Here’s a brief run down on what has occurred in the last week with the controversy over HBGary Federal, the Palantir, and Berico Technologies in their alliance with Hunton & Williams to bring down progressive organizations and suppress journalists. This is not hyperbole – this is their stated goal plain for all to see in their hacked documents.
Even the NY Times is now reporting on it.
This firm, HBGary, conspired with other firms to earn taxpayer dollars by spying on US citizens. Worse, the methodology of the “security” firm that got hacked, was widely criticized by it’s own employees. It was known to be statistically invalid, and that it relied upon the “gut instinct” of the employer. They intended to exploit even the children and families of people who adhere to liberal causes.
This move was a publicity stunt to garner clients. The “list” HBGary offered, as he sold it to clients as his penetration of the inner circle of the premier hacker group Anonymous, contained the names of innocent people unfortunate enough to click on the wrong thing in Facebook. Barr’s intent was to provide the FBI with a training program on how to use Facebook, as though most of us weren’t aware putting private information on the internet is idiocy.
Because he involved Anonymous, he brought the wrath of the internet on his head. His company was subsequently hacked harder than a tree in a logging camp, and his personal email uploaded for all to peruse.
In the course of this, it was discovered that Bank of America was targeting WikiLeaks.org in an attempt at damage control. They hired a lobbyist firm to discredit and silence journalists, such as Glenn Greenwald. Greenwald is an ardent supporter of Wikileaks.org, and was targeted for a harassment campaign. The firms also devised documents that included intent to discredit wikileaks.org by releasing falsified material, then exposing it as fraudulent.
What we have here, in Glenn Greenwald’s own words, “These massive corporations and the firms that serve them have no fear of law or government because they control each. That’s why they so freely plot to target those who oppose them in any way. They not only have massive resources to devote to such attacks, but the ability to act without limits.
It’s time to become a nation of laws again, instead of a nation of “for the people who possess the most money and power.”