September 22, 2010

The Violent Corporate State (Monsanto and Blackwater, Perfect Together)

Filed under: Corporatism, Food and Farms, Global War On Terror — Tags: , — Russ @ 4:39 am



We know that among Obama’s and HRC’s (Hillary Ribbentrop Clinton) favorite corporations are Monsanto and Blackwater.
Even after Blackwater’s long, proven record of mass murder, thuggery, embezzlement, and incompetence, Clinton’s State Department continues to hand them new contracts. In this case, it’s an 18 month, $120 million handout for “protective security services” in Afghanistan. The contract was given to a Blackwater subsidiary called “The US Training Center”. (The mother corporation has been renamed from the tarnished aggressive name “Blackwater” to the intentionally bland “Xe”. Now honcho Erik Prince wants to sell it while he absconds with with the millions he stole to the overt slave society, the UAE.)
(In addition to how evil and corrupt such contracts are from the point of view of the public interest, this is also yet another example of Obama’s utter incompetence even from the point of view of partisan politics. Prince is a longstanding Republican operative and Bush fundraiser. Indeed Blackwater was set up in the first place with the business model of lobbying for fat corporate welfare gigs, to cash in as Bush came into office. It was never for a single day a legitimate entrepreneurial, “capitalist” outfit. It was always an embezzlement racket.
But evidently being a de facto extension of the Republican Party and self-defined exterminationist Christian crusader doesn’t disqualify one from service in the Obama administration.)
And what about the ongoing DoJ attempt to indict Blackwater murderers for the Nisoor Square Massacre? What about the allegations and indictments for theft? A State Dept. flack cheerfully chirped that none of that matters:

“Under federal acquisition regulations, the prosecution of the specific Blackwater individuals does not preclude the company or its successive companies and subsidiaries from bidding on contracts,” the spokeswoman said. “On the basis of full and open competition, the department performed a full technical evaluation of all proposals and determined the U.S. Training Center has the best ability and qualifications to meet the contract requirements.”

Evidently while the 1st Amendment is to be gutted for phony examples of providing “material assistance” to terrorists, and while RICO provides for severe penalties for most forms of money laundering to known organized crime outfits, neither of these forms of abetting are to apply in the case of the known terrorist and mafia gang “Blackwater”.
Meanwhile, in another example of how Obama loads his administration with corporate operatives, he has sought to install Monsanto cadres in positions of power over our food supply. Thus Michael Taylor, Monsanto executive and lobbyist, was appointed FDA Deputy Commissioner for food. Another Monsanto name which was widely vetted was Dennis Wolff. Wolff is a notorious thug who as Pennsylvania secretary of agriculture wanted to ban milk producers from labeling their product hormone free, on the grounds that it would “confuse” consumers. (Monsanto markets rBGH, and Wolff as a government cadre saw his job as to serve Monsanto against the public interest.) Governor Ed Rendell had to override this anti-democratic power grab in the face of massive public outcry.
Monsanto has a long history of seeking nothing but to poison, loot, and dominate the world. It once hired Arthur Anderson (of Enron notoriety) with this commission: Monsanto wanted world domination of the food supply through control of all seeds. They asked AA to reverse engineer a strategy: How do we get there from here? Here’s a harrowing tale of Monsanto’s legalized thuggery, with the full collaboration of the rigged law and corrupt courts, all the way up to the Canadian “supreme” court.
Both of these corporations must be called fascist, not as anti-corporate rhetoric but by any objective, reasonable measure. Both are authoritarian and violent and operate with open contempt for democracy and the public interest. Both are unproductive, parasitic leeches off the corporate welfare state. Both propose to use brutal force to entrench that state.
And now they’re working together. According to documents uncovered by journalist Jeremy Scahill (who has specialized in educating the public about Blackwater), Blackwater has conferred with Monsanto about setting up a Nixon-style dirty tricks outfit and god knows what else:

“The relationship between the two companies appears to have been solidified in January 2008 when Total Intelligence chair Cofer Black traveled to Zurich to meet with Kevin Wilson, Monsanto’s security manager for global issues.

