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Blog Wars: Who's Behind the Attacks?

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The event isn't even over, and team member Dan Darling has already emailed me an intel briefing on who may be behind the recent anti-warblogger cyber-attacks. Unfortunately, he also echoes the analysis in my last post that there's more to come. Please take his advice seriously. Incidentally, Dan will be captaining Thursday's Winds of War and Iraq Report briefings from the global War on Terror. Stuff like this is why you don't want to miss him! Take it away, Dan Darling...
"If the DOS attack that nailed Hosting Matters was from the same source as the one that took out Haganah a few days ago, then it is coming from a number of Malaysia-based websites and internet forums frequented by al-Qaeda supporters from the Gulf. I'm looking around the various forums for more information, but here is the claim of responsibility for the Haganah attack that crippled their website. As-Sahwah has been used in the past as a means of disseminating al-Qaeda propaganda to its supporters the Arab world - and the board administrators, per Haganah, are said to be in contact with member's the terrorist network's media committee. I thought I'd bring this to your attention not just because if this is them then what happened to Hosting Matters may well be a test run to see how much they could get away with. You might want to consider a friendly warning to other major warbloggers to start backing up data in preparation for such an event."
Indeed. --- UPDATES --- * Dan Darling has more information and updates in the Comments section. * N.B. The kind of people who do things like this are called "crackers," NOT hackers. * Jeannie at Dodgeblogium wonders if this is what Malaysian PM Mahathir had in mind in his recent speech. Answer: probably. Brace yourselves...

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Tracked: October 21, 2003 10:53 PM
Yet again, UNDER ATTACK !! from Dodgeblogium
Excerpt: The latest D.O.S. is underway, most probably from those same ROPMA-fundies that set off the last one! If this is what Matahir had in mind for the muslims to do with modern knowledge, then we are in for a great...
Tracked: October 22, 2003 12:20 AM
Cyberwar from On The Third Hand
Excerpt: DDOS is a "Distributed Denial of Service" attack. That's why our site has been down. A site Hosting Matters was
Tracked: October 22, 2003 1:03 AM
Excerpt: Hosting Matters, Corp Law Blog's hosting company, was shut down for six hours today by another denial-of-service attack, the third since October 16. Each of these attacks was reportedly aimed at another web site -- Internet Haganah -- that is...
Tracked: October 22, 2003 2:06 AM
Not a random act. from Swanky Conservative
Excerpt: That's my take on the recent spate of Denial Of Service attacks that have been taking down Hosting Matters sites. Who's the target? Well, first it was Internet Haganah. That site moved to another provider, but the attacks came back...
Tracked: October 22, 2003 2:08 AM
Not a random act. from Swanky Conservative
Excerpt: That's my take on the recent spate of Denial Of Service attacks that have been taking down Hosting Matters sites. Who's the target? Well, first it was Internet Haganah. That site moved to another provider, but the attacks came back...
Tracked: October 22, 2003 2:31 AM
Denial of Parrot attack from The Dead Parrot Society
Excerpt: Like many other Hosting Matters sites, we've been offline quite a bit in recent days. If you're wondering what's been going on, the downtime came courtesy a Denial of Service attack, apparently against some prominent sites (far more prominent than us, ...
Tracked: October 22, 2003 2:56 AM
چند نکته from Editor: Myself (Persian)
Excerpt: About the recent DoS attacks, and adding comments for Linkdooni.
Tracked: October 22, 2003 3:07 AM
Finally Back Up from Backcountry Conservative
Excerpt: Hosting Matters has still been suffering from after-effects of the denial of service attack today. Details on the outage can be found here. There are also some e-mail issues. More information at Confessions of a G33k. Instapundit has a link...
Tracked: October 22, 2003 9:52 AM
DDOS Attack from Ranting and Roaring
Excerpt: If you couldn't get through to this blog yesterday, it's because Hosting Matters was brought down by a DDOS attack by a bunch of Jihadic nutballs in South-East Asia. More here [with the useless suggestion in the comments from...
Tracked: October 22, 2003 1:54 PM
Technical Difficulties (update) from ***Dave Does the Blog
Excerpt: Here's some discussion of the DoS attack on HM, and who was affected, who was behind the attack, including some...
Tracked: October 22, 2003 4:24 PM
I Blog, Therefore I Am from Two Nervous Dogs
Excerpt: • Thought about ranting (ignorantly, of course) at some length about the Denial of Service attacks that have been clobbering a certain hosting service recently (made this site unavailable to its legions of crawl-over-broken-glass readers as well)....
Tracked: October 22, 2003 5:20 PM
Blog Attacks from Unpersons
Excerpt: You may or may not have noticed that Unpersons was unavailable yesterday. It appears the network hosting Unpersons (Hosting Matters) was affected by a Denial of Service (DoS) attack: One or more Hosting Matters servers were bombarded with data to...
Tracked: October 23, 2003 1:04 PM
Blog Wars? from PlasticThinking: Moe's Blog.
Excerpt: US-Warblogs sind Hacker-Attacken ausgesetzt. Wer dahinter stecken soll? Natrlich die Al-Quaida. Ja nee, iss klar. Mein Gte, msst ihr wichtig sein. Special Report: Cyber-Attack on Warbloggers B...
Tracked: October 23, 2003 7:45 PM
Excerpt: Ok, I think I've finally restored Hraka, as well as FDS and The Warren, to their full functionality. The last remaining obstacle to this was the commenting function, which worked fine unless one happened to be accessing comments via one...
Tracked: November 5, 2003 3:27 AM
Making a Deliberate Choice from Weblogging for Poets
Excerpt: It must seem at times as if we webloggers have become the target of every prankster, spammer, virus writer, cracker, and general wacko that exists on the Internet. However, before you dismiss your vague feelings of insecurity as paranoia, remember that...
Tracked: November 28, 2003 12:53 AM
Making a Deliberate Choice from Weblogging for Poets
Excerpt: It must seem at times as if we webloggers have become the target of every prankster, spammer, virus writer, cracker, and general wacko that exists on the Internet. However, before you dismiss your vague feelings of insecurity as paranoia, remember that...


