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. SmithBig Brother Al
Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2006
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
The Clipper chip used a data encryption algorithm called Skipjack 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.
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. SmithNewly declassified documents show that America considered sharing secret computer security code "keys" with foreign powers including China, Syria and Pakistan.
Tuesday, May 15, 2001
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.