Norman Solomon, writing at Counterpunch, nails it down: building a version of the online Cloud that will run inside the CIA, for the CIA, has been awarded, as a $600 million contract, to Amazon Web Services.
Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon, now owns the Washington Post.
$600 million creates a major conflict of interest, when it comes to reporting stories on the CIA. Of course, the Washington Post and other major media outlets are already compromised, when it comes to national security issues and the intelligence community. Stories are vetted by CIA, NSA, and other agencies, before they’re published.
But this one is a cherry on the cake. A big fat $600 million cherry.
Reporters at the Post will be extra-cautious about their pieces on the CIA. Ditto for editors.
Independent press? That’s a laugh.
WaPo is long known as an outlet that prints what amounts to CIA spin. So their new owner and his ties to the CIA are just part of “business as usual.”
According to a 2012 Seattle Times article, people who know Bezos describe him as a libertarian. The definition of that term must have undergone a sea-change. Taking $600 million to design online services for the CIA, a clandestine agency whose federal budget expenditures are a secret, an agency known for overthrowing governments abroad…this is an illustration of libertarian philosophy at work?
Maybe we should go back and read Plato’s Republic and Marx’s Das Kapital. They could turn out to be libertarian masterpieces.
The author of two explosive collections, THE MATRIX REVEALED and EXIT FROM THE MATRIX, Jon was a candidate for a US Congressional seat in the 29th District of California. He maintains a consulting practice for private clients, the purpose of which is the expansion of personal creative power. Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, he has worked as an investigative reporter for 30 years, writing articles on politics, medicine, and health for CBS Healthwatch, LA Weekly, Spin Magazine, Stern, and other newspapers and magazines in the US and Europe. Jon has delivered lectures and seminars on global politics, health, logic, and creative power to audiences around the world. You can sign up for his free emails at www.nomorefakenews.com / www.jonrappoport.wordpress.com / link to original article