Spying for Business as Business: Corporate Black-ops on Green
It's not just your phone company...or your government.
Especially if you're involved in trying to change the way business does its thing, apparently, make sure to triple-bolt your garbage can.
Exclusive: Cops and Former Secret Service Agents Ran Black Ops on Green Groups
Meet the private security firm that spied on Greenpeace and other environmental outfits for corporate clients. A tale of intrigue, infiltration, and dumpster-diving.
A private security company organized and managed by former Secret Service officers spied on Greenpeace and other environmental organizations from the late 1990s through at least 2000, pilfering documents from trash bins, attempting to plant undercover operatives within groups, casing offices, collecting phone records of activists, and penetrating confidential meetings. According to company documents provided to Mother Jones by a former investor in the firm, this security outfit collected confidential internal records—donor lists, detailed financial statements, the Social Security numbers of staff members, strategy memos—from these organizations and produced intelligence reports for public relations firms and major corporations involved in environmental controversies.
Of course, it's a Mother Jones article!
FWIW, my digs through the Big Tobacco documents archive have led me to profiles on their opponents who ranged from the National Cancer Institute to Stop Teen-age Addiction to Tobacco.
Knowing how dirty BT was, I now have to wonder whether they did any dumpster-diving to develop those profiles?
Just for example, index page for August 6, 1992 "ANTI-SMOKING ORGANIZATIONS" profiles. Once there, you can choose to view the 67-page document page by page or as a single pdf.