Friday, May 12, 2017

Google’s Role In The Military-Industrial Complex
Google has long played its part in proliferating the military-industrial complex. Not only have they contributed to the surveillance state by releasing user records to government agencies (see: PRISM), acting as a for-profit spy agency (in violation of SEVERAL municipal, state and federal laws), spying on you through the microphone and camera on your Android phone or Chrome laptop and building robots for the U.S. military’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), but the relationship between the tech giant and the U.S. government goes deeper than most would care to know. Google has nearly 400 publicly-listed contracts with the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD).
The CIA was a strategic investor in Keyhole, Inc., whose technology is now known as Google Maps, and is integrated into a plethora of U.S. military weapons technology. In 2008, Google partnered with the U.S. military’s National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) and GeoEye (now known as DigitalGlobe), the U.S.’ largest commercial satellite operator (harboring business ties with longtime U.S. defense contractors Raytheon and Lockheed Martin).