Category Archives: Spies for Hire

“CACI and Its Friends,” Revisited

Read this unbelievable story from today’s Washington Post: There’s not much lower you can go as a company, or a contractor, or a country. Weeks after winning dismissal of a case alleging that CACI International employees directed mistreatment of Abu Ghraib detainees, … Continue reading

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Time to Nationalize the Intelligence Industry

That’s basically what I argue in this op-ed I just posted at the New York Times – my first byline ever in the Gray Lady. We’ve allowed contractors to conduct our most secret and sensitive operations with virtually no oversight. … Continue reading

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SPIES FOR HIRE: The 70 Percent Solution

Here it is, the 2007 ODNI slide that says , in bright color, exactly how much of the U.S. intelligence budget goes to contractors. I first reported this amazing figure in Salon on June 1, 2007, and I’ve been citing it … Continue reading

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Digital Blackwater

My latest, in Salon. I was interviewed about this article today on Democracy Now! “The largest concentration of cyber power on the planet is the intersection of the Baltimore Parkway and Maryland Route 32,” says Michael V. Hayden, who oversaw … Continue reading

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INSA – How Money and Power Corrupts National Security

The Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA): A Field Guide   By Tim Shorrock INSA was originally founded in 1979 as a forum for informal discussions between the NSA and its many contractors, and had its headquarters in the National … Continue reading

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