handed Oracle CEO Larry Ellison
what he's wanted for decades:
the power to curate the vast datasets
housing our medical, financial and
Ellison, whose estimated net worth of $87.7 billion makes him the seventh-richest individual in the world, has just achieved a long-sought milestone.
Almost 20 years since Ellison, in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attack, offered the government a proposal for a national security database,
Oracle's National Electronic Health Records Cloud dates back to the beginnings of the COVID-19 'pandemic'.
In March 2020, a couple of weeks after letting President Trump use his estate near Palm Springs for a $100,000-a-plate golfing fundraiser, Ellison placed a call to the White House.
According to a Forbes cover story on Ellison, he,
Within a week after the president asked "how much?" and Ellison said, "for free," the tech titan had brought together a team of Oracle engineers,
The first public acknowledgment of Oracle's progress came on July 3, 2020, when the NIH's National Institute for Allergies and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), overseen by Dr. Anthony Fauci, launched the COVID-19 Prevention Trials Network (COVPN), aimed at enrolling thousands of volunteers in large-scale trials for a variety of investigational vaccines and monoclonal antibodies.
Fauci achieved this by merging four existing networks, all researching HIV/AIDS, something they would continue to do.
He also stated,
And the Wall Street Journal reported in a profile of Slaoui that he'd said,
This marked the first time that Oracle's role was revealed to have expanded to include Operation Warp Speed.
In 1975, then in his early thirties, Ellison worked on a project for the electronics company Ampex in the Bay area, building a large terabit memory system for the CIA.
By the turn of the millennium, Oracle had fought off competition from IBM and Microsoft to reach the financial pinnacle of database management.
Two days after 9/11, Ellison met with NSA Director Michael Hayden to talk about his proposed data surveillance system. He then went to see Attorney General John Ashcroft to discuss an idea for a national identification card.
Writing an opinion piece for the Wall Street Journal (October 18, 2001), Ellison reminded readers that the government already maintained thousands of databases to keep track of people as well as issuing IDs like Social Security cards and driver's licenses.
In a follow-up op-ed for the New York Times in January 2002, Ellison thought this could be achieved in a few months because it was,
In April 2002, along with Ashcroft, Ellison was a named recipient of an annual "Big Brother Award" presented by Privacy International to the most notorious individuals who had done the most to threaten such liberties.
By 2003, as the Patriot Act brought an explosion in surveillance and data mining, the federal government accounted for about one-fourth of Oracle's billions in revenue.
That same year, Ashcroft - godfather of the Patriot Act - sued Oracle to prevent its acquisition of a multibillion-dollar intelligence contract.
But after Ashcroft resigned from the second Bush administration, he founded a lobbying firm which Oracle then hired in 2005, allowing The Ashcroft Group to hit the ground running.
With the group's help, Oracle went on to acquire the contract...
One program that didn't last long was called Total Information Awareness (TIA), overseen by the Pentagon's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), which would later become a primary funder of COVID-19 vaccine developer Moderna and other of Fauci's favored companies.
DARPA had conceived of TIA some years earlier. In addition to what Ellison specified needing, TIA wanted to collect Americans' medical records, drug prescriptions and even DNA, maintaining that the whole population needed surveillance to prevent not only future terrorist attacks, but bioterrorism and even naturally occurring disease outbreaks.
Citizens' financial, travel and media consumption habits would also be managed in a "public-private partnership" with the NSA, CIA, private sector and academia.
In a mirrored scenario to that now surrounding the 'pandemic', the "invisible enemy" could be conquered.
But the backlash was swift...
The ACLU called TIA,
A year after its formation by DARPA, Congress defunded TIA in January 2003.
But TIA never really went away. Various of its programs ended up divvied into a web of military and intelligence programs.
In 2013, Ellison told CBS News that the NSA's domestic spying program was "essential."
A revolving door between Oracle and the CIA, which began with Ellison himself, went on to include Leon Panetta, CIA director and then Defense Secretary under Obama, who joined Oracle's board in 2015.
As the FDA revved toward emergency use approval for the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines late in 2020, linkages between the CIA and the Big Tech companies escalated simultaneously.
At the moment,
Procurement documents issued by the CIA in 2019 indicated the expected value of the C2E contract could be worth tens of billions over the next decade-and-a-half.
Then in mid-December, Oracle issued a press release that said:
Moving well beyond its original sketchy mandate with Fauci's NIAID, not only would Oracle's National Electronic Health Records Cloud be the CDC's new central data repository for vaccination data, but the company said it was,
It had been a productive and ultimately very profitable year for Ellison and Oracle. Also in mid-December, Ellison announced that his company was leaving Silicon Valley for a new headquarters in Austin, Texas, while he himself was moving to the Lanai Hawaiian island that he owned.
Ellison had stepped down as Oracle CEO in 2014, but stayed on as chief technical officer. At the start of the 'pandemic', on March 23, his stock in the company (and he owned 35 percent of it) had dropped 11 percent.
But shortly before he closed the government deal collecting all the vaccine data, his fortune rose $2.5 billion in a single week, bringing Ellison's net worth to an estimated $81.5 billion.
This was despite a delay in his pending buy-in to the global social media platform TikTok,
Last spring, around the time he started calling COVID-19 the "China virus," President Trump had ordered TikTok's Chinese parent company Bytedance to either sell its American operation or be banned on U.S. shores, because the data it gathered somehow threatened national security.
Suddenly Microsoft, Twitter and Oracle were reportedly negotiating bids to China's billionaire entrepreneur Zhang Yming.
One aspect of TikTok that would doubtless have interested Ellison is the app's use of artificial intelligence to shoot people news based upon their reading habits.
For more than a year, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis,
While TikTok said it had stopped the practice and,
...that's apparently why Trump got so worried about possible Chinese government access to TikTok's American user data.
In September 2020, Oracle announced it had reached agreement with TikTok for a 12.5 percent stake in the U.S. operation while also providing cloud services and security for the app.
Walmart bought an additional 7.5 percent, and Trump declared victory for the new TikTok Global, which will likely go public once the dust settles and the sales are approved by the U.S. and China.
Could there have been an ulterior motive behind Oracle's plunge into kiddie social media?
At the end of August, the Journal of Adolescent Health published an article headlined "Tik Tok and Its Role in Covid-19 Information Propagation."
The NIH website would reprint it in November.
Noting that the 'pandemic' had generated the near-complete sudden closure of U.S. educational institutions in the spring,
...and given TikTok's more than 45.6 million active users in the U.S., the paper's authors decided to analyze the 100 most popular videos earmarked with hashtags for COVID-19 and coronavirus.
These had reached as many as 93.1 billion views,
Only a handful seemed to have provided misleading information, while,
Some in the public health community took notice.
The group called itself Team Halo, with a goal,
One of the "dozens of health experts from all over the world," director of the Harvard Immunology Graduate Program, Dr. Shiv Pillai, went into a great deal about the messenger mRNA used to develop the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, explaining,
Pillaj used poetry to get his message across:
According to Scripps, in other videos, Pillai talks about a child he treated as an intern.
The boy died in his hands from tetanus because he wasn't vaccinated...