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MASSIVE DISINFO CAMPAIGN UNDERWAY RE: JAM ECHELON DAY


JAM ECHELON WEB SITE UP BUT STILL UNDER CONSTRUCTION: http://www.echelon.wiretapped.net/

CONTENTS


1. the original alert
2. the story as it originally appeared in Wired News
3. the second alert, intended to act as a counter to the disinformation
4. the first response from Linda Thompson of the AJF
5. the second response from Linda Thompson
6. a short note

...................................................................... ITEM 1


Subject: PLEASE DISTRIBUTE WIDELY: Global JAM ECHELON Day [Oct. 21]

http://www.wodip.opole.pl/~laslo/Echelon-links.html

STAND UP FOR THE FREEDOM TO EXCHANGE INFORMATION!

We the monitored have decided to stand up against the very real, very intrusive, and ultimately oppressive global surveillance system known as Echelon. Echelon is a vast mainframe set up by the New World Disorder in order to monitor the world's electronic communications for subversive keywords. Every time you send someone an email with keywords like "revolution" and "hacktivism" [for instance], Echelon's computers make a note of it. If you forward emails with regularity with words on Echelon's extensive keyword list, you may be marked for human "hands-on" monitoring.

On October 21, 1999 , netizens around the globe are implored to send out at least one email with at least 50 keyword words. You need not be privy to knowing exactly what words Echelon uses. It is safe to assume that words such as "revolution" and "manifesto" and "revolt" [etc.] will work. Just be sure to sound as subversive as possible. There isn't even any need to write a cohesive paragraph or sentence. Echelon's computers does not understand the language anyway. It only knows to look for certain words. By doing this we can at least temporarily jam the global surveillance system.

This day of action will be timed to preceed Stop Police Brutality Day by one day so that emails about actions can be sent out with little scrutiny due to what will already be an enormous workload for Echelon.

Now is a chance for anyone, regardless of computer expertise, to become an instant hacktivist - best of all, no software is needed [other than your regular email program].

Of course, feel free to conduct such subversiveness any time. The larger Echelon's workload, the more free our speech.

After October 1, we ask global netizens to merely stop censoring themselves for fear of spooky scrutiny. By merely deciding to speak in the spirit of unabashedly subverting the DOMINANCE paradigm, we will make it quite difficult for Echelon to do its job.

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ITEM 2


THIS ARTICLE HAS BEEN CHANGED TO LIST THE DATE AS OCTOBER 21, 1999[not before widely disseminating disinformation] SEE: http://www.wired.com/news/news/politics/story/22102.html

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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ITEM 3


From: "John Doe" <wethemonitored@hotmail.com> Subject: Jam Echelon Day [OCTOBER 21] - The Disinformation Has Begun Date: Wed, 06 Oct 1999 16:36:05 EDT

PLEASE DISTRIBUTE WIDELY!!!

Jam Echelon Day [OCTOBER 21] - The Disinformation Has Begun



It has come to our attention that a group known as the American Justice Federation has suddenly decided to sponsor an event of the same name as the alert sent out last week, namely Jam Echelon Day.

We would like to let it be known that the original initiators of this global day of action have never corresponded with or heard from, in any manner, this organization. We take exception to the group's attempted sabotage of the event which they hope to accomplish by going global, via Wired News, with the date of Otober 18, instead of October 21.

October 21 was carefully chosen as a date for the staging of the event to preceed Stop Police Brutality Day. Given the fact that Jam Echelon Day WILL TAKE PLACE ON OCTOBER 21, we will make what would otherwise be merely an exercise in futility into an event that should produce tangible results, i.e. making it easier for groups to coordinate actions for Stop Police Brutality Day - by sending the snoops a-huntin' for phantom subversives with revolution-oriented keywords.

The founder of the American Justice Federation is one Linda Thompson, the famous[or infamous] producer of the corruption expose entitled Waco: The Big Lie. Though it would be easy to assume that as such, she would be sort of an icon in the patriot and militia movements [not just based on that but based on her supposed views - search under "Linda Thompson"+militias], she has repeatedly drawn harsh criticisms from such groups. Why? Is it because of irresponsible and detrimental actions such as the media release that her group, the American Justice Federation, just unleashed?

