Friday, February 08, 2008
Corporations deputized to kill? In Hawaii??
InfraGard has a chapter in Hawaii. They are a secretive group of business leaders working with the FBI. And like 007, they have a license to kill.
According to an exclusive report by Progressive Review released yesterday (and mentioned on today's Democracy Now!), these corporate members have a "licence to kill" granted by the FBI in the event of martial law. From the article:
One business executive, who showed me his InfraGard card, told me they have permission to “shoot to kill” in the event of martial law.
So if you're walking down the street in front of one of these corporate offices in Honolulu and Bush declares martial law, does this mean they can just shoot you??? No questions asked??
The Democracy Now! short report:
Report: FBI Deputizes 23,000 Business Leaders
The Progressive Magazine is reporting that more than 23,000 representatives of private industry are working quietly with the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security. The business leaders form a group known as InfraGard that receives warnings of terrorist threats directly from the FBI before the public does. According to one whistleblower the FBI has given members of InfraGard permission to shoot to kill in the event of martial law.
According to the Progressive Review article InfraGard is an exclusive club:
To join, each person must be sponsored by “an existing InfraGard member, chapter, or partner organization.” The FBI then vets the applicant. On the application form, prospective members are asked which aspect of the critical infrastructure their organization deals with. These include: agriculture, banking and finance, the chemical industry, defense, energy, food, information and telecommunications, law enforcement, public health, and transportation.
They are also supposed to be spies:
[FBI Director Robert Mueller] urged InfraGard members to contact the FBI if they “note suspicious activity or an unusual event.” And he said they could sic the FBI on “disgruntled employees who will use knowledge gained on the job against their employers.”
The article ends with this chilling assertion:
“We were assured that if we were forced to kill someone to protect our infrastructure, there would be no repercussions,” the whistleblower says. “It gave me goose bumps. It chilled me to the bone.”
If your bones are also chilled while reading this, check out the complete article.
And should this blog suddenly disappear, someone please call the ACLU for me.
Thanks, Larry, for giving this more exposure. I missed Democracy Now the past few days. It is bone chilling, and also raises troubling questions about why such a partnership is even considered desirable, much less necessary.