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Privatisation is the transferal of organisations from public to private ownership. It is the reverse of nationalisation and connected with neoliberalism.

Official narrative

Improving efficiency... will be great!

De Facto

Reagan and Thatcher[1] were leaders of the economic charge ... since then airlines, railroads, postal services, electric and water utilities have been privatised. Throughout the most affected countries people tend to agree that services have not improved but prices have gone up significantly.[citation needed]

Intelligence privatisation in the US

Public private partnerships between the military, intelligence agencies and businesses have a history in joint engineering projects. However, the privatisation of the US intelligence and military sector took up speed after 9-11,[2] leading to wholesale outsourcing of what was before understood to be key competence of a nation state. If one were to take the Snowden story as it is told by him, he should have not been employed a second time with that kind of network access since he was considered a risk. Yet he is able to walk out as a contractor with what the national security state considers highly classified material. If this is the true state of affairs with the agencies and their contractors, how likely is it that organised crime has access to sensitive information or can at will channel information out of these systems for the right price or through blackmail?

“I've got murderers who have access to classified information. I have rapists, I have pedophiles, I have people involved in child porn. I have all these things at the interim clearance level, and I’m pulling their clearances on a weekly basis.”
Daniel Payne (2018)  Director of the Defense Security Service at the Department of Defense [3]

“[...]child pornography -- as many as 1,700 names, according to a U.S. senator, on a list of 5,200 from an Internet sting operation overlooked the first time around four years ago. Only now are they supposedly getting a second look, and only after pressure from investigative reporters and the U.S. senator you're about to hear from, Republican Charles Grassley. [...]

According to DCIS documents revealed in a Freedom of Information Act request, out of that 3,500, investigators uncovered 264 employees or contractors, including staffers for the secretary of defense and contractors at the NSA. Nine people had top security clearances.

But only about 20 percent of those 264 people were completely investigated. Fewer still were prosecuted, and about eight months -- after about eight months, the entire probe was halted. It left about 1,700 names totally unchecked, 1,700 alleged kiddie porn customers, an unknown number of whom may still work in some capacity for the Defense Department.

Late last summer, after investigations by "The Boston Globe" and Yahoo! News revealed the figures, a Pentagon spokesman promised to reopen the investigation, conceding that DCIS had stopped due to lack of resources. DCIS says it is now revisiting all 5,200 names, telling Senator's Grassley staff they have now identified 302 employees or staffers. [...]

But Senator Grassley says he is still not getting the cooperation he needs from the Pentagon.”
Anderson Cooper (2011)  CNN [4]

Other effects

Full article: Revolving door

With increased privatisation the effect of the revolving door has become very common.


Does Privatization Serve the Public Interest? - by John B. Goodman and Gary W. Loveman - Harvard Business Review November-December 1991 Issue


Related Documents

TitleTypePublication dateAuthor(s)Description
Document:Privatization for Dummies – The Nuts & Bolts of The World's Biggest Scamarticle21 March 2019Ronald Thomas West
Document:The Kiss of Deatharticle2005Leuren MoretInsight into where privatisation of the US Nuclear weapons program and military/weapons/surveillance developments are leading the world. It also provides shocking information about the extent of the apparently quite deliberate and calculated radiation contamination resulting from ever-expanding use of depleted uranium munitions.
Document:The Terrorists Among US- Traitors and Terror 3article21 June 2019George Eliason
Michael Jasinski
George Eliason interviews professor Michael Jasinski about the dire effects of outsourcing intelligence gathering and information dissemination.
Document:The great con that ruined BritainArticle3 April 2016Peter HitchensPeter Hitchens, the repentant Thatcherite, has second thoughts about privatisation: if it’s all been so beneficial, why do so many of the containers that arrive in British ports, full of expensive imports, leave this country empty?


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