Cops and Former Secret Service Agents Ran Black Ops on Green Groups

Cops and Former Secret Service Agents Ran Black Ops on Green Groups
By James Ridgeway - Friday 11 April 2008
Mother Jones

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.

In addition to focusing on environmentalists, the firm, Beckett Brown International (later called S2i), provided a range of services to a host of clients. According to its billing records, BBI engaged in "intelligence collection" for Allied Waste; it conducted background checks and performed due diligence for the Carlyle Group, the Washington-based investment firm; it provided "protective services" for the National Rifle Association; it handled "crisis management" for the Gallo wine company and for Pirelli; it made sure that the Louis Dreyfus Group, the commodities firm, was not being bugged; it engaged in "information collection" for Wal-Mart; it conducted background checks for Patricia Duff, a Democratic Party fundraiser then involved in a divorce with billionaire Ronald Perelman; and for Mary Kay, BBI mounted "surveillance," and vetted Gayle Gaston, a top executive at the cosmetics company (and mother of actress Robin Wright Penn), retaining an expert to conduct a psychological assessment of her. Also listed as clients in BBI records: Halliburton and Monsanto.

BBI, which was headquartered in Easton, Maryland, on the eastern shore of the Chesapeake Bay, worked extensively, according to billing records, for public-relations companies, including Ketchum, Nichols-Dezenhall Communications, and Mongoven, Biscoe & Duchin. At the time, these PR outfits were servicing corporate clients fighting environmental organizations opposed to their products or actions. Ketchum, for example, was working for Dow Chemical and Kraft Foods; Nichols-Dezenhall, according to BBI records, was working with Condea Vista, a chemical manufacturing firm that in 1994 leaked up to 47 million pounds of ethylene dichloride, a suspected carcinogen, into the Calcasieu River in Louisiana.


I'll bet it ain't just 'Green Groups'

If ya know what I mean...

Exactly. Paranoia and a


Paranoia and a laser-like focus on observing your surroundings walk a fine line, I've discovered . . .


"We only see what we know."
-- Johan Wolfgang von Goethe, 1749-1832

Don't worry, betsy,

we've got your back (and truth and physics on our side).

Thanks for all your hard work, I look forward to meeting you at some point in the future.

I hope that you and yours are well.

The truth shall set us free. Love is the only way forward.

: ) Look fwd to meeting

: )

Look fwd to meeting you, too.

A unnecessary reminder but appropo nonetheless... revisit AE911Truth's response to Weitzman's presentation.

House Subcomittee: "Using Web as a Weapon"

It's clear the course the present regime wants to follow. You're a homegrown terrorist without any right to due process. You were born and raised in the United States but you're deemed an enemy combatant. You may make the tightest of empirical arguments in your defense--but to no avail.

"You're either with us or with the Terrorists."

It certainly ain't just the Green Groups!

...don't believe them!

Yes, and these evil COINTELPRO tactics, if left unchecked, can

easily pave the way into more deadly Gestapo-like tactics!

Consider mass emailing truth messages. More info here:

Michael Clayton

Rent this movie:

A law firm hires black ops to spy and ultimately permanently clean up a possible costly problem.

Good book on this

These are other topics covered in the book - it's broader than just the metaSTASIzing "homeland security" industry:

Bob Herbert sees the effects of the cancer, though he treats Iraq as a cause rather than a terminal-stage symptom of basing an economy on militarism:

Funny Ridgeway tries to debunk

using Popular Mechanics and the 9/11 Commission OCT on the Mother Jones website.

I guess it's part of "I'll believe anything but I'm just too darn scared to allow doubts in my mind about 9/11."

Denying the OCT is very very scary to them.

Thanks for pointing out that

Thanks for pointing out that article to me . . . I took out a Blogad last night on Mother Jones' site; wasn't sure if it would be accepted since it advertises our 9/11 Movies project in Wayne, PA . . . but I just went there, and it was posted . . . : ) Right hand column, down a bit . . . . .

We have a lot of work to do to break through the left wing gatekeepers, and those, as you say, "denying the OCT [that] is very scary to them" - so true. Hopefully this ad will alert some to take a curious peek into 9/11 Truth . . . .


Thanks Betsy

An important reminder to be vigilant. I was on the crew of the Rainbow Warrior for its 1985 Pacific Peace voyage that ended with the bombing, sinking of the RW and death of fellow photographer, Fernando Pereira. The French had infiltrated the New Zealand GP office to conduct this illegal operation. Fortunately the guilty were caught and some even saw jail time. One of the operatives is now an arms merchant operating out of Virginia (Democracy Now, source) . This strategy was also warned about by William Pepper. All the more reason to keep our focus scholarly and peaceful. There is a despicable corporate machine behind maintaining state lies.

Wow - so much I'm learning

Wow - so much I'm learning through the rabbit hole of 9/11 truth. In 1985 I was newly married and living in Kailua, Hawaii. 'We' were stationed at Kaneohe, MCAS. My 2nd Lt USMC husband was deployed for 6 months on a WestPac float . . . peacetime, or so I thought (anywhere near you, I wonder?) . . . . Knowing what I know now, I wish I had been more involved much earlier, but I suppose better late than never.

Thank you for this info - I will try to learn more - and thank you for your truly patriotic truth endeavors. . . . Just learning more about William Pepper; heard him speak at the 9/11 Truth conference in Hartford this past Fall; knew about his involvement with the citizens' MLK trial, but not much more . . .

Yes, the corporate machine is worse than I could ever have imagined . . . at least people are starting to say and write about the "F" word here in the USA . . . . fascism . . . .