The disturbing connection between Big Tech and the US intelligence agencies has finally been exposed in a recent investigation by the Daily Caller. According to the investigation, Google, Twitter, Meta, and TikTok have hired over 200 former employees of the DoJ, FBI, CIA, and DHS, which means that the government and Big Tech companies are sharing an employment pipeline. These agencies recruited 248 employees from the four intelligence agencies between 2017 to 2022, several of whom filled top executive positions after having decade-long careers in surveillance agencies.
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The most alarming discovery was made in Google, which hired 130 former employees from these agencies, including the aforementioned four. In comparison, Meta employed 47 people, TikTok employed 25, and Twitter employed 46 former intelligence officials.
Reed Rubinstein, a former deputy associate attorney general under President Trump, told the Caller that it is concerning to see the relationship between the intelligence community and Big Tech companies. According to him, Americans should be “concerned” about “terrifying” integration, which will give them immense power and allow them to misuse it effectively. He also argues that this integration will raise serious questions as to the influence these Big Tech companies have on corporate policies and business practices of the US government.
It is also worth noting that a majority of former FBI, DoJ, CIA, and DHS executives employed by Twitter, which is embroiled in numerous controversies, namely political censorship, left the company recently, in 2022 or 2023, around the time when Elon Musk took over as the CEO. And significantly, the report asserts that Twitter has directly recruited a number of career FBI employees who had spent over 20 years with the bureau.
This news is indeed alarming, as it means that Big Tech has appointed those who have been trained to spy on US citizens to their highest executive positions. There is a great risk of privacy violation, misusing power, and censorship, which are vital components for US citizens’ constitutional rights. Social media platforms like Twitter can be easily weaponized by a small group of employees in positions with the potential to influence the American public. With the power of Big Tech constantly increasing, Americans should be deeply concerned about the potential consequences of this revolving door between D.C. and Silicon Valley.