Re: Jam Echelon Day [The Disinformation Has Begun]
Wed, 06 Oct 1999 15:36:31 -0400
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Didn't this event originate from discussions on this list? If so, it
would be worthwhile to ask Wired to run a correction.
It really bother me when somebody takes over a good idea for their own
Robert Kemp wrote:
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> It seems an organization in Indiana has decided to take over this movement
> [article below]. Obviously, someone in the American Justice Federation
> decided to pass on the alert about Jam Echelon Day to their boss, Linda
> Thompson and she seems to have decided to sponsor the event while changing
> the day of the event. Without the event occurring on October 21, it will
> have little tangible effect.
> Linda Thompson is the producer of a video called "Waco: The Big Lie." I
> have seen this video and it is by far the most incriminating documentary on
> the Mt. Carmel massacre. In the past few years I have noticed that many
> organziations tied to the militia and patriot movements have, however, spoke
> rather harshly of her and it has always puzzled me, until now. I can see
> that she is prone to acting irresponsibly, if not downright disruptively. I
> would not have had a problem with the organization's usurpation of the
> campaign if it were not for the fact they have changed the date via some
> major internet media [Wired News for example]. She has seen to it that Jam
> Echelon Day will have no tangible effect, i.e. facilitating smoother and
> freer communications on Stop Police Brutality Day [Oct. 22]. Or has she?
> I have spent considerable time in the past trying to track down an email
> address for Linda Thompson for other reasons, among them to order a copy of
> her Waco expose. She is notoriously hard to locate and there is a multitude
> of email addresses to be found online for her, none of which work. The
> organization she founded, the American Justice Federation, is also not
> online seemingly which is odd considering that the organization seems to
> engage in a whole lot of net media, apparently through clandestine
> The group DOES have a snail mail address however and it is below. Also
> below is the popular online consensus reality as to just who Linda Thompson
> I will be working long and hard tonight on an alert informing the world of
> the necessity of holding this day, as planned, on October 22.
> I will also send an open letter to the American Justice Federation via a
> HUGE amount of net forums. I plan also to see to it that Wired News find
> out exactly what has happened here.
> Linda Thompson
> Self-proclaimed "Acting Adjunct General" of the "Unorganized Militia of the
> United States," Linda Thompson is an influential figure in the militia
> movement. She is a lawyer in Indianapolis and chairman of the American
> Justice Federation, which describes itself as "a group dedicated to stopping
> the New World Order and getting the truth out to the American public."
> Thompson claims to have contact with militias in all 50 states. She appears
> frequently at militia gatherings and gun shows to lecture and sell her
> videos "Waco, The Big Lie," and "Waco II - The Big Lie Continues." The
> latter, she claims, "proves conclusively the government murdered 100 men,
> women and children at Mr. Carmel in April, 1993." She also sells other
> propaganda material such as "The Traitor Files," which purport to link "Bill
> and Hillary Clinto to a Marxist-Terrorist network."
> Thompson's most ambitious undertaking to date was a planned militia march on
> Washington, D.C., on September 19, 1994, where an ultimatum was to be
> delivered to the government. The ultimatum commanded members of Congress to
> initiate legislation that would, among other things, repeal the 14th, 16th
> and 17th Amendments to the Constitution, and the Brady Law and NAFTA.
> Thompson ordered all participants to come "armed and in uniform," and that
> besides delivering the ultimatum, "The militia will arrest Congressmen who
> have failed to uphold their oaths of office, who will then be tried for
> Treason by citizens' courts." Realizing after several months that support
> for her march was lacking, Thompson called it off. Thompson continues to
> appear at rallies and conferences around the country, on radio and on
> computer bulletin boards, promoting the militia cause and calling down
> thunder upon the American government and its law enforcement agencies. On
> the subject of the Oklahoma bombing, she said: "I genuinely believe the
> government did this bombing... I mean, who's got a track record of killing
> children?" (Anti-Defamation League, 31)
> Work Cited
> Anti-Defamation League. [Special Report] Paranoia as Patriotism: Far-Right
> Influences on the Militia Movement. 1995.
> American Justice Federation
> 3850 S. Emerson Ave., Suite E.
> Indianapolis, IN 46203
> from Wired News
> Hackers Ascend Upper 'Echelon'
> by James Glave
> 3:00 a.m. 6.Oct.99.PDT
> Mossad. Bomb. Davidian. M15.
> If the hunch of a loose-knit group of cyber-activists is correct, the above
> words will trip the keyword recognition filter on a global spy system partly
> managed by the US National Security Agency.
> The near-mythical worldwide computer spy network reportedly scans all email,
> packet traffic, telephone conversations -- and more -- around the world, in
> an effort to ferret out potential terrorist or enemy communications.
> Once plucked from the electronic cloud, certain keywords allegedly trigger a
> recording of the conversation or email in question.
> Privacy activists have used the words in their signature files for years as
> a running schtick, but on 18 October, the American Justice Federation hopes
> to trip up Echelon on a much wider scale.
> "What is [Echelon] good for?" asked Linda Thompson, a constitutional rights
> attorney and chairman of the American Justice Federation.
> "If you want to say we can catch criminals with it, it is insane that anyone
> should be able to snoop on anyone's conversations."
> "Criminals ought to be caught after they commit a crime -- but police are
> not here to invade all our privacy to catch that two percent [of criminal
> communications]," she said.
> On 18 April, Thompson, along with Doug McIntosh, a reporter for the
> federation's news service, and members of the hacktivism mailing list
> community, invite anyone concerned about the system to append a list of
> intriguing words to their emails.
> Specifically, they suggest the following keywords:
> FBI CIA NSA IRS ATF BATF DOD WACO RUBY RIDGE OKC OKLAHOMA CITY MILITIA GUN
> HANDGUN MILGOV ASSAULT RIFLE TERRORISM BOMB DRUG HORIUCHI KORESH DAVIDIAN
> KAHL POSSE COMITATUS RANDY WEAVER VICKIE WEAVER SPECIAL FORCES LINDA
> THOMPSON SPECIAL OPERATIONS GROUP SOG SOF DELTA FORCE CONSTITUTION BILL OF
> RIGHTS WHITEWATER POM PARK ON METER ARKANSIDE IRAN CONTRAS OLIVER NORTH
> VINCE FOSTER PROMIS MOSSAD NASA MI5 ONI CID AK47 M16 C4 MALCOLM X REVOLUTION
> CHEROKEE HILLARY BILL CLINTON GORE GEORGE BUSH WACKENHUT TERRORIST TASK
> FORCE 160 SPECIAL OPS 12TH GROUP 5TH GROUP SF
> The campaign has spread around the Net and has been translated into German.
> Organizers hope "gag Echelon day" catches on on a global scale as a means of
> raising awareness of the system.
> Neither the NSA, nor its UK equivalent -- the Government Communications
> Headquarters -- has admitted that the system exists, although its
> capabilities have been debated in the European Parliament.
> Australia's Defense Signals Directorate, an agency allegedly involved in
> Echelon, recently admitted the existence of UKUSA, the agreement between
> five national communications agencies that reportedly governs the system.
> Last fall, the Washington-based civil liberties group Free Congress
> Foundation sent a detailed report on the system to Congress, but the system
> was not debated.
> The latest effort hopes to further boost public awareness of the system.
> "Most people are angry about it," said Thompson. "When you find out it is
> not some science fiction movie, most people will be outraged."
> But an Australian member of the activist community hopes that "jam Echelon
> day" will be about public awareness of technologies of political control,
> not about generating paranoia.
> "Public awareness should empower -- not scare people aware from using the
> Net," the activist, who identified himself only as Sam, said.
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