First Things senior editor David Goldman has an article in the Tablet about a private, subscription-based CIA :
How would you like to tap into an exclusive private intelligence service staffed by ex-CIA analysts who glean exclusive information from shadowy sources, cross-grid raw intel to detect relevant patterns, and alert you by email when the product requires your attention? Membership in this elite club will cost you just $349 a year, and youll also get a free book that predicts the next 100 years of human history.
Welcome to Stratfor, the brainchild of George Friedman, a Texas academic and sometime U.S. government consultant, who became an intelligence entrepreneur and runs what the press routinely calls a private CIA out of a compound in Texas. In a crowded market where The New York Times cant successfully charge for premium content, Friedmans thriving business targets a key market niche: corporate types with geopolitical exposure who are too busy or too ill-informed to use Google.
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