WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Richard “Dick” Durbin (D-IL), Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and Majority Whip, addressed the house floor on Wednesday to advance the Open Courts Act, which aims to “modernize” the electronic court records system known as PACER (Public Access to Court Electronic Records). If passed, bill S. 2614 would consolidate case filing and tracking information across the nation’s 94 circuit courts and 13 appellate courts.
Building on the Electronic Court Records Reform Act, introduced by U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Ted Cruz (R-TX), and Mazie Hirono (D-HI) in the summer of 2019, the new “free PACER” Act, as it has been dubbed, does away with the ¢10 cent-per-page fee charged to file, view or download court documents. “There’s no reason the American public should pay for public documents,” say supporters like Gabe Roth of Fix the Court, a non-profit judicial transparency advocacy group, which is part of the web of ‘pop up’ foundations spawned through Arabella Advisors – the left’s version of the Koch’s dark money philanthropic network.
Typically, political talking points go a long way towards helping to implement decidedly apolitical control systems by leveraging the public’s conditioned responses to branded political views. But in this case, faming the bill as a measure to eliminate the $140 million paid by the public to access court records, which prevents “low-income individuals […] from going forward with a meritorious lawsuit”, is an easy sell on both sides of the aisle for the bipartisan initiative and a perfect cover for the encroaching walls of the digital enclosure.
Durbin was among the bipartisan group that pushed the First Step Act criminal justice reform bill through the Senate in 2018 and led the campaign to build support around the legislation, which centers on reducing prison recidivism rates through a system of “time credits” tied to work reskilling and behavioral benchmark programs. As readers of Silicon Icarus know, prison recidivism has been one of the main targets of impact investment pilots throughout the world and a seminal tool for the introduction of social impact bonds (SIB).
Details about how the “new PACER” system will be funded remain to be hashed out, with proposals ranging from increasing filing fees for “power users” and other ideas. However, any loss of current government income streams is dwarfed by a justice system plugged into financial markets through SIBs, which are only scalable if all the data is readily and electronically accessible. A fact that is not lost on people like Jared Kushner, who enlisted Kanye West and Kim Kardashian in concert with Rupert Murdoch to lobby conservative leaders and ultimately get Donald Trump to sign the First Step Act into law. Notably, Ted Cruz, who is now one of Bitcoin’s and blockchain technology’s top crusader in Texas, amended his previous opposition to the criminal reform bill and agreed to “wholeheartedly support and cosponsor” it after his concerns about early prisoner release were put to rest.
The political sideshow continues unabated as Durbin, Grassley and two members of the House Judiciary Committee sent a letter to President Biden last April, asking him to allow Trump’s mandatory minimum sentencing policies around drug offenses to expire. Biden, who many consider to be the architect of the largest carceral state in the world, predictably decided to temporarily extend them and has recently doubled down by proposing to make them permanent.
Durbin and company continue to make the case for a public health policy approach to drug offenders, which is by far, the main charge faced by America’s prison population. In this game of push and pull, the most polarizing issues are used to nudge the population into voting for their own enslavement from the left and the right, herding them into the new data-capitalist paradigm run by automated politics via AI at the dawn of digital lawfare.
The High Office Rollers
Post-Watergate America saw unprecedented pressure land on the country’s covert intelligence and law enforcement apparatus from members of Congress and the press, emboldened by the stark revelations of the Church and PikeCommittees, which laid bare countless abuses and direct efforts by government agencies to infiltrate and sabotage domestic social movements.
Evidence of extrajudicial killings, framing of civilian leaders and blackmail were just some of the outrageous activities engaged in by the CIA and the FBI, which set off calls to disband, reform or at least curtail their power. The Ford administration, conveniently painted as inept by the media, managed to whether the storm without acting on virtually any of the demands.
Nixon’s successor in the Oval Office created the Intelligence Coordinating Group (ICG) to review the recommendations set forth in the Rockefeller Report and devise a plan to institute the reforms. Leading this group was the former administration’s Assistant Secretary of Defense, John O. “Jack” Marsh, who also oversaw the Nixon/Ford transition process.
