Outsourcing Intelligence: Author R.J. Hillhouse on How Key National Security Projects Are Contracted to Private Firms (video link)

Outsourcing Intelligence: Author R.J. Hillhouse on How Key National Security Projects Are Contracted to Private Firms


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Thursday, July 26th, 2007

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Author R.J. Hillhouse caused a stir in Washington last month when she revealed more than 50 percent of the National Clandestine Service has been outsourced to private firms. Now Hillhouse has exposed private companies are heavily involved in the nation’s most important and most sensitive national security document – the President’s Daily Brief. And there appears to be few safeguards from preventing corporations from inserting items favorable to itself or its clients into the President’s Daily Brief in order to influence the country’s national security agenda. [includes rush transcript]


“Red alert: Our national security is being outsourced. The most intriguing secrets of the ‘war on terror’ have nothing to do with al-Qaeda and its fellow travelers. They’re about the mammoth private spying industry that all but runs U.S. intelligence operations today… the private spy industry has succeeded where no foreign government has: It has penetrated the CIA and is running the show.” Those are the opening lines to a recent article in the Washington Post by R.J Hillhouse, a blogger and novelist who closely tracks the privatization of the nation’s intelligence agencies.According to Hillhouse more than 50 percent of the National Clandestine Service has been outsourced to private firms such as Abraxas, Booz Allen Hamilton, Lockheed Martin and Raytheon. Hillhouse’s article in the Washington Post created a firestorm of controversy within the intelligence community. A week later the Office of the Director of National Intelligence responded defending the use of private contractors.

Now Hillhouse has exposed that the reach of these corporations has extended into the Oval Office. Private companies are now heavily involved in creating the analytical products that underlie the nation’s most important and most sensitive national security document – the President’s Daily Brief. And there appears to be few safeguards from preventing corporations from inserting items favorable to itself or its clients into the President’s Daily Brief in order to influence the country’s national security agenda.

R.J. Hillhouse joins us now in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

  • R.J. Hillhouse. Writes the national security blog The Spy Who Billed Me. Her latest article “Outsourcing Intelligence” was posted on the Nation Magazine website this week. She is also the author of a new spy novel, “Outsourced.”

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3 thoughts on “Outsourcing Intelligence: Author R.J. Hillhouse on How Key National Security Projects Are Contracted to Private Firms (video link)

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  2. Wake Up True American Patriot’s.
    Corporation’s are stealing the Right’s of YOU, & I, and their greed, will reach into OUR children’s Children. I’m sure the legacy we leave will have destroyed their FUTURE.
    Debt
    No Right’s
    No Health care
    No S.Security
    No COUNTRY
    Only Slavery, and you and I, Allowed, & DID it !
    Vote By Absentee Ballot, No-morph

  3. Namiste,

    I believe it. It doesn’t really surprise me that this administration would allow it’s self to be guided by others who don’t have America’s best interest at its heart. I don’t doubt that this president includes in his everyday briefings things that are a part of huge company’s best interest at heart that also helps his own behind the scenes agenda. It doesn’t surprise me that it is his father or Dick Cheney who is behind the scenes leading the puppet and telling him what to say or to do. It seems like a lot of the time he is clueless what is really going on. If there was a survey of Americans who think that they are actually smarter than the president how many do you think would say that they think that they are smarter? !00% 98% what number exactly do you think? I guess it is true if you have enough votes or he voting system is rigged any one can become president and leader of the supposedly free world!!!!!

    Namiste and peace,

    William

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