Monday, November 30, 2009

Spies for Hire: New Online Database of U.S. Intelligence Contractors


Spies for Hire: New Online Database of U.S. Intelligence Contractors

by Tim Shorrock, Special to CorpWatch
November 16th, 2009

CorpWatch Releases Online Database of U.S. Intelligence Contractors
Joint project with SPIES FOR HIRE author Tim Shorrock
Now available at SPIES FOR HIRE.org

Contacts:

• Tim Shorrock: E-mail: timshorrock [at] gmail [dot] com
Tel: +1-901/361-7441

• CorpWatch: Tonya Hennessey: E-mail: tonya [at] corpwatch [dot] org
Tel: +1-650/273-2475

SPIES FOR HIRE CorpWatch press release-FIN.pdf

For immediate release
November 16, 2009
WASHINGTON – Starting today, journalists, activists, and corporate researchers will be able to use the Internet site SpiesForHire.org to track the nation’s most important intelligence contractors.
Increasingly, secret drone attacks in Pakistan, CIA prisons in Guantanamo, and domestic surveillance of American citizens, have drawn public scrutiny to U.S. intelligence. These and other policies have triggered calls for criminal investigations and congressional commissions to investigate possible abuses in the post-9/11 “war on terror.”
But there’s a big piece missing from the national debate about spying: the role of private intelligence contractors. After journalist Tim Shorrock’s 2008 investigation, U.S. officials confirmed that 70 percent of the U.S. intelligence budget goes directly to private companies working under contract to the CIA, the NSA, and other agencies. With the U.S. intelligence budget estimated at $60 billion a year, the outsourced business of intelligence is a $45 billion annual industry.
To help the public and media understand this new phenomenon, CorpWatch is joining today with Shorrock, the first journalist to blow the whistle on the privatization of U.S. intelligence, to create a groundbreaking database focusing on the dozens of corporations that provide classified intelligence services to the United States government.
This database expands on Shorrock’s 2008 book, SPIES FOR HIRE: The Secret World of Intelligence Outsourcing.
SpiesForHire.org’s detailed descriptions and histories of the companies that make up this new class of mercenaries will make it your guide to the new U.S. Intelligence-Industrial Complex.
Included are defense giants such as Lockheed Martin, Boeing, and Raytheon; lesser-known but still influential companies such as Booz Allen Hamilton, SAIC, and CACI International; and dozens of Beltway Bandits that have set up shop in D.C. and environs to feed the government’s insatiable appetite for contract intelligence.
These contractors, database users will find, do it all:
• At the CIA, they conduct interrogations at Guantanamo, run stations in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other hotspots, and help transport suspected terrorists— including some later found innocent—to countries known to practice torture.
• At the NSA, they work alongside agency employees at listening posts in Maryland, Georgia, Hawaii, the UK, and elsewhere to monitor telephone calls and emails between U.S. citizens and targeted foreigners.
• From bases in Nevada and Virginia, they control the military and CIA Predators that launch missiles at suspected terrorist bases in Pakistan and Afghanistan.
• Contractors also run covert operations, write intelligence reports that are passed up the line of command all the way to the president, and advise agencies on how to spend taxpayer dollars.
SpiesForHire.org is a component of CorpWatch’s existing Crocodyl database on global corporations. Based on Shorrock’s research for his book and for CorpWatch, Salon, Mother Jones, and other publications, the site will feature essential information ab0ut each major contractor, such as its key executives for intelligence operations, its major intelligence clients, and an analysis of its role in the U.S. intelligence system.
The database is an ongoing project. Starting from a base of a dozen companies and intelligence agencies, it will eventually include all the major private sector players in the business of U.S. government spying. Each profile will be regularly updated. Unlike Crocodyl, which registered users can augment, SpiesForHire.org will be edited exclusively by Shorrock and the CorpWatch staff, who will also vet and fact check any volunteer or whistleblower contributions.
Since 9/11 and the invasion of Iraq, the U.S. government’s use of private sector contractors for tasks of war has made headlines: Halliburton’s lucrative Iraqi reconstruction contracts, CACI International’s civilian interrogators at Abu Ghraib, and Blackwater’s (now Xe) shooting of noncombatants in Baghdad—to name a few. Less well known is U.S. contractor involvement in Latin America, for example in executing the U.S. war on drugs in countries like Colombia.
This site will, for the first time, expose the size and scope of the private sector’s influence on U.S. intelligence agencies—and the government’s unsettling efforts to hide the facts.
ABOUT CORPWATCH and CROCODYL (http://community.corpwatch.org)
A global community of non-profit, independent investigative research, journalism and advocacy around issues of multinational corporate accountability and transparency, the CorpWatch community of sites provides tools and resources for critical vigilance and advocacy through a global effort of NGOs, journalists, activists, whistleblowers and academics. Through its family of websites and social media, we seek to expose multinational corporations that that profit from war, fraud, environmental, human rights and other abuses, and to provide critical information to foster a more informed public and an effective democracy.
CorpWatch.org provides non-profit investigative research and journalism to expose corporate malfeasance and to advocate for multinational corporate accountability and transparency.
Crocodyl.org is an evolving compendium of critical research, posted to the public domain as an aid to anyone working to hold corporations increasingly accountable. Crocodyl enables disparate groups and individuals to pool our knowledge about specific corporations in order to reduce the high cost of corporate research.
ABOUT TIM SHORROCK
Tim Shorrock is an investigative journalist who has spent a quarter-century researching the intersection of national security and business. SPIES FOR HIRE, his groundbreaking book on the privatization of U.S. intelligence, was published to great acclaim in 2008 bySimon & Schuster, and released in paperback in May 2009. Shorrock’s work has appeared in many publications in the United States and abroad, including The Nation, Salon, Mother Jones, Harper’s, Inter Press Service, The Los Angeles Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Progressive, The Journal of Commerce, Foreign Policy in Focus, and Asia Times. He appears frequently as a commentator on U.S intelligence and foreign policy, and has been interviewed on Pacifica’s “Democracy Now,” Air America, and CBS Radio. Shorrock grew up in Japan and South Korea, and now lives in Washington, D.C., where he researches government contracts for an AFL-CIO union representing federal employees.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

