From the get-go, Google was never intended to be some simple internet research tool, just a search engine. Its creators, and there were many, had much bigger fish to fry. Research was begun by the two fellows publicly credited with being its founders, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, but like so many entities these days that somehow just seem to come out of nowhere fully blown, they had serious backing. In their case, government backing.
They were “assisted” by no less than DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the secret tech development and testing arm of the Dept. of Defense). Now, to this day, Google’s close relation to diplomatic, military and intelligence branches of the government go intentionally unnoticed by its users and the media.
Point: Many reports in 2015, ahead of our own election, warned that Google’s algorithms could affect the results of not only our election but elections around the globe:
Robert Epstein, a psychologist with the American Institute for Behavioral Research and Technology, an author of one of the studies, said, “We estimate, based on margins in national elections around the world, that Google could determine the outcome of upwards of 25 percent of all national elections.”
Made known by a Freedom of Information Act request by Wikileaks’ Assange, Brin, along with Google’s then-CEO Eric Schmidt, had frequent and casual email correspondence with National Security Agency chief Gen. Keith Alexander during 2012, regarding a program dubbed “Enduring Society Framework.” Alexander at one point wrote to Brin, “Your insights as a key member of the Defense Industrial Base are valuable to ensure ESF’s efforts have measurable impact.” Sounds just like the kind of activity you would expect your internet search engine to be involved in, right?????
Schmidt comes with his own pedigree, not surprisingly. No one becomes involved in operations of this sort and scale by accident. According to Forbes, Schmidt’s personal wealth exceeds $11 billion. Schmidt worked with CFR and State Dept. member Jared Cohen to author a book originally called “The Empire of the Mind” (which was later more benignly renamed “The New Digital Age: Reshaping The Future of People, Nations and Business”). They both arranged to “interview” Assange outside of London, purportedly in support of their upcoming book, a meeting Assange later called “naïve” after realizing just how interwoven with US government agenda Google was. Most problematic with Google’s activities was that they intentionally promoted American imperialism, believing that “our way is best, you must follow.”
Assange wrote in “When Google Met Wikileaks”, “They will tell you that open-mindedness is a virtue, but all perspectives that challenge the exceptionalist drive at the heart of American foreign policy will remain invisible to them… they believe they are doing good. And that is a problem.”
Schmidt made a position in 2009 for Cohen, which was at first called “Google Ideas”, but later became “Jigsaw”, which the two used to further increase the company’s interconnection with the government through articles, political funding and Cohen’s connections at the State Dept. That year the two also paired for an article in the CFR journal “Foreign Affairs” entitled “Coalitions of the Connected”, which stated, among many things, “In an era when the power of the individual and the group grows daily, those governments that ride the technological wave will clearly be best positioned to assert their influence and bring others into their orbits….. Democratic states that have built coalitions of their militaries have the capacity to do the same with their connection technologies.”
Assange later wrote three years later when publishing the “Global Intelligence Files”, containing internal files for Stratfor, a private security firm:
“Cohen’s directorate appeared to cross over from public relations and ‘corporate responsibility’ work into active corporate intervention in foreign affairs at a level that is normally reserved for states. Jared Cohen could wryly be named Google’s ‘director of regime change’. According to the emails, he was trying to plant his fingerprints of some of the major historical events in the contemporary Middle East. He could be placed in Egypt during the revolution, meeting with Wael Ghonim, the Google employee whose arrest and imprisonment hours later would make him a PR-friendly symbol of the uprising of the Western press. Meetings had been planned in Palestine and Turkey--- both of which, claimed Stratfor emails--- were killed by the senior Google leadership as too risky. Only a few months before he met with me, Cohen was planning a trip to the edge of Iran in Azerbaijan to ‘engage the Iranian communities closer to the border,’ as part of Google Ideas’ project on repressive societies.”
Moreover, and even more significantly, Fred Burton, Stratfor VP for Intelligence, who was a one-time official with the State Dept. (surprise, surprise), wrote in one of the released emails:
“Google is getting WH (White House) and State Dept support and air cover. In reality they are doing things the CIA cannot do… (Cohen) is going to get himself kidnapped or killed. Might be the best thing to happen to expose Google’s covert role in foaming up-risings to be blunt. The US Gov’t can then disavow knowledge and Google is left holding the bag.”
Thank you, Julian Assange, for trying, at your own risk, to give us a little more information about the world we live in, unlike our search engine Google.
North Fort Myers