Threat Reduction Agency for the study that aims to help the U.S. government thwart terrorist attacks.
"We're very excited to have a chance to do this kind of work," said Brashears, who wrote the grant proposal with sociology doctoral candidate Michael Genkin. "It's becoming very difficult in the modern age to interdict decentralized criminal activities. Developing better and more reliable ways to identify terrorist activities ahead of when they carry out an attack is something that everyone would like to see happen."
Since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, social scientists have received more funding for counter-terrorism research because, Brashears noted, "It's fundamentally a social problem, not in the sense of how do you find terrorists to stop them, but in the context of why does transnational terrorism emerge in the first place? How can we cut off the supply of terrorists, not just find them once they become terrorists?"
To answer these questions, Brashears will begin by examining a data set of teenagers in American high schools "because we have all kinds of network data on them," he said. "We're going to try and detect hidden networks within these high schools under conditions in which we don't have to worry about the subjects trying to hide," he said. After that, Brashears' team will collect data specific to terrorism.
Brashears' goal is to develop techniques to uncover covert social networks that could be used by terrorists, human traffickers or drug smugglers -- "any group of people who have to link up to achieve an objective and don't want to be detected by the wider society," he said.
He continued, "Essentially, we're trying to replace the profiling techniques that are in use now with much better, more reliable methods for detecting terrorist cells that are preparing for a weapons of mass destruction attack. The idea is to pick up indicators that can be detected with passive information collection mechanisms, things that don't require expensive or advanced intelligence capabilities, and use those to tip off intelligence agencies that somebody's planning one of these destructive attacks."
The government and researchers face the needle in a haystack issue: how to track down small numbers of terrorists among millions online.
"The hardest thing to do is to find the first person, and from there it gets comparatively easier," Brashears said. "But methods for finding those first people are not very well developed at this point, and we're hoping to change that."
So, basically, we have the Obama administration and a college professor teaming up to figure out how to infilitrate the internet to find "terrorists"....anyone else think this is going to be used to go after, I dunno, tea partiers, Freepers and anyone else that King Hussein the First finds objectionable?
Are the Cornell sociologists going to explain to us about the muslims who hanged a 7-year-old boy in Pakistan to punish his grandfather? Was this a socially acceptable act for holy muslims? Perhaps a sacrament of Islam? Or was this just culturally motivated and acceptable?
Yes. They will blame Bush, western imperialism and the jews.
I stopped reading at “A Cornell sociologist..”
Seems like an airhead. Interesting that he's getting what looks like a monster-sized grant.
$266,000 a year? Taxpayer’s money wee-weed away big time!
I tell you what, send me $50K and I'll tie up the whole research project up in a big bow. With my vast research tools at my very fingertips, I have just collated all of the past 100yrs. of social networked, demographically connected and theology based terrorist acts, and I have come up with the sole, common denominator.
Heck, keep the $50k, you get the answer for free - it's Islam! Unbelievable you say? I know, I was upset to find that it wasn't Freepers, Tea Partiers, Republicans, military veterans, Christians, Libertarians, or even white dudes. (Knock me over with a feather...)
Here is the Professor’s website. Pathetic.
“any group of people who have to link up to achieve an objective and don’t want to be detected by the wider society,” he said.”
Sooo...our freedom of association is now acknowledged by the Federal gov’mt as a terrorist threat?!!!!
800k over 3 years isn’t that much. It pays for 2 people or so, ~60k of salary + benefits + office overhead etc...
Article: Allies in War -by David Horowitz
FrontPageMagazine.com | Monday, September 17, 2001
"Kill all the rich people. Break up their cars and apartments. Bring the revolution home, kill your parents, that's where it's really at"
--Bill Ayers (1970), quoted in New York Times, September 11, 2001:
Article: "No Regrets for a Love Of Explosives; In a Memoir of Sorts, a War Protester Talks of Life With the Weathermen"
"It was at the Chicago home of [Bill] Ayers and [Bernardine] Dohrn that Obama, then an up-and-coming 'community organizer,' had his political coming out party in 1995. Not content with this rite of passage in Lefty World where unrepentant terrorists are regarded as progressive luminaries, still working 'only to educate' both Obamas tended to the relationship with the Ayers."
Article: The Company He Keeps:
Meet Obamas circle: The same old America-hating Left
'Guilty as hell, free as a birdAmerica is a great country,' he [Ayers] said."
August 2001, Chicago Magazine (article: No Regrets)
"So, would Mr. Ayers do it all again, he is asked? 'I dont want to discount the possibility',he said."
New York Times, September 11, 2001:
"No Regrets for a Love Of Explosives; In a Memoir of Sorts, a War Protester Talks of Life With the Weathermen"
Ayers: Obama was 'family friend'
New afterword to 2001 book, Ayers describes Barack Obama as 'family friend'
"This is a guy who lives in my neighborhood, who's a professor of English..."
