Here is another sector soon to be occupied entirely by private companies: staging successful false flag operations and the subsequent suitable psyops.
As the World Socialist Web Site reported early this year:
Cambridge Analytica’s parent company is British-based SCL. Formerly Strategic Communication Laboratories, it is a private behavioural research and strategic communication company, founded in 1993 by Nigel Oakes.
As with Oakes, SCL’s board members include scions of the British ruling class, from former military officers and defence contractors to major Conservative Party donors.
SCL boasts of providing “data, analytics and strategy to governments and military organizations worldwide,” notably the British Ministry of Defence, the US State Department and NATO. It states that it has carried out “behavioural change programs” in more than 60 countries. One of its first contracts in 1999 was promoting Indonesian President Abdurrahman Wahid. It has worked to influence elections in Afghanistan, Latvia, Ukraine, Nigeria and Kenya among others.
Cambridge Analytica was launched in 2012 by SCL to extend its operations to the US. In partnership with hedge fund billionaire Robert Mercer, this included the Republican primaries for the 2016 election, where it worked to support Ted Cruz and then Donald Trump.
According to Liam O’Hare at Bella Caledonia, SCL went public in 2005 at the DSEI conference, a global arms fair in London, promoting itself as the first private company to provide psychological warfare services to the British military: “Its ‘hard sell’ was a demonstration of how the UK government could use a sophisticated media campaign of mass deception to fool the British people into thinking an accident at a chemical plant had occurred and threatened central London.”
We can imagine that the false flag operations will not be restricted on "accidents". Some "terrorist attacks" could be easily staged too.
Such false flag operations could be proved very useful during extremely difficult situations for the establishment. For example, the recent terrorist attack in Strasbourg in the middle of the 'yellow vests' protests, immediately justified extended anti-terrorist measures that eventually could be used to suppress these protests.
In the end, what truly matters is the success of the related psyops to transform the perception of a large part of the population. Recall that today's technology permits the real-time manipulation of the picture. After a 'real time' false flag operation, all that a PR private company will have to do is to run successful psyops.
But it could get even worse. With all that power in their hands, giant corporations could take the initiative to hire private PR companies for themselves. They could stage false flag operations according to the agenda of their own interests and force the increasingly powerless governments to align with that agenda.
It appears that simply buying politicians and governments, becomes an increasingly insufficient practice.