"Developed For The WOT, Used Against Average American...Speak No Evil Against Our Leader ".

US intelligence officials are building a computer system to analyse metaphors used by foreigners during conversations to identify if they are friend or foe. A little-known agency is developing The Metaphor Program to "reveal the underlying beliefs and world-views of members of a culture" by examining the subtle differences in their choice of metaphors.

It will pluck figures of speech from vast numbers of statements by Farsi, Russian, Spanish and English speakers, label them with precise meanings, and store all this in a computerised "metaphor repository". Analysts would then be able to compare real-life statements against the database to predict