The O'Reilly Factor confronts Bill Ayers:
October 24, 2008:
(note the red communist star on his shirt)
And I had really hoped to make it through life without having to experience “interesting times”...silly me...
I remember when $800,000 was real money. Guess I’m getting old.
Undercover agent Larry Grathwohl discusses the Weather Underground's post-revolution governing plans for the United States:
"I asked, 'well what is going to happen to those people we can't reeducate, that are diehard capitalists?' and the reply was that they'd have to be eliminated. And when I pursued this further, they estimated they would have to eliminate 25 million people in these reeducation centers. And when I say 'eliminate,' I mean 'kill.' Twenty-five million people. I want you to imagine sitting in a room with 25 people, most of which have graduate degrees, from Columbia and other well-known educational centers, and hear them figuring out the logistics for the elimination of 25 million people. And they were dead serious."
"In July 1969, [Bernardine] Dohrn [Bill Ayers' co-terrorist wife and leader of the Weather Underground], Eleanor Raskin, Dianne Donghi, Peter Clapp, David Millstone and Diana Oughton, all representing 'Weatherman', as Dohrn's faction was now called, traveled to Cuba and met with representatives of the North Vietnamese and Cuban governments."
July 27, 1970: The United States Army base at The Presidio in San Francisco is bombed on the 11th anniversary of the Cuban Revolution. [NYTimes, 7/27/70]
Chronology of Weather Underground attacks:
Wikipedia's source for the Chronology of Events:
FBI files (on pdf)
From American Thinker, September 16, 2008
Article: Obama's Foul Weather Friends
By Scott Swett and Roger Canfield
"As a gesture of solidarity, the Vietnamese who [Bernardine] Dohrn met in Budapest presented her with a ring made from an American aircraft shot down over North Vietnam. Bill Ayers would receive a similar ring while meeting with Vietnamese communists in Toronto. He later recalled being so moved by the gesture that he 'left the room to cry.' "
The search will specifically exclude anyone associated with Islam......
LOL! Ain't that the truth. Today $800K is like sofa-change in the world of trillion dollar bailouts and deficits.
I remember when $800,000 was real money. Guess Im getting old.I hear you there. :)
When the Left had power before, they would use these kind of studies to pry into the private and political activities of children's family members, the children's sexual activity and opinions of one another on hot button political and social issues. Sometimes they would ask questions that were self incriminating or incriminating of family members and friends. The teachers would read the survey answers and sometimes punished individual white male children for having politically incorrect interests, ideas, racial and sexual opinions reported on the survey forms. (This was reported in the news at the time.)
I told my kids that although teachers said the surveys were private, the teachers could keep track of whose survey was whose and read everything they write on those surveys and hurt them if they did not like the answers. The kids think that since their name is not on the form and they receive assurance of privacy from the teacher, no one knows it is their form. But nosy teachers keep track and they do read them.
It is important that you make your children understand that teachers are government officials and like police officers, have no right to pry into their personal lives w/o a warrant and w/o the kids having legal representation. Teaching your children the Bill of Rights is a parental responsibility. Teaching your kids that it is ignoble to serve as informants on friends, family and neighbors (unless the child is in immediate physical abuse) for government officials and government sponsored programs is important now. They need to understand that public schools are government operations; not the same relationship as friends and family.
Many times, after discovering politically or socially incorrect thought or activity in the school, activists would then target their school with intense political and social re-education drills in social studies and language arts. We had this happen in our public school.
Prior to parents getting our school board to make policy requiring parents’ permission for all psychological and sociological surveys or medical treatment, my kids were not permitted to fill out government surveys prying for personal information w/o my permission, a warrant and/or legal representation. They turned in blank forms and did not argue about it. They were not permitted to submit to school medical care w/o my permission and their doctor's permission.
Something else. Now that the government has taken over health care and is centrally collecting medical files on everyone, it is no longer safe to be self incriminating or self undermining in discussions with doctors or counselors. No more can you share with your medical care takers, information that you don't want the police knowing or that you don't want advertised in a political campaign, or known by an employer.
If parents can, it is best to keep your children out of government schools now. It is difficult for kids to hold their own in the face of manipulative officials and it can make them afraid when they know the officials are violating their rights and could use schools to harm people with unconstitutional interrogations.
The far Left is baaaack and they are changing American life faster than many Americans can understand! They have the constitution and our citizens by the throat! The Leftist elite are very angry that Americans are uppity with their authority and plans and they want to find out how to subvert the people's social connections, individual rights, independence and self identity.
A lot of Americans are going to foresee the implications of the “change” the Left has brought to American life until they or their children and friends are stung.