Any illusion about the intentions of the former chemical company turned major food producer, Monsanto, the GMO foods/ health controversy notwithstanding, has been dispelled.
Monsanto has contracted the firm Blackwater, no, not a P.R. firm, to collect intelligence on activists opposed to the global food producer, as well as infiltrate their ranks.
Remember the private mercenary army Blackwater, which caused a stir in Iraq during an unprovoked attack in 2007? Apparently, Monsanto and the controversial security firm are in bed together, described by blogger Randy Ananda as “a death- tech firm weds a hit squad.”
Notorious for the Iraqi Nisour Square Massacre, Blackwater “created a web of more than 30 shell companies or subsidiaries in part to obtain millions of dollars in American government contracts after the security company came under intense criticism for reckless conduct in Iraq,” reports the New York Times. One of these subsidiaries became Total Intelligence, the company contracted by Monsanto between 2008-2010 to collect intelligence on activists rallying against GMO crops and other Monsanto activities, journalist Jeremy Schahill states in The Nation.
Entities closely linked to the private security firm Blackwater have provided intelligence, training and security services to US and foreign governments as well as several multinational corporations, including Monsanto, Chevron, the Walt Disney Company, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines and banking giants Deutsche Bank and Barclays, according to documents obtained by The Nation.
Blackwater’s work for corporations and government agencies was contracted using two companies owned by their founder and owner, Erik Prince, Total Intelligence Solutions and the Terrorism Research Centre (TRC).
Prince is listed as the chairman of both companies in internal company documents, which show how the web of companies functions as a highly coordinated operation.
A spokesman representing Monsanto admits they hired Total Intelligence for information about the activities of groups or individuals that could pose a risk to company personnel or operations around the world, which were developed by monitoring local media reports and other publically available information. The subject matter ranged from information regarding terrorist incidents in Asia or kidnappings in Central America to scanning the content of activist blogs and websites.
According to documents secured by Scahill, Monsanto was willing to pay a sizable sum (up to $500, 000) for Blackwater agents to infiltrate anti-Monsanto organizations.
To conclude, by hiring a mercenary army and former CIA field agents, Monsanto is deadly serious about protecting its deadly products. The painted picture is now even bleaker of the firm that brought Agent Orange, PCBs, rBST, DDT, aspartame and now hit men.