Google Buys Skybox for its Eye-in-the-Sky Technology

By:  Bob Adelmann
Google Buys Skybox for its Eye-in-the-Sky Technology

Google has expanded its ability to keep on eye on everyone by buying "eye-in-the-sky" technology from Skybox.

When Google announced on Tuesday that it would buy Skybox for $500 million, it explained that it was all about updating its Google maps application:

[Skybox’s] satellites will help keep our maps accurate with up-to-date imagery. Over time, we also hope that Skybox’s team and technology will be able to improve Internet access and disaster relief — areas Google has long been interested in.

David Cowan, a partner in the venture capital firm Bessemer Venture Partners that has invested in Skybox, was only slightly more forthcoming: "Google bought this because [Google founders] Sergey [Brin] and Larry [Page] have ambitious designs on space."

Nothing was mentioned in the announcement about Google’s real interest in obtaining more and closer observation of people on planet Earth, nor was there any reference to the intents and purposes of the third member of the Google management team behind the purchase, Eric Schmidt.

Serving as Google’s CEO from 2001 to 2011 and as the company’s executive chairman since then, Schmidt has made clear his real purposes in building Google as an extension of the federal government agencies’ tracking, following, recording, storing, and analyzing movements of citizens around the world, especially American citizens. Aside from his avid personal and financial interest in getting Barack Obama elected president in 2008, and later becoming a member of Obama’s transition advisory board, Schmidt has also had an abiding interest in helping create momentum for the New World Order. He holds membership in three of the most prominent internationalist groups on the planet: the Bilderberg Group, the Trilateral Commission, and the Council on Foreign Relations. But his primary interest is in a far-left think tank, the New America Foundation (NAF), where he also serves as chairman of the board.

The New America Foundation began in 1999 with funding from George Soros’ Open Society Institute, the Ford Foundation, the Carnegie Foundation, and the Rockefeller Foundation, all long-time backers of the New World Order. Illustrative of this, Michael Lind, an NAF “fellow,” wrote in The Radical Center: "Our goal [is] not to repeal the New Deal but to adapt it to the circumstances of the 21st Century."

In addition, the head of NAF’s Global Governance Initiative, Parag Khanna, contends that the New World Order is inevitable and that America will, also inevitably, be part of it.

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