16 June 2006

Hacking The Pentagon – Gary McKinnon

Quote for the day:

"I think, at a child's birth, if a mother could ask a fairy godmother to endow it with the most useful gift,
that gift would be curiosity."
Eleanor Roosevelt
First Lady U.S.A.
(1884 – 1962)

Here is a tale of a curious soul in a world that no longer honors the curious mind. Just a thought on my part – ‘What if a bunch of hackers got curious and released all the nonsense hidden information in computers around this globe? What would our freedom and reality look like after that?”

Somehow it just doesn’t seem morally or spiritually right that a young lad with his whole life ahead of him is being threatened with 70 years in jail by Planet Earth’s war-mongering U.S. of A.

Gary McKinnon is facing extradition to the USA under the controversial Extradition Act 2003, without any prima facie evidence or charges brought against him in a UK court. Try him here in the UK, under UK law.

Here are excerpts and links for more information on this tale:

Hacking The Pentagon – Gary McKinnon

The Guardian, Jon Ronson chats with the British hacker Gary McKinnon, who's facing extradition to the U.S. and up to 70 years in prison for his exploits within NASA's and the Pentagon's computers:

He hacked into the
Oxford University network and found the whole business "incredibly exciting. And then it got more exciting when I started going to places where I really shouldn't be. Like "The US Space Command".

McKinnon sat in his girlfriend’s aunt's house, a joint in the ashtray and a
can of Foster's next to the mouse pad, and he snooped. From time to time, some NASA scientist sitting at his desk somewhere would see his cursor move for no apparent reason. On those occasions, McKinnon's connection would be cut. This never failed to freak out McKinnon.

When asked if he is brilliant, he says no. He's just an ordinary, self-taught techie. And, he says, he was never alone. "Once you're on the network, you can do a command called
NetStat - Network Status - and it lists all the connections to that machine. There were hackers from Denmark, Italy, Germany, Turkey, Thailand …every night," he says.

"I found a list of officers' names," he says, "under the heading 'Non-Terrestrial Officers' …. It doesn't mean little green men. What I think it means is not Earth-based. I found a list of 'fleet-to-fleet transfers', and a list of ship names. I looked them up. They weren't US Navy ships. What I saw made me believe they have some kind of spaceship, off-planet."

He was hacking immediately after September 11, 2001, but only because he wanted to see if there was a conspiracy. "Why did the building fall like a controlled series of explosions?" he asks. "I hate conspiracy theories, so I thought I'd find out for myself."

He strenuously denies
the Justice Department's charge that he caused the "US Military District of Washington" to become "inoperable". Well, once, he admits - but only once - he inadvertently pressed the wrong button and may have deleted some government files.

"I thought, 'Ooh, bloody hell.' And that's when I stopped for a while. And then my friend told me about
DARPA. And so I started again."

DARPA is a collection of brilliant military scientists, funded by the Pentagon. DARPA has been widely credited with inventing, among other things, the internet, the global positioning system, the computer mouse, and - somewhat more boneheadedly -
FutureMAP, an online futures market designed to predict assassinations and bombings by encouraging investor speculation in such crimes. The US Senate once described FutureMAP as "an unbelievably stupid idea". DARPA has long been of interest to conspiracy theorists because it is semi-secretive, bizarre and occupies that murky world that lies between science and war.

An excellent video presentation for those who make the time – actual transmissions from our Astronauts in space and our Earth bases. If you truly think we get all the news on television or our mainstream papers - this documentary by a dedicated and curious British Columbia man brings forth new and amazing information on other life forms around us and our space.


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