The Assassinated Press
Through Outsourcing Corporations Have Literally Bought the US Intelligence Apparatus
Six Degrees of Corporate Investment Separates the NSA, US Intelligence from Wall Street? Try None.
By IDA TARBELL
The Assassinated PRESS
Corporations are connected in myriad ways through to each other by holding companies, credit card servicing companies, traditional banking, mergers, PACS, Wall Street brokerages and stocks, the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and commodities futures etc. etc. ad nauseam.
Through outsourcing, a practice accelerating at a phenomenal rate, corporations are also connected to government, local, state and federal including the NSA. Even as the corporate middle man drains public treasuries he also gains access to information that as a corporation may prove essential to its bottom line.
Fear the NSA. Sure. But fear the corporations more.
Say, an environmental group in Indiana opposes logging in two state forests near Bloomington. But Koch industries has just bought Georgia Pacific paper and would like to acquire the wood for pulp. To be “responsible to shareholders,” Koch industries should keep an eye on the protesters who are attempting to foil their economic interests and profit plans. Koch industries should school themselves about these environmentalists.
Through its innumerable subsidiaries, Koch Industries has many outsource contracts with the US government. Some of those contracts may be with the NSA, the NRO, the CIA, the FBI or with the many other intelligence branches even the ones based in the Department of Agriculture and Interior or the military.
Those government intelligence services share information. And they all outsource intelligence gathering to transnational companies like Koch Industries.
Do you think career criminals like the Kochs are not going to avail themselves out of NSA intelligence gathering, out of some vague fear of legal repercussions or , heaven forbid, moral or ethical pretext. No, they are going to act as though any laws that do exist do not apply to them. Their only allegiance is to their stockholders as they’re so fond of saying and how to get the fucking environmentalists out of the road.
First, they’ll try to buy the courts suing the vast network of ALEC.
“ALEC ,The American Legislative Exchange Council, is a fascistic corporatist cartel that has been able to infiltrate our entire system of government, both at the federal and at the state level. They mainly operate behind the scenes, but they are responsible for pushing thousands of laws and ordinances specifically-designed to weaken human rights, workers rights, and environmental protections so the citizenry can be manipulated, exploited, and enslaved, and the environment can be ravaged in the name of profit.”
And this is just a small part of their agenda.
Work by a trio of complex systems theorists at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich revealed a core of 1318 companies, including Koch, with interlocking ownerships. Each of the 1318 had ties to two or more other companies, and on average they were connected to 20. What's more, although they represented 20 per cent of global operating revenues, the 1318 appeared to collectively own through their shares the majority of the world's large blue chip and manufacturing firms - the "real" economy - representing a further 60 per cent of global revenues.
The 1318 know and the NSA. You, for example the environmentalist in Indiana, don’t. They know because the 1318 ARE the NSA. Their people work both for the government and for private industry through the now familiar revolving door process of hiring which if you’re over the age of 5 should not have to be reprised here.
If you think the sold out shits in Congress will stand up to the abuse of intelligence, NSA or otherwise, I’ll send you a box of baby pacifiers and disposable nappies. Ditto with the secret courts. They long ago sold you down an oxygen deprived river.
Thousands of people formerly employed by the government, and still approved to deal with classified information, now do essentially the same work for private companies. The Obama administration’s chief intelligence official, James R. Clapper Jr., is a former Booz Allen executive. The official who held that post in the Bush administration, John M. McConnell, now works for Booz Allen.
If you don’t think Booz Allen and the Koch Brothers do business together somewhere in the six/three degrees of corporate separation; if you don’t think that outsourcing has utterly compromised US intelligence, remember, these are transnational corporations. They do business with anybody who will improve their bottom line. One of Booz Allen’s main clients is Saudi Arabia. Booz Alllen is owned by the Carlyle Group one of the Bush families biggest investments. Edward Snowden was a Booz Allen employee.
Cargill, the huge grain combine, operates an intelligence network larger than the NSA, NRO and all the US intelligence agencies combined. The US government used to buy intelligence data from Cargill. But now they’re one and the same.
Cargill and Monsanto recently announced that they have reached an agreement that resolves problems related to Monsanto's purchase of Cargill's international seed business last year. So much for the sanctity of intelligence gathering.
The ‘Monsanto Protection Act’ which protects genetically modified seeds from litigation in the face of health risks. Even the Washington Times points out, “the provision’s success is viewed by many as a victory by companies like Syngenta Corp, Cargill, Monsanto and affiliated PACs that have donated $7.5 million to members of Congress since 2009, and $372,000 to members of the Senate Appropriations Committee.”
So much for the whores in Congress and I truly apologize for slandering the sex trade by comparing the two. Lump in career liars like Mueller, Inhofe, Holder, Feinstein, Clapper etc. etc. ad nauseam and voila, carte blanche for corporate corruption and murder. The Founding Fathers would be proud.
With outsourcing, corporations have brought the government into the corporate fold and now literally control it. Fascist doesn’t seem to strong a term now, does it.