WASHINGTON. It seems that nearly everyone in America is part of the Deep State’s extensive database. Maybe even mega-rich tycoons like Jeff Bezos. During a 2014 TED Talk, NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden discussed a US domestic spy endeavor known as PRISM. It was established as an expansion of the Patriot Act under the auspices of the Obama administration. It was, according to Snowden, a Deep State style
“… program through which the government could compel corporate America [into service]. It could sort of deputize corporate America to do its dirty work for the NSA. And, even though some of these companies did resist… they all lost.”
But Snowden could just have easily been alluding to someone like Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos in this description.
And then they came for me
But we shouldn’t think of Bezos as some Kafkaesque figure who received that dreaded knock on the door in the middle of the night. After all, anonymous minions of the Deep State did not compel him to do their extra-constitutional bidding under threat of prison or risk to life and limb.
Instead, the Deep State simply made America’s richest billionaire even richer. $600 million richer, to be exact. They likely appreciated him for building a “private cloud” system to hold meta data collected from us and then shared with 17 of America’s secret intelligence agencies.
An unaccountable monster
We continue to see the Deep State’s handywork in the Trump/Russia collusion business. That ongoing disinformation campaign was built on a FISA Court-approved FBI counterintelligence operation. Subsequently, the FBI spied on the campaign of the 2016 GOP presidential candidate and his staff. This disinformation campaign has all but been discredited at this point, except in the minds of the scandal-hungry liberal sensationalists in the press.
Did Trump ride the dragon?
But some in the media, namely Steve Benen of MSNBC, put forward the novel theory that the recent troubles between Bezos, his soon-to-be ex-wife Mackenzie, his sexy Latin lover Lauren Sanchez, and the National Enquirer might be the handiwork of a certain orange-haired White House occupant. Said Benen:
“There’s the National Enquirer’s ally in the Oval Office, who’s made no secret of his personal contempt for the Washington Post and its owner, Jeff Bezos. It therefore raised a few eyebrows when the tabloid recently published intimate text messages between Bezos and an alleged mistress, which contributed to the breakup of the Amazon CEO’s marriage.”
Michael Sanchez, brother to the other woman, outright suggested the NSA was the culprit that passed the raunchy text messages between the billionaire and his mistress to the Enquirer. All at the behest of the president. Maybe even the Saudis are involved.
Deep and deeper
“But no,” says CDN writer and commentator L.J. Keith. That’s not the preferred action plan for today’s wealthy liberals like Jeff Bezos.
“Taking responsibility for your own reprehensible behavior isn’t how its done anymore. No, you hire Gavin de Becker, noted security specialist and conspiracy theorist, and you blame Donald Trump and the Saudis. Nice bit of deflection, but not borne out by the facts.
“Quite the contrary. Bezos and his corporate lobbyist the Washington Post have been investigating [Enquirer owner AMI’s Chairman and CEO] David Pecker’s ties to the Saudi Arabian government. Bezos hints that the Enquirer covering his divorce is in retribution for the WaPo investigation of Saudi influence in America, and particularly with Pecker, [Chairman and CEO of Enquirer owner] AMI , who was courting Saudi investors.”
What about the WaPo’s interference in AMI’s business
But Keith provides further details.
“Bezos and the Washington Post thought nothing of investigating AMI attempts to raise money for their company. The publishing industry overall faces shrinking revenues, tight overheads, and AMI and Pecker were courting a series of international investors, including the Saudis.
“The Washington Post investigation was basically seeking to undermine AMI in its business dealings by suggesting impropriety on their part for seeking foreign investment. Somehow the murder of WaPo columnist and former Saudi royal intelligence collaborator Jamal Khashogi rendered Saudi investment unclean.”
Bezos: Reality or deflection?
So, is Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos really the victim of his own Deep State success? Did the digital cloud he built for America’s spy agencies end up knocking him and his lover off Cloud-9? Could it be that this very same Deep State is responsible for handing half his $140 billion fortune to his ex in a divorce settlement? Finally, could this the result of the authoritarian monster Bezos helped to develop and nurture?
Enquiring minds want to know.
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Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, ABC News screen capture.