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Google and the CIA
Thanks to biblio-wunderkind Nico Haupt for this.
Google in bed with U.S. intelligence By: Michael Hampton
Posted: February 22, 2006 11:31 am
Even while Google presents a public image of vigorously protecting its users privacy, it has
quietly provided assistance to several U.S. intelligence agencies, such as the Central
Intelligence Agency and Defense Intelligence Agency, as the U.S. prosecutes its war on terrorism.
In addition, Google may be providing assistance to the National Security Agency.
IT contractors and intelligence officials familiar with the arrangement confirmed to HSToday.us
that Google had been providing assistance to the intelligence community, but would not say under what
authority that assistance had been requested or provided.
The intelligence community appears to be interested in data mining Google's vast store of information on
each user who uses Google's services. Google collects data on each user's search queries, which web sites
users visited after making a query, and through its Google Analytics service, can also track users on
cooperating web sites. It's not clear what level of access to or how much of this information
has been made available to intelligence agencies. The contractor,
who spoke on a not-for-attribution basis, said that at least one US intelligence agency
he declined to identify is working to leverage Google's [user] data monitoring capability as
part of an effort by the IC to glean from this data information of
international security intelligence interest in the war on terror. . . . CIA's Office of Research and Development has been giving them additional money and guidance and requirements.
Last November, the CIA - through In-Q-Tel [CIA venture capital company]
issued notices to sell $2.2 million worth of Google stock.
Robert David Steele, intelligence veteran and CEO of OSS.Net, Inc.
which sponsored last week's event, told HSToday.us Tuesday evening that Google is being
actively hypocritical and deceptive in playing up its refusal to help the Department of Justice
when all along it has been taking money and direction for elements of the US Intelligence Community,
including the Office of Research and Development at the Central Intelligence Agency, In-Q-Tel,
and in all probability, both the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Army's Intelligence and Security Command.
Steele added, I have no doubt that Google, in its arrogance, decided it could make a deal
with the devil and not get caught." HSToday.us If you are extremely concerned about the possibility
that your private browsing information is going to wind up in the hands of U.S. intelligence agencies,
you can throw a spanner in the works by blocking cookies from the following domains:
google.com, googlesyndication.com, google-analytics.com, and your country-specific Google domain
If you actually use Google services, such as Google Mail, then this obviously will prevent you from using
Even with cookies blocked, a limited amount of user
tracking is possible, so unless you really are a
terrorist, it probably isn't worth the trouble.
I still have all of my Google Cookies. Then again, I already know they're watching me