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Since 1993, President Clinton has engaged in a secret effort to
bug America. No president has worked harder to protect his
personal privacy while attacking the privacy of Americans.
The Clinton war against personal privacy includes invasions of
medical, financial and digital privacy.
According to a top secret document obtained from the National
Security Council, the Clinton secret project to bug America
started in late 1992. The NSC document details secret meetings
between top Bush administration officials and the Clinton
According to the documentation, AT&T had developed new secure
telephone technology that also blocked federal wiretaps. The
Bush administration presented a recommendation to the Clinton
transition team that the federal government secretly purchase
the secure phones from AT&T to keep them out of the
American public market.
According to the NSC documentation, AT&T eagerly agreed to the
In early 1993, President Clinton issued an executive order that
authorized Janet Reno to purchase secretly the entire inventory
of secure phones from AT&T. Reno purchased the secure
phones using money confiscated from the war on drugs. Reno
tasked Webster Hubbell, the former Whitewater partner of Hillary
Clinton, to run the phone buyout from AT&T.
Hubbell arranged for a follow-up contract with AT&T to modify
the secretly purchased secure telephones with a newly developed
government chip. AT&T was paid to rip out the secure chip they
developed for the telephones and replace it with the special
chip that had a secret, Watergate-style, bug hidden in it at the
micro level. The chip was called “Clipper.”
In 1993, the Clinton administration allowed a select set of civilians
from AT&T and other companies to go inside the National Security Agency
to examine the Clipper chip in detail. The civilians obtained access to
classified details under special clearances that swore them all to
AT&T scientists were not the only civilians authorized to view
the secrets of Clipper. The project also included the first
lady. Mrs. Clinton wanted every American to carry a Clipper
chip. Mrs. Clinton’s efforts to nationalize the medical
industry included the Clipper chip in her health-care
According to information obtained by the Freedom of Information Act,
each American citizen was to be issued a national ID/health care card
with a Clipper chip installed inside. In fact, one medical health care
card manufacturer complained that including the special chip was too
In 1993 the Clipper “exploitable” feature was exposed to the
public and the entire project fell into disfavor until it was
officially canceled in 1996. Clipper violated the first rule of
information warfare — secrecy. A secret back door (bug) must
remain secret to be useful.
Yet, Clipper was never really canceled. Nor has the covert
program to bug America stopped. The exposure of the Clinton
bug-on-a-chip project did not end with its cancellation. The
publicity only drove the effort back undercover. Back into the
black world of “codeword” secrets and Clinton cronyism.
Admiral McConnell was the NSA Director under Clinton and Bush.
Admiral McConnell is often thought of as the father of the “Clipper”
chip. During an exclusive interview, the former NSA director made it
very clear that the computer security point man for President Clinton
was “John Podesta.”
According to secret White House e-mail sent by current CIA
Director George Tenet, “John Podesta” — then deputy executive
secretary to the President, was the top Clinton official on all
policy matters concerning computers and encryption.
“We had a long meeting this morning in John Deutch’s office on
encryption which included Admirals McConnel, Studeman, John
Podesta and other luminaries,” wrote Tenet in December 1993.
Further evidence that John Podesta controlled computer policy is
revealed in dozens of letters from top computer executives, all
complaining about the Clipper project.
In the early 1990s, several U.S. computer CEOs formed a joint
lobby organization called the CSPP or Computer Systems Policy
Project. By 1994, Tony Podesta, the brother of John Podesta,
ran the multi-million dollar corporate lobby effort through his
firm, Podesta Associates, using his employee, Ken Kay, as the
CSPP executive director.
In 1994, the CSPP association with Tony Podesta quickly paid
off. Several CSPP members won exclusive trade deals through
Clinton and Ron Brown. One CSPP computer CEO, James Treybig of Tandem,
traveled with Ron Brown to China in August 1994.
Treybig concluded an exclusive $150 million export of mission
control computers for the Chinese Army Long March space rocket.
