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Private Intelligence Contractors And Engineered Consent

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But SAIC isn't the only PIC. Peter Dale Scott describes in "The Real Grand Chessboard And The Profiteers Of War"[xii] characteristics of another PIC:

"Diligence LLC was licensed to do business in Iraq as a private military contractor (PMC). But it could be called a Private Intelligence Contractor (PIC), since it is virtually a CIA spin-off:

'Diligence was founded by William Webster, the only man to head both the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Mike Baker, its chief executive officer, spent 14 years at the CIA as a covert field operations officer specializing in counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency operations. Whitley Bruner, its chief operating officer in Baghdad, was once the CIA station chief in Iraq.[31]' "

Yet another PIC, possibly better known, is SITE. In "Disinformation Campaigns Have Blinded Us To Realities"[xiii] I explain the source of a screenshot depicting the beheading of Stephen Sotloff:

"A private intelligence contractor called 'Search for International Terrorist Entities' (SITE) is the source of the image. Furthermore, according to journalist James F. Tracy in 'Sotloff Family Spokesman Is Media Pundit,'

'One of SITE's founders, Rita Katz, is a government insider with close connections to former terrorism czar Richard Clarke and his staff in the White House, as well as investigators in the Department of Justice, Department of the Treasury, and the Department of Homeland Security, according to SourceWatch. Her father was executed in Iraq as an Israel spy, a fact that suggests a connection to Israeli intelligence.'

Clearly there appears to be a conflict of interest here. SITE, in collusion with the White House, is providing possibly fraudulent images to manipulate the collective mindset of the public, and to further a war agenda."

What emerges from this overview of a number of PICS is that there are reasonable grounds to argue that there is collusion between government polities and PICS, and that there are reasonable grounds to argue that there are conflicts of interest as well.

Are the PICS providing "objective" intelligence, or are they being used as a profitable arm of the MIC to advance a permanent war agenda? Evidence suggests the latter.

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By Mark Taliano

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