Friday, July 25, 2014

Dear USAISC

     ...aka the insatiably curious folks at IP Address 150.226.95.18:
      I know you've been to my place today, specifically at 1:09 EST. I know that you are located not at the USAISC headquarters of Little Rock, Arkanas but at Fort Benning, Georgia, the home of the 101st Airborne (The Screaming Eagles).
     And, if I so chose, I could track your GPS coordinates with such frightening exactitude I could pinpoint your position to within a few inches or at least to the work station you use to spy on me and other bloggers of, apparently, all political stripes. I know: I did it to my ex when she was trolling my blog back in the first half of 2009.
     I do not know how I've suddenly excited your liveliest interest, considering that one day recently I'd garnered all of 98 hits, a small fraction of the traffic I'd enjoyed up until a few years ago. I used to be a B list blogger, one who'd posted several times a day and had an average daily hit count in four figures. Now, I struggle just to get three figures a day.
     But according to one guy who'd noted your IP address at his own site:
     A new scanning program has revealed that Wikipedia entries on the School of the Americas, renamed the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (SOA/WHINSEC) have been edited from an IP address from Fort Benning to omit all references to human rights abuses connected to the school.
     WikiScanner, developed by CalTech graduate student Virgil Griffith, has traced the editorial changes made to the online encyclopedia to Fort Benning computers. The IP address used was 150.226.95.18. Any IP address that begins with 150.226 belongs to Fort Benning. That IP address has the name of doim1-358.benning.army.mil, which is via the Directorate of Information Management at Fort Benning.
     The program also revealed that an entry about Fort Benning was altered to delete all mention of SOA Watch. Graduates of the School of the Americas have a documented track record of using the skills they were taught at the SOA/WHINSEC against union organizers, social justice activists, faith leaders and everyone who speaks out for social change and the rights of the poor.
     The School of the Americas is also active against human rights groups within our borders. The school has not only monitored civilian groups and individuals who are working for a just U.S. foreign policy and the closure of the SOA/WHINSEC, but they are also using our tax dollars to actively interfere in the political process. Military officials at the SOA/WHINSEC are spreading misinformation to Congress, flooding the media with letters to the editor, and approaching student groups who are planning events on the SOA/WHINSEC to demand access to the campus.
     The SOA/WHINSEC is propagating a mindset that is not in line with the role of the military in a democratic society. In this light, it does not come as a surprise that SOA/WHINSEC instructors who taught "democratic sustainment" at the school from 2003-2004 were arrested earlier this month in Colombia for their involvement in one of Colombia's most notorious drug cartels.  
     In other words, you're engaging in the whiteboarding of history by rewriting Wikipedia entries and seeking the suppression or censorship of any mention to the anti-American and borderline fascist SOA/WHINSEC, which seems to have produced drug lords from within our own Department of Defense a la Gary Webb.
     Further investigation into just this IP Address shows you are attempting to hack into peoples' Google accounts and trolling on a daily basis so-called Family Values blogs screaming about our government's nonexistent "homosexual agenda", including one troubled individual from FreeperLand.
     While my sympathies for those right wing hind leg chewers don't extend much beyond my own nose, I do have to empathize on an abstract level on what is obviously a fascistic mission creep that seeks to chill, expunge, suppress, oppress or otherwise moderate any dialogue, however true or however misguided, aimed at addressing and improving the social fabric. This post is to call you on it and to let you know that there are at least as many black hats as there are white hats (although the rise of the Big Brother state and the good things done by Anonymous are making it increasingly difficult to assign white hats to you and black hats to them).
     You, too, can be tracked, you, too can be traced and your internet travels, including the version of which Operating System you use (Windows 7), what your monitor's resolution is (1680x1050x24) and which browser you use (Firefox 24.0, this time, although you've also used, against all rhyme or reason, IE). I can even determine where you've been today because for a bunch of super spooks, you guys sure suck at covering up your tracks. You leave behind a lot of bread crumbs for others to follow.
     And I'm just an ordinary guy, not even an amateur black hat but one with extraordinary skills of detection who does have indirect access to the black hats you justifiably fear so very, very much.
     It bothers me enough I get hits from staffers of right wing Congressmen who also love to alter Wikipedia. It almost amuses me that now I'm up to at least four hits a day from the DoD Network Information Center Monday through Friday (which, through some rudimentary ratiocination, I've divined is not a spider bot as previously thought but a person as I never seem to get hits on weekends or in the evening, making their recon of my blog a creepily casual 9-5 day job).
     But now I see I'm getting hits from a bunch of redneck fascists who work to subvert and undermine the American democratic system (or what's left of it) and the very first amendment (again, what's left of it), a cybernetic goon squad that not only tries to rewrite history like so many Winston Smiths with equally horrible haircuts who create criminals in the drug trade. Perhaps your craven curiosity has been piqued because of my opposition to the aforementioned fascist mission creep that's predicated on the insane and ultimately self-destructive supposition that America is a nation of 315,000,000 potential criminals and terrorists. If so, you are less than a joke: You are a self-fulfilling prophecy.
     You Fort Benning boys seem to take an unhealthy interest in those who even mention, much oppose, the SOA (The patriotic-sounding School of the Americas). Considering the SOA's history (One strongly tied to Pinochet's Chile and Operation Condor), one can begin to understand the paranoid mindset. On top of whiteboarding Wikipedia and altering history, you've also been suspected of killing American citizens such as 27 year-old Peter Jessup, an experienced climber and hiker who died in 2007 after he supposedly fell off a mountain. Peter, you no doubt remember, was an active and vocal opponent of the School of the Americas and even won an award for his courageous efforts the year before his sudden and untimely death.
     All the same, your sudden interest in me is inexplicable since in nearly a decade of catch-as-catch-can, all purpose blogging across three blogs and guest-posting on many others, I had never once mentioned the SOA/WHINSEC. Well, obviously, all that's changed. Leave it to Uncle Sam to excite curiosity in the very act of trying to suppress it.
     Bottom line: You, too, are being watched. Do not let my low hit count fool you. I am still here after a decade, others know I'm here and you'd be astounded to know who I know. You want to smirk at that, Geek Boy? Then let's have at it. Hit me again and I'll do some Kung Fu that'd make Aaron Swartz weep with envy.

6 Comments:

At July 25, 2014 at 8:10 PM, Anonymous Comrade Rutherford said...

Oh, I don't know, JP, maybe you have a dedicated fan down at the American School for Torture...

 
At July 27, 2014 at 9:52 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I told who I would contact.



Kathy G

 
At July 27, 2014 at 10:49 AM, Blogger lawguy said...

Now that is creepy.

 
At July 27, 2014 at 11:25 AM, Blogger jurassicpork said...

I did, Kathy. He still hasn't written back.

 
At July 30, 2014 at 8:20 PM, Blogger Stan B. said...

"Just as tall trees are known by their shadows, so are good men known by their enemies."

 
At August 6, 2014 at 7:18 AM, Anonymous CT said...

I enjoyed reading this. I am not that much of a creep.

 

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