Thursday, May 15, 2008

Remind Me? "Fascism?" Izzatt When Private Interest Wields State Power? Something Like That? Part II

Mebbe ya might recall a post I put up about a month ago, on another site, warning about the intrusion of former Govt spies conducting 'intelligence' operations in the 'private' sector?

I caught a bit of "slime shit" for it, accused of being alarmist, at best. You could look it up, or not, depending.

But the story doesn't wanna go away, strangely. Terri Gross on her program yesterday interviewed a guy who's written a book on the subject.
It's become a $50 billion a year industry: Corporations like Booz Allen Hamilton, Lockheed Martin, and IBM are being paid to do things the CIA, the National Security Agency and the Pentagon usually do, including analysis, covert operations, electronic surveillance and reconnaissance.

Investigative journalist Tim Shorrock details the outsourcing of U.S. intelligence in his new book, Spies for Hire: The Secret World of Intelligence Outsourcing.

Shorrock has covered the intersection of business and national security for over 25 years, writing for such publications as The Nation, Mother Jones and, among others.

But you can ignore it. The finest minds thereabouts have spoken... Just more of my silly shit. Move along, folks. Nothing to see here!

But maybe, just maybe, one of the 'bright' folks can tell me how it's okay that private corporations are acting as official surrogate intelligence gatherers for the Feds, too? There's nothing to worry about, is there?

No, no! nothing happening here..just move along...

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