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DARPA

I really haven’t covered the silly notion that Obots work for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), you know the guys who helped Al Gore invent the Internet. So where did this notion come from?

It appears to have originated with a Mike Zullo appearance on the Carl Gallups Freedom Friday radio show on February 7, 2014.

Gallups: Obots, we know that there are operatives out there—Obama-loving operatives. That’s OK to love Obama; that’s fine, but these people have interjected themselves all throughout this investigation in various ways, some to the point of actually, I think, interfering with the investigation, but they’ve interjected themselves on radio and the Internet, Blogtalk Radio, my radio program and all over the blogs and web sites, but isn’t it correct, my understanding that you know who some or most of these guys are, the most important ones, I mean have you done some digging? You know who those guys are?

Zullo: We have a pretty good idea of who some of the ones who are anonymous are. One we know works in the field of artificial intelligence in projects that are funded by DARPA. That tells you a lot right there. We have traced IP addresses going directly back to the Administration.

Despite that exchange, and opening the show with a lengthy segment on Obots, Gallups repeats over and over that the Obots are “irrelevant.” Then remarkably, Zullo and Gallups credit the Obots for the Xerox 7655 story, which they said pointed the investigation towards some “deep, deep, deep stuff.”

The show then got a little silly:

Gallups: You’re guys are confirming that you are very, very sure, very sure you know who several of these people are. …

Zullo: Yada, Yada, Yada. … This is going to be their play: deny, deny, deny.

Gallups: Right, but, but, they’re lying, lying, lying because you’ve got the goods, right?

Zullo: I’ve got the proof, proof, proof.

Gallups: OK, good. And the whole world is gonna see it, see it, see it, real soon.

Of course, the world didn’t see anything, and Zullo just kept pushing the date out for his universe-shattering revelations.  Zullo never named his DARPA Obot, or even said the Obot actually works for DARPA. The story got inflated from there to make the DARPA OBOT one of the “big three” (meaning myself, Bill Bryan and Reality Check, the latter being the only anonymous one). In the retelling of the story, the IP address was traced to DARPA, not what Zullo said. It’s hardly strange that someone in the Administration visited a birther blog (the government is pretty big). Maybe it was Obama himself! According to the book Double Down: Game Change 2012:

On his iPad, to which [Obama] was so attached it seemed like an appendage, he monitored the hard-right realms of the online echo chamber, surprising friends with his familiarity with the work of ultra-con tyro Michelle Malkin.

Halperin, Mark; Heilemann, John (2013-11-05). Double Down: Game Change 2012 (Kindle Locations 328-329). Penguin Group US. Kindle Edition.

Lots of organizations have DARPA artificial intelligence contracts, like SRI International, Lockheed Martin, BBN Technologies, Cortera Neurotechnologies, Massachusetts General Hospital and the University of California, San Francisco.

Trying to look behind the curtain, it looks like somebody from one or more birther web sites sent Zullo a list of IP addresses from its visitors, one or more possibly coming from a .GOV domain. I’ve gotten some of those. As for DARPA, there’s no hint where that came from. All I know is that if there is a DARPA Obot, it’s not anybody I know about, and Zullo is one of the last guys I’d trust to tell the truth about it.

Update:

That said, I think that there is a much more sinister explanation for the DARPA announcement from Zullo. It is a known fact that Zullo is gullible and accepts faked evidence, like the fake race code table from a birther blog, and pseudo-forensic-science reports on Obama’s birth certificate.  Let’s face it—Zullo and Arpaio both are birthers!

Remember the context. Arpaio, Zullo says, had launched a new criminal investigation related to Obama within the department. It is described as deep and dark. The information is “universe shattering.” What possible means could Arpaio, a county sheriff from Arizona, have to uncover deep and sinister machinations within the Obama administration? What whistleblower with that quality of information would approach the clown sheriff? Arpaio would, however, seem ripe for the pickings of a con artist, and we don’t have to look farther than the daily newspaper for the name of one, Dennis Montgomery, who made millions selling bogus software to the government, purportedly able to find secret terrorist messages. A man who conned the Pentagon should have no difficulty showing the technophobe Arpaio and the credulous Zullo, and indeed Arpaio paid Montgomery at least $100,000 for something.

I think what Montgomery sold Arpaio was a collection of fantastic stories telling Arpaio and Zullo exactly what they wanted to hear, including buzz words like “DARPA” and “artificial intelligence.” The fact that Carl Gallups said “see it, see it, see it real soon” and the fact that 10 months later nothing came of it points to the whole thing being a scam. Montgomery’s background hadn’t been published in the newspapers when Gallups spoke so confidently. They know now.

I doubt that there is a DARPA Obot.

Update 2 (2016)

We now know where Zullo got the DARPA idea; it was indeed from the reputed con man Dennis Montgomery. The information came to light in exhibits in the Melendres v. Arpaio lawsuit. It’s bogus.

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19 Responses to DARPA

  1. avatar
    Lupin January 4, 2015 at 3:02 am #

    If we admit working for Darpa, will we get a free black helicopter?

    Personally, I blame the Templars. No conspiracy is perfect if it doesn’t include the Templars.

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    RanTalbott January 4, 2015 at 3:16 am #

    As for DARPA, there’s no hint where that came from.

    Well, there’s one hint, although I could be mistaken about it: isn’t it true that they didn’t start bringing this up until after they got in bed with Montgomery? Have they brought it up themselves (as distinct from other birfers regurgitating it) since the link was revealed?

