Author Archives: Tim Shorrock

PSYCHO-CAPITALISM: A $180 million torture-for-profit industry

The Senate Committee’s Report on the C.I.A.’s Use of Torture concludes that torture programs were “overwhelmingly outsourced operations.” Here’s the section on these Psycho-Contractors, as summarized by the Washington Post: The CIA contracted with two psychologists to develop, operate, and … Continue reading

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Blackwater: The problem is the outsourcing of war

My latest, just posted in The New York Times. The Blackwater convictions this week brought me back to a fierce debate I witnessed in January 2005 between a Marine colonel and one of Blackwater’s top executives. The colonel, who had … Continue reading

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The U.S. media will believe anything on North Korea — some perspective from a long-time Asia hand

Over the last week, the U.S. media have been filled with lurid accounts of a “coup” in North Korea and predictions of either a revolution from within or a coming collapse of the country. In this piece, I look first … Continue reading

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No boots on the ground, but plenty of contractors

The US just launched a new air war against ISIS. This week, Bill O’Reilly proposed that Blackwater send its private sector mercenaries to fight. I don’t know why; mercs are already there in force. My latest, from Salon: A massive, … Continue reading

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Stunning report from South Korea: “A worker’s body is stolen.”

Read how Samsung treats its workers, even dead ones, and you might reconsider the giant company for your next phone. From Hankyoreh, one of South Korea’s only independent newspapers. Members of the Samsung service workers chapter of the Korean Metal … Continue reading

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