As chairman of the ICG Marsh was tasked with carrying its real purpose, which was to provide a “coordinated political strategy to protect the intelligence community from continued disruption” and “deter unwise legislation from emerging in Congress.” In other words, Marsh was in charge of the ultimate damage control operation to protect the intelligence community from the egregious realities uncovered, outranking other notable ICG members such as Henry Kissinger, CIA director William Colby and a young Donald Rumsfeld.
Marsh, a Democrat in the mold of his mentor and Ku Klux Klan “Exalted Cyclops” Robert C. Byrd, the World War II veteran began his career as an attorney in Strasburg, Virginia and a town judge before running for the U.S. Congress in 1963. After handling the high profile intelligence indiscretions for the White House, Marsh would return to private law practice for a few years before being appointed Secretary of the Army by Ronald Reagan in 1981, a post he would keep until 1989.
By the time he awarded alleged Bitcoin co-creator David Kleiman his Army Achievement Award, Marsh was only a year away from stepping down from his tenure as the longest serving Army Secretary in U.S. history. In 1996, the future confidant of Vice President Dick Cheney, would become interim CEO of Novavax, Inc., a company formed after the acquisition of Maryland-based Univax Biologics, Inc. by Nabi Biopharmaceuticals, and which would play a crucial role in the federal government’s quest to revolutionize the vaccine industry and the establishment of biosecurity state.
Univax Biologics was founded in 1988 by Dr. Craig Wright. Not that Craig Wright, as it turns out. Nevertheless, it is another odd name coincidence, which in this case bears a closer look given that “Jack” Marsh Jr. would follow this highly unusual stop-over in his professional career with a new notch on his already illustrious resume as an authority on cyber law and cyberterrorism; imparting classes on these subjects at the College of William and Mary, the Virginia Military Institute and Charles Koch’s quasi-academic lobbying operation, George Mason University.
Who is Craig Wright?
Despite “winning” the case, Craig Wright has been ordered to pay $100 million to W&K Info Defense Research LLC., the Florida company he and the late David Kleiman formed just two years before his death of a staph infection, which the other Dr. Craig Wright happened to be an expert in.
Are these just coincidences in the long-running saga of the identity of Satoshi Nakamoto? Is Craig Steven Wright who he says he is? The biography of the Australian technologist and eccentric billionaire is scant in terms of hard details about his origins. Described by those skeptical of his claims as the inventor of Bitcoin as a fraud, a con man and a liar, he has nevertheless managed to prevail in most of the actions brought against him in courts of law.
And yet, he chooses to remain elusive and unwilling to put the matter definitively to rest. At the end of the day, we are left with more questions than answers about the real Craig Wright and the inventor of Bitcoin. In the meantime, more and more links to the national security state continue to emerge.
Wright, himself, offers us a narrative about where he came from and why he decided to create Bitcoin. Perhaps the reason he gives in his 2019 piece on Medium is not the one Bitcoin’s most ardent adherents want to hear. But, it is likely the only part of his entire story that can be said to be absolutely true. He wanted to develop Bitcoin, he says, to “create an immutable evidence trail” of money.
If nothing else, Bitcoin is just that. The NSA’s hash function algorithm it relies on is unlikely to be free of a reverse engineering feature that would allow even greater control. Regardless of its surveillance potential, however, it is almost irrelevant when compared to the myriad applications that blockchain technology, in general, is slated to bring into existence.
From the tokenization of humanity to the AI-managed supply chains, the level of control made possible by these emerging technologies, falsely touted as agents of freedom and economic liberation by unscrupulous grifters or the ideologically misguided, are quickly becoming a part of our everyday world through the large strides being taken in the legal system. “We are immensely gratified that our client, W&K Information Defense Research LLC, has won $100,000,000,” Roche Freedman said in a statement issued by the firm at the trial’s conclusion, adding that the “verdict sets a historical precedent in the innovative and transformative industry of cryptocurrency and blockchain,” which was the entire point in the first place.