Orwellian Google Hides Archives

Yesterday, a google search on the phrase “right and duty to make war” produced the following results:

Right and Duty to Make War 1

That first search result went to the following primary source document in the National Archives:
American Commissioners to John Jay, 28 March 1786

That document contains the following (bold emphasis mine):

We took the liberty to make some inquiries concerning the Grounds of their pretentions to make war upon Nations who had done them no Injury, and observed that we considered all mankind as our friends who had done us no wrong, nor had given us any provocation.

The Ambassador answered us that it was founded on the Laws of their Prophet, that it was written in their Koran, that all nations who should not have acknowledged their authority were sinners, that it was their right and duty to make war upon them wherever they could be found, and to make slaves of all they could take as Prisoners, and that every Musselman who should be slain in battle was sure to go to Paradise.

Today, I found that those with the power to change search results at Google have decided, in true Orwellian fashion, to send that link down the rabbit hole.

The same search query that returned that link as the top result yesterday, now doesn’t show that link at all, and over 5,000 other links for that query have also been suppressed. Note “About 42,500 results” yesterday, and only “About 37,200 results” today:

Right and Duty to Make War 2

I checked all 18 pages of available results, and the archives.gov link was nowhere to be found:

Right and Duty to Make War 3

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2 Responses to Orwellian Google Hides Archives

  1. UPDATE: The archive link is now back and at the top of the list again, though thousands of other results appear to still be missing.
    What is going on, Google?
    The screenshots I captured accurately reflect the search results I saw before and on 9/11. Why the difference on 9/11?

  2. facebkwallflower says:

    Good work, RP!

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