In the recent Hollywood film, Paranoia,
audiences got a glimpse into the world of high-level, high-stakes corporate espionage. Although the film was based on a fictional story, the world of corporate spying is all too real, as companies jealously guard their secrets in a world where secrets are very difficult to keep. With spy technology available to anyone, such as mobile monitoring software which can easily be installed on any smartphone or tablet, corporations are at risk in ways no one could have foreseen a decade or so ago.
Of course, corporations have learned to fight fire with fire, using the same types of spy phone software and other technology to keep a close watch on their own employees. In the old days, it was governments who were the main players in the spy business - these days it seems to be both nations and multinational corporations keeping tabs on the populace.
Blurring the Lines
However, some very disturbing information is coming to light regarding the very controversial intelligence gathering methods and practices of the United States government. Whistleblower Edward Snowden, currently in hiding in Russia, has released some surprising evidence that the U.S. has not only been spying on citizens and governments around the world, but has been actively monitoring financial institutions and corporations as well.
Though American intelligence officials deny any wrongdoing, it seems very suspicious that their agencies see the need, for example, to infiltrate Brazilian oil companies or Chinese tech firms. It seems that the U.S. intelligence agencies have been collecting information from corporations in not only China and Brazil, but from Japan, Mexico and dozens of of other countries. The justification for such infiltration is that the U.S. needs “early warning of international financial crises which could negatively impact the global economy” and “insight into other countries’ economic policy or behavior which could affect global markets”.
Multinationals Blending with Governments?
To some, these justifications are not only insufficient, but highly suspect. Some see these trends as evidence that the U.S. (and other nations) are slowly being taken over by outside interests and blurring the lines between nations and multinational corporations. Pundits such as Gerald Celente, are calling this a step towards fascism. Even less “radical” interpretations of these actions by the U.S. intelligence community acknowledge that these are very worrisome trends, indeed. Big Brother is here, it seems, and he not only wants to control our actions, but our pocketbooks as well...