Earlier this month WikiLeaks published additional information to their Global Intelligence Files that focus on emails from Stratfor aka Strategic Forecasting.
Those emails were leaked by Anonymous last year and a portion reveal a software program known as Trapwire.
The software was created by Abraxas, one of countless Beltway Bandit contractors, that pull government employees from government agencies to work as contractors selling to the government instead of employed by it.
Abraxas is typical of the once Federal functions where career bureaucrats worked at respectable pay rates happy to have the security and pride of performing for their country while climbing the GS pay scale ladder.
That career path became a gateway to better paying jobs on the industry side in the Reagan deregulation age. But nothing has been like the lottery ticket winning income in post 911 Washington where the floodgates were opened and taxpayer dollars began to gush into exploding corporate government for everything from food services and military units to the most sensitive classified National secrets.
(lulzy aside & note of irony to watch for CIA recruiting ad randomly cycled to appear at right)-->>
Anonymous Explains #Trapwire http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xv0rAV4XSmc
Formed in the feeding frenzy post 911 by former CIA agent and detailed in his own words without the benefit of historic revision.
An Interview with Richard "Hollis" Helms, Founder and CEO, Abraxas Corp.
November 7, 2005 Not to be confused with the other Richard Helms (who headed the CIA under Nixon), “Hollis” Helms was with the CIA for nearly 30 years until October 1999, including 12 years overseas in several postings in the Mideast and South Asia. He was also one of the original assignees to its Counter Terrorism Center in the mid-1980s. He started Abraxas Corp. four years ago....
So what does Abraxas do exactly?
We have the largest aggregate of analytical counter-terrorism capabilities, outside of the U.S. Government, and are foremost among competitors in intelligence experience. We offer data collection and analytical skills, fraud investigation and containment, domestic and international due diligence, competitive market intelligence, new market entry, with an emphasis on China, political, economic and security assessment, behavioral analysis and deception detection services. We give clients a competitive advantage by providing them with better information, enabling them to make stronger and more informed decisions. With offices in both the U.S. and China, we can serve clients effectively and efficiently across the globe.
Who would use you for what?
The vast majority of our clients are big or small companies dealing with different cultures where they don’t have skills in-house to understand overseas risks. They may have a lot at stake dealing with a foreign company, for example, that’s investing in them or manufacturing something for them, and they want to have a Plan B in case that company has labor or governmental difficulties. We advise them. At one point, we calculated that our employees have over 3,000 years of experience in foreign intelligence.
Abraxas is filled with members of the intelligence community and it's recruiting from CIA was a source of bragging rights until the recent revealations of its domestic spying cast the capabilities in a differnt light.
We know from thier own Pres Releases that the firm is stacked to the rafters with former government employees who have used the revolving door to be richly rewarded for their time as "public servants" by parlaying access and contacts for lucrative spots in the world of cost plus, taxpayer funded government contracts.
Here we seea list of the War on Terror supporters who added Abraxas to the number of hands that feed them and very open boast of the Trapwire system and it's recognition capabilities cast as a tool for targeting terrorists. It must have seemed purely beneficial to the Abraxas PR team no scrubbing sites of information about Trapwire now that NDAA added protesters and corporate critics to the list of those who should be identified and monitored as threats to America's security.
MCLEAN, Va., Feb. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Abraxas Corporation, a global risk mitigation services provider headquartered in McLean, Virginia, has established a Board of Advisors to help guide the Company as it continues to grow in both the public and private sectors.
Accepting the Company's invitation to join the Board of Advisors as of January 1, 2005 were James S. Gilmore III (former Governor of Virginia, previous Chairman of the Congressional Advisory Panel on Terrorism and currently a partner with the law firm of Kelley rye and Warren); General John A. Gordon (whose government experience includes positions as Homeland Security Advisor to President Bush, Administrator of the National Nuclear Security Administration, Under-Secretary of Energy and Deputy Director of Central Intelligence); and Mr. Roland Oliver (Chairman and President of Monumental Venture Partners, a fund involved in developing companies and technologies that are on the cutting-edge of advancing security systems).
