As part of the surveillance, the retailer last year had a long-haired employee infiltrate an anti-Wal-Mart group to determine if it planned protests at the company's annual meeting, according to Bruce Gabbard, the fired security worker, the Journal said.
The company also deployed cutting-edge monitoring systems made by a supplier to the Defense Department that allowed it to capture and record the actions of anyone connected to its global computer network, the Journal said.
I work for a corporation. I have for my entire post college career. I enjoy my work and the compensation received, but it gets hard to reconcile as these stories keep growing. Best Buy firing people not for performance, but because they made too much. Hershey outsourcing to Mexico, not because they aren't profitable here, but because they can be "more" profitable there. I hated Ayn Rand, Milton Friedman and most other economists that I read because they never dealt with the public good as a necessary function of any economy. Now it seems, the little detail is becoming more irrelevant and the proletariat less powerful even as their standard fo living rises. The bees are dying, the oceans are collapsing and we see no difference. Global warming at least makes itself seen on a daily or yearly basis, but really, what will it take for the people to fight back against a system stacked against them?