Given what "these companies have gotten away with," concluded Naomi Klein, it is "no wonder they fear our power."
What the hell did people think data mining was all about. Wake up.
Relative History and Worldwide Magnitudes (In Every Area):
The broader point is that . . . these surveillance agencies have vested themselves with the power to deliberately ruin people’s reputations and disrupt their . . . activity even though they’ve been charged with no crimes, and even though their actions have no conceivable connection to terrorism or even national security threats.
Government plans to monitor and influence . . . communities in order to sow dissension and disseminate false information, have long been the source of speculation. Harvard Law Professor Cass Sunstein . . . wrote a controversial paper in 2008 proposing that the US government employ teams of covert agents and pseudo-”independent” advocates to “cognitively infiltrate” online groups and websites, as well as other activist groups. Sunstein also proposed sending covert agents into “chat rooms, online social networks, or even real-space groups” which spread what he views as false and damaging “conspiracy theories” about the government.
The corporation itself will simply continue to run roughshod over us, quite simply because it can, never mind its noble objectives.
In an oligarchy, you’d expect this to happen.
Data mining is a little different than spies on the ground, starting conflicts in progressive groups.
So where do you think the search begins, on the street.
Data mining does not remove the spies on the street; it enables them.
This has been the case for decades.
Related and also true for well over fifty years, “government” spying extensively involves private for-profit entities, particularly those whose business is not legal, though of course not exclusively so.
In events that have become public–COINTELPRO, the Watergate break in, the heroin out of the Golden Triangle through the Vietnam war, the Iran-Contra cocaine and arms trade, the current Karzai opium trade out of Afghanistan, we see favors and enforcement waived for high crimes in return for plausible deniability for elected officials and corporate heads in key industries.
Violence and “dirty work” are outsourced. Presumably that is true wherever it is convenient when we are not aware of it as well.
But, for the brainwashed, far too many, the only problem is the government. Let big business do the same and they’re all for it. Libertarians, such as Rand Paul comes to mind. Their principled stands against certain practices don’t look so principled when we note their lack of concern if someone’s making a profit on essentially the same behavior. How do they stand the cognitive dissonance?
Which is why we’re long overdue for an organized monkey wrenching campaign to return the favor. get hired on to corporations–especially the most egregious ones–and subvert them from the inside.
spill secrets. collect dirt. sabotage anti-social projects.
two can dance this dance.
maybe instead of always being content to protest, we start taking these fake persons on in their own cubicles.
tank their profits from the inside. the People can spy, too.
It is delusional to think there is any real separation between corporations and capitalist governments nor a separation of “intelligence” agencies from international organized crime… These corporate contractors, whether C2i, Vance or Blackwater/Academi cannot be untangled from Mossad, the NSA or CIA. The rise and connections of thugs like Eric Prince speak to this.
As for us, we need to wake up and realize that cell phones, computers and places like “facebook” are open lines to this tangle of spies. We need to keep ahead of this in how we communicate from language to method. The printed and written word is harder to hack. Face to face beats “facebook.” Beware provocateurs pushing violence or sowing division.
Further Ongoing and Past History:
COINTELPRO: “The Era That Never Really Ended.”
Psychological warfare: The FBI and police used myriad “dirty tricks” to undermine progressive movements. They planted false media stories and published bogus leaflets and other publications in the name of targeted groups. They forged correspondence, sent anonymous letters, and made anonymous telephone calls.
Corporations gotta keep the flow of low wage labor that they hire/enslave/then fire without cause…running downstream. …“as it is written” in both the Project for New American Century and New World Order playbooks.
Just scratching the tip of the iceberg.
At least the exposure, hopefully will open some eyes.
Next up, creative strategies to fight back.
I like the one already mentioned. However I could never be a corporate stooge. The environment itself is toxic.