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Themis: Looking at the aftermath of the HBGary Federal scandal

by Steve Ragan – Mar 22 2011, 06:10  The Tech Herald Security

In the aftermath of the HBGary Federal hack, there are still questions and concerns surrounding the actions taken by the government intelligence firms, collectively known as Team Themis, and the law firm Hunton & Williams. While examining current events, and looking back at Team Themis, it’s clear that politics can be a dirty game to play.

In February, two major stories developed in the wake of Anonymous’ attack on HBGary Federal. The common thread between them was Hunton & Williams, a large law firm with strong political connections, and Team Themis.

First there was the story The Tech Herald broke concerning WikiLeaks, where Team Themis created plans to stop WikiLeaks by targeting supporters and journalists. The second story, broken by ThinkProgress, centered on a plot to target unions and political opponents, including families, by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Team Themis consists of HBGary Federal, Palantir Technologies, and Berico Technologies. Both Berico and Palantir have distanced themselves from the plots, and denounced their implications. Aaron Barr resigned his post as CEO of HBGary Federal to focus on family and rebuilding his reputation.

However, those actions did little to placate critics, and House Democrats called for hearings on Team Themis. Earlier this month, Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Georgia 4th District), as well as 19 others, called for a Congressional investigation into the actions of Team Themis to determine if the contractors violated any federal laws.

Please read this in depth article here

March 22, 2011 Posted by | Government Contractor, Journalists, Politics | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Themis Applies JSOC Techniques to Citizens “Extorting” from Corporate Clients

This is a bunch of veterans proposing to go to war against citizen activism on behalf the Chamber of Commerce and other corporations.

by Empty Wheel at Firedoglake

I have a feeling I’ll be doing a lot of these posts, showing how Hunton & Williams asked “Themis” (the three firm team of HBGary, Palantir, and Berico Technologies) to apply counterterrorism approaches to combat First Amendment activities.

This particular installment comes from an early presentation and accompanying proposal Themis prepared for Hunton & Williams. These documents were attached to an email dated November 2, 2010 sent out by Berico Technologies’ Deputy Director. He explains that the presentation and proposal would be briefed to H&W the following day.

The Powerpoint includes a slide describing the purpose of Themis’ pitch to H&W.

Purpose: Develop a corporate information reconnaissance service to aid legal investigations through the open source collection of information on target groups and individuals that appear organized to extort specific concessions through online slander campaigns.

Now, this is in the period when H&W was only beginning to discuss the Chamber of Commerce project with Themis, long before the BoA pitch. That is, this is the period when they were discussing generalized opposition to Chamber of Commerce.

And of that they got “extortion”? “slander”?

Please read the entire post and comments here

February 17, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized, Veterans | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment