List of ultra-elite attendees reported to have attended the 2010 Koch strategy meeting

Koch brothers - Charles Koch and David H. Koch

Below is  a widely-circulated list of attendees at the secret 2010 Koch strategy meeting.  According to reports, organized strategic planning began in the early 1980’s and continued through annual Koch strategy meetings with many of the richest families on earth.  The rumored purpose of these meetings: to fight what the ultra-rich perceived to be the coming-of-age of liberal policies and agendas and to plan for willing public acceptance of their goals of (1) limited government, (2) lower personal and corporate taxes, (3) minimal social services for the poor, (4) less industry oversight, (5) less costly environmental regulations.  Despite high-security, the list below leaked and was published online.

Attendees
Name(s) Industry Notes
Jack Anderson and Rose Marie Anderson Finance Culver Corporation, Rose-Marie and Jack R. Anderson Foundation – Financial Advisor
Neil Anderson and Amy Fisher-Smith Runs Rose-Marie and Jack R. Anderson Foundation
Phil Anschutz and Nancy Anschutz Investment Industrialist, Owner, Weekly Standard , Examiner newspapers; Denver, CO
Cliff Asness Investment AQR Capital Management
Nate Bachman and Lynda Bachman Finance The Bachman Group, Cincinnati OH – Financial Advisor
Whitney Ball Think Tank Owner of DonorsTrust, a firm that enables anonymous gifts to front groups
Michael Barone Media Fox News
Frank Baxter and Kathy Baxter Banking Ambassador Frank E. Baxter is Chairman Emeritus of NYC-based Jefferies and Company , Inc., a global investment bank focusing on mid-cap companies. Overseer, Hoover Institution. Los Angeles CA
Steve Bechtel and Betty Bechtel Engineering Owns the Bechtel Group (Corporation), Largest engineering company in United States
Glenn Beck Media Fox News
E. Bernard Blasingame and Margaret Blasingame Manufacturing President and owner of Aqua Dynamics Systems (water purification), Adamsville, TN
Alan Boeckmann and Lisa Boeckmann Oil/Engineering/Construction CEO Fluor Corporation, Orange County, CA
Boysie Bollinger Shipping/Commerce Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Bollinger Shipyards in Louisiana and Texas (builds vessels for Coast Guard)
Patrick Broe and Paula Broe Real Estate Founder and CEO of Denver-based real estate asset management firm, The Broe Group
Arthur Brooks Think Tank President, American Enterprise Institute
David Brown and Ann Brown Think Tank, funder Heritage Foundation, Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation
John Bryan
Bob Buford and Martha Buford Oil C. Robert Buford has been President and owner of Zenith Drilling Corporation, Wichita, KS
Tim Busch Likely Irvine-based Timothy R. Busch, Pacific Hospitality Group CEO, Catholic University of America trustee, Legatus[1] (Catholic CEOs, Orange County & Napa chapters)
Shelby Bush and Nell Bush Energy Vice President, Legal and Administration – Hillwood Energy (a Perot company)
Tim Carney Media Political Columnist, Washington Examiner
Charlies Chandler and Marla Chandler Likely Charles Q. Chandler IV of Wichita KS-based Intrust Bank
David Chavern Lobbyist Executive Vice President and COO at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce
John Childs Investment Insurance Chairman and CEO of J.W. Childs and Associates, Boston MA
Paul Clifton and Lea Clifton Runs Robert and Marie Hansen Family Foundation
Susie Coelhoe Media founder and CEO of Susie Coelho Enterprises Inc.
Bill Cooper and Kristin Tollefson Finance/Banking CEO of TCF Financial, Wayzata MI
Dino Cortopassi and Joan Cortopassi Stockton businessman
Joe Craft Coal Joseph W. Craft III is president, chief executive officer and director of Tulsa OK-based Alliance Resource Partners LP
Alex Cranberg Energy Denver-based Aspect Holdings , LLC – Chairman; University of Texas regent
Jeff Crank Americans For Prosperity / Radio Pundit AFP State Director
Karl Crow Policy Analyst Capital Research Center, Washington DC; Themis
Eric Crown and Isabella King Finance (venture capital) Technology Sales (?)Sell Technology Equipment Retired CEO, Insight Enterprises, Phoenix AZ
Kevin Crutchfield Coal Kevin S. Crutchfield serves as Chief Executive Officer of Alpha Coal Sales Co., LLC, Latrobe PA near Pittsburgh
