- Published on Monday, 19 October 2015 11:27
It's no secret but few contemplate the implications of Google being a CIA asset. Nafeez Ahmed dissects the plethora of interlocking US defence, academic and commercial interests which surround Google in forensic detail.
How the CIA made Google By Nafeez Ahmed
In 2003, Google began customizing its search engine under special contract with the CIA for its Intelink Management Office, "overseeing top-secret, secret and sensitive but unclassified intranets for CIA and other IC agencies," according to Homeland Security Today. That year, CIA funding was also being "quietly" funneled through the National Science Foundation to projects that might help create "new capabilities to combat terrorism through advanced technology."
The following year, Google bought the firm Keyhole, which had originally been funded by In-Q-Tel. Using Keyhole, Google began developing the advanced satellite mapping software behind Google Earth. Former DARPA director and Highlands Forum co-chair Anita Jones had been on the board of In-Q-Tel at this time, and remains so today.
There is much to absorb in Nafeez's article but one interesting snippet is the funding Google received from Kleiner Perkins of which Al Gore is a partner. In view of recent changes to Google's search algorithm which suppresses "unapproved" search results, suppression of data which contradicts the claimed "consensus" on climate change is likely to get worse.
However, this is the least of our worries; the implications for our freedom are far worse. Yet more chains to bind us. There are other "freer" search engines such as DuckDuckGo but "googling" and web "searching" have become synonymous.