Category Archives: Spies for Hire

Outsourcing war is a bloody business

I just published a story at The Nation about the recent kidnapping of three U.S. contractors in Baghdad. The tale underscores an important truth about the vast expansion of military contracting in war zones over the past 15 years: it’s … Continue reading

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Did John Brennan suck as a contractor? The CIA thinks so.

In January 2010, a few days after a Nigerian terrorist came close to blowing up a US passenger plane on its way to Detroit, President Obama’s top counterterrorism adviser made an extraordinary confession. “I told the President today I let him down,” … Continue reading

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New documents out on Stellarwind

The New York Times just posted a story shedding new light on that big fight in 2004 between the George W. Bush White House and the Justice Department over the post-9/11 mass collection of domestic calling data by the NSA.  … Continue reading

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Leaked document reveals extent of contracting in Afghanistan

So you think this is what only the government and the military can do? Think again – my latest, in Salon: And here’s the contractors leading the way on this $400 million contract:

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Bill Binney on the WSJ’s NSA-telecom revelations

There was only one person I wanted to contact when I read the Wall Street Journal’s astonishing report that the NSA has built a surveillance system capable of spying on 75 percent of all U.S. Internet traffic: Bill Binney. Binney … Continue reading

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