Ravenell Curry and Beth Curry Likely Manhattan Institute trustee Ravenel Curry III.
Jim Dannenbaum and Shirley Dannenbaum Engineering Mr. Dannenbaum, Chairman of Dannenbaum Engineering Corporation, Houston, TX
Veronique de Rugy Think Tank Senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center
Rich DeVos and Helen DeVos Business Founder and CEO of Amway, near Grand Rapids, Michigan
Annie Dickerson Real Estate/Finance CB Richard Ellis analyst
Ned Diefenthal and Nancy Diefenthal Metairie, LA-based former owner of Southern Recycling
Jim Patterson and Dorothy Patterson Oil Gulf Stream Petroleum
Dan Peters and Kellie Peters Non-for Profit Daniel S. Peters is president of the Ruth and Lovett Peters Foundation in Cincinnati, Ohio
Tom Petrie Banking Co-founder of BofA Merrill Lynch Petrie Divestiture Advisors
Dixon Doll and Carol Doll Technology Co-Founder and General Partner of Menlo Park CA-based Doll Capital Management(DCM)
Karl Eller and Stevie Eller Advertising The Eller Company billboards
Ron Erickson and Kris Erickson Retail Ronald A. Erickson is the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Holiday Companies
Melvyn Estrin and Suellen Estrin Natural Gas Director of WGL Holdings INC
Dick Farmer Richard T. “Dick” Farmer is chairman of Cintas
Peter Farrell Biomed Founder of Resmed
Jim Ferrell and Zibbie Ferrell Fuel Oil Ferrellgas Partners , L.P. engages in the distribution and sale of propane and related equipment primarily in the United States.
Dave Fettig Natural Gas Tank Craft, Duracraft Fuel energy
Bob Fettig Natural Gas Tank Craft, Duracraft Fuel energy
Steve Fettig Natural Gas Tank Craft, Duracraft Fuel energy
Jerry Finger and Nanette Finger Investment management Managing Partner, Finger Interests LTD, Houston TX
Richard Fink Koch Industries Director of Georgia-Pacific , EVP of Koch Industries
Budd Florkiewicz and Lauri Florkiewicz Manufacturing Foam Fabricators, Scottsdale, AZ
Charlie Fote and Kaye Lynn Fote Finance Founder and CEO, Fotec Group LLC, Denver, CO
Randy Foutch and Jean Foutch Oil Chairman and CEO, Laredo Petroleum , Inc., Tulsa, OK
Foster Friess Investment Mr. Foster Stephen Friess is the Founder and Chairman of Friess Associates , LLC; was Executive Committee member for the far right Council for National Policy[2]
Steve Friess and Polly Friess Son and daughter-in-law of Foster Friess
Jerry Fullinwider and Leah Fullinwider Energy/Petroleum Vice Chairman, Hillwood International Energy, a Perot company (Ross Perot Jr. is Chairman) (in Texas, Kurdistan, Moscow, Amman)
Richard Gilliam and Leslie Gilliam Coal Richard Gilliam has been President of Norton, VA-based Cumberland Resources Corporation since 1993.
Susan Gore Think Tank Founder, Wyoming Liberty Group; her “multibillion dollar family company W.L. Gore & Associates Inc. developed the high performance fabric Gore-Tex… Her brother, David Gore, co-founded a similar think tank organization in Oregon called the Cascade Policy Institute in 1991″[2]
Oliver Jr. and Carolyn Grace Jr. Med and Telecom President and chief executive officer of Anderson Group , Inc.,
Judson Green and Joyce Green Energy and Med Mr. Judson C. Green is the President and Chief Executive Officer of NAVTEQ Corp.
Ken Griffin and Anne Griffin Investment Banking Founder and CEO of Chicago-based Citadel Investment Group
Gretchen Hamel Communications Head of 501(c)(4) Public Notice, founder of PR firm Endeavour Global Strategies; former press assistant for J.C. Watts of Oklahoma
Fred Hamilton and Jane Hamilton Oil Mr. Frederic C. Hamilton served as the President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of BHP Petroleum , Hamilton Oil Company and various Hamilton Oil Corporation subsidiaries and affiliates (Denver-based)
Bob Hawk and Mary Sue Hawk Venture capital CommunicationsTelecommunications, venture capital President of Hawk Communications (also Venture Partner at Doll Capital Management (DCM); “director of Covad Communications , Centillium Communications, and several private high-technology companies.”
Dick Haworth and Ethie Haworth Retail Head of Holland, MI-based Haworth Furniture , Multi-national corporation, 3rd largest corporate furniture company in US
