Sunday, August 21, 2011

From Clinton's Body Count 'Clipper Chip' and guess who made offer; Rupert Murdoch

Charles Wilbourne Miller
Died 1/12/99. Vice President and Board Member for Alltel, the computer company that wrote the White House "Big Brother" computer system. Found shot to death with two guns. Multiple shots had been fired. Declared a suicide.
Charles Wilbourne Miller, 63, was found dead of a gunshot wound to the head on November 17, 1998 in a shallow pit about 300 yards from his ranch house near Little Rock. Police found a .410 gauge shotgun near Miller's body and a Ruger .357-caliber revolver submerged in water. Investigators concluded the Ruger was the weapon used by Miller to kill himself. Yet, two rounds in the handgun's cylinder had been spent. He had long served as executive vice president and member of the board of directors for a company called Alltel and was deeply involved in his own software engineering company until the day he died. Alltel is the successor to Jackson Stephens' Systematics, the company that provided the software for the White House's "Big Brother" data base system and that was behind the administration's plan to develop the secret computer "Clipper" chip to bug every phone, fax and email transmission in America.
Mergers and acquisitions
Systematics, Inc - founded in 1968 by Arkansas investor Jackson T. Stephens. Became Alltel Information Services (AIS), and later sold to Fidelity National Information Services.
The CLIPPER chip was designed to allow the US government to
monitor all phones, faxes and computers, according to recently
declassified Department of Justice documents.  CLIPPER used a
special technology called encryption to scramble any information
passing through it, including voice, fax or computer data.
CLIPPER also had a special feature which allowed the government
to monitor any information passing through it.  US Commerce
Department official Raymond G. Kammer denied in April 1993 that
CLIPPER contained a "trap door" or "back door".  However,
declassified documents show that Kammer's statement was false.
US government Officials knew that CLIPPER had a special back
door feature.  FBI agent J. R. Davis, wrote in a 12/23/92
Department of Justice report, "The most serious concern is that
the scenario regarding the use of the 'exploitable' chip could
surface publicly during the transition period or shortly after
the Clinton administration arrives, but before they approve the
proposed overall solution."

Hubbell's CLIPPER work at the Justice Department also raises
questions about Attorney General Reno and conflicts of interest,
according to Larry Klayman of Judicial Watch.  Klayman noted Ms.
Reno was Hubbell's direct superior during his 1993 and 1994
CLIPPER work.  Any investigation into Hubbell's role in CLIPPER
will also involve investigating the Department of Justice and
Janet Reno.  The Justice Department has so far refused to
release documents on Hubbell to Judicial Watch, and to several
privacy activist groups who have sued in Court for their
Al Gore Led Effort to Tap Every Phone in America
Charles R. Smith
Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2006
Big Brother Al

There are times when Al Gore should sit down and shut up. Former Vice President Al Gore called for an independent investigation into President Bush's domestic spying program, insisting that the president "repeatedly and insistently" broke the law by eavesdropping on Americans without court approval.
What Al Gore forgot to tell his audience was that he not only supported eavesdropping on Americans without court approval – he also chaired a project designed to execute just that in total secrecy. In short, Al Gore wanted to bug every phone, computer and fax in America.
In 1993 Al Gore was charged by then President Bill Clinton to run the "Clipper" project. Clipper was a special chip designed by the National Security Agency (NSA) to be built into all phones, computers and fax machines. Not only would Clipper provide scrambled security, it also contained a special "exploitable feature" enabling the NSA to monitor all phone calls without a court order.
In 1993, VP Al Gore went to work with a top secret group of Clinton advisers, called the IWG or Interagency Working Group, and delivered a report on the Clipper project.
Only in Arkansas does a suicide victim use two shots  --  not to mention two
weapons  --  to kill himself.

