02.27.12

Stratfor on PETA

Posted in Culture of Lickspittle, Cyberterrorism at 4:26 pm by George Smith

When trivial e-mails show your analysts are looking at PETA for Coca-Cola, you look bad. When you look bad, your schedule clears out. When your schedule clears out, you grow a scraggly beard. When you grow a scraggly beard, people think you’re a beggar. Don’t be a corporate flunky carpetbeggar, gossiping about PETA for Coca-Cola. Use net search for good things.

One of the WikiLeaks posts from the Stratfor people doing trivial net search on People for the Ethical Treatment for Animals, for corporate flunkies at Coca-Cola. Presumably because Coca-Cola gets criticized by organizations that monitor corporate cruelty toward animals.

The post:

Hi Van,
I’m checking with our analysts to find out what information we already
have on the subject. I’ll get back to you soon with more information.

Best regards,
Anya

Van C. Wilberding [senior manager for Coca Cola] wrote:

Hi Anya,

Thanks again for your help with respect to the Korean Peninsula
situation.

We are now looking at PETA and the potential for protests at the
Vancouver Olympics and related events. (Please see the following
questions below.) We’d like to schedule a time for a conference call
with you and/or your analyst(s) on this topic.

— How many PETA supporters are there in Canada?
— How many of these are inclined toward activism?
— To what extent will US-based PETA supporters travel to Canada to
support activism?
— What is PETA’s methodology for planning and executing activism?
(Understanding this better would certainly help us to recognize
indicators should they appear.)
— To what extent is PETA in Canada linked to PETA in the US or
elsewhere?
— To what extent are the actions of PETA in one country controlled by
an oversight board/governing body?
— To what extent could non-PETA hangers-on (such as anarchists or ALF supporters) get involved in any protest activity?

Please let us know what works in terms of timing of the conference call.

Thanks again,

Van
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It’s not much of a secret that thousands and thousands of assholes work for big US corporate multi-nationals. However, it is always illuminating to see how venal they are, that they have trivial intelligence operations hiring other flunkies to provide hearsay on groups which many Americans would view as good people — or at least NOT security threats. Unless you’re Ted Nugent.

Another post:

Interesting, thanks Fred.

Fred Burton wrote:

The FBI has a classified investigation on PETA operatives. I’ll see what
I can uncover.

Sent via BlackBerry by AT&T

That’s some nugget of intel nose gold.

“[The] professional intelligence community is acknowledging us as being the gold standard of intelligence,” wrote Stratfor CEO George Friedman in another well-publicized post.

The series of PETA mails — brief.

3 Comments

  1. Floormaster Squeeze said,

    February 28, 2012 at 8:22 am

    Years ago (90’s) I was involved in a large midwestern city in a broad-based coalition group to improve that city through jobs. There were certainly a lot of people with a progressive and pro-labor bent but the coalition went out of its way (a fair criticism would have been it compromised too much) to create partnerships with business (job training and community development was part of their work).

    The coalition touched the community in a lot of ways and I was generally happy to do some office and grunt work once in a while. One day, I went to the main office (a very modest place) to stuff envelopes for some mailing. There were about 8 people present and people that did not know each other well made pleasant small talk to make the work more enjoyable. At the time I liked to make certain political statements that were largely jokes (sarcasm and the youthful overuse of irony) but always gentle on the sensibilities of the people around me. I would occasionally make jokes along the lines I was a strident Marxist (not that I felt anything was wrong with that!).

    A few months later the Wall Street Journal revealed a big “investigative journalism” piece in which a reporter (an attractive woman that also was stuffing envelopes that day) spent “months” at the offices of this community coalition group. The piece was really light on substantial criticism (there are always some problems withing any group and within broad “coalitions”) but the gist of that piece was that this is really a commie-pinko group (which it definitely was not as I had been involved with a variety of different types of groups) using “job creation” and “community sustainability”. To my surprise the reporter indirectly referenced things I had said as a joke (I am sure no one else remembered them) as reasons the group really was a red menace (despite the fact I was not serious and everyone around the table thought my little time-killing shtick was good fun). It was just bizarre to see this called out on a national scale as an exemplar of something anywhere remotely like the organizations “true intent.”

    The WSJ went on to savage the group and openly called out any “business” involved in the coalition in a series of right-wing think tank op-eds. At this point I realized that the generally Marxist perspective of class interest trumping individual interest was 100% right. The businesses involved were benefiting and whole of the community was benefiting by the modest goals of this group. There was no limit to the pettiness, expense, and venality the WSJ and assorted think tanks would go to make sure this “community” writ large would not achieve their modest goals.

  2. Floormaster Squeeze said,

    February 28, 2012 at 8:25 am

    Test Post (larger one got eaten).

  3. George Smith said,

    February 28, 2012 at 9:01 am

    That’s pretty disappointing but not surprising. I hope you saved the piece for a scrapbook, or at least as a keepsake to show unbelievers how they’re taken advantage of.