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“In every endeavor, people make the difference, and just one person has the power to make a profound difference in the lives of so many people.”

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"Good teachers are to education what education is to all other professions—the indispensable element, the sunlight and oxygen, the foundation on which everything else is built."

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"There is something inherently optimistic about the fact that we can create and foster what our society most needs in order to flourish. And in this age of uncertainty, it's a good thing to know that far from being finite and nonrenewable, the world's most important resource—human capital—is limitless and generative. It is up to each of us to make the most of this opportunity."

Larry Ellison's Oracle Started As a CIA Project


Larry Ellison's Oracle Started As a CIA Project

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Yesterday, Vox somehow managed to write an entire article about the history of Oracle and its founder Larry Ellison without mentioning the CIA even once. Which is pretty astounding, given the fact that Oracle takes its name from a 1977 CIA project codename. And that the CIA was Oracle's first customer.

Vox simply says that Oracle was founded in "the late 1970s" and "sells a line of software products that help large and medium-sized companies manage their operations." All of which is true! But as the article continues, it somehow ignores the fact that Oracle has always been a significant player in the national security industry. And that its founder would not have made his billions without helping to build the tools of our modern surveillance state.

"Recognizing the potential demand for a commercial database product, [Ellison] founded the company that became Oracle in 1977," Vox writes, conspicuously omitting the whole "because CIA wanted a relational database" part of the history.

Which isn't to say that Oracle's work with the US government should necessarily be frowned upon. The CIA needs databases, just like any large organization. But not mentioning just how reliant Oracle has been on government contracts since its inception is downright strange and seems to feed this narrative that Ellison simply created a product that companies wanted and private enterprise did the rest.

Oracle has pulled in billions of dollars each year working for governments at all levels for all manner of projects, the most high-profile of late being the disaster that was the Oregon health insurance exchange. But it's the company's philosophy behind how national security databases should work which would surprise someone who'd only read about them on Vox.

Ellison has always been a big believer in the federal government maintaining large national databases. And he was able to be much more public about it in the months after the September 11th attacks. In fact, Ellison argued that we needed just one large national security database, one with national ID cards and mandatory iris scans, naturally.

"The single greatest step we Americans could take to make life tougher for terrorists would be to ensure that all the information in myriad government databases was copied into a single, comprehensive national security database," Larry Ellison wrote in the New York Times in January of 2002.

"Creating such a database is technically simple. All we have to do is copy information from the hundreds of separate law enforcement databases into a single database. A national security database could be built in a few months," Ellison explained. "A national security database combined with biometrics, thumb prints, hand prints, iris scans or whatever is best can be used to detect people with false identities."

And Ellison has worked tirelessly to build that all-seeing database, suggesting that he had even given away for free much of the tech necessary for such infrastructure. He'd only charge the government for additional services and maintenance of the systems, of course.

As Jeffrey Rosen recounts in his 2004 book, The Naked Crowd: Reclaiming Security and Freedom in an Anxious Age, business was particularly booming at Oracle after September 11th. Rosen explains that the federal government accounted for a whopping 23 percent of Oracle's licensing revenue in 2003, roughly $2.5 billion.

Rosen tells of meeting with the folks at Oracle, one of whom was David Carney, formerly the number three person at the CIA. Carney had retired after 32 years there, and been hired at Oracle to head its Information Assurance Center, founded just two months after the September 11th attacks.

From Rosen's book:

"How do you say this without sounding callous?" [Carney] asked. "In some ways, 9/11 made business a bit easier. Previous to 9/11 you pretty much had to hype the threat and the problem." Carney said that the summer before the attacks, leaders in the public and private sectors wouldn't sit still for a briefing. Then his face brightened. "Now they clamor for it!"

Maybe they shouldn't have. Even assuming a best case scenario in which Oracle isn't actively enabling the kinds of domestic spying that Americans have rightly been up in arms about since the Snowden revelations, it would appear the company's leaky products should still be cause for concern.

"Of all of the commercial databases, Oracle is the least secure," British security expert David Litchfield recently told Reuters. Which is a problem, both from a national security perspective or even a consumer confidence perspective. Because today, everybody uses Oracle databases.

As Ellison himself told Rosen proudly for The Naked Crowd, "The Oracle database is used to keep track of basically everything. The information about your banks, your checking balance, your savings balance, is stored in an Oracle database. Your airline reservation is stored in an Oracle database. What books you bought on Amazon is stored in an Oracle database. Your profile on Yahoo! is stored in an Oracle database."

I guess I shouldn't be surprised that Vox didn't highlight Oracle's CIA origins or its never-ending relationship with governments at all levels. But writing an explainer about Oracle without mentioning the CIA or Ellison's post-9/11 goals or national security infrastructure strikes me as simply bizarre.