    Interestingly, the tale seems to have grown in the telling, as other birfoons added:

    On Carl Gallup’s Freedom Friday radio show, Mike Zullo said they’ve traced the IP address of “RC” to DOD’s DARPA disinformation department.

  3. avatar
    Lupin January 4, 2015 at 5:42 am #

    RanTalbott: Interestingly, the tale seems to have grown in the telling, as other birfoons added:

    The hate-filled lunatic known as BSE seems particularly obsessed by DARPA.

  4. avatar
    Smirk4Food January 4, 2015 at 8:47 am #

    Lupin:
    Personally, I blame the Templars. No conspiracy is perfect if it doesn’t include the Templars.

    SHHHHHH!!!

    If the link between DARPA and the Knights Who Say “Nee” is confirmed, our Illuminati overlords would be SO upset…

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    Nancy R Owens January 4, 2015 at 11:46 am #

    It sounds to me like ZulloMoore is really a stalker with no true connections. What, or who, is he looking for? Ya’ll might want to look at what life insurance policies he has and why.

  6. avatar
    Dr. Conspiracy January 4, 2015 at 12:29 pm #

    And how might one go about looking at those and learning why?

    Nancy R Owens: Ya’ll might want to look at what life insurance policies he has and why.

  7. avatar
    Dr. Conspiracy January 4, 2015 at 3:04 pm #

    This article has a major update.

  8. avatar
    Rickey January 4, 2015 at 4:30 pm #

    Zullo and Moore are two different people, of course. And the reason that most people have life insurance is to provide for their loved ones when they die.

    Whether Zullo has life insurance, I can’t say. There is no central database of life insurance policies, which for the most part are private contracts between individuals and insurance companies.

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    RanTalbott January 4, 2015 at 10:02 pm #

    Dr. Conspiracy: This article has a major update

    Another hint: Zullo brought up the “NSA document” in late May (which surprised me, because I thought it had been part of the tease for the March Reveal. But a date-limited google search says I was mistaken), and hasn’t said a word about it since the the PNT article in early June.

  10. avatar
    Suranis January 4, 2015 at 10:45 pm #

    Lies!! Its the Knights Hospitalie!! The goddam Templers took all the conspiracy press!

    Lupin:
    If we admit working for Darpa, will we get a free black helicopter?

    Personally, I blame the Templars. No conspiracy is perfect if it doesn’t include the Templars.

  11. avatar
    Craig HS January 5, 2015 at 1:32 am #

    The Knights who say Nii?

  12. avatar
    Lupin January 5, 2015 at 3:24 am #

    Craig HS: The Knights who say Nii?

    Does Zullo have a shrubbery? That’s the question.

  13. avatar
    Notorial Dissent January 5, 2015 at 9:27 am #

    Lupin is right, one can’t have a proper conspiracy unless the Templars are somehow involved, it just isn’t done.

    I’m told, probably by a totally unreliable source, that it is illegal to live in Phoenix without having shrubs and grass, and at least some sort of pool in your back yard.

  14. avatar
    Dr. Kenneth Noisewater January 5, 2015 at 11:38 am #

    It’s like a game of birther telephone. Working on a project funded by Darpa suddenly becomes every obot works for DARPA and the NSA. Nothing is consistent. I find most of the low level birthers can’t even get their own players and memes correct. They constantly confuse the claims they make.

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    The Magic M January 5, 2015 at 12:24 pm #

    Dr. Kenneth Noisewater: Working on a project funded by Darpa suddenly becomes every obot works for DARPA and the NSA.

    And as usual, they can (nor will) never walk back from a story they once consider “established”, so they’re stuck with the DARPA link forever.

    including buzz words like “DARPA” and “artificial intelligence.”

    So are all Obots actually highly refined AI systems trained to flodd birfer sites? Or has control over the US already been secretly transfered to an AI with an IQ of 3,000 and Obama is just a spokesman for said computer? It’s getting interesting! 😉

  16. avatar
    bovril January 5, 2015 at 1:24 pm #

    I’m just waiting for them include SkyNet, Illuminati, Nazi’s living in Antarctica or the dark side of the Moon and the Jesuits and their Black Pope

  17. avatar
    john January 6, 2015 at 7:52 pm #

    RC’s work could very well be related to DARPA. Without saying further, RC’s place of employment is close to an area where deep ties to DARPA could be found, Lots and Lots of Research and Lots and Lots of Engineering.

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    Andrew Vrba, PmG January 6, 2015 at 9:33 pm #

    john:
    RC’s work could very well be related to DARPA.Without saying further, RC’s place of employment is close to an area where deep ties to DARPA could be found, Lots and Lots of Research and Lots and Lots of Engineering.

    So, did your mom drink absinthe all nine months she was pregnant with you, or did you merely aspire to be this stupid?

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    Jim January 6, 2015 at 9:38 pm #

    john:
    RC’s work could very well be related to DARPA.Without saying further, RC’s place of employment is close to an area where deep ties to DARPA could be found, Lots and Lots of Research and Lots and Lots of Engineering.

    Wow john, YOU could be working for DARPA. Sent to become friends with the birthers then say such idiotic things that it’s made the birthers look like a bunch of paranoid fools. Good work buddy, hope Soros gave you a nice Christmas bonus. 😀