What what now? According to an ex-Marine intelligence officer and clandestine services case office for the CIA, Google’s conception wouldn’t have been possible without the help of CIA seed money. That’s the first I’ve heard of this, but believe me, I’d love to hear more about it! Though the source goes on to say Google’s relationship with the CIA is “small but significant” and that Google has had to turn down “everything” the CIA has asked them to do since, which is good to know! A parting quote which I enjoyed quite a bit:
We regularly highlight Google’s damaging role in aiding the march towards a big brother society, but the admission that Google were planning on teaming up with the U.S. government to use microphones in the computers of an estimated 150 million-plus Internet active Americans to spy on their lifestyle choices and build psychological profiles which will be used for surveillance and minority report style invasive advertising and data mining, astounded even us.
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