NSA And Defense Department Asked To Review Contracts With Firms Involved In ChamberLeaks Scandal

Last month, ThinkProgress broke the story that lobbyists representing the U.S. Chamber of Commerce solicited a proposal from private security firms to hack and sabotage their perceived political opponents, including labor unions and even ThinkProgress. Several members of Congress later demanded an investigation into the matter.

During an Armed Services Committee hearing on Wednesday, Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA) asked Gen. Keith Alexander, director of the NSA and commander of the U.S. Cyber Command, and Dr. James Miller Jr., deputy under secretary of defense for policy, to provide contract information related to the government’s business with the firms involved in the Chamber proposal. Watch it:

As ThinkProgress has detailed, the security firms — HB Gary Federal/HB Gary, Berico Technologies, and Palantir — have worked on several projects for the military. In the proposal for the Chamber, the three security firms proposed to use the same tactics typically reserved for Jihadi terrorists against the Chamber’s perceived opponents. ThinkProgress will have a deeper report on the security firms later today.

Click here to read a timeline of the events related to the ChamberLeaks scandal.