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DARPA, ARPAH… What’s the Difference?

Biden in effect announced that if the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) exists for really cool national security and military tech stuff, then there should be an equivalent dedicated to health reasons like curing cancer, in effect the “Advanced Research Projects Agency for health” (ARPAH).


That’s great, nothing could possibly go wrong with that.


Seriously, the fact that anyone mentions those two entities in the same announcement as if it’s a good thing is suspicious best.


To be fair, Biden is not the first person to mention something like this, regardless of one’s intentions.


Anyway, don’t take my word for it. There is an interesting article by Whitney Webb titled “This Biden Proposal Could Make the US a ‘Digital Dictatorship’”. She briefly discusses the links of this proposal to DARPA, DOJ’s pre-crime approach, Amazon, Google and wearables, all supposedly working for the sake of maintaining our health.

The direct DARPA connection to HARPA underscores that the agenda behind this coming agency dates back to the failed Bio-Surveillance project of DARPA’s Total Information Awareness program, which was launched after the events of September 11, 2001. TIA’s Bio-Surveillance project sought to develop the “necessary information technologies and resulting prototype capable of detecting the covert release of a biological pathogen automatically, and significantly earlier than traditional approaches,” accomplishing this “by monitoring non-traditional data sources” including “pre-diagnostic medical data” and “behavioral indicators.”

As a sidebar (but not really that much off to the side), does the abovementioned DARPA’s Total Information Awareness program sound familiar?


It should.


There is a well-researched two-part article by Dr Nafeez Ahmed titled “How the CIA made Google”. It is long but it is worth the read if one wants to get into the origins or at least some of the events and programs leading to the creation of Google. The TIA program is part of it. Basically, data-mining and all that in the name of security. The implications to the entire internet and things like social media platforms are obvious.

 

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