James Ridgeway / Mother Jones: Cops and Former Secret Service Agents Ran Black Ops on Green Groups

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James Ridgeway, Mother Jones: Cops and Former Secret Service Agents Ran Black Ops on Green Groups


    Meet the private security firm that spied on Greenpeace and other environmental outfits for corporate clients. A tale of intrigue, infiltration, and dumpster-diving.


    By James Ridgeway
    Additional reporting by David Corn, Jennifer Wedekind, Daniel Schulman, and Nick Baumann

    April 11, 2008

    A private security company organized and managed by former Secret Service officers spied on Greenpeace and other environmental organizations from the late 1990s through at least 2000, pilfering documents from trash bins, attempting to plant undercover operatives within groups, casing offices, collecting phone records of activists, and penetrating confidential meetings. According to company documents provided to Mother Jones by a former investor in the firm, this security outfit collected confidential internal records—donor lists, detailed financial statements, the Social Security numbers of staff members, strategy memos—from these organizations and produced intelligence reports for public relations firms and major corporations involved in environmental controversies. . . .

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