posted on Jul, 20 2008 @ 03:27 PM
reply to post by Mad_Hatter
People in the know understand that the Pentagon and the CIA are separate, distinct, and often warring entities. For decades, the the Joint Chiefs have
tried, unsuccessfully, to bring the intelligence apparatus of the executive branch under their control. In fact, such a desire, on the part of JFK,
was one of the reasons he was so hated by the power centers in DC.
When you understand that the Pentagon has a huge interest in ensuring that the CIA can't spy on their activities
, then the Times Online
article begins to make a lot more sense.
The generals at the top know that allowing Google queries means allowing CIA oversight of said queries, which means allowing fine-grained Presidential
oversight of their soldiers' and commanders' computer activities.
The Executive branch has proven time and time again that they would use any and all measures, legal and otherwise, to exert political influence over
the Pentagon. The generals have simple decided that banning Google reduces their exposure to nefarious press leaks designed to force politically
unpopular Generals to resign.
EDIT: Changed "years" to "decades."
[edit on 7.20.2008 by Voxel]