As means of an addendum, the al-Qaeda supporters in question have chosen to memorialize Haganah's downfall.

I don't think that many folks here can read Arabic, but the screed seems to be the usual self-congradulation and vanity (abeit with a Salafist overtone) that one might expect among bin Laden's E-jihadis as well as listing of Haganah's mirrors for future attacks.

Haganah and As-Sahwah (which is the forum for the latest incarnation of Azzam Publications, one of al-Qaeda's propaganda mills) have been involved in a feud for the last 8 months as a result of Haganah identifying to ISPs just what the Arabic websites that were being set up by As-Sahwah members were being used for.

But if the Haganah attack was followed by DOS attacks against Hosting Matters, it would seem that the As-Sahwah hackers (JK: no, Dan, crackers - BIG difference!) have evidently decided to broaden their horizons.

Here's an article that may shed some illumination on some of this.


Powerline Blog is saying that this is probably the same group of Osamanauts who also used DOS attacks last Friday.

And so the Internet Jihad begins...

Let me be the first to say it then: "Bring 'Em On!"

I actually wouldn't say it's just starting, a number of individuals, notably FReeper Johnathan Galt and the team over at Haganah, have been following the activities of al-Qaeda websites and forums that serve as a vital means of communication between the terrorist network and its supporters in the Arab world.

Look at the recent videotapes of the suicide bombers from the Riyadh bombings or numerous audiotapes from various al-Qaeda leaders, many of them are posted on the internet as a means of by-passing the government-censored media that exists in the Middle East as well as making it that more difficult for the US to track their communications. Haganah was making a list of these websites and checking it twice, letting ISPs know what all of the Arabic websites they were hosting actually said.

The fact that they've decided to expand their hacking (JK: cracking) campaign to war bloggers may mean that their supporters or whatever crude cyber-terrorists are actually working for the organization are testing the waters to see what they can do (let's face it, they can use bloggers as guinea pigs fairly easily without any fear of the authorities) and eliminate what could best be described as their ideological opponents in the process.

So this recent rash of DOS attacks, if it is them, would simply constitute an escalation. If al-Neda (al-Qaeda's official website) pops up on Winds of Change as an obscure image subdirectory, then we'll know that it's gotten personal.

Jeannie [not Jenny :-)] thanks you for the link, as she felt that a great many people were so angry they missed that most important point !!

Yeah, it's by no means just starting. Jonathan Galt and gang have had some DOS attacks too, starting much earlier than this one on Internet Hagana. His gang seems to have gone underground; though, and they do a different sort of work than Aaron does. But Aaron evidently just managed to take down a bunch of sites that were hosted in a place they thought they'd be welcome. Thus the attack.
FYI, this attack was also on the IP that Internet Hagana had been on. So it wasn't on HM in general.
It was clogging up their upstream, evidently, so they had to get their backbones to change some things (a slow process).

