America Online (AOL): Made in Langley, VA


Richard Moore

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America Online (AOL): Made in Langley, VA
November 9, 2005 - 23:47

Filed under: Agencies, Commissions... | Echelon, ENFOPOL
"IT'S THAT CREEPY EYE." --David Letterman

Encyclopaedia Britannica explains that the foundation of the Internet 
was "inspired by advances in science and technology that occurred as 
a result of World War II; the NSF was established by the U. S. 
Congress in the National Science Foundation Act of 1950." What the 
NSF is, in other words, is one of a blizzard of intelligence fronts 
that were set up in the immediate aftermath of the forming of the CIA 
itself in 1947.

Of course, just because the beloved internet was begun as an 
intelligence entity and is still administered by a government agency 
doesn't mean that it still functions as an intelligence tool. It is 
worth noting, however, that the company that was primarily 
responsible for repackaging the internet into a civilian entity, 
America Online, is perhaps the most thinly veiled intelligence front 
ever conceived.

This can be easily verified by a visit to AOL's corporate website, 
where visitors learn - among other things - that the company is 
headquartered in Dulles, Virginia.

Curious as to where this might be, I attempted to locate the city of 
Dulles on a couple of maps, to no avail. This, I learned, was because 
Dulles is actually an offshoot of Langley, Virginia.

Langley is also rather difficult to locate on a map. For the 
uninitiated, this is because Langley, Virginia is the home of the 
Central Intelligence Agency. In fact, there isn't much else in 
Langley, Virginia, which exists almost exclusively to provide 
residence to the thousands of employees of the CIA's headquarters.

And it is precisely there that you will find the home of AOL. 
Apparently recognizing the negative connotations of a Langley mailing 
address, the company essentially created a 'suburb' and named it 
Dulles. Dulles, by the way, is named in honor of the notorious Dulles 
siblings, Allen and John Foster, whose names were virtually 
synonymous with the U. S. intelligence infrastructure through both 
World Wars and much of the Cold War.

Another fact about AOL that belies its true function is the 
composition of its Board of Directors

Here you will find such high-level military/intelligence assets as 
General Colin Powell and General Alexander Haig. All of which gives a 
whole new meaning to that all-seeing eye that comprises the company's 

The ways in which we are encouraged to use the internet also belie an 
intelligence function. Perhaps the most popular use is for 
communicating via e-mail, which is rapidly replacing other modes of 
communication. Not coincidentally, e-mail communications are far 
easier to intercept than are correspondence by phone or letter, 
especially given that they are travelling on a network designed by 

*** [If you found this article of interest, please feel free to 
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spirit, as it were, consider picking up a copy of this site's owner's 
novel, Wisdom's Maw, a hellish expose of the CIA's MK-Ultra drug 
projects of the '50s and '60s. In lieu of holding a beg-a-thon-style 

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