The Real War on Reality
Key Excerpts from Article on Website of New York Times
Posted: July 9th, 2013
The modern American surveillance state is not really the stuff of paranoid fantasies; it has arrived. The revelations about the National Security Agencys PRISM data collection program have raised awareness ... about the reach and power of secret intelligence gatherers operating behind the facades of government and business. But those revelations ... have been partial they primarily focus on one government agency and on the surveillance end of intelligence work, purportedly done in the interest of national security. What has received less attention is the fact that most intelligence work today is not carried out by government agencies but by private intelligence firms and that much of that work involves another common aspect of intelligence work: deception. That is, it is involved not just with the concealment of reality, but with the manufacture of it. Important insight into the world [of] these companies came from a 2010 hack by a group best known as LulzSec ... which targeted the private intelligence firm HBGary Federal. That hack yielded 75,000 e-mails. Team Themis (a group that included HBGary and the private intelligence and security firms Palantir Technologies, Berico Technologies and Endgame Systems) was effectively brought in to find a way to undermine the credibility of WikiLeaks and the journalist Glenn Greenwald (who recently broke the story of Edward Snowdens leak of the N.S.A.s Prism program), because of Greenwalds support for WikiLeaks. The plan called for actions to sabotage or discredit the opposing organization including a plan to submit fake documents and then call out the error.
Note: For more on the games intelligence agencies play, see the deeply revealing reports from reliable major media sources available here.