Worse yet, Miller was no ordinary citizen of Arkansas. He had long served as
executive vice president and member of the board of directors for a company
called Alltel and was deeply involved in his own software engineering
company until the day he died. Alltel is the successor to Jackson Stephens'
Systematics, the company that provided the software for the White House's "Big Brother"
data base system and that was behind the administration's plan to develop the
secret computer "Clipper" chip to bug every phone, fax and email transmission in

There has been at least one other high-profile "suicide" among the inner
circle involved with this secretive project  --  Deputy White House Counsel Vincent
Foster, who, we now know attended critical National Security Agency
planning meetings on the Clipper chip project, along with then-Associate Attorney
General Webster Hubbell, Attorney General Janet Reno and then-White House Counsel
Bernard Nussbaum.
Key escrow
The Clipper chip used a data encryption algorithm called Skipjack[1] to transmit information and the Diffie-Hellman key exchange-algorithm to distribute the cryptokeys between the peers. Skipjack was invented by the National Security Agency of the U.S. Government; this algorithm was initially classified SECRET, so it could not be subjected to the peer review that was usual in the encryption research community.
In cryptography, Skipjack is a block cipher—an algorithm for encryption—developed by the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA). Initially classified, it was originally intended for use in the controversial Clipper chip. Subsequently, the algorithm was declassified and now provides a unique insight into the cipher designs of a government intelligence agency.[1]


History of Skipjack
Skipjack was proposed as the encryption algorithm in a US government-sponsored scheme of key escrow, and the cipher was provided for use in the Clipper chip, implemented in tamperproof hardware. Skipjack is used only for encryption; the key escrow is achieved through the use of a separate mechanism known as the Law Enforcement Access Field (LEAF).
U.S. Considered Sharing Security Secrets With China, Syria, Pakistan
Charles R. Smith
Tuesday, May 15, 2001
Newly declassified documents show that America considered sharing secret computer security code "keys" with foreign powers including China, Syria and Pakistan.
The documents include a secret 1993 CIA cable on the "Clipper" project, a computer security chip developed by the U.S. government. The Clipper chip contained advanced "key recovery" surveillance technology, allowing the government to secretly tap phone conversations and monitor computer communications.
"Are Clipper devices likely to be permitted for importation and use in the host country?" asked a secret 1993 CIA cable addressed to the U.S. embassies in Beijing, Damascus and Islamabad.
In 1986, Jim Bidzos, a Florida businessman, was hired to save the Silicon Valley business. Bidzos lived and breathed business, and it wasn't long before he started getting results. Lotus Development bought a license for its Lotus Notes in 1987. Motorola, Apple, and Novell would soon follow. By 1988 the turnaround was in full swing. That year Rupert Murdoch made a multi-million dollar offer to buy the company. Murdoch and Bidzos were unable to agree on a price and, in the end, the deal collapsed.

  • D. James Bidzos, Chairman of the Board, Verisign


    D. James Bidzos

    Executive Chairman of the Board

    VeriSign, Inc.

    Dulles ,  VA

    Sector: TECHNOLOGY  /  Application Software

    56 Years Old
    D. James Bidzos has served as Executive Chairman since August 2009. He served as Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer on an interim basis from June 2008 to August 2009 and served as President from June 2008 to January 2009. He served as Chairman of the Board of Directors since August 2007 and from April 1995 to December 2001. He served as Vice Chairman of the Board from December 2001 to August 2007. Mr. Bidzos served as a director of VeriSign Japan K.K. from March 2008 to August 2010 and served as Representative Director of VeriSign Japan K.K. from March 2008 to September 2008. Mr. Bidzos served as Vice Chairman of RSA Security Inc., an Internet identity and access management solution provider, from March 1999 to May 2002, and Executive Vice President from July 1996 to February 1999. Prior thereto, he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of RSA Data Security, Inc. for fourteen years from 1986 to February 1999.


