Group Calls for Hearings Into Google’s Ties to CIA and NSA

Prisonplanet.com
July 20, 2010

More information has emerged about Google’s relationship with the government and spook agencies (see PR Newswire below). The revelations should come as no surprise.

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CIA-NSA connected Google has been collecting more than “streetviews” in your neighborhood.

In 2006, Robert David Steele, a 20-year Marine Corps infantry and intelligence officer and a former clandestine services case officer with the CIA, told the Alex Jones Show that the CIA helped bankroll Google at its inception. “I think Google took money from the CIA when it was poor and it was starting up and unfortunately our system right now floods money into spying and other illegal and largely unethical activities, and it doesn’t fund what I call the open source world,” said Steele, citing “trusted individuals” as his sources.

Google is a key intelligence asset. It has supplied the core search technology forIntellipedia, a highly-secured online CIA system and has shared a close relationship with both the CIA, NSA, and government national security officials.

In February, it was reported that Google and the NSA have forged a partnership after Google purportedly suffered a cyberattack in December. “This is not the first time the NSA has been tapped to help a U.S. corporation with cyber security, but the purported partnership would certainly be unique since Google’s servers house such a vast collection of user data including search histories, email, and personal documents,” reports PC World.

“Google’s connection with the CIA and its venture capital firm extends to sharing at least one key member of personnel. In 2004, the Director of Technology Assessment at In-Q-Tel, Rob Painter, moved from his old job directly serving the CIA to become ‘Senior Federal Manager’ at Google.,” writes Eric Sommer.

In-Q-Tel, a venture capital firm established by the CIA, also had a hand in creating the wildly popular social network Facebook. “The second round of funding into Facebook ($US12.7 million) came from venture capital firm Accel Partners. Its manager James Breyer was formerly chairman of the National Venture Capital Association, and served on the board with Gilman Louie, CEO of In-Q-Tel,” writes Matt Greenop.

Thus it should not be shocking that Google executives are holding meetings with U.S. national security officials for undisclosed reasons, according to the Washington Post, itself a prized CIA asset under the venerable Operation Mockingbird media asset program.

Google insists its vacuuming up of WiFi network data as it gathered images for its Streetview program was a mistake, even though information “published Jan. 28 shows that the data collection program was a very deliberate effort to assemble as much information as possible about U.S. residential and business WiFi networks,” according to the press release below.

SANTA MONICA, Calif., July 19 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Citing new information about Google’s classified government contracts and the Internet giant’s admitted Wi-Spying activity, Consumer Watchdog today said it is more imperative than ever for the Energy and Commerce Committee to conduct hearings into possible privacy violations by Google.

In a letter to Committee Chairman Henry Waxman and Ranking Member Joe Barton, the nonpartisan, nonprofit public interest group’s John M. Simpson wrote:

“Based on today’s Washington Post, it appears that Google holds classified U.S. government contracts to supply search and geospatial information to the U.S. government. In addition, White House records show that Google executives have been holding meetings with U.S. national security officials for undisclosed reasons. Finally, it also appears that Google’s widely criticized efforts to collect wireless network data on American citizens were not inadvertent, contrary to the company’s claims.”

“As history has repeatedly shown, alliances between the U.S. intelligence community and giant corporations that collect data on American citizens can be a toxic combination where the U.S. Constitution is concerned,”  the letter said.

In a June 9 letter to the Energy and Commerce Committee, Google director for public policy Pablo Chavez asserted that Google “mistakenly included code in our software that collected samples of ‘payload data’” from private WiFi networks. But review of a patent application from Google covering the gathering of WiFi data published Jan. 28 shows that the data collection program was a very deliberate effort to assemble as much information as possible about U.S. residential and business WiFi networks.

The letter continued:

“…what the patent does show is that Google’s recent claims about how the Street View program was designed are not accurate, and that the company always intended to collect and store the ‘packets’ of wireless data that contain so-called payload information.

“The patent makes repeated reference to ‘capturing’ packets, including paragraph [0055], which states that the system will enable geolocations so long as the equipment being used ‘is able to capture and properly decode a packet…’

“This raises serious questions about whether Google has engaged in a reckless effort to amass private data without giving any thought to the possible misuse of that information, and whether it can be trusted to safeguard the information it collects from the prying eyes of the U.S. government.”

