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March 29, 2007



So.... My dear R.J.

If you figured out that the ITAR doesn't cover the export of this "Equipment, technology and services."

Then obviously these corporations with their massive law firms researching on their behalf know this as well.

Thus are we to assume that the only reason for them to go off-shore is to be able to conduct these operation on U.S. soil as well?
Without the direct oversight of the U.S. Government?

R J Hillhouse

Hi, BillW,

The quick answer is no.

I'll address the issues of offshore incorporation in the next post.


Am pretty new to this all. So months later...

This adds to a big picture about allegations of Blackwater smuggled arms being found in hands of the Kurds, and oil contracts between Kurdistan and companies such as Hunt Oil.,,-6940950,00.html

eduardo rafel ojeda s.

saludoosssz!!! para pertenecer?

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  • A tip of the hat to investigative journalist Tim Shorrock who inspired the name of this blog with his path-breaking 2005 article, "The Spy Who Billed Me."

    Shorrock has a dedicated web page on outsourcing in intel. It links to many of his articles which are must-reads for anyone interested in the privatization of intelligence.