By: Bradley Loves
After leaving Washington DC…, Barry Soetoro aka (Barack Obama) is on to his next big gig!
However, flying directly to Palm Springs, CA…, did not pan out exactly as planned…, (due to rain and fog) and he and Michelle were forced to make a detour to March Air Force Base before “driving” back to Palm Springs.
So where is the former President of the USA Corporation staying these days?
At a 249 Acre Private Golf Resort in Rancho Mirage owned by Billionaire Larry Ellision.
Taken from this article here:
Obama heads back out on the golf course for a round on exclusive estate owned by billionaire Larry Ellison
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Former President Barack Obama headed straight to the golf course to celebrate his first day as a civilian.
Obama’s motorcade headed to the ultra-exclusive Porcupine Creek Golf Club in Rancho Mirage, California about 11.30am on Saturday where the former president played 18 holes.
One of the most interesting parts of the article I’ve linked above is this part, and take NOTICE of the small bit in bold:
The former president stopped for a break during the round and was seen eating a sandwich while sat in his cart on a sunny day in the Coachella Valley.
Used to being in control, Obama chose to drive his own golf cart rather than have an aide ferry him between holes.
Just a day after leaving the White House, Obama is in the Palm Springs area on vacation.
He and Michelle are staying at the mansion of Spanish ambassador James Costos and his husband, interior designer Michael Smith, in Rancho Mirage.
(Didn’t see that coming…, did we?? Ahem)
Well…, just WHO exactly is Larry Ellison?? And why would he be willing to afford the former President such an extravagant lodging??
Larry Ellison is the CEO of ORACLE.
But this is only the beginning of the story!
What is Oracle…, and why do you need to know?
Taken from this article:
Larry Ellison Is A Billionaire Today Thanks To The CIA
The CIA was the customer that launched Oracle, co-founder Larry Ellison said on stage Sunday night during the opening keynote for the company’s massive customer conference in San Francisco.
“Our very first customer was the Central Intelligence Agency,” he said.
Of course it was…, and naturally…, a former CIA trained agent, who ended up being President, would be one of his buddies (or at least be “owed” a favor).
But this is not really the story that you as a reader should be concerned about at all! Not in the least!
ORACLE itself is what should really concern you!
Here is “more” on Oracle, taken from another article:
Oracle’s connection to the CIA
Most Oracle professionals are surprised to learn that the name “Oracle” originates from the name of a CIA project. This article in Forbes Magazine notes that Oracle billionaire Larry Ellison worked on a CIA project with the code-name “Oracle”:
“He [Larry Ellison] dropped out of the University of Chicago in the 1960s, headed to Berkeley, Calif. and by the mid-1970s began working on a database project. Code name: Oracle. Client: the Central Intelligence Agency.
In 1977, Ellison founded the company with Robert Miner and Edward Oates, naming it after the CIA job.”
There are other publications that suggest that the CIA did more than just lend the name Oracle, and they suggest that the CIA gave Ellison the Oracle software, after it was stolen from Russia:
“I’ve chosen to publish his theory on Oracle’s origin – in other words, how CIA stole the source code from the Russians, who had developed it originally!”
But even THIS…, does not tell the REAL story that you should be “concerned” about! For that…, we have to get into what Oracle really is…, and what it does!
This next article tells the story MUCH BETTER! Please pay special attention to the parts that I highlight in BOLD!
Yesterday, Vox somehow managed to write an entire article about the history of Oracle and its founder Larry Ellison without mentioning the CIA even once. Which is pretty astounding, given the fact that Oracle takes its name from a 1977 CIA project codename. And that the CIA was Oracle’s first customer.Vox simply says that Oracle was founded in “the late 1970s” and “sells a line of software products that help large and medium-sized companies manage their operations.” All of which is true! But as the article continues, it somehow ignores the fact that Oracle has always been a significant player in the national security industry. And that its founder would not have made his billions without helping to build the tools of our modern surveillance state.
“Recognizing the potential demand for a commercial database product, [Ellison] founded the company that became Oracle in 1977,” Vox writes, conspicuously omitting the whole “because CIA wanted a relational database” part of the history.