Robin Hayes and Barbara Hayes Government Former North Carolina Congressman
Dan Heard and Carolyn Heard Manufacturing Executive Officer of Louisiana-based John H. Carter Co.,
Diane Hendricks Manufacturing Husband of the late Ken Hendricks (ABC Supply Co., building materials)
Steve Hennessy and Regina Hennessy Auto Sales Auto Sales, Atlanta, GA
James Higgins and Heather Higgins Think Tank James Higgins is a fellow and trustee of the Claremont Institute, and a principal at NY-based investment mgmt firm New Vernon Capital LLC;
Heather Higgins is president and CEO of Independent Women’s Voice, the 501(c)(4) sister organization of the Independent Women’s Forum
Paul Hill Oil Paul J. Hill serves as CEO and has been President of Harvard Developments Inc. since 1978; CEO and President of The Hill Companies; Regina, Saskatchewan
John Hotchkis and Joan Hotchkis Education, Finance Board of Directors for Teach for America UC Berkeley; Ramajal LLC, Hotchkis and Wiley
Allan Hubbard and Kathy Hubbard Chemicals and Manufacturing Founder and Chief Executive Officer, E & A Industries, Inc., Indianapolis, IN
Stan Hubbard and Karen Hubbard Communications Executive Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President, St. Paul, MI-based Hubbard Broadcasting , Inc.
Ethelmae Humphreys Think Tank Cato Institute
Manley Johnson and Mary Johnson Political Consultant Manuel H. “Manley” Johnson served as the vice chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System in the mid-1980s. Co-chairman and senior partner at DC-based financial market advisory firm Johnson Smick International
Merritt Johnson
Gerry O’Shaughnessy and Priscilla O’Shaughnessy Oil Gerald Eugene O’Shaughnessy Co-founded Geopark Holding Limited in 2002; Wichita, KS
Michael O’Shaughnessy Technology Petters Consumer Brands , LLC develops consumer electronics and appliances.
Tim O’Shaughnessy Media Hungry Machine , Inc., doing business as LivingSocial.com, is a social discovery and cataloging network.
Marshall Johnson
Kyle Johnstone and Kirsten Johnstone
Mike Kasser and Beth Kasser Real Estate President, Holualoa Inc
Ken Kendrick and Randy Kendrick Education/Technology Chairman, Datatel
Phil Kerpen and Joanna Kerpen Advocacy Group/Think Tank VP of Policy, Americans for Prosperity
Gerry Kingen and Kathryn Kingen Restauranteur Red Robin, Happy Guests International, Seattle WA
Scott Kirkpatrick Investor Owner/Partner of Jackson, WY-based Teton Capital Advisors
Charles Koch and Liz Koch Koch Industries
Chase Koch and Annie Koch Koch Industries
David Koch and Julia Koch Koch Industries
Elizabeth Koch Koch Industries
Bob Koch and Cindy Koch Koch Industries
Bob Kohlhepp Manufacturing/Services Vice Chairman, Cintas Corp.
Dennis Kuester Banking, Paper Dennis J. Kuester, retired CEO of Marshall & Ilsley Bank (M&I) in Milwaukee, WI; director of Wausau Paper
Andrew Kupersmith Consultant MD, Cardiology Consultants
Andre Lacy Investment Chairman, Lacy Diversified Industries, Indianapolis IN; board member, Patterson Companies(vet,dental,rehab)
Ken Langone and Elaine Langone Retail Invemed, Home Depot
Jay Lapeyre and Sally Lapeyre Services Laitram Corp
Ken Levy and Frayda Levy Investment JLM Investment Mgmt
Tom Love Retail CEO, President, Love’s Country Stores
Bob Luddy Manufacturing President, Captive Aire Systems
Fred Malek and Marlene Malek Investment Management Thayer Capital Partners
Elaine Marshall Homemaker
Pierce Marshall Administrative Management MAROPCO
Preston Marshall
Bill Mayer Health Care MD, Mayer & Cope Family Practice, NY
Glen Meakem and Diane Meakem Business Solutions CEO, Freemarkets Inc.
Ed Meese Think Tank Heritage Foundation
Lew Meibergen and Suzy Meibergen Goods/Services President, Johnston Enterprises/WG Johnston Grain Co
Don Meyers and Deede Meyers Attorney Self Employed
Jerry Milbank and Caroline Milbank Investment Management CEO/Principal, Milbank Winthrop & Co.
Jack Miller and Goldie Miller Retail CEO/President, Quill Corp.
Mark Mix Advocacy Group President, National Right to Work Committee
Joe Moeller and Mary Moeller Koch Industries Vice Chairman
Steve Moore Media member of the Wall Street Journal editorial board
David Murfin Energy President, Murfin Drilling Co.
Walter Negley and Suzette Negley Director of the Brown Foundation (from George Brown of Houston’s Brown & Root construction)
