The Curious Timing of the Snowden “Leak” and Obama’s Formation of the PCLOB – Laying the Groundwork for CISPA

The problem was Edward Snowden, the reaction is the PCLOB and the solution is CISPA.

What is significant about the timing of the CISPA promoting army of corporate suits hitting D.C. right before the president and congress finally get the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB) up and running (Obama never put this board into play even though they were supposed to be the agency reporting to congress about our civil liberties and mass spying by agencies like the NSA) and around the same time Edward Snowden is talking to Glenn Greenwald setting the stage for his big “groundbreaking” leak?

Why does Obama keep talking about “having the discussion” about the “right balance” between privacy and security while repeating the notion that the way to fix the current manufactured crisis has to include the private sector? Isn’t that “Big Brother’s Friend” CISPA?

Why is it OK to call Snowden a traitor (which could get him and other whistleblowers killed) but down right unacceptable to say it’s a psyop?

Why are people being dragged out of public forums for simply saying we don’t need to “have the discussion”?

What is the role of the PCLOB in CISPA? Are they connected?

Why are so many of the newly reconstituted PCLOB members aligned with big business, the Chamber of Commerce and a single law-firm who contracts with major corporations, helping them get their legislation passed in congress (A law-firm with connections to Robert Mueller by the way)? How many of that law-firm’s corporate clients are backing CISPA?

The PCLOB was never formed under Obama yet they were supposedly our protectors, being the only real oversight of the massive spying program. Under CISPA, they are again our ONLY protectors standing between us and the corporations with their new authority to do whatever they want with our most intimate information. And suddenly the PCLOB is up and running and being tasked by Obama to formulate the response to the Snowden psyop?

Is the Edward Snowden “leak” all about creating the pretext for the national discussion on finding the right balance between how many civil liberties we have to give up in order to protect us from the fake domestic war on terror?

Is the timing of all of this just a remarkable coincidence or is it an obvious fabrication?

  1. The Big Prize: CISPA

“I’ll (Obama) be meeting with them (PCLOB) and what I want to do is to set up and structure a national conversation not only about these two programs but also about the general problem of these big data sets because this is not going to be restricted to government entities,” Politico

On April 15th, 2013 a small army of executives hit Washington with cash in hand in order to convince various politicians that they really wanted to have vote to pass CISPA this time around after it failed to fly through congress last year… an election year. According to The Hill they were pretty clear about what they wanted :“The message we’re going to give [lawmakers] is going to be a very simple, clear message: support the passage of CISPA,”

“CISPA had garnered favor from corporations and lobbying groups such as Microsoft, Facebook, AT&T, IBM, Apple Inc. , Intel, Oracle Corporation, Symantec, and Verizon and the United States Chamber of Commerce, which look on it as a simple and effective means of sharing important cyber threat information with the government. Google has not taken a public position on the bill but has shown previous support for it…” List of companies who have sent letters of support for CISPA since 2012

You will also find major players like the Business Roundtable in support of CISPA as well as:

  • The Financial Services Roundtable
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Boeing
  • Cyber, Space and Intelligence Association
  • Internet Security Alliance

Overall we are talking about 800 major corporations in the United States which have aligned themselves with the passage of CISPA. A total of $68 million dollars was paid out last year in the run-up to the election to keep certain agreeable congress people in power so that this deed would be done.

What they wanted was more power for themselves. A purely fascist piece of legislation, like the TPP, which would fundamentally rewrite the laws of the country putting more power in the hands of the corporate state. Bob Adelmann said in 2012 CISPA is Big Brother’s Friend“

The primary problem, according to Meeks, is that it tries to kill a flea with a baseball bat: Any alleged security the bill offers against potential hackers “comes at the expense of unfettered government access to our personal information, which is then likely to be sucked into the secretive black hole of the spying complex known as the National Security Agency.”

Despite some window dressing by Mssrs. Rogers and Ruppersberger, the bill still has major problems. First it has “an overly broad, almost unlimited definition of the information [that] can be shared [by private Internet companies] with government agencies.” It overrides existing federal or state privacy laws with its language that says information between private and public agencies is shared “notwithstanding any other provision of law.”

