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Why Is the CIA Paying Amazon.com $600 Million?

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Posted on Feb 12, 2014

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Norman Solomon argues on AlterNet that if the United States kills a U.S. citizen in Pakistan, retail giant Amazon “would be an accessory to the assassination.”

That’s because Amazon, which has a thriving side business providing Internet infrastructure to some of the Web’s biggest names, apparently has a $600 million cloud computing contract with the CIA.

AlterNet:

The relationship means that Amazon—logoed with a smiley-face arrow from A to Z, selling products to millions of people every week—is responsible for keeping the CIA’s secrets and aggregating data to help the agency do its work. Including drone strikes.

Drone attacks in Pakistan are “an entirely CIA operation,” New York Times reporter Mark Mazzetti said Tuesday night in an interview on the PBS NewsHour. He added that “the Pakistani government will not allow the [U.S.] military to take over the mission because they want to still have the sort of veneer of secrecy that the CIA provides.”

The sinister implications of Amazon’s new CIA role have received scant public attention so far.

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