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Shadow Elite: What Blackwater Sells (and the Government Wants): Deniability

Janine R. Wedel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Janine R. Wedel

Ever heard of a private security contractor name Paravant? XPG? No? Well, that's just as Blackwater, the parent company of Paravant, XPG and dozens of other "subsidiaries", would have it.

Shadow Elite: Selling Out Uncle Sam: Government Contracting -- A Free Market Farce

Janine R. Wedel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Janine R. Wedel

The deep scandal of government contracting goes far beyond the actions of a handful of bad actors and products that can seen and touched. It is systemic, insidious, potentially damaging to national security -- and perfectly legal.

Shadow Elite: Selling Out Uncle Sam - The Collision of State & Private Power

Janine R. Wedel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Janine R. Wedel

When government contractors hire former directors of intelligence and defense-related government agencies, they are banking on coincidences of interest between their hires and their hires' former (government) employers.

Shadow Elite: Selling Out Uncle Sam -- Who's Overseeing the Contractors?

Janine R. Wedel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Janine R. Wedel

How far does the crisis of government contracting oversight go? Apparently, it extends deep into some of America's most hallowed ground: Arlington National Cemetery.

How the Shadow Elite Is Shorting 'Third World America'

Janine R. Wedel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Janine R. Wedel

In Arianna's new book, she details the growing the ranks of "Third World Americans." With a small group of self-interested players at the helm, "democracy goes on the auction block."

Shadow Elite: Selling Out Uncle Sam - War in the Contracting Age

Janine R. Wedel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Janine R. Wedel

There's taxpayer money going into the hands of the very people attacking U.S. troops and the contractors who risk their lives for a paycheck. 260 of those workers took that risk and lost over the last year, and their names will likely never be known.

Shadow Elite: Selling Out Uncle Sam & Outsourcing American Power

Janine R. Wedel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Janine R. Wedel

When information that is supposedly of and for government is in private hands, the power of that information can be used to serve private agendas with the risk of corporate and private players influencing policy to suit those agendas.

Shadow Elite: How "Grassroots" Is Organizing for America?

Janine R. Wedel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Janine R. Wedel

Power brokers on the cutting edge are adept at creating novel alternative structures and new venues to press their agenda -- and Obama's Organizing for America seems to be a case in point.

Shadow Elite: Has the Obama Organizing Machine Staged A Party Takeover?

Janine R. Wedel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Janine R. Wedel

The shadow elite in America are adept at creating novel alternative structures and new venues of power that suit their agenda, and Organizing for America seems to be a case in point.

Shadow Elite: Neocons, The Holocaust & Emergency Powers

Janine R. Wedel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Janine R. Wedel

Democracy must be counted as one of the casualties of this new century's wars, and more broadly, of an era where an elite few have become masters at pressing their own self-interested agendas with impunity.

Shadow Elite: Rolling Stone's Hastings - How Outsiders Provide the Indispensable Check & Balance

Janine R. Wedel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Janine R. Wedel

Michael Hastings broke the understandings maintained for mutual benefit by the military, reporters who regularly cover it, and perhaps some allied think tanks as well. He did not have special access, he chose to take a risk.

Shadow Elite: McChrystal, Through the Looking Glass

Linda Keenan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Linda Keenan

Over the past couple of decades, power brokers within the military increasingly have been subverting established official procedures, bucking authority, and exploiting ambiguity.

Shadow Elite: Goldman Sachs - Fraud Is Not the Scandal

Linda Keenan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Linda Keenan

Americans justifiably furious with Wall Street conduct, and the havoc it's caused, might be comforted by news that regulators are taking Goldman Sachs to court, alleging fraud. They shouldn't be.

Shadow Elite: Merchants of Doubt -- Do Scientific Denialists Have No Shame?

Naomi Oreskes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Naomi Oreskes

From tobacco to acid rain to DDT to global warming, how has a small cabal of men come to justify their misrepresentation of scientific evidence? The personal attacks on colleagues, including vulnerable younger ones?

Shadow Elite: What's Behind Surging Executive Power? Globalization

Saskia Sassen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Saskia Sassen

With a new emergent phase of democratic and quasi democratic regimes, can enhanced executive power linked to globalization be reoriented to better, noncommercial goals, like climate change, global hunger, or poverty?

What Arianna's Reading In April: A Hot Button Beyond Left And Right

Amy Hertz | Posted 12.12.2011 | Home
Amy Hertz

Arianna's reading a new book for April -- the fifth pick of HuffPost Books.

Shadow Elite: March to War - Why the Neoconservatives Are Not a Cabal or Conspiracy

Stephen M. Walt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Stephen M. Walt

I think there's no question that the neoconservatives played a central role in leading the United States into Iraq, but to characterize them as a cabal or conspiracy is misleading.

Shadow Elite: Wall Street Culture - They Still Don't Get It (Except Their Bonuses)

Linda Keenan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Linda Keenan

The bankers may like to show they prize flexibility, but try telling them they should change bonus culture. On that score, they will not bend. But they needn't worry -- the Champagne will still flow; Washington isn't going after bonuses.

Shadow Elite: March to War -- The Neocon Playbook, Straight from the Soviet Bloc

Janine R. Wedel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Janine R. Wedel

Despite a new administration in Washington, not to mention the damage done to their credibility since the Iraq invasion, the Neocon core lives on, because networks like it are self-propelling and enduring.

Shadow Elite: March to War -- Is Ahmed Chalabi Under Iran's Thumb?

Janine R. Wedel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Janine R. Wedel

In the case of Ahmed Chalabi, we saw an unelected power broker, not even a U.S. citizen, exerting enormous influence over our decision to go to war. That he's now said to be influenced by Iran comes as no surprise.

Shadow Elite: Think BP's The Bad Guy? Think Bigger, Way Bigger

Linda Keenan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Linda Keenan

There was much finger-pointing this week, but the politicians, and our entire leadership, should also point a finger at themselves, for allowing private industry to increasingly devour public power, and gut regulatory responsibility.

Shadow Elite: March to War -- Rove, Perle, & Truthiness

Janine R. Wedel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Janine R. Wedel

One wishes that Iraq was now simply a matter of historian research. But the reality is that we're still there and the country is still dangerously unstable. No amount of truthiness can make that hard fact go away.

What Arianna's Reading Next: Did America Wreck Capitalism?

The Huffington Post | Amy Hertz | Posted 01.02.2012 | Home

Arianna's reading a new book for March -- the fourth in the young life of HuffPost Books. If you've kept up with our series, you know that there's goi...

Shadow Elite: Why Did Military Top Brass Flout Its Own Chain of Command?

Janine R. Wedel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Janine R. Wedel

In December, the top U.S. intelligence officer in Afghanistan bypassed traditional boundaries and used a think tank to deliver a blistering report on the state of intelligence-gathering in that country.

Shadow Elite: If You Believe That, I've Got a Bridge to Sell You....

Donald Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Donald Cohen

Mayors and governors staring down massive budget gaps are putting bridges, buildings, parking lots, and more up for sale. Who's buying? Wall Street, which, in turn, wants to sell off your public assets to investors.