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Sons of Blackwater Open Corporate-Spying Shop
Washingtonian ^ | 12/05/2010 | Shane Harris

Posted on 05/12/2011 4:48:12 PM PDT by bananaman22

From the team that brought you Blackwater and the pre-9/11 counterterrorism program Able Danger comes “Jellyfish Intelligence.”

That’s the name a group of former US intelligence officials and executives from the controversial security firm have chosen for a new private outfit that offers “predictive intelligence” for Fortune 500 corporations and senior-level executives and that aims to “protect human lives and their business interests throughout the world.

The company blends traditional models of a strategic consulting firm with what it claims is an extensive network of human sources—people who, in an official context, would be called spies. Jellyfish employs a network of “over 200 intelligence assets on the ground” in global hot spots, according to a marketing document, including countries undergoing political upheaval in the Middle East. The company won’t disclose its sources’ identities, but the document calls them “figures inside key circles . . . including within the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, clerical circles in Iran, and tribal leaderships on the Pakistani side of the [Afghanistan-Pakistan] border region.

If true—and none of the claims could be independently verified—that would make Jellyfish a private rival to the CIA. The company also says its assets are “well-connected among key opposition groups throughout the Middle East,” a claim, one company official boldly asserts, that the US spy agencies couldn’t make, as evidenced by its failure to predict political and civic uprisings in Egypt and other countries in the region.

Jellyfish’s network includes people in more than two dozen countries in Europe, Africa, Southeast Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East. At least one asset is in Tehran, the company says, in a country where US corporations and citizens are officially banned from doing business. An exectuive says that because Jellyfish was employing “foreign nationals,” it didn’t run afoul of the sanctions regime.

The market for high-level, customized intelligence about global political risk isn’t a new one.

Full article at: Blackwater and Corporate Spies


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Conspiracy; Military/Veterans; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: abledanger; blackwater; intelligence; jellyfish; military; osintgroup; spies

1 posted on 05/12/2011 4:48:21 PM PDT by bananaman22
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To: Cindy; CodeToad; hiredhand; Lurker

Bump for later read....


2 posted on 05/12/2011 4:53:05 PM PDT by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But have a plan to kill everyone you meet)
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To: Squantos

Never heard of them.

Thanks for the ping, Squantos.


3 posted on 05/12/2011 5:02:56 PM PDT by Cindy
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To: bananaman22

Bidness Intel is big big bidness....thats the facts.


4 posted on 05/12/2011 5:09:17 PM PDT by Tainan (Cogito Ergo Conservitus.)
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To: bananaman22

Swordfish just had too much of a Travolta stigma to it?


5 posted on 05/12/2011 5:10:28 PM PDT by Deaf Smith
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To: bananaman22

Jellyfish intelligence? Jellyfish don’t have brains!


6 posted on 05/12/2011 5:28:08 PM PDT by hellbender
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To: Squantos

It’s a logic next step. Once critical mass of data gathering is happening they might as well turn it into a formal business process. I helped EDS do the same.

BTW, my nickname is ‘Spineless Jellyfish’, but that refers to birt bike racing and smack talking. :)


7 posted on 05/12/2011 5:31:44 PM PDT by CodeToad (Islam needs to be banned in the US and treated as a criminal enterprise.)
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To: bananaman22

sfl


8 posted on 05/12/2011 9:50:59 PM PDT by phockthis
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To: Squantos

ON THE INTERNET:

press.org/events/operation-jellyfish-news-conference

theosintgroup.com


9 posted on 05/12/2011 10:31:05 PM PDT by Cindy
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To: bananaman22

Is this your youtube channel?

http://www.youtube.com/user/bananaman22

If so, I really like your piano playing.

I make a weekly music list of songs for the troops — always looking for a variety of musical videos for my list.


10 posted on 05/12/2011 10:36:31 PM PDT by Cindy
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