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

Robert Kemp (sensuant@hotmail.com)
Wed, 06 Oct 1999 16:56:18 EDT


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From: "John Doe" <wethemonitored@hotmail.com>


PLEASE DISTRIBUTE WIDELY!!!

Jam Echelon Day [OCTOBER 21] - The Disinformation Has Begun
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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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GLOBAL JAM ECHELON DAY: OCTOBER 21, 1999.

TO FACILITATE ONLINE PRIVACY AND THE RIGHTS OF ACTIVISTS, BE SURE TO SEND 
OUT AN EMAIL CONTAINING SUBVERSIVE WORDS.  THIS WILL CONFUSE ECHELON'S 
MONITORING SYSTEM BY SENDING IT OFF ON WILD GOOSE CHASES JUST IN TIME FOR 
ONLINE ACTIVISTS TO COORDINATE "STOP POLICE BRUTALITY DAY" WITH, PERHAPS, A 
LITTLE MORE BREATHING SPACE THAN USUAL.  THIS ALERT IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE 
MONITORED.
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The media release in question is below:

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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