Former Google CEO Eric Schmidt has called on Big Tech to become more involved with national security, prompting a response from Republican Greg Steve (R-FL).
Through Obama’s Department of Defense, Schmidt has been known to be involved in the defense industry for years, and according to Britbert, he supported Hillary Clinton’s failed 2016 presidency.
Schmidt told CNBC that the Russia-Ukraine war would “help strengthen technology companies’ understanding of why national security is important,” Britbart reported. “The technology industry needs to support that.”
Steve, who sits on the House Judiciary Committee, condemned Schmidt’s advice in an exclusive comment on MRC Free Speech America. “Giving Big Tech one more inch of power would be incredibly dangerous, especially when it comes to shaping the security profile of the United States,” Steve said. “I’m working in Congress to rein in the power of Big Tech – we must not expand it.” Steube was one of the Republicans who reintroduced the Protected Speech Act in 2021 to amend Section 230 protections.
According to Britbert, the former CEO of Google has a long association with the defense industry. For example, Britbert reports that Schmidt Obama chaired the Department of Defense’s “Defense Innovation Board” (DIB), which was created in 2016. According to The American Prospect, Schmidt has since contributed $ 63 million to defense startup rebel defense. The startup is said to have ties to the Biden administration.
Brittbert also reported that emails leaked to WikiLeaks indicated that Schmidt was working directly with Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign while she was Google’s CEO. Schmidt is also a strategic advisor to the blockchain project Chainlink Labs, according to Koindesk.
Schmidt stressed in his CNBC interview that the current Ukraine conflict is evidence that the technology industry must be involved in national security. “If you believe, falsely, that 10 years ago, that war was wiped out, that conflict was wiped out, we didn’t need military forces to protect us, then you say, ‘Let’s not work with the government, let’s go.’ “Don’t focus on that,” Schmidt told CNBC. “And I think we’ve put that argument in bed, unfortunately and terribly. Our country needs a strong national security and the technology industry needs to support it. “
Yet Schmidt seems to be arguing that private companies are official government operatives and even real foreign war players. The danger lies in the recent move by social media companies to censor Russian state media, among other measures since the Russian military invasion of Ukraine began last month.
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