Thursday, July 8, 2010

No more light in the universe

Gid brought the following blurb to our attention, on a subject he wrote about rather insightfully some months ago. Hard to see how Illuminati-centered conspiracy theories could divert so much "time and attention" from the IAO....In any event, Gid got his info here, a useful site as the DARPA FAQ no longer carries this question:

Statement of the Information Awareness Office
regarding the meaning and use of the IAO logo

Source: Question 15 in the IAO Frequently Asked Questions
document dated February, 2003 which can be accessed

IAO FAQ --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Question 15: What does the IAO logo mean? Why has it disappeared from the web site?

Answer; DARPA offices have traditionally designed and adopted logos. However. because the IAO logo has become a lightning rod and is needlessly diverting time and attention from the critical tasks of executing that office's mission effectively and openly, we have decided to discontinue the use of the original logo.

For the record, the IAO logo was designed to convey the mission of that office; i.e., to imagine, develop, apply, integrate, demonstrate, and transition information technologies, components, and prototype, closed-loop information systems that will counter asymmetric threats by achieving total information awareness useful for preemption, national security warning, and national security decision making. On an elemental level, the logo is the representation of the office acronym (IAO) the eye above the pyramid represents "I" the pyramid represents "A," and the globe represents "O." In the detail, the eye scans the globe for evidence of terrorist planning and is focused on the part of the world that was the source of the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. "Scientia est polentia" means "Knowledge is power." With the enabling technologies being developed by the office, the United States will be empowered to implement operational systems to thwart terrorist attacks like those of September 11, 2001.

The unfinished pyramid and the eye depicted in the logo were taken directly from the reverse side of the Great Seal of the United States of America (for a history of the seal, see Both sides of the seal also appear on the back of the U.S. $1 bill.


  1. thanx for posting this, D!

    Can't believe that I didn't pick up on the I (eye) A (pyramid) O (globe) "symbolism".

    Also--is the light really "focused on the part of the world that was the source of the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon"?

  2. Yes, that is pretty crafty, no? To be honest though, after posting this I wondered if this press release was genuine or not....?


    "Following public criticism that the development and deployment of these technologies could potentially lead to a mass surveillance system, the IAO was defunded by Congress in 2003. However, several IAO projects continued to be funded, and merely run under different names."

    Finally, doesn't the DARPA logo look like it should belong to a trucking company of some sort?


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