The Dirty Work of a Coal Baron Exposed

Five years after a West Virginia coal mine explosion killed 29 miners, a federal jury has convicted Donald Blankenship, a powerful Appalachian coal baron, of criminal conspiracy to violate mine safety standards through his profit-obsessed mismanagement.

The guilty verdict last Thursday was on just one of three charges, a misdemeanor. But it presented the rare spectacle of a ranking member of Big Coal being tried and convicted of putting miners at lethal risk by circumventing safety requirements.

Prosecutors showed how Mr. Blankenship, when he was chief executive of the Massey Energy Company, allowed a relentless emphasis on productivity — demanding reports every 30 minutes and on weekends — to outweigh his responsibilities for miners’ safety.

LEGAL NOTICE TO AARON BARR, PAT RYAN AND BILL NICKLESS OF SUMMONS IN CIVIL CASE

Let it be known that the District Court of Maryland, Greenbelt Division, has issued summonses in the case of Kimberlin v. Hunton & Williams et al, GJH 15 CV 0723.  Plaintiff has mailed those summonses to Defendants Aaron Barr, Pat Ryan and Bill Nickless but they have been returned.  Therefore, notice is hereby given of the summonses (link) and the Complaint and Exhibits. (link and link).  If a response is not made within a reasonable time, Plaintiff will seek a court order finding that these three Defendants have been given reasonable notice to of the summons and complaint.

Hunton & Williams Faces Lawsuit Over Targeting Activist

 

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The Brad Blog: Chinese Cyber Attacks on U.S. Targets Said to Mirror U.S. Chamber of Commerce Cyber Plot Targeting Progressives

-By Brad Friedman

March 5, 2013- So what does the Chinese Government and the Rightwing mega-lobbying group calling itself the U.S. Chamber of Commerce have in common? Apparently, they are both interested in hacking into the computer networks of their perceived political opponents and appear to be using very similar techniques and tools to do so, as The Nation's Lee Fang reported on Monday.

A computer security expert cited by Fang notes "lots of overlap" between the recent documented Chinese military cyber hacks and tactics proposed for use by federal contractors working with the U.S. Chamber and their attorneys to discredit their enemies.

The Brad Blog: U.S. Chamber's Disgraced Smear Plot Conspirator, 'Anonymous' Foe, Aaron Barr Found Collaborating with Self-Appoin

UPDATED: Super-genius Barr responds, shoots self again...

-by Brad Freidman

October 24, 2011- Apparently, disgraced former HBGary Federal CEO Aaron Barr just can't help himself.

The guy who lost his job and was publicly humiliated after promising to reveal the identities of the supposed leadership of hacktivist group Anonymous and getting caught devising a plan to illegally discredit, defraud and spy on perceived opponents of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Bank of America is now palling around with a self-appointed NYPD/FBI "snitch" at the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations and beyond, according to --- ironically enough --- emails accidentally released on the Internet by the "snitch" himself, Thomas Ryan.

The Guardian: A sinister cyber-surveillance scheme exposed

Hacked emails from security contractor HBGary Federal reveal a disturbing public-private partnership to spy on web users

-by Barrett Brown

June 22, 2011- When President Eisenhower left office in 1960, he provided the American people with a warning.

"In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist."

Sixty years later, the military-industrial complex has been joined by another unprecedented centre of what has increasingly proven to be "misplaced power": the dozens of secretive firms known collectively as the intelligence contracting industry.

Protect Our Elections Asks FBI To Expand Its Investigation Of NewsCorp To Include Its Relationship With US Chamber Of Commerce

On August 14, 2011, Protect Our Elections attorney Kevin Zeese wrote a letter to the FBI asking that it expand its investigation of NewsCorp to include (1) its million dollar donation to the US Chamber of Commerce to gut the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act in order to cover up, obstruct and undermine an investigation under the FCPA, and (2) a conspiracy with the Chamber to use private investigators, military intelligence contractors, and law firms to spy on Americans and organizations that they consider threats, either on political, financial or ideological grounds.

Think Progress: Revealed: Fake Facebook Identity Used By Military Contractors Plotting To Hack Progressive Organizations

-By Lee Fang

August 18, 2011- Earlier this year, ThinkProgress obtained 75,000 private emails from the defense contractor HBGary Federal via the hacktivist group called Anonymous. The emails led to two shocking revelations. First, that an assortment of private military firms collectively called “Team Themis” had been tapped by Bank of America to conduct a cyber war against reporters sympathetically covering the Wikileaks revelations. And second, that late in 2010, the same set of firms began work separately for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, a Republican-aligned corporate lobbying group, to develop a similar campaign of sabotage against progressive organizations, including the SEIU and ThinkProgress .

Think Progress: Revealed: Fake Facebook Identity Used By Military Contractors Plotting To Hack Progressive Organizations

-By Lee Fang

August 18, 2011- Earlier this year, ThinkProgress obtained 75,000 private emails from the defense contractor HBGary Federal via the hacktivist group called Anonymous. The emails led to two shocking revelations. First, that an assortment of private military firms collectively called “Team Themis” had been tapped by Bank of America to conduct a cyber war against reporters sympathetically covering the Wikileaks revelations. And second, that late in 2010, the same set of firms began work separately for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, a Republican-aligned corporate lobbying group, to develop a similar campaign of sabotage against progressive organizations, including the SEIU and ThinkProgress .