In addition, the bill would create a “backdoor wiretap program” because the information being shared isn’t limited specifically to issues of cybersecurity but could be used for any other purpose as well. The language is unclear about what would trigger a CISPA investigation: “efforts to degrade, disrupt or destroy” a network. Would that apply to someone innocently downloading a large file — a movie, perhaps — that is perceived, under the bill, to be an “effort to degrade, disrupt or destroy” a network? Bob Adelmann, April 2012

Understand that because it’s the reason these major corporations want CISPA so badly… this bill will override existing federal and state law giving these companies the power to do whatever they want with this massive amount of deeply personal information, for any purpose they want… not just security purposes.

Anything. They can use it for marketing, they can use it for credit ratings. They can take that data and bundle it into derivitives after they sell it to other companies. They can use it to squash your small business or they can take that raw data and turn over emails to your competitors for a price. There are no limitation to how these entities can use that data. That is absolute power over your most personal private and business life and even over the internet itself.

The amazing threat CISPA poses is directly proportional to the effort and the money these 800 corporations will commit to getting it passed in congress and signed into law.

  1. Finally, the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board at just the Right Time

In 2004 the 9/11 Commission decided on a few suggestions in order to hopefully make a weary nation a little less worried about our next False Flag event and the constitution crushing Patriot Act and Military Commissions Act and the virtual bonanza of other fascist legislation that came from those “terrorists” who “hate us for our freedom”

They suggested a Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board which was supposed to report to congress twice a year about how the mass spying programs were progressing and also to provide oversight to make sure they never overreached their legal limits.

It was never a priority by either George W. Bush or Barack Obama, funny enough. They finally formed their first version of the board in 2006 but before they could really do much, an old Clinton adviser who had been appointed to the board by Bush threw a hissy fit saying the board was too close to Bush and he took his toys and quit leaving the board without enough members to officially meet.

In 2007 congress decided to make the board “independent” of the executive branch but they never got started back up before Bush left the White House.

When Obama came to power in Jan of 2009, it wasn’t one of his priorities. He finally got around to nominating the last of the members of the board, the chair, on May 7th of this year. That nomination, Mr. David Medine, was rushed through confirmation in the senate the same day and suddenly all the pieces were in place for the long long overdue Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board.

On May the 7th this board which should have been serving our interests all this time, is finally put in place, ready to get up an running looking out for our civil liberties. Remember, the Snowden “leak” has not yet happened but Edward is talking to Glenn Greenwald at this time. Also remember that the PCLOB is a critical part of the CISPA bill….

“The House bill H.R. 3523: Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act of 2011, known as CISPA, would make PCLOB responsible for reporting on privacy and civil liberty intrusions under its information sharing program. Specifically, CISPA proposed that the PCLOB issue annual reports on the civil liberties and privacy impact of CISPA’s provisions for the sharing of “cyber threat” information and intelligence between the government and private companies“ GovTrack

Those corporate raiders who wrote CISPA and the corporate persons who put $68 million dollars in the pockets of our corrupt legislative branch want the PCLOB to be THE ONLY OVERSIGHT agency so naturally it is important to get that group up and running prior to CISPA big “debate” in the country.

And as it just so happens, our president just went to the board to get them to come up with a plan to deal with the Edward Snowden “leak”

“I’ll (Obama) be meeting with them (PCLOB) and what I want to do is to set up and structure a national conversation not only about these two programs but also about the general problem of these big data sets because this is not going to be restricted to government entities,” Politico

  1. Who are the members of the PCLOB and what is Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale & Dorr LLP?

With one exception the board members of the PCLOB are reactionary servants to power with exceptionally close ties to super large legal firms that serve corporate interests, one of which keeps popping up over and over in their bios. And even that one exception, the so-called “fierce civil libertarian” claims “The Patriot Act doesn’t have to be scrapped, it can be fixed“

“Since details of the NSA’s phone metadata collection and PRISM programs were published earlier this month, Obama and his aides have repeatedly said that he “welcomes” debate over finding the right balance between protecting national security and privacy rights. And he hinted earlier this week that a meeting with the board would be coming, telling PBS’s Charlie Rose that the board is “made up of independent citizens, including some fierce civil libertarians.” Politico

These citizens as you will see are certainly not “independent” in any fashion. They have spent a lifetime in service to corporate masters, the same corporate masters who want CISPA passed in the worst way.

The board consists of David Medine, Chair, Rachel Brand, Member. Elizabeth Collins Cook, Member. James X. Dempsey, Member. Patricia Wald, Member.

