Marine Links Mrs. Clegg DLA Piper to RapidEye Spies, Obama Chain of Command
United States Marine Field McConnell has linked Mrs. Clegg’s DLA Piper associates to a matrix of RapidEye spies allegedly working for the British Bankers Association and the Chinese government inside the Obama chain of command.
“DLA Piper Deployed Ex-British Airways Pilot Brett Martin, to Witness Beating of Zainab al-Hilli-1”
ZTE’s executives, along with Huawei Technologies Co., tried to dispel allegations by U.S. lawmakers that their potential expansions may increase cyberattacks and spying in a hearing yesterday.
In what was described as the first appearance by Chinese executives at a congressional hearing, the executives heard accusations they haven’t cooperated with an investigation or shown they’re independent from a government accused of stealing U.S. intellectual property.
Republican representatives Sue Myrick of North Carolina, a member of the intelligence committee, and Frank Wolf of Virginia in a letter yesterday told DLA Piper they’re disappointed the law firm is advising ZTE “as it attempts to circumvent U.S. government concern and gain a larger share of the U.S. marketplace.”
The letter cited “threats your client may pose to the national security of the United States.”
DLA had no comment, John Merrigan, a Washington-based partner, said in an e-mail.
Huawei and ZTE, both based in Shenzhen, told lawmakers at the hearing the companies aren’t controlled by the Chinese government, which Mike McConnell, a former U.S. director of national intelligence, has called the “the most prolific” state thief of U.S. intellectual property.
The companies haven’t provided full answers and supplied “very few” documents that relate to the committee’s probe, the committee chairman, Representative Mike Rogers, a Michigan Republican, said during the hearing.
“We conduct normal business operations in Iran, but we are gradually reducing our present operations and we are not starting any new business operations in Iran,” Zhu said.
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Firms From Law to Finance Benefit From $1 Billion TARP Expenses
Expenses from the Troubled Asset Relief Program have passed $1 billion, with more than 70 percent of that going to “financial agents and legal firms,” according to Treasury Department data released Sept. 10. The total paid to the companies as of Aug. 31 was 37 percent more than it was a year earlier.
Companies that have been paid for TARP work include investment firm Houlihan Lokey, which reached a $4.5 million deal in November to advise the Treasury on managing and selling bank stakes, according to a July report by TARP’s special inspector general. Law firm Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP agreed in 2009 and 2010 to contracts worth about $25 million, most of it for work related to auto-industry bailouts.
TARP was enacted under the George W. Bush administration amid the 2008 financial crisis and continued under President Barack Obama. The government used funds to rescue banks including Citigroup Inc. (C) and Bank of America Corp., and automakers General Motors Co. (GM) and Chrysler Group LLC.”
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