The Washington Post’s Top Secret America – WP TSA –
Began publishing today, Monday, July 19, 2010
The Washington Post’s Top Secret America is a special report, two years in the making, on government contractors doing Top Secret work for defense and national security branches of government.
These articles in the Post were preceeded by a memo issued by the Director of National Intelligence, who advised contractors to maintain security, button down the hatches, and report all media inquiries to the Mission Support Office/Security.
Many of these contractors or their employees were involved in various aspects of the assassination of President Kennedy, especially the first one they use as an example, General Dynamics, but others are also mentioned, including Rockwell Collins and Kodak.
When Lee Harvey Oswald returned from the Soviet Union with a Russian wife and daughter, he obtained a job at Leslie Welding Co. through the efforts of Virginia Hale, whose husband, a former FBI agent, worked for General Dynamics, and whose twin sons were observed by an FBI stakeout team breaking into the apartment of Judith Cambell (Exner), one of JFK’s mob dame mistresses.
Oswald became friendly with Max Clark, who also worked at General Dynamics, and debriefed Oswald extensively about his experiences in the Soviet Union.
Rockwell Collins, formerlly Rockwell International, had merged with Collins Radio, the company that handled radio communications for Air Force 1, the Vice President’s plane, the Cabinet Plane, all Strategic Air Force bombers, and also provided cover for the CIA’s maritime raider mother ship the Rex and the National Reconnisance Office when they constructed their new Headquarters in Virginia.
Kodak processed the Zapruder film in Dallas and developed the films taken by the U2 spy plane and CORONA spy satellites at the Hawkeye Works at Kodak’s Rochester, NY HQ, where the Zapruder film was reported to have been before it was taken to the NPIC the second time for the production of briefing boards.
Former Warren Commission historian Alfred Goldberg, on loan from the Air Force, who wrote the history of the Pentagon building and the attack on the Pentagon on 9/11, also wrote an important policy paper on the government’s use of private contractors and discussed the fact that these contractors, while engaged in government work, do not have to respond to FOIA requests for records, or even keep historical documents at all.
The WP TSA article specifically makes note of the Christmas Time Square bomber who was caught by an alert citizen, and the failure of the Counter-Intelligence networks to identify the Fort Hood spree killer. They reported:
Last fall, U.S. Army Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan allegedly opened fire at Fort Hood, Tex., killing 13 people and wounding 30. In the days after the shootings, information emerged about Hasan’s increasingly strange behavior at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, where he had trained as a psychiatrist and warned commanders that they should allow Muslims to leave the Army or risk “adverse events.” He had also exchanged e-mails with a well-known radical cleric in Yemen being monitored by U.S. intelligence.
But none of this reached the one organization charged with handling counterintelligence investigations within the Army. Just 25 miles up the road from Walter Reed, the Army’s 902nd Military Intelligence Group had been doing little to search the ranks for potential threats. Instead, the 902’s commander had decided to turn the unit’s attention to assessing general terrorist affiliations in the United States, even though the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI’s 106 Joint Terrorism Task Forces were already doing this work in great depth.
In addition, the WP TSA reports that:
One military officer involved in one such program said he was ordered to sign a document prohibiting him from disclosing it to his four-star commander, with whom he worked closely every day, because the commander was not authorized to know about it. Another senior defense official recalls the day he tried to find out about a program in his budget, only to be rebuffed by a peer. “What do you mean you can’t tell me? I pay for the program,” he recalled saying in a heated exchange.
So who is in charge of these Top Secret programs, and are they effective?
And if we are going to do an analysis of these contractors today, why not go back historically to when the President was assassinated in 1963 and determine how he was killed, who was really responsible, and how can it be prevented from happening again.
And indeed, why can’t we get access to the records of the Collins Radio company and get the Air Force One tapes that are being withheld, and the records of Michael Paine and Arthur Young at Bell Helicopter, and Max Clark and Hale at General Dynamics, and learn what the Zapruder film was doing at the Kodak’s Hawkeye Works at Rochester?
If these companies were engaged in government work paid for by tax paying citizens of the United States, then those records should belong to the people of the USA who paid for them, and they should be open for everyone to see, including foreign intelligence agents, criminals and the American public who pays for them.
Among the operations these private contractors are engaged in are Psych Ops.
Traditional psychological operations, including the creation and delivery of messages via leaflet, loudspeaker, radio or television; the newer “influence operations” associated with the creation of websites and the use of social media to extend U.S. influence, both overtly and covertly; and the separate clandestine and covert activities associated with influence, deception, and perception management.
55 results for Psychological operations
$1 billion to $10 billion
Top Secret Work
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Rockwell Collins, Inc.
Rockwell Collins, headquartered in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is recognized as a leader in the design, production, and support of communication and aviation electronics for customers worldwide. The company’s unique balance of commercial and government customers helps it to maintain stability in a volatile marketplace. Leveraging developments across both markets enables Rockwell Collins to reduce costs, extend product viability, and enhance the capabilities of its systems.