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  • Dr. Hillhouse has run Cuban rum between East and West Berlin, smuggled jewels from the Soviet Union and slipped through some of the world’s tightest borders. From Uzbekistan to Romania, she's been followed, held at gunpoint and interrogated. Foreign governments and others have pitched her for recruitment as a spy. (They failed.)

    A former professor and Fulbright fellow, Dr. Hillhouse earned her Ph.D. in political science at the University of Michigan. Her latest novel, OUTSOURCED (Forge Books) is about the turf wars between the Pentagon and the CIA and the privatization of national security.

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May 30, 2007



Two points:

First, I find it hard to believe that all the lawyers at Boeing did not perform an inquiry into how feasible a lawsuit of this sort would be long before the planes started leaving the ground.

Second, all the inquiries in the world aren't worth crap if you get a sympathetic trial judge. The trial judge will likely get overruled, but the appellate court will at least impose some structure while the ACLU will get attention drawn to the issue.

Public interest suits hardly ever succeed in tearing down walls overnight. Instead they just plink away until either enough attention is drawn that a new law is passed or a high enough judge gets a different idea of how things should work. This will be no different.

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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.