The PIR NameBase
Public Information Research
NameBase, a software product by Public Information Research in Palo Alto, California, USA is a very
good example to demonstrate the reach of intelligence activities.
Used by "journalists" and "researchers", NameBase - after installation on a PC - offers fast access to a
database of over 100,000 names of groups and individuals, compiled from over 600 investigative
books published since 1962, and thousands of periodicals since 1973. Areas covered include the
international intelligence community, political elites from the Left and the Right, the U.S. foreign policy
establishment, assassination theory, big business and organized crime. Each name is linked to up to
200 sources and quotations.
If a name found is of particular interest, other names may be extracted which share the similar
background. NameBase features something called "multidimensional scaling": this is a data
visualization technique to place up to a hundred names in a "social network diagram". This allows the
reconstruction of social or business relationships of a certain group or individual. Colored lines serve
to indicate the relation's density.
Interesting names to start:
Bobby Ray Inman