- Law Cases
by Sharon Rondeau
(Aug. 20, 2011) — This morning two readers of The Post & Email informed this writer that their search engine could not locate our website and that they were redirected to a nonexistent site, sokoloperkovuskeci.com.
It appears that others have encountered the same trouble with Google’s redirecting them in the same way when searching for other things on the web.
Metacrawler also had no trouble finding it.
When one of the two readers confirmed that she had used Google, this writer then attempted to log on to The Post & Email using Google and, sure enough, the following result was obtained:
Clicking on any of the article titles results in the following:
Update: A third reader sent the following message to the editor’s mailbox after this article was published:
I just wanted to let you know that I’ve noticed the same thing yesterday and again today. Also today on your site when I was done reading the story about google redirecting to the phoney site and I clicked “home” I was once again redirected to that phoney site. Every link I clicked on directed to that phoney site. Thankfully I’m computer savvy and was able to find contact us link. Something hinky is going on, there’s no doubt about it. I don’t know what kind of legal recourse you have, but if there is one to take I would take it if I were you. This is unacceptable and very unprofessional behavior from Google. It makes me worry what they could do for me and my own fledgling business if they are picking and choosing how sites are redirected based on political affiliation.
It has been reported that Obama “relies on Google execs for tech and economic advice as his own regulators scrutinize the online-ad behemoth” and that Obama visited the company’s main office in 2004. Further:
Google managers and employees were some of the strongest supporters of candidate Obama, donating around $803,000 to his presidential campaign, according to the website OpenSecrets.org. Among corporate employees, only staffers at Goldman Sachs (GS, Fortune 500) and Microsoft (MSFT, Fortune 500) gave more.
CEO Schmidt actively stumped for the candidate and served as an informal economic adviser during the campaign, and after Obama was elected, Schmidt and other Google executives forked over $25,000 apiece to help pay for the inaugural celebration.
Is there a connection between Google’s redirecting readers away from The Post & Email when other search engines find it immediately and their open and generous support of Obama? Has anyone at Google sabotaged the other search engines so that they yield the Google error message?
Do Google executives still support Obama even if he is not constitutionally eligible to serve or is guilty of presenting a forged birth certificate and claiming it to be authentic? Would any company executive openly support a criminal occupying the office of president?
Does CEO Eric Schmidt know or care about the eligibility question? Does Google support the idea of an internet czar to control free speech and stifle the exposure of corruption in government as The Post & Email does, particularly the Obama regime, under the guise of regulating “commerce?” Is Google assisting with internet regulation as this article goes to press?
If Google is an example of American ingenuity, hard work and private enterprise, why would its leaders support a “socialist revolution” in the form of “net neutrality?”
The Post & Email does not have the answers to these questions, but we will attempt to find them.
Second Update, August 20, 2011, 6:03 p.m. EDT: The following message arrived in the editor’s mailbox within the last 60 minutes:
This isn’t google. Your website has been hacked. See this page for more details. http://cleanbytes.net/google-search-results-poisoning-or-wordpress-vulnerability This is a know WordPress vulnerability
We contacted our hosting company, whose representative checked the site and said that he believed that the site had not been hacked but that the problem was with Google. We then went to Google’s contact portal and checked off the relevant items. A list of possible explanations for why “suspicious pop-ups, unwanted toolbars, redirects, strange Google search results” might occur appeared.
Is it likely that several users’ computers were all simultaneously infected with a virus?
We reported the “Malware Redirect” problem here.
Third Update, August 20, 2011, 6:51 EDT: A reader just reported the following:
What do you make of this? Go to this link the “Ask” search engine (which I think links to Google): http://www.ask.com/web?l=dis&o=102944&qsrc=2869&gct=kwd&q=Vattel%20irrelevant. The two search words were “Vattel irrelevant.”
The first entry is the DeMaio response article, but any attempt to access it results in “unable to display webpage.” The second entry (the original screed by chan) is easily accessed. The interesting one
Is the next one, a Facebook post, seemingly from someone at Fox News (or at least using the Fox News logo, a more likely scenario) and calling the article a “must read…”
Interesting. Maybe we are, in fact, touching some tender nerves….
The above comment would appear to reference our article published on August 19, 2011, regarding presidential eligibility and specifically, the relevance of Emmerich de Vattel in determining the meaning of “natural born Citizen.”
The results of the Ask.com web search described above are here.