WHERE DID ALL THIS ANTI-UNION BILE COME FROM? Here, to mention one source | Wis.Community

WHERE DID ALL THIS ANTI-UNION BILE COME FROM? Here, to mention one source

How did the right wing soften up public opinion as it prepared its assault on organized labor and progressive interests? The excellent ThinkProgress web site has a solid piece on how US Chamber of Commerce lobbyists solicited computer hackers to sabotage unions and smear its political opponents. Must reading for anyone trying to understood the roots of this political development, which didn't start at the bottom, but rather trickled down from the top: 

;" href="http://thinkprogress.org/2011/02/10/lobbyists-chamberleaks/">http://thinkprogress.org/2011/02/10/lobbyists-chamberleaks/ 

Excerpt:

ThinkProgress has learned that a law firm representing the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the big business trade association representing ExxonMobil, AIG, and other major international corporations, is working with set of "private security" companies and lobbying firms to undermine their political opponents, including ThinkProgress, with a surreptitious sabotage campaign. 

According to e-mails obtained by ThinkProgress, the Chamber hired the lobbying firm Hunton and Williams. Hunton And Williams' attorney Richard Wyatt, who once represented Food Lion in its infamous lawsuit against ABC News, was hired by the Chamber in October of last year. To assist the Chamber, Wyatt and his associates, John Woods and Bob Quackenboss, solicited a set of private security firms - HB Gary Federal, Palantir, and Berico Technologies (collectively called Team Themis) - to develop tactics for damaging progressive groups and labor unions, in particular ThinkProgress, the labor coalition called Change to Win, the SEIU, US Chamber Watch, and StopTheChamber.com. 

According to one document prepared by Team Themis, the campaign included an entrapment project. The proposal called for first creating a "false document, perhaps highlighting periodical financial information," to give to a progressive group opposing the Chamber, and then to subsequently expose the document as a fake to undermine the credibility of the Chamber's opponents. In addition, the group proposed creating a "fake insider persona" to "generate communications" with Change to Win. 

More at the link.... 

Published

February 11, 2011 - 6:43pm

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