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June 27th, 2006 - Adventures in Engineering — LiveJournal
The wanderings of a modern ronin.

Ben Cantrick
  Date: 2006-06-27 00:25
  Subject:   [Digg] Hajjinets, or Military InfoSec pant crapalarity ensues.

Since the military provides just 6 to 12 computers for every 1,000 or so troops, time limits of 10 to 15 minutes per day are often enforced at Morale Welfare Recreation Cafés (the complicated name for military internet cafés). Anyone who sorts through spam, reads forwarded articles and jokes, then tries to respond to "real" email knows 15 minutes isn't enough. Josh Hines, a soldier from Conway who recently returned from Iraq , confirmed that the Army lacks internet services and lamented the scarcity of entertainment options.

It should come as no surprise, then, that some enterprising military personnel have engineered an alternative. Hajjinets, the common term for troop-owned ISPs, have sprung to life on almost every base around Iraq. A typical Hajjinet is built and maintained by one or two soldiers and can provide nearly 24-hour internet access (until the region is stabilized and electrical lines can be installed, generators must occasionally be powered down for maintenance). Most Hajjinets are small, serving between 20 and 30 troops, but ISPs serving as many as 300 are known to exist. In a country wracked by war, where even the capital city receives only intermittent electricity, where people's lives are in constant peril, and where even basic necessities are scarce, this is no small victory.



Truly, I can't think of a better example of John Gilmore's old saw, "The Internet interprets censorship as damage, and routes around it."

But take this prediction to the bank: It's only a matter of time before the stupid, paranoid control freaks in DC crack down on our troops and try to deny them this kind of free access to the net. As soon as the next batch of camera phone pictures of the next Abu Ghraib or Haditha find their way to the press across a Hajjinet... reasonable net access will be banned at military bases across Iraq.
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Ben Cantrick
  Date: 2006-06-27 01:39
  Subject:   "I wish my lawn was emo..."
  Mood:Ayup, straight to hell... ;]
  Music:My Chemical Romance - I'm Not Okay (I Promise)
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Ben Cantrick
  Date: 2006-06-27 21:57
  Subject:   Ben vs. the 9/11 Conspiracy Theorists. Round 1. FIGHT!
  Music:NOFX - The Idiot Son of an Asshole
Let me get my biases out up front. I am a believer in at least the possibility that the administration ignored information given to them (out of arrogance and hubris - the defining trademarks of W's administration) and perhaps even knowingly *let* the 9/11 attacks happen. However, I consider it extreme paranoia, and see a complete lack of any hard evidence, for the theory that the Bush administration played any kind of active roll in the events of that day. Frankly I simply don't believe they are capable of such careful, well-concealed actions. The Bush II admn are just incredible dumb-asses. I do not believe that is any way that they could orchestrate a huge conspiracy, like one that would be necessary to plan and pull off 9/11, without some kind of hard evidence coming up. To quote Rumsfeld: "We have worse PR operatives than Al Qaida does!"

What follows is the compilation of a series of comments - criticisms, really - of the movie "Loose Change", a 9/11 government conspiracy piece. I posted these comments to flemco's LJ here. They provide some evidence why, no matter how hard I try or how much I would like to, I can't bring myself to believe that there was a vast government conspiracy to orchestrate 9/11. The available evidence simply does not support such a theory.

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See also, The Loose Change v2 Viewer's Guide.

Bottom line for me is, Bush has done plenty to be worth impeaching if not actually trying for war crimes even AFTER 9/11. I don't see why we need to reach for paranoid conspiracy theories to think Bush is a warmongering, constitution shredding moron. The more time you waste yakking about some inane conspiracy theory for which there's no real evidence, the more you distract yourself from the things we really do have plenty of good evidence for. Like Bush lying to the American people in order to start a war in Iraq. Like his endlessly astonishing inabilitly to actually catch the people responsible for the 9/11 attacks ("homeland security" my ass). Like his insane ability to put the USA in the LARGEST DEBT EVER, BAR NONE, IN ALL OF RECORDED HISTORY!

Take my advice, and get the hell out of this country while the gettin's good.

As for me... two years, six months remain.
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