Friday, July 09, 2010

Former Top CIA Spy on How US Intelligence Became Big Business

by Jeremy Scahill, The Nation, July 8, 2010

Few who have seen the dramatic privatization of US intelligence operations from the inside ever speak about the role private contractors play in covert operations–certainly not in public. In late June, however, the CIA’s former top counterterrorism official, Robert Grenier, participated in a rare public discussion on issues ranging from the incredible extent to which the US has relied on contractors to fill sensitive national security positions; to battlefield contractors in Afghanistan; to allegations of contractor involvement in “direct action” (lethal) operations, as well as commenting on Blackwater owner Erik Prince’s reported involvement in a secret CIA assassination program. The former spy also criticized what he called attempts by the US military to “overstep their bounds” by conducting intelligence operations that traditionally have fallen under the purview of the CIA.

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