The "National Security" Apparatus Has Been Hijacked to Serve the Needs of Big Business

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Fri, 09/17/2010 - 13:05 | 588114 AchtungAffen
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You deregulated. And you also privatized. Several years later you woke up to the fact that your boss is now your master. And also that the State is now your coworker, only in a "manager" position a little above you. And what did you do? Complain about big gubermint and communists, while you picked cotton (if you still had a job) under the whip of the goobermint for the benefit of that private big business trust you love so much... innovation at its finest.

Thu, 09/16/2010 - 19:56 | 586704 michigan independant
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http://econ.bus.utk.edu/november%20newsschool.pdf

Every Guv prick who thinks 2 percent inflation models should be continued and then see who hires them that who.

Also http://biotech.rpi.edu/index.php/news/62-news/227-rensselaer-polytechnic-institute-researchers-develop-coating-that-safely-kills-mrsa-on-contact-

The new coating marries carbon nanotubes with lysostaphin, a naturally occurring enzyme used by non-pathogenic strains of Staph bacteria to defend against Staphylococcus aureus, including MRSA. The resulting nanotube-enzyme “conjugate” can be mixed with any number of surface finishes — in tests, it was mixed with ordinary latex house paint.

July edition of the journal ACS Nano, published by the American Chemical Society.

 

 

Thu, 09/16/2010 - 18:42 | 586525 New World Chaos
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Creepy article about Homeland Security's Stasi-like treatment of anti-gas protesters, including intelligence sharing between multiple law enforcement agencies and the companies themselves.  Hippies are on double-secret probation.
http://www.boingboing.net/2010/09/15/pa-homeland-security.html

As GW will surely remind you, the police state also does BP's dirty work.  $40,000 fines, felony charges, and a ride in the Homeland Security van for photographing cleanup or PB facilities.  Cash-strapped local cops paid directly by BP.
http://www.prisonplanet.com/gulf-coast-now-a-bp-police-state-as-law-enforcement-conspires-with-bp-to-intimidate-journalists.html

I see corporatist stooges... they're everywhere!

 

Thu, 09/16/2010 - 19:33 | 586700 TheMerryPrankster
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Fascist = Corporatists = Nazis

 

I fear we are in a loop. Those who fail to  learn from their mistakes are doomed to repeat them.

How do we break this cycle?

Or do we just bail and get out of Dodge?

 

 

Thu, 09/16/2010 - 20:17 | 586788 New World Chaos
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Yes, the solution to government failure is always more government, until the whole system collapses.  This cycle will continue until so many sheeple die that the survivors become significantly smarter.  Right now, America is flirting with a massive national Darwin Award but in the long run this might be a good thing.  "Won't somebody PLEASE think of the children?!?"

For the short term, I suggest bugging out.  Moved to New Zealand in '06.  Interested?

In the long term, I also suggest bugging out- to space.  There is significant risk of having world government -> world North Korea -> world collapse -> Golden Age of Cannibalism -> Mad Max -> civilization re-emerges but is stuck with Renaissance level technology forever, due to loss of easy resources and loss of machines to extract the hard resources. 

The sheeple will also take a very long time to evolve, and selection pressures (gulags) might turn them into perfect slaves. 

Thu, 09/16/2010 - 17:41 | 586411 Miles Kendig
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This is why the professional DOD is concerned...

Thu, 09/16/2010 - 17:01 | 586261 Widowmaker
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So has the LEGAL apparatus with the use of incorporation.

Ethical, moral, and unaccountable freeforall, and a sad day for the rule of law.

Corporate welfare on it's way to parasitically turning the US (and world) into an entrenched corporatocracy.

Thu, 09/16/2010 - 16:29 | 586188 RecoveringDebtJunkie
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We should also recognize our complicity in the destructive actions of our large corporations and fascist government. The best thing we can do now is withdraw our support from these institutions in any way we can. Maybe it won't make a difference at this stage of the game, but at least we'll be doing what's right, if that word means anything anymore.

http://peakcomplexity.blogspot.com/2010/09/confronting-our-complicity.html

 

Thu, 09/16/2010 - 21:13 | 586892 RockyRacoon
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Very good article, thanks for the link.   There are references to ZH articles to boot.

Thu, 09/16/2010 - 19:30 | 586697 TheMerryPrankster
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Excellent link. This should be published on ZeroHedge.

+100

Thu, 09/16/2010 - 15:48 | 586063 aerojet
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You can add to the list the windfall garned by the sale of those ridiculous and controversial full-body airport security scanners that were unpopular until the underwear bomber somehow got on a plane without a passport.  Fascism--the unholy collusion of state with the so-called private sector.

Thu, 09/16/2010 - 17:29 | 586380 Frankie Carbone
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How do you think that "somehow" happened?

Thu, 09/16/2010 - 15:26 | 586017 Traianus Augustus
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I watch the Dow Jones Transports on a daily basis and over the past 18 months IMO they have been a huge catalyst for the markets recovery.  They were down 60% plus by March 08 and they have lead the markets up at least half the time.  From the looks of it National Security and Transports go together like PB&J.

Thu, 09/16/2010 - 15:14 | 585986 curbyourrisk
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Ya know...I know this makes no sense but one company out there that I have no fucking clue made it through was DTG (NYSE)  One day they are teetering on bankruptcy and 12 months later they are being baught in a bidding war for $50 a share. 