“After the meeting in Zurich, Black sent an e-mail to other Blackwater executives, including to [then-president Erik] Prince and [former CIA paramilitary officer Enrique] Prado at their Blackwater e-mail addresses.

“Black wrote that Wilson ‘understands that we can span collection from internet, to reach out, to boots on the ground on legit basis protecting the Monsanto [brand] name…. Ahead of the curve info and insight/heads up is what he is looking for.’

“Black added that Total Intelligence ‘would develop into acting as intel arm of Monsanto.’ Black also noted that Monsanto was concerned about animal rights activists and that they discussed how Blackwater ‘could have our person(s) actually join [activist] group(s) legally’….

“…Wilson confirmed he met Black in Zurich and that Monsanto hired Total Intelligence in 2008 and worked with the company until early 2010. He denied that he and Black discussed infiltrating animal rights groups, stating ‘there was no such discussion.’”

This is chilling in itself, as well as typical of the kind of corporate collaboration and Mussolini-style corporate-state collaboration which we see everywhere we look. Just a few days ago the people learned of the same dirty tricks at something called the Pennsylvania Homeland Security Agency. (Do all states have those? Is there no end to the “war on terror” police statist and corrupt bureaucracy gravy train? Typically, not a peep from the allegedly anti-bureaucratic tea partiers and “libertarians” on this one.) A government thug there proposed a secret surveillance campaign using taxpayer dollars on behalf of shale-drilling “stakeholders”. The private goons hired this time were an Israeli outfit called ITRR. (The Israelis are the real pros at this kind of parasitic thuggery. The likes of Blackwater just imitate them, often hiring Israeli cadres to teach them.)
Rendell swooped in to the rescue again, ordering the contract canceled. (But the bureaucratic criminal hasn’t been fired, so far as I can see.) Is this recurring theme of Rendell overruling “abuses” starting to look like a pattern? It’s the same thing as with Facebook’s assault on privacy, and so many other examples. Push as far as you can, then when you go too far and bring down too much heat, backpedal and claim it was a mistake. Wait for the heat to die down and resume the assault. (This was also a common tactic of Lenin and Stalin in their war on the peasants.) Rendell clearly knows the game plan.
So Blackwater and Monsanto now blandly dismiss the significance of these contacts, just as Monsanto claims it has no interest in the food bill, just as Prince says he’s sick of the security business and is getting out (he wanted Xe to become some kind of paper pushers or something), just as Google says it has no plans to use the “managed services” VIP lane to run parallel to the Open Internet, it’s all just so much ennui, isn’t it? Nothing to see here, move along. The MSM does its part by seldom talking about any of it, and abetting the theme of downplaying everything when it does.
Although this is all slated to end with a bang, the sheep are expected to go with a whimper.


  1. Can you tell me how long Blackwater has been around ? When did the PRIVATE security companies get started ?
    For years I wrote letters about human rights abuses in U.S. prisons.
    BY THE WAY… for many many years now, I have been saying that the human rights violations getting BIG coverage when they are carried out on Guantenamo foreigners ARE BEING COMMITTED HOURLY AND DAILY in American prisons all over the country, and this IN THE GENERAL INDIFFERENCE OF THE AMERICAN POPULATION who just really DOES NOT GIVE A SHIT about it.
    I also have been repeating THAT IF THOSE MASSIVE VIOLATIONS WERE NOT going on in American prisons, there would be a better chance of their not being perpetrated on people elsewhere..
    Logical. Deadly logical.
    The American prison system IN ITS RAGE TO PUNISH (which, by the way, IS A WAGNERIAN LEITMOTIF EVERYWHERE IN THE STATES look where my finger is aiming..) is largely responsible for the recruitment of the thugs that are working for Blackwater, and other similar companies.
    But.. should we be surprised with ALL THOSE RAMBO FILMS around, and the video games, and all the shit that encourages people to THINK THAT WAY AND ACT ON IT TOO ??
    Personally.. I have a hard time feeling a lot of sympathy for the sheep these days..
    Let them (not eat cake) but go play with their video games while Washington burns.

    Comment by Debra — September 22, 2010 @ 12:45 pm

  2. Yes, the elites prevail because they don’t get caught and can count on the herd mentality. Great graphic, btw. This nation is a tool. The European Community has passed laws that require food to carry warnings and labels regarding purity and country of origin. In the U.S. the politicians refuse to follow suit, as long as their masters disapprove. So it seems we are stuck with frankenfoods. Blackwater, Halliburton, Monsanto, all have intimate ties to current or former government officials. Tony Blair has done a remarkable job of showing how public service can be a stepping stone to immense riches.


    Comment by WK — September 22, 2010 @ 1:01 pm

    • Some things can be worse in Europe, however.


      And they have other ways of trying to get around the hurdles they face.


      It seems like in general, in most ways, Europe is trying to catch up to the US in anti-public practices, although in some ways it’s more advanced. At least formally its anti-sovereign corporate state is more advanced.

      Comment by Russ — September 23, 2010 @ 4:27 am

      • Thanks for the links to the article on herbal medecine, and to your piece on falling back on national sovereignty on the OGM issue.
        You could have added that France, for example, rejected the European constitution, and that the government found a way of getting around the REFERENDUM on the constitution, too…
        I agree that the European Union and often, the individual nations that compose it, are rushing to jump onto the Titanic, a FACT that causes me no end of anguish..
        However.. the GOOD news with all that BLOATED BUREAUCRACY is that… Brussels is A LONG WAY AWAY. From me, at my local market.
        IF AND WHEN Brussels attempts to close the herbal medicine outlet… well. WE WILL HAVE A BLACK MARKET. Just like.. WE ALREADY HAVE LOTS OF BLACK WORK, as we say here. Work that does not get OFFICIALLY COUNTED.. More and more of it all the time, since all the stifling regulations have mushroomed.
        While I deplore the sleazy tactics of big pharma on the herbal question, I must say that I have been… amazed to see THE LINES OF PEOPLE in our local herbal pharmacy, queuing up to buy… herbs… JUST LIKE THEY ONCE BOUGHT DRUGS at their local pharmacy.
        For me.. the problem, and the essential problem in health care costs, for example, IS THE QUEUING UP TO BUY one. (As though our health were magically encased in the equation… BUY BUY BUY DRUGS, of any origin to be healthy. Pfft.)
        And I see it everywhere around me, the endgame results of A CONSUMER SOCIETY.
        Personally.. I would rather GET PEOPLE OUT OF THOSE LINES than work so that they can.. LINE UP IN TWO DIFFERENT PLACES…
        I know, I’m a very stubborn contrarian person, but it takes all kinds to make a world, right ??

        Comment by Debra — September 24, 2010 @ 3:00 am

      • Yes, we’re going to need the black market against both the economic assault and the police state assault.

        The best thing people could possibly do is proactively withdraw from consumerism as much as possible while they’re still setting the tempo of their own change, instead of waiting for circumstance to forcibly impose non-linear change upon them.

        But I fear that the masses will insist on doing things the hard way…

        Comment by Russ — September 24, 2010 @ 3:47 am

      • I agree with the above. It is definitely what I and my family are trying to do.
        Don’t say.. “the masses”, Russ… saying it will make you think of those people like.. “the masses”, and.. despise them, right ? That doesn’t help. Not in my book…

        Comment by Debra — September 24, 2010 @ 9:36 am

      • Well, if they do hunker in the bunker of their “consumerism” and Ugly Americanism to the dead end, then it’ll apply.

        I try not to think in those terms, but rather look for the sprouts of vibrance wherever they poke through.

        Comment by Russ — September 24, 2010 @ 9:55 am

  3. Just found your writing through a comment link at nakedcapitalism – great work – keep it up.

    Comment by GeekGirl — September 23, 2010 @ 2:02 am

    • Thanks! Your blog looks good too.

      Comment by Russ — September 23, 2010 @ 4:30 am

  4. “this is also yet another example of Obama’s utter incompetence even from the point of view of partisan politics.”

    It may seem tin foily, but at this point I think it’s more likely evidence of Obama’s Republicanism.

    Comment by Andy Lewis — September 23, 2010 @ 4:52 am

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