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Bad Idea: The Same Platform That Booted Parler Is Now Vying To Run The Defense Department’s Cloud Systems

(TeaParty.org Exclusive) – Last week, Amazon Web Services (AWS) in apparent tandem with decisions on the part of Facebook and Twitter to suspend President Donald Trump’s respective accounts on their networks, told Twitter competitor Parler they’d be removing the platform from their servers.

Using the same reasoning as the Democrats’ last-minute push to impeach Trump, the tech giants all pointed to “incitement of violence” on the part of POTUS and his supporters on the Parler platform.

Now, the very same company is petitioning the State Department to run the Pentagon’s Defense System.

Back in July, Infowars notes they reported that Amazon had banned a documentary, ironically, aimed at raising awareness about censorship called “Killing Free Speech.”

Now, AWS is petitioning the courts to be awarded a competitive JEDI contract.

Then we saw last week that Amazon Web Services (AWS) kicked Parler off its web servers, shutting the platform down.

Defense Systems reports that “Amazon Web Services is taking another run at getting the court to set aside the Pentagon’s 10-year, $10 billion Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure cloud contract award to Microsoft.”

The latest proposal from the web giant is tens of millions of dollars less than what had been offered by competitor Microsoft, according to an updated lawsuit filed in the Court of Federal Claims.

The bid was updated while the case was on remand. AWS also accused the Defense Department’s choice of being reflective of the antagonisitic relationship between President Donald Trump and Amazon founder Jeff Bezos.

“[T]hese errors did not occur in a vacuum,” the lawsuit states. “Instead they can be best explained as the latest manifestation of President Trump’s determination to steer the JEDI contract away from AWS.”

The contract was originally awarded to Microsoft in October of 2019 after proposals were requested in the summer of 2018 following the development of the single-award enterprise cloud contract the year prior.

The revised complaint, released with redactions on December 15th, is dated October 23rd.

The DOD publicly announced they’d be re-awarding the contract to Microsoft on September 4th.

Think about this: do we really want a company that selectively silences certain ideological groups with a partisan bias having anything at all to do with our defense systems?

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