"We are honored to have such distinguished advisors, who bring an in-depth understanding of state and national security issues as a resource to the Company," said Richard D. Calder, President of Abraxas. "Their collective experience in the areas of homeland security, counterterrorism and information technology markets will be a great asset to us as we continue to grow and expand our product and service offerings."
Among its other products and services, Abraxas Corporation has developed TrapWire(TM), a proprietary technology designed to protect critical national infrastructure from a terrorist attack. Developed by former senior intelligence and law enforcement officers with extensive experience in counterterrorist operations and analysis, TrapWire is designed to thwart a terrorist attack before it occurs and to facilitate the identification of those engaged in planning an attack.
In a Washington Post article from July 20, 2010 titled Top Secret America, the size and scope of the outsourced intelligence community is noted as well as it's proactive recruiting.
Abraxas of Herndon, headed by a former CIA spy, quickly became a major CIA contractor after 9/11. Its staff even recruited midlevel managers during work hours from the CIA's cafeteria, former agency officers recall....
Abraxas has also been tapped for unusual assignments. Several former CIA officials said Abraxas had been given a highly classified contract to craft "covers" -- false identities and front companies -- for the agency's nonofficial cover program.
The NOC program is one of the most sensitive and carefully guarded operations in the CIA. Most overseas case officers work under diplomatic cover, meaning they pose as State Department officials working at U.S. embassies and missions. If they are caught spying, they are typically protected from prosecution by diplomatic immunity.
Officers in the NOC program have no such protections, and therefore operate under substantially greater risk. Major corporations traditionally have cooperated with the CIA to allow case officers to hold positions in overseas branches. But since the Sept. 11 attacks, the CIA has been under increased pressure to devise more imaginative cover arrangements that might give operatives closer access to terrorist networks.
Keep in mind the outsourced contractor network that now forms the backbone of our intelligence community is unelected and unaccountable, for profit network that spies on the public and answers to no one.
So great is the government's appetite for private contractors with top-secret clearances that there are now more than 300 companies, often nicknamed "body shops," that specialize in finding candidates, often for a fee that approaches $50,000 a person, according to those in the business.
Making it more difficult to replace contractors with federal employees: The government doesn't know how many are on the federal payroll. Gates said he wants to reduce the number of defense contractors by about 13 percent, to pre-9/11 levels, but he's having a hard time even getting a basic head count.
"This is a terrible confession," he said. "I can't get a number on how many contractors work for the Office of the Secretary of Defense," referring to the department's civilian leadership.....
The Post's estimate of 265,000 contractors doing top-secret work was vetted by several high-ranking intelligence officials who approved of The Post's methodology. The newspaper's Top Secret America database includes 1,931 companies that perform work at the top-secret level. More than a quarter of them - 533 - came into being after 2001, and others that already existed have expanded greatly. Most are thriving even as the rest of the United States struggles with bankruptcies, unemployment and foreclosures.
The privatization of national security work has been made possible by a nine-year "gusher" of money, as Gates recently described national security spending since the 9/11 attacks.
1,814 small to midsize companies that do top-secret work. About a third of them were established after Sept. 11, 2001, to take advantage of the huge flow of taxpayer money into the private sector. Many are led by former intelligence agency officials who know exactly whom to approach for work. http://projects.washingtonpost.com/top-secret-america/articles/national-security-inc/print/
Opposing this Big Brother world of nameless profiteers is a world of individuals who want to preserve our fundamental Constitutional and human rights, including many who gather within the collective of Anonymous. To help the less informed or technologically savvy among us to understand what Trapwire is and how it works is an instructional video to explain from some in Anonymous. It is up to each of us as individuals to educate ourselves about safety in a digital world and hopefullly this helps those who are trying.