Mina Nguyen
Larry Nichols and Polly Nichols Energy Executive Chairman, Devon Energy Corp
Sean Noble (??)Front Group
Political consulting
(??)Americans for Prosperity
Noble Associates (specializing in Campaign Management, Crisis Communications, Developing the Message, Grassroots Development & Deployment…), Phoenix AZ; Koch-supported Americans for Limited Government[3]
Tim Oelke and Teresa Oelke Advocacy Group/Construction Teresa – State Director of Americans for Prosperity , Tim – Crossland Construction Corp
Eric O’Keefe Front Group Sam Adams Alliance
Kurt Pfotenhauer and Nancy Pfotenhauer Media President of MediaSpeak Strategies/former political commentator on Fox News , CNN and MSNBC and former Senior Policy Advisor and National Spokesperson with the 2008 John McCain presidential campaign
Tim Phillips Advocacy Group president, Americans for Prosperity
Ramesh Ponnuru Media Columnist, National Review (magazine)
Art Pope and Kathy Pope Goods/Services Senior Exec, Variety Wholesaler; board member, Americans for Prosperity and John Locke Foundation; Pope Foundation
Russ Roberts Attorney? (wrong man, I think; Economist.) Roberts, Ashby & Parrish(if the attorney); George Mason University economics professor
Corbin Robertson and Barbara Robertson Energy Coal baron; President, Quintana Minerals Corp and Natural Resource Partners; director of global warming inaction front groups (& media campaign) CO2 Is Green and Plants Need CO2
Richard Roder and Karin Hsu Construction Management CEO, Cmt-Construction Management, Addison TX
Gary Rogers and Kathleen Rogers Goods Former CEO, Dreyer’s Grand Ice Cream
Durk Rorie Manufacturing United Air Specialists air purification systems, Cincinnati
Chris Rufer Goods/Manufacturing Morningstar Company (harvests, processes, cans, and ships most California tomatoes.)
Peter Schiff and Martha O’Brien Investor Schiff : Euro Pacific Capital Inc. (son of Irwin Schiff of the United States tax protester movement)
Steve Schwarzman and Christine Schwarzman Financial Services CEO/founder, Blackstone Group
Rick Sharp and Sherry Sharp Retail Former CEO, Circuit City
Mike Simmonds and Lin Simmonds Services CEO, Simmonds Restaurant Mgm
Peter Smith Services CEO, Services Group of America, Scottsdale AZ
Dick Strong Investment Services Strong/Corneliuson Capital Mgmt
Michael Sullivan Investment Services (???) CR Intrinsic Investors or not; since a
“Michael Quinn Sullivan is president and CEO of Empower Texans, and its premier project, Texans for Fiscal Responsibility.”
Ray Thompson and Ladeline Thompson Manufacturing President/CEO, Semitool; Raymon F. Thompson owns the airplane that Tea Party Patriots Jenny-Beth Martin and Mark Meckler flew in to rallies, in 2010[4]
Lynn Tilton Investment Management CEO, Patriarch Partners LLC
Dave True and Melanie True Oil Partner, True Oil, LLC
Steve Twist Services
Consultant
VP and General Counsel for Services Group of America, Scottsdale, AZ
Rose & Allyn PR Consultants
Jim Ehr and Gayla Von Ehr Research/Development CEO, Zyvex Corp
Rick Waller and Debra Waller Manufacturing Rick Waller owns Rollmeister Inc in Neenah, WI, serving the paper industry;
Debra Waller is CEO of Wisconsin-based underwear maker Jockey International, and spent five years on the Board of Directors for Marshall & Ilsley Bank[5] in Milwaukee, WI
Peter Wallison Think Tank Fellow, American Enterprise Institute
Bill Walton and Sarah Walton Real Estate Allied Capital Corp
Lew Ward and Myra Ward Oil Ward Petroleum Corporation owns and operates wells. It engages in oil and gas exploration and production. The company was founded in 1963 and is based in Enid, Oklahoma.
Dick Weekley Real Estate Weekley Properties; chairman, Texans for Lawsuit Reform
Fred Wehba and Susie Wehba Real Estate LA-based private real estate investment firm BentleyForbes
Nestor Weigand and Darcy Buehler Real Estate JP Weigand & Sons Real Estate, Wichita, KS
Dick Weiss and Mary Beth Weiss Life Insurance? Investment? Wells Fargo and Hawthorne Ranch, near Chicago IL
Howard Wilkins and Rhonda Wilkins (??) Insurance C. Howard Wilkins Jr. founded Maverick Development Corporation (restaurant management), Wichita KS [3]; earlier, Pizza Hut, and ambassador to Netherlands??

