Mini-Me: 9/11 Convergence 15th Anniversary — Silverstein Briefed Jews on Plans for New Towers 17 Months Before 9/11

9/11 research
Who? Mini-Me?
Who? Mini-Me?



NEW 2018-02-25

Paul Adams: As I was listening to the 9/11 segment of the interview, you should know I just viewed a documentary where Larry Silverstein in front of a group of Jews, explained how in April 2000 – 17 months before 9/11 – he was reviewing the blueprints for the new WTC towers which were to be rebuilt, and on which construction did not start until 2002.  Here’s the clip. Action starts at 34:54

Continue reading “Mini-Me: 9/11 Convergence 15th Anniversary — Silverstein Briefed Jews on Plans for New Towers 17 Months Before 9/11”

Stephen E. Arnold: Because Tweets Are Not Always the Truth

Collective Intelligence
Stephen E. Arnold
Stephen E. Arnold

Because Tweets Are Not Always the Truth

Posted: 03 May 2013 04:41 PM PDT

Can emerging technologies aid in filtering out the untrusted and unverified chattering of the masses? Using the recent Boston Marathon bombings as an example where this kind of technology would be useful, the MIT Technology Review article “Preventing Misinformation from Spreading through Social Media” explains some possible solutions on their radar.

When people play detective on Reddit and other social media sites with the goal of sharing information quickly as opposed to ensuring accuracy, false accusations can be made – such as the case with Sunil Tripathi. Researchers from Masdar Institute of Technology and the Qatar Computing Research Institute plan to launch Verily as a platform that could combat situations like that one.

The article states:

“Verily aims to enlist people in collecting and analyzing evidence to confirm or debunk reports. As an incentive, it will award reputation points—or dings—to its contributors. Verily will join services like Storyful that use various manual and technical means to fact-check viral information, and apps such as Swift River that, among other things, let people set up filters on social media to provide more weight to trusted users in the torrent of posts following major events.”

This will be an interesting sector to watch as there is a growing awareness of social media’s distortional lever.

Megan Feil, May 08, 2013

Sponsored by, developer of Beyond Search

Stephen E. Arnold: Robert Steele on Open Source Intelligence in 2013

#OSE Open Source Everything, Advanced Cyber/IO
Stephen E. Arnold
Stephen E. Arnold

Robert Steele on Open Source Intelligence in 2013

Beyond Search, April 4, 2013

Robert Steele has been a prescient thinker and actor in the intelligence sector for decades. In 1979 he was competitively selected to join the Central Intelligence Agency’s clandestine service. He spent nine years with the CIA, doing three tours overseas as a case officer recruiting and handling agents. In 1986, helped write the Marine Corps Master Intelligence Plan (MCMIP) as well as a plan for a Marine Corps Intelligence Center (MCIC). In the last 30 years, Mr. Steele has worked on a wide range of projects around the world.

In the interview which appeared in HighGainBlog, he said:

For all the money we spend on it, the secret world is not really providing the return on investment taxpayers should expect. Intelligence – decision support – is simply not being provided to everyone that needs it.

His views on the relationship of intelligence to decision support caught my attention as well. He said:

Continue reading “Stephen E. Arnold: Robert Steele on Open Source Intelligence in 2013”

Stephen E. Arnold: Which Vendor Will Be the Next Autonomy and Endeca?

Advanced Cyber/IO
Stephen E. Arnold
Stephen E. Arnold

Which Vendor Will Be the Next Autonomy and Endeca?

At a recent search conference, I sat in the audience and marveled at the disconnect between the past that was and the present which is unfolding now. Several speakers dismissed the notions of precision and recall. In their place, the search wizards (who shall remain nameless) emphasized that search had to be “good enough.” The challenge, therefore, was to define “good enough.”

I sat quietly. At my advanced age I don’t have the energy to revisit the long and mostly disappointing trajectory of one of the most overhyped and misrepresented enterprise solutions—information retrieval. The list of companies which have spouted grandiose promises of universal information access, real time search, and actionable information reaches back to the early days of RECON and Orbit, STAIRS III, the long forgotten InQuire with its forward truncation, and Smart.

Where are these game changing vendors now?

Subscribe to LIMDIS Email


Stephen E. Arnold: Free Online 30 Days Only – The New Landscape of Search

Advanced Cyber/IO
Stephen E. Arnold

The New Landscape of Search

Your free copy of “The New Landscape of Search” can be downloaded from:

The document will be available for the next 30 days [from 1 July]

Phi Beta Iota:  150 pages.  Stephen E. Arnold remains light years ahead of government and corporate observers.  We continue to recommend The Google Trilogy, a set of deeply invasive works most governments and corporations have yet to grasp.

