Rep. Johnson seeks intelligence firms’ contracts in ChamberLeaks scandal
By Dustin • on March 29, 2011

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 Read more below 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.”

Bush Administration counterterrorism and cybersecurity chief Richard Clarke speculated in an interview with ThinkProgress last week that the private use of cyberwarfare tools against U.S. citizens would constitute a criminal offense. “I think it’s a violation of 10USC,” said Clarke. “I think it’s a felony, and I think they should go to jail.”

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One Comment to “Rep. Hank Johnson wants Congressional probe of Chamber’s dirty cyber-tricks”

  • Hank Johnson is always a solid source of Washington comedy. A product of the DC Public schools system, Johnson represents us Georgian’s with a Quixotic elegance and competence. At times, it seems he shows promise in unseating another popular Georgia comedian, Cynthia McKinney. In his latest act, Johnson vows to take on the Cyber-evil “if I have to do it myself.” Go Hank! We’ll sit by with popcorn and beer and watch as the Guam-tipping investigator dives into each accusation.

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