The shadow intelligence community in America

Tim Shorrock writes in Spies for Hire:

“Many of Tenet’s closest aides at the CIA have gone into business as well. Joan A. Dempsey, who was Tenet’s representative to the rest of the IC as the CIA’s director of community management, is now a vice president of Booz Allen Hamilton, where she works with another former CIA director, R. James Woolsey. Another Tenet aide who’s gone into the intelligence business is retired Air Force General John A. Gordon, the CIA’s deputy director from 1996 to 2000. He is an adviser to Abraxas, a Virginia contractor that became notorious in the CIA for recruiting new employees in the CIA cafeteria, and a director of Detica Inc., a British defense and intelligence contractor that has rapidly expanded its U.S. business over the past two years.” (…)

“By 2007, contractors were so ubiquitous in Washington that they had become a virtual shadow government, and the total number of contracts was valued at $400 billion a year—more than double what it was in 2000.” (…)

“At the CIA, Dempsey said, she had “benefited enormously” from her work with Booz Allen Hamilton and SAIC.”

“Then she went slightly off-script: “I like to call Booz Allen the Shadow IC,” she said, because it has “more former secretaries of this and directors of that” than the entire government. That must have caused some chuckles at the lead table, where Woolsey was sitting. But Dempsey got the last laugh. Fifteen months later, she joined the “Shadow IC” herself as a vice president. In her job at Booz Allen, she “provides strategy consulting services to the US government, including the national security and civil sectors, as well as commercial industry,” according to company spokesman George Farrar. Then, in January 2007, Dempsey’s joke came full circle when McConnell, her boss at Booz Allen, succeeded John Negroponte as director of national intelligence. In the space of a few years, Booz Allen had been transformed from a “shadow” IC into the real thing.” (…)

“Hall was followed as emcee by a parade of former officials who’ve gone through the government-industry revolving door—some of them two or three times. They included the aforementioned Joan Dempsey, one of Hall’s colleagues at Booz Allen; Richard Haver, of Northrop Grumman; and retired General Patrick Hughes, the former director of the DIA and recently designated as corporate vice president–intelligence and counterterrorism for L-3 Communications. Hughes, who retired from the U.S. Army in October 1999 after more than thirty-five years of military service, described the current outsourcing regime as the final step of a process that began during the 1960s. “We now have seen come to fruition a phenomenon that many of us saw developing in the Vietnam conflict fortyplus years ago,” he said. “That is, the government cannot act, especially overseas, without the involvement of American industry. And that industrial involvement now is so pervasive—you may call it invasive—that we are now speaking to each other about the employees of American companies who have died in combat.” Therefore, he continued, “American industry is no longer detached from the government in any of the endeavors of government, in my view.””

Big Tech has now become the new military-industrial complex, with Keith Alexander at the board of Amazon, and Microsoft working for Pentagon. The White House is also doing surveillance for Facebook.

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