Tulsi Gabbard to Tucker Carlson: ‘Why I’m suing Google for $50 million’

Tulsi Gabbard explains in an interview on Fox TV
how Google is censoring free speech
and undermining democracy.
This article includes a 4-minute video at the end.

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii, a contender for the 2020 Democrat presidential nomination, appeared on Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight” Monday to discuss a personal tale of Google’s bias against her and her campaign. Gabbard, a combat veteran who served in Kuwait and Iraq, finds herself in a battle against a more powerful opponent than she’s ever faced before.

But she seems neither anxious nor unprepared for the conflict.

Gabbard’s complaint against the technology giant began after her appearance in the first Democratic debates in June, when the congresswoman’s name was going viral as the most searched on Google.

Normally, that would have been the best time for a campaign to purchase ads and promote content to take advantage of the increased curiosity surrounding Gabbard’s campaign.

But rather than being able to take advantage of that crucial opportunity, Google, for a yet-to-be unexplained reason, had disabled Gabbard’s ability to advertise, rendering her campaign paralyzed and unable to respond to what was happening online.

Gabbard immediately responded. And she did so with fire and gusto.

“Google’s discriminatory actions against my campaign are reflective of how dangerous their complete dominance over internet search is, and how the increasing dominance of big tech companies over our public discourse threatens our core American values,” she told The New York Times. “This is a threat to free speech, fair elections and to our democracy, and I intend to fight back on behalf of all Americans.”

The congresswoman filed a $50 million lawsuit against Google.

She also released a statement in which she went scorched earth on the search engine giant and its Big Tech comrades, calling them “a clear and present danger to our democracy.”

On Monday, Gabbard released a video in which she said those companies are a “direct threat to our democracy.”

In the video, she pointed out that Google and other tech giants “have banned voices, who, while controversial and maybe even distasteful, have not incited violence or threatened others.”

“Their sole offense,” Gabbard said, “was expressing a view that these corporations deemed unacceptable. In fact, Google has admitted on several occasions to suspending those who have not violated any of their terms of use.”

That sounds a lot like what conservatives have been saying for the past two years.

And Tucker Carlson took notice.

The Fox News host invited Gabbard on his show to discuss the recent events and to hear her opinion on the dangers of Google and Big Tech.

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Carlson led off the segment arguing that Google isn’t just against conservatives, but “is hostile to anyone who challenges the status quo since Google is the chief beneficiary of the status quo.”

In response to why she is suing Google, Gabbard answered,

“Here’s the bottom line. This is really about the unchecked power that these big tech monopolies have over our public discourse and how this is a real threat to our freedom of speech and to our fair elections.”

“If Google can do this to me,” she said, “as a sitting member of Congress running for the highest office in the land, then that means they can do this to any candidate running for any office anywhere in this country.” 

Testifying before a Senate Judiciary subcommittee, Roger Epstein, a senior research psychologist with the American Institute for Behavioral Research and Technology, agreed with Gabbard’s argument. When asked how many votes Google had delivered to Democrat Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election, Epstein’s answer was staggering.

“The range is between 2.6 and 10.4 million votes, depending on how aggressive they were in using the techniques that I’ve been studying, such as the search engine manipulation effect, the search suggestion effect, the answer bot effect, and a number of others,” he said. “They control these, and no one can counteract them. These are not competitive. These are tools that they have at their disposal exclusively.”

Gabbard knows personally that such a risk is unacceptable regardless of where you are on the political spectrum. “That’s why it’s so important, whether you are a progressive or conservative, whether you consider yourself on the left or the right, we all have to stand united to protect our freedom of speech,” Gabbard told Carlson.

In a telling moment during the interview, Carlson pushed Gabbard about why Big Tech bias doesn’t seem to be a significant issue with other presidential hopefuls.

“Why are you the only candidate who is saying this?” Carlson asked.

Gabbard laughed and replied, “I can’t explain that, Tucker.”

“Google, Facebook, Twitter — these are big tech monopolies that have this unchecked power to influence our public discourse, to influence what kind of information people are seeing,” she said.

Gabbard told Carlson that Google’s power makes it necessary for Congress to act.

“Google is controlling, when you type into that Google search box, what pops up,” she said. “It’s important that Congress take action because right now this is unchecked. They’ve got their secret algorithms. They can control the information that they see. They can control what pops up in our Facebook feeds. And they can censor voices that they disagree with.”

