Google’s deep CIA and NSA connections
By Eric Sommer | Pravda
The Western media is currently full of articles reporting Google’s denial that it cooperated in a government program to massively spy on American and foreign citizens by accessing data from Googles servers and those of other U.S. software companies.
The mainstream media has, however, almost completely failed to report that Google’s denial, and its surface concern over ’human rights’, is historically belied by its their deep involvement with some of the worst human rights abuses on the planet:
Google is, in fact, is a key participant in U.S. military and CIA intelligence operations involving torture; subversion of foreign governments; illegal wars of aggression; and military occupations of countries which have never attacked the U.S. and which have cost hundreds of thousands of lives in Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, and elsewhere.
To begin with, as reported previously in the Washington Post and elsewhere, Google is the supplier of the customized core search technology for ’Intellipedia, a highly-secured online system where 37,000 U.S. spies and related personnel share information and collaborate on their devious errands.
Agencies such as the so-called ’National Security Agency’, or NSA, which is implicated in the current ’spying on Americans’ scandal, have also purchased servers using Google-supplied search technology which processes information gathered by U.S. spies operating all over the planet.
In addition, Google is linked to the U.S. spy and military systems through its Google Earth software venture. The technology behind this software was originally developed by Keyhole Inc., a company funded by Q-Tel http://www.iqt.org/ , a venture capital firm which is in turn openly funded and operated on behalf of the CIA.
Google acquired Keyhole Inc. in 2004. The same base technology is currently employed by U.S. military and intelligence systems in their quest, in their own words, for "full-spectrum dominance" of the planet.
Moreover, Googles’ 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.
As Robert Steele, a former CIA case officer has put it: Google is "in bed with" the CIA.
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NSA Spying Denials Prove That Google is Truly Evil
Google has finally been exposed as the deceitful, two-faced entity it really is, and now it’s desperately trying to spin the revelations of the NSA’ s pervasive spying program to its advantage. The company that loves to portray itself as the defender of the internet, espousing its “Don’t be Evil” propaganda whilst appearing to fight for internet freedoms, has been left scrambling to defend its so-called ‘reputation’ as a company worthy of our trust.
Hot on the heels of reports from The Guardian and the Washington Post, Google was among the first of the nine tech firms involved to deny any knowledge of PRISM. In a carefully worded statement, it vehemently denied that it had given the government “direct access” to its servers, adding that it had “never even heard of a program called PRISM until yesterday”.
But Google’s denials are riddled with holes that have been ripped even further apart by the government’s own admissions. Just hours after Google’s statement was issued, senior intelligence officials and later, President Obama himself, admitted that PRISM was genuine. Could it be that the NSA was acting without Google’s knowledge?
Highly unlikely, for a closer look at Google’s statement shows us that in actual fact, it isn’t denying anything at all. Rather, it looks as though Google is trying to conjure up a far more subtle PR strategy than simply denying any involvement whatsoever.
Google makes three key points in its statement that demand closer examination; firstly, that it didn’t provide the NSA with “direct access” to its servers, that there is no “back door” for the NSA, and that user data is only provided to the government “in accordance with the law”.
With regards to “direct access”, in the IT world this generally implies that one is given full and unrestricted access to a company’s servers. But in order to run something like PRISM, the NSA wouldn’t actually need “direct access”. Instead, some kind of ‘indirect access’ (such as Google transferring data to the NSA’s servers when requested) would more than likely suffice. Therefore, when Google says that “direct access” was not provided, it isn’t saying that it hasn’t participated in the program.
We can apply a similar logic to Google’s denial that the NSA has “back door” access to its servers. When we talk about ‘back door’ access, generally what we’re describing is a way to access a server that is neither documented, nor known about by the owner of the server. Simply denying that a back door exists is not the same as denying that it put some kind of system in place through which the NSA could access its data.
But what kind of system be in place – one that doesn’t constitute either direct access or a back door? Simple. Something like an API – the tool that company’s use to give developers limited access to their servers – would suffice. Now, to be sure, Google has covered its tracks here too, denying that an API was used, but that doesn’t rule out the possibility that it came up with some other, similar tool that the NSA could use.
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