SPIES FOR HIRE ~ The Secret World of Intelligence Outsourcing
Book review and technical detail SPIES FOR HIRE ~ The Secret World of Intelligence Outsourcing Tim Shorrock
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|Title||SPIES FOR HIRE ~ The Secret World of Intelligence Outsourcing|
|Publisher||Simon & Schuster|
|Publishing Date||1st January, 1970|
Private corporations employing above baronial federal government and aggressive admiral are authoritative huge profits from abstruse affairs with the CIA, NSA and assorted baronies in the Aegis Department, avers freelance announcer Shorrock.In his aboriginal book, the columnist penetrates the buried worlds of corporations with names like CACI International Inc., Mantech International and Booz Allen Hamilton, as able-bodied as government agencies spending tens of billions of aborigine dollars with no accountability. Dozens of antecedent titles accept advised U.S. failures of advice accumulating and analysis, abnormally arch up to and afterwards 9/11. Shorrock excavates new clay by absorption on the business of intelligence: the basal band in dollars at the clandestine corporations that win government contracts, generally after aggressive behest or alike accessible disclosure. The columnist does a arresting job of acquirements as abundant as he can: accepting access into conventions of aegis contractors usually bankrupt to journalists; sitting through the hearings of aldermanic committees whose associates are consistently balked by the government agencies they are declared to oversee; account through partially declassified documents. Peppered with acronyms, descriptions of awful abstruse accouterments and hundreds of alien names both accumulated and human, the book can be difficult to read, but Shorrock’s book is lucid, his amorous abrupt for accessible government inspiring. Occasionally, he describes fiascoes already accepted to the public, such as the awful claiming techniques at Abu Ghraib, that brighten the atramentous role of clandestine corporations assuming awful assisting apprenticed duties already handled by government employees. Shorrock angrily makes the case that alone associates of Congress, evidently answerable to the citizens who adopted them, can arrest the inefficiencies and casual absolute banking bribery appearing from the clandestine contractor/intelligence bureau nexus.A admirable archetype of why analytic journalists are admired during an era of deep, ample and amoral government secrecy.
In Spies for Hire, investigative reporter Tim Shorrock lifts the veil off a major story the government doesn't want us to know about - the massive outsourcing of top secret intelligence activities to private-sector contractors. Starting during the Clinton administration, when intelligence budgets were cut drastically and privatization of government services became national policy, and expanding dramatically in the wake of 9/11, when the CIA and other agencies were frantically looking to hire analysts and linguists, the intelligence community has been relying more and more on corporations to perform sensitive tasks heretofore considered to be exclusively the work of federal employees. This outsourcing of intelligence activities is now a $50 billion-a-year business that consumes up to 70 percent of the US intelligence budget. And it's a business that the government has tried hard to keep under wraps. 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, and the Pentagon in their most sensitive foreign and domestic operations. He explores how this partnership has led to wasteful spending and threatens to erode the privacy protections and congressional oversight so important to American democracy. From CIA covert actions to NSA eavesdropping, from Abu Ghraib to Guantanamo, from the Pentagon's techno-driven war in Iraq to the coming global battles over information dominance and control of cyberspace, contractors are doing it all. Spies for Hire goes behind today's headlines to highlight how private corporations are aiding the growth of a new and frightening national surveillance state.
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