Image: Oracle CEO Larry Ellison delivers a keynote address December 4, 2001 at the Oracle Open World Conference via Getty


Oracle and the CIA Directors and Connections



CIA: I was working for Vector Capital managing the slide deck for PeopleSoft


Former Programmer for AT&T, GE Nuclear, SBC Global, Symantec, PG&E, B of A, Wells Fargo and Vector Capital


June 2007 
Robert Hoffman and Pete Bennett 

The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour
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Douglas Emhoff

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Douglas Emhoff
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Emhoff in 2020
Second Gentleman of the United States
Assumed role
January 20, 2021
Vice PresidentKamala Harris
Preceded byKaren Pence
(as Second Lady)
Personal details
Douglas Craig Emhoff

October 13, 1964 (age 56)
Brooklyn, New York City, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Children2 incl. Ella
ResidenceNumber One Observatory Circle
EducationCalifornia State University, Northridge (BA)
University of Southern
WebsiteWhite House website

Douglas Craig Emhoff[1] (born October 13, 1964) is an American lawyer who is the second gentleman of the United States.[2] He is married to the 49th vice president of the United StatesKamala Harris. As the first-ever husband of a vice president, Emhoff is the first Second Gentleman in American history. He is also the first Jewish spouse of a vice president.[3]

Emhoff began his career as an entertainment lawyer. He was managing director of Venable's West Coast offices and later became a partner at DLA Piper. He is also a distinguished visiting professor at Georgetown University Law Center.

Early life and education[edit]

Emhoff was born in the New York City borough of Brooklyn, the son of Jewish parents, Barbara and Michael Emhoff.[4] He has a brother Andy and a sister Jamie.[5] From 1969 to 1981, he grew up in Matawan and Old Bridge Township, New Jersey, and attended Cedar Ridge High School.[6] His family were congregants of Temple Shalom, a Reform synagogue in Aberdeen Township, at which Emhoff became a bar mitzvah in 1977 (he wore a brown, velour suit).[7] The following summer, in 1978, Emhoff attended Camp Cedar Lake in Milford, PA where he was voted "most athletic" of his division at age 13.[7] When he was 17, he moved with his family to California,[8] where he graduated from Agoura High School. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University, Northridge and a Juris Doctor from the USC Gould School of Law in 1990.[9]


Emhoff is an entertainment litigator and began his career at Pillsbury Winthrop's litigation group. He moved to Belin Rawlings & Badal, a boutique firm, in the late 1990s. He opened his own firm with Ben Whitwell in 2000, which was acquired by Venable LLP in 2006. His clients included Walmart and Merck,[10] and he became managing director of Venable's West Coast offices.[11]

Emhoff joined DLA Piper as a partner in 2017, working at its Washington, D.C., and California offices.[12][13] Following the announcement that his wife would be Joe Biden's running mate in the 2020 United States presidential election, Emhoff took a leave of absence from the firm.[13] Following the Biden–Harris ticket's win, the campaign announced Emhoff would permanently leave DLA Piper prior to Inauguration Day to avoid conflict of interest concerns.[14]

In December 2020, Georgetown University Law Center announced that Emhoff would join the school's faculty as a distinguished visitor and as a distinguished fellow of the school's Institute for Technology Law and Policy.[15]

Second Gentleman of the United States[edit]

Emhoff's wife Kamala Harris was a candidate in the 2020 Democratic Party presidential primaries before dropping out in December 2019.[16] In August 2020, Harris was announced as Joe Biden's running mate for the presidential election, making Emhoff the third man in U.S. history to be a spouse of the vice presidential candidate of a major party, following John Zaccaro (spouse of Geraldine Ferraro) and Todd Palin (spouse of Sarah Palin).[17] When Harris assumed office, Emhoff became the first Second Gentleman of the United States.[18] He is also the first Jewish spouse of a U.S. vice president.[9][19][20][13]

In his role as Second Gentleman, Emhoff plans to focus on equal access to justice and legal representation.[21]

In March 2021, while Second Gentleman, Emhoff began teaching a course entitled "Entertainment Law Disputes" at the Georgetown University Law Center. Emhoff noted that the undertaking the role has offered him a newfound respect for educators as he has "learned [that] teaching is really hard", saying he has "so much respect for the teachers out there doing this each and every day".[22]

Personal life[edit]

Emhoff was married for 16 years to Kerstin Emhoff, née Mackin.[23] They have two children, Cole and Ella.[24][25] He married Kamala Harris on August 22, 2014, in Santa Barbara, California, with Kamala's sister Maya Harris officiating.[26] As of August 2019, Emhoff and Harris had an estimated net worth of $5.8 million.[27] The couple temporarily resided at Blair House, the official guest house of the President, while the official residence of the Vice President Number One Observatory Circle underwent maintenance and renovation at the beginning of Harris's term.[28] They also maintain homes in Los AngelesSan Francisco, and Washington, D.C.[29]




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