Wednesday, April 30, 2008

The Spy Who Loved Being A Contractor

I get lots of questions from all kinds of people about our intelligence community. "Bruce, how many intelligence (spy) agencies do we have and do you think that's enough to keep us safe from TERROR?" Well, I tell everyone that we only have 16 intelligence services and certainly THAT'S NOT ENOUGH. I always say "You can never have too much intelligence, or too many spy agencies". I don't want to bore you with a list of all the intelligence services we have, so if you're curious, you can read all about them here.

I used to think that I was "special" because I found something out about how intelligence is gathered and reported in the United States that the U.S. Media does not say a word about. I happened upon this information about a year ago after the last fake Bin Laden video was released. Of course we never get to see the actual video... the MSM shows a picture of it and then tells us what it says. The location of the video and even the translation of the video is never sourced. (Oh, by the way, that's not journalism... that's propaganda.) The MSM always says "Intelligence Sources" and we're supposed to think "oh OK, that's secret stuff that we're not supposed to know".

Turns out there is a good reason they don't want us to know. Their intelligence sources are often privately held companies! They don't want us to know that because then the news would seem biased wouldn't it? And we all know the MSM is not biased.

Believe it or not, I came across this information from a Thai newspaper that reported that the fake Bin Laden video was translated by "IntelCenter". Who the hell is IntelCenter I thought? And why am I reading about them in a newspaper from Thailand?

Intelcenter, not to be outdone by Blackwater.... this is like a B spy movie... has an even more gruesome and stupid logo.... Scarier than even Mountain Dew!!!

So, of course I went to their website and realized that I was looking at a privately held company that produces lots of really scary news and reports and sells them. They make pretty charts with lots of logos of evil organizations bent on our destruction... and of course they sell to the media and the intelligence services the Bin Laden video translation... and we're told by the MSM that its from "intelligence sources". Here is some more information about them that is very revealing... particularly about their role in obtaining video tapes of the "terrorists" and then charging for the translation.

But these guys are just one of many. A little research and you can find so many of these private intelligence contractors, it will make your head spin.

This market was created by Ronald Reagan in 1981 by Executive Order 12333 in section 2.7: (this is scary... better not look!)
Agencies within the Intelligence Community are authorized to enter into contracts or arrangements for the provision of goods or services with private companies or institutions in the United States and need not reveal the sponsorship of such contracts or arrangements for authorized intelligence purposes. Contracts or arrangements with academic institutions may be undertaken only with the consent of appropriate officials of the institution.

The horrible truth for me is that I'm late to the party with this information. Even USA TODAY published a story about this that unfortunately didn't even make a ripple. And the most important source on the web is a Blog by R.J. Hillhouse entitled... and I love this... "The Spy Who Billed Me" that goes into vivid detail about this clandestine network and what they may be up to. (Its not pretty.)

By the way, she states that we may be have paid $60 Billion in 2005 for our 16 Intelligence Services. And lastly, I found a wonderfully informative article in Salon that talks about what we may be paying for the intelligence contractors here.

So why is this important? It may not seem obvious at first, and if I start going into detail about the nature of our Constitution and how it was designed to hold people accountable for their actions, then people would call me a conspiracy theorist and shut me off. But, the charges that Hillhouse and Salon make and even are hinted at by the USA TODAY go directly back to Step #4, Develop a Paramilitary Force that I posted yesterday about the steps toward fascism according to Naomi Wolf.

The private contractors MAY not be held accountable to the voters or to the Constitution. And that's the rub. We just might be outsourcing the primary services of government to circumvent the laws that were designed to protect our rights. Additionally, outsourcing to private contractors may allow the government cover against the international law agreements we have signed such as the Geneva Convention. This is very dangerous territory we are heading into and only an informed citizenry can shine the bright lights on what is going on and put a stop to it... we CANNOT TRUST Hillary, Barak or even John to do this job for us. We have to do this ourselves if we want to protect our democracy and turn back the speeding train that is heading toward real fascism here in America.

But first, we have to care.

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Anonymous said...

Reminds me of the Air America pilots during the Vietmam war - their paychecks came out of the U.K. - they were contractors doing whatever the U.S. government didn't want to answer for.

Bruce Steinberg said...

Hey Anon,

Were you there? I would love to hear your experiences of Vietnam... I believe it is one of the most important and least understood events in American History.