MONSANTO is now the owner of BLACKWATER

MONSANTO is now the owner of BLACKWATER

MONSANTO is now the owner of BLACKWATER



A report by Jeremy Scahill in The Nation (Blackwater’s Black Ops, 9/15/2010) revealed that the largest mercenary army in the world, Blackwater (now called Xe Services) clandestine intelligence services was sold to the multinational Monsanto. Blackwater was renamed in 2009 after becoming famous in the world with numerous reports of abuses in Iraq, including massacres of civilians. It remains the largest private contractor of the U.S. Department of State “security services,” that practices state terrorism by giving the government the opportunity to deny it.

Many military and former CIA officers work for Blackwater or related companies created to divert attention from their bad reputation and make more profit selling their nefarious services-ranging from information and intelligence to infiltration, political lobbying and paramilitary training – for other governments, banks and multinational corporations. According to Scahill, business with multinationals, like Monsanto, Chevron, and financial giants such as Barclays and Deutsche Bank, are channeled through two companies owned by Erik Prince, owner of Blackwater: Total Intelligence Solutions and Terrorism Research Center. These officers and directors share Blackwater.

One of them, Cofer Black, known for his brutality as one of the directors of the CIA, was the one who made contact with Monsanto in 2008 as director of Total Intelligence, entering into the contract with the company to spy on and infiltrate organizations of animal rights activists, anti-GM and other dirty activities of the biotech giant.

Contacted by Scahill, the Monsanto executive Kevin Wilson declined to comment, but later confirmed to The Nation that they had hired Total Intelligence in 2008 and 2009, according to Monsanto only to keep track of “public disclosure” of its opponents. He also said that Total Intelligence was a “totally separate entity from Blackwater.”

However, Scahill has copies of emails from Cofer Black after the meeting with Wilson for Monsanto, where he explains to other former CIA agents, using their Blackwater e-mails, that the discussion with Wilson was that Total Intelligence had become “Monsanto’s intelligence arm,” spying on activists and other actions, including “our people to legally integrate these groups.” Total Intelligence Monsanto paid $ 127,000 in 2008 and $ 105,000 in 2009.

No wonder that a company engaged in the “science of death” as Monsanto, which has been dedicated from the outset to produce toxic poisons spilling from Agent Orange to PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls), pesticides, hormones and genetically modified seeds, is associated with another company of thugs.

 

 

Almost simultaneously with the publication of this article in The Nation, the Via Campesina reported the purchase of 500,000 shares of Monsanto, for more than $23 million by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which with this action completed the outing of the mask of “philanthropy.” Another association that is not surprising.

It is a marriage between the two most brutal monopolies in the history of industrialism: Bill Gates controls more than 90 percent of the market share of proprietary computing and Monsanto about 90 percent of the global transgenic seed market and most global commercial seed. There does not exist in any other industrial sector monopolies so vast, whose very existence is a negation of the vaunted principle of “market competition” of capitalism. Both Gates and Monsanto are very aggressive in defending their ill-gotten monopolies.

Although Bill Gates might try to say that the Foundation is not linked to his business, all it proves is the opposite: most of their donations end up favoring the commercial investments of the tycoon, not really “donating” anything, but instead of paying taxes to the state coffers, he invests his profits in where it is favorable to him economically, including propaganda from their supposed good intentions. On the contrary, their “donations” finance projects as destructive as geoengineering or replacement of natural community medicines for high-tech patented medicines in the poorest areas of the world. What a coincidence, former Secretary of Health Julio Frenk and Ernesto Zedillo are advisers of the Foundation.

Like Monsanto, Gates is also engaged in trying to destroy rural farming worldwide, mainly through the “Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa” (AGRA). It works as a Trojan horse to deprive poor African farmers of their traditional seeds, replacing them with the seeds of their companies first, finally by genetically modified (GM). To this end, the Foundation hired Robert Horsch in 2006, the director of Monsanto. Now Gates, airing major profits, went straight to the source.

Blackwater, Monsanto and Gates are three sides of the same figure: the war machine on the planet and most people who inhabit it, are peasants, indigenous communities, people who want to share information and knowledge or any other who does not want to be in the aegis of profit and the destructiveness of capitalism.