Diversified Insurance

Don Wills and Sue Wills Oil, Banking Partner in Wills Oil Company and Adams-Wills Oil Company, Texas
Larry Winnerman and Lorraine Winnerman Real Estate Win Win Enterprises, Aspen CO
Joe Woodford Manufacturing Woodford Manufacturing, Woodford Foundation, Colorado Springs
Earl Wright Finance AMG National Trust, Alliance for Choice and Education (ACE) trustee, Colorado
Karen Wright and Tom Rastin Energy/Manufacturing Tom Rastin, vice president of marketing and engineering, Ariel Corp (natural gas compressors, Ohio) – Karen Wright, Ariel CEO
Cliff Yonce and Susan Yonce Investment Banking Goldman Sachs
Fred Young and Sandra Young Manufacturing Services Fred Young Jr., Former Owner, Young Radiator Company of Racine, WI ; Cato Institute board member, trustee of the Reason Foundation
Diversified Search , LLC provides senior-level executive and corporate board search services in the United States and internationally. It provides recruitment services for various organizations in consumer and industrial, education, not-for-profit, arts and culture, financial and professional services, business, healthcare and human services, life sciences, media and entertainment, sports and leisure, energy and utilities, private equity, retail, and technology and communications industries.

During an era of public outcry against government corruption, the Supreme Court conservatives strike down limits on campaign contributions

The Supreme Court - where old politicians go to die

Yesterday, the Supreme Court continued to ignore the voice of U.S. citizens, striking down a decades-old cap on the total amount any individual can contribute to federal candidates.  The justices said in a 5-4 vote that Americans have a right to give the legal maximum to candidates for Congress and president, as well as to parties and PACs, without worrying that they will violate the law when they bump up against a limit on all contributions, set at $123,200 for 2013 and 2014.  According to the Supreme Court, caps on campaign contributions restrict a person’s First Amendment free speech rights.

Chief Justice Roberts compared monetary political contributions to “free speech” when he wrote:

“If the First Amendment protects flag burning, funeral protests, and Nazi parades—despite the profound offense such spectacles cause—it surely protects political campaign speech despite popular opposition.”

The decision of course, was split along party lines with conservatives making up the majority.  Although Judges do not publicly profess membership in a party, it is fairly easy to pinpoint which party they belong to.  Chief Justice Roberts (R), Antonin Scalia (R), Anthony Kennedy (R) and Samuel Alito (R), and Clarence Thomas (R) voted in support of striking down the campaign contribution limits.  It is the latest in a string of decisions rolling back campaign-finance regulations.

According to the Wall Street Journal:

“Democrats said the ruling would open the floodgates to more corrosive money in politics. Sen. Patrick Leahy (D., Vt.) said striking down the aggregate limits would empower billionaires to drown out the voices of everyday Americans.”

The ruling follows the court’s landmark 2010 Citizens United case, where a similar Republican-dominated 5-4 majority overruled two precedents to throw out limits on political spending by corporations and unions.

Just Breyer read his dissent from the bench and said:

“Giving, say, $3,000 or more to each of 435 candidates, a total of $1.3 million, certainly can give rise to corruption or fear of corruption.  If the court in Citizens United opened a door, today’s decision may well open a floodgate [so that] a few large donations drown out the voices of the many.”

Congress enacted campaign contribution limits in the wake of Watergate-era abuses to discourage big contributors from trying to buy votes with their donations and to restore public confidence in the campaign finance system. Today the Supreme Court’s decision will once again, increase the role money plays in American politics.

Sources: CNN, The Wall Street Journal, Wikipedia, New York Times, Huffington Post, Washington Post

New report discloses more than half of US Congress members are now millionaires

Money changing hands in politics (rich politicians)

It’s a dog-eat-dog world out there but in a country where the government was designed to be representative of the people, the little dogs in the U.S. are still finding themselves at a huge disadvantage. The Center for Responsive Politics has just completed their analysis of financial data disclosed by US Congress members and has found that more than half of the members of US Congress are now millionaires. At least 268 of the 530 members of the House of Representatives and the Senate had an average net worth of $1 million or more in 2012. According to The Verge:

“This marks the first time in history that the majority of the United States’ lawmakers have fortunes totaling more than $1 million.”

The median net worth of Congressional members was found to be $1,008,767. Of the five wealthiest members of Congress, four are Democrats giving pause to the belief that Democrats are not well versed in economics. The Democrat party also comes out slightly ahead of their Republican counterparts when comparing Congressional members’ net median income: the former are valued at a median of $1.04 million, while the latter reported median personal wealth of almost exactly $1 million.

According to the report, Congressional members favorite investment is real estate, indicating that they not only own the will of the people, but are quickly gobbling up the country’s land resources too.

The rise in median Congressional fortune comes as American public opinion of their elected officials is at a staggering low, with only 8% of likely US voters canvassed by Rasmussen Reports reporting they think Congress is doing a good or excellent job.

Sources: The Verge, Center for Responsive Politics, Open Secrets

The legal attack against Anonymous and LulzSec

Introduction

The March 6, 2012 arrest of six Anonymous/LulzSec members included a public release of the sworn affidavits and indictments.  These are posted below.  The following is a synopsis of the facts obtained from those released documents and is an excellent example of how the FBI conducts criminal computer investigations (and how they utilize informants).

