America’s Shadow Empire – Business Week Cover

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The new cover of Business Week. Most Americans had never heard of the company Booz Allen (The company where Edward Snowden worked, whom btw is being charged with espionage) with over $5 Billion in revenue, and those who had never knew how important this company is to the heart of American intelligence.

Cited from the Business Week article—Booz Allen, the worlds most profitable spy organization.

As the Cold War set in, intensified, thawed, and was supplanted by global terrorism in the minds of national security strategists, the firm, now called Booz Allen Hamilton (BAH), focused more and more on government work. In 2008 it split off its less lucrative commercial consulting arm—under the name Booz & Co.—and became a pure government contractor, publicly traded and majority-owned by private equity firm Carlyle Group (CG). In the fiscal year ended in March 2013, Booz Allen Hamilton reported $5.76 billion in revenue, 99 percent of which came from government contracts, and $219 million in net income. Almost a quarter of its revenue—$1.3 billion—was from major U.S. intelligence agencies.

Thanks to Cover Junkie for the cover and a plethora of others for cover lovers around the world.

Corruptissima Re Publica Plurimae Leges — Aaron Swartz

Translation: Many are the laws where the State is corrupt. Tacitus.

We’ve all heard the sad story of young Aaron Swartz who committed suicide. Surprisingly I’ve spoken to some younger folk here in Karachi and they have no idea about who he was and how much he contributed to the betterment of our society online.

He was a talented young man that stood for many ideals that we should all support. A brilliant mind. A hero. He was  a rebel, a political activist, a programmer and campaigner that wasn’t fit for corporate life.

There are countless articles on the inter webs. Read one on how the government prosecuted him and lock him up for 35 years.

I did not know Aaron, but I think about him and his courageous efforts to share with the public what he thought was our right-without having to pay for it and sadness overwhelms me. The world needs more like him and within that thought I’d just to share his memory here on my blog. For those who don’t know who he was and what he stood for let’s remember him best by some of his work.

  • Developed a new version of RSS feeds in 2014.
  • Was part of the team that launched Creative Commons.
  • Worked with Tim Berners Lee on enhancing the internet through Semantic Web.
  • Co-founded Demand Progress.
  • Authored the Guerilla Open Manifesto.
  • Obtained the complete bibliographic data for books held by the Library of Congress and posted it in the Open Library.
  • Retrieved 4.8m documents from JSTOR.
  • Countless others if you decide to read up on it.

Aaron, you’re a warm, sensitive, intelligent, passionate young man full of courage and determination. You’re my hero and you will be missed….