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BradBlog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-01-11 03:41 AM
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House Dems Call for Probe Into U.S. Chamber of Commerce Plot to Discredit Perceived Enemies
Source: BRAD BLOG, Washington Post



House Democrats Call for Probe Into U.S. Chamber of Commerce Plot to Discredit Perceived Enemies
ALSO: HBGary CEO Aaron Barr finally resigns, VR files D.C. Bar complaint...

Washington Post's Dan Eggen reports tonight for Tuesday's paper that "more than a dozen" Democrats in the U.S. House are now calling on "Republican leaders" to open an investigation into the U.S. Chamber of Commerce plot which had been set to target the Rightwing lobbying firms perceived political enemies (which turned out to include me and my family at the top of their list, as reported in detail previously) with a proposed $12 million smear, forgery, fraud and disinformation campaign.

While the Democrats letter calling for a Congressional probe will not be released until Tuesday (we'll update as appropriate when it becomes available), Eggen's reportage makes it clear that their concerns focus on the same disturbing point which we highlighted in one of our first detailed reports on this matter. Namely, that the Chamber's law firm Hunton & Williams was organizing the plot with three government-contracted cyber-security/intelligence firms who had planned to turn tools developed for the "War on Terror" against U.S. citizens, journalists and progressive organizations (emphasis added)...

A group of House Democrats is calling on Republican leaders to investigate a prominent Washington law firm and three federal technology contractors, who have been shown in hacked e-mails discussing a "disinformation campaign" against foes of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

In a letter to be released Tuesday, Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.) and more than a dozen other lawmakers wrote that the e-mails appear "to reveal a conspiracy to use subversive techniques to target Chamber critics," including "possible illegal actions against citizens engaged in free speech."

The lawmakers say it is "deeply troubling" that "tactics developed for use against terrorists may have been unleashed against American citizens."


FULL STORY, MUCH MORE: http://www.bradblog.com/?p=8376


Read more: http://www.bradblog.com/?p=8376
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BradBlog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-01-11 03:56 AM
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1. Late Breaking News...Moved again...
Well, the news is just breaking, and the letter is not even released yet, but it's moved from LBN to here. Oh, well.
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maddezmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-01-11 04:05 AM
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2. feel free to post the WaPo article in LBN
as this is considered a repackaged article and not LBN material.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/20...
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BradBlog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-01-11 11:33 AM
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8. Thanks for the invite, but my article offered a great deal more than the WaPo article (nt)
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chill_wind Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-02-11 01:52 AM
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12. And unlike WAPO you more or less broke the original story,
writing from a certain first-hand perspective as one of the targets of the COC's perfidy.
Appreciate the update and applaud any traction any Dems may get in at least raising the profile of this alarming story. The COC mafia IS a threat to democracy and that's one thing WAPO is just never going to acknowledge. I wonder how many people here have read some of the hate mail and death threats by COC "supporters" at some of the watch sites you cited. Just unbelievable.

K & R.
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drm604 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-01-11 04:21 AM
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3. Can't the Senate launch an investigation?
I don't know anything about the procedures, could the Republicans block a Senate investigation?
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Skip_In_Boulder Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-01-11 04:26 AM
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4. Dems calling on "Republican leaders" to open an investigation
Edited on Tue Mar-01-11 04:28 AM by Skip_In_Boulder
into the U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Well it's dead right there.

That's like saying "Farmer calls on Fox to open investigation into hen house deaths."
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inademv Donating Member (738 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-01-11 04:29 AM
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5. typical politics
The Democratic side was unwilling themselves to launch said investigation for political reasons. The only reason they call for it now is so that they can wave it over the Republican's collective heads in the next election.
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sofa king Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-01-11 06:15 AM
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7. Yes, and no.
The Democrats can open an investigation in the Senate, which they control, and they may in fact have already done so behind the curtains.

What they're doing is this: they're trying to force the gangsters to investigate and publicly report on their own illicit plan. Then, when they tank the investigation--and they will--Dems will be able to point that out, particularly if there are accurate investigations running concurrently in the Senate and the Department of Justice.

Recall that only sixty days ago Issa was trumpeting the investigative power of the House as the only way to bring down "the most corrupt" Presidency since five minutes before this President took office, which was a thinly veiled promise of harassment. The natural Democratic response to that is to force the House to investigate actual corruption, which is squarely centered within the Republican ranks.

Keep them busy covering their own dreadfully exposed asses, and we the people won't have to suffer another blow-job impeachment. Having kept our powder dry for eight long years, we now have enough ammunition to keep them investigating themselves for the next twenty years. And we will.
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pa28 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-01-11 11:53 PM
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11. You've got it.
Edited on Tue Mar-01-11 11:56 PM by pa28
Democratic calls for investigation are nice but I can't help remembering that Republican corruption was "off the table" during our brief hold on power. I guess our "frozen man" Democrats thought an aggressive posture might result in loss of majority status.

:rofl:
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2banon Donating Member (794 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-01-11 04:53 PM
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10. exactly,, ..
dog and pony show.. our fearless leaders (not)is "on the record" for attempting to take action knowing that it will die with that attempt, but hey we can always chant: keep hope alive.

Perhaps a "probe" up the arse with a cattle-prod would be more appropriate..
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Scuba Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-01-11 05:53 AM
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6. Troubling? Yes. Surprising? No.
The lawmakers say it is "deeply troubling" that "tactics developed for use against terrorists may have been unleashed against American citizens."


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WhoIsNumberNone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-01-11 03:36 PM
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9. Full text of Johnson's letter:
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Lastactiongyro Donating Member (254 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-02-11 10:55 AM
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13. will this go anywhere?
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Poboy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-02-11 10:56 AM
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14. K&R for BBlog
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SidDithers Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-02-11 10:59 AM
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15. And sometimes servers and websites crash without any help from the COC...
right?

Sid
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defendandprotect Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-02-11 01:30 PM
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16. k/r
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ElsewheresDaughter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-03-11 07:57 PM
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17. A union member, a CEO and a Tea Party member are sitting at a table with 12 cookies.....
A union member, a CEO and a Tea Party member are sitting at a table with 12 cookies. The CEO grabs 11 cookies, turns to the Tea Partier and says Watch it the Union's are out to take your cookie!
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MasonJar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-03-11 08:51 PM
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18. The GOPers won't investigater. Why isn't Holder investigating?This is a crime
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pam4water Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-04-11 06:10 PM
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19. Wish I thought this would go some where.
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