On ClimateGate


[Environmentalism is a diversion, designed by the ruling elite to distract the antiwar movement. It is much easier to defend the planet than it is to go after the military-industrial-complex that is destroying it. Any movement that embraces the Pentagon as a leading force for environmental awareness, even though it is the environment’s greatest enemy, is a movement based on hypocrisy....]

Friday, November 27, 2009

Israel is a dangerously young and immature nation....

Les juifs sont en Israel uniquement parce que les Occidentaux ont décidé de les y installer.....

http://ziofascism.net/blog/isr-eli-terror/shaped-by-terrorism-nourished-by-blood/

http://filkkaisrael.blogspot.com/2010/05/blog-post.html

http://www.nybooks.com/articles/23456

"Secular Jews" think "G_d" gave them the land....?
I guess "G_d" is where you find him... even for people who aren't observant, you can convince them "G_d" owes them something.

All I see is a bunch of bloated Western white guys handing Israel money and weapons hand over fist, indulging all of Israel`s whims, using Israel as a tool and an excuse to brutalize and destabilize the Mideast, as well as using it as an oversized money-laundering scheme.

I guess that makes them "G_d".....
Israel is a dangerously young and immature nation....
Nations are like people. With age and experience, they grow up and mature....

Britain is a hugely old country that has seen empires rise and fall, including its own. It`s self-confident because it once ruled the world, but also rather bitter and liable to criticise itself, because it lost it all....

America is a mature country at the height of its self-confidence, though that may change as it loses world domination....

Israel likes to believe it's an old country, drawing on largely fictitious foundation myths, but in fact it`s a very young country,a creation of the 20th century. Like a lot of teenagers it`s insecure, impulsive, aggressive, confused war crimes machine....filled with murderous assassins, ruled like a mafia...and about what it wants to be, while also energetic and capable of much if it sorts itself out.... The belief that Israel is a three thousand year old continuum is dangerous because it masks this reality even to Israel itself....
There is nowhere written in the Torah that the land was exclusively given to (a) The tribe of Judah (b) the followers of Theodor Herzl.... The Palestinians who rightfully can claim descent both to Abraham AND to Jacob,have the very same right to the land as the present day members of the tribe of Judah. I suggest that both Jews and Palestinians start to accept these facts....