VIDEO   :   4.22 mins

31 thoughts to “Tulsi Gabbard to Tucker Carlson: ‘Why I’m suing Google for $50 million’”

  1. Tucker makes plenty of wampum and yet he settles for that hideous looking toupee instead of going for a realistic hair weave?

    He’d be better off looking like this guy 👴

    1. I heard the same thing said about Trump, even after seeing him ask a woman in the audience where he was making a speech to pull on his hair to prove he doesn’t wear a toupee.

      1. Trump’s hair is real, and so is his vanity, with all that “frontal combing” he does. And whoever said women are more vain than men got it all wrong! 👱‍♂️

      2. …..Tulsi….. what a gal. Donaldo contacted her once on social media and she responded. How will she care in the political arena? Go swimming in the swamp sure ain’t coming out smelling like roses. 🤔

  2. “Why are you the only candidate who is saying this?” Carlson asked.

    Gabbard laughed and replied, “I can’t explain that, Tucker.”

    Real answer: The others know they cannot beat GOOGLE!!! 🙂

    Elections are not the voice of the voters… globally!!

    Google is complicit in the 2016 elections kerfuffle.

    Google has algorithms that could have denied and taken down the ads placed by Russian operatives to sway the outcomes in the 2016 elections.

    Warnings came even in 2015….
    —How Google Could Rig the 2016 Election—
    Google has the ability to drive millions of votes to a candidate with no one the wiser.


    Here – they were practicing…..
    Tucker Carlson: Did Google Meddle In 2016 Election More Than Russia?


    1. Tulsi Gabbard Destroyed Kamala Harris in Second Democrat Presidential Debate. Twitter users (or Google Trolls?) Began Accusing Tulsi of being an agent of Russian President Putin. 🙂 🙂

      Attacking the record of Senator Kamala Harris when she was a prosecutor, Tulsi Gabbard criticized the way Harris “put over 1,500 people in jail for marijuana violations and then laughed about it when asked if she ever smoked Marijuana”…

      Harris ALSO “blocked evidence that would have freed an innocent man from death row until the court’s forced her to do so”, “kept people in prisons beyond their sentences to use them as cheap labor for the state of California”, and “fought to keep the cash bail system in place that impacts poor people in the worst kind of way”.

    2. “Elections are not the voice of the voters… globally!!”
      Yes Pat, that sums up Democracy to the fullest.

      I was told to live in a democracy – in Australia. A few month ago this “democracy” threatened me to seize and sell my property, immobilize my car, issue a warrant for my arrest and imprisonment or suspend my drivers license and ALL because I did not vote in the last state election and the last regional council election. The fine “calculated” was a little less than $400 and arrived 2 days after the due date and a week before the threats came from the “STATE Penalties Enforcement Registry”. The “Australian” law originated in 1918 when Australia (as it is today) was under British rule as a (Penal) colony. This is just one tiny example of OUR Democracy globally and any new star on the fake political (American) show will eventually turn out exactly as all the other DEAD political stars shining back at us from their positions of power in fake political sovereign and very dark night skies since a century ago. One lily (Tulsi) in the sewer is not a miracle. It is a projected mirage or just another Hollowood script of Patriotism going in the same direction.
      Any Saviour interested in humanity and peace will never come from any political landscape ANYWHERE, especially here on the spinning planet of darkness, perversion and deceit. Democracy has become (or always was) an obstacle to peace and truth.

  3. I would like to remind everyone about the beautiful and eloquent Miss Gabbard. She is a member of the CFR, she also said (I watched it live, link below) that Alqueda did 911. No Muslims were involved in 911, it was a Jewish operation from top to bottom. Muslims are the patsies in this Zionist directed false flag. For her to say Al Queda did 911 means that she is uniformed, playing the game, and/or a controlled asset. If you can’t be truthful then is she the real deal? If she is she will be soon eliminated.

    Transcript cutout (First Democratic Debate):

    REP. TULSI GABBARD (D-HAWAII): First of all, let’s recognize the situation we’re in, that the American people deserve a president who will put your interests ahead of the rich and powerful. That’s not what we have right now.

    I enlisted in the Army National Guard after the Al Qaida terror attacks on 9/11 so I could go after those who had attacked us on that day. I still serve as a major. I served over 16 years, deployed twice to the Middle East, and in Congress served on the Foreign Affairs and Armed Services Affairs for over six years.

    I know the importance of our national security, as well as the terribly high cost of war. And for too long, our leaders have failed us, taking us from one regime change war to the next, leading us into a new cold war and arms race, costing us trillions of our hard-earned taxpayer dollars and countless lives.

