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  •  Its Mind Boggling (5+ / 0-)

    You know, many folks can't even begin to comprehend the ramifications of the MIC's influence (think on the corporate media) and the impact of it in our daily lives.

    Additionally, all the "action" takes place in the DC/Virginia area and the privileged elites run this show. no doubt about that.

    •  I think few, beyond here, know that the CIA (4+ / 0-)

      is mostly privatized these days.  Where's the accountability in that?

      I found it

      Top Secret America

      Washington Post

      A most excellent, in-depth look at our privatized security system.

      http://projects.washingtonpost.com/...

      10.2.10 March On Washington ROCKED http://www.onenationworkingtogether.org/pages/march-details

      by War on Error on Fri Nov 26, 2010 at 02:02:45 PM PST

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      •  The CIA has usually had others do the covert work (3+ / 0-)

        Few realize that the CIA is in the human intelligence business. Even fewer realize the NSA is in the electronic intelligence business. The NSA does not do covert intelligence. The CIA does, but usually either through contractors or the military. Yeah, Valerie Plame was a covert agent, but what she did was to gather intelligence. Yeah, she was trained to kill. But, killing was not her task. Human intelligence was.

        Practice tolerance, kindness and charity.

        by LWelsch on Fri Nov 26, 2010 at 02:11:20 PM PST

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        •  Have you seen the Plame movie yet? (5+ / 0-)

          Heck, most of Blackwater (xe) are former CIA and Seals.

          Our sweat equity paid for their training, Xe gets to profit.

          What is wrong with this picture?

          10.2.10 March On Washington ROCKED http://www.onenationworkingtogether.org/pages/march-details

          by War on Error on Fri Nov 26, 2010 at 02:14:52 PM PST

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          •  What is wrong is Xe (3+ / 0-)

            is full of itself. If ever a government contractor did not deserve a contract or even to exist it should be Xe. Xe should be prosecuted, not given contracts.

            Whoops, I forgot Haliburton, and everyone else you talked about.

            Practice tolerance, kindness and charity.

            by LWelsch on Fri Nov 26, 2010 at 02:21:12 PM PST

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            •  We financed Blackwaters ascent. (4+ / 0-)

              That really bothers me.  Prince is living like a Prince in Dubai and our sweat equity made it possible.

              Why can't he pay the taxpayers back for launching his now global, private enterprise servicing private corporations?

              We are such saps.

              We should all cry with outrage whenever we hear

              Public/Private Partnership.  It's doublespeak for

              OK, we are going to use your hard earned money to for a start up so Herb's grandson, Ducky, can have his own business and a life of ease sucking off the government teet.

              And, btw, this is why all that "drown the government" is just theater.  They all want to enrich their kids and grandkids off the same privatized government teet.

              Don't be fooled, k?

              10.2.10 March On Washington ROCKED http://www.onenationworkingtogether.org/pages/march-details

              by War on Error on Fri Nov 26, 2010 at 02:28:13 PM PST

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              •  I think it's worse. I think the US taxpayers (1+ / 0-)
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                subsidized Eric Prince's creation of an international mercenary army, filled with soldiers of fortune.

                How many such mercenaries does Xe now employ, worldwide, I wonder?

                Enough for him to take over a small country, would be my guess.

                Ugh. Now that's some ugly truth that's likely to be coming back to haunt the US at some point...

                "in Order to form a more perfect Union"
                Basta de Guerra. No más. Enough War. No more.

                by Angie in WA State on Fri Nov 26, 2010 at 06:00:59 PM PST

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                •  I love your wise insights, Angie. (1+ / 0-)
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                  It is really a chilling possiblity that companies like Xe could actually be hired to herd us.  They were hired for Katrina.  That was wrong in so many ways.

                  10.2.10 March On Washington ROCKED http://www.onenationworkingtogether.org/pages/march-details

                  by War on Error on Fri Nov 26, 2010 at 06:21:17 PM PST

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                  •  I think it comes from reading a boatload of (1+ / 0-)
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                    Mack Bolan The Executioner books in the 1970s, along with every science fiction book I could lay my hands on.

                    I grew up on stories about subversive agencies determined to take down America, and their weasely ways... and many (if not most) of the villians of these tales were Americans and not some nefarious foreigner.

                    Hence, my tendency to always look for the bad guys close to home, first. It's faster, and cheaper, and usually right. It's sort of like domestic violence statistics. A lot of murders take place in the US. But the cops always look at the roommate/spouse/family first - because odds are, it's somebody close who did the deed.

                    It does seem to be the MO of these corporate persons, though, to find a way to subsidize their way into life via the US taxpayer, and then enrich the private ownership (these types of guys don't seem to go the public IPO route, do they?) via Department of Defense contracting.

                    How convenient that the scabrous MIC contractors have educated themselves so well on how to work the system that they've scavenged fortunes out of the taxpayers - all in the name of death dealing.

                    It's all just so terribly, terribly sad and worrisome, when you think about it.

                    :(

                    "in Order to form a more perfect Union"
                    Basta de Guerra. No más. Enough War. No more.

                    by Angie in WA State on Fri Nov 26, 2010 at 07:02:12 PM PST

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                    •  We need a BuSab Department (1+ / 0-)
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                      Did you read the Dosadi Experiment?

                      You write really well, Angie.  Have you tried you hand at writing a zinger?

                      Me, I am straight up didactic...boring, no flare.

                      You have flare..the gift.  Go for it.  You can publish for Kindle these days.

                      Have to run off for some sleep.

                      Nighty night.

                      Oh, I had a new grand daughter in August, btw.  THE best!!

                      10.2.10 March On Washington ROCKED http://www.onenationworkingtogether.org/pages/march-details

                      by War on Error on Fri Nov 26, 2010 at 10:00:24 PM PST

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                      •  I haven't read that Herbert series yet - (0+ / 0-)

                        but I have ebook versions of the 3 parts, and it's on my list to read sometime this decade :)

                        Bureau of Sabotage, now that is an idea whose time, I think, has come. We're doing all of it, just under a bunch of different names:
                        CIA
                        FBI
                        NSA
                        TSA
                        ICE

                        are just a few that come to mind.

                        What's a zinger??? You mean a novel? I've thought about it, and I've got a couple of 'starter' books I've been working on this year, but haven't come close to finishing anything... too busy here on the dKos.

                        Congrats on the new gBabe, aren't they some kind of wonderful to behold?

                        "in Order to form a more perfect Union"
                        Basta de Guerra. No más. Enough War. No more.

                        by Angie in WA State on Sat Nov 27, 2010 at 11:44:13 AM PST

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