See Also:

Stephen E. Arnold at Phi Beta Iota

Who’s Who in Collective Intelligence: Stephen E. Arnold

Stephen E. Arnold : The Landscape of Enterprise Search

5 Star, Change & Innovation, Complexity & Catastrophe, Education (General), Information Operations
Stephen E. Arnold

Stephen E. Arnold: The New Landscape of Enterprise Search. A Critical Review of the Market and Search Systems. Published by Pandia, Oslo, Norway, 2011.
ISBN: 978-82-998676-0-3

Pandia Book Page

The following enterprise search companies are covered in detail:

Google Search Solutions
Microsoft and Fast

Book Page


Phi Beta Iota:  For over fifteen years Stephen E. Arnold has been the “virtual CTO” for OSS.Net (ceased operations at end of 2010) and Earth Intelligence Network, of which he is a founding partner.  We have reviewed the 154-page document, and as with all publications by Stephen E. Arnold, author of the still-trenchant Google Trilogy, have found it to be deeply helpful including sharp but polite eviseration of both Google and Microsoft (Microsoft comes out ahead of Google, but has its own sucking chest wounds).  What is clear to us is that none of the major vendors are serious about  the necessary migration to open source software that integrates information sharing, multi-media analytics, cross-disciplinary directories, and deep web applications, for example, integrating c drives and emails across all poverty stakeholders.  The big new trend in this book–and in our own research–is the compelling nature of five minute videos as documents of lasting value.  We are seeing this in open education and non-government decision-support.  Combine that with on demand translation and the way is open for someone to create the M4IS2 system of the future.  We doubt it will be Google, and we are certain it will include OpenBTS for the three billion poor, the center of gravity for future knowledge.

Search: OSINT software

Analysis, Augmented Reality, Budgets & Funding, Collaboration Zones, Collective Intelligence, Communities of Practice, Computer/online security, Counter-Oppression/Counter-Dictatorship Practices, Cyberscams, malware, spam, Ethics, Geospatial, InfoOps (IO), International Aid, Key Players, Methods & Process, Policies, Searches, Strategy, Technologies, Threats, Tools, True Cost

The search term brings up appropriate results, but the fact of the search gives us an opportunity to provide comment.

1)  Nothing now being used by governments, and certainly not iBase or Palantir, both aging technologies that do not scale and have too many fat-finger handicaps, fulfills the originial requirements documents crafted in the late 1980’s.

Worth a Look: 1989 All-Source Fusion Analytic Workstation–The Four Requirements Documents

2)  The ONLY programs that have gotten anywhere close are COPERNICUS plus plus, and SILOBREAKER.  However, both of these have been slow to recognize the urgency of integrating–fully integrating–capabilities that address each of the eighteen functionalities.  Below is the list of softwares now in use by US Special Operations Command J-23 Open Source Intelligence Branch along with the STRONG ANGEL TOOZL and a couple of other things.

Memorandum: USSOCOM Software List and STRONG ANGEL TOOZL

See also:

Definitions: M4IS2 (Multinational, Multiagency, Multidisciplinary, Multidomain Information-Sharing & Sense-Making

Search: The Future of OSINT [is M4IS2-Multinational]

Worth a Look: Deep Web Multilingual Federated Search

1988-2009 OSINT-M4IS2 TECHINT Chronology

Worth a Look: Planetary Skin Data Sharing Initiative

Search: meta-tagging humint

Who’s Who in Librarian Intelligence: Arno Reuser

Who’s Who in Public Intelligence: Mats Bjore

Who’s Who in Collective Intelligence: Stephen E. Arnold

Journal: Dr. Dr. Dave Warner Shares…

Event Report CORRECTED LINKS: Responding to Real Time Information, Open Systems and the Obama IT Vision [Google-Microsoft Meld]

Review: The Starfish and the Spider–The Unstoppable Power of Leaderless Organizations

Review: Innovation Happens Elsewhere–Open Source as Business Strategy

Journal: Google, the Cloud, Microsoft, & World Brain

Worth a Look: GeoChat (SMS Plotted on Map)

2006 Yekelo (ZA) Continental Early Warning & Information Sharing: A Military Perspective on Deterring & Resolving Complex Emergencies

1998 Arnold (US) New Trends in Automated Intelligence Gathering Software

The global standard for multinational information-sharing and sense-making is in the process of being designed, funded, and distributed.  If you think you have something relevant to that, generally only open source software will be considered, get in touch with any of the individuals above.

