How to Spy on the NSA

Wanna know which of your favorite websites are monitored by the National Security Agency? Ryan Singel and Kevin Poulsen at Wired explain how:

If you’re a Windows user, fire up an MS-DOS command prompt. Now type tracert followed by the domain name of the website, e-mail host, VoIP switch, or whatever destination you’re interested in. Watch as the program spits out your route, line by line.

C:\> tracert nsa.gov

1 2 ms 2 ms 2 ms 12.110.110.204
[…]
7 11 ms 14 ms 10 ms as-0-0.bbr2.SanJose1.Level3.net [64.159.0.218]
8 13 12 19 ms ae-23-56.car3.SanJose1.Level3.net [4.68.123.173]
9 18 ms 16 ms 16 ms 192.205.33.17
10 88 ms 92 ms 91 ms tbr2-p012201.sffca.ip.att.net [12.123.13.186]
11 88 ms 90 ms 88 ms tbr1-cl2.sl9mo.ip.att.net [12.122.10.41]
12 89 ms 97 ms 89 ms tbr1-cl4.wswdc.ip.att.net [12.122.10.29]
13 89 ms 88 ms 88 ms ar2-a3120s6.wswdc.ip.att.net [12.123.8.65]
14 102 ms 93 ms 112 ms 12.127.209.214
15 94 ms 94 ms 93 ms 12.110.110.13
16 * * *
17 * * *
18 * *

In the above example, my traffic is jumping from Level 3 Communications to AT&T’s network in San Francisco, presumably over the OC-48 circuit that AT&T tapped on February 20th, 2003, according to the Klein docs.

The magic string you’re looking for is sffca.ip.att.net. If it’s present immediately above or below a non-att.net entry, then — by Klein’s allegations — your packets are being copied into room 641A, and from there, illegally, to the NSA.

Of course, if Marcus is correct and AT&T has installed these secret rooms all around the country, then any att.net entry in your route is a bad sign.

If you don’t know how to fire up the MS-Dos command prompt, here’s how: go to Start, select All Programs, select Accessories, and then select Command Prompt. You are now ready to turn the telescope back around on the NSA and their paid cohorts at AT&T. I checked out a few websites myself.

www.911truth.org, a 9/11 truth seeking organization, was routed through AT&T via Washington, D.C., New York, Illinois, and Indiana. How do I know which states it was routed through? Check out the last two letters of the bold script in each of the following four lines. That’s the state. The preceding letters represent a city name.

tbr2031801.wswdc.ip.att.net
tbr2-cl15.n54ny.ip.att.net
tbr1-cl23.n54ny.ip.att.net
tbr1-cl14.cgcil.ip.att.net
gar1-p300.ipsin.ip.att.net

www.inplanesite.com, the host for the In Plane Site documentary, was routed through AT&T as well. This documentary is highly controversial even among 9/11 truth seekers because, among other criticisms, it purports that the planes were switched with military lookalikes armed with missiles. Yeah. Far out, man. If these In Plane Site guys are just plain old crazy, then why should the NSA spy on them? It’s a valid question, and one that must be answered.

www.9-1-1magazine.com, a site that has nothing to do with the attacks but is actually a professional website aimed at EMTs, 911 phone operators, ambulance drivers, et cetera, somehow got targeted by AT&T’s keyword filters.

www.english.aljazeera.net, of course, is also spied upon by the NSA.

It is worth noting AT&T updated their privacy policy on June 16th, 2006, by removing portions that might get them in further legal trouble for spying on Internet users. The Washington Post reports on that here.

In my route tracing experiment, I also ran across another interesting revelation.

www.9-11commission.gov and www.gpoaccess.gov were routed through a Content Delivery Network called Akamai Technologies. According to the Akamai Technologies entry at Answers.com:

Akamai’s customers include Yahoo!, AOL Radio, Symantec, Match.com, Google, Microsoft, FedEx, BBC News website, Xerox, iVillage, Apple Computer, Music Television (MTV), the United States Geological Survey, the White House, Reuters, Newegg.com, and XM Radio.

Arabic news network Al-Jazeera was a customer until April 2003, when Akamai abruptly cancelled the relationship shortly after the start of Operation Iraqi Freedom. There is speculation that the move may have been influenced by the network’s controversial coverage of the Iraq war and Akamai’s own history, as Akamai co-founder Daniel Lewin was killed aboard American Airlines Flight 11 during the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks.

A Theoretical Strategy Proposal in Two Aspects

Here I propose a two-part strategy in our rhetorical onslaught of the neocon agenda. I will use Fox News as a fulcrum.

Aspect 1: See the present in historical terms.
Aspect 2: Focus on individuals, not groups.

