Subject: IW Mailing List iw/960217
Date: Fri, 16 Feb 1996 20:43:31 -0500 (EST)
From: Sick Puppy 
Subject: Re: IW Mailing List iw/960216

> >From: Robert Steele 
> Subject: Second Call for IW Who's Who
> interpretation or judgement business--this list is intended to maximize
> direct contact between yourselves and others who might wish to
> communicate with you. 

And Sir, it will make us immediate and long term targets for hackers
who want to get all the great stuff they think we have (and which many
of us do have).

> Sender: Henry Huang 
> Subject: FYI: NSA Articles in Web Review
> ... "sniffing" for specific key words and phrases ...

At least since the early 70's.  This is old stuff.

> needed to capture Internet data of interest to the agency. 

Try the entire US telecom infrastructure, and don't forget the
agreements with European government to have monitoring points on their
national telecom backbones. 

>    Is the NSA really snooping on the Net? And if they are, would that
> violate the agency's charter, which specifically prohibits it from
> spying within the US?

Someone is not familiar with their charter.  The agency was initially
created to monitor the activities of United Nations employees,
ESPECIALLY within the USA. 

I have been followed, photographed and filmed in Eastern USA, and had my
phones and other telecom lines tapped by NSA.  None of this violated
their charter, because it was part of the process of them giving me a
security clearance. 
Date: Sat, 17 Feb 1996 07:53:52 -0800
From: Bruce Sterling 
Subject: saw this floating around
Prepared by
Mr. Charles Swett
Assistant for Strategic Assessment
Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and
Low-Intensity Conflict (Policy Planning)
17 July 1995
The political process is moving onto the Internet.  Both within the
United States and internationally, individuals, interest groups, and
even nations are using the Internet to find each other, discuss the
issues, and further their political goals.  The Inte rnet has also
played an important role in recent conflicts.  As a result, overseas
segments of the Internet can be a useful tool for DoD, both for
gathering and for disseminating information.  By monitoring public
message traffic and alternative news sources from around the world,
early warning of impending significant developments could be developed,
in advance of more traditional means of indications and warning. 
Commentary placed on the Internet by observers on the scene of
low-intensity conflicts overse as could be useful to U.S.  policymaking. 
During larger scale conflicts, when other conventional channels are
disrupted, the Internet can be the only available means of communication
into and out of the affected areas.  Internet messages originating
within regions under authoritarian control could provide other useful
intelligence.  Public messages conveying information about the intent of
overseas groups prone to disrupting U.S.  military operations can
provide important counterintelligence.  The Internet cou ld also be used
offensively as an additional medium in psychological operations
campaigns and to help achieve unconventional warfare objectives.  Used
creatively as an integral asset, the Internet can facilitate many DoD
operations and activities.