By Nafeez Ahmed, www.mintpressnews.com
In the aftermath of Charlie Hebdo’s attacks in Paris, western governments have moved asap to legitimize the extension of mass observation forces and controls on the web, all for the sake of battling terrorism.
The 9/11 monstrosity was the first of numerous terrorist assaults, each one succeeded by the sensational expansion of draconian state powers to the detriment of common freedoms, moved down with the projection of military drive in areas recognized as hotspots where terrorists “are breeded”. Yet there is little evidence that this attempted and tried formula has done anything to decrease the risk. On the off chance that anything, we have all the earmarks of being bolted into a developing cycle of brutality with no reasonable end in sight.
The shadow system
Throughout the previous two decades, United States foreign and intelligence strategies have brought about a worldwide ‘war on fear’ comprising of delayed military intrusions in the Muslim world and extensive comprehensive surveillance of Muslim populations. These systems have been covered, if not managed, by a secret network inside and beyond the Pentagon.
In 1999, the CIA made its own venture capital investment firm the In-Q-Tel, to help start-upspromising start-ups that might create technologies useful for intelligence agencies . In any case the spark for In-Q-Tel came prior, when the Pentagon set up its own private area outfit. Very big defense contractors like Booz Allen Hamilton and Science Applications International Corporation are sometimes referred to as the ‘shadow intelligence community’ due to the revolving links between them and government, and their capacity to simultaneously influence and profit from defense policy.
Google catches the Pentagon
In 2003, Google started modifying its web “crawler” under a extraordinary contract with the CIA for its Intelink Management Office, “supervising top-secret, secret and “touchy” unclassified intranets for CIA and other IC organizations,” as indicated by Homeland Security Today.
That year, CIA funding was likewise being “quietly” carried through the National Science Foundation to ventures that may encourage help create “new capabilities to combat terrorism through advanced technology.”
The next year, Google purchased the firm Keyhole, which had initially been financed by In-Q-Tel. Utilizing Keyhole, Google started creating it’s “state-of-the-art” satellite mapping software behind Google Earth.
In 2010, Google signed a multi-billion dollar no-bid contract with the NSA’s sister organization, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA). The agreement was to utilize Google Earth for visualization services for the NGA. Google had created the product behind Google Earth by obtaining Keyhole from the CIA venture firm In-Q-Tel.
In 2008, Wikileaks disclosed a leaked top-secret US Army Special Operations field manual, which showed that the kind of thinking backed by the preferences of Highlands expert Lochard (a special forum created by CIA as explained analytically in the full article) had been explicitly adopted by US special forces.
There, eventually, this might be the reason why the CIA, the NSA, the Pentagon, created Google: . To run the US wars in the world with more efficiency than even before!
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