The American Justice Federation, Linda Thompson included, ought to leave well enough alone. The people have already had enough of organized take-overs of grass roots movements.

AJF, Linda Thompson this is for you:

BACK OFF!


from WE THE MONITORED.

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ITEM 4



From: Linda Thompson <bama@latrading.net> Reply-To: bama@latrading.net To: lindat@latrading.net Subject: Unreal Date: Wed, 06 Oct 1999 22:06:56 -0500


Wow. I just got an email from a guy (using a hotmail account with the name "Robert Kemp") claiming to have originated the date of the Echelon day and claiming not to know how to get ahold of me (BUT HE SENT ME AN EMAIL).

Also, the article on Wired has *moved* (it isn't the lead story now)

  • AND* it says the "jam echelon date" is *21* October instead of October 18.

There is also now a *correction* stating that the "jam echelon day" was started by the Activism List and that AJF didn't set the "jam echelon date" and that "Wired regrets the error," however, I *repeatedly,* and in writing had told the writer, James Glave, that I had never heard of a "jam echelon day" and we had *nothing* to do with setting "Oct. 18" (or any other date). I have all those emails.

The writer of the article wrote to me, out of the blue. The whole things appears to have been a set up -- a propaganda piece to associate the "jam echelon" effort with "militia" to discredit it (and me) and of course, acting like Echelon "hasn't been proved to exist" which is, of course, utter bullshit.




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Echelon is a worldwide eavesdropping system that listens in on all telephone and computer communications. If it spots certain "keywords," it records your telephone call or email and intelligence agents "analyze" it (put you in their database.) Gag the echelon computer. Put this tagline on all your computer communications and use some of these keywords in every telephone conversation.

                     TAKE THIS, ECHELON!

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 MI6 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


http://jya.com/echelon-dc.htm <-- See this http://www.wired.com/news/news/technology/story/21577.html <--See this http://jya.com/crypto.htm#Echelon <--library of articles on NSA & echelon http://home.icdc.com/~paulwolf/echelon.htm <-- another library of articles on echelon.

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              Remember Waco, Feb. 28-April 19, 1993
                   The murderers are still free
                   and running your country.
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ITEM 5


From: Linda Thompson <bama@latrading.net> Reply-To: bama@latrading.net To: Robert Kemp <sensuant@hotmail.com> Subject: Re: jam echelon day Date: Wed, 06 Oct 1999 21:53:34 -0500


From: Linda Thompson <bama@latrading.net> Save Address Block Sender Reply-To: bama@latrading.net To: Robert Kemp <sensuant@hotmail.com> Save Addresses Subject: Re: jam echelon day Date: Wed, 06 Oct 1999 21:53:34 -0500 Reply Reply All Forward Delete Previous Next Close


Robert Kemp wrote: > > Ms. Thompson, you are misinformed.


About what? Please quote what is misinformed, precisely, that is attributable to me.

Thanks.


This latest effort originated on a > listserv about two weeks ago that you are not on. > > How can I say for sure? > > Because I was the one that proposed it to the group and I did not get the > idea from anyone else. I did it all by my lonesome [the initial idea anyway > - suggestions followed]. > > Jam Echelon Day alerts have been circulating the globe for about two weeks > and have been translated into French and German, perhaps more by now. I > don't know who told you that THEY had come up with the idea but I personally > spent hours upon hours posting an alert written entirely by me in hundreds > of internet forums. Whoever is claiming credit for this ought not to be > counted amongst those you trust, because it is a lie. > > At any rate, I thank you for helping the idea to take root in as huge a > forum as Wired News. > > Nice job on The Big Lie, by the way. The truly amazing thing about all of > this [aside from just how much steam this effort has accumulated] is that I > have been trying to hunt you down for ages, only because I cannot seem to > find out how to order the video. Could you help with that? > > |||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||| > > http://www.angelfire.com/mi/smilinks/thirdeye.html > > |||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||| > > "To be truly radical, one must make hope > possible, rather than despair convincing." > - Raymond Williams > > ______________________________________________________ > Get Your Private, Free Email at http://www.hotmail.com

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Echelon is a worldwide eavesdropping system that listens in on all telephone and computer communications. If it spots certain "keywords," it records your telephone call or email and intelligence agents "analyze" it (put you in their database.) Gag the echelon computer. Put this tagline on all your computer communications and use some of these keywords in every telephone conversation.

