A near fully recovered President Trump was reportedly furious with Chief of Staff Mark Meadows for his off the-record suggestion to journalists that Trump’s health was in fact far more precarious than it appeared. Meadows deserves far more criticism, however, for his support of a Google military-industrial complex scheme to give away billions of dollars in “defense spectrum,” which would provide Google access to yet more consumer data with which to manipulate our political system.
“Defense Spectrum” refers to the frequencies of electromagnetic spectrum controlled by the Department of Defense for defense purposes including communications, navigation, and weaponry. The wireless internet travels over the mid-range frequencies of the spectrum, making these frequencies vital “real estate” for building up 5G infrastructure.
Mark Meadows’ support for this billion-dollar corporate giveaway reflects a disturbing trend whereby current and former Administration officials have facilitated increased access and influence for Google’s Eric Schmidt. Of course, Google is arguably the most hostile company in the nation to the President and his supporters.
Last week, Breitbart’s Allum Bokhari released a bombshell report on Google’s infiltration of the Defense Department and National Security Council in order to receive access to billions of dollars worth of defense spectrum.
Despite its long track record of hostility to the Trump movement, including the wholesale suppression of pro-Trump media in its search engine, Google is on track to secure a major lobbying objective — overhauling the government’s 5G strategy. Google seems to have an ally in reaching its target in the form of the Department of Defense’s “Defense Innovation Board.”
In 2016, Obama’s Department of Defense created a “Defense Innovation Board” (DIB) chaired by then Alphabet CEO Eric Schmidt and also included Milo Medin, Google’s head of Wireless, who is still on it. Schmidt only left the board this month due to term limits.
In addition to including members from the high ranks of Google, the revolving door at the Defense Innovation Board also rotates in the opposite direction.
In March this year, DIB Executive Director Josh Marcuse left the board to join Google as the head of strategy and innovation for the global public sector. He has since used his position at Google to advocate on 5G policy.
The overhaul of U.S. strategy on 5G appears to be a major objective of the DIB, especially its Google-linked members and alumni. Over the last few years, Medin and Schmidt have been advocating opening up the Defense Spectrum, worth billions and billions of dollars, for commercial use.
In other words, swamp operatives have placed Google executives and allies in key positions within the Department of Defense. Google’s minions are in turn using their positions to advocate for the DOD to privatize billions of dollars worth of its “defense spectrum” for Google’s use.
As Bokhari noted, Obama placed then-Google CEO and Democratic mega-donor Eric Schmidt in charge of the Defense Innovation Board, along with Milo Medin, Google’s VP of Wireless service. When Schmidt’s Obama-appointed term on the Defense Innovation Board expired, Republican Mac Thornberry made sure Schmidt became head of the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence (NSCAI). Thornberry is not running for re-election and Revolver has every expectation that he will be employed by Google upon his departure from public service.
Meanwhile, disgraced General James Mattis added another Google executive, Andrew Moore, to the same National Security Commission. By now, the NSC is just a literal who’s who of anti-Trump Google operatives.
But Bokhari’s excellent article left out one important piece of the puzzle. Mark Meadows is the key White House figure pushing this scheme. Two senior administration sources have told Revolver News that Bush crony Karl Rove has long been lobbying on this issue and has repeatedly met with Meadows. This confirms reporting by Politico along similar lines:
Rove lobbied Mark Meadows on these issues last year when Meadows was still in Congress. Meadows, now Trump’s chief of staff, still favors shaking up the 5G marketplace, one person close to the discussions told POLITICO, requesting anonymity to discuss private talks. [Politico]
Google’s consistent hostility to President Trump and his supporters would be reason alone to block the company from gaining any business advantage from the Trump Administration. Google already wields de-facto monopoly power over internet search and other facets of internet usage. To free-up defense spectrum for Google’s use would allow Google to swallow up decisive control of the internet itself and the data of hundreds of millions of users. This is simply unacceptable.
President Trump has wisely spoken against Google’s threat to national security and their extensive suppression of the free speech of Americans.
Eric Schmidt in particular bears more responsibility for Google’s nefarious activities than any other company official. Days after Trump was elected, Schmidt said, “How people get their information, what they believe, what they don’t, is, I think, the project for the next decade.”
Over the past four years of censorship, shadow banning, and algorithmic manipulation of search results, we’ve seen very clearly that Google uses its unprecedented power over how people get their information to silence the expression of patriotic Americans.
Simply put, the more power Google and its allies receive, the more dangerous it is for the life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness of the American people.
Far from helping Google to enhance its leverage over the internet, the Trump Administration should be everything in its power to diminish it. Meadows can start by doing the right thing and removing all Google officials from the NSC and Defense Department.
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