    This insanity must end. As president, I will take your hard-earned taxpayer dollars and instead invest those dollars into serving your needs, things like health care, a green economy, good-paying jobs, protecting our environment, and so much more.”


    Everything Tulsi Gabbard Said During the First Democratic Debate | NBC New York

    1. Ms Gabbard, at least, is anti-war. She is a typical liberal in most other policies.
      I usually excuse those who believe the 9-11 story as given by .gov and the media.
      The average American believes what they see on the television and news reports.
      Which are controlled by the Enemy of Humanity.

      The persecutors of Jesus will NOT allow Americans to vote their way out of their extinction.
      The entire process is controlled. They molded public opinion to enter World War II and they do it over and over again.

      Look at how “Muslims” in Europe act, they are immersed in the decadent culture which is orchestrated by the Enemy of Humanity just as Americans are, and so Islam becomes something else in Europe and the “Muslims” behave in a VERY un-Islamic way. As do the Christians I might add.

      Ms Gabbard may be a sincere soul, I don’t really know but WHOEVER is in power is NOT.
      And will never be. The SYSTEM is that which the Enemy of Humanity has created for its ends.
      And, to date, they have been ENORMOUSLY successful.

      “What is happening to America is not simply the consequence of having a small number of powerful and evil Jews in the media. It is happening as a consequence of having six million Jews in America. A small number of them control our mass media. The rest provide the Jewish tribal infrastructure which makes that control possible.”
      Draw Your Own Conclusions Broadcast Date: 01-13-2001 Professor William Pierce, PhD (Physics)

      Life is a long road and only Allah (swt) knows the way.

      1. There are people that think Al-Qaeda did 9-11 that do not accept the official explanation of 9-11. Like with many things, some people believe part of the story but not another part. I haven’t read enough about 9-11 to say Al-Qaeda didn’t do it. That doesn’t mean Israel is innocent. Some people (Dr. Kevin MacDonald) believe Israel may have known it was going to be done but didn’t inform the US. If you’re going to discard a candidate every time you find something you disagree with them about something, especially something like 9-11, then you will never have someone to vote for. One thing is for certain, disputing who did 9-11 while running for president would be the best way of ruining any chance you have of becoming president.

        I’m also certain that if Al-Qaeda did do 9-11, it was an attack on the US for what the US has been doing in the middle east for decades, killing Arabs, helping Jews, destroying Arab countries and backing Israel almost 100% against the Palestinians.

      2. New York Area Fire Commissioners Call for New 9/11 Investigation of “Pre-Planted Explosives”


        They started off by saying the Pledge of Allegiance. Ten minutes later, they were reading the text of a resolution claiming the existence of “overwhelming evidence” that “pre-planted explosives . . . caused the destruction of the three World Trade Center buildings.”

        And so it was, on July 24, 2019 — nearly 18 years after the horrific attacks that traumatized a nation and changed the world forever — the Franklin Square and Munson Fire District, which oversees a volunteer fire department serving a hamlet of 30,000 residents just outside of Queens, New York, became the first legislative body in the country to officially support a new investigation into the events of 9/11.

        The resolution, drafted and introduced by Commissioner Christopher Gioia, was unanimously approved by the five commissioners. Members of the audience — including the families of fallen firefighters Thomas J. Hetzel and Robert Evans, both Franklin Square natives — joined in solemn but celebratory applause after the fifth “ay” was spoken.

    2. @ Yukon Jack

      If Trump can play “4D chess” (or can be said to be playing 4D chess but really not be doing so) why can’t Tulsi Gabbard?

      I think her anti-war stance is real. And I think Trump is afraid of her because of this. He knows he’s a fraud, and he knows that she knows he’s a fraud.

      Given the subversion of the national political process by organized jewry, an environment has been created whereby a candidate has to be very careful of what he or she says. If Tulsi Gabbard were to come out and openly accuse Israel or organized jewry of plotting and carrying out 9/11, it would open up a new and unnecessary battle front.

      To put it another way, if Trump can pretend to be an anti-establishment-America-first candidate and then reverse himself and stab us all in the back, why can’t she pretend to be an establishment drone and then reverse herself and call for a new investigation into 9/11 for example?

      1. If she is authentically antiwar that is good with me. I don’t vote, but I hope Trump is defeated because is a blatant whore of Zion.

        Mark Twain – “It is easier to fool the people, than to convince them they have been fooled.

        Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me. Are we going to be fooled again? Is Tulsi Gabbard the real thing? If she is she will soon be marginalized and forced out of the race. Any real candidate has a snowball’s chance in hell.

  4. NO! CAN’T BE!!! Teaching – How to control elections???
    Global Elites Take Private Jets, Yachts to Secret Google Summer Camp to Solve World Problems!!! 🙂

    Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin are entertaining an elite group, including former President Obama, Prince Harry, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Katy Perry, at their three-day Google Summer Camp in Sicily.

    Everything about the meeting is secret but it has been implied that their goal is to explore solutions to world problems, including such non-problems as global warming and the need for more women in engineering careers.

    Clearly there is a hidden agenda more important than that. According to Italian press reports, the attendees were expected to show up in 114 private jets which will spew 100,000 kilograms of CO2 into the air – not a good start if they really think CO2 is causing global warming.

    The event will cost $20-million!! (Pocket change for them.) 🙂


    1. Be careful reading Breitbart, it’s another one of Netanyahu’s brainy ideas:


      “Stephen Bannon, Breitbart executive chairman, is the new Chief Executive of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign”

      Trump was sold to the Amerikan sheeple like a bag of potato chips.

      In the documentary about Steve Bannon, ‘The Brink’, he says the German engineers were consciously building gas chambers at the Holocaust centers. That is blatant defamation of the German people, there were no gas chambers.

      Bottom line Brietbart is a Jew rag just like the Huffington Post and World Net Daily.


    2. Looks like the REAL DEAL for 7 years!!

      It also looks like Prince Harry learned how to adjust the Brexit votes with some Google training from 2017!! 🙂

      Here are the latest 3 years:

      2019 – A Sneak Peek at Google’s Top-Secret ‘Billionaires Summer Retreat’ in Sicily

      This week, a flock of the world’s wealthiest people and their celebrity friends arrived on the southwest coast of Italy’s island of Sicily in helicopters and private yachts for the seventh annual Google Camp, a three-day luxurious summer retreat hosted by Google, whose past guest list has featured Michael Jordan, Oprah Winfrey, Katy Perry and more.


      2018 – Insiders Secret To Cracking the Google Summer Of Code — Google Summer of Code (GSoC) is a global program, since 2005, the program has had a growing participation from all parts of the world.


      2017 – Inside Google Camp, the top-secret VIP conference attended by Prince Harry

      This year’s event, which took place last week at the exclusive Verdura Resort near Sciacca on the south-west coast of Sicily, saw Prince Harry rub shoulders with an eclectic guest list, including Sir Elton John, Emma Watson and Sean Penn, in a picturesque valley of olive groves. The aim of the three-day conference? To bring great minds together and stimulate discussion.


  5. Here is a potential article that can be queued up next (Luongo nails it again):

    The Empire Is Coming for Tulsi Gabbard

    Tom Luongo August 2, 2019

    “The second debate among Democratic hopefuls was notable for two things. The lack of common decency of most of them and Tulsi Gabbard’s immense, career-ending attack on Kamala Harris’ (D-Deep State) record as an Attorney General in California.

    Harris came out of the first debate the clear winner and Gabbard cut her down to size with one of the single best minutes of political television since Donald Trump told Hillary Clinton, “Because you’d be in jail.”

    Gabbard’s takedown of Harris was so spot on and her closing statement about the irresponsible nature of the Trump Administration’s foreign policy was so powerful she had to be actively suppressed on Twitter.

    And, within minutes of the debate ending the media and the political machines moved into overdrive to smear her as a Russian agent, an Assad apologist and a favorite of the alt-right.”

    Told you so. If she’s the real thing she will be smeared and squeezed out, and if she refuses to quit they will find her floating by her surfboard in Hawaii. That is just the way it is. When Ron Paul was running I saw yard Ron Paul signs coast to coast all over Amerika. He didn’t even make it the final debates, pushed aside by the evil Jews who own and operate the entity called “The United States of Israel”.

    1. Apparently Trump’s now threatening Venezuela with a blockade, which is an act of war. He’s imposing more tariffs on Chinese products, supposedly 10% on the remaining $300 billion/year of products not made here including electronics – which will put more hurt on American consumers – and he’s imposing more sanctions on Russia because of the Skripal poisoning fraud.

      I can’t believe they’re letting this criminally insane New York mobster run wild. Trump should be in a padded cell somewhere, not in the white house. Why is there not a hint of political opposition to Trump’s psychotic impulses?

