The Washington Post has been one of the two main establishment papers in the U.S. for a while.
But it’s gotten ridiculously pro-intelligence community in the last couple of years, fawning over the intelligence agencies and quoting “anonymous sources” from the IC every single day.
Amazon, in turn, has been working with the CIA since 2014 to provide the agency’s cloud computing needs.
The company just launched a cloud-based service for many American intelligence agencies.
Gawker reports that Amazon’s contract with the intelligence agencies will run for an initial period of 10 years.
Bezos – already one of the world’s richest men – may soon become THE world’s richest man.
He’s also a ruthless businessman. Matthew notes at Gawker:
Megalomaniacal internet retailer Amazon began as an online seller of books—as CEO Jeff Bezos once explained it to a horrified Kansas City bookseller—because it allowed the company to gather data on affluent, educated shoppers. Their latest customer is the entire intelligence apparatus of your democracy. Checkmate!
Jeff Bezos, who originally wanted to call his company relentless.com, lords over Amazon with “ice water running through his veins” according to Bloomberg Businessweek reporter Brad Stone. “He’s ruthless. He identifies competitors and he can crush them” ….
When Amazon decided to initiate a program of exerting pressure on vulnerable book publishers for better shipping terms and higher promotional fees, it was known internally as the Gazelle Project after Bezos decreed “that Amazon should approach these small publishers the way a cheetah would pursue a sickly gazelle.”
In Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania, the conditions at one of Amazon’s main warehouses and distribution hubs was so bad in the scorching summer heat of 2011 that the company hired Cetronia Ambulance Corps to have ambulances and paramedics on stand-by. An emergency room doctor at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest reported Amazon to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) after having had enough of treating their employees for heat-related injuries. Air conditioning did not arrive at the warehouse until it also started to store and ship groceries.
But nothing we discussed above could possibly affect the Post’s reporting on the intelligence community … now could it?