For Immediate Release: March 22, 2019
Contact: Ryan Hite, Communications Director
Washington, D.C.: In a story developing since last week, information from the Department of Defense is revealing that while Google has refused to work DOD, their work on autonomous technology in China is directly benefitting the Chinese Government and Military. Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee last week, confirming that while Google and other major companies exhibit unwillingness to work with the Pentagon on “ethical grounds” they are working in China, which requires a level of oversight and Communist Party involvement that directly links to the Chinese Military.
“It’s no secret that China has long treated the U.S. unfairly on trade and has been a chief perpetrator of theft of U.S. intellectual property,” said Ed Martin, president of Phyllis Schlafly Eagles, “but the information and opinions coming from our Department of Defense confirms a new and more frightening situation. Not only is China being provided a direct pipeline to cutting edge U.S. technology, but these American companies are giving access to a strong competitor, if not adversary, of our nation. Google seems all too ready to play the role of big brother for China, giving them tech to better control their citizens and advancing their military.
“These companies would benefit from the lesson the Joint Chiefs are offering to educate them on who the good guys are. It is America’s free market — not Chinese Communism – that has encouraged their businesses and allowed them to flourish.”