Thu, 09/16/2010 - 15:01 | 585957 Rusty_Shackleford
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"Classified my ass.

That's a fucking secret, and you know it."

Thu, 09/16/2010 - 14:59 | 585954 frosty zoom
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The "National Security" Apparatus Has Been Hijacked to Serve the Needs of Big Business

 

NEWSFLASH!

 

Thu, 09/16/2010 - 14:34 | 585908 hugolp
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The "national security" aparatus was created to help big business.

Thu, 09/16/2010 - 15:37 | 586041 sgt_doom
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+ 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000

Thank you!

Thu, 09/16/2010 - 17:28 | 586376 Frankie Carbone
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Better to post that number now Sgt. Three years from now you'll be offering him the amount needed to buy a candy bar.

Thu, 09/16/2010 - 14:15 | 585855 Bankster T Cubed
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earnings at publicly traded companies -- are they a matter of national security?   Does IBM post earnings according to what "they need to be?"  do all the bigs?

at this point, I'd be shocked if the numbers were legit. 

In the name of nat'l security, they've turned the entire system into Madoff LLC.

Thu, 09/16/2010 - 14:08 | 585835 Azannoth
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You bet!

http://www.sovereignman.com/expat/pick-your-battles/

When you look at how much the world has changed over the last several years, and you consider how fast things are changing now, I think we only have a few years remaining before much of what we know today changes dramatically.

Thu, 09/16/2010 - 14:04 | 585824 Sudden Debt
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The Big companies have been running the western world for decades already.

Those big companies all run their own secret service. That means they have 2 kinds of services at their position.

One with the voice of the government and one with the voice of their own will.

Thu, 09/16/2010 - 13:55 | 585797 LeBalance
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A competent parasite knows exactly how much it can steal from its prey.  That means one of two things (1) these folks are not good at what they do, OR (2) this game has progressed to another stage and we have been deemed expendable.

Any Holy Wood movies out that might indicate whether we are "The Expendables" or not?

and...

Go GW Go!

Thu, 09/16/2010 - 14:53 | 585941 prophet
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Well they don't need us to pay taxes anymore since they can just borrow whatever they need.

Thu, 09/16/2010 - 13:51 | 585785 williambanzai7
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Anything that is critical to the national debt manufacturing apparatus is of National Security importance.

You can bet the military is all over this.

Thu, 09/16/2010 - 14:22 | 585750 George Washington
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I'd be grateful if someone could point to info showing that the government has picked winners and losers through HFT or more official programs, especially if somehow tied into (through a single step or two steps) national security ...

I want to add this:

"Many have also accused the government of picking winners and losers. For example, Lehman was allowed to fail while others were spared. Certainly, the too big to fail banks have been propped up, while lots of little guys have been allowed to fail."

But I don't know how to tie it into national security ....

Thu, 09/16/2010 - 19:29 | 586695 caconhma
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It is important to understand that the 9/11 was nothing to do with Muslims terrorists in the USA. The 9/11 was a coup d'etat by America's ruling elite and security apparatus against the foundation of the American Constitution.

At this day, America has made a quantum step from a democratic society to a totalitarian one.

Unfortunately, the US Congress perfectly played its role of presenting and promoting interests and agenda of their real Wall-Street and big business masters.

Thu, 09/16/2010 - 15:32 | 586027 sgt_doom
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Listen, while I greatly appreciate this post it is fundamentally nonsensical in nature as it buys into the recent reframing of all this BS by the likes of those silly, and pre-financed books, by Shane Harris (The Watchers), and Eamon Javers (Broker, Trader, Lawyer, Spy), and that B***S**t Washington Post articles on the private contractors in National Security.

Puuuuuhlease...give this American thinking person a break.  The US Financial-Intelligence Complex (the level ABOVE the military-industrial-congressional-complex, in other words, senior management) came into existence during World War II, and was created by the Wall Streeters (read your history, for a change!!!!) who then proceeded to bounce back and forth between the senior-level intel directorates at the various intel agencies, and Wall Street.

During the past four four presidential administrations the American intel community has been almost completely privatized, so bouncing back and forth is no longer required.

(My semi-educated guess is that the control, or management element, is primarily Booz-Allen Hamilton and similar outfits, with the operational element being primarily SAIC, etc.)

You have to realize all the vast and myriad connections between Wall Street, the global finance community, and the intel establishment.

Who was Richard Helms' (a CIA director) grandfather?  A director at the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) back in the '30s.

Why did Casey, who became a director of the CIA in the Reagan Administration, privatize the earth resource data from American spy satellites, when it was once given freely to the public, and then only handed over to his Wall Street cronies?  (Answer is obvious!)

What did Richard Bissell do prior to become the top CIA planner (hint:  pivotal in establishing the Marshall Plan, and was descended from the father of the oil industry, Henry Bissell)?

Why are all intel planners also economists?

Why was Antonin Scalia attending intel forums prior to becoming a SCOTUS chief justice?

Why did so many of the top US intel people, back in the '50s, '60s and early '70s, come through the Ford Foundation?

Nope, nothing to this reframing of the truth (inadvertently on GW's part, I'm not blaming anyone here)!

It's about the Financial-Intelligence Complex, which has historically been running or coordinating the big picture, and has never been concerned with national security, ONLY financial intelligence, and power and political control.

'Nuff said......

Thu, 09/16/2010 - 16:42 | 586235 Spawn of Cagliostro
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Here here! Well said (written).

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