Aspect 1

Fox News is a strange phenomenon. It’s not “state press” in the traditional sense, but it is in a more complex, modern sense. There is a certain inevitability to its existence as a propaganda organ of the neoconservative agenda, which, in itself, is an equally strange yet inevitable phenomenon. It is always difficult to compare contemporaneous forces with the historical record, because we see the present for what it is, while we see history for what it merely appears to be. In other words, the present never looks like the past, because of our inability to see both time frames with the same pair of eyes. The past tends to be amplified in importance, while the present is trivialized as so many daily minutiae. With each history book written, with every document declassified decades or even scores of years after the fact, the past looms larger and larger. So odd it is that the farther away we get from a historical time frame, the bigger it appears. And how poignant it is that the more recent a thing is, the less important it seems. Is it possible we fundamentally fail to “see” what is happening before our very eyes? I would say the answer is yes. Some call it myopia.

Therefore, it might be worthwhile to posit that our ongoing critique of Fox News is worth even greater force on our part. I think we should be taking some kind of quantum leap of perception into the present. Our psyches seems to exist in the past, while our criticisms tend to exist solely in the present. We need to marry those two elements. We need to dig deep into the recesses of our social underpinnings, dig out whatever feelings we harbor towards Nazi Germany, the Roman Empire, the Egyptian Pharaohs, and apply that same “historical” feeling to the present.

Therefore, it would perhaps be a wise gambit to begin to refer to Fox News in the same way the historians of the future will. We should amplify our alarmism. We should denounce Fox News as a Joseph Goebbels-type institution. We should not fear to extend our denunciation to PNAC, to every news outlet that insists on embracing the myopic justificationism of our present atrocities. We mustn’t shrink from explaining, to anyone who is able to listen, that, while the employees of Fox News may or may not know what they are doing to humanity, they nonetheless are 100% complicit in our likely premature demise.

Certainly we could opt instead to take the road of explaining it all as “sociological forces”. That would make sense on a cognitive level. But what then, is the agent of change? What remains?

Aspect 2

The answer is accountability. Too many people feel their innocence, while in fact they are guilty. Too many people know they are right, when in fact they are wrong. The thing that allows them to do this is the blending of the individual into the mass. It is the merging of the human sole into the corporation, the governing body, the organization, the movement. It is the surrender of the individual to the group.

We must reclaim our own individuality, and never shirk pointing out individuals who may be guilty. We must not let them hide behind the cloaks of their parent body. We must see the trees for the forest. That is where you get people. You shine a light on one person at a time. You embarrass them. You make a sacrificial lamb out of them.

Therefore, I propose that we spend less time blaming Fox News, the Bush Administration, the Republicans, General Electric, the terrorists, the conspiracy theorists, the Neocons, the New World Order, the masses, the organizations, the sociological forces. There is no accountability in groups.

Instead, we should blame each and every person on the Fox News programming board, each and every person in the Bush Administration, and so on down the line. We have to take a “sniping” approach. We have to pick off their reputations, one individual at a time.

Only then will we transcend the present, so that we can heal it.

I hope I’ve spoken clearly here.

What’s Up, Michigan?

What’s the First Amendment good for, anyway, Michigan?

A Michigan man might get 30 days in jail for writing “Bullshit Money Grab” on the memo line of the check he sent to pay a parking ticket he didn’t deserve in the first place. An ACLU lawyer will defend his First Amendment rights. Long live the ACLU.

Last April, a Michigan State University professor of mechanical engineering told the university’s Muslim Students’ Association to leave the United States. In the letter he sent, he lumps all Muslims into one category: the terrorist category. But despite twelve different MSU student groups asking that the professor be reprimanded – not fired, mind you, merely reprimanded – the university said his hate speech was protected by the First Amendment.

Wires crossed, much, Michigan? How about you, Colorado?

The infamous University of Colorado at Boulder professor Ward Churchill is getting fired for comparing some of the victims of the WTC attacks to Nazis. Yes yes, what he said was downright blasphemous and all, but in comparison with the MSU story, isn’t this fucking weird?

What’s the pattern here? Here it is: the First Amendment is for protecting the status quo, not free speech.

More Nervous Chihuahuas

The girlfriend wasn’t sure about accepting her boyfriend’s marriage proposal. To convince her that it is important to take risks in life, he jumped naked out the first-floor window and ran across the street. Before he could return, he saw a couple walking up the street. He hid his naked ass in a shrubbery. The other guy, a real cowboy, a real patriot, a real one-man crime-fighting machine, drew his gun, and, well:

The rest is history.

How does this relate to 9/11? Psychologically, it relates. People are more nervous, more on-the-ready. The theatrical effect of 9/11 and its jingoistic aftermath increased the number of incidents in which people get shot for no reason, airports get evacuated on false threats, stereos get mistaken for bombs, and so on. Most “terror threats” are bogus, it would appear.

I’ll be chronicling us nervous chihuahuas until the anti-terrorism fever wears off. Hell, at least it’s an entertaining way to keep a finger on the pulse of the United States.