Federal Government Develops App to Monitor your Behavior

Researchers at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have spent 8.9 million taxpayer dollars to develop an app that can predict the “psychological status” of anyone with a smartphone. This real time behavior monitoring app is the latest in a long string of pretty bizarre experiments, where the federal government is attempting to manipulate how the American public behaves.

U.S. Propaganda Poster

Earlier this month, President Obama signed an executive order approving the use of behavioral experiments on the American public. The order directed federal agencies to hire behavioral scientists to design programs that will allow the government to manipulate the way the public feels about public policy and legislation.

Part of that Executive Order Reads:

A growing body of evidence demonstrates that behavioral science insights — research findings from fields such as behavioral economics and psychology about how people make decisions and act on them — can be used to design government policies to better serve the American people.

In 2014, the feds spent an estimated $760 million to hire private advertising firms, according to USASpending.gov. That’s your tax dollars being used to influence the way you think, something we once called propaganda and something that was illegal until the government quietly repealed the longstanding ban on using it in 2013.

How much money is being spent on government approved propaganda is a little hard to say, since the $3 trillion executive branch funnels your money to hundreds of different agencies, programs, and government funded studies, including the NIH study that helped build the real time behavior monitoring app.

NIH study led to mobile system for “real time behavior monitoring” that can serve a “therapeutic delivery of an intervention via a mobile device.”

While the mainstream media is trying to sell this as an evolution in the way we treat healthcare issues, the fact is, the government is dipping its hand into some pretty scary territory. According to the NIH, who is now actively trying to sell its invention to private companies, this new technology can track a person’s behavior in real-time and can be used for the “therapeutic delivery of an intervention via a mobile device.”

Researchers developed the system from a project that tracked the mood and cravings of drug users in Baltimore. The $8.9 million federal study sought to develop algorithms that could “automatically detect behavioral events (such as episodes of drug use or stress) without requiring self-report.”

The NIH says the app is currently being used for drug addiction interventions, but admits the “inventors are also seeking to test the technology for other health applications.”

Government Spends Billions on Propaganda meant for the U.S. Public

While government propaganda is certainly nothing new, its use has been intensified during the last two administrations. During the George W. Bush Administration, the White House used several covert propaganda programs to promote the President’s legislative goals. Under President George W. Bush, so-called “public relations” spending reached an all-time high of $161 million in 2003.

Public Relations Spending

In 2004, USA Today reported that the Bush Administration paid Armstrong Williams $240,000 to promote the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLBA) on his nationally syndicated television show and to urge other black journalists to do the same. In 2007, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) was caught hosting a “sham” press conference, where public affairs staff pretended they were reporters and asked then-FEMA Deputy Administrator Harvey Johnson fake questions.

According to a report from The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, the Obama administration has taken propaganda to a whole new level. The report detailed numerous examples of how the Obama administration used taxpayer money to illegally influence how the public felt about public issues.

The Report Claimed:

Since January 20, 2009, the White House has orchestrated an unprecedented number of propaganda and lobbying activities to promote the President’s agenda. The Obama Administration’s tactics are innovative ways of accomplishing familiar propaganda objectives. Like the VNRs and sham press conferences favored by recent administrations, the Obama Administration’s propaganda is covert and expensive to taxpayers.

The White House has relied on two basic types of propaganda to disseminate the President’s agenda:

1. Misusing the resources of federal agencies to publicize the President’s agenda; and,
2. Multiplying traffic to websites containing propaganda by capitalizing on the visibility of the President and pre-existing campaign relationships.

By 2010, a Congressional Research Service Report found that government agencies “spent more than $900 million on contracts for advertising services in FY 2010, a figure that does not include all agency expenditures.”

But shockingly, that $900 million advertising figure did not account for “in-house” work by a governmental agency’s internal communications staff. For that reason, the Congressional Research Service admitted it was “unclear how much the executive branch, let alone the federal government as a whole, spends on communications each year.”

By 2012, that spending had reached unprecedented levels.

