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Press Release: Urges FBI to Launch Criminal Investigation Into Chamber of Commerce Watergate-like Campaign

National Business Group Uses Illegal Tactics to Intimidate and Undermine Opposition

WASHINGTON, May 10, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Two advocacy coalitions urged the FBI this week to launch a full-scale criminal investigation into unlawful activities committed by the Chamber of Commerce (COC) and those of its law firm, Hunton & Williams (H&W), and three military intelligence contractors hired by the law firm – HBGary Federal, Berico Technologies and Palantir Technologies, collectively called Team Themis. (STC) and (VR) sent letters to the FBI detailing how these organizations jointly conspired and conducted a proposed $12 million Watergate-like campaign against STC, VR and their staff, as well as other organizations and reporters.

Although this apparent criminal operation violated both federal laws and constitutional protections, neither the FBI nor the Department of Justice (DOJ) has announced any investigation.

ARS Technica: HBGary's open letter: full of denials that don't hold water

April 19, 2011- HBGary, the security firm that saw its servers hacked and its e-mails released after its HBGary Federal offshoot angered the Anonymous hive, published a rather peculiar open letter this past Friday in an effort to address the "large amount of misinformation reported in the press." But the letter makes some questionable claims of its own.

The unsigned letter outlines the basics of the attack and asserts that HBGary's internal systems remained safe and uncompromised. To ward off future attacks, the letter also claimed that HBGary's website, which was hacked using a basic security flaw, and its e-mail system, which fell victim to weak, re-used passwords, were now back in operation with "even stronger cyber defense mechanisms."

Press Release: Calls for U.S. Government to Halt All Contracts With HBGary Federal Calls for U.S. Government to Halt All Contracts With HBGary Federal, Berico Technologies and Palantir Technologies Because of Their Involvement in Chamber of Commerce Dirty Tricks Campaign

WASHINGTON, April 19, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --, a national campaign dedicated to exposing excesses and unethical activities of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, today, April 19, 2011, called for all agencies of the U.S. Government to halt all contracts with three military intelligence contractors involved in the recent "Chamberleaks" scandal.  These contractors, HBGary Federal, Berico Technologies and Palantir Technologies, have and have pending millions of dollars in contracts with the Department of Defense, National Security Agency, Department of Justice and other agencies.   They were recently caught red handed in a Watergate type dirty tricks campaign aimed at NGOs, unions and reporters which is called "Chamberleaks" because it was instigated on behalf of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.  The companies used applications developed from government and military intelligence contracts to create a spying, malware and disinformation campaign to destroy opponents of the Chamber, including   See this Brad Blog article for more information. 

Think Progress: New ChamberLeaks Presentation Emerges, Details More Plans To Sabotage Liberals

April 11, 2011- In February, ThinkProgress broke a story revealing that attorneys for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce had communicated with a set of military contractors — HBGary Federal, Palantir, and Berico Technologies — to develop tactics for sabotaging and spying on the Chamber’s progressive critics. The Chamber attorneys and the security firms discussed targeting ChamberWatch, the SEIU, MoveOn, ThinkProgress, and other groups. The proposals details efforts to steal private computer information, spy on the families of the Chamber’s critics, and plant false documents within organizations opposed to the Chamber’s agenda.

Rep. Johnson seeks intelligence firms' contracts in ChamberLeaks scandal

March 28, 2011- Congressman writes Gates, Holder and Clapper; says he will lead investigation himself if necessary

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Congressman Hank Johnson (D-GA-04) has requested that the Department of Defense, Department of Justice, and Director of National Intelligence turn over to Congress all contracts with intelligence firms HBGary Federal, Palantir Technologies, and Berico Technologies.  (Click HERE to read the letters – .pdf, 3 pgs)

Rep. Johnson has led calls for a formal Congressional probe into allegations that the contractors conspired to use intelligence and counterterrorism tools to attack U.S. citizens.  “We need aggressive action to defend American citizens in the cyber domain,” said Johnson.  “This scandal cries out for a full investigation.  I’ll do it myself if I have to.”

SC Magazine: HBGary faces Congressional probe

Rep Hank JohnsonMarch 24, 2011- A subcommittee consisting of 19 members of the U.S. Congress is seeking to launch an investigation into the activities of security firm HBGary Federal following revelations that the company, together with two other security firms, Berico Technologies and Palantir Technologies, may have conspired to sabotage opponents.

In a letter sent to four members of the House of Representatives, the Congressional subcommittee said HBGary and its partners "planned a 'dirty-tricks' campaign that included possible illegal actions against citizens engaged in free speech."

Because HBGary Federal has contracts with the U.S. military and intelligence agencies, the Congressional probe is looking into suspicions that the company may have used tools paid for by U.S. tax dollars to launch private attacks on citizens and groups who foot the bill. They request to see the company's contracts with the U.S. military and the National Security Agency (NSA).