Former Agent Says Google and CIA in Partnership
October 31, 2006 5:00 PM
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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
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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RE: Who cares?
11/1/2006 4:48:07 PM
"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
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.
"People Don't Respect Confidentiality in This Industry" -- Sony Computer Entertainment of America President and CEO Jack Tretton
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