Obama Voters

According to the Associated Press, almost $700 million dollars was spent to promote Obamacare to a skeptical public. How much of that money came from taxpayer dollars is unclear, but we do know that the Obama administration spent at least $23 million on public relations efforts to push the law in 2012.

When he took office, President Obama made a pledge of openness and transparency to all Americans:

My Administration is committed to creating an unprecedented level of openness in government. We will work together to ensure the public trust and establish a system of transparency, public participation, and collaboration. Openness will strengthen our democracy and promote efficiency and effectiveness in Government.

Unfortunately, what we got was not transparency. What we got was a deliberate attempt to control how the public thinks.

6 Comments

  1. B from CA
    September 29, 2015 at 12:59 am

    When the President has a press conference, it might look less rehearsed if he didn’t call the press by their first names. So obvious.

    I’m also thinking I could probably spend my money on something useful and ditch this phone all together.

    My grandfather was the healthiest person I’ve ever known. He ate clean food and stayed away from doctors.

    My lawyer told me that the world would be a better place without Doctors, Lawyers, and Insurance. The older I get the more I see his thought process.

    Now go do your homework and evaluate my mental state because I have evaluated the mental state of our administrators and besides finding them treasonous; I find them to be serious control obsessed and pathetically paranoid with sadistic tendencies. They are unqualified with self esteem issues that need to be addressed in their private lives not as public servants, which they are not. They really think they are more than what the rest of us think they are. Unproductive leaches. Undeserving of respect by the people which is why they rule with an iron fist. As the old adage goes,”If you can’t get them to respect you, get them to fear you”. They are trying very hard to get the Public to fear them. What does that say about them other than in spite of their money and their government jobs, they feel powerless.

    I pity them. Poor fools that they are. But I must protect and insulate myself from their insanity.

  2. laura m.
    September 29, 2015 at 6:30 am

    We disconnected the cable tv last year, which I heard it could monitor people inside the room where the tv was. We use Hulu, some use Netflix. Cable TV is pure trash. I have no use for smart phones, use the phone at home seldom. I guess people in business have uses for them, but the average person can turn into a phone zombie (phone addiction)and disconnect from reality.

  3. jake
    September 29, 2015 at 8:09 am

    We are very close to the point of losing our country entirely. I believe Obama will cause a crisis to occur before the 2016 elections. At which point we and our children will be slaves to this government for decades to come. American’s have become lazy idiots, easily manipulated by Democrats, who recognize this fact and play most voters like the moron’s they are. Look at the numbers of people who are endorsing Bernie Sander’s, an admitted Socialist. I contend that 95% of these people don’t even know what a Socialist is. However, most of the Democratic party are Socialists and just don’t bring it up, and certainly the average American will never figure it out. We need a miracle from God to save our country, but I’m not sure we deserve it.

  4. B from CA
    October 2, 2015 at 2:31 am

    Just for fun:

    Notice ads trying to sell you a car. The car is never in traffic. It is always on the road alone. Or it is in a beautiful vacation scenic locale. The man is never bald with a big gut and a fat middle aged wife. The woman has ten feet of legs and you can imagine just how great she is in bed by the way she moves, almost as if it took 30 people to dress her (which it did) and days of shooting plus months of planning just to make you believe that if you plunk down 30K you will be sexually fulfilled and financially free when in fact the exact opposite is true. You will be enslaved by a monthly car payment hanging over your head. You will be too tired to perform in the bedroom and your wife/girlfriend won’t look any better than she did before you bought something based on emotional manipulation rather than common sense.

  5. Finca Cazador
    October 2, 2015 at 5:07 pm

    I can’t wait to get the F out of here. This country is going straight down the crapper, and I don’t want to witness it. I can’t.

  6. Naomi Ruth
    October 6, 2015 at 9:12 am

    What can a senior citizen,homemaker do to protect my family when we only have Social Security to live on? I had a garden and canned veggies for the winter. We have enough money to live on but no a lot of extras,

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