Bank of America hired private intel to target WikiLeaks

This is really creepy.

It doesn’t look like there’s much on this story yet, but apparently Glenn Greenwald was contacted about it because he was mentioned in the leaked report (pdf).  There are also news reports being made right now downplaying the the BoA documents, which could be a PR effort on their part.

The report also shows evidence of something I’d been hoping I wouldn’t see:

It’s called social network analysis and there is very powerful software available to do it.  There are almost certainly all kinds of private databases being put together with all kinds of information about people obtained through data mining.