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24 September 2001

5:06 PM:

Date: Mon, 24 Sep 2001 16:34:51 -0700 (PDT)
From: [me]
To: [some guy at work]
Subject: Re: Your Anniversary

oh yes, it required a lot of vigorous staying in one place and
not being fired.....

On Fri, 21 Sep 2001 [some guy at work] wrote:

> Congrats on your 6 year anniversary with Terra Lycos.  That is one huge
> achievement.
I should probably mention that in fact, that's only 6 years with this current corporate entity and its immediate ancestors. I was at the magazine before that. It's really been since issue 1.03.

In other words, kill me now.

God Bless America Dept:

From: [me]
To: Mickey_Kaus@kausfiles.com
Subject: why people flinch at the Mobilization Against Terrorism Act

Because, among other lovely features, it redefines computer hacking as "terrorism", thus enabling us to put dangerous 19-year-old graffiti writers away for life in Federal prison without possibility of parole.

The next obvious step will be to define copyright violation, violations of any provision of the DMCA, and trademark infringement as "computer crime", and thus, as "terrorism". You laugh now.

http://www.securityfocus.com/news/257 (news story)

http://www.eff.org/Privacy/Surveillance/20010919_ata_bill_draft.html (text of the bill)

Relevant excerpt from the latest draft of this bill:

[this list really does look like a game of "one of these things is not like the others, one of these things just doesn't belong"...]

"As used in this title, the term `Federal terrorism offense' means a violation of, or an attempt or conspiracy to violate-

"(a) section 32 (relating to destruction of aircraft or aircraft facilities), 37 (relating to violence at international airports), 81 (relating to arson within special maritime and territorial jurisdiction), 175, 175b (relating to biological weapons), 229 (relating to chemical weapons), 351 (relating to congressional, cabinet, and Supreme Court assassination, kidnapping, and assault), 792 (relating to harboring terrorists), 831 (relating to nuclear materials), 842(m) or (n) (relating to plastic explosives), 844(e) (relating to certain bombings), 844(f) or (i) (relating to arson and bombing of certain property), 930(c), 956 (relating to conspiracy to injure property of a foreign government),

1030(a)(1), (a)(4), (a)(5)(A), or (a)(7) (relating to protection of computers),

1114 (relating to protection of officers and employees of the United States), 1116 (relating to murder or manslaughter of foreign officials, official guests, or internationally protected persons), 1203 (relating to hostage taking), 1361 (relating to injury of Government property or contracts), 1362 (relating to destruction of communication lines, stations, or systems), 1363 (relating to injury to buildings or property within special maritime and territorial jurisdiction of the United States), 1366 (relating to destruction of an energy facility), 1751 (relating to Presidential and Presidential staff assassination, kidnapping, and assault), 1992, 2152 (relating to injury of fortifications, harbor defenses, or defensive sea areas), 2155 (relating to destruction of national defense materials, premises, or utilities), 2156 (relating to production of defective national defense materials, premises, or utilities), 2280 (relating to violence against maritime navigation), 2281 (relating to violence against maritime fixed platforms), 2332 (relating to certain homicides and other violence against United States nationals occurring outside of the United States), 2332a (relating to use of weapons of mass destruction), 2332b (relating to acts of terrorism transcending national boundaries), 2332c, 2339A (relating to providing material support to terrorists), 2339B (relating to providing material support to terrorist organizations), or 2340A (relating to torture);

"(b) section 236 (relating to sabotage of nuclear facilities or fuel) of the Atomic Energy Act of 1954 (42 U.S.C. 2284);

"(c) section 601 (relating to disclosure of identities of covert agents) of the National Security Act of 1947 (50 U.S.C. 421); or

"(d) section 46502 (relating to aircraft piracy), section 46504 (relating to interference with a flight crew), section 46505 (relating to carrying a weapon or explosive on aircraft), section 46506 (relating to application of certain criminal laws to acts on aircraft), or section 60123(b) (relating to destruction of interstate gas or hazardous liquid pipeline facility) of title 49."; [...]

6:39 PM: I would like to also point out that we are having a thunder and lightning storm here in San Francisco right now. God's aim seems to still be a bit sloppy. Nyah nyah! It is getting closer, though. And the lights are flickering.

Is it a related or unrelated subject to mention that the new season of Angel premieres tonight?

Willfully blind self-indulgent nebbish or amusingly quirky old coot? And how bout that local sports team? Discuss among yourselves.

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