Reference: Social Search 101

Collaboration Zones, Communities of Practice, Methods & Process, Tools
Directory & Links

Description: A hot linked and annotated list of social search systems.

Feature text below:

One of the first steps in Strategic Social Networking is to know where to look for information from social systems. Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo include content from high-profile social content sources like Facebook. Here at SSN, we need to look for fresh social information from different angles, from different services.

Phi Beta Iota: Stephen E. Arnold has been the “virtual CTO” for the modern Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) community and is generally ten years ahead of the private sector and twenty years ahead of any government.

Search: The Future of OSINT [is M4IS2-Multinational]

Analysis, Budgets & Funding, Collaboration Zones, Communities of Practice, Ethics, InfoOps (IO), Key Players, Methods & Process, Mobile, Policies, Policy, Real Time, Reform, Searches, Strategy, Technologies, Threats, Tools
COIN20 Trip Report
Paradise Found

The future of OSINT is M4IS2.

The future of Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) is Multinational, Multifunctional, Multidisciplinary, Multidomain Information-Sharing & Sense-Making (M4IS2).

The following, subject to the approval of Executive and Congressional leadership, are suggested hueristics (rules of thumb):

Rule 1: All Open Source Information (OSIF) goes directly to the high side (multinational top secret) the instant it is received at any level by any civilian or military element responsive to global OSINT grid.  This includes all of the contextual agency and mission specific information from the civilian elements previously stove-piped or disgarded, not only within the US, but ultimately within all 90+ participating nations.

Rule 2: In return for Rule 1, the US IC agrees that the Department of State (and within DoD, Civil Affairs) is the proponent outside the wire, and the sharing of all OSIF originating outside the US IC is at the discretion of State/Civil Affairs without secret world caveat or constraint.  OSIF collected by US IC elements is NOT included in this warrant.

Continue reading “Search: The Future of OSINT [is M4IS2-Multinational]”

1988-2009 OSINT-M4IS2 TECHINT Chronology

Collaboration Zones, Communities of Practice, Methods & Process, Mobile, Policies, Real Time, Threats
Rock ON, Dude
Steele as Wild Card Speaker

Phi Beta Iota: This started as a short list for the various college and university engineering students that have dialed in, but as we got into it, it became more of a “situational awareness” inventory pulling together both technical “solutions” none of which have been integrated yet, and analytic “requirements” none of which have been satisfied yet.

$75 billion a year for secret intelligence, and we still do not have an analytic desktop toolkit, all-source geospatially and historically and cultural astute back office processing, or global reach to all humans, all minds, all the time.  Sucks for us.  Let’s see what the Smart Mob can do….

We specifically invite suggestions in the Comments for removing items from this list, or for adding items from within this website or from any other website.  This is now a work zone.  Steele is available to visit any engineering workshop and especially those working on bottom-up clouds like Swarm DPL (transparently scalable distributed programming language).

See also About the Idea, Articles, Briefs, Handbooks, and Historic Contributions. Use the Menu–everything on this stie responds to “OSINT” that is not a good search term.  Rock on!


2009 Arnold Google: The Digital Gutenberg

2008 Memoranda: Policy-Budget Outreach Tool

2006  USSOCOM Software List and STRONG ANGEL TOOZL

2006 Morville (UK) Ambient Findability Massive Scale Beyond Your Imagination A Recommedned Approach to Creating the World Brain with Instant Recall

Continue reading “1988-2009 OSINT-M4IS2 TECHINT Chronology”

Event Report CORRECTED LINKS: Responding to Real Time Information, Open Systems and the Obama IT Vision [Google-Microsoft Meld]

InfoOps (IO), Methods & Process

FIXED Big File Problem.  Three Separate Files, each at Their Respectuve Thumbnails.

Somat Engineering (8A) CHANGE 2010: Responding to Real Time Information, Open Systems and the Obama IT Vision
Somat Engineering (8A) CHANGE 2010: Responding to Real Time Information, Open Systems and the Obama IT Vision

EVENT REPORT: Have you been wondered just how we are going to implement M4IS2* and add to it Real-Time-Processing (RTP) and Near-Real-Time Processing (NRTP)?  This event introduced to the Washington, D.C. environment, for the first time, the concept of operations and related technologies that will allow Google and Microsoft to play well together within any existing desktop analytic environment that relies on Microsoft for the operating system and functionalities, but needs to or wants to rely on Google for everything else.  This was the first of a quarterly series of briefings organized and moderated by Stephen E. Arnold, the behind-the-scenes architect of FirstGov (now Gov.USA), and author of the three definitive analytic studies of Google as well as multiple studies of Microsoft.

