Security of Systems and Intelligence Blocked by Corporations Until They are Given Control

As the New York Times continues to report, now in its February 12, 2013 article Obama Order Gives Firms Cyberthreat Information, the president’s executive order is virtually meaningless because it does not include authorization for minimum standards for protecting critical infrastructure, because such authorization requires Congressional approval and that approval has been continuously blocked by Senator John McCain and other senators, acting as the voice of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Since 9/11, private corporations have gained increasing yearly profits of many billions of dollars as government sought security and intelligence assistance from private industry, after large numbers of skilled intelligence analysts and operatives left government employ, lured by huge salary increases within the growing expansion of security and intelligence divisions of major multinational corporations, explicitly encouraging the evolution of the increasing control of our national security by private corporations, corporations whose loyalty is fundamentally to profits and shareholders, while at the same time, many of these corporations also serve other foreign nations.

Once this public-private relationship acquired a critical level of competition for control with both other corporations and Congress, Congressional oversight became increasingly blocked as exemplified by the lack of the yearly Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Years 2005 through 2009. Only when Congress relented in its demands for significant oversight of most of the intelligence and security programs which we had allowed to evolve, directed by private corporations, were the annual passages of Intelligence Authorization Acts allowed to resume: The People’s voice and participation were once again pushed further into the depths of irrelevance and incapacity, increasing the power, year by year, of the corporate aristocracy.

However, the New York Times continues to promote the illusion of journalistic oversight with the use of Orwell’s double-speak as it allows private security executive Dale Peterson, founder of Digital Bond, to appear as the apparent voice of reason and incredulity of the government’s lack of leadership. “The executive order is about information sharing – it does not even begin to address the real problem, which is that these systems are completely insecure,” they quote Peterson. Peterson continues, “I’m amazed that 11 ½ years after 9/11, the government hasn’t even had the courage to say, ‘You need to replace this insecure equipment.’ If you get on these systems, they have no security and you can do whatever you want.”

And, unfortunately, that is exactly what is happening. The New York Times, as if dramatically wringing their hands in frustration, concludes by informing us that “some 198 attacks on the nation’s critical infrastructure systems were reported to the agency [Department of Homeland Security] last year, a 52 percent increase from the number of reported attacks in 2012.”

So, rather than Al Qaeda holding the U.S. and The People’s security hostage, we have evolved to finally allow virtual total control to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and its aristocratic members, the multinational corporate principalities.

Hope looms only when the voice of The People will rise to be heard in a Congress created by substantive Constitutional amendments empowering The People with a Constitutional right to vote and a Congress created by Constitutional amendments to promote a real representative republic of The People, instead of the continuation of The Royal Reign, representing our Aristocracy’s Money.

Until then, The People’s “Voice” will continued to be buried in the missing paragraphs of our major media, such as the New York Times, paradoxically one of the media sources we continue to be helplessly dependent upon.

Addendum: February 16, 2013

Spies for Hire, by Tim Shorrock, is the fundamental source to begin reading about this modern public-private partnership which promoted the evolution of the private intelligence and surveillance industry in the United States.

Top Secret America, a Washington Post project reported by Dana Priest and William M. Arkin, brings much of the material originally developed by Tim Shorrock—but not credited to him by Priest and Arkin, unfortunately—up to date, revealing the depth and breadth of the private intelligence-surveillance industry which continues to grow within the United States, supported by our federal government as a helpless addict would support his dealer.

Priest and Arkin’s Washington Post series was then developed into a book, and a PBS Frontline program.