                     TAKE THIS, ECHELON!

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 MI6 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


http://jya.com/echelon-dc.htm <-- See this http://www.wired.com/news/news/technology/story/21577.html <--See this http://jya.com/crypto.htm#Echelon <--library of articles on NSA & echelon http://home.icdc.com/~paulwolf/echelon.htm <-- another library of articles on echelon.

       ==================================================
              Remember Waco, Feb. 28-April 19, 1993
                   The murderers are still free
                   and running your country.
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ITEM 6


Some say Echelon is not real. Then why the massive disinformation campaign launched against this day of action? Consider Wired News complicit.

Now, on to the next obstacle which, I am sure, lies just around the corner.


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Date: Fri, 8 Oct 1999 16:08:13 +0200 (CEST) From: Geert Lovink <geert@xs4all.nl> To: Maurice Wessling <maurice@xs4all.nl>, evel <evel@xs4all.nl>, jesse@tao.ca Subject: Re: (Fwd) Re: Echelon en Hacktivism (fwd)


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Date: Fri, 8 Oct 1999 10:06:32 -0400 From: t byfield <tbyfield@panix.com> To: Geert Lovink <geert@xs4all.nl> Cc: Eveline Lubbers <evel@xs4all.nl> Subject: Re: (Fwd) Re: Echelon en Hacktivism

(feel free to pass this on, obviously)

geert@xs4all.nl (Fri 10/08/99 at 12:43 PM +0200):

> > Date: Fri, 8 Oct 1999 10:03:36 +0200 > > From: Eveline Lubbers <evel@xs4all.nl> > > Subject: (Fwd) Re: (Fwd) Re: Echelon en Hacktivism > > > > Just to let you know how things ended, > > Maurice tells me:

<...> 

> > The idea originated at the hacktivism mailing list.

<...>

grtz.

fyi, the idea of doing it *for a day* may have originated on the hacktivism mailing list, but the idea is close to a decade old-- it's called 'spook fodder.' tim may, author of the 'cyphernomi- con,'[1] has been putting a block of 'interesting' words in his .sig for at least seven years (see, for example, the cypherpunks archive[2]); lots of other people have, too--i remember seeing X-Spook-Fodder headers in email years ago.

like most 'hacktivist' projects, it's amazingly naive. if indeed this action will cause problems for echelon etc., the people who run it (and other such systems) will be well prepared to circum- vent *one day* of technical difficulties--because, of course, they know about the action in advance. but it *won't* cause them prob- lems, afaik, because NSA analysis techniques aren't based on sim- ple dictionary searches of signal streams; on the contrary, if this action has any effect at all, it will probably be as a nicely defined case study for analyzing vectors of transmission and met- rics of participation and of what people *think* is 'threatening' to the establishment. that kind of an argument is never a good reason *not* to do something, that's not my point in saying it.

echelon is an ongoing problem, and it's only very dimly understood. has anyone actually bothered to review the US Patent and Trade Of- fice patents filed on behalf of the NSA to *see* what techniques the NSA might be using? i haven't, but i'm told they're there[3]-- and that they're much more oblique and sophisticated than just grepping for text. the recent announcement that the CIA is spon- soring a venture capital firm[4] suggests a much weaker link in the intelligence establishment--that their efforts to function ef- fectively forces them to reveal some of their technqiues indirect- ly, through patent filings and so on.

doing kind of thing would be much more useful that misleading tens of thousands people into thinking they're making a difference when they're not--and letting them sit back after a hard day of 'hack- tivism' to rest in a false sense of security.

[1] http://www.inet-one.com/cypherpunks/ [2] http://www.oberlin.edu/~brchkind/cyphernomicon/cyphernomicon.contents.html [3] http://www.uspto.gov/ [4] http://www.wired.com/news/news/politics/story/22004.html

cheers, t


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