Don’t Let Large Corporations Spy on Activists

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Target: Hugh Grant, Monsanto CEO

Goal: Criticize Monsanto for hiring backwater to spy on environmental activists

Documents obtained by The Nation recently revealed that the controversial private security firm Blackwater has been working for multinational corporations, including biotechnology giant Monsanto. According to reports, the corporation contracted with Blackwater in order to collect intelligence on anti-Monsanto activists. Monsanto cannot be permitted to hire economic hit men to spy on citizens that dispute the company’s practices.

Blackwater is a security group made up of former CIA field agents, and is most notorious for the Iraqi Nisour Square Massacre, where agents worked with companies to obtain millions of dollars in American government contracts after they were criticized for reckless conduct in Iraq. The company was contracted by Monsanto between 2008-2010 to collect intelligence on activists rallying against genetically modified (GM) crops and other Monsanto activities. Blackwater has reportedly also worked for Chevron, the Walt Disney Company, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines and banking giants Deutsche Bank and Barclays in the past.

Blackwater’s work for Monsanto was contracted using two subsidiary companies, Total Intelligence Solutions and the Terrorism Research Center (TRC), owned by Blackwater’s owner and founder, Erik Prince. A spokesperson representing Monsanto admits the company hired Total Intelligence for information on the activities of groups or individuals that could pose a risk to the company personnel or operations around the world. The spokesperson did not address how, according to documents secured by The Nation, Monsanto was willing to pay up to $500,000 for Blackwater agents to infiltrate anti-Monsanto organizations. Monsanto cannot be allowed to infiltrate government spy groups to spy on individuals.

PETITION LETTER

Dear Mr. Grant,

Documents obtained by The Nation have revealed that Monsanto contracted with Blackwater through a subsidiary, Total Intelligence, to collect intelligence on activists rallying against genetically modified crops and other Monsanto activities. According to these documents, Monsanto was willing to pay up to $500,000 for Blackwater agents to infiltrate anti-Monsanto organizations. Blackwater is a security group made up of former CIA field agents. Monsanto’s use of this organization to spy on citizens is of great concern and such activities cannot be permitted by a multinational corporation in the name of its business interests.

Blackwater is a security group notorious for the Iraqi Nisour Square Massacre, where it worked with companies to obtain millions of dollars in American government contracts after they were criticized for reckless conduct in Iraq. The company was contracted by Monsanto between 2008-2010 to collect intelligence on anti-Monsanto activists. Monsanto cannot be permitted to hire economic hit men to spy on citizens that have a right as consumers to dispute the company’s practices.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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One Comment

  1. There is no petition in this petition. You must ASK for something in a petition. You should ASK Monsanto not to spy on activists. Your last sentence says, “Monsanto cannot be permitted. . . . ” You are writing the CEO and you say that? If you want to say that Monsanto should not be PERMITTED to spy on activists, that should be in a petition to lawmakers.

    Also, Why do you say that Monsanto has been hiring “economic hit men”? Why do you throw some red herring in like that at the last minute to spoil your efforts? Don’t confuse the issue. You have not made any case that Blackwater or its affiliated groups are in any way “economic hit men”. I can’t sign this. Is anyone editing these petitions before you put them online?

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