Claims against Hector Xavier Monsegur (aka Sabu)

The arrest of Hector Xavier Monsegur was the most significant as many surmised that Monsegur turned informant to assist the FBI in the investigation against the other hackers.  The documents filed against Monsegur claim that Hector Xavier Monsegur (known as “Sabu” in Anonymous circles) acted as the rooter and assisted the groups in gaining unauthorized access to the systems by identifying vulnerabilities and providing infrastructure support (servers and routers) which could be used to launch the attacks. Whether the “infrastructure support” mentioned in the documents was unauthorized use of his company’s hardware, the purchase of hardware using stolen credit cards, or simply acting as a LIOC client/agent or Tor exit node is not specified. Oddly, the indictment specifically mentions that the group supported Wikileaks and its founder, Julian Assange, a stab at Wikileaks that seems much out of place.

Specific attacks that Sabu allegedly participated in included the December 2010 DDOS attacks against Visa, MasterCard, and PayPal, the early 2011 attacks against the governments of Tunisia, Algeria, Yemeni, and Zimbabwe, and attacks against HBGary Federal, Fox Broadcasting Company, ACS Law, PBS, Nintendo, and Sony PlayStation Network.

One interesting accusation included a 2010 hack of an automobile parts company (no specific company name given in the document) whereby Sabu “fraudulently caused” the shipment of four automobile engines to his New York, New York home. This one falls outside the lines of the other supposed attacks and if true, could have been the undoing of Sabu given how easy it would have been to tie the shipment, and therefore the system intrusion, directly to Monsegur himself.

The document also claims that credit card numbers and bank account numbers were obtained by Sabu and used to purchase items and pay bills. The kicker – the document reveals their objective of forcing Monsegur to forfeit his own property to pay for these items.

Nowhere in the case against Monsegur does it mention that he may have turned state evidence against his fellow hackers.  But, there are many clues that Sabu was pressured into turning including a Summer arrest and an obvious change in behavior (some fellow hackers noted that in retrospect, it seemed as if Sabu was covertly hinting that the other members should not trust him).

Claims against Ryan Ackroyd (United Kingdom), Jake Davis (United Kingdom), Darren Martyn (Ireland), and Donncha O’Cearrbhail (Ireland)

The indictment claims against Ryan Ackroyd, Jake Davis, Darren Martyn, and Donncha O’Cearrbhail hint that all were members of Anonymous and/or the Internet Feds hacking groups.  The document claims that they carried out a campaign of “online destruction, intimidation, and criminality”. Specific attacks mentioned parallel the claims against Monsegur and include the hacks against HBGary and Fox Broadcasting Company. The supposed cyber attacks involved deleting data, stealing confidential information, decrypting confidential information (or “de-encrypting” as the Feds put it) including passwords, publicly disclosing the stolen information by dumping the data on public websites, hijacking email and Twitter accounts, defacing websites, doxing personal information (publishing private, personal details about a person), installing backdoors on the penetrated systems, intimidating the victim, and subjecting the victim to harassment. The document pointedly mentions their association with “Sabu” (aka Hector Xavier Monsegur), and other hackers identified as “Tflow”, and “Avunit”.

The documents notes the specific roles of each defendant claiming that Ryan Ackroyd identified and penetrated systems while Jake Davis acted as the “spokesman” for the group. The hack on Fox Networks notes that personal information, including names, birth dates, telephone numbers, email addresses, and home addresses, of 70,000 X-Factor contestants was stolen.

Logs of IRC discussions are playing a critical role too – especially logs of conversations that were purposefully initiated and led by the FBI and/or FBI informant(s).  Screen names and subtle personal information the hackers revealed in the chats were used to tie the screennames to the real person (although the feds specifically point out the obvious – that they used proxy servers to cloak their IP addresses).  Davis, the “spokesman”, told Avunit on IRC channel #hq, “I’m happy to talk to press on IRC/Skype, have done so for months.  Have talked to maybe 150 journalists.”  This one statement alone was likely considered justification for tagging Davis as the “spokesman” for the groups.

It is also interesting to note that Ryan Ackroyd and Jake Davis had been charged previously for alleged participation in a hacking spree during the Spring of 2011.  The claims mentioned above lead to further charges against the two.

The Sealed Complaint against Jeremy Hammond

Jeremy Hammond of Chicago was already a noted activist and hacker who had previous brushes with the law.  Hammond is also known to have given a Defcon speech on electronic civil disobedience and has even been profiled by Chicago Magazine.  His reputation precedes him.

