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Spies for hire : the secret world of intelligence outsourcing
Éditeur Simon & Schuster
Année cop. 2008
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Spies for hire : the secret world of intelligence outsourcing
[Updated with a new afterword]
1 vol. (451 p.) ; 24 cm
Prologue consultable à l'adresse
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Présentation de l'éditeur
Notes bibliogr. Index
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The intelligence-industrial complex ; Booz Allen Hamilton and "The Shadow IC" ; A short history of Intelligence outsourcing ; The CIA and the sacrifice of professionalism ; The role of the Pentagon ; The NFA, 9/11, and the business of data mining ; Intelligence Disneyland ; The pure plays ; The rise of the national surveillance state ; Conclusion: ideology, oversight, and the costs of secrecy
Présentation de l'éditeur : "Running spy networks overseas. Tracking down terrorists in the Middle East. Interrogating enemy prisoners. Analyzing data from spy satellites and intercepted phone calls. All of these are vital intelligence tasks that traditionally have been performed by government officials accountable to Congress and the American people. But that is no longer the case." "Starting during the Clinton administration, when intelligence budgets were cut drastically and privatization of government services became national policy, and expanding dramatically in the wake of 9/11, when the CIA and other agencies were frantically looking to hire analysts and linguists, the Intelligence Community has been relying more and more on corporations to perform sensitive tasks heretofore considered to be exclusively the work of federal employees. This outsourcing of intelligence activities is now a $50 billion-a-year business that consumes up to 70 percent of the U.S. intelligence budget. And it's a business that the government has tried hard to keep under wraps." "From CIA covert actions to NSA eavesdropping, from Abu Ghraib to Guantanamo, from the Pentagon's techno-driven war in Iraq to the coming global battles over information dominance and control of cyberspace, contractors are doing it all. Spies for Hire goes behind today's headlines to highlight how private corporations are aiding the growth of a new and frightening national surveillance state."
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