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Top Customer Reviews
Now the finger pointing is beginning, and blame is sought for ever giving the likes of Snowden a clearance. People like me with a memory remember when NSA gave one half of the Martin and Mitchell traitor duo a clearance although they knew one of this traitorous twosomes bizarre traits was having sex with a chicken and slamming a drawer on the chicken's head at the moment of climax. If you don't believe me, this incident is set forth in David Kahn's seminal history of code breaking, "The Codebreakers". Kahn eventually was hired by NSA, possibly so he would not embarrass them in future literary revelations.
As for the current brouhaha, the Facebook generation has no concept of privacy and this whole revelation will soon be as old as yesterday's headline. Nothing will come of it, and if people had to choose between more terrorist attacks, which NSA is doing a pretty good job of preventing in the CONUS, or another giant terrorist attack, they will pick safety before privacy. It's a new world and the people under 40 today have ideas and morays as alien to me as an extraterrestrial from another galaxy.
"Spies for Hire is one of those books so brimful of detail, including mergers and acquisitions by intelligence companies, that one wishes for coded links and two or three charts illustrating the career trajectories and corporate genealogy of a couple dozen of the key players."
Another reviewer told an unsourced anecdote about an intelligence contractor who was downsized into driving a limo. Well, consider the story of neocon visionary Stephen Cambone. A charter member of PNAC, Cambone was appointed as the undersecretary of defense for intelligence at the Pentagon, a position of immense power and influence, which was forged from the conflict between Rumsfeld and the CIA.
"Among his other duties was overseeing "Copper Green," the interrogations, much of them by private contractors, of Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib. Cambone was so widely despised and feared at the Pentagon that an Army general had jokingly said that "if he had one round left in his revolver, he would take out Steve Cambone," according to the Washington Post's Thomas Ricks."
When Rumsfeld was forced out of his job, his loyal retainer, Cambone was shown the exit a few months later, in January of 2007. However, Cambone did not end up driving a limousine:
"In January 2008, the Pentagon's Counter-Intelligence Field Agency granted a $30 million contract to the Missions Solutions Group of QinetiQ North America...Just two months before that contract was awarded, QinetiQ hired a new vice president for strategy. His name is Stephen Cambone."
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The opinion side--well, it's an artifact of the Bush years (2008 publication date), so I score that as a misdemeanor. I don't think he fully recognized the degree of bias that he had, and he did try to keep it in check; that effort failed him here and there, particularly when he discussed ideology and its potential effects in an outsourced intelligence community. I'd like to see an updated edition of this book; I do think Mr. Shorrock would give a more balanced presentation of these issues in light of the Obama administrations continuance and expansion of the outsourcing policies described in this book.
The lack of solid proposals for fixing the problems he outlines: THAT is a more serious matter. Absent a clear, realistic, and achievable plan of action for solving a problem, it will continue on into perpetuity no matter how impassioned or forceful one's presentation of the problem. Muckraking is fun, but the classics of the muckraking era combined exposure of problems with proposals on how to solve them.
"Green badge" personnel have become commonplace in national security (and much of the rest of government) because of ceilings on government personnel, a general loss of relevant skills within the government during the post-Cold War era due to personnel attrition (outsourcing has simply accelerated this process), hiring freezes, the need to be able to ramp up and shut down operations quickly, and the need to be able to disown serious problems in a hurry.Read more ›
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This was a very informative look at how much of our national security has been farmed out to the private sector. It shows , also, how easily our elected officials can be bought.Published 3 months ago by Lyle J. Sanford
Shorrock has tried to fold back some of the pages of intensely interconnected companies and people with some good historical perspective on how we got into this mess. Read morePublished 18 months ago by R.L.D.
INTERESTING DOCUMENTARY OF GOVERNMENT USE OF PRIVATE INTELLIGENCE SUPPORT.Published 18 months ago by C. H. Fuller
The book is well-referenced, making skillful use of first-person sources. Each chapter is filled with information and provide deeper insight into what, in some books, is just a... Read morePublished on January 2, 2014 by George
This book really goes into detail about how the intelligence field and it's spy work is being outsourced today. Read morePublished on December 27, 2013 by Glen Robertson
This is an absolute must read for anyone interested in the world of modern intelligence. Very well researched and written.Published on July 31, 2013 by Jason
Thots well presented considering the
complexity of info. presented
Clearly written for lay person......
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