by Madison Ruppert
March 13, 2012
from DARPA to Google
Regina Dugan, the director of the Defense
Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), will be leaving the Pentagon’s
mad scientist research agency for the corporate
Big Brother known as Google.
Dugan has only been at DARPA for less than three years and was,
“offered and accepted [a] senior executive
position” with Google, according to Eric Mazzacone, a
spokesperson with DARPA.
Mazzacone added that Dugan felt she could not
refuse such an offer with an “innovative company” like Google, which also
has a close relationship with the American intelligence community.
Dugan has been a relatively popular director because of her emphasis on
cybersecurity matters and next-generation manufacturing, which has garnered
significant support from the Obama administration, which allowed DARPA to
dodge the bullet of budget cuts that has hit the Pentagon as of late,
Dugan also is lauded by Danger Room for her push into “crowdsourcing” and
her increasing outreach to the hacker community, which has resulted in some
quite astounding technology like the miniature, inexpensive, and easily
concealed spy computer
known as the F-BOMB.
During Dugan’s tenure she also has diverted some of the quite substantial
research funds devoted to long-term projects (some of which are a long way
off from being used in the field) to more short-term operational projects.
“There is a time and a place for
daydreaming. But it is not at Darpa,”
she told a congressional panel in
March of 2011. “Darpa is not the place of dreamlike musings or
fantasies, not a place for self-indulging in wishes and hopes. Darpa is
a place of doing.”
While this might seem like a common sense
statement coming from any other agency, when it is coming out of the mouth
of the director of DARPA, which is behind such technologies as the
militarized hallucination technology known as “battlefield illusions” (among
unbelievable technologies) it is remarkable indeed.
Dugan’s history at DARPA is not all quite as glowing as it may seem,
especially given her history with
RedXDefense, a bomb detection company
which she co-founded and still holds partially owns.
Currently, the Pentagon’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) is
contracts worth hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars that were awarded
to RedXDefense by DARPA under Dugan’s leadership.
This shouldn’t be all that surprising to my readers, given that this is
standard operating procedure for the war profiteers with blatant
of interest like Dugan and Michael Chertoff.
A military memorandum revealed that a separate audit is looking into some of
the 2,000 other contracts DARPA signed under Dugan in an attempt to,
“determine the adequacy of Darpa’s
selection, award, and administration of contracts and grants.”
No results of the investigations have been
released to the public as of yet and according to Mazzacone, the inquiries
had “no impact” on Dugan’s decision to leave DARPA.
According to Mazzacone,
“the only reason” that she decided to depart
the Pentagon was the attractive prospect of working at Google.
“Dr. Dugan’s departure is not related to an OIG investigation,” Lt. Col.
Melinda Morgan, a spokesperson for the Office of the Secretary of
Defense, claimed in a statement. “The OIG conducts regular audits of
Defense agency contracts and ethics programs; as a Defense agency, this
“In the spring, questions were raised over whether it was appropriate
for Darpa to have funded a proposal submitted by RedXDefense,
particularly in light of the Director’s continuing interest in this
closely held small business,” Morgan added.
“In response, the Department reviewed the
processes in place at Darpa to ensure that those processes would ensure
integrity and public confidence.”
Mazzacone said that Dugan is expected to leave
DARPA for the internet behemoth “sometime in the next few weeks” at which
time deputy director Kaigham Gabriel will take over as acting chief.
“Regina Dugan’s leadership at Darpa has been
extraordinary and she will be missed throughout the Department,” Frank
Kendall, Acting Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology
and Logistics, says in a statement.
“We are all very grateful for the many contributions she has made in
advancing the technologies that our war fighters depend on. She leaves
for an exciting new opportunity and we wish her every success,” Kendall
The biggest question is: what will Dugan be
bringing to the table at Google?
It is certain that she will bring her experience
at the highly secretive research agency to Google, but the major unknown is
how exactly his will take shape.
already has established connections with,
the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)
National Security Agency (NSA)
refuses to disclose the true nature of their relationship with
...and other government agencies, Dugan’s move
will just serve to reinforce these links.
Department of Justice Wants Court to...
Keep Google/NSA Partnership Secret
by Steve Watson
March 13, 2012
Court hearing scheduled for next week in
ongoing effort by privacy group to expose details of working
The Department of Justice will ask a federal
court to uphold the secrecy that surrounds the working relationship between
Google and the National Security Agency in a hearing that is scheduled for
Privacy watchdog group The Electronic Privacy Information Center
(EPIC) is returning to court once again in an effort to disclose more
information regarding the widely publicized partnership between the spy
agency and the search engine giant.
