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The game continues with Boeing’s insidious influence peddling reaching new heights (or depths) depending on which side of the issue you reside.  It is a sadder day for taxpayers, with every new achievement in possible control and manipulation granted to this corporation.  GFS

 

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Boeing to Staff FBI Fusion Center

Link:  http://washingtontechnology.com/Articles/2007/06/01/Boeing-to-staff-FBI-Fusion-Center.aspx?Page=1

 

By Alice Lipowicz

Jun 01, 2007

 

To advance information sharing against terrorism, Boeing Co. expects to be among the first major corporations? Maybe the first? To assign its own analyst to the Seattle FBI Fusion Center intelligence sharing office, according to a senior Boeing official.

 

 

The center is one of dozens around the country created by state and local governments to share anti-terrorism intelligence. Boeing wants to set an example of how private owners of critical infrastructure can get involved in such centers to generate and receive criminal and anti-terrorism intelligence, said Richard Hovel, Boeing senior advisor on aviation and homeland security.

 

“Hopefully, this will be the first of many similar efforts across the nation that will establish a collaborative partnership between the public sector and industry, and protect our critical infrastructure more effectively and expeditiously,” Hovel testified at a May 25 field hearing in Bellevue, Wash., sponsored by the House Subcommittee on Intelligence, Information Sharing and Terrorism Risk Assessment.

 

Boeing and the fusion centers have similar goals, Hovel said. The private sector, which owns about 80 percent of critical infrastructure, needs to have real-time access to information from the fusion centers. At the same time, the fusion centers need access to “mature intelligence capabilities” in private companies, Hovel said.

 

Some information sharing already is underway. The Pacific Northwest Economic Region Center for Regional Disaster Resilience has formed a Northwest Warning and Response Network to communicate information about all hazards and all threats between the FBI and private sector companies in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington.

 

However, there are obstacles in the path of greater collaboration between public and private sectors in existing law enforcement fusion centers, testified R. Gil Kerlikowske, chief of police, Seattle Police Department.

Private sector participation has been limited by the way that the fusion centers are organized under a federally-centered vision and also by limited funding, Kerlikowske said. In practice, for example, federal security clearances for most anti-terrorism information are difficult for local police officers to obtain, and procedures for obtaining access to federal information and support are often “convoluted and tortuous,” he said.

 

“As a police chief of the 19th largest city in the nation, and in possession of a top secret clearance, by law I cannot set foot unescorted in the National Counter Terrorism Center, let alone have direct access to even the most benign information,” Kerlikowske said.

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PRESS RELEASE

 

 

FBI Conducts Raid on

The Office of Special Counsel

 

Will Whistleblowers Abused by Scott Bloch Finally Receive Justice?

 

 

 

Contact:

 

Joe CarsonChairman

(865) 300-5831

Joe.Carson@OSCwatch.org

 

P. Jeffrey BlackCo-Chair

(800) 980-2185

Jeffrey.Black@OSCwatch.org

 

 

 

For Immediate Release

 

May 6, 2008

 

Knoxville, TN – Today the Federal Bureau of Investigation raided the office and home of Scott Bloch, the chief of the Office of Special Counsel (OSC).  Bloch was served with a subpoena to appear before the grand jury, along with over a dozen employees that also work in the the same office.  

 

OSC Watch applauds the FBI‘s investigation of both Bloch and the blatant lawbreaking by OSC, which consists of a wide array of alleged criminal acts from obstruction of justice, to the abuse of investigative authority when OSC has summarily dismissed hundreds of valid whistleblower claims of federal employees, without conducting the proper and unbiased investigations of those claims.

 

While under the helm of Bloch, OSC has failed to comply with its lawful duties to protect federal employees from Prohibited Personnel Practices, and as a result, has significantly harmed the merit principles of the federal civil service and contributed to the continual occurrence of significant gross mismanagement, waste, fraud, and abuse in numerous federal government agencies –– most significantly the Department of Homeland Security.

 

OSC Watch contends that thousands of loyal and patriotic federal employees who have filed complaints with OSC, have been negatively impacted by Bloch’s failure to comply with his statutory duties to protect those federal employees –– especially those employees who have filed whistleblower appeals at the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB).

 

OSC Watch will carry-on with its primary mission to persuade Congress to discharge its oversight authority over OSC, and to compel OSC to abide by its statutory duties to protect federal employees from prohibited personnel practices, whistleblower retaliation against employees, and OSC’s non-compliance with its statutory obligations and duties.  

 

Last month, OSC Watch sent to every member of Congress, a petition requesting immediate and proper oversight of OSC, recommending the creation of an independent panel to investigate OSC’s non-compliance of its statutory duties.