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

The real reason Israel wants to take out Iran's nuclear capability


The real reason Israel wants to take out Iran's nuclear capability

U.S. intelligence sources have told WMR that the actual reason why Israel is gearing up for an attack on Iran's nuclear sites is because Israel fears that while its own nuclear weapons are degrading, Iran stands a chance of acquiring more potent weapons.

Intelligence sources report that since Israel's nuclear reactor at Dimona in the Negev Desert was damaged in a fuel rod explosion during a refueling operation, its ability to reprocess plutonium for its nuclear weapons stockpile has been severely diminished. The accident occurred because the Israelis overstressed their Fast Breeder Reactor unit, causing it to become unstable. In 1997, a judge in Tel Aviv ordered the government to pay the family of Haim Itah, a worker at Dimona, NIS 2.5 million, because of cancer he contracted due to radiation leaks at the facility. The leaks were reported to have involved at least one accident at Dimona. The court decision also cited the "negligent safety" policies of Dimona's top management.

Israel has also been forced to quietly re-establish its global nuclear smuggling operations, rampant during the 1960s when it was working to acquire nuclear weapons.

Israel's Dimona nuclear reactor capabilities have always been clouded in maximum secrecy. However, the clam that Dimona was upgraded to a 75-megawatt reactor from its original 25-megawatt design came from Seymour Hersh's book "The Samson Option." In actuality, Israel's 25-megawatt power reactor produces up to 75-megawatts of thermal heat or steam due to inefficiencies in heat exchangers and turbine losses. A reactor of this size can only produce about one to two 30-kiloton size bombs per year with a maximum core/pit life, before reprocessing, of six to fourteen years. If the reactor has been operating for about 40 years, then the maximum number of weapons produced would be no greater than sixty 30-kiloton sized weapons. The maximum number of times that a nuclear core/pit can be reprocessed is about two to three times, due to plutonium losses when the core is re-manufactured. This is determined by the purity of the metal, its alloy content, and its designed detonation size. One single 25-megawatt nuclear reactor, during its lifetime, can only maintain approximately thirty to sixty 30-kiloton sized plutonium warheads per reactor.

WMR has learned that the diminished capabilities of the Negev Nuclear Research Center prompted Israel, in the 1990s, to actively smuggle nuclear materials, including enriched plutonium, to Israel. The smuggling operations immediately became known to the CIA's Counterproliferation Division and its non-official cover (NOC) Brewster Jennings & Associates operation headed up by Valerie Plame.

U.S. intelligence has learned that the Israelis are worried about a nuclear weapons gap with both Pakistan and Iran. Although there is no evidence to suggest that Iran has re-started its nuclear weapons development program since ceasing it in 2003, as reported by CIA, if Iran were to re-establish its program, the math has Israel concerned.

The Iranian reactor was originally an American designed 100-megawatt power/300 megawatt thermal reactor provided to the Shah's regime in 1975. The reactor at Bushehr on the Gulf was built by the Germans and completed by the Russians. If it were re-engineered for weapons development, the reactor has the ability to produce up to eight 30-kiloton plutonium weapons per year or about a total of 96 nuclear weapons in a fourteen year cycle before plutonium reprocessing would be necessary. As the Israeli weapons age, their total stockpile will be reduced to less than 30 weapons within fourteen years, while the Iranian stockpile would grow to 96 weapons of equal explosive size. Thus, a nuclear weapons gap would exist between Israel and Iran. The Israelis are in a panic because they are losing the nuclear race with Iran and Pakistan. Therefore, through its influence with the United States, Great Britain, and France, Israel is seeking to destabilize both Iran and Pakistan. In the case of Pakistan, Israel also has the assistance of India. The security and future of Pakistan's nuclear arsenal is reportedly, and ironically, on the agenda of talks in Washington between President Obama and Prime Minister Indian Manmohan Singh, even as the United States cements a nuclear cooperation pact with New Delhi, which, like Pakistan and Israel, has not signed the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). Iran is a signatory of the NPT.