Which isn’t to say that Oracle’s work with the US government should necessarily be frowned upon. The CIA needs databases, just like any large organization. But not mentioning just how reliant Oracle has been on government contracts since its inception is downright strange and seems to feed this narrative that Ellison simply created a product that companies wanted and private enterprise did the rest.
Oracle has pulled in billions of dollars each year working for governments at all levels for all manner of projects, the most high-profile of late being the disaster that was the Oregon health insurance exchange. But it’s the company’s philosophy behind how national security databases should work which would surprise someone who’d only read about them on Vox.
Ellison has always been a big believer in the federal government maintaining large national databases. And he was able to be much more public about it in the months after the September 11th attacks. In fact, Ellison argued that we needed just one large national security database, one with national ID cards and mandatory iris scans, naturally.“The single greatest step we Americans could take to make life tougher for terrorists would be to ensure that all the information in myriad government databases was copied into a single, comprehensive national security database,” Larry Ellison wrote in the New York Times in January of 2002.
“Creating such a database is technically simple. All we have to do is copy information from the hundreds of separate law enforcement databases into a single database. A national security database could be built in a few months,” Ellison explained. “A national security database combined with biometrics, thumb prints, hand prints, iris scans or whatever is best can be used to detect people with false identities.”And Ellison has worked tirelessly to build that all-seeing database, suggesting that he had even given away for free much of the tech necessary for such infrastructure. He’d only charge the government for additional services and maintenance of the systems, of course.
As Jeffrey Rosen recounts in his 2004 book, The Naked Crowd: Reclaiming Security and Freedom in an Anxious Age, business was particularly booming at Oracle after September 11th. Rosen explains that the federal government accounted for a whopping 23 percent of Oracle’s licensing revenue in 2003, roughly $2.5 billion.
Rosen tells of meeting with the folks at Oracle, one of whom was David Carney, formerly the number three person at the CIA. Carney had retired after 32 years there, and been hired at Oracle to head its Information Assurance Center, founded just two months after the September 11th attacks.From Rosen’s book:
“How do you say this without sounding callous?” [Carney] asked. “In some ways, 9/11 made business a bit easier. Previous to 9/11 you pretty much had to hype the threat and the problem.” Carney said that the summer before the attacks, leaders in the public and private sectors wouldn’t sit still for a briefing. Then his face brightened. “Now they clamor for it!”
Maybe they shouldn’t have. Even assuming a best case scenario in which Oracle isn’t actively enabling the kinds of domestic spying that Americans have rightly been up in arms about since the Snowden revelations, it would appear the company’s leaky products should still be cause for concern.
“Of all of the commercial databases, Oracle is the least secure,” British security expert David Litchfield recently told Reuters. Which is a problem, both from a national security perspective or even a consumer confidence perspective. Because today, everybody uses Oracle databases.As Ellison himself told Rosen proudly for The Naked Crowd,“The Oracle database is used to keep track of basically everything. The information about your banks, your checking balance, your savings balance, is stored in an Oracle database. Your airline reservation is stored in an Oracle database. What books you bought on Amazon is stored in an Oracle database. Your profile on Yahoo! is stored in an Oracle database.”
I guess I shouldn’t be surprised that Vox didn’t highlight Oracle’s CIA origins or its never-ending relationship with governments at all levels. But writing an explainer about Oracle without mentioning the CIA or Ellison’s post-9/11 goals or national security infrastructure strikes me as simply bizarre.
After reading this…, are you able to see WHAT ORACLE DOES?
It’s a “relational database”…, that basically keeps “track” of every single thing that you (yes you) do in your life…, and then sends all of your separate data base input…, into ONE LARGE BIG BROTHER FILE with YOUR name on it (!!!!!!!!!!!)
(For the CIA)
That is what ORACLE is…, and that is who Larry Ellison is!
He created this data base specifically for the CIA…, to keep track of every single American’s Private Lives.
And…, interestingly…, THAT is who “Barry” is kicking it with…, now that he is no longer the Pres.
Just thought you’d like to know!