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Published on January 16th, 2008 | by Jim Lobe

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Remember Stephen Cambone?

He was probably Donald Rumsfeld’s single closest adviser, as well as the Pentagon’s intelligence czar, who, among other things, reportedly helped determine how prisoners were treated at Guantanamo, Abu Ghraib, etc. and who also set up a special unit within the Pentagon to run what were essentially covert operations abroad without notifying the in-country U.S. ambassadors or the CIA. To the great relief of many on Capitol Hill, as well as the intelligence community and the State Department and many of his DOD subordinates, he left the Pentagon immediately after Rumsfeld.

As Tim Shorrock, one of this country’s best and most-experienced investigative journalists, reports for CorpWatch, Cambone has been hired by a British-owned contractor which has just obtained a multi-million-dollar contract from a Pentagon office that was reprimanded by the Congress for spying on anti-war activists. And, surprise, surprise, that office was overseen by …Stephen Cambone. It’s a particularly sinister case of Washington’s revolving door that can be found here.

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  1. avatar Turner says:

    Ah, Steven Cambone. I remember that a special position was created for him during those first glorious days of Mission Accomplished. He was supposed to filter ALL the intel in Iraq, if memory serves. I remember him as the man that gave us the mobile WMD trailers. I have a transcript of the press conference where Steve and some general gave the press the ONLY info that was ever released. (Too early in the AM to go searching through my archive jungle but it is a beautiful example of how an elite, obliging few from MSM were spoonfed bushshit. Be glad to dig it up if you like whipping horses that have long since fled the barn). Also have pics from the web that show what a prop that repainted relic was. Also the CIA report which went right along with the gag. What a crock. I am almost certain it was one of the original units the Brits sold Sadam in the early ‘90’s. Have some info on that as well.

    I think he did his phd dissertation on something he called “Kodak Moments”, about how visible images affect the political climate.

    If ever a guy needed a visit from The Shadow, it is Steve. And he probably thinks of himself as a patriot….


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Jim Lobe served for some 30 years as the Washington DC bureau chief for Inter Press Service and is best known for his coverage of U.S. foreign policy and the influence of the neoconservative movement.



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