Thursday, November 19, 2015

Just when you thought the Koch brothers couldn't be any more evil...

In the New Yorker by Jane Mayer who wrote the influential New Yorker article back in 2010 "Cover Operations" comes: Do the Koch Brothers Have Their Own Spy Network?

While it’s big news that the Kochs are now running their own private intelligence-gathering operation in order to track political opponents, including labor unions, environmental groups, and liberal big-donor groups, it actually isn’t surprising, given their history.
For decades, there have been reports suggesting that Charles and David Koch and Koch Industries have employed private investigators to gather inside information on their perceived enemies, including their own brother, Bill Koch, with whom they fought over control of the family business and fortune. My forthcoming book, “Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right,” which will come out in January, builds on earlier reporting about this, including my 2010 New Yorkerpiece. In fact, again and again, those who have challenged the Kochs and Koch Industries—whether they are federal officers, private citizens, or members of the press—have suspected that they have been under surveillance.
I doubt the Koch brothers think they have anything to worry about from me, but I have noticed someone visiting this site coming from Koch Industries a few times to read my mentions of the Koch brothers... although not very recently.