Read the patent here: http://insidegoogle.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/US20100020776.pdf

Read the letter here: http://insidegoogle.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/LtrWaxman071910.pdf

In addition, White House visitor logs show that Alan Davidson, Google’s Director of Public Policy and Government Affairs, has had at least three meetings with officials of the National Security Council since the beginning of last year. One of the meetings was with White House senior director for Russian affairs Mike McFaul, while another was with Middle East advisor Daniel Shapiro.

It has also been widely reported that Google has been working in “partnership” with the National Security Agency, the very same government body that illegally intercepted the private communications of millions of Americans during the Bush administration.

Consumer Watchdog, formerly the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights is a nonprofit, nonpartisan consumer advocacy organization with offices in Washington, DC and Santa Monica, Ca.  Consumer Watchdog’s website is www.consumerwatchdog.org. Visit our new Google Privacy and Accountability Project website: http://insidegoogle.com.

Top Secret America: Google Launches Cover Up Of ‘Google Spies’ Story

UPDATE – 6.18pm CST: There is some debate going on in the comments about the way Google Trends functions, with individuals questioning the evidence that our key terms were deliberately removed. As we made clear on the Alex Jones show today, the terms ‘Google spies’, and ‘Obama deception censored’, from the previous day, were “volcanic” – that means hundreds of thousands, if not millions,  were searching the terms, sending them to number one on the charts. While other terms remain in the top 20 all day, our terms were completely erased and memory holed within 30 minutes.

At time of writing, the term Alex asked users to search on today’s show ‘Google Launches Cover Up’ remains in the top 10 trends,  a full six hours after he made the announcement, indicating that Google has not repeated its previous actions of completely removing the term almost immediately.

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Censorship ongoing, the free internet is under sustained attack

Steve Watson
Prisonplanet.com
Tuesday, Jul 20th, 2010

Top Secret America: Google Launches Cover Up Of Google Spies Story 200710google2The ongoing saga with Google censorship has continued today as it emerged that once again the search engine giant removed a key term from it’s trends pages.

Alex Jones yesterday asked his readers and listeners to send the term ‘Google spies’ to the top of the trends charts in the latest effort to fight back against the company’scensorship of his films on YouTube.

The term related to a story we prepared detailing how Google is intimately linked with U.S. intelligence and has a history of censorship and surveillance.

Within a short time the term had hit the top spot with the “volcanic” status added (see below – click for enlargement).

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As you can see, the effect of the term being pushed to the top of the trends charts is that bloggers and journalists pick up the story and begin to document it. A snowball effect ensues and millions of people all over the world are more likely to be directed toward the story.

However, within half an hour the term had been completely removed by Google and resulted in no news story links. These actions replicated Google’s activity in the days beforehand when it removed other terms such as ‘The Obama Deception’, ‘Infowars’, ‘Fall of the Republic’ and ‘Google Censorship’ – which had all become some of the most searched topics on the internet.

This is the epicentre of the infowar. Events over the past couple of days have shown that you, our readers, have the power to take the issues we cover and literally make them the widest read items on the internet.

Today we urge you to search the term ‘Google Launches Cover Up’ to make this article one of the most widely read on the internet.

Top Secret America

In the week that the Washington Post published it’s ‘Top Secret America’ piece, a two year study that reveals how the intelligence community has explosively expanded, there is an increased focus on the spook networks in the U.S. and the implications for that has for liberty.

Below is a set of links to previous articles we have produced intricately detailing how Google is intrinsically tied to the U.S. government intelligence apparatus and how there is a huge ongoing coordinated program of attack on the open internet being conducted by the shadow government and its mega corporation bedfellows:

Google’s Intelligence Links:

Google Re-establishes Relationship With Government Spies

Group Calls for Hearings Into Google’s Ties to CIA and NSA

Former Intelligence Agent Says Google In Bed With CIA

Ex-Agent: CIA Seed Money Helped Launch Google

Report: Google Seeking To Cut Net Censorship Deals

CIA and Google Team Up Again For More Spying

Google Caught In Terror Storm Censorship

Google Video Caught Censoring Loose Change?

Google Censors Another 9/11 Documentary

Google: More People Will Die From Swine Flu If We Cannot Retain Search Data

The War On The Free Internet:

The Lights Are Going Out For Free Speech On The Internet

New Bill Gives Obama ‘Kill Switch‘ To Shut Down The Internet

Obama Can Shut Down Internet For 4 Months Under New Emergency Powers

Former Director Of National Intelligence Calls For “Re-Engineering” The Internet

Lieberman’s Model For America: Purging The Internet of Dissent

Lieberman: China Can Shut Down The Internet, Why Can’t We?

