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Koch network runs secretive intelligence operation

“The political network helmed by Charles and David Koch has quietly built a secretive operation that conducts surveillance and intelligence gathering on its liberal opponents, viewing it as a key strategic tool in its efforts to reshape American public life,” the website Politico reported. “The operation, which is little-known even within the Koch network, gathers what Koch insiders refer to as ‘competitive intelligence’ that is used to try to thwart liberal groups and activists, and to identify potential threats to the expansive network.” The article noted that liberal groups also do intelligence gathering, but the Koch operation “appears to be unique in its scale and its thoroughly methodological approach.” – Phillip Brownlee