 

 

To Read the OSC Watch Petition to Congress

 

>>> CLICK HERE <<<

 

 

Founded in 2007, OSC Watch is comprised of federal government whistleblowers who’s mission is threefold:  1) to expose OSC’s continuous lawbreaking;  2) to stop OSC’s law breaking through Congressional oversight, and 3) to obtain some measure of justice and rehabilitation for the thousands of federal employees who have been negatively impacted by OSC’s lawbreaking. The right of federal employees, individually or collectively, to petition Congress or any Member of Congress, or to furnish information to either House of Congress, or to a committee or Member thereof, may not be interfered with or denied. [5 U.S.C. § 7211]

 

 

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This whole area is quite disturbing.  I recently heard that companies who provide internet service and email accounts may also be involved.  Apparently Google Mail, (gmail) is contracted out locally regionally.  Who knows how all the different small providers handle the accounts.  It makes one wonder if AOL, Fox, MSN, even Microsoft itself could be involved in these schemes.  Anybody have any insight into this?  GFS 

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 FBI Data Transfers Via Telecoms Questioned
    By Ellen Nakashima
    The Washington Post

    Tuesday 08 April 2008

    When FBI investigators probing New York prostitution rings, Boston organized crime or potential terrorist plots anywhere want access to a suspect’s telephone contacts, technicians at a telecommunications carrier served with a government order can, with the click of a mouse, instantly transfer key data along a computer circuit to an FBI technology office in Quantico.

    The circuits – little-known electronic connections between telecom firms and FBI monitoring personnel around the country – are used to tell the government who is calling whom, along with the time and duration of a conversation and even the locations of those involved.

    Recently, three Democrats on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, including Chairman John D. Dingell (Mich.), sent a letter to colleagues citing privacy concerns over one of the Quantico circuits and demanding more information about it. Anxieties about whether such electronic links are too intrusive form a backdrop to the continuing congressional debate over modifications to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which governs federal surveillance.

    Since a 1994 law required telecoms to build electronic interception capabilities into their systems, the FBI has created a network of links between the nation’s largest telephone and Internet firms and about 40 FBI offices and Quantico, according to interviews and documents describing the agency’s Digital Collection System. The documents were obtained under the Freedom of Information Act by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a nonprofit advocacy group in San Francisco that specializes in digital-rights issues.

    The bureau says its budget for the collection system increased from $30 million in 2007 to $40 million in 2008. Information lawfully collected by the FBI from telecom firms can be shared with law enforcement and intelligence-gathering partners, including the National Security Agency and the CIA. Likewise, under guidelines approved by the attorney general or a court, some intercept data gathered by intelligence agencies can be shared with law enforcement agencies.

    “When you’re building something like this deeply into the telecommunications infrastructure, when it becomes so technically easy to do, the only thing that stands between legitimate use and abuse is the complete honesty of the persons and agencies using it and the ability to have independent oversight over the system’s use,” said Lauren Weinstein, a communications systems engineer and co-founder of People for Internet Responsibility, a group that studies Web issues. “It’s who watches the listeners.”

    Different versions of the system are used for criminal wiretaps and for foreign intelligence investigations inside the United States. But each allows authorized FBI agents and analysts, with point-and-click ease, to receive e-mails, instant messages, cellphone calls and other communications that tell them not only what a suspect is saying, but where he is and where he has been, depending on the wording of a court order or a government directive. Most of the wiretapping is done at field offices.

    Wiretaps to obtain the content of a phone call or an e-mail must be authorized by a court upon a showing of probable cause. But “transactional data” about a communication – from whom, to whom, how long it lasted – can be obtained by simply showing that it is relevant to an official probe, including through an administrative subpoena known as a national security letter (NSL). According to the Justice Department’s inspector general, the number of NSLs issued by the FBI soared from 8,500 in 2000 to 47,000 in 2005.

    The administration has proposed expanding the types of data it can get from telecom carriers under the 1994 Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act, so FBI agents can gain faster and more detailed access to information sent by wireless devices that reveals where a person is in real time. The Federal Communications Commission is weighing the request.

    “Court-authorized electronic surveillance is a critical tool in pursuing both criminal and terrorist subjects,” FBI spokesman Richard Kolko said.

    A Justice Department spokesman said the government is asking only for information at the beginning and end of a communication, and for information “reasonably available” in a carrier’s network.

    Al Gidari, a telecom industry lawyer at Perkins Coie in Seattle who handles wiretap orders for companies, said government officials now “have to rely on a human being at a telecom calling up every 15 minutes to send law enforcement the data.”

    He added: “What they want is an automatic feed, continuously. So you’re checking the weather on your mobile device or making a call,” and the device would transmit location data automatically. “It’s full tracking capability. It’s a scary proposition.”

    In an affidavit circulated on Capitol Hill, security consultant Babak Pasdar alleged that a telecom carrier he had worked for maintained a high-speed DS-3 digital line that co-workers referred to as “the Quantico Circuit.” He said it allowed a third party “unfettered” access to the carrier’s wireless network, including billing records and customer data transmitted wirelessly.

    He was hired to upgrade network security for Verizon in 2003; sources other than Pasdar said the carrier in his affidavit is Verizon.

    Dingell and his colleagues said House members should be given access to information to help them evaluate Pasdar’s allegations.

    FBI officials said a circuit of the type described by Pasdar does not exist. All telecom circuits at Quantico are one-way, from the carrier, said Anthony Di Clemente, section chief of the FBI operational technology division. He also said any transmissions of data to Quantico are strictly pursuant to court orders.

    Records, including who sent and received communications, the duration and the time, are kept for evidentiary purposes and to support applications to extend wiretap orders, he said.

    Verizon spokesman Peter Thonis said no government agency has open access to the company’s networks through electronic circuits.

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