Donald Rumsfeld’s Speech at the Pentagon, September 10, 2001
Rumsfeld declared war on the Pentagon’s bureaucracy and proposed privatizing medical care, computer systems support, even housing for soldiers in this speech delivered one day before the September 11th attacks.
Jane Mayer, "The C.I.A.’s Travel Agent," October 2006
Journalist Jane Mayer exposed the role Jeppesen International Trip Planning, a subsidiary of Boeing, played in CIA rendition flights. The American Civil Liberties Union led a court case against Jeppesen for its involvement in rendition flights, but a federal judge dismissed the case on February 13, 2008 on grounds that “state secrets” were at risk. The ACLU may appeal this decision.
R.J. Hillhouse, "Outsouring Intelligence," July 2007
R. J. Hillhouse asserts in The Nation
that “a quiet revolution has occurred in the intelligence community toward wide-scale outsourcing to corporation,” and goes on to catalog the core intelligence functions that are now being performed by contractors.
Tim Weiner, "Lockheed and the Future of Warfare," November 2004
This New York Times
article discusses the ways in which Lockheed Martin runs “a breathtakingly big part” of the United States, from sorting mail to tallying the US census.
Dollars, Not Sense: Government Contracting Under the Bush Administration, June 2006
Executive Excess Reports:
This report, prepared for Representative Henry Waxman, documents the growth of private contractors that provide federal services, as well as the explosion of wasteful contracts and the boom in contractor fraud.
Defense and Oil Executives Cash in on Conflict, August 2006
This 2006 report examines skyrocketing inequities between average U.S. workers and corporate executives, with an emphasis on the defense and oil industries.
The Staggering Social Cost of US Business Leadership, August 2007
Among its many findings, this 2007 study revealed that “CEOs of large U.S. companies last year made as much money from just one day on the job as average workers made over the entire year.”