Feds Ignore Due Process, First Amendment, Shut Down Thousands of Blogs

Death Of The Internet: Censorship Bills In UK, Australia, U.S. Aim To Block “Undesirable” Websites

Academics, Politicians: Pending Global Treaty Threatens Free Internet, Fundamental Rights

White House Mapping Internet Users’ Data For Mass Archives

Pentagon Secretly Goes To War With The Internet

Google Spies, Censors Users

UPDATE: GOOGLE/YOUTUBE HAS REACTIVATED THE ORIGINAL LINKS TO ‘THE OBAMA DECEPTION’ AND ‘POLICE STATE IV’

Watch ’The Obama Deception’ now! Send it out on your mailing lists! Send the viewcount to 7 million by tomorrow!

UPDATE 2:

Following the earlier unprecedented re-instation of The videos on YouTube, viewers have since experienced a paywall screen asking them to pay to view the film. Neither Alex Jones nor the owner of the “Changedachannel” YouTube account on which the video is hosted has authorised Google to do this, and it is likely this represents another hack attempt or an inside effort to censor the film.

Other viewers on YouTube believe that the viewcount on the video has also been frozen following Alex’s call to all infowarriors to send out the link to their mailing lists in an attempt to reach 7 million views.

YouTube is also deleting and flagging comments on the video in which users are posting the customer service phone number for the company.

Other users have pointed out that YouTube has removed the video from their favourites and deleted their previous ratings of the video.

YouTube has removed all the honors for the video. The video is no longer listed in the most discussed news and politics videos of all time even though it has over 139,600 comments.

UPDATE 3:

‘Google spies’ is now the number one item on Google trends – will the company also censor this? :

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UPDATE 4: No sooner said than done – Google has removed the term ‘Google spies’ from Google Trends, while ‘top secret america‘, relating to today’s Washington Post expose on the vast growth of the intelligence industry (including Google’s links to it), remains in the top 20.

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Steve Watson
Prisonplanet.com
Monday July 19, 2010

Following the censorship and deletion from YouTube of a viral upload of Alex Jones’ seminal documentary, ‘The Obama Deception’, as well as a surge in google searches of the term, it has now become clear that the search engine giant is blocking specific terms related to the film.

As we reported Friday, the term ‘Obama Deception’ had surged to number one on the Google trends rankings, above Lindsay Lohan, the BP Oil Spill or the death of George Steinbrenner. What’s more, the viewcount grew by nearly 100,000 in that same single day, demonstrating the accelerated attention the film has been receiving.

Then suddenly the version of the documentary that had 6.5 million views and was linked to from all over the Internet was deleted, presumably by someone at YouTube or Google who had overriding access to the user account.

Now, the term isn’t even in the top 500 trends -  it doesn’t even register when searching.

As a response Alex Jones asked his readers and listeners to search the term ‘obama deception censored’. Extremely quickly that term also hit the top spot, with links to Prisonplanet and Infowars articles we had written covering the news.

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However, that term now also no longer registers on Google trends.

Users also reported that upon searching the afore mentioned terms they were directed to the following google screen:

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Today Alex is asking readers and listeners to search the term ‘Google spies’.

Whether you like it or not, Google is hugely influential over the distribution of content over the Internet.  The blogosphere and a large section of the wider media operates according to what is trending. This was evident with ‘The Obama Deception’, which started to get scores of fresh reviews this weekend, over 18 months after its original release, solely due to its top spot on Google trends.

We are engaged in an infowar against the controlled corporate media that continually feeds the general public pointless distractions such as the private lives of Mel Gibson and Tiger Woods – that is why exposing the censorship of meaningful material is a big deal.

We have previously had run-ins with google concerning its censorship of both Alex Jones’ official YouTube channel and items available for purchase via the Infowars Google shopping cart.

We have previously reported on Google’s connections to the intelligence community . There is also no doubt that Google will be one of the corporations at the forefront of the government’s drive to use cybersecurity as a pretext for restricting the openness of the Internet, having previously worked with the NSA and the CIA.

Watch Alex’s rallying call video on this issue:

We are currently attempting to re-upload the full length HQ version of ‘The Obama Deception’ to the original director account, however, this is taking some time owing to file compression issues and the fact that the account holder now lives in a rural area.

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