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Could Google be a spook?
Is Google's quest to manage the world's information leading straight to the CIA?

Former CIA clandestine case officer Robert David Steele made some very hot comments on his appearance on the Alex Jones radio show. Steele cites his contacts within the agency with the information that Google and the CIA are involved with one another.

Steele said, "I think that Google has made a very important strategic mistake in dealing with the secret elements of the U.S. government - that is a huge mistake and I’m hoping they’ll work their way out of it and basically cut that relationship off."

In reference to Google's fight against the U.S. Department of Justice for the privacy of its users, Steele claims that it was an elaborate charade intended for the public eye.

"Google was a little hypocritical when they were refusing to honor a Department of Justice request for information because they were heavily in bed with the Central Intelligence Agency, the office of research and development," concluded Steele.

From reports, Steele did not bring evidence to light in order to back up his claims, and neither Google nor the CIA are yet commenting on the matter.

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Who cares?
By montgom on 10/31/2006 5:58:04 PM , Rating: 5
Big deal, who cares? Anyone who thinks there time on the net is "private" is simply not using their entire brain.

RE: Who cares?
By creathir on 10/31/06, Rating: 0
RE: Who cares?
By UserDoesNotExist on 10/31/2006 6:45:44 PM , Rating: 3
I couldn't agree more with OP, both of them.

Although, anyone else a little suspicious of the source? And aren't the third and fourth paragraph contradictory? ("It was an elaborate ruse", followed by "Google was hypocritical by refusing to cooperate." If it was a ruse, how could they be hypocrites?)

RE: Who cares?
By OddTSi on 10/31/2006 6:55:54 PM , Rating: 2
Exactly. Unless the website you're at requires a log-in and uses HTTPS then you can't argue that you have an expectation of privacy.

RE: Who cares?
By hubajube on 10/31/2006 7:14:23 PM , Rating: 2
Big deal, who cares?
I agree 100%. Who gives a rats ass!

RE: Who cares?
By Bonrock on 10/31/2006 11:16:24 PM , Rating: 5
Why should you care about your privacy on the Internet? Because one day in the not-so-distant future, you might be denied a job because the company you applied to talked to Google and found out that you did a lot of searches related to bestiality when you were 16.

RE: Who cares?
By cplusplus on 11/1/2006 2:18:22 AM , Rating: 4
Then do your bestiality searches in a public computer lab like a normal person.

RE: Who cares?
By dice1111 on 11/1/2006 11:51:00 AM , Rating: 5
He was making a hypothetical statement and I agree with it. I believe what happens in the home behind closed doors is no ones business but our own. As soon as we develop a callous attitude towards this subject we start allowing the government the freedom to snoop on us completely and we give up our freedom. I think some people need to read 1984 by George Orwell again.

RE: Who cares?
By OddTSi on 11/1/2006 12:33:51 PM , Rating: 1
I think this is where the confusion comes in for most people. They think that because they are most often inside their home when they are on the internet that what they're doing is private. But you have to realize that the internet, although virtual, is a public place and you have no expectation of privacy when you're in a public place.

As I said above, unless the website you're using requires a log-in and uses HTTPS then you have no expectation of privacy.

RE: Who cares?
By Wwhat on 11/2/2006 1:16:31 AM , Rating: 2
I see you don't mention privacy statements made on sites, how about expecting them to honor that?
And now about you stand on the street talking to a friend and a third person comes stand next to you and takes notes? would you not expect people to not do that? even in a public place.
And how about international agreements regarding privacy?

RE: Who cares?
By Thogek on 11/1/2006 4:48:07 PM , Rating: 2
"I believe what happens in the home behind closed doors is no ones business but our own."

A true enough statement by itself, but not applicable here, due to the simple reality of what happens when a person uses an Internet service such as Google.

When do sit at your computer at home and perform a Google search, you are sending messages from your computer and home, across the Internet, to Google, requesting that Google perform a search for you on the keywords that you send in the request. You may very well have stayed behind closed doors in your home, but your search request has not, as you sent it out to Google in hopes of getting a response.

This is part of a fundamental misunderstanding that many have about how the Internet works. Until it is clearer to most users of the Internet, we're going to get all sorts of nonsensicle assertations about people's absolute expectations of privacy of information that they've sent out over the unsecure Internet.

RE: Who cares?
By gordypordy on 11/1/2006 12:56:13 PM , Rating: 2
By cplusplus on 11/1/2006 2:18:22 AM , Rating: 2

Then do your bestiality searches in a public computer lab like a normal person.


Honestly, this is a hoot, rofl.... best advice ever.
Obviously an experienced internet user, and possibly one who works for the CIA, lol !!

RE: Who cares?
By azskys on 11/2/2006 2:38:31 AM , Rating: 2
I agree with you - the future consequences are what some people fail to grasp. I use this site that is similar to Google:

They have a page that explains what they're attempting to provide for their users. And believe me - they are not big fans of Google!

RE: Who cares?
By someguy23 on 11/4/2006 2:41:51 PM , Rating: 2
Who cares? I do, and here's why:

People constantly go on about the glory of the free market and our wonderful capitalist economy while ignoring the blatant evidence to the contrary -- we have government institutions interacting at deep levels with our most lauded 'free market' corporate interests, we have DoD and In-Q-Tel money (i.e. tax revenue, people ... public funds) pouring into private outfits in the guise of 'investment' ... it's ridiculous to pretend anymore that this is the kind of thing Adam Smith wrote about, folks.

This phenomenon is getting to absurd levels. It is a serious issue for everyone to consider that we are losing, here and now, the delineation between these companies and government spies and institutional powers that be. When consumer choice shrinks and the remaining corporations are influenced by the officialdom and spies, how does this keep us free exactly?

RE: Who cares?
By shabazkilla on 11/7/2006 7:14:51 AM , Rating: 2
And if you're dumb enough to google "secret Al Qaeda meeting spots in november" than you deserve to get shit hammered by the CIA.

The CIA doesn't give a shit about you looking for a russian bride on Google, you're not that important.

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