Multinational manufacturing giant Caterpillar engaged surveillance firms to monitor political groups, including the family of pro-Palestinian activist Rachel Corrie, the Guardian reported today.
Leaked documents from two corporate intelligence firms have revealed that several international companies gathered information on numerous activist groups they viewed as potential threats to their businesses.
One of the firms, C2i International, used two infiltrators who pretended to be sympathetic to the cause in order to acquire advance warning of demonstrations that were being mounted against firms. They often obtained the campaigners’ internal documents such as emails and accounts of meetings.
Caterpillar, one of the world’s biggest manufacturing companies, is reported to have used the firm to gather information on the family of Rachel Corrie, who was crushed to death in 2003 by an Israeli military bulldozer as she protested the demolition of Palestinian homes.
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