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Event.png Inslaw (mid-level deep event,  financial fraud,  mass surveillance)  Campfire Wiki Cavdef History CommonsRdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
Date1970s - 1990s
PerpetratorsThe cabal
Exposed byMichael Riconosciuto
Interest ofDanny Casolaro, Fred Lee Crisman, Alan Standorf
DescriptionComplex financial/political fraud the full dimensions of which were never uncovered, but some of which were forced onto the official record.

The Inslaw (PROMIS) case was a complex and as yet fairly unclear deep event. Emma Best described it as "a forerunner to the infamous PRISM".[1]


Mark Gorton attributes responsibility for the Inslaw affair to the Cabal.[2]

"The DOJ began withholding payments to Inslaw in 1983, a month after Inslaw’s owners had refused to sell the company to a friend of the Attorney General, and a year after Inslaw had demonstrated the software to the FBI for use as their new case management software."[3]

The Case

In 1987, D. Lowell Jensen who was then United States Deputy Attorney General was found in contempt of court for failing to appoint an independent counsel to investigate the matter.[4]


While investigating elements of this story, journalist Danny Casolaro died in what was twice ruled a suicide. Prior to his death, Casolaro had warned friends if they were ever told he had committed suicide not to believe it, and to know he had been murdered.[5] Many have argued that his death was suspicious, deserving closer scrutiny; some have argued further, believing his death was a murder, committed to hide whatever Casolaro had uncovered.[6] "I believe he was murdered," wrote former Attorney General Elliot Richardson in the New York Times, "but even if that is no more than a possibility, it is a possibility with such sinister implications as to demand a serious effort to discover the truth."[7][8] Kenn Thomas and Jim Keith discuss this in their book, The Octopus: Secret Government and the Death of Danny Casolaro[9] Writing on behalf of a majority opinion in House Report 102-857, Committee Chairman, Jack Brooks (D-TX) wrote, "As long as the possibility exists that Danny Casolaro died as a result of his investigation into the INSLAW matter, it is imperative that further investigation be conducted."[10]


In 2008, Norman Bailey admitted on the record that the PROMIS database and search application has been given to the NSA. Salon magazine commented “His admission is the first public acknowledgement by a former US intelligence official that the NSA used the PROMIS software.” Bailey also says that the application was given to the Treasury Department for a financial tracking project in the early 1980s that also involved the National Security Council (see 1982-1984). Bailey worked for US governments from the Ronald Reagan era until the George W. Bush administration and, in addition to the 1980s tracking program, he headed a special unit within the Office of the Director of National Intelligence focused on financial intelligence on Cuba and Venezuela in 2006 and 2007.[11]


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