Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Glenn Greenwald on the Predator StateGlenn Greenwald provides a memorable description of what Jamie Galbraith calls the Predator State in The leaked campaign to attack WikiLeaks and its supporters Salon 02/11/2011:
But the real issue highlighted by this episode is just how lawless and unrestrained is the unified axis of government and corporate power. I've written many times about this issue -- the full-scale merger between public and private spheres -- because it's easily one of the most critical yet under-discussed political topics. Especially (though by no means only) in the worlds of the Surveillance and National Security State, the powers of the state have become largely privatized. There is very little separation between government power and corporate power. Those who wield the latter intrinsically wield the former. The revolving door between the highest levels of government and corporate offices rotates so fast and continuously that it has basically flown off its track and no longer provides even the minimal barrier it once did. It's not merely that corporate power is unrestrained; it's worse than that: corporations actively exploit the power of the state to further entrench and enhance their power.A private security company had offered its services to Bank of America to fight Wikileaks and suggested smear and pressure campaigns against journalists, specifically including Greewald himself. This is the topic around which he builds this particular analysis.
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