Israel's search for replacement enriched plutonium hit pay-dirt when its intelligence service discovered that the Pantex nuclear facility near Amarillo, Texas, stores enriched plutonium fuel that is 99 percent pure plutonium that does not require reprocessing for another 60 to 90 years. However, the Department of Energy has plans to store much of the nuclear fuel now at Pantex at the very secure Yucca Mountain storage complex within the Nevada Test Site. WMR previously reported that Mossad agents are extremely active at military and nuclear sites in Nevada, including the Nevada Test Site. However, Israeli scientists may have already penetrated the security at the Nevada Test Site through a joint operation with the United States. WMR has learned that U.S. and Israeli scientists are co-testing newer electromagnetic core/pit compression techniques that does not use conventional explosives as the weapon detonator. Instead, the fuel is magnetically compressed. The technique overcomes the plutonium aging issue while allowing for the development of micro-nuclear weaponry.For example, 650 grams of force per square centimeter is all that is required to compress a plutonium core into a critical state. 750 grams is the minimum amount of plutonium that is needed in order to produce a nuclear explosion. One kilogram of plutonium produces an explosive yield equal to one kiloton of TNT.

The Israelis discovered that only U.S. nuclear cores composed of plutonium alloys were ripe for theft at Pantex. The 99 percent plutonium fuel was more well-guarded. Because the older plutonium cores required refrigeration to keep them cooler than 150 degrees, the Israelis used refrigeration trucks to move the cores through the post of Houston and into refrigeration containers loaded on board ships belonging to Zim-American Israeli Shipping Company, a firm with close links to the Mossad. From Houston, the plutonium alloy cores were shipped to Israel and Dimona.

One individual who had the port of Houston under close scrutiny was CIA contractor/informant/source Roland "Tony" Carnaby. Carnaby had set up a number of video surveillance cameras at the port of Houston and routinely uploaded the stored videos from the camera units to his Macintosh computer. In April 2008, Carnaby was shot to death by two Houston police officers after what was reported to have been a high-speed chase by police. After he was killed, the Houston police took possession of Carnaby's Macintosh computer. WMR previously reported that Carnaby kept Israeli intelligence assets and agents under close scrutiny in Houston and that he had a strange encounter with an Israeli Consulate General official the evening before he was shot. WMR also previously reported on Mossad's penetration of the Houston Police Department and the Harris County Sheriff's Office. Harris County Sheriff Adrien Garcia has visited Israel and is considered close to the Israeli intelligence operation in Houston. Garcia's overall agenda was also never trusted by Carnaby, according to our sources in Houston. Conveniently, security for the port of Houston comes under Harris County and Garcia. Radiation detectors routinely scan containers at Houston for the presence of nuclear materials, hence, it is important for the Mossad to counteract security at the port.

On August 13, 2008, WMR reported: "WMR previously reported that slain retired CIA station chief in Houston, Roland 'Tony' Carnaby, gunned down gangland-style on April 29 by Houston police after his vehicle ran out of gas, not after a 'high-speed chase' as alleged by Houston police, had a tepid and wary relationship with Israeli intelligence operatives in Houston. Carnaby was contracted to the Port of Houston, as well as the two Houston area international airports, to provide security consultative services. An Israeli firm, Orsus, is currently installing an integrated security monitoring system that will link video surveillance, visitor control, and police dispatch systems to a 24-hour Port Coordination Center. It is known that Carnaby used a number of cell phones to dial into port video cameras to turn them on, stop them, and download captured video data. The Israeli firm was scheduled to begin installation of its system this month.The financial backers of Orsus include ComSor Venture Fund LDC, a joint operation of Comverse Technology, which includes its subsidiary Verint Systems, and Soros Fund Management's Quantum Industrial Holdings Ltd. Other investors in Orsus include Israel's Koor Industries, the leading shareholder of Tadiran, the Israeli defense electronics firm; Cial Industries and Investment, an Israeli holding company; the Cedar Fund, an 'Israeli-related' venture capital firm; Israel Infinity Venture Capital Fund; and Poalim Capital Markets, a subsidiary of Bank Hapoalim, Israel's largest bank."

