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Octafish

(55,745 posts)
10. GOP Spies at Work on Us ... as in 'We the People' Us.
Thu Mar 1, 2012, 04:49 PM
Mar 2012

Gee. If the Roberts Court didn't have to decide it, I guess this would be illegal.



CIFA 2.0 Back in the Outsourcing Business

By: emptywheel Thursday April 21, 2011 9:30 am

Remember the Counterintelligence Field Activity (CIFA)? Here’s how I described it back in 2007.

CIFA is, along with the National Security Letters Congress is now cracking down on, probably the biggest abuse of civil rights and privacy BushCo has hatched up. It was designed to gather intelligence on threats to defense installments in the United States–to try to collect information (in the TALON database) on threatening people scoping out domestic bases. But it ended up focusing on peace activists and the lefty blogosphere’s own Jesus’ General. 70 percent of CIFA’s employees are contractors, a figure that makes it a prime candidate for politicized contracting scandal.

Among the contractors spying on Americans was MZM, one of the companies that bribed Duke Cunningham. Prosecutors in that case started investigating MZM’s CIFA contracts in May 2006. Three months after that, the top two managers at CIFA, who had directed CIFA keep sending MZM contracts, resigned suddenly. When DOD’s Inspector General tried to investigate CIFA in 2007, it discovered (it claimed) that the entire CIFA database had been destroyed in June 2006, just as prosecutors were closing in on those contracts.

[font color="green"]Later, in 2008, just as CIFA was claiming it couldn’t publicly reveal its unclassified contracts, we learned that Stephen Cambone (who had led one of the inquiries into CIFA), had won a contract from it, sort of a payoff for not finding anything, I guess.[/font color]

Later that year, DOD “disestablished” CIFA.

Or rather, they renamed it, calling it the Defense Counterintelligence and Human Intelligence Center. Then, last year, we learned that database DOD claimed had been destroyed in 2006 really hadn’t been, and CIFA 2.0 was getting back in the business of keeping a database of information on big threats to the US like Quakers and bloggers.

CONTINUED w/LINKS...

http://www.emptywheel.net/tag/cifa/



Thanks, bananas! People who think this is old news are, well, missing a very big boat.

Like a clean environment, freedom was something We the People just took for granted -- apart from those who read the newspapers, of course.
k&r, always good info Octafish ! nt steve2470 Feb 2012 #1
Thanks, steve2470-san! Privatized Intel is Oh-So-Social. Octafish Mar 2012 #5
Kick & Rec! jannyk Feb 2012 #2
This information makes live tours of an 19th-century sausage factory seem fit for pre-schoolers. Octafish Mar 2012 #6
Half a trillion dollars a year dedicated to breaking stuff and killing people FarCenter Mar 2012 #3
While most everyone I know doesn't mind paying taxes to make the USA a better place... Octafish Mar 2012 #11
Remember these bastards? lonestarnot Mar 2012 #4
Gawsh. That's twice what NASA's entire budget for 2013. Octafish Mar 2012 #12
Hey, Sandy Skoglund photo! Hissyspit Mar 2012 #19
Her work is remarkable. Octafish Mar 2012 #34
Welfare kings! Bastards know exactly about that best welfare state. lonestarnot Mar 2012 #23
Corruption Touched CIA’s Covert Operations Octafish Mar 2012 #33
Throw mo money, throw mo money! lonestarnot Mar 2012 #45
George Carlin was right - we are a war like people. Initech Mar 2012 #7
Mr. Carlin was a living Buddha. Octafish Mar 2012 #20
K&R Hell Hath No Fury Mar 2012 #8
''He who excuses himself, accuses himself.'' -- Gabriel Meurier Octafish Mar 2012 #22
And in related news ... bananas Mar 2012 #9
GOP Spies at Work on Us ... as in 'We the People' Us. Octafish Mar 2012 #10
+1 woo me with science Mar 2012 #17
K&R woo me with science Mar 2012 #13
Oil, Media, and War Octafish Mar 2012 #25
Kick woo me with science Mar 2012 #14
US 'draws up secret charges' against WikiLeaks' Julian Assange Octafish Mar 2012 #28
Always a DURec from me... bvar22 Mar 2012 #15
WikiLeaks Goes Inside Corporate America's Wannabe CIA Octafish Mar 2012 #29
He sure is something!!! n/t greytdemocrat Mar 2012 #39
Kick woo me with science Mar 2012 #16
Was Carol Lam Targeting The White House Prior To Her Firing? Octafish Mar 2012 #18
Lam had a few irons in the fire before she was fired hootinholler Mar 2012 #24
Wow! Sampson Admits He Made Call To Silence FBI Complaints Over Lam’s Firing Octafish Mar 2012 #31
Dusty Foggo’s Girlfriend, John Rizzo, and the Salt Pit Octafish Mar 2012 #32
It's an odd knot hootinholler Mar 2012 #38
K&R....n/t unkachuck Mar 2012 #21
Blogging About WikiLeaks Could Get You Fired Octafish Mar 2012 #30
you're welcome, Octafish....excellent piece....n/t unkachuck Mar 2012 #37
k&r! nt. wildbilln864 Mar 2012 #26
''Trusted Former CIA Cronies'' Octafish Mar 2012 #27
per Smedley Butler..."War is a Racket" nt wildbilln864 Mar 2012 #43
Interesting as always. Quantess Mar 2012 #35
Goss Knew Foggo Shared A Girlfriend With Russian Spy, But Hired Him Anyway Octafish Mar 2012 #36
K&R raouldukelives Mar 2012 #40
'Shadow CIA' buys state secrets for cash via Swiss bank accounts... Octafish Mar 2012 #41
Kick Thanks for the "light" reading Agony Mar 2012 #42
Wikileaks Release Suggests Stratfor Inside Info Plan with Goldman Sachs Exec Octafish Mar 2012 #44
warm and fuzzy kick G_j Apr 2013 #46
Manning the new age truth polynomial Jun 2013 #47
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