    On May 2, 1993, Vince Foster, Benard Nussbaum and Webb Hubbell went to Ft. Meade Maryland to meet with the National Security Agency. The topic of the secret meeting would be an effort to "mandate" government computer security and ban all other products. The proof of his meeting at NSA HQ would come in written form. Foster had two notebooks from the NSA in his office at the time of his death. Two notebooks that mysteriously disappeared. It is also known that the Clinton administration officially denied (Mark Fabiani) that Foster had any business with the super secret spy agency. The White House denial turned out to be a lie when the NSA was forced by FOIA to release documents from the May 2 meeting which included Foster's attendance. The question is why would Foster, Nussbaum and Hubbell be involved with a spy agency? Could it have anything to do with his death?
    The first answer comes from the White House paper trail. The vast number of secret memos exchanged inside the White House on cryptographic policy during the first 5 months of the Clinton administration all point to one conclusion. The Clinton administration planned to "mandate" the Government developed Clipper chip and ban all other computer security products. In fact, a secret White House memo from Tony Lake, dated April 1993, officially acknowledged the planned monopoly by ordering the formation of a "Inter-Agency Working Group" or IWG. The complex nature of the legal problems with "mandating" would also require the politicals to seek the advice of legal counsel. Some technology would be banned outright. Other products would have to be purchased by the Federal Government. One such problem would involve the purchase of existing patents on digital signatures. The purchase of this technology from private hands by public officials had to be handled in a legal manner.
    "The Administration has determined that such technology should not be subject to private royalty payments, and it will be taking steps to ensure that royalties are not required for use of digital signatures," states a Feb. 4, 1994 Clinton White House press release. In order to remove the royalties the Federal Government would have to purchase the rights to digital signatures. The legal process required to purchase private patents in the name of the Federal Government would have led the President and Vice President to seek legal counsel. Vince Foster and Benard Nussbaum, the White House/Rose Office Law Firm (DC branch), were chosen. Thus, a simple and obvious explanation of why Vince Foster knew of the secret Clipper project. He had to make it legal. Therefore, on May 2, 1993, Foster and Nussbaum would travel to the NSA for briefings on Clipper.
    Simply having two White House lawyers declare the plan to be legal would do little but ensure the President was on board. The real source of legal advice in forming a monopoly would have been the Justice Department and Janet Reno. In fact, the Department of Justice, and Janet Reno, were also ordered by Tony Lake, acting on Presidential directive 27, to join the Inter-Agency Working Group. DOJ would provide the legal firepower needed and, in the end, actually ran the IWG meetings. Thus, assistant Attorney General, Webb Hubbell found himself joining White House lawyers Foster and Nussbaum, on a trip to NSA headquarters.
    Therefore it is now clear from the available documentation that Vince Foster, Webb Hubbell, and Benard Nussbaum knew of the plans to "mandate" the government solution (eg.. Clipper). Not only were they briefed in detail on the entire project - they should have been called upon to render legal advice on how to monopolize the domestic US computer security industry. In fact, the White House considered these plans so sensitive that they risked lying to the American public to cover Vince Foster's involvement.
    Someone removed the NSA notebooks from Foster's office. Someone has kept the facts on Foster and his work with the super secret agency under wraps. The NSA has steadfastly refused to release any of the data that was in Foster's notebooks except for the fact that he attended the Clipper meeting on May 2, 1993. The FBI and Dept. of Justice has refused to answer questions. They have chosen not to investigate if the Clipper project was compromised. In fact, the Dept. of Justice has refused to investigate if Foster's death has any relationship to a still secret project to "mandate". Whether Foster's death has any relationship with Clipper is something that even the long in the saddle Ken Starr has avoided. Yet, I cannot help but note that more than one agent of the NSA has died in the line of fire.
    Was Foster murdered? Somewhere between the black world of conspiracies and secret agencies lies the truth. A reluctant Congress, a frightened Special Prosecutor and several Federal agencies (DOJ, FBI, NSA and CIA) who have played major roles in a secret plan to mandate the government solution are all dodging the truth, trying hard to bury Vince forever. Mr. Foster may be dead but his notes live on. Somewhere inside the NSA or Dept. of Justice are the written words of a dead man. Words that could provide an answer to a question of murder.

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