Google & Terror
As evidence emerges of terrorist use of the Internet, Google's creepy founders say they're proud to protect them. So non-terrorists should avoid Google.
Google Inc. co-founder Sergey Brin acknowledged Tuesday the dominant Internet company has compromised its principles by accommodating Chinese censorship demands.He's balanced Google's wrong with an imagined right:
Google has battled the U.S. Justice Department in court seeking to limit the amount of information the government can get about users' Internet searches. It also says it has not participated in any programs with the National Security Agency to collect Internet communications without warrants.
...when a shadowy group of disaffected urban youth began talking in an Internet chat room in the fall of 2004 espousing anti-Western views, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service was listening.
The spy agency, and an alphabet soup of other security agencies across the continent, closely monitor such sites, where talk may sometimes turn to buildings and bombs and bringing global jihad home to North America, to Canada.
Often it's just that — talk — but when CSIS began monitoring the sites allegedly used by some of the 17 men and youths arrested on terrorism-related charges in a sweeping series of raids across the GTA Friday evening, the Canadian spy agency heard enough to remain interested, and increased surveillance of the group....
Four months after the surveillance began, two Americans, from the Atlanta, Ga., area, popped onto the radar.
Syed Haris Ahmed and Ehsanul Islam Sadequee had been communicating by email with the Canadian group, investigators allege...
This was a great effort by CSIS - but now terrorists know to avoid chat rooms, and Sergey Brin has told them they're safe with Google.
The solution is to leave Google to the terrorists, exposing them to our intelligence agencies.
Both Yahoo and Ask are good alternatives. You can remove the Google search from Firefox by installing the SearchPluginHacks extension, right clicking Google in the search box and selecting Delete. The CSIS, MI5, NSA, and CIA will thank you.