Domestic Spying 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.

Iran one Last Time: Twitter Works Both Ways

[Reposted with permission from Sibel Edmonds' blog 123 Real Change.]

Seeking Our Iranian Comrades’ Solidarity

Dear Activists in Iran:

We stand in solidarity with you and your movement against the alleged election fraud you’ve claimed. In return we hope you will reciprocate by supporting us in our struggle here in which we’ve been engaged for hmmmm…more or less eight years now – the following is an abbreviated list of our grievances:

Where Did FISA Come From

Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act was signed into law in 1978 after revelations made by theChurch Committee investigating the abuses of the Nixon administration. While Richard Nixon and members of his administration were caught and punished these abuses did not begin with the election of 1968. Look back to the 1950's and one will discover that both the CIA and the FBI had begun spying on ordinary Americans in earnest through the opening of ordinary mail.