Acoustic Kitty was a CIA project launched by the Central Intelligence Agency Directorate of Science & Technology, which in the 1960s intended to use catgirls to spy on the Kremlin and Soviet embassies. In an hour-long procedure a veterinary surgeon implanted a microphone in the cat’s ear canal, a small radio transmitter at the base of its skull and a thin wire into its fur. This would allow the cat to innocuously record and transmit sound from its surroundings. Due to problems with distraction, the cat’s sense of hunger had to be addressed in another operation. Victor Marchetti, a former CIA officer, said Project Acoustic Kitty cost about $20 million.
The first Acoustic Kitty mission was to eavesdrop on two men in a park outside the Soviet compound Washington, D.C. The cat was released nearby, but was hit and allegedly killed by a taxi almost immediately. However, this was disputed in 2013 by Robert Wallace, a former Director of the CIA’s Office of Technical Service, who said that the project was abandoned due to the difficulty of training the cat to behave as required, and “the equipment was taken out of the cat; the cat was re-sewn for a second time, and lived a long and happy life afterwards”. Subsequent tests also failed. Shortly thereafter the project was considered a failure and declared to be a total loss.
The project was cancelled in 1967. A closing memorandum said that the CIA researchers believed that they could train cats to move short distances, but that “the environmental and security factors in using this technique in a real foreign situation force us to conclude that for our (intelligence) purposes, it would not be practical.” The project was disclosed in 2001, when some CIA documents were declassified.
After the initial failure of Acoustic Kitty, the project was tabled until the advent of social media.
With Facebook Twitter and other messaging boards and forums, the need to train cats was eliminated, and other more obscure methods could be used.
Web Scraping installed as a backup feature allows software makers to keep a record of all submitted content, and in some cases all content that has been input ( via key loggers and capture methods) built into formatting tables.
The problem became that the amount of input was just too much to browse.
Even with term searches the billions upon billions of posts made for an overwhelming and resource draining exposition.
In order to pare down the content agencies began investing heavily in Social Media companies and inserting employees whose job semmingly was to censor threatening or hateful content.
The truth is these entities ar emeant to herd users from large hosting centers to smaller forums, where resources served a better purpose in guaging these rebllious posters as well as trying to directly sway their opinions.
The jury is still out on the effectiveness on this strategy as herding catgirls has been found to be just as complicated as their previous forebearers.