“Cointelpro” is Alive and Well … Multinational Corps and Lobbies are working against Truth

Editor comment: Using the tactics of the 1960’s / 70’s FBI Cointelpro program, the privatization of: infiltration, spying, discrediting of activists / whistle-blowers, and provocateurism are still being used today.  Manifest in the new millennium these illegal tactics cannot be traced back to the Government, and as many operations target the Left… They cannot be traced directly back to Cousin Barry Obama.  (Yes the very “left” that advocates this treatment of the extreme right!)

don’t fall for it!


excerpts via Brad Blog

In a press release announcing the new report, Ruskin, Director of the Center for Corporate Policy, notes correctly that…

“Giant corporations are employing highly unethical or illegal tools of espionage against nonprofit organizations with near impunity. Our report documents how corporations hire shady investigative firms staffed with former employees of the Central Intelligence Agency, National Security Agency, U.S. military, Federal Bureau of Investigations, Secret Service and local police departments to target nonprofit organizations.

“Many of the world’s largest corporations and their trade associations — including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Walmart, Monsanto, Bank of America, Dow Chemical, Kraft, Coca-Cola, Chevron, Burger King, McDonald’s, Shell, BP, BAE, Sasol, Brown & Williamson and E.ON — have been linked to espionage or planned espionage against nonprofit organizations, activists and whistleblowers.

“Many different types of nonprofit organizations have been targeted with corporate espionage, including environmental, anti-war, public interest, consumer, food safety, pesticide reform, nursing home reform, gun control, social justice, animal rights and arms control groups.

“Corporations and their trade associations have been linked to a wide variety of espionage tactics against nonprofit organizations. The most prevalent tactic appears to be infiltration by posing as a volunteer or journalist, to obtain information from a nonprofit. But corporations have been linked to many other human, physical and electronic espionage tactics against nonprofits. Many of these tactics are either highly unethical or illegal.”


in a new report by Gary Ruskin released Wednesday by the Institute of Public Accuracy titled “Spooky Business: Corporate Espionage Against Nonprofit Organizations” [PDF].

As Ruskin notes on page 22 of the new report…

……..organizations and activists who dared oppose their corporatist, anti-American agenda in even the slightest way. Their plot involved using tools developed by private government contractors (with taxpayer dollars) for the so-called “War on Terror”, and turning them against private U.S. citizens for their corporate espionage benefit…The three “defense” contractors involved were HBGary, Palintir Technologies and Berico Technologies (all of which still enjoy government largess and contracts even today). The plot was disrupted while the U.S. Chamber’s powerful D.C. law firm, Hunton & Williams LLP, was negotiating the deal on their behalf.

There was a parallel plot exposed at the same time, which the same three contractors were also working on. That one was on behalf of Bank of America and would have targeted journalist Glen Greenwald. Bank of America was said to have been referred to the groups by the U.S. Dept. of Justice. So you can see yet another reason why there was never any accountability for the scheme.

[You can peruse more about that whole mess via our “U.S. Chamber Plot” special coverage page.]




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