In June 1995, Ken Kay led the delegation of CSPP CEOs into a
closed meeting inside the White House. In the 1995 White House
closed meeting, the CEOs from AT&T, Apple, Compaq, Digital, HP, Unisys,
Cray, Silicon Graphics, Tandem and others were sworn to secrecy. The
CEOs could not talk under penalty of law.
Clinton used the same tactic employed with AT&T earlier in the
Clipper project. The Clinton administration made top secret
designs and top secret contracts available to the CSPP computer
companies. In exchange for their cooperation and silence, the
companies would be given lucrative export deals and access to
even more advanced chip designs left over from the Cold War
According to an official documentation from the CSPP, the
computer companies were given several secret briefings on
advanced encryption technology with back-door features. The
CSPP refused to comment on whether any of these designs have
made it into domestic production.
Yet, while it is true that CSPP members have thrived on
high-tech exports authorized by the Clinton administration, it
is also true that Clinton and Gore thrived on the millions of
dollars in donations and soft money made available from CSPP
members such as Apple, AT&T, Digital and Silicon Graphics.
For example, once inside the White House, the CSPP executives were
given a detailed briefing by a State Department expert on supercomputers
and nuclear weapons. Shortly after the meeting, CSPP member Silicon
Graphics sold several super-computers to a Russian nuclear weapons lab
under the pretenses of “civilian” uses. Silicon Graphics has never been
Other examples of Clinton export waivers for CSPP members are
not hard to find. In 1995, AT&T supplied secure fiber-optic
technology directly to the Chinese army in the Hua Mei project.
In 1998, Digital sold supercomputers to the Chinese University
at Xian without verification. The computers are now being used
for chemical and biological warfare.
Nor is the Clinton cronyism hard to find. In response to a
request for an interview, White House lawyers acknowledged that
John Podesta did indeed have a conflict of interest problem with
his brother Tony. According to White House counsel, in 1997,
President Clinton solved the Podesta problem by signing a legal
waiver absolving John Podesta from any conflict of interest.
The White House has to date refused to show the legal waiver
obtained by John Podesta. Nor has it explained why John
Podesta felt it necessary to obtain a waiver in 1997 for actions
he took in 1994 and 1995. Of course, a government waiver for
possible criminal actions in the past is not a waiver but a
CSPP Executive Director Ken Kay has also supplied evidence
of corruption. Kay’s lawyer, C. Boyden Gray, the former White
House counsel for George Bush, denied in writing that his client
made thousands of dollars in donations to the DNC. Instead,
according to Gray, his client only donated “$2,500,” of which
“$1,250” was returned to him by the DNC in the form of a
However, the claims made by Gray conflict with the official
records from the Federal Election Commission. In fact, none of
Kay’s many donation records amount to $2,500 or $1,250.
The DNC refused to comment on Kay and has offered no
explanation for the art deal. Neither Kay nor the DNC would
comment on why the political party would give out valuable art.
Neither Kay nor the DNC will acknowledge that the so-called
“painting” in question is actually worth many times the claimed
Gray also claimed that the CSPP officials did not engage the
administration in secret meetings in June of 1995 at the White House.
When I offered Gray a copy of the official Commerce Department records
showing the CSPP secret
meeting in June 1995, he noted that he used the legal term “engage” and
that the official CSPP classified briefings did not begin until November
Why the “legalese” from the former Bush lawyer? Is this client
loyalty or protecting a dumb idea generated so long ago inside a
Republican White House?
The CSPP documents show that a “covert Clipper” project is in
operation today. The covert Clipper project has thrived in the
dark, growing secretly behind closed doors, into American
phones, computers and our lives. Domestic sales of the same
secretly bugged products under covert Clipper will also allow
domestic wiretaps on a scale that only Stalin would have dreamed
Perhaps the real truth is far worse than simple bi-partisan
corruption. The concept was to bug computer and communications
products being exported to China such as secure satellite
communication systems. The project came to life under the guise
of national security. Somewhere the concept to protect America
expanded and became a project to monitor America. Uncle Sam
became Big Brother.
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