The ability to monitor, transcribe to text, record and sort verbal communication has been possible since the late 70's early 80's. Bell Labs worked
on it since the 50’s.
ESCHELON had been in development since “47” (UKUSA treaty) and most people know the SIGNET capabilities it has had. Designed to intercept
virtually all email and fax traffic in the world and subject it to automated analysis… Later came email and IM. Actually anything running on the
DARPA internet of today is fodder.
The program that makes it possible started off as a document management system for the DOJ in the mid 70’s. The program was called Prosecutor's
Management Information System (Promis). The company that first made PROMIS is called Inslaw, Inc.
What is Promis?
...Designed as a case-management system for prosecutors, PROMIS has the ability to track people. "Every use of PROMIS in the court system is tracking
people," said Inslaw President Hamilton. "You can rotate the file by case, defendant, arresting officer, judge, defense lawyer, and it's tracking
all the names of all the people in all the cases."
What this means is that PROMIS can provide a complete rundown of all federal cases in which a lawyer has been involved, or all the cases in which a
lawyer has represented defendant A, or all the cases in which a lawyer has represented white-collar criminals, at which stage in each of the cases the
lawyer agreed to a plea bargain, and so on. Based on this information, PROMIS can help a prosecutor determine when a plea will be taken in a
particular type of case.
But the real power of PROMIS, according to Hamilton, is that with a staggering 570,000 lines of computer code, PROMIS can integrate innumerable
databases without requiring any reprogramming. In essence, PROMIS can turn blind data into information. And anyone in government will tell you that
information, when wielded with finesse, begets power. Converted to use by intelligence agencies, as has been alleged in interviews by ex-CIA and
Israeli Mossad agents, PROMIS can be a powerful tracking device capable of monitoring intelligence operations, agents and targets, instead of legal
—Richard L. Fricker, Wired magazine, 1993, "The INSLAW Octopus".
More from the same article --
PROMIS has the ability to combine disparate databases, and to track people by their involvement with the legal system.
Imagine you are in charge of the legal arm of the most powerful government on the face of the globe, but your internal information systems are mired
in the archaic technology of the 1960s. There's a Department of Justice database, a CIA database, an Attorney's General database, an IRS database,
and so on, but none of them can share information. That makes tracking multiple offenders pretty darn difficult, and building cases against them a
long and bureaucratic task.
Along comes a computer program that can integrate all these databases
A different author --
Working from either huge mainframe computer systems or smaller networks powered by the progenitors of today's PCs, PROMIS, from its first "test
drive" a quarter century ago, was able to do one thing that no other program had ever been able to do. It was able to simultaneously read and
integrate any number of different computer programs or data bases simultaneously, regardless of the language in which the original programs had been
written or the operating system or platforms on which that data base was then currently installed.
—Michael Ruppert, FTW.
In the mid 1970s, at least as far as computer programs were concerned, the "universal translator" of Star Trek had become a reality. And the realm
of Star Trek is exactly where most of the major media would have the general public place the Promis story in their world views. But given the fact
that the government of Canada has just spent millions of dollars investigating whether or not a special version of Promis, equipped with a so-called
"back door" has compromised its national security, one must concede that perhaps the myths surrounding Promis and what has happened to it need to be
re-evaluated. Myths, by definition, cannot be solved, but facts can be understood and integrated. Only a very few people realize how big the Promis
story really is.
The Promis-managed data could be anything from financial records of banking institutions to compilations of various records used to track the movement
There is some good stories about Inslaw and the PROMIS debacle dealing with espionage and about a dozen deaths, drug dealing, software piracy, Indian
reservations and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police documented in the following links. Good reads.
The last Circle
[edit on 11/10/2009 by staple]