David Medine, Chair:

“Mr. David Medine is a Partner in Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale & Dorr LLP. After developing e-commerce and financial services policy at the Federal Trade Commission and the White House, Mr. Medine has brought his experience to a wide range of online and offline clients. His government experience has made him a valuable asset to clients, whether it involves defending investigations, advice on legislative strategies, development of privacy and security policies, or counsel on regulatory compliance. Mr. Medine’s representation of the United States in international organizations, such as the OECD, or in negotiations with the European Union, has positioned him well to represent clients wrestling with international data and consumer protection issues. Mr. Medine currently represents major online companies, media firms, and consumer product companies regarding compliance with federal and state consumer protection and privacy laws and regulations. He also represents a wide range of financial institutions, including banks, insurance companies, credit card issuers, and broker-dealers on credit, financial privacy, and other issues. At the FTC, Mr. Medine’s responsibilities included the development of policy and regulations, oversight of programs involving consumer financial services, privacy, and e-commerce, and enforcement activities in those areas. He participated in drafting the Gramm-Leach-Bliley financial privacy and the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) regulations. In August 2000, Mr. Medine left the FTC to serve as a Senior Advisor to the National Economic Council at The White House, where he advised both the President and the Assistant to the President for Economic Policy, coordinated Administration policies on such issues as privacy, financial institutions, and expanding capital investment in under-served areas. He advised government agencies on implementation of electronic signature legislation and represented the White House in congressional consideration of “spam” legislation. He did his J.D. from University of Chicago Law School and his B.A. from Hampshire College, 1975.” businessweek

In 2004 Mr. Medine presented suggestions to the FTC on behalf of American Express, Capital One Financial Corporation, Providian Financial Corporation.

Medine helped write the legislation that killed Glass-Steagall and set the stage for the derivatives demolition of the global economy. He then helped set up the legislation that provided money to poor people so they could buy homes in the liar loan sub-prime mortgage bubble.

At the time the Business Week article was written, he was in direct service to the big corporate institutions that are pushing CISPA right now. And he is Obama’s choice to head the board charged with looking out for our constitutional rights?

Rachel Brand, Member

Rachel Brand has made a career out of litigating on behalf of major corporations against pesky regulation that limits their profits. You will notice that prior to jumping back through the revolving door, she was at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

It’s important to note the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is one of the BIG SUPPORTERS OF CISPA as noted in the quote above “CISPA had garnered favor from corporations and lobbying groups such as Microsoft, Facebook, AT&T, IBM, Apple Inc. , Intel, Oracle Corporation, Symantec, and Verizon and the United States Chamber of Commerce…”

“Before joining NCLC, Brand practiced in the Regulatory and Government Affairs and the Litigation/Controversy departments at WilmerHale LLP, where she focused on strategic public policy counseling and regulatory litigation. Prior to WilmerHale, Brand served in government for nearly eight years as, among other things, Assistant Attorney General for Legal Policy at the U.S. Department of Justice (2005-2007) and Associate Counsel to the President (2001-2002). Brand also practiced law with Cooper, Carvin & Rosenthal PLLC and served as a law clerk to Justice Anthony Kennedy of the Supreme Court of the United States and Justice Charles Fried of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts. Brand received her J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School, where she was Deputy Editor-in-Chief of the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, and her B.A. from University of Minnesota-Morris” us chamber of commerce

“High-powered litigatrices on the move: Rachel Brand and Kate Comerford Todd, two fabulous members of The Elect, are joining the National Chamber Litigation Center — where they will contribute to the Chamber’s impressive track record of litigating against excessive regulation.” Above the law

It’s also important to note that WilmerHale LLP is the latest incarnation of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale & Dorr LLP. More on that later.

Elizabeth Collins Cook, Member

Perhaps the most reactionary and frightening member of this board is Elizabeth Collins Cook. It is difficult to accurately convey the contempt she has for our civil liberties. This woman was an assistant to Michael Mukasy if that tells you anything. She also supported the Bush program of Cass Sunstein cognitive infiltration programs where they would infiltrate law abiding political organizations and peace activists and attempt to dismantle them from the inside. And to top that all off, she opposes a journalist’s right to keep his sources private.

