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Even as Wal-Mart CEO Lee Scott denies charges that the corporation conducted surveillance operations against both its board of directors and dissident stockholder groups believed to be hostile to management’s plans, USA Today reports that the retailer “has been recruiting former military and government intelligence officers for a branch of its global security office aimed at identifying threats to the world's largest retailer, including from ‘suspect individuals and groups’.”

According to the story, “The jobs were listed with the Analytical Research Center, part of Wal-Mart's Global Security division, which is headed by former senior CIA and FBI senior officer Kenneth Senser. The analytical unit was created over the past year and half, according to published comments by its head, Army Special Operations veteran David Harrison.

“The job description includes collecting information from ‘professional contacts’ and public data to anticipate and assess threats stemming from ‘world events, regional/national security climates, and suspect individuals and groups’.”
KC's View:
On the one hand, we have to say that we think that Wal-Mart is exhibiting definite signs of corporate paranoia.

However, its recruitment policies may explain why US intelligence agencies have been having problems lately – all the really good people are working for the Bentonville Behemoth.