Google distances itself from the Pentagon, stays in bed with mercenaries and intelligence contractors
The United States government spends about $80 billion a year on information technology, making it the largest consumer of technology projects in the world. New York Times
With all the hubbub about NSA spying, Googles PR people really want you to know how separate the company is from Americas military-industrial complex.
Earlier this week, Google made a big show of refusing DARPA funding for two robotics manufacturers it purchased, even though the companies themselves were financed with plenty of DoD cash. Its a nice gesture, and one that was welcomed by those who want Silicon Valley to be free of government interference.
Unfortunately, while a crowd-pleasing announcement is good for Googles public image, it does nothing to change the companys long and ongoing history of working closely with US military and surveillance agencies.
Last week, I detailed how Google does much more than simply provide us civvies with email and search apps. It sells its tech to enhance the surveillance operations of the biggest and most powerful intel agencies in the world: NSA, FBI, CIA, DEA and NGA the whole murky alphabet soup.
In some cases like the companys dealings with the NSA and its sister agency, the NGA Google deals with government agencies directly. But in recent years, Google has increasingly taken the role of subcontractor: selling its wares to military and intelligence agencies by partnering with established military contractors. Its a very deliberate strategy on Googles part, allowing it to more effectively sink its hooks into the nepotistic, old boy government networks of Americas military-intelligence-industrial complex.
Over the past decade, Google Federal (as the companys D.C. operation is called) has partnered up with old school establishment military contractors like Lockheed Martin, as well as smaller boutique outfits including one closely connected to the CIA and former mercenary firm, Blackwater.
Read the full article at: rinf.com
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