Mother Jones: May\June 1994: Spies, The CIA has opened a global Pandora's box by spying on foreign competitors of American companies: Clinton - Ford, General Motors, Chrysler - CIA, espionage: Woosley says: But there is not the slightest hesitation among other top CIA officials that such information, when obtained, ought to be shared with American automakers Means they will have access to Government high tech . US officials acknowledged that the CIA is already providing the government with information about Japanese auto technology. Partnership for a New Generation of Vehicles. some is gathered clandestinely and remains classified, Gravett says. January 1993: National Economic Council, the White industrial policy, throwing a government support to selected industries to enhance US combativeness. Just about ever day NEC Deputy Director Bo Cutter is asking the CIA for information on economic issue, say senior CIA official An economic- intelligence arms race? Edward Luttwak consultant to both CIA & private corporation. Articulate & cultured, Luttwak is director of geoeconomics at the Center for Strategic & International Studies in Washington, DC & conducts sessions at CIA on economic intelligence. "They said that the lady can't, the lady won't, the lady mustn't - and the lady does." Turning on the switch: Stansfield Turner CIA director under President Carter "It's just a matter of turning the unclassified switch on." Kenneth Bass, Washington lawyer Herb Meyer assistant to CIA director William Casey, vice chairman of the CIA's National Intelligence Council, For decades US defense contractors had access , on a classified basis to secret technological information, Pentagon shared top secret information with Lockheed, TRW, Northrop, Martin Marietta, and dozens of others, including US automakers - who are also major defense contractors. Robert Steel, former Marine Corps intelligence officer & CIA says he can get 80% of what you need for 20% of the cost, using open sources. "The NSA is a big vacuum cleaner capable of intercepting any kind of communications through the air. "according to Mark Lowenthal, senior foreign policy specialist at the Congressional Research Service, and former intelligence officer at the State Department. You just aim it at a region. By typing in Toyota an NSA analyst can then order a record of everything that the NSA may have gathered on the Japanese automaker. William Colby CIA head 1970's "When espionage is exposed, what is the impact. when disclosed that you consciously went after Toyota, what will be the impact?, On the other hand, if you just happen to get something, if it falls into your lap, you do something with it."
page 67 Richard Helms, CIA director during the Vietnam War. "If the president thinks it ought to be done, then immediately the issue becomes whether it can be done on his say-so. A decision has to be made as to whether the intelligence select committees of Congress get involved, or whether the agency just goes ahead and follows the president's bidding." The federal government is joining hands with strategic industry groups to enhance their competitiveness. Robert Gates head CIA Bush Administration opposes economic espionage. "We shouldn't start it, and we shouldn't do it even if other countries do it, if we do, it will lead to an escalation, an economic espionage arms race, and it will very quickly get out of control." Edward Luttwak "That is so innocent, it is charming. Doesn't he have kind of a baby face? It is remarkable that he can have headed the CIA while retaining his innocence. The reality is that the CIA will get into this in a pragmatic organic kind of way."