Sorry, Jeannie.

I thought I'd share some of what I know about this from the point of view of a webhost. Stop reading if your head begins to hurt.

First of all, most of these attacks are Distributed Denial-of-Service (DDoS) attacks. A DDoS attack occurs when hundreds or thousands of computers, even those with skimpy up-streams like analog modems, all attempt to flood a single site with requests. Attacks like these are very difficult to filter because they can be coming from many different IP ranges, many different geographical locations, and can last days. Most datacenters have multiple uplinks to the internet but with DDoS attacks even redundancy is not a preventative measure because the attacks can clog all routes.

Most attacking computers never know they are even being used to attack another network. A lot of the time trojans are placed into these computers over a long period of time. The group responsible for the attack simply broadcasts the location of where the attack is going to take place and all the "slave" computers do the dirty work. This is also why it is nearly impossible to trace these attacks. A good example of this would be the recent worm that infected Windows computers and targeted

There are nearly no preventative technical measures that webhosts can take when it comes to these kinds of attacks. Most datacenters will work with you to solve the problem but this can take days and in the meantime thousands of clients can be offline due to the attack of one site.

I think all war-bloggers need to be smart about the content they post and the activities they are involved in. There is a real war going on, there is no need for us to contribute to a virtual one as well. Everyone should recognize the difference between reporting and sticking their noses in places they do not belong. It should not the responsibility of any blogger to see that Al Qaida sites or their supporters are shut down or exposed. By doing this you are putting your own site and the sites of others at risk from not only DDoS attacks but also harassment, identity theft, and possibly worse.

Think before you post. Think before you get involved in something you probably shouldn't. Keep a disclaimer. Invest in private domain registrations. Consider what impact your site is having on the world and recognize when too much is too much. This is something that affects everyone. We should all do our part to ensure that blogging remains a safe and civil activity.

Jace Herring

If we follow the advice from a hosting service, that will be censorship in the most vile form!

Yes, I too find Jace's advice disturbing and counterproductive.

Bull-ony, Jace.

People shouldn't shut up and hope the bad guys just go away. The British and French tried that in the 1930's and look what it got them. We are in a war and if people don't stand up to the evil in the world it will only spread and grow. I don't expect the FBI, CIA or any other organization to shut down terrorist sites. They have better things to do.

Everyone should recognize the difference between reporting and sticking their noses in places they do not belong.

Jace, the very point of blogging is not reporting. It is commentary on what is reported and that, I'm afraid, may irritate assorted Islamofascists. If blogging has any legitimacy at all it is as a completely free press. That legitimacy would be completely lost if bloggers practiced the sort of self censorship you are suggesting.

A better idea is to search for technical solutions which will leave the jihadi hackers confounded and perplexed.

I wasn't suggesting censorship of any kind, self or otherwise. I was, however, suggesting that you do what is necessary to keep yourselves safe so you can continue what you do best. I appologize if I didn't make that clear.

"Think before you post. Think before you get involved in something you probably shouldn't."

You were most certainly suggesting self-censorship, Jace. Don't try to spin it.

Wow. I was reading through the comments and was absolutely blown away by Jace Herring. Is that the point of view webhosters have in general? The last two paragraphs were almost a perfect study in putting ones head down and ignoring what is. It is sanctioning naked appeasement of ruthlessness as some sort of moral boon. Was this guy educated in Sorbonne? If blogdom is in any sense a community, then Mr. Herring seems to believe that we should express our good citizenship by ensuring the refain is "I don't want to get involved" when we witness anything untoward. If there is an impact that a weblog community that would most assuredly NOT take that advice is anything on the world, I'm willing to stand firm with the belief that it is far one better than with any that would.

Dittrich's DDoS page does have some useful technical resources for coping with DDoS attacks. Which is good, because I suspect we'll be needing them.

I also suspect, however, that as this situation develops we'll also see more straight DoS attacks coming from rogue domains.

With respect to keeping ourselves safe, the nature of blogging has just become more hazardous. Jay Currie is absolutely right about that, and there really isn't much we can do about that. For hosts like Jace (and Hosting Matters too, methinks) that's an uncomfortable thought. For higher profile blogs, it will probably mean a migration over time to more secure (and premium priced) facilties. Those tip jars may be about to grow in importance.

