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Total Information Oppression: Now my mailing list has been killed! (english)
by Eric Stewart
19 Dec 2002
Attacking DARPA's Total Information Awareness effort and publicizing satellite photographs of John Poindexter's (head of TIA) house is probably what got me this. I guess that when it comes to surveillance, what is good for the goose is not good for the gander.
Many relevant hyperlinks are included in this text at:
Mind Virus: Total Information Oppression: Now my mailing list has been killed!
Posted by: souljah on Dec 19, 2002 - 12:52 PM
Imagine my consternation at reading the following:
This Yahoo! Account Has Been Deactivated
Please remember that the Yahoo! Terms of Service provides that Yahoo! may terminate a User's password, account or use of the Service if Yahoo! believes (a) that a User has violated or acted inconsistently with the letter or spirit of the Yahoo! Terms of Service, or (b) that a User has violated the rights of Yahoo! or other Users or parties.
This means the Psy-Op list at Yahoogroups is no longer functional as only the account smileyundaunted (at) yahoo.com that is able to approve messages and subscriptions is gone. There even seems to be some attempt to prevent people from accessing the public archives at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/psy-op/messages but when you get to the blank page that results by clicking on the url, you can refresh for the archives (but if you want to archive any of the info therein, I would hurry: my under_the_gun list, just last year, suddenly found itself missing some three thousand messages). Attacking DARPA's Total Information Awareness effort and publicizing satellite photographs of John Poindexter's (head of TIA) house is probably what got me this. I guess that when it comes to surveillance, what is good for the goose is not good for the gander. I consider myself to have been hit by a known Iran-Contra felon.
Included in this post (scroll down) is a synopsis of why I have been targeted recently, including all the dangerous links themselves, but first a look at what got me targetted initially in 1999, the year of Jam Echelon Day and of the Battle in Seattle:
~I garnered governmental attention by fathering a stunt commonly known as Jam Echelon Day. Cooked up in the fall of 1999, it was a largely publicity oriented campaign designed to shed some light on a system of electronic surveillance that had gone on unchecked, indeed even unrecognized for too long. Since it is harder for someone to get information from you that you wish kept secret if you know that they are there, we dove headlong into it and by "we" I mean myself and Grant Bayley - HTML designer for the original JED website at wiretapped.net. Of course, after its launch, the world took over spreading the word. Six months or so later, Echelon was detailed on Sixty Minutes having gone from being a nutty conspiracy theory to knowledge in the public domain. It is the kind of thing that will get you on the shit list of the powerful.~
The original campaign
The village voice on the event: an article based on a by-phone interview i conducted with Sarah Ferguson under the name of robert kemp
~This accomplished another thing that I consider important: the spreading of some revolutionary memes or paradigms. Firstly, some people became acquainted, for the first time, with the notion that two people who were not among the "powerful" could spark a global movement. Secondly, that the campaign was taken up globally in several languages said to the world, "We can be one."
Needless to say, these paradigms are the enemy of social control. We made the National Security Agency look bad and in the ensuing three years I would be subject to an insidious variety of psychological operations designed to destabilize and discredit. Various manner of confusing techniques would be used after a few months of having operatives "befriend" me in order to discover what made me tick. By getting an idea of my belief system it would become easier to undo my "uppitiness." I would be targeted for "re-education."
A program designed to track down corporate critics called Cybersleuth would enable such entities to track me for such purposes. The ability to pin-point the geographical precision your detractors was used as one of the selling points in the marketing of this program. I would later read that the CIA used the term "re-education" to mean, quite literally, brainwashing.~
Cybersleuth is where the following paragraph is quoted from:
Tracking so-called "perpetrators" is also part of the service, says eWatch National Product Manager Ted Skinner. That´s done by "using a variety of methods, such as following leads found in postings and Web sites, working with ISPs, involving law enforcement, conducting virtual stings and other tactics," he says.
~There is a man named James Glave that writes for Wired magazine and it was wired that first picked up our campaign. James Glave was on the Hacktivism list during all discussions of the planned event so he was in on all of the information from the get go. Yet, when he wrote the article for Wired, entitled ´Hackers Ascend Upper Echelon,´ the text contained grossly innacurate information. For one, the event was said to have been initiated by Linda Thompson´s American Justice Federation, a right-wing tank of people that I would come, over the years, to know as fame-starved and unscrupulous. Linda Thompson was not on the list nor was she involved in any way. Also, the date of the event was misrepresented as October 18, 1999 instead of October 21 as per the globally distributed alert. This was designed, in my opinion, to have the following effects:
1. By attributing the event to the AJF and associating it with Linda Thompson, it would be sneered at, even laughed at as just another right-wing paranoia push.
2. By claiming the date as October 18 instead of October 21, confusion would be wrought taking steam out of the campaign.
3. With the date switch, the side sought-after affect of Jam Echelon Day which was that, in case it DID create logistical problems for the NSA´s computers this would allow for organizers of the NEXT DAY´S Stop Police Brutality Day to plan with less spooky oversight.~
~What I would later find out is that Wired magazine employs a significant amount of ex-NSA employees.~
MASSIVE DISINFO CAMPAIGN UNDERWAY RE: JAM ECHELON DAY
Robert Kemp ( sensuant (at) hotmail.com)
Thu, 07 Oct 1999 13:38:01 EDT
~The above link refers to the disinformation campaign that I speak of. In response to the dissemination of this second alert, James Glave´s cronie broncbuster (at) 2600.com would email me and threaten me, albeit vaguely. Over the next three years I would have some twenty email accounts hacked into, have passwords changed, etc.
Considering that the NSA is the world´s largest employer of mathemeticians and that the NSA is the premier governmental surveillance outfit - AND that the internet WAS devised by the Department of Defense, it is no surprise that I would be easily tracked over the next three years of travelling and "worked on." Perhaps I should have taken heed early in the campaign. After posting the alert to about fifty newsgroups, I arrived at a newsgroup entitled NSA-info (if I recall correctly). As the newsgroup´s window popped up on my screen I noticed that someone had posted something entitled ´Echelon´ just two minutes prior to my own arrival at the newsgroup. "How serendipitous," I thought. All the text read was "Listening..."
Not serendipitous but contrived.