Carnaby was, reportedly, working with the FBI on the Israeli nuclear smuggling issue and the FBI office in Houston requested that the Houston police call off their chase of Carnaby. WMR has also learned that one of the Israeli agents involved in the Pantex smuggling is the agent known as "Stinky" by FBI surveillance teams. He is called "Stinky" because of his obeseness and sloppy eating habits. "Stinky" was linked to the clubbing death of CIA missile expert William Bennett in Landsdowne, Virginia, near Leesburg, in March of this year and the assassination of weapons developer Gerald Bull in 1990 in Brussels. Bennett had uncovered evidence that Israel had shared with or sold to China and Russia classified U.S. Patriot missile and stealth technology with China and Russia.

Stinky has been seen in the Amarillo area with a crew from New Jersey and he is believed to have re-entered the United States, after the hit on Bennett, on a false Canadian passport.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Just a few sobering and random thoughts for recognition-seeking Indians.....and a whole host of others..... especially ARABS.........


ANALYSIS
Just a few sobering and random thoughts for recognition-seeking Indians.....and a whole host of others..... especially ARABS.........

Insightful article. But just don't stop there.....read it ALL.

The challenge is how to leverage this "beautiful friendship" into Indian strategic gain to become the unquestioned hemegon in the region. Anything less would be a disaster for India. India has two choices a) assert control, by force if required, and bring the region back into an 'indic" civilizational fold or b) allow Wahabbi Islam to gain ascendency throughout the region, including India. Sorry for putting these into "mathematical" whatever, but it cannot get any CLEARER than this.

Regarding the article. We Americans certainly know how to "use" our friendship. Starting from the kindergarten level, we teach our children "what is in it for me?" In short, what we do get out of this friendship. We do not teach them to "obey" us parents, we teach them to "negotiate" with us showing them how best they can leverage the discussions to their advantage -from when they are in their terrible twos.

So behind that innocuous NGO facade, there is a hidden-agenda which we always maintain discreetly. Please do not take our friendship for granted. Permanent friends vs. interests yada yada...! You will be made to pay the price of that friendship each and every time. The question for India is the level of friendship you wish to seek with us. You can either approach us as Pakistanis or the Chinese. Either you open your arms or your ...s! It is not surprising that Pakistanis feel like "used condoms" every time we 'engage' with them.

Also remember, Americans respect strength. If you show no self-respect and come to us groveling and on your knees, there will be a natural tendency of us to kick where it hurts most. Watch our Sports?game/Hunting/Fishing shows on American TV channels. You will know what I mean. This should be made mandatory for Indian babus to watch these shows. Watch the intensity, respect, and the interaction that American hunter expresses towards his "sport" and you will get a fairly good idea how Americans foreign policy is conducted. Even the staid PBS National Geographic shows on African wildlife is depicted as a fight for space and survival between the hunter and the hunted. This is classic American approach to foreign policy. I teach at a local American post-secondary educational institution. When asked how we should deal with AfPak, almost 100% of the students express "nuke 'em sons-of-bitches. Nuke 'em all!" The sober ones suggest creating a wall around them with no interaction with the outside world and letting themselves kill each other (pheasant hunting season is in full swing locally and people are just loving it!) For the record, this statement was made a day after the Fort Hood carnage. I am not here to debate what is right and wrong It is just the way it is!

That way I admire the ISI/Pak army chutzpah for having the tenacity to play this charade for the past sixty years. Unbeknownst to the Americans, it is the tail which has been wagging the dog - and continues to do so!

If India cannot call this bluff off, or confront it head-on, it just validates the fundamental weakness of the Indian foreign policy.

Just a couple of Google searches and some other random thoughts...

Indians need to think what constitutes friendship. Americans and Indians have very different concept of such terms. Words like "sharing," "secular," "friendship," "interesting," etc. have very different connotation and meaning in the USA and India.

