Internet’s Primary Gatekeeper in Bed With Big Brother?
By Victor Thorn
LIKE AN ORWELLIAN SET OF EYES watching society’s every move, Google—the world’s predominant search engine—is quickly becoming a modern-day Big Brother. Robert Verkaik, law editor for The Independent, described their intent on May 24, 2007 as “setting out to create the most comprehensive database of personal information ever assembled, one with the ability to tell people how to run their lives.”
Similarly, Clint Boulton of GoogleWatch described the corporation on September 9. “Google conjures an image of science fiction films such as War of the Worlds. The servers are like alien ships covering all of humanity, though instead of harvesting food sources, they are harvesting our search data for better advertising opportunities.”
But their motives aren’t simply financial. Andrew Keen, author of Cult of the Amateur: How the Internet is Killing Our Culture, provided a glimpse into their larger agenda in a June 30 article for the Daily Telegraph. “Back in 2006, when asked where he wanted Google to be in five years time, company CEO Eric Schmidt confessed that he hoped his search engine would be so knowledgeable about all of us that it would know what we wanted to do tomorrow.”
If information is power, Michael Malone’s comments for ABC News on September 5, 2008 put this matter into perspective. “Google’s real business now is not providing a service to its users, but owning the world’s data.” The Independent’s Robert Verkaik is even more blunt in his assessment. “Google wants to know everything —all the knowledge contained on the World Wide Web, and everything about you as a computer user, too.”
When Neil Cavuto of Fox News asked, “How can the public be sure that Google is deleting their private information and not storing it?” CEO Eric Schmidt replied, “Because we say so.” Using technology called Deep Packet Inspection, Google can track not only our search histories, but also our very identity. In the Matrix-like world of these high-tech wizards, a new ‘morality’ emerges.
ABC’s Malone pinpoints it. “The empiricism of science and technology supercedes messy human institutions . . . for these young techno-utopians, technology trumps all, even privacy.”
In this context, is a dystopian universe of computer-generated artificial intelligence merely a pipedream, or an actual possibility? On May 16, 2007 Internet commentator Nick Douglas explained how a Google database could actually become ‘self-aware.’ “A computer doesn’t have to be conscious to be powerful. Just teach it relationships, feed it data, and tell it to make connections.” He adds, “This company has history’s finest catalog of human wants, habits and inquiries cataloged by user,” along with “earth satellite imagery, image-recognition technology and ambient-audio tech.”
Even creepier, on July 16, Michel Wester of “Web- Sonic” exposed Google’s use of “easter eggs” (or hidden features) in their graphics. Specifically, he illustrated how “Triforce” symbols were being subliminally embedded on Google’s homepage. (These have since been removed.) In essence, a Triforce is an inverted equilateral triangle inscribed inside an upright triangle. On the surface, this icon appears harmless. But if the inner inverted triangle is expanded, the Triforce transforms into a Star of David—it is also reminiscent of the triangular All-Seeing Eye on the back of our Masonic dollar bills; is this symbolism indicative of an omnipotent Big Brother’s totalitarian control of our computer screens?
Or, as Secret Societies and Psychological Warfare author Michael Hoffman stated in a November 10 interview: “We are losing our humanity.As our digital gadgets and personal computers evolve to even higher planes of magical realism, the [real] alchemical component in this process is not base metals to gold, it is the gold of humanity coagulated into the basest shadow of what it means to be human.”
The Star of David-Triforce imagery becomes vital when considering that Google’s two founders—Larry Page and Russian Sergey Brin—are both Jewish, as is Senior VP Jonathan Rosenberg. On the other hand, Jewish venture capitalist Michael Moritz—who financed Google during its inception—mentored Chairman and CEO Eric Schmidt. Equally as important, Schmidt attended both the 2008 and 2009 Bilderberg meetings.
This fact is important because, as computer scientist Daniel Tunkelang wrote for The Noisy Channel on September 5, Google is “the primary gatekeeper to the Internet for a substantial majority of Americans.” In this capacity, their political views have a significant sway over what computer users see (and don’t see).
Ex-CIA clandestine services officer Robert David Steele publicly claimed in October, 2006 that Google is “heavily in bed with the Central Intelligence Agency.”
Considering the CIA’s incestuous relationship with Israel’s Mossad, it’s now clear why websites that are considered “anti-Jewish” have been targeted and censored. After the Anti-Defamation League convinced Google’s Internet monitoring team to make “technical modifications” to its search engine, ADL Director Abraham Foxman beamed, “We are extremely pleased that Google has heard our concerns [about] the unusually high ranking of pedlars of bigotry and anti-Semitism.”
Victor Thorn is a hard-hitting researcher, journalist and the author of many books on 9-11 and the New World Order. These include 9-11 Evil: The Israeli Role in 9-11 and Phantom Flight 93.
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(Issue # 48, November 30, 2009)