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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.

    Dr. Hillhouse is an expert on national security outsourcing. Her controversial work has twice elicited a formal response by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence--the only times that office has ever publicly responded to the writings of a private citizen.

    She is a regular media guest and available for interviews.

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July 30, 2007

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Mad Dogs

"The Mainstream Media is missing the biggest part of the story..."

That, my dear, is the understatement of the week! Clueless doesn't begin to describe our MSM these days.

Hey there RJ! And yes indeedy, I'm in full agreement with you that Junya and Deadeye have been and are using private corporations to both avoid scrutiny and legal jeopardy.

On the legal jeopardy issue, I also believe they've been getting real poor legal advice on this issue.

Outsourcing may not protect them 'cause conspiracy to commit crimes is still criminal.

'Course, if one stacks the courts (including the Supreme Court) with one's own political/ideological flunkies, then perhaps a crime is now longer a crime.

As always, I'm sure we'll all stay tuned!

phil

They can't EVER be prosecuted if they are allowed to continue to destroy the evidence.

The Corporate Mainstream Media is not serving the public interest by DEFINITION.

Squiddy

And let's not ignore the potential for industrial espionage here. What's to keep Lockheed Martin from spying on Northrop Grumman? Such a move would be far closer to their direct interests, and entirely unpoliceable.

Jeff Carr

Given the downside of the privatization of intelligence (as you've clearly laid it out), I wonder if the upside might be that these private firms can apply advances in information technology in a more rapid way? After all, the DoD intelligence agencies are still ironing out the kinks in their DCGS integration backbone so that they can finally share information across agencies. Maybe by the time we're out of Iraq, it'll be out of testing?

R J Hillhouse

Yes, and maybe there will be a community badge that works by then, too!

traduttore traditore

Ms. Hillhouse, how much have you looked into Fleishman Hilliard and their relationship with the NSA?

I'm very interested in your diary linking outsourcing with the Gonzales testimony. Please write more!

Tony Foresta

Outstanding catch Dr. Hillhouse. The socalled MSM is the propaganda and disinformation arm of the Bush government. The MSM is not clueless, but complicit. The real horroshow issue is who exactly are these corporations loyal and accountable to, and how and why are they selected.

My personal opinion is that this entire "privitization" of the the intelligence product is focused entire on profiteering, cronyism, and advancing the fascist machinations of the Bush governmen, and very little to do with advancing the best interests of the American people or America.

"Deliver us from evil"

kelley b.

Hi RJH

You might find it interesting to note that at least one progressive web community has been on the corporate angle of this for some time now.

Keep up the good work!

R J Hillhouse

Thanks Kelley. Although I'm sure it's well intended, it's not good work, but ill-informed specualtion, though I do admit the idea that Bush was personally acting as a courier while riding his bicycle near NSA headquarters was creative.

RJH

kelley b.

In a world of disinformation, you can only expect ill-informed speculation.

Still, the image of Bush biking to the NSA to pick up cherry-picked goodies on his political enemies is a humorous way of describing what seems to be the most logical abuse of the information. That being the political extortion of people who might impede the flow of cash to the corporations that control the surveillance. Humor and hyperbole are the tools of those of us who are less informed but equally at risk in the new order of things.

Besides, if anyone was going to personally pick up dirt on his enemies, it wouldn't be Junior on his bike. It would be Lord Cheney surrounded by dozens of his private Death Eaters.

4real

Circumventing the constitution ... for real. Your federally funded contractors and local LE "at work" or "This is easier than eating donuts and it pays better ... it's safer too":
http://www.freedomfchs.com/unwarranted_surveillance.pdf

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Acknowledgements

  • 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.