The CIA, NSA and Pokémon Go

By David Schnittger


A few weeks ago I was walking in the garden across the street from my house. This is not just any garden. It is the most beautiful garden in all of Oklahoma City, complete with lakes, fountains, wide paths, bridges and every variety of breathtaking flower and tree you could ever imagine. I am used to seeing other people admiring the beauty, but on this occasion, I saw about a dozen young adults walking around staring at their cell phones. On subsequent days and evenings, I have noticed their numbers increasing as well as the age span. I have seen teens, single adults, young couples pushing baby carriages, middle aged and senior adults, all walking around in a trance, staring at their cell phones. It looked like something out of the Twilight Zone.

Then someone told me that this is the latest craze, called Pokémon Go. I vaguely remembered something about a video game called Pokémon from when my kids were growing up, but I had never played the game. I consulted with some teenage nephews today and they filled me in on the latest craze sweeping the world that has people invading parks, monuments, church grounds, etc. in search of Pokémon “stuff” including the acquisitions of creatures of every shape and description. It is absolutely mind-boggling as to what is so appealing about what appears to me to be a colossal waste of time. I guess I am showing my age.

Then I found an article that may reveal a deeper purpose as to why this craze has been pushed by Nintendo, Google, etc. The article is entitled, “The CIA, NSA and Pokémon Go” published on July 22, 2016 by Network World:

With Pokémon Go currently enjoying, what I would call, a wee-bit-o-success, now seems like a good time to talk about a few things people may not know about the world’s favorite new smartphone game.

This is not an opinion piece. I am not going to tell you Pokémon Go is bad or that it invades your privacy. I’m merely presenting verifiable facts about the biggest, most talked about game out there. Let’s start with a little history.

Way back in 2001, Keyhole, Inc. was founded by John Hanke (who previously worked in a “foreign affairs” position within the U.S government). The company was named after the old “eye-in the sky’ military satellites. One of the key, early backers of Keyhole was a firm called in-Q-Tel.’  In-Q-Tel is the venture capital firm of the CIA. Yes, the Central Intelligence Agency. Much of the funding purportedly came from the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA). The NGA handles combat support for the U.S. Department of Defense and provides intelligence to the NSA and CIA, among others.

Keyhole’s noteworthy public product was ‘Earth.” Renamed to ‘Google Earth’ after Google acquired Keyhole in 2004. In 2010, Niantic Labs was founded (inside Google) by Keyhole’s founder, John Hanke.

Over the next few years, Niantic created two location-based apps/games. The first was ‘Field Trip,’ a smartphone application where users walk around and find things. The second was ‘Ingress,’ a sci-fi-themed game where players walk around and between locations in the real world.

In 2015, Niantic was spun off from Google and became its own company. Then Pokémon Go was developed and launched by Niantic. It’s a game where you walk around in the real world (between locations suggested by the service) while holding your smartphone.”

The article goes to do detail what information Pokémon Go has access to when you install it on your Android phone:

  • Where you are

  • Where you were

  • What route you took between those locations

  • When you were at each location

  • How long it took you to get between them

  • What you are looking at right now

  • What you were looking at in the past

  • What you look like

  • What files you have on your device and the entire contents of those files

The article concludes with this paragraph: “I’m not going to tell people what they should think of all this. I’m merely presenting the information. I recommend looking over the list of what data the game has access to, then going back to the beginning of this article and rereading the history of the company.”

In short, when you download Pokémon Go on your phone, you are giving this CIA/NSA originated software far more information than the Gestapo ever required of political dissidents in Nazi Germany. Keep these facts in mind when your children approach you for permission to download Pokémon Go to their cell phones. It appears that the global elite are using even “innocent” video games to increase their surveillance state, leading inevitably to the worldwide implementation of the Mark of the Beast (Rev 13:16-18).