Google: Invasion of the Email Snatchers
By Duane Thresher, Ph.D.
May 18, 2019
I have been at four American universities since I graduated
from high school as valedictorian: MIT, the University of
Arizona, Columbia University, and the University of
Three of these four have surrendered their email systems to
Google. That means that the university email accounts of
faculty, staff, students, and alumni are owned by Google --
they are Google Mail (Gmail) accounts just like anyone can
get, with the simple exception that the associated email
address is not @Gmail.com but
My fraction of universities, three out of four, is about what
Google itself brags about taking over.
Why would universities, who are so concerned about privacy
(politically-correct leftist liberals especially don't like
having their emails read), if not free speech, and
corporations taking over the world, invite an NSA-colluding
mega-corporation to take over their primary means of
Because they are IT incompetent
. Instead of making an effort to become IT competent,
which should be easy at a university, they lazily, foolishly,
and hypocritically hand over their email to
I was at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF; working as a
network engineer) before, during, and after they surrendered
their email to Google. Admittedly, UAF's email before Gmail
was incompetent. Unlike most now-authoritarian universities,
UAF actually had a vote on whether to surrender their email to
Google. I thought they should just try to become IT competent
so voted against it but the majority just wanted to cave in
and let Google have their email.
Gmail might have been more IT competent, but nowhere near what
people are led to believe. In fact, the first big problem I
ever had with UAF email was well after it became
Most importantly, this marginal IT competency comes at the
cost of your privacy (and despite Google's motto "Don't be
First, Gmail was invented so that Google could read your
email. Yes, you read that right and it's absolutely true.
Google would read your email so that it could target ads at
you (it was all in the deal agreement you signed without even
looking at). This is why Google practically forces you to
keep your email on their email servers, instead of downloading
it to your computer and removing it from their servers.
Technically speaking, this means they force you to use IMAP
instead of POP. You can use POP but it's still difficult to
set it to delete your emails after you've downloaded them. In
fact, you still have to go online and manually delete your
sent emails or they stay on Google's servers
Reading people's email as a standard business practice is
outrageous. Even Microsoft -- itself guilty of extreme
monopolistic business practices -- ridiculed Google about this
in its now famous commercials. Google's defense of this
outrageous practice was that only computers read your email,
not people. This of course is nonsense since artificial
intelligence is nonsense (see
Intelligence: Savior, Antichrist, or Hyperbole?
people still have to program these computers. Further, there
have been documented cases of Google employees reading others'
Gmail; old girlfriends, etc. Moreover, Google consists of
rabidly politically-correct leftist liberals and is nowhere
near above violating privacy to force that on
During the 2012 Presidential Election I used my University of
Alaska Gmail account to receive Republican email ads and most
of them ended up in the Gmail spam folder no matter what I
did, like repeatedly declaring them Not Spam. This didn't
happen to unsolicited Democratic email ads. The Gmail spam
folder is only accessible online since Gmail is webmail. Like
many people, I used a non-webmail email client on my computer
and usually didn't go online often to look in the Gmail
webmail spam folder. Further, uncharacteristically, emails in
the spam folder are deleted after 30 days.
At Columbia University, where I got a PhD in a supercomputing
field, I used my Gmail account to send out email ads about my
politically-incorrect articles on RealClimatologists.org.
These were censored by Google; see Google,
Columbia, NASA, Germany Censor Real Climatologists'
Even while Google is rabidly politically-correct leftist
liberals, it is well-documented -- from the National
Security Agency (NSA) hacking
-- that they collude with the NSA to allow the NSA
to read people's Gmail. Supposedly, only foreigners' Gmail is
read, since it is illegal for the NSA to read Americans' email
without a court order. However, the NSA has its own secret
court, a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court,
that is literally just a rubber stamp court -- the NSA just
fills out an online form, more of a notification than asking
for permission, and if they forget, no problem. Further, if
an American is emailing with a foreigner, and the NSA is
reading the foreigner's Gmail, then they get to read the
American's Gmail without a court order. This is particularly
useful at American universities, which have so many foreign
students, emailing mostly Americans.
