“When a population becomes distracted by trivia, when cultural life is redefined as a perpetual round of entertainments, when serious public conversation becomes a form of baby-talk, when, in short, a people become an audience and their public business a vaudeville act, then a nation finds itself at risk; a culture-death is a clear possibility.” — Professor Neil Postman, Amusing Ourselves to Death: Discourse in the Age of Show BusinessRead more . . .
The EL’s profile became even more visible in the 1980s as investigative journalists delved deep into its clandestine activities to reveal more names of companies that were vetting the politics of potential employees. This information also showed that the EL worked with MI5 to blacklist more than 22,000 “subversive workers”, who ranged from trade unionists to individuals speaking up for work mates to anti-nuclear activists.Read more . . .
Over 40 of the UK’s largest contractors held a covert database of trade unionists who had complained about unpaid wages or safety on building sites through an organisation called The Consulting Association.Read more . . .
# 3 InfraGard: The FBI Deputizes Business in Top 25 Censored Stories for 2009 Source: The Progressive, February 7, 2008 Title: “Exclusive! The FBI Deputizes Business” Author: Matthew Rothschild Student Researchers: Chris Armanino and Sarah Maddox Faculty Evaluator: Josh Meisel, … Read more . . .
Defense Agency Proposes Outsourcing More Spying Contracts Worth $1 Billion Would Set Record By Walter Pincus Washington Post Staff Writer Sunday, August 19, 2007; A03 The Defense Intelligence Agency is preparing to pay private contractors up to $1 billion to … Read more . . .
The corporate takeover of U.S. intelligence The U.S. government now outsources a vast portion of its spying operations to private firms — with zero public accountability. By Tim Shorrock http://www.salon.com/news/feature/2007/06/01/intel_contractors/index1.html June 1, 2007 More than five years into the global … Read more . . .
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A lawsuit was filed in federal court in New Jersey challenging the [National Security Agency's] wiretapping operations. It claims that in February 2001, just days before agency officials met with Qwest officials, the N.S.A. met with AT&T officials to discuss replicating a network center in Bedminster, N.J., to give the agency access to all the global phone and e-mail traffic that ran through it.
?What he saw,? said Bruce Afran, a New Jersey lawyer representing the plaintiffs along with Carl Mayer, ?was decisive evidence that within two weeks of taking office, the Bush administration was planning a comprehensive effort of spying on Americans? phone usage.?
Bush Wants Phone Firms Immune to Privacy Suits … Read more . . .