12 former security officials who warned against antitrust crackdown have tech ties

“It is not surprising that individuals who receive money from Big Tech are defending Big Tech,” Rep. Ken Buck (R-Colo.) said.

9/23/2021 4:57:00 PM

12 former nat sec leaders gave a stark warning: An antitrust crackdown on Silicon Valley could threaten the economy. Turns out they all have ties to major tech companies, either by working with them directly or serving with orgs that get money from them.

“It is not surprising that individuals who receive money from Big Tech are defending Big Tech,” Rep. Ken Buck (R-Colo.) said.

aimed at Google, Facebook, Apple and Amazon. But their revelation could deepen skepticism in Congress about the beware-of-China message.“It is not surprising that individuals who receive money from Big Tech are defending Big Tech,” said Colorado Rep. Ken Buck, the antitrust panel’s top Republican, in a statement to POLITICO. “At the end of the day, Big Tech is harming U.S. competition and innovation through anticompetitive practices.”

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None of the former officials who signed onto the letter responded to requests for comment. Axios firstlast week, while noting that “several” of the signers had tech industry ties.The former officials’ allies say their argument remains valid.“It shouldn't be surprising that national security officials would have concerns about legislation that would hamstring U.S. tech companies while not applying to their foreign competitors,” said Heather Greenfield, a CCIA spokesperson. She said the tech trade group had not participated in drafting or disseminating the letter to Pelosi or McCarthy.

Tech trade groups have promoted the anti-China message for years as they have sought to avoid antitrust action. Similarly embattled industries have also argued that regulations from Washington could harm U.S. competitiveness — whether it was the financial industry pointing to Japan while pressing for deregulation in the 1990s, or Qualcomm arguing during the Trump era that the headtopics.com

to China by pursuing a case against the company.This time, the warnings are falling flat among the critics of the big tech companies.“It’s a really smart way to go after Republicans, to go after the national security angle,” said Jon Schweppe, the director of policy and government affairs at the right-wing American Principles Project, which supports the antitrust crackdown. “But the thing we’ve found, and we see it with this letter ... is that whenever people are making these arguments, they are funded by big tech and these are arguments coming directly from strategy meetings being held between Google, Facebook, Apple and all their public policy teams.”

“It’s hard to lend that any sort of credibility once you know that’s the case,” Schweppe said.Among the letter-signers’ tech ties:— Seven of the 12, including Panetta,, a public relations firm that according to a person familiar with the matter counts Google as a client. (The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the firm does not publicize its clientele.)

Google and Beacon Global Strategies did not respond to multiple requests for comment.Five of the former officials, including former director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Robert Cardillo and former National Security Agency deputy director Richard Ledgett, serve as advisory board members at Beacon. Panetta and Michael Morell, a former acting CIA director under President Barack Obama, are senior counselors for the firm.

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funny how that works 🙃 People say anything for money. 🤔 In other words, tech companies lobby to keep their power. ....NEXT!!! Oh noes! Muh economy! If you are looking for a professional Graphic designer, I am here to assist you. Portfolio: Order now: When any former members of Congress or of a previous administration come out in the defense of capitalism: they are in bed with those companies for sure. These people aren't interested in doing right for the majority of us they're only interested in their own personal gain

Silicon Valley are partners with National Security in creating the surveillance state and scragging your constitutionally protected civil liberties. Big Tech always foment fear of China when their sole purpose is to actually stymie competition. That's why they spend oodles of💵bribing politicians & senior defense/intelligence officials in every administration. Bring down the antitrust hammer on Big Tech!

“He lies for a living, he’s in the intelligence business...” “You’re in the intelligence business!!!” - Clear And Present Danger Absolutely no other thoughts except how much money can they make. They just throw any integrity they had out the window.

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Or it might not. Even if it did, trust me, we'd get over it and be a lot safer to boot. ShermanAntitrust Facebook, Google, and their subsidiaries. That's a great fucking reason to crack down on them harder. They should never have been allowed to have such influence in the first place. Send them to prison.

How are they going to spy on americans without being able to buy their data from the tech companies? … zs;nn … Oh just another case of blatant corruption nothing to see here I love it when former national security people have opinions on the economy. Corruption is the biggest threat to the world and needs stopped

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Let's see... when has this kind of argument been made before... oh yeah like 1890, when monopolies first became an issue. Seems like they just don't want to get broken up.. The responsible journalist would check their ties before reporting what they say. Damn dude, this has gotta be the first and only time former nat sec leaders have disingenuously advocated for things that benefit their post-gov't service paychecks.

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