Google could not be more like Big Brother from George Orwell's
, constantly violating the privacy of everyone.
Well, maybe they could if they invented the
observe-and-record-everyone Google Glasses. Oh wait, they did
do that too.
Thanks in large part to Google, everybody knows about the
alleged Russian influence on the election of President Trump.
But do you know about the very real influence Russia has on
One of the two founders of Google was Sergey Brin. He was
born and raised in Soviet Russia until he was six, when he
came to the United States. Most religions and ideologies know
that if they can get to people when they are young, before age
seven the Catholic Church says, then they will have them as
followers for life.
Totalitarian Soviet Russia obviously had an effect on Brin and
thus Google. Brin himself admits it did (although he might,
disingenuously, argue over exactly what effect it had). Brin
thinks of totalitarian tactics, like allowing no privacy, as
Soviet Russia was George Orwell's model for 1984
its Big Brother. Big Brother does not have to be a
government, it could be a corporation like Google, as many,
particularly leftist liberals, always feared. They don't mind
Google controlling their communication now because Google
seems to be on their side but things can change fast.
Leftists have a habit of eating their own (the first purges
are always of other founding leftists).
Soviet Russia was also the inspiration for the
repeatedly-remade still-relevant Invasion of the Body
, with its insidious pods that take you over
while you are sleeping.
Interestingly, Brin's father, Mikhail Brin, who graduated from
Moscow State University but then fled Soviet Russia due to a
lack of freedom (privacy is a freedom), is a professor at the
University of Maryland, which uses Gmail. I wonder how he
feels about this.
Not only universities but other organizations and millions of
individuals have surrendered their email to Google, some,
particularly in government, illegally using Gmail accounts
instead of their official organization email accounts. Google
has even been discussed as a monopoly that should be regulated
like a utility or broken up; more like the U.S. Postal Service
(USPS) or the old AT&T really. The USPS and the old
AT&T were each regulated because they controlled one of
the primary means of communication. How is Google any
You might have guessed by now which of my universities was not
taken over by Google: MIT, #1 in the world in computer science
(email is a program). I was Course 6, Electrical Engineering
and Computer Science, at MIT myself.
This is surprisingly the case even though MIT takes millions
from Google for research and the MIT Corporation, which runs
MIT, has Google employees as members:
- Diane B. Greene
- David L. desJardins
- Samantha F. O'Keefe
This is also surprisingly the case because MIT's email is IT
incompetent, as I can attest to from many bad experiences with
it. Most recently, MIT's email system was being hacked,
risking email privacy, and all they could think to do was run
emails through Microsoft's spam filter, both received and,
very unusually, sent emails. This resulted in most emails
being quarantined and delayed for at least a day. After
months of complaints they finally stopped doing this. No word
as to whether the hackers were successful ... and there never
You would think that MIT would have its own computer
scientists, or at least their students, operate their email
system. Nope. They diversity hire
non-MIT IT incompetent
leftist liberals to do it. In charge of MIT
alumni email is Christine Tempesta, MIT Alumni Association
Executive Director of Information Systems. Tempesta is
neither an MIT alum nor does she have an IT education -- she
has a BA in English and literature from an obscure second-rate
university! While the email system is going to hell, she
spends her time distributing politically-correct leftist
liberal propaganda in the name of MIT's alumni.
Actually, all this isn't that surprising. MIT just doesn't
care anymore about IT excellence (they did when I went there).
These days they are far more interested in spreading
politically-correct leftist liberal propaganda than excellence
in IT. This is because MIT's diversity-hire president, Rafael
Reif, is a non-MIT-alum who was born, raised, and educated in
Venezuela so is a lifelong follower of rabid communist Hugo
Chavez. Sound familiar? See Sergey Brin above.
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