Meanwhile, the distributed intelligence of the blogosphere can also be of great benefit to hosts and fellow bloggers. Just as comment spams led to MT-Blacklist and other solutions, DoS attacks will lead to bloggers writing code, sharing it, and working with each other and their hosts to mitigate the threat. It won't be perfect, but hosts who listen closely, use their blogger network as an intelligence source, and implement quickly will be ahead of the game in more ways than one.

I believe the message I was trying to convey was deeply misconstrued but I suppose I will leave it at that. I only posted because Joe recommended I check out these posts. I believe strongly in and am deeply committed to the weblog community. I just don't want to see anyone hurt. We will remain open to any and all ideas and, as we helped solve comment spam issues, will help however we can.

These sort of attacks should be pretty easy to deal with though by the ISP at a network level. Often ISP's though do not setup their networks according to best practices which make many types of DOS attacks very hard in that it can increase some of the routers overhead makeing each router able to handle less of a lode. Some times they just dont know how. Hope thats not the case.

We are somewhat mystified by this "anti-warblogging" cyber attack. Bear in mind that we are "post-tech", having rested on our techie laurels circa 1989, and make no claim to understanding the technical issues that this presents. further, we do not consider ourselves a "war-blog". We are a blog that comments on the Irish media. AND we were in the middle of a month-long holiday.

Nevertheless, we know enough to note that BLOG-IRISH was shut down with the same "error-message" with which Instapundit was shut down, on the same day.

Amonst our 94 postings, there were two that were critical of Edward Said, and one critical of Irish media reliance on patently pro-jihad "peace activists".

If the Irish media would tell some untruths on behalf of the "pro-war" faction, we would be pleased to critisize it.

Meanwhile, we are puzzled.


Not to sound alarmist here, but could attacks on blogs and commentary sites be preparation and/or training for larger-scale DoS attacks on commercial sites?

Bloghosts have been pretty good so far in working with us. And there's always a level of blogger responsibility for keeping our environments as safe as we can make them. Doesn't help much with DoS or DDoS, though.

I expect that as this goes on, pretty much every host will learn something. The more their bloggers help by pointing to those best practices, and the more hosts are willing to listen and be open to the possibility that they can learn something from their (often technically talented) customers, the faster things will get better.

They'd better. This isn't just an al-Qaeda vs. bloggers scenario. The government of Indonesia has used DDoS attacks in the past to take down East Timor's Internet domain space, and I expect that it won't be the last time we see such things.

JT, the short answer is "yes, they could be exactly that."

Question is whom a terrorist targets with that sort of attack, in order to raise the effort above nuisance value? I see this as something that's more likely to evolve into an extension of political warfare within the logic of 4th Generation Warfare, therefore, rather than preparation for serious terrorism.

In reply to JT:

Keep in mind that this isn't al-Qaeda that is going after us if it does turn out to be As-Sahwah that launched the DOS attacks - it's their supporters, their "groupies" if you will. These are guys who aren't running out with AK-47s and semtex strapped to their chests so they vent out their frustration against the Great Satan through computer hacking.

Right now they're trying to see how much they can great away with. Bloggers are useful guinea pigs, because there are so many of them and it's not like there's anything that we can realistically do to stop them in the short-term. More to the point, by knocking down a major blog like Instapundit (who writes for MSNBC) or Sullivan (an extremely successful writer) or the like they get to thump their chests and talk about what brave brave E-mujaheeds they are in a chat room.

My basic theory is that al-Qaeda's cyber-terror wing keeps an eye on these folks and recruit any who appear to demonstrate sufficient levels of ingenuity and skill. That way they can rely on low-level DOS hits that temporarily disrupt what they see as the enemy without lifting a finger and use it as a Darwinian proving ground.

So I would say that so far DOS and IP attacks are probably the worst we'll see, if they had any greater sophistication they would have used it against Haganah, which has been a thorn in the side of the actual organization for months. While the cyber-terror brigade of the real al-Qaeda might go after commercial sites, I doubt these maroons have the capability to do so.

I'm no techie, but I think JT's point has merit.

If, however, they're aiming at a big, hard target like CentCom, fuggedaboutitt! They've got a very sophisticated set-up. No pesty teenagers are going to take them down. And they're backed up to the wazoo redundantly. I've noticed that they're operating like a chord on different wave-lengths sort of or like they are redundantly on different channels.

Having said that, I am still concerned with where this is headed and what is the eventual target they think they have in mind.

