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Political Dirty Tricks Go High Tech

March 7, 2011

It is ironic that a trio of defense contractors who concocted a high-tech plan to discredit liberal critics of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce chose "Team Themis" as their moniker, National Journal Daily's Eliza Newlin Carney observed Monday.

The Greek goddess of law and order, Themis personified good governance and justice, depicted by her familiar blindfold and pair of scales. Yet the plan that the contractors proposed last month to the law firm Hunton & Williams, which represents the chamber, was arguably lawless in the extreme. It involved privacy invasions, hacking, and creating fake "insider personas" and false documents to infiltrate and discredit watchdog groups like U.S. Chamber Watch and other liberal activists.

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