The case against Jeremy Hammond, aka Anarchaos, sup_g, burn, yohoho, POW, tylerknowsthis, crediblethreat) comes from a deposition of Milan Patel (an eight-year FBI Special Agent veteran) where he notes that in December 2011, Hammond sent stolen credit card information to “a computer located in the Southern District of New York (supposedly the computer of Hector Xavier Monsegur).  The credit card information was stolen from the comprised network of Strategic Forecasting Inc., an Austin, Texas based company (known as Stratfor).  The deposition claims that one “co-conspirator” received a chat message from Hammond stating that he had broken into the network of Strategic Forecasting and that the stolen data had been uploaded to a server in the “southern district of New York” to a second “co-conspirator”. 

The affidavit notes that the credit card information stolen from Strategic Forecasting was used to purchase at least $700,000 worth of goods.  On December 29, 2011, a document titled “antisec teaser 12/29 (legit)” was posted on pastebin.  It said:

It’s time to dump the full 75,000 names, addresses, CCs and md5 hashed passwords to every customer that has ever paid Stratfor.  But that’s not all: we’re also dumping ~860,000 usernames, email addresses, and md5 hashed passwords for everyone who’s ever registered on Stratfor’s site.  We call upon all allied battleships, all armies from darkness, to use and abuse these password lists and credit card information to wreak unholy havoc upon the systems and personal email accounts of these rich and powerful oppressors.

The deposition reveals little specifics since it is intended only to prove probable cause.  It does mention specific technologies though which gleans some insight into how Anonymous operated and hid their identities.  Technological terms such as ip address and MAC address hint that log files and pentraps were used to gather evidence in the cases.  IRC and Jabber are described hinting that chat logs were used.  The affidavit goes into a lengthy description of TOR (the Onion Router) which implies that the TOR network was used by Anonymous and LulzSec in an attempt to hide their true IP addresses (it also describes files “found on a .onion server”).

In addition to the technical details listed, simple personal details that the hackers revealed were strung together to narrow down the list of suspects.  The affidavit notes that in one chat log, the defendant stated, “some comrades of mine were arrested in st louis a few weeks ago… for midwest rising tar sands work” (a protest held in St. Louis, Missouri on August 15, 2011).  Arrest reports were pulled and the list of arrestees included Hammond’s twin brother and another good friend of Hammond’s.  In another chat log, sup_g states that he was arrested in 2004 during the Republican National Convent in New York City.  A list of people arrested during the convention included “Jeremy Hammond”.  These details (and many more examples that were provide din the affidavit), combined with the fact that Hammond had previously been arrested for computer intrusion, led the FBI to set up surveillance on him and on March 1, 2012, to install a pen trap to collect addressing and signal information from his home.  The pen trap further revealed that Hammond was sending a significant amount of data through the TOR network and combined with the personal surveillance, was used to tie Hammond to specific screen names (they could tell that certain chat sessions conducted under certain screen names ended each time Hammond left his home).

The amended complaint against Donncha O’Cearrbhail

Aliases used by O’Cearrbhail included palladium, polonium, and anonsacco.  The affidavit claims that in early 2012, the personal GMail accounts of two National Police Service (Ireland) officers was compromised by a hacker.  Via this hacked email account, messages were obtained by the hackers that gave the telephone number and passcode of a scheduled police conference call discussing the Anonymous investigation.  Anonsacco, via a private chatrom, chatted with the informant about the information he had obtained. 

Hi mate.  Could I ask you for help?  I need to intercept a conference call wich would be a very good leak.  I have acquired info abou the time, phone number, and pin number for the conference call.  I just don’t have a good VOIP setup for actually calling in to record it.  If you could help me, I am happy to leak the call to you solely.  I guarantee it will be of interest!

The conference call recording was later posted online and tied to one of the screen names.

The anonsacco screen name was then cleverly tied to other aliaes (primarily via personal details revealed during the conversation), including palladium, which linked O’Cearrbhail with other hacks.  O’Cearrbhail was arrested for another computer intrusion and released.  His later conversations regarding the first arrest were also used to tie him to other screen names and hacking activity.  It also appears as if O’Cearrbhail’s IP address was easily tied to some of the breakins.  In addition, his cloaked IRC login ID was tied to several screen names.

 

The snitch

As far as I can tell, the names of the accomplices are not listed but there are hints in the documents that one or two co-conspirators assisted the FBI in the investigation.  Later news leaked that a 124 year sentence was threatened if the informant did not cooperate with the FBI (a sentence which struck many as out of proportion to the alleged crimes).

One particular statement in the affidavit notes that the informant, with encouragement from the FBI, provided an upload bin on a server in the southern district of New York.  This is the only notable fact and could hint that the unnamed co-conspirator was Hector Xavier Monsegur.  But nowhere is Monsegur specifically labeled an informant. The affidavit does note that one of the members of LulzSec was arrested (during the Summer of 2011) and agreed to cooperate in return for receiving a reduced sentence. The affidavit also points out that this person was located in New York, New York while he was working for the FBI and that this person has already plead guilty to various charges.  In retrospect, many Anonymous members noted a marked change in Monsegur’s behavior (oh how a “safe word” used in the chats could have saved the day).