    2. “When Ron Paul was running I saw yard Ron Paul signs coast to coast all over Amerika.”


      Ron Paul got wealthy before he left the office, especially with Federal Matching Funds. 🙂

      He hauled in $6 Million in ONE day with a “Money Bomb” in 2007!! With Matching, that’s $12 Million!!

      All the Dems running may get rich with Matching also. That’s why they RUN!! $$$$$$ !! 🙂

      The Rich Get Richer!!

      Texan Ron Paul’s congressional career is over……
      but he’s still helping himself from his well-stocked campaign account!!

      On March 11, the Committee to Re-Elect Ron Paul donated $150,000 to the Foundation for Rational Economics and Education, a nonprofit charitable group Paul himself founded in 1976, according to documents filed today with the Federal Election Commission. Carol Paul, his wife, is the group’s president, Internal Revenue Service documents show.

      The Foundation for Rational Economics and Education, which shares a Texas address with Paul’s congressional committee, describes itself as “dedicated to individual liberty and free-market economics.” It is also the publisher of “Ron Paul’s Freedom Report,” a periodic newsletter.

      Additionally, it this year is publishing Paul’s wonky weekly column, the most recent of which focused on the financial meltdown of Cyprus. Paul, long a backer of a gold standard and currency competition, used it to deride the island nation’s “fiat paper money system combined with fractional reserve banking” and advocate that the United States “end the Federal Reserve, stay away from propping up the euro and return to a sound monetary system.”

      The Foundation for Rational Economics and Education’s most recent filing with the Internal Revenue Service lists assets of nearly $653,000 at the beginning of 2011, up from the more than $564,000 a year earlier. Like other nonprofits, the foundation is not required to disclose its donors on its IRS filings.

      **By law, political campaign committees may contribute unlimited surplus funds to 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofits such as the Foundation for Rational Economics and Education, and there’s no prohibition on a former candidate directing those funds to his or her own charity.(!!)

      With the $150,000 contribution to his nonprofit, Paul has all but tapped out his congressional account, which reported about $27,300 cash on hand as of the end of March, federal filings show.


  6. For “Catholic” Darkmoon, a Catholic perspective : The Catholic Ann Barnhardt has THE CORRECT VIEW. Women should NEVER NEVER NEVER have been given the right to vote [ and by inference, women should NOT be allowed to run for political offices of any kind ] — the ugly ones included.

    Search Term :

    “Ann Barnhardt + The Ugly Ones Included”

  7. Case law could become VERY USEFUL if Miiss Tulsi wins this lawsuit. The precedent will be HUGE (if she lives to see it thru).

  8. Tulsi this, Tulsi that, I’m afraid her true colors glimpsed through when she voted in favor of H.Res 246.
    A true pity, but she’s just another version of the same as. Olde wine in a new skin.

  9. She’s certainly right about the google censorship and suppression of real candidates, among a lot of other things they do…
    But is her lawsuit for real or is this just more controlled opposition?
    Tulsi Gabbard is moving up fast in the eye of the general public…
    She makes a genuine impression on stage at the so-called debates, she’s definitely in the top 3 or 4 for intelligence and character, solid statements, straight answers…. The acne scars give her a certain weight…
    She’s close now to where Trump was 3 years ago, and she could become the same media phenom he was, if she can tune in enough of the public on solid issues…
    The google chicanery probably isn’t as troubling as the border problem; not to the average Trump follower…
    But it is a big part of the destructive plot…
    Too bad Tulsi is all wrong on the border problem and too bad she signed on to the Jews’ anti-First Amendment anti-BDS bill…
    No matter what else, those who kowtow to the Zionist Jews are NFG for the real America..

  10. PAT
    The anti-BDS bill is as un-American as it can get, totally contrary to everything in the first amendment, including the part about freedom from religion, Yisrayhell being a Jew-ish theocracy, bogus as it is… …
    That’s a great info site dood… Too bad most of the info suxx…
    I would like to see all the nay voters brought to a convention (bomb proof) for a symposium on the subject…
    This shows the Jews do not have total control.. But it will put the naysayers on the hit list…
    We’re not dead yet, there’s hope…
    So why are these people different?
    Each one must have his story on where and when he turned the Jews down on their money, ignored their threats… They got away with it, got elected anyway… Amazing and very interesting…
    Probably because they came up on their own, somehow, real candidates, not cultivated by the Jews since high school… Maybe that’s not all that impossible to do, if you really are a genuine individual, real American who thinks for himself..
    The culpability in the senate vote will be a lot more blatant, they’re more powerful…
    Tulsi Gabbard’s military status and record makes me think she’s probably an intel plant…
    Apparently the Jews control the CIA too…
    What do you have on that?