To wit:

a) "Sharing": When I first arrived in the USA, the local church would always invite me to "share." Of course, "sharing" to them meant for me to accept their God and Jesus Christ (and reject mine). They were such party-poopers when they wouldn't allow me to "share" my God Krishna (Reggie hurt!). So never consider "sharing" as a equal-equal reciprocal arrangement in the American context. More likely, sharing in the USA means "I am allowing you to become/partake a part of me/goods and services on my terms and conditions (and you better be grateful about it!)." There is a reason why Africans say, in reference to the Europeans, "When they came, we had the land, they had the bible; when we converted, we had the bible, and they had the land." Just wanted to put that cautionary sign on.

b) "Secular": The most recent faux pax was the Indian General's speech at Yudh Abhyas, Babina. He extolled the virtues and commonality of India and USA as both being "secular." This sort of nonsense and lack of knowledge extends within the highest reaches of the GoI and its officials (who was the MEA babu coordinating this show? Must be sacked). The word "secular" has ABSOLUTELY different meaning in the USA vis-a-vis India. What do you think I as an American general/top brass for the Babina show, thinking? Driving from Agra to Babina, seeing the filth, dirt and poverty, I was quite probably whispering to myself, "these heathens, if only they accept Jesus Christ in their lives, they would not be rotting in this squalor."

c) "Equal": It is very difficult for an American to be view things from an "equal" standpoint. From an American viewpoint, some things/people are more equal than others, or they simply just don't care! Indians need to be aware of this. Case in point. Interview with one Stryker soldier the day Yudh Abhyas commenced at Babina about his views on the Indian army. His response: "frankly, until yesterday, I had no idea Indians had a mechanized army." (it is there on YouTube). Think of it, the Yudh Abhyas was in planning for over six months. Both the armies/soldiers knew, anticipated and planned for this joint-exercise for over a period of time and this Stryker soldier has absolutely no frigging idea he is about to engage with a 'mechanized" IA? The U.S. commander/office-in-charge responsible for Yudh Abhyas should be sacked due to his failure to properly educate his troops. No wonder we seem so clueless going into Iraq/Afghanistan.

c) "Negotiating": Save a few IFS babus on an individual level, as an institution/system, MEA/Indian babus lack the basic knowledge and tools in dealings with Americans officials; last time while I was prepping the Chicago Consul General before meeting a top Iowa politician, he bombastically remarked, "arre, ek baar unse mila dejiye, dekhyie unko hum badal denge." What bombast, what arrogance! Each American politician has an army of staff/aides who provide the "intellectual" background and counsel to the politician. One meeting does not a policy change! Worse, he had absolutely NO idea of Tom Harkin's position on India. He looked at me with "hairyaanniat" when I explained Senator Harkin's extremely rigid reflexive anti-Indian stand. And here he is, the Consul General of India going into a meeting with a strident anti-Indian senator without ANY prior background information about him. One would think before leaving his Chicago office, he would have printed a one page "dossier" about Senator Harkin and brushed up on the piece of information on the flight or the morning of the meeting. Do the MEA babus prepare such "briefs?" In any case, the babus cannot be blamed as their time is consumed in more important and irrelevant frivolous pursuits like making all sorts of "arrangements" for some two-bit visiting Indian politician. Where would they have the time to do the sort of professional work the citizens of India actually pay them to do?

d)"Interesting": Ask an American upon his/her return from India. "Hey, how was the trip?" Most likely, he will say, "interesting." At this point, the Indian starts feeling all giddy thinking that the American has had a terrific time in India. When the American says "interesting," he is being rather polite. What, most likely, he is trying to say is that the trip was nauseating (even the "hey, how was the trip?" is American lingo. The Indian way to ask this question (frame the question) is "How did you like India?" leaving the tourist with little or no choice to express anything negative about the country.

d) "Friendship": With all the bonhomie, let me put things in a somewhat realistic perspective.

Another sticking point is that despite several reminders US has refused to alter its entities list, or the black list that bans trade in sensitive technology for some Indian companies, including a dozen key government companies like Indian Space Research Organization and Defense. This is despite the fact that the matter has been raised several times with the US as India is in dubious company of countries like North Korea, Pakistan and China that have a past track record of proliferation.


Just a few sobering and random thoughts for recognition-seeking Indians.....and a whole host of others..... especially ARABS.........
 
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