"It should not the responsibility of any blogger to see that Al Qaida sites or their supporters are shut down or exposed."

Terrorism is a criminal activity of the worst kind. An activity that results in thousands of deaths a year. That anyone would argue that no blogger should act against this is mind blowing. A truly selfish and embarassing statement.

Has our society sunk so low that we encourage people to ignore crime? Those websites are tools that are used in criminal activity. I applaud anyone who makes it harder for the criminals to do their dirty work.

Jace Herring you are disgrace and a pitiful excuse for an American.

And I must say I thought about that for a long time before I wrote it. I am not one to throw around words like that.

Aaron is trying to stop the people that want you dead.

Are you too stupid to understand that? The people that attacked the WTC wished you were in it. They wanted as many people in there as possible... to die.

If you want to run and put you head in the sand because you don't want to stand and fight these scum-bags then go right ahead. But keep your cowardice to yourself.

While I was reading your post I was thinking about setting up a hosting company that would specialize in warbloggers who want to stop terrorist. You bravely told them to butt out.

Here is a news flash... For anyone to try to stop terrorism, IT IS THEIR BUSINESS.

I strongly ask you to reconsider what you said. If your attitude wins the day we can simply kiss our freedoms goodbye.

And no that is not melodrama. There are people out there who want us dead.

If I offended you with my strong wording... too bad.. you offended the hell out of me so we are even.

Think about it.


IMPORTANT DISTINCTION: "Hackers" are people like Eric S. Raymond, coders who build things and explore. Like Linux, or Apache, or Perl. Or even the DeCSS coders. No hackers, no Internet as we know it.

"Crackers" is the word used to describe the jihadi idjits and their kin. Their activities are designed to harm or destroy systems, or create damage. Script kiddies are crackers, not hackers. So are virus writers who write "trojan horse" programs to lay the foundations for DDoS attacks. Etc.

Eric, do you have a link that makes the distinction even clearer?

Yes, Joe, I do have a link that should clarify matters. Surf on over to How To Become A Hacker for the basic distinction: hackers build things, crackers break them. Hackers thrive on openness, crackers on secrecy and concealment.

The distinction matters because hackers are your allies and crackers are your enemies. Anybody who helps confuse the two is handing a victory to people who advocate coercive control of the Internet.

I'm just picking one person's comments, but this applies to many others':

"For hosts like Jace (and Hosting Matters too, methinks) that's an uncomfortable thought. For higher profile blogs, it will probably mean a migration over time to more secure (and premium priced) facilties."

Nope, sorry, DoS attacks will not be stopped by such simple measures. No matter how big and numerous your pipes (connections) are, enough machines can be compromised to completely fill them. For a technical solution ... I don't see any easy one; it would take:

a) backbones getting serious about the problem

b) the IETF and vendors figuring out a serious solution (probably requiring real time human intervention, although I suppose if all your pipes are filled software can guess :-)

c) installing this solution on a critical mass of routers.

Note that each of the above requires a significant commitment of resources in an industry that's hurting....

Yeah, ditto to what Joe and Eric said on the hacker/cracker distinction. My apologies for use of imprecise terminology.

I remain amused at the attempts to differentiate between hackers and crackers. NOBODY outside of the IT community is EVER going to call black-hats anything other than "hackers."

Give it up guys.


Does anyone know the specific delivery mechanism for this DDoS? I ask because my server @ TotalChoiceHosting has been getting mail-bombed for like 12 hours now from a minor ton of places, which has resulted in the admins turning off pretty much everything but the 404 page on the machine. I don't know if my domain was the specific target (there's several dozen served off the same box, which is a fast P3 running Redhat), but that barely matters since the effect is the same either way.

Lamont: There's a very easy way to point people in the right direction. Historically, people who break into safes aren't called "safe-hackers." They're "safe-crackers."

I'm with Bran. How is this an attack on "warbloggers". Hosting Matters has a huge number of clients (including me), and I seriously doubt that the majority of them hold one specific opinion on international relations.

Sure, it would be nice to have our blog webhosting services more reliable and less open to the whim of a techie teenager, but I think there's a lot of paranoia in this post and the following comments.

Chill people. I bet you couldn't walk down the street of any city and find one person who knew what a "blog" is. I've tried. Nobody has ever known what the word meant, much less that there was a "blogosphere". The terrorists have much bigger targets to take out than an "Instapundit", whatever the hell that is (if you were to ask any of your neighbors, anyway).

