Malware from the Whitehouse?

Sent: October 23, 2003

One of my friends got in some fairly deep shit at Seattle Community College during a Viet Nam War-related anti-war demonstration. He had written with an idea about producing a new set of neo-con trading cards, sort of like the old watergate set.

He wrote: What do you think of a social movement.... Trading cards of particularly odious neocons...everyone trading them with their killer stats on the back. Then have it about  "hey, you broke, quite intentionally, the social contract. And you think there's no price?????
Every card I hold is someone whose aid I would NOT go to in the event of an emergency" Then try to get a big buzz about it rolling and rolling and ...well

I replied: We've both been here, right? Check these out:From my random observations page:
quote [23] = "Last week, at the end of the Oregon Country Fair, while everyone was sitting around laughing with relief and reading over the radio network - reading their ghastly illiterate 'Bush-isms' off the back of their laminates as though they were reading fortunes from fortune cookies - I had this HUGE horrible 'ah-hah'. I realized that this was the first time, at least in my experience, that America had actually had a truly representative government at the highest level.";

So, in direct response to your question about neocon criminal cards, I guess my core concern is that we are already living in the aftermath of a HUGE social movment, the biggest in the 50 years that you and I have been watching, a movement to a world where voices like Rush and Rice and Poindexter, who at least KNOW they are lying, what they are lying about and why they are lying, and even idiots like Bush and Schwarznegger who may well not know the difference between a social contract and a TV script, are all listened to and quoted by the majority of the press,simply  because the majority of the press is OWNED by the same clowns who own the liars who are getting all the ink and who write the lies for them to read.  There is some indication of a turn, but based on the stuff I get from The Misleader it ain't much of a turn.

Last time the world saw this happen was aboutr a decade before we were born. Or was it?

Wasn't the Cuban Missile crisis essentially the same thing?
Wasn't the Gulf of Tonkin episode the same thing?
Wasn't the Civil War the same thing?

I am serious here. The truth has never been the basis of public opinion as long as there have been large-scale social organizations called nations.
And besides, what is truth?

I am not being rhetorical here, or i am at least trying not to be. I am still convinced that the most basic issue here is how many of the players in this unfolding drama actually believe in life after death. Because if they do, then they are playing with a totally different set of cards than you and I are playing with.

Here's an even more apropos Breskinism from my random quotes page:
quote [26] = "I agree that the 45 words in the American Bill of Rights may be the most powerful poetry ever written in English, but we both know that they are not a binding social contract, or even a fund-obligating agreement; they appear to be a unique religious tract, an evolution of powerful language in the 18th century by some brilliant men, but there is no indication that it was expected to be applicable to blacks or women, and it remains a promise as yet largely unfulfilled - like heaven-on-earth - that still reflects some basic human longings. But it has not proven itself to be remotely strong enough, as a document, to ensure that the rights of humans are on a par with the rights of corporations, and I doubt that it is strong enough to counter a world-wide uprising of people demanding their equal share of the pie and entry into the American dream."

Now try this, which I may have sent to you when I wrote it: from 9/24/2001
<clip> .... But I still see this as the first skirmish in a war between ancient and modern memes. Between the global infection of shopping-mall America and the ancient memes still reflected by some of the people who have apparently found it necessary to take a "religious " stand against it. And these are very different memes than the ones that infect the kids protesting WTO, or Earthfirst! cutting down power transmission towers to a uranium refinery, and yet the symbols and the targets are exactly the same and the reasons they are targets are the same.

It almost comes down to asking people to stand up and be counted - O.K. folks -who is infected by which meme?
Who is willing to die for which cause?
Whose meme allows them to enter into alliances with whom?

If the numbers are big enough, even the stupidest leaders should be prepared to back down, unless they are operating in a largely delusional world created by their meme infection. ....<clip>

Finally, speaking of infections, I got a fascinating virus-like infection about a week ago - called the Qhost trojan. I am afraid that I actually know where I got it, and how and when. And that is deeply troubling.

These are the last 3 sites I visited before Google stopped working. Which means that I could have gotten it from either of these.

I assume it most likely came from Indymedia UK, but it does not much matter.

The whitehouse knows that the indymedia site linked to those pages on the whitehouse site. Just like they would know if my site linked to it.
What really matters to me is that in the course of researching an edit that appears to reveal some very important redacting that covers the core content a question asked of Condoleezza Rice in a press conference May 16, 2002, that was at one point fairly obvious from material that was posted on the whitehouse site, but that is no longer there (meaning that it was there last month but is gone now) I got hit with a rather vicious piece of malware that came in through the bathroom window and installed a pair of DNS redirects and an email client on my machine and redirected queries and other stuff to a URL that now gets DNS errors. Malware that McAfee and Norton did not initially detect.

Or, of course, there is still the possibility that the trojan had a timer of some sort, and that I got it earlier in the search and that the code only executed after some other sequence of events had occurred. But the fact of the matter is that pretty much all I had been looking for that day involved this odd meeting I had gotten wind of, that supposedly occurred between ISI Chief Lt. General Mahmud Ahmad on the morning of 9-11 with Senate Joint Intelligence Co-Chairman Bob Graham (D-FL) and his House Intelligence Co-Chairman and former CIA operative Porter Goss (R-FL) and I wanted to understand how this related to the funds transfer on 9-10-2003 from Ahmad Umar Sheikh on the instructions of ISI Lt.-Gen Mahmud Ahmad the head of Pakistani ISI to WTC hijacker Mohammed Atta - that appears to have been the money that purchased at least some of the 9-11 hijackers' their plane tickets.

The press conference (still up) contains the following text:

Q Dr. Rice, are you aware of the reports at the time that -- was in Washington on September 11th, and on September 10th, $100,000 was wired to Pakistan to this group here in this area? While he was here meeting with you or anybody in the administration? DR. RICE: I have not seen that report, and he was certainly not meeting with me.

So, based on a rumor that the recording had not yet been redacted I went to the real audio transcript to see if the names in the question had been redacted as well. And the RAM file opened the real player and loaded the audio and then quite suddenly everything changed.

I had posted part of the Times of India article about it in my random quotes generator as a Wake Up Call in mid-October 2001.
quote [8] = "While the Pakistani Inter Services Public Relations claimed that former ISI director-general Lt-Gen Mahmud Ahmad sought retirement after being superseded on Monday, the truth is more shocking.

Top sources confirmed here on Tuesday, that the general lost his job because of the 'evidence' India produced to show his links to one of the suicide bombers that wrecked the World Trade Centre. The US authorities sought his removal after confirming the fact that $100,000 were wired to WTC hijacker Mohammed Atta from Pakistan by Ahmad Umar Sheikh at the instance of Gen Mahumd.

Senior government sources have confirmed that India contributed significantly to establishing the link between the money transfer and the role played by the dismissed ISI chief. While they did not provide details, they said that Indian inputs, including Sheikh’s mobile phone number, helped the FBI in tracing and establishing the link.

A direct link between the ISI and the WTC attack could have enormous repercussions. The US cannot but suspect whether or not there were other senior Pakistani Army commanders who were in the know of things. Evidence of a larger conspiracy could shake US confidence in Pakistan’s ability to participate in the anti-terrorism coalition.
Times of India, Oct 17 2001"

A whole series of pages about these events were still available on the Times of India website on the day when I got hit with the Qhost, but they are now down.
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