* The author is a researcher at ETC Group

Comments

  1. says

    In Bangladesh recently also found many corn fields in one province south-east of Dhaka – perhaps GMO manipulated and the other day also met an American Reverend in Dhaka, who was talking about promoting GMO corn seeds in the country. Didn't talk with local farmers of these corn fields yet – asking them, from where they got the seeds. Other locals – drivers instead said, that the corn was mostly exported to the US – and – Chevron will soon start drilling for oil close to Chittagong.
    As a German friend here, Dirk C. Fleck commented: "They are setting up their armies".
    In Bangladesh habe ich vor kurzem auch viele Kornfelder in einer Provinz südöstlich von Dhaka gesehen – wahrscheinlich genmanipulierter Mais und in Dhaka traf ich vor einiger Zeit auch einen amerikanischen Prediger, there ganz unverblümt von there Werbung für genmanipulierten Mais I'm Lande sprach – vielleicht seinem Haupterwerb. Ich sprach noch nicht mit Bauern vor Ort, um sie zu fragen, woher sie die Samen hatten. Andere Ortskundige – Fahrer indes sagten, dass there Mais primär in die US exportiert würde – und – Chevron wird auch bald mit Ölbohrungen bei Chittagong beginnen.
    Wie ein deutscher Freund, Dirk C.Fleck sagt: "Sie rüsten auf".

  2. says

    Der Artikel scheint gut recherchiert. Dick Cheney verdient weiter an dirty business. Was meinst Du, wievielen Blackwater-Leute Du immer wieder in Afghanistan begegnet bist? Ehrliche US-Soldaten – Freunde von mir mochten die auch nicht sonderlich. Aber – die Sicherheits- und Söldnerindustrie boomt gerade im Prototyp der "fragmentierten Wagenburgstadt" – in Kabul.

  3. says

    Danke erst einmal, Dagmar Schatz !
    Die Gegendarstellung klingt erst einmal plausibel. Dennoch – hinter den Kulissen laufen leider so viele auch "informelle" Kooperationen, dass man bekanntlich Augen und Ohren nur noch bedingt trauen kann – zumal, wenn man vor Ort sich manche Dinge angesehen – und auch mancherorts nachgefragt hat. Es gibt eben überall Tauben und Falken – und Schwalben, die bekanntlich noch lange keinen Sommer machen und Spatzen, die's von den Dächern pfeifen – auch bei der Bundeswehr. Herzliche Grüße nach Sonthofen!

  4. says

    Danke erst einmal, Dagmar Schatz !
    Die Gegendarstellung klingt erst einmal plausibel. Dennoch – hinter den Kulissen laufen leider so viele auch "informelle" Kooperationen, dass man bekanntlich Augen und Ohren nur noch bedingt trauen kann – zumal, wenn man vor Ort sich manche Dinge angesehen – und auch mancherorts nachgefragt hat. Es gibt eben überall Tauben und Falken – und Schwalben, die bekanntlich noch lange keinen Sommer machen und Spatzen, die's von den Dächern pfeifen – auch bei der Bundeswehr. Herzliche Grüße nach Sonthofen!

  5. Lyzel Llewellyn says

    Pretty scary, wish we could figure out what to do with all the testosterone-crazed guys when they can't be involved in a war somewhere. Also, I disagree with the article's positioning of Gates as intentionally destroying heritage crops. More likely, it's just misguided pro-tech attitude that GM is superior for the poor. Harder to stop and think when one feels they are doing good in the world, unfortunately.

  6. Dagmar Schatz says

    Schon richtig, Stefan, es mag zwar wie Erbsenzählerei klingen, aber eine Kooperation – in diesem Fall sogar eine formelle – guck mal hier: http://www.thenation.com/article/154739/blackwaters-black-ops# – und deswegen ist es m.E. wichtig, GENAU zu sein – zumal es in diesem Fall auch garkeine Differenz macht. (Bei der Comicfigur siehst Du übrigens auch das Deutsche-Bank-Logo, was Dich sicherlich auch nicht erstaunt). Deswegen milderst Scahills Dementi auch überhaupt nichts… Herzliche Grüße zurück.

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