CIA Relied on Con Man’s Shitty Software

Remember all that bullshit about how there were hidden messages in Al Jazeera broadcasts? Yeah. It was bullshit. But they won’t release details due to national security concerns – not because they might have made huge mistakes:

The software he patented — which he claimed, among other things, could find terrorist plots hidden in broadcasts of the Arab network Al Jazeera; identify terrorists from Predator drone videos; and detect noise from hostile submarines — prompted an international false alarm that led President George W. Bush to order airliners to turn around over the Atlantic Ocean in 2003The software led to dead ends in connection with a 2006 terrorism plot in Britain. And they were used by counterterrorism officials to respond to a bogus Somali terrorism plot on the day of President Obama’s inauguration, according to previously undisclosed documents.

NYTimes