Elisabeth Collins Cook was an Assistant Attorney General, appointed by the Bush administration to work on legal policy under Michael Mukasey, who refused to investigate or even make a determination regarding the legality of government-sponsored torture. Nowadays, Mukasey is writing editorials to tell Americans that the understaffed and inactive PCLOB is somehow already on the job protecting our civil liberties. It would be inappropriate to preemptively assign Elisebeth Cook responsibility for Mukasey’s actions just because she worked as his lieutenant; that would be assigning guilt by association. But considering that she worked in the Office of Legal Policy before and during Mukasey’s tenure, it would be reasonable for Senators to ask in her (still unscheduled) confirmation hearing whether she considers the torture policy of the Bush administration to have been legally and constitutionally appropriate.

There are additional matters of concern that don’t regard Elisabeth Collins Cook’s professional associations, but are directly related to her activities as Assistant Attorney General under George W. Bush. On September 23 2008, Cook appeared before the Senate Intelligence Committtee to endorse the Bush administration’s new policy for engaging in undercover surveillance and infiltration of American political groups without probable cause to believe a crime was being committed. At her confirmation hearing, Senators should ask Cook whether she still stands by federal infiltration of law-abiding political groups. If so, how does she square that endorsement with the free speech and free association clauses of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and the probable cause requirements of the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution? How does Elisebeth Collins Cook plan to safeguard Americans’ civil liberties if she still holds her prior position?

In addition to free speech, another civil liberty guaranteed by the Constitution is a free press. A free press has to be able to act independently of the government. Reporters cannot do their job of uncovering information, often about the ethics of actions taken by the government, if agents of the government are constantly perching on their shoulders and effectively using journalists as agents of surveillance by confiscating all the information and compelling identification of all the anonymous sources that a journalist obtains. Freedom of speech must also include the freedom not to speak, even to the government. If reporters are compelled to choose between spilling the beans on their sources or being jailed, their speech is no longer free; again, they’ve been assimilated to become unwilling tools of the government.

As Assistant Attorney General, Elisebeth Collins Cook wrote an editorial that appeared in U.S. News & World Report in August of 2008, in which she opposed the right of journalists to keep their sources to themselves and their right to keep mum in the face of government threats of jail. For Cook, it wasn’t enough that Congress sought to grant the government national security exceptions, because “in the real world, such a privilege would adversely affect our ability to keep the country safe from terrorists and other criminals.” When the Senate Judiciary Committee gets around to considering the nomination of Elisabeth Collins Cook, members should ask her whether she continues to hold that freedom of the press is a “privilege” to be retracted, and how such a belief squares the with the responsibility of protecting America’s liberties as a member of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board.” John Cook

A real treasure we have there on the board looking out for our civil liberties, huh?

James X. Dempsey, member

Dempsey is the big “civil libertarian” watchdog that Obama was chirping about. Funny he didn’t mention the other reactionary corporatist tools he loaded the board with.

Patricia Wald, Member

Wald served on the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia put there by the Clintons after they destabilized the country and literally tore it apart for the corporate/banking elites. Her task was to make sure the government of the former Yugoslavia was properly demonized after Clinton bombed it into pieces for humanitarian reasons of course.

In 2004 she was put on the Iraq Intelligence Commission where their task was to effectively cover-up the conscience disinformation campaign fed to us by the Bush administration and their puppets in various news organizations about WMDs.

She currently chairs the board of directors of the Open Society Justice Initiative . That’s a George Soros financed globalist NGO formed in 93 in order to spread our particular form of top-down trickle down “democracy” to Eastern Europe. They focus on all things globalism and Obama’s board member pick headed up their board of directors which kinda makes her queen globalist, doesn’t it?

“The network of Open Society Foundations (OSF), formerly the Open Society Institute (OSI) until 2011, is a grantmaking operation founded by George Soros, aimed to shape public policy to promote democratic governance, human rights, and economic, legal, and social reform. On a local level, OSF implements a range of initiatives to support the rule of law, education, public health, and independent media.”

Sum it up

So with the exception of Dempsey, you couldn’t pick a more corporatist set of shills for the globalist agenda if you tried. Yeah, they’re on the right, yeah they’re on the left, but that is what the Washington Consensus means.

As for the influence of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale & Dorr LLP (now called Wilmer Hale) as you can see, several of these members have a direct association with the firm including it’s chair. But what is also interesting, is the fact that Robert Mueller, head of the FBI who is leaving office soon, was at one time a full partner in Hale & Dorr. Their client list is pretty extensive and certainly contains many of those 800 corporations that support CISPA. Go here to read their “guiding principles” page. Basically what they claim they do is help corporate clients steer a path through globalization and deregulation with the help of their connected staff, both current and former.

