Washington Joint Analytical Center Seattle
private intelligence outsourcing,
1525 pages, 2006-200
July 26, 2009
This confidential 1525 page scanned file (61Mb, PDF) is notable for its comprehensive insight into the revolving door world of public-private intelligence in the United States and attempts by the Washington State Patrol to privatize its “criminal intelligence” function.
The document details a tendering process for private sector deployment of intelligence functions inside the Washington Joint Analytical Center (WAJAC) on behalf of the Washington State Patrol (WSP).
It includes pricing, proposals, contracts, background checks, courses, certificates, and resumes of past intelligence work by tender applicant personnel—including detainee interrogation and deployments throughout the world.
The WAJAC is an intelligence “fusion” center used for data-sharing by a number of law enforcement-military groups. Elsewhere, these centers, have been secretly promoted by the US Army as a method to evade posse comitatus restrictions.
Similarly, usurping regulated police with private intelligence contractors reduces accountability. Contractors, for instance, usually do not have to comply with the Freedom of Information Act.
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It is our strongly held view that intelligence is both an inherent responsibility of the commander, and cannot be “delegated” in the sense of failing to treat intelligence as a commander’s responsibility 24/7; and that intelligence for purposes of national security is an inherent function of government, with the specific observation that secret sources and methods and all-source analysis should be restricted to career employees of the government at whatever level they are being undertaken. Contractors have a huge and legitimate role to play, but clandestine collection, covert actions, and the final responsibility for analytics and dissemiantion of analytic judgements to the commander, should not be done by contractors.
Similarly, we believe that clearances are a privilege, and that anyone who resigns from government service prior to their projected retirement eligibility date should expect to automatically lose their clearances and fall to the back of the line. We must put an end to robbing one side of government of a perfectly-positioned government employee, so as to allow a contractor to meet a need elsewhere in government with an employee whose primary attribute these days is the clearance, not the bucket of skills actually needed.