Decent people see tragedy and barbarism when viewing a terrorism attack. American politicians and intelligence officials see something else: opportunity.Bodies were still lying in the streets of Paris when CIA operatives began exploiting the resulting fear and anger to advance long-standing political agendas. They and their congressional allies instantly attempted to heap blame for the atrocity not on Islamic State but on several preexisting adversaries: Internet encryption, Silicon Valley’s privacy policies and Edward Snowden.
[pullquote align=”full” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]In 2008, the Government Accountability Office found that 2,435 former generals were employed at 52 of the biggest defense contractors as senior executives and acquisition officers. ~ The Empire Files[/pullquote]