The affidavit describes how the FBI used the informant to further trap other Anonymous members.  For instance, the FBI directed the snitch to provide storage space for the attackers.  During the Stratfor hack, the informant provided Hammond and the others a computer server in New York, New York which they could use to store data.  This was used to gather additional evidence against the other Anonymous members. 

In addition, the snitch recorded chat logs that were used to derive the attackers various aliases and tie them to other crimes.  Here’s a sample of a logged conversation:

sup_g: I was thinking we order some servers with them stolen credit card numbers.  Lots of servers with big hard drives and make four of five mirror .onions with them.  A few will go down right away, a few might not.

informant: can you get an offshore server with one of those verified credit cards?  I’ll try it too.

sup_g: since web/onion is really the most practical way to browse the mails and clearspace.  Torrent is damn impractical, no one will download.  We might want to offer it anyway but even so, focus on web viewing.

And in this exchange, notice how the informant refers to the hacker by different aliases to ensure he responds in kind to each one.

informant: yo you

sup_g: hey homeboii

sup_g: It’s all real good = )

informant: took a na

informant: *nap*

sup_g: hooking it up with custom script to parse them things as we speak.

informant: how’s the news looking?

sup_g: I been going hard all night.

informant: I heard we’re all over the newspapers.  You mother fuckers are going to get me raided.

sup_g: we put out 30k cards, the it.stratfor.com dump, and another statement.  Dude, it’s big…

informant: if I get raided anarchaos your job is to cause havok in my honor.

sup_g: it shall be so

The documents

The Anonymous and LulzSec (Lulz Security) indictment documents are available for download on scribd.  See embedded versions below.

 

Indictment against Hector Xavier Monsegur filed in the United States District Court Southern District of New York:

 

Indictments filed in the United States District Court Southern District of New York against Ryan Ackroyd, Jake Davis, Darrent Martyn, and Donncha O’Cearrbhail.

 

Sealed complaint against Jeremy Hammond.

 

Amended complaint against Donncha O’Cearrbhail.

 

Hector Xavier Monsegur Waiver of indictment in return for cooperating with the government

This is how Revolutions begin

The OccupyWallStreet movement, spearheaded by OccupyTogether is gaining momentum.  Youth are taking to the streets in droves, rejecting the current economic order rooted in corporate and political greed, and are seeking to redefine the future of the United States.  As the Guardian explained:

We are watching the beginnings of the defiant self-assertion of a new generation of Americans, a generation who are looking forward to finishing their education with no jobs, no future, but still saddled with enormous and unforgivable debt.  Perhaps, it’s not surprising. It’s becoming increasingly obvious that the real priority of those running the world for the last few decades has not been creating a viable form of capitalism, but rather, convincing us all that the current form of capitalism is the only conceivable economic system, so its flaws are irrelevant. As a result, we’re all sitting around dumbfounded as the whole apparatus falls apart.  It’s clear that the rich are determined to seize as large a share of the spoils as remain, tossing a whole generation of young people to the wolves in order to do so.

And the purpose of OccupyX?  Their agenda is not clear cut (to be expected with a new movement like this) but according to Piers Morgan (CNN), the majority of Americans agree with their demands.  OccupyX explains their agenda as such:

Through a direct democratic process, we have come together as individuals and crafted these principles of solidarity, which are points of unity that include but are not limited to:

  • Engaging in direct and transparent participatory democracy;
  • Exercising personal and collective responsibility;
  • Recognizing individuals’ inherent privilege and the influence it has on all interactions;
  • Empowering one another against all forms of oppression;
  • Redefining how labor is valued;
  • The sanctity of individual privacy;
  • The belief that education is human right;
  • and Endeavoring to practice and support wide application of open source.

Download link to PDF versions (much clearer) located below each thumbnail picture.

 

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This is our country. We will occupy it. We will occupy them. We are here. We are growing. We are the 99%

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This is our country. We will occupy it. We will occupy them. We are here. We are growing. We are the 99%

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We are the 99%. We will not be ignored. We stand in solidarity with... We're still here. We are growing. Occupy together.

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We are the 99%. We will not be ignored. We stand in solidarity with... We're still here. We are growing. Occupy together.

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You have the right to remain silent and let their money speak for you (or you can demand to be heard).

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You have the right to remain silent and let their money speak for you (or you can demand to be heard).

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If you don't know what's going on or what we're talking about TURN OFF THE NEWS and tune in to the movement.

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99 to 1. Those are good odds. Stand together.

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This revolution will not be privatized.

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Sources: The Guardian, Occupy Together