    1. Israel is in there. Blatant proof is hard to find. Here is a clue of how deep they are in US & UK Intelligence:

      NSA Maintains Secret “Five Eyes” Satellite Facility in Israel!!

      “Israel secretly permitted the U.S. to erect such an array of satellite receivers in Israel’s second largest city (I haven’t been able to identify where specifically the facility is located yet).

      “Though, it’s already known that the U.S. maintains another listening facility in the Negev, on Mt. Keren, that engages in land-based spying on Iran using radar, Ronen Bergman has exposed this new facility for the first time.”
      “The Jerusalem spy station serves an entirely different purpose. Its satellite dishes track U.S. satellites around the world and presumably up and download information from them that can be relayed to other facilities where the data can be analyzed. A second Israeli source informs me that this facility is part of Israel’s participation in what has been called ‘Five Eyes,’ but which, if true, should now be called ‘Six Eyes.’ Here is what I wrote about this in an earlier post, in which I reported that Israel had launched a satellite meant to spy on Iran:
      **”My source added that Israel is the 6th – unofficial and undeclared – member of Five Eyes. This means that the original trusted members of the intelligence alliance–the U.S., Canada, New Zealand, Australia and the UK–decided to open their ranks to Israel, a nation not known particularly to play by the rules when it comes to intelligence matters.”



      The Five Eyes, often abbreviated as FVEY, is an anglophone intelligence alliance comprising Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States. These countries are parties to the multilateral UKUSA Agreement, a treaty for joint cooperation in signals intelligence.


      1. “The anglophone intelligence alliance comprising Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States….” Compromising Australia, NZ and Canada in such a way that No Australian, NZ, or Canadian subject including local politicians in parliaments that govern these countries do not have a single clue what is hidden beneath national security and classified information.
        If Pine Gap in Australia should have missed the disappearance of MH 370 for example – the all encompassing single eye that pulls all strings beyond UKUS & Co has given orders to be blindfolded. Australians and New Zealanders do not govern their own countries in regards to NATIONAL SECURITY. It is just like US, Canada and Great Britain. So where are 5 or 6 eyes here? I see only one that makes and orders other eyes to see what they are perceiving – as National security.

      2. Jo –

        “….No Australian, NZ, or Canadian subject including local politicians in parliaments that govern these countries do not have a single clue what is hidden beneath national security and classified information.”

        I agree 100% if you take out the double negative(which I believe you meant to do)! That is the purpose of my comments. And I would include the rest of the world has no clue about the depth and magnitude of the INTELLIGENCE operations’ “COMPROMISES” and abuses!

    2. The ‘rubber meets the road’ in the NSA’a cyber-security controls.

      The NSA also has a direct data pipeline to Tel Aviv.


      Ben Ferguson traveled to Tel Aviv to find out how Israel is on its way to becoming the world’s top cyber superpower.
      Mirrored from Vice News, published on March 14, 2018:



      The NSA’s Hidden Spy Hubs in 8 US Cities

      The secrets are hidden behind fortified walls in cities across the United States, inside towering, windowless skyscrapers and fortress-like concrete structures that were built to withstand earthquakes and even nuclear attack. Thousands of people pass by the buildings each day and rarely give them a second glance, because their function is not publicly known. They are an integral part of one of the world’s largest telecommunications networks – and they are also linked to a controversial National Security Agency surveillance program.

      Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York City, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington, D.C. In each of these cities, The Intercept has identified an AT&T facility containing networking equipment that transports large quantities of internet traffic across the United States and the world. A body of evidence – including classified NSA documents, public records, and interviews with several former AT&T employees – indicates that the buildings are central to an NSA spying initiative that has for years monitored billions of emails, phone calls, and online chats passing across U.S. territory.

      The NSA considers AT&T to be one of its most trusted partners and has lauded the company’s “extreme willingness to help.” It is a collaboration that dates back decades. Little known, however, is that its scope is not restricted to AT&T’s customers. According to the NSA’s documents, it values AT&T not only because it “has access to information that transits the nation,” but also because it maintains unique relationships with other phone and internet providers. The NSA exploits these relationships for surveillance purposes, commandeering AT&T’s massive infrastructure and using it as a platform to covertly tap into communications processed by other companies.


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