The corporate takeover of U.S. intelligence

The U.S. government now outsources a vast portion of its spying operations to private firms -- with zero public accountability.

More than five years into the global "war on terror," spying has become one of the fastest-growing private industries in the United States. The federal government relies more than ever on outsourcing for some of its most sensitive work, though it has kept details about its use of private contractors a closely guarded secret. Intelligence experts, and even the government itself, have warned of a critical lack of oversight for the booming intelligence business. Full Story »

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Posted by: Posted by Dwight Rousu - Jun 1, 2007 - 11:24 AM PDT
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Dwight Rousu
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by Dwight Rousu - Oct. 1, 2008

This is a well written piece exploring a topic that is a new expansion on privatizing the military. Private spies have been added to private warlords. The article is full of information and important questions.

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Patricia L'Herrou
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by Patricia L'Herrou - Oct. 1, 2008

This information is very important today with the current lack of transparency and accountability in our government policies. Because so much about our intelligence operations are based on secrecy, the article raises many more questions than it answers, but it's an important beginning for the public. what is unanswered are many questions, including how much of this is new? why do the government agencies continue to use contractors with limits to spending, when it would seem that the cost is so much greater ( if the gov't didn't hire them how could they recruit the gov't-trained agents)? Who has accountability for policies, personnel and actions? How much of the secrecy is consistent with security and how much is to obfuscate ... More »

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