ChamberLeaks presentation details plans to Discredit, Confuse, Shame, Combat, Infiltrate, Fracture liberals

In February, ThinkProgress broke a story revealing that attorneys for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce had communicated with a set of military contractors “” HBGary Federal, Palantir, and Berico Technologies “” to develop tactics for sabotaging and spying on the Chamber’s progressive critics. The Chamber attorneys and the security firms discussed targeting ChamberWatch, the SEIU, MoveOn, ThinkProgress, and other groups. The proposals details efforts to steal private computer information, spy on the families of the Chamber’s critics, and plant false documents within organizations opposed to the Chamber’s agenda.

ThinkProgress has uncovered yet another presentation from one of the private security firms describing plans for the Chamber. Lee Fang has the story.

Because of a technical glitch, a few emails of the 75,000 emails leaked to the public from one of the defense firms did not process. One of the emails now processed correctly reveals yet another proposal, created by HBGary Federal executive Aaron Barr, and forwarded to the other security firms. Although it appears not to have been completed, the last slide in the presentation lists tactics “” labeled “Discredit, Confuse, Shame, Combat, Infiltrate, Fracture” “” to “mitigate [sic] effect of adversarial groups while seeking litigation.” View a selection of the slides below [in reverse order]:


The Chamber has distanced itself from the controversy. In a blog post, a top Chamber official says they never finalized any deal with the security firms for the hacking proposal against the Chamber’s progressive critics.

Currently, there are a handful of lawmakers looking to investigate the ChamberLeaks controversy. Last week, Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA) again requested contract information about the U.S. government’s relationship with the firms HBGary Federal, Palantir, and Berico Technologies. At an Armed Services subcommittee hearing, Johnson pressed Teri Takai, acting assistant secretary for the Department of Defense office of Networks and Information Integration, about current government contracts with the firms involved in the ChamberLeaks scandal. Takai avoided Johnson’s question about the ethics of taxpayer-funded defense firms using military-style technology against political opponents, but said she would follow up with his request for disclosure.

Watch it:

Lee Fang, in a Think Progress repost.

11 Responses to ChamberLeaks presentation details plans to Discredit, Confuse, Shame, Combat, Infiltrate, Fracture liberals

  1. George Ennis says:

    Is this legal? I am never quite sure when it comes to the US.

  2. BBHY says:

    It is most certainly not legal fora liberal group to do these things, but probably is ok for a conservative group. They operate under different laws in the US.

  3. well, confusing and shaming, I think we already have that covered ourselves, don’t you think?

  4. Mark Shapiro says:

    Let’s see. A Defense Department contractor creates cybersecurity systems, taxpayer funded, probably classified, and then conspires to use some of that technology to harm multiple groups of American citizens.

    That’s so bad it might be illegal even if Republicans do it.

  5. sault says:

    And the news media is nowhere to be found on this issue while the “Climategate” nontroversy generated dozens of headlines. We just have to deal with the fact that the right/teaparty/conservatives are MUCH more entertaining than any group that holds a fact-based worldview. This is coupled with the fact that the very existence of human-caused climate change obliterates the free market fundamentalist worldview because it is the starkest illustration of a market failure. The supremacy of the free market is an idea upon which all big corporations are built, including media conglomerates.

  6. Davos says:

    …Is this really a “Leak” situation…or instead rather another hacking of servers? (I think we know the answer, despite the article title).

    Not that it changes anything at all about what HBGary et al was intending to do, and the baseness of it. We’ll have to see where the former members of those outfits catch on in the future. If the thought entered their head once, it probably will again.

  7. Wit's End says:

    “We just have to deal with the fact that the right/teaparty/conservatives are MUCH more entertaining…”

    all that and the minor influence that arises when fossil fuel-affiliated corporations OWN the media!

  8. Leif says:

    How come Climate Progress is not on that list, All?

    Guess we got to work harder.

  9. Robert In New Orleans says:

    The ghost of Nixons “Dirty Tricks” lives on.

  10. Leif says:

    Is there such a thing as a citizens bill to be presented to the House and Senate?

    Since it appears that both chambers and the President are willing to debate “how many camels can fit thru the eye of a needle” forever just what does humanity have to do to get a seat at the table?

    Could we at CP draft a bill for consideration?

    What would it say?

    How many signatures would it take to even get the Media to report about it?

    What other things can we do that might earn us a spot on a future Chamber s**t list?

  11. Mulga Mumblebrain says:

    sault #5, the MSM will ignore this story because it casts a nasty light on the activities of the Right. The MSM is a propaganda apparatus of the Right, owned by Rightwing plutocrats, and staffed almost entirely by Rightwing ideologues. In Australia, and what I know of the rest of the capitalist world, the MSM treats every ‘news’ story as an opportunity for straight agit-prop, thinly disguised as ‘news’. The bias is in your face, and at the same time the hacks that infest this crude brainwashing system preen and posture as ‘truth-seekers’ and ‘free enquirers’. If you want to see the true face of the capitalist MSM, just look at Murdoch’s apparatchiki in the UK, now possibly, hopefully, getting their belated comeuppance over the gigantic ‘phone-hacking’ scandal, where, in my opinion it would appear, politicians on both sides and even the Metropolitan Police were suborned or corrupted or simply turned yellow in the face of Rupert Murdoch’s empire’s incredible political power and influence.