Wow. Suddenly I feel important knowing that my blog is the target of paramilitary forces all over the world. Ain't I special?

At least no one got killed in this 'attack', unlike the sort of attacks you seem to support.

Ah, another reader from Hesiod's site, I see. Is there some kind of discount sale on idiotarians this week?


The main reason that I brought up the As-Sahwab users as likely culprits is because they have enaged in this sort of activity before and there are indications from a variety of sources who are in "the know" that they may have perpetrated this. DOS attacks are hardly super-criminal in nature, after all.

Another point to be made is that while blogs are fairly obscure in nature, so are al-Qaeda websites like al-Neda or Jehad Online. Even if you go to Riyadh or Peshawar, most net-savvy inhabitants aren't going to have a clue what the hell you're talking about. This is an extremely esoteric aspect of the war on terror and the people who are generally involved are the individuals directed involved, not bystanders such as ourselves. In this case, it seems that if it was As-Sahwab they just decided to go after Hosting Matters probably with only one or two sites in mind to can.

The rest of us are, from their perspective, just collateral damage.

Joe, one would think so.

oh good lord. Do you all fire shotguns beneath your beds at night now, too?

(By the way, I love wKen. I want his babies. The only one with perspective around here. Interesting photographer, too.)

The server I'm moving off of had four DoS attacks in the last month. Do you think this is because they're Canadians? Maybe it has to do with legalizing gay marriage -- the fundamentalists are after the Canadians!

I would say most servers that host webloggers -- any webloggers -- are targets because we generate so much noise, and react so beautifully to it. Like, well, like, uhm, here...

As for the script kiddies that claimed credit for the DoS against the one site -- do you really compare a DoS to people being shot up or blown in half? Or do we need to feel 'attacked' to feel important?

I'm moving to Hosting Matters -- in fact the day of the attack. And my site was up quickly. Oooo. I must be in league with the devils. And I'm quite impressed with the measures the group took to battle this recent beastie.

I have to end my weblogging break. Someone has to continue countering this hysteria with technical facts, rather than hysterical conjecture.

Sorry for being peeved. But I'm kind of disappointed -- I think I expected better from Winds of Change.

From a recent reply of mine over at VodkaPundit:

One thing I have tried to stress over and over again is that if this was carried out by members of the As-Sahwah forum, these guys are not al-Qaeda, they are the organization's "groupies" for lack of a better term.

More to the point, the target was hardly "warbloggers" in general, it was likely directed against one or two websites that happened use Hosting Matters, sites like Haganah (which was one of the main targets, per Aaron and Johnathan Galt, two online experts in this particular area) that had proven to be obstructions to the dissemination of al-Qaeda propaganda by informing Western ISPs what the Arabic on these websites actually said. All of the other websites that got taken down when Hosting Matters got nailed was simply an added convenience.

More to the point, if any one thinks that from a Salafist mentality there is any difference between Talkleft or a Winds of Change user they are deluding themselves. The pretty ideological distinctions that we ascribe to ourselves matter about as much to these folks as the difference between a Deobandi, a Khomeinist, and a Takfiri do to us, so there would be no reason for them to differentiate as far as the collateral damage from such a DOS attack goes.

On another note, I've been browsing through some of As-Sahwah's back posts and have discovered what looks like the anti-Rantburg or Command Post:

I think many people are missing the big picture. First I would like to reaffirm that Jace had a crap ass post...

Beyond that though there are problems in the world today. Collectively as a country, we are the biggest terrorist in the world. To not recognize what we do, to intentionally rest unaware is every bit as bad as performing the actions.

Currently we are funding the slaughter of small Columbian farmers ... subsidizing the drug cartels who are killing them. We created food for peace to flood their markets with our subsidized crops. Their commodities markets are so screwed up that the only product with enough demand to support living is ... coca

What about the middle east ... how we support Israel, no matter what they do. How we gave Turkey tons of money in mid to late 1990s while they were slaughtering off their kurdish population.

We cut funding to Iraq only AFTER Sadam stopped gassing his people. So much screwed up stuff and we are not seeing the big picture.

Right now your eyes are the problem, these 26 letters are the problem. Big business has not yet mastered the internet (and it never will). Until it does, or until we break this cycle we need to be convinced that we have something to fear, so we can be controlled.

The internet is making connections and changing people the way psychedelic drugs can. People in power do not understand how this is happening, so they are we must be controlled by fear.

My only worry is that I watch myself concentrating on the small things and missing the big picture.

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