EPIC is suing to obtain documents that detail the relationship, and will
appeal against the NSA’s so-called “Glomar” response, claiming it,
“could neither confirm nor deny” the
existence of any information about its relations with Google, because
“such a response would reveal information about NSA’s functions and
The NSA’s response stated that the agency,
with a broad range of commercial partners and research associations” in
order to oversee the security of important information systems, but did not
provide any further detail.
The issue rose to prominence in January 2010 following a
sophisticated and targeted cyber attack on the corporate infrastructure of
Google and some twenty other large US companies.
The attack was blamed on the Chinese government, prompting Google to
a collaboration with the federal agency in charge of global electronic
Anonymous sources informed
The Washington Post at the time that,
“the alliance is being designed to allow the
two organizations to share critical information”, adding that the agreement will not allow the NSA access to
users’ search details or e-mails.
The DOJ is backing NSA’s Glomar response, as
The Legal Times reports:
DOJ’s legal team said that acknowledging whether NSA and Google formed a
partnership from a cyber attack would illuminate whether the government,
“considered the alleged attack to be of
consequence for critical U.S. government information systems.”
DOJ said media reports about the alleged Google
partnership with NSA do not constitute official acknowledgement.
“If NSA determines that certain security
vulnerabilities or malicious attacks pose a threat to U.S. government
information systems, NSA may take action,” DOJ Civil Division lawyers
wrote in a brief.
In its own
opening brief, EPIC argues that
records the NSA holds on the subject are not exempt from public disclosure
under FOIA request.
“Communications from Google to the NSA do
not implicate the agency’s functions and activities, and are therefore
not exempt from disclosure.” the brief states.
“Further, some records responsive to EPIC’s FOIA Request concern NSA
activities that may fall outside the scope of the agency’s authority.
These records are not exempt from disclosure.” it continues.
EPIC believes that any burgeoning partnership
between Google and the government spy force responsible for warrantless
monitoring of Americans’ phone calls and e-mails in the wake of 9/11 raises
significant privacy concerns.
“Google provides cloud-based services to
consumers, not critical infrastructure services to the government,” EPIC
attorney Marc Rotenberg said, noting that the group’s records request
does not seek documents about NSA’s role to secure government computer
A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals
for the D.C. Circuit will preside over the hearing, scheduled for March 20.
Google’s partnership with the intelligence network is not new. As we
reported in late 2006, an ex-CIA agent Robert David Steele has claimed
sources told him that CIA seed money helped get the company off the ground
Speaking to the Alex Jones Show, Steele elaborated on
by making it known that the CIA helped bankroll Google at its very
Steele named Google’s CIA point man as Dr.
Rick Steinheiser, of the Office of Research and Development.
“I think Google took money from the CIA when
it was poor and it was starting up and unfortunately our system right
now floods money into spying and other illegal and largely unethical
activities, and it doesn’t fund what I call the open source world,” said
Steele, citing “trusted individuals” as his sources for the claim.
“They’ve been together for quite a while,” added Steele.
The NSA’s involvement with Google should be
treated as highly suspect, given the agency’s track record and its blatant
disregard for the Fourth Amendment.
set of documents obtained by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) in
June 2007 revealed that US telco AT&T allowed the NSA to set up a ‘secret
room’ in its offices to monitor internet traffic.
The discovering prompted a
lawyer for an AT&T engineer to allege that,
“within two weeks of taking office, the Bush
administration was planning a comprehensive effort of spying on
That is BEFORE 9/11, before the nation was
embroiled in the freedom stripping exercise commonly known as the “war on
terror” had even begun.
In late 2007,
reports circulated that the NSA had increasing control over
SSL, now called Transport Layer Security, the cryptographic protocol that
provides secure communications on the internet for web browsing, e-mail,
instant messaging, and other data transfers.
In 2008, Google denied that it had any role in the NSA’s “terrorist”
surveillance program, after first
refusing to say if they have provided
users private data to the federal government under the warrantless
However, it is clear where
Google’s interests lie given that the company is
supplying the software, hardware and tech support to US intelligence
agencies in the process of creating a vast closed source database for global
spy networks to share information.
The government supply arm of Google has also reportedly entered into a
number of other contracts, details of which it says it cannot share.
Google’s approach to privacy also came under scrutiny more recently when it
was discovered that the company was essentially vacuuming up WiFi network
data as it gathered images for its Streetview program.
Google insisted that the practice was a mistake, even though information
published in January 2010 revealed that the data collection program was a
very deliberate effort to assemble as much information as possible about
U.S. residential and business WiFi networks.