OSS.Net, Real-Time Information (RTI): Injecting Now Information into Decision Systems
OSS.Net, Real-Time Information (RTI): Injecting Now Information into Decision Systems

* Multinational, Multiagency, Multidisciplinary, Multidomain Information-Sharing & Sense-Making.  Precursor to the United Nations Open-Source Decision-Support Information Network (UNODIN).

Click on Gorilla to see three briefs in one document with notes, as delivered less several proprietary slides, on 23 September 2009 at the National Press Club. Ram Ramanujam, President of Somat Engineering, and Mark Crawford, Project Manager for Somat Engineering, were also present.  The Washington office of this 8A ICT firm is managed by Arpan Patel.

Adhere Solutions, Leveraging Google for Information Integration and Openness
Adhere Solutions, Leveraging Google for Information Integration and Openness

All briefings can be read in Notes format for selected planned words intended to accompany most slides.

Below are biographies of the four principals.

Continue reading “Event Report CORRECTED LINKS: Responding to Real Time Information, Open Systems and the Obama IT Vision [Google-Microsoft Meld]”

2009 23 Sep 09 National Press Club Washington, D.C.

Briefings & Lectures
Real-Time Information
Real-Time Information

Under the direction of maestro Stephen E. Arnold, and in support of two extraordinary companies, Somat Engineering represented by its CEO, G “Ram” Ramanujam and it Washington DC Director Arpan Patel; and Adhere Solutions represented by its co-founder Jim Orris, a 15-slide 8-minute presentation was crafted to address Real Time Information and its injection into decision systems.

YouTube (8:19) CHANGE 2010 (National Press Club) Real-Time Intelligence

PPT: RTI Steele FINAL 15 Slides 8 Minutes

Prior Post of Full Event, Other Speakers: Event Report CORRECTED LINKS: Responding to Real Time Information, Open Systems and the Obama IT Vision [Google-Microsoft Meld]

Journal: Real-Time Everything–the Government is 20 Years Out of Date and May be Sinking Fast. Action is Needed NOW.

Collaboration Zones, Communities of Practice, Policies
Hacker Steele
Hacker Steele

Changes to the Earth that used to take 10,000 years now take three years.  This has led to a very strong interest in “real-time science.”  At the same time, as the information society matures, we are seeing demands for government information (paid for by the taxpayer) to be made available in real-time.  Census results that used to take ten years to process now take two years, and that is major progress.  It is also 20 years behind the art of the possible and some would say, the art of the necessary.   With Rapid SMS where it is today in Africa, there is no reason why census data–and all other forms of data funded by the taxpayer–cannot be made available as collected, as processed, as analyzed–three different levels of value, none now constrained by time and materials, only by old mind-sets unfamiliar with the state of best practices outside the wire.

Similarly, real-time marketing and real-time needs definition and satisfaction are emergent.

Stephen E. Arnold, for over a decade the “virtual CTO” to the multinational multifunctional information-sharing and sense-making community that gathered annually from 1992 to 2006, is at the forefront of this specific emerging convergence of human needs and information communication technologies (ICT). Below are snippets from three of his recent pieces, and contact information.

Continue reading “Journal: Real-Time Everything–the Government is 20 Years Out of Date and May be Sinking Fast. Action is Needed NOW.”

Journal: Google digital evil or digital child?

Google Evil--Bad Google
Google Evil--Bad Google

To begin on a positive note: Google has both computational mathematics that are out of this world, an order of magnitude better than anything IBM or the other usual suspects can muster, and it has cracked the cloud storage and heat and throughput issues in a way that is now an almost insurmountable barrier to entry for corporations (China and India are emergent and Brazil and Russia might have some anti-Google surprises in the making).

Google lacks human and intelligence-oriented leadership, and suffers from the usual problems associated with a bureaucracy that grew too fast on the fantasy cash from credulous investors.  “Zooglers” is the term of art now used for Google people that have vested and leave to create new capabilities that “surf” on Google while doing things the Google bureaucracy could not countenance as an internal active.

Then there is evil Google.  Click on the Google Evil-Bad Google logo for a page of links, or choose from among the links below.  We know Larry Page personally, through the Silicon Valley Hackers Conference.  He is a nice person, an engineer, with zero ethics in the sense that dorks do not know anything about etiquette.  Eric Schmidt is the new monopolist in town, and Eric Schmidt has absolutely zero interest in the public interest.

Continue reading “Journal: Google digital evil or digital child?”