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Peter Thiel Calls For FBI Investigation of Google over 'Seemingly Treasonous' Acts

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Google has been getting raked over the coals recently for alleged instances of censorship and bias.

From leaks proving employee attacks against Breitbart to reports of election interference to stop President Donald Trump in 2020, Google had been in the spotlight — and not in a good way.

And it doesn’t stop there.

A former Google engineer came forward to prove Google’s CEO lied to Congress, and Trump tweeted that Google is trying to “rig the election.”

The Western Journal, the site you are reading now, has written extensively about how the search behemoth has blocked, demoted and hidden our conservative content.

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And it’s not just conservative media screaming about Google’s actions.

On Sunday, according to Axios, billionaire Peter Thiel, Facebook board member and co-founder of PayPal, railed against Google while speaking at the National Conservatism Conference in Washington.

His particular topic was DeepMind, an artificial intelligence company that, like Google, is a subsidiary of the Google-created conglomerate Alphabet Inc. Thiel also hit on Google’s unwillingness to work with the U.S. Defense Department on artificial intelligence development.

Thiel likened DeepMind to the Manhattan Project that built the atomic bomb during World War II. He argued that artificial intelligence technology should be thought of as a “military weapon,” according to Bloomberg.

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“We’ve been a lot more dishonest about that in Silicon Valley than the nuclear physicists were in the 1940s,” he said, Bloomberg reported.

Thiel, whom Axios labeled “the tech industry’s highest-profile Trump supporter, and one of the most powerful players in Silicon Valley,” said Google needs to be asked three questions.

First, according to Axios, Thiel said Google should be asked: “How many foreign intelligence agencies have infiltrated your Manhattan Project for AI?”

Next, he said Google should have to answer: “Does Google’s senior management consider itself to have been thoroughly infiltrated by Chinese intelligence?”

And last, Thiel rhetorically said Google needed to be asked: “Is it because they consider themselves to be so thoroughly infiltrated that they have engaged in the seemingly treasonous decision to work with the Chinese military and not with the U.S. military?”

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“These questions need to be asked by the FBI and the CIA,” Thiel said. “And I’d like them to be asked in a not excessively gentle manner.”

Thiel, one of many Trump supporters attending and speaking at the conference, gave a critical 2016 endorsement of the Trump campaign and a $1.25 million donation that, according to Bloomberg, “helped give Trump a measure of Silicon Valley credibility at the time.”

Will Chamberlain, publisher of the conservative website Human Events, reported via Twitter that Thiel continued his speech with more comments on China.

“Thiel with a moment of genius points out that China is an incredibly dirty country [and] suggests we reframe the 25% China tariffs as a carbon tax,” Chamberlain tweeted.

It may be no stranger to investigations and lawsuits, but an FBI inquiry into whether Google’s actions are treasonous against the United States of America would be new territory.

Companies whose size and resources make them a potential threat to national security should be kept under a watchful eye. And no amount of promises or pandering in Congressional hearings should exclude them from rigorous scrutiny.

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G.S. Hair is the former executive editor of The Western Journal.
G.S. Hair is the former executive editor of The Western Journal and vice president of digital content of Liftable Media.

After graduating law school from the Cecil C. Humphries School of Law, Mr. Hair spent a decade as an attorney practicing at the trial and appellate level in Arkansas and Tennessee. He represented clients in civil litigation, contractual disputes, criminal defense and domestic matters. He spent a significant amount of time representing indigent clients who could not afford private counsel in civil or criminal matters. A desire for justice and fairness was a driving force in Mr. Hair's philosophy of representation. Inspired by Christ’s role as an advocate on our behalf before God, he often represented clients who had no one else to fight on their behalf.

Mr. Hair has been a consultant for Republican political candidates and has crafted grassroots campaign strategies to help mobilize voters in staunchly Democrat regions of the Eastern United States.

In early 2015, he began writing for Conservative Tribune. After the site was acquired by Liftable Media, he shut down his law practice, moved to Arizona and transitioned into the position of site director. He then transitioned to vice president of content. In 2018, after Liftable Media folded all its brands into The Western Journal, he was named executive editor. His mission is to advance conservative principles and be a positive and truthful voice in the media.

He is married and has four children. He resides in Phoenix, Arizona.
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South Carolina
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Homeschooled (and proud of it); B.A. Mississippi College; J.D. University Of Memphis
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Phoenix, Arizona
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