Thiel: CIA and FBI Must Investigate Chinese Infiltration of Google
Billionaire investor and venture capitalist Peter Thiel joined a growing chorus of Americans calling for broad investigation of tech giant Google on obvious signs that Alphabet and Google and their strategically crucial data collection and artificial intelligence development capacities have fallen under near total Chinese control.
Thiel blasted the Alphabet-owned Google for its work in China, saying the search engine giant was “engaged in the seemingly treasonous decision to work with the Chinese military and not with the US military.”
While his points are long overdue and oblate, educated observers might remind Thiel that such a request is akin to asking China to investigate itself, given equally convincing evidence over the past decade that American intelligence agencies are working lockstep with Beijing and compromised American tech companies Facebook, Twitter and Apple to advance Chinese objectives of global economic and military preeminence. Is anyone surprised that DARPA digital inventions meant to surveil and define user behaviors for the programming of the next wave of Artificial Intelligence predictive programming computational tyranny are being used against American interests of freedom and liberty? Ok.
Those same observers might also point out that Thiel is the founder of Paypal and a board member at tech rival Facebook, two companies presently engaged in pervasive social programming and thought control via censorship of conservative messaging, and discrimination against conservative companies as Silicon Valley pivots for a 2020 defeat of Donald Trump’s populist resurgence against the global cabal. Another fight, another day.
Google has been under considerable backlash in conservative circles after it was revealed last year that they provided seminal technical oversight and direction in developing and implementing “Project Dragonfly,” a powerful social monitoring tool disguised as a Chinese web search service that tracks and censors users’ search habits and integrates results with China’s newly adopted social credit scoring system, dictating access to commercial, professional and social opportunities based on ideological compliance to political norms in China’s communist totalitarian system.
Dragonfly’s obvious Orwellian implications tripped warning alarms for defenders of civil liberty worldwide who see the Chinese example as the blueprint and beta test for globalized ideological compliance and control, even as social media companies work to erase conservative ideas from the public square.
Thiel’s criticisms of Google came at the National Conservatism Conference in Washington D.C. where he focused on three questions that he said need to be asked by the FBI and CIA.
“Number one, how many foreign intelligence agencies have infiltrated your Manhattan Project for AI (artificial intelligence)?” Thiel reportedly asked. “Number two, does Google’s senior management consider itself to have been thoroughly infiltrated by Chinese intelligence?”
“Number three, is it because they consider themselves to be so thoroughly infiltrated that they have engaged in the seemingly treasonous decision to work with the Chinese military and not with the US military,” Thiel said.