Bin Laden, Google and the CIA

Starting about a year ago, credible sources started claiming that Google was feeding information to the CIA. Now I’m not sure why any jackass would even waste a baying breath denying such a rumor when it’s so obviously true. Sans Teaches several courses on Google Hacking and Johnny Long has written several books on the topic. As early as 1999, NATO started publishing an Open Source Intelligence Handbook and by 2002 had issued a separate publication on exploiting information on the Internet. Only the most stupid Google apologist would bother denying that the CIA uses the largest database on the planet to gather information and probably pays them to teach people how to do it.

Now the issues of information filtering, diminished page rankings and generally interfering with your rights is a little more debatable. Two of the four freedoms defined by President Roosevelt were freedom of speech and freedom from fear particularly of an oppressive government. Google used to brag that they had no censorship but as previously discussed they are de-listing pages from the Internet based on complaints without the existence of a Legal Cease and Desist orders. Also, they consented to censor content for the Chinese version of Google including sites only mildly critical of the central government indicating that the have the capability of censorship and the corporate will to do it if paid enough. Their new policy acknowledges that they will engage in censorship to assist law enforcement, obey regulations and as a matter of policy which covers darn near any reason in the world.

It would appear that this policy extends to publishing false listings for controversial anti-government documentary movies.

Now what brought all this to mind was yesterday I told a little Joke about bin Laden and George Bush over at the FatSavage Blog and amazingly a search engine picked it up and it became my most popular single day post. It was so popular that I jumped to number 59 on the listing of most popular WordPress Blogs. Today not a single person reached “My Apologies” by way of a search engine.

Go figure!!! Is my sense of humor being filtered to protect an almost totally tasteless Web or is this just old fashioned censorship?

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