***** To join INSNA, visit http://www.insna.org ***** Today's NY Times (Dec 24) has a story that shouldn't surprise Sunbelt folks. Seems like the US Nationul Securty Ag is analyzing communication patterns to gather clues on who is calling whom, and origins/destinations of phone calls and emails. NYT calls this "large data mining operation" "pattern analysis" in quotes. Sounds like SNA to me. I heard 2 years ago that the NS Ay had an "Office of Social Network Analysis," I've met spooks from different agencies at the Sunbelt in the past few years (including a few non-Americans). It would be nice if this could be a public service. For example, who did CHaney call when setting energy prices; who called the Bin-Ls when they left the US in a hurry right after 9/11? Speaking of energy and oil; tomorrow is the first day of Chanukkah, when unlike the US, the Maccabees made the oil last 8 times longer. Have a nice holiday! Barry _____________________________________________________________________ Barry Wellman Professor of Sociology NetLab Director wellman at chass.utoronto.ca http://www.chass.utoronto.ca/~wellman Centre for Urban & Community Studies University of Toronto 455 Spadina Avenue Toronto Canada M5S 2G8 fax:+1-416-978-7162 To network is to live; to live is to network _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________ SOCNET is a service of INSNA, the professional association for social network researchers (http://www.insna.org). To unsubscribe, send an email message to [log in to unmask] containing the line UNSUBSCRIBE SOCNET in the body of the message.