These [surveillance] programs were never about terrorism: they’re about economic spying, social control, and diplomatic manipulation.
–NSA Whistleblower Ed Snowden
Corporations have long cultivated an intimate relationship with the Executive branch (that is, the Presidency ) of the United States, as well as with the NSA and (previously unknown) FBI mass-surveillance programs. And we’ll also see that they are a key force behind the “trade accord” known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which Chris Hedges calls “the most brazen corporate power grab in American history.”
These corporations have long cultivated an intimate relationship with the Executive branch (that is, the Presidency ) of the United States, as well as with the NSA and (previously unknown) FBI mass-surveillance programs. And we’ll also see that they are a key force behind the “trade accord” known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which Chris Hedges calls “the most brazen corporate power grab in American history.”
Because it would be easy to lose sight of the forest for the trees even in this sort of simplified account, it should be stated clearly that the “brazen corporate power grab” Hedges is talking about is, incredibly, like something straight out of a Bond movie: the CEOs and bankers involved are seeking nothing less than total global political, economic, and military control by the owners of transnational corporations and banks.
The Executive Branch is entirely dominated by corporate interests, especially as represented by the Council on Foreign Relations and the Business Roundtable o There are four main organizational players The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) The Business Roundtable (BRT) The American Bankers Association (ABA) The US Chamber of Commerce (USCoC) o But of these four, two enjoy especially intimate access to the Executive Branch The Council on Foreign Relations (headed up by David Rockefeller) and The Business Roundtable And these two organizations are themselves strongly cross affiliated
This domination of the Executive Branch has been enabled by the corporate mass media, which comprise a crucial subset of the Executive branch insider clique o All of the corporate television broadcast media are also members of the Council on Foreign Relations o All of the headquarters of the television broadcast media are situated within 1.5 miles of each other in New York City, and the headquarters of the Council on Foreign Relations is also situated within this same small Manhattan neighborhood • This domination has now resulted in the police and surveillance powers of the FBI being laid at the doorstep of the BRT/CFR via a “public-private” partnership known as the DSAC (Domestic Security Alliance Council)
The leadership board of the DSAC is comprised primarily of BRT/CFR corporations o Member corporations of the DSAC are granted “Centralized access to security information not only from the FBI, but from all federal government entities, including the Department of Homeland Security, FEMA, the IRS, U.S. Coast Guard, and the U.S. Secret Service” American media have almost entirely omitted news coverage of the DSAC which, by itself, speaks volumes • The secret NSA mass surveillance program was overseen by the Executive branch and may also have originated with the BRT/CFR nexus that dominates it
The Trans-Pacific Partnership, negotiated in secret, with even Congress excluded, focuses on prioritizing corporate interests over Congress and the courts, and on establishing a secret tribunal in which governments can be sued by corporations for unlimited amounts for an anticipated “loss of profits”– and many of the same BRT/CFR corporations are centrally involved again.
DOMESTIC SECURITY ALLIANCE COUNCIL (DSAC)
DSAC, a strategic partnership between the FBI and the U.S. private sector, will enhance communications and promote the timely and effective exchange of information. The DSAC will advance the FBI mission in preventing, detecting, and investigating criminal acts, particularly those affecting interstate commerce, while advancing the ability of the U.S. private sector to protect its employees, assets, and proprietary information.
George W. Bush appears to have created the DSAC as a front for the BRT and the Council on Foreign Relations. Obama has used it to offer the many resources of the FBI and the DHS, both public institutions, to these private organizations for their private benefit – at public expense.
Among the many documents that FBI flatly refused to produce was the DSAC charter. Whatever the mission of the DSAC is, therefore, the foregoing suggests that it’s an unusually sensitive one. And it remains entirely secret. The legal framework for the DSAC is equally uncertain. What, for example, is the legal rationale for delegating any degree of Executive branch and FBI authority to corporate America? And what legal safeguards, if any, are in place to govern how personally identifying information can be shared between federal agencies and the nation’s largest corporations?
==Deep Politics: Institutionalized Corruption at the Top and the Corporate Assault on Democracy K. L. Roberts —-I have included below this must read paper (long but essential reading) below.
One of the recurring themes since I started this blog four years ago is a simple concept: they are listening in to every conversation in America, no matter how it is delivered electronically, this means everyone from Presidents to Joe-Six-Pack. The NSA vacuum is in compliance with any and all non-discrimination laws. And it is not just the NSA, the FBI has access to the same information. Furthermore, there is the little known fact that on a more limited basis, the major corporations that dominate the American landscape and control the mainstream media do as well.
There is not a secret that the inner sanctum of the power elite do not already know about almost every single political leader in Washington. If they know your secrets then they own you. There is not a single politician in Washington that is without sin, as is true of all of us no matter how sanctimonious we pretend to be. What we are witnessing is an internecine conflict over turf and, with any luck, over the keepers of the truth. Perhaps the release of the information in vault 7 today will shed light on at least a small slice of reality. It will be the truth that will tear this nation apart, but this will be the painful enema needed to generate an essential catharsis from which America can rebuild. Many will be imprisoned, let us pray that it will be the depraved, the treasonous and the criminals and not those opposed to their continued rule.