Glenn Beck opened his television show Monday with praise for Marcus Luttrell and “Lone Survivor,” the film based on the true events Luttrell recorded in the book “Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10.”
Beck said the film hasn’t been a smash success because it’s packed with gratuitous sex and violence, like some other box office hits, but because it shows Americans the brave, honorable, and selfless actions of our men in uniform.
But Beck said that he is concerned that the backbone of the U.S. military, which has generated the “best and bravest,” is being “torn apart.”
As Beck sees it, the “very values that build strong character are being systematically dismantled” in our homes and schools. The multimedia personality added that “no soldier left behind” is being replaced by the “Benghazi model,” which he described as “leave them behind and shut up.”
Beck said the “dissolving of ethical and moral structures” becomes doubly concerning when coupled with the news that Google is positioning itself as a key contractor for the U.S. military.
Google has purchased eight robotics companies in a little over six months. While Beck said he completely supports using “robots and machines and drones when we can,” he asked whether anyone is looking for “the line.”
“I don’t see anyone at Google or in the government or at the forefront of the technology boom that is contemplating the ethics or morality issues,” Beck remarked.
Beck referenced a speech made by former President Dwight Eisenhower warning that “the potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists,” and that we must continue to “guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence … by the military industrial complex.”
Beck then noted that Google has an unprecedented ability to gather information on over one billion people worldwide, and that alone should be “breathtaking.” That the company is reportedly looking to strengthen its relationship with the military should not be taken lightly, he argued.
Scott Cleland, the president of Precursor LLC and a guest on Monday’s program, added that the aspect that troubles him most is that Google seems to have a mindset that “laws are for other people.”
“So you have an unethical company with … exponentially increasing power,” he remarked.
Beck asked at what point Google will have the power to tell a senator — or even the president of the United States, “I don’t think you’re going to do that…”
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