It’s enough to make one wonder if somehow the PCLOB isn’t just an extension of Wilmer Hale as they are certainly an extension of the Chamber of Commerce.

  1. Enter Edward Snowden Stage Left

As I have already highlighted in other articles, Edward Snowden began his communications with Glenn Greenwald in early May when he was brought in by Laura Poitras on the project “whistleblowing” project. She had supposedly been in communications with Snowden since January.

According to the story, Snowden saw the video Poitras made of William Binney, a real NSA whistleblower, and wanted her to do his story.

Why he would need to include Glenn Greenwald is not made clear. She interviewed Binney herself and obviously didn’t need Glenn for any reason.

Some speculation floats around out there that this is errily similar to a plot exposed when some Stratfor emails got leaked a while back in the HBGary scandal. Specifically, the plot was to get Greenwald discredited by feeding him some bullshit story about NSA surveillance.

Sound familiar?

Anyway, the “Edward Snowden” character has released no new information, repeated lied or exaggerated about his background, dropped out of high school and a community college as well as an online degree program to boot.

There are many serious discrepancies with his “big leaks” not the least of which are his silly Power Point presentation slides which are so amateurishly formatted and put together, they almost look like they are supposed to make us think it’s a fraud. Even the logo for PRISM is hijacked from some British guy’s copyrighted image.

Greenwald and others have been doing everything they can to promote this story near and far. But as the problems with Snowden started emerging, the first thing they did was go into spin control overdrive, which is usually a sign of something seriously wrong with a “news” story.

If a reporter gets something wrong or commits an oversight of some kind, usually they are pretty quick to admit it and fix it. The last thing you want to do when hemorrhaging credibility is dig yourself in deeper. But that is exactly what Glenn has been doing since day two of this psyop. You don’t do that when you are reporting on a developing story but you do exactly that when pushing propaganda.

  1. Hero or Traitor but NOTHING ELSE

Recently the narrative has been to attack anyone who dares claim Snowden is neither a hero nor a traitor. They attack with such vile animosity, you wonder why it is they seem to rather have you believe he’s a traitor than just a guy doing his job running a psyop.

There’s a reason for that.

Because in the end this is all about “having the discussion” between freedom and security and if it turns out they ran another “incubator babies” story on us or another Jessica Lynch, Syrian Danny or Gay Girl in Damascus story, then all of that “discussion” falls apart.

What they needed was a crisis. A crisis in which the public was seemingly divided between those who thought his actions were illegal and those who thought he was a hero. Back and forth they go, but they would both agree something had to be done to fix the problem that caused the crisis.

What is going to fix the problem of an out of control government agency which allows such looser access to private information at a whim?

CISPA of course.

And who will ultimately recommend CISPA as a result of their careful study of the facts of this crisis?

The newly minted Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board.

It’s a typical psyop of problem, reaction, solution. The problem was Edward Snowden, the reaction is the PCLOB and the solution is CISPA.

The timing and the people Obama put on that board tell you everything. The PCLOB has to be in place for CISPA to be given the credibility it needs but they will never serve as a truly independent board of oversight. Based on their track record, I would be surprised if the board ever meets after CISPA is signed into law.

They needed something big to serve as a pretext to get people seriously considering allowing CISPA to become law this time around and Snowden was it.

Now it’s reported that Snowden is off to all the countries that we consider our enemies. He was in China (technically) then off to Russia where he may or may not go to Cuba and eventually Venezuela. It’s like Nightmare on Elm Street and all their sequels rolled into one. How many enemy states can the Snowden character visit to prove his treason while real whistleblowers like Binney sit here in the U.S.

This is the story of Edward Snowden and his ultimate connection with Big Brother’s Friend, CISPA.

As a side note, Snowden apparently contacted Laura Poitras in mid January sometime right after Aaron Schwartz was murdered and it was made to look like a suicide. Then a couple of days later, the new version of CISPA hit the floor of congress. They cleared away a stumbling block and set the stage for this new psyop as they were floating the final CISPA bill. And this is just after congress got back in after the $68 million dollar election?

As Chomsky has said before on a couple of occasions, you have to have a pretty expensive education to miss the obvious connections here. What kind of degree does Mr. Greenwald have?

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