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    Spies for Hire: The Secret World of Intelligence Outsourcing

    By Tim Shorrock

    Outsourcing of intelligence activities is now a $50 billion-a-year business that consumes up to 70 percent of the U.S. intelligence budget. And it's a business that the government has tried hard to keep under wraps.Drawing on interviews with key players in the intelligence-industrial complex, contractors' annual reports and public filings with the government, and on-the-spot reporting from intelligence industry conferences and investor briefings, Spies for Hire provides the first behind-the-scenes look at this new way of spying.

    Shorrock shows how corporations such as Booz Allen Hamilton, Lockheed Martin, SAIC, CACI International, and IBM have become full partners with the CIA, the National Security Agency (NSA), and the Pentagon in their most sensitive foreign and domestic operations.

    GOP/LIBERTARIAN/TEA PARTY: don't hold political offices to govern or serve, they hold political offices to dominate and steal; an effective racket!

    by anyname on Thu Jun 13, 2013 at 05:47:06 AM PDT

    •  Main Core (1+ / 0-)
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      Exposing Bush’s historic abuse of power
      Salon has uncovered new evidence of post-9/11 spying on Americans. Obtained documents point to a potential investigation of the White House that could rival Watergate.

      BY TIM SHORROCK

      EXCERPT

      A prime area of inquiry for a sweeping new investigation would be the Bush administration’s alleged use of a top-secret database to guide its domestic surveillance.

      Dating back to the 1980s and known to government insiders as “Main Core,” the database reportedly collects and stores — without warrants or court orders — the names and detailed data of Americans considered to be threats to national security.

      According to several former U.S. government officials with extensive knowledge of intelligence operations, Main Core in its current incarnation apparently contains a vast amount of personal data on Americans, including NSA intercepts of bank and credit card transactions and the results of surveillance efforts by the FBI, the CIA and other agencies. One former intelligence official described Main Core as “an emergency internal security database system” designed for use by the military in the event of a national catastrophe, a suspension of the Constitution or the imposition of martial law. Its name, he says, is derived from the fact that it contains “copies of the ‘main core’ or essence of each item of intelligence information on Americans produced by the FBI and the other agencies of the U.S. intelligence community.”

      GOP/LIBERTARIAN/TEA PARTY: don't hold political offices to govern or serve, they hold political offices to dominate and steal; an effective racket!

      by anyname on Thu Jun 13, 2013 at 06:10:14 AM PDT

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