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BIG BROTHER is watching you! BIG BROTHER Watches Over Little Ol' "Brother Dave" Lister
Will he be assimilated? Is resistance futile?

At the small-town evangelical Christian fundamentalist church I attended when I was a child, the adult parishioners of that particular congregation and denomination would traditionally address each other as Brother or Sister.

Sounds all friendly and familial, doesn't it?

Still, some sense of formality and respect (and emotional distance?) was maintained due to their continued use of surnames rather than first names when addressing each other. So, Brother and Sister were more like substitutions for the titles Mr. and Mrs. or Miss. (Ms., of course, hadn't been popularized yet. And even if it had been available, I imagine it probably would have been shunned for being considered somehow contrary to holy scripture. Old Testament. King James Version.)

While, say, an adult human male Bob Smith would be addressed as Mr. Smith by residents of the secular world, he would be called Brother Smith by his fellow fundamentalist parishioners. And while, say, one adult human female Sue Jones would be addressed as Miss Jones or Mrs. Jones elsewhere in the world, in our church she would have been known as Sister Jones.

Although my father and mother might have been Mr. and Mrs. Lister outside the church, they were Brother and Sister Lister in the words of fellow congregates. (And coincidently, as you might have already noticed, there was a nifty bit of internal rhyme when addressing them as a couple in either environment. Hotcha!)

The first college I attended was an evangelical Christian fundamentalist school. While there were some townies, of course, who enrolled there for reasons of convenience and proximity only, most of my fellow students were members of the same denomination as I was. The Brother and Sister salutations were nothing new to them. But like I said, such greetings were reserved for adult parishioners. It would have been stodgy for a fellow student to call me Brother Lister. We were all still too young to wear titles like that with any reasonable sense of comfort.

But, hey, I decided it might be comfortable (and potentially hip, in a late-1960s hippy Flower Child kinda way) to greet my friends and acquaintances with a traditional title and their first names rather than surnames. So, for example, my college roommate (who would eventually be Best Man at my wedding) was Brother Jeff. And, for instance, a girl friend (who would eventually be my girlfriend, then my fiancée, then The Bride at my wedding, then the mother of my child, and then finally "The Ex" [Or is it "The X"?]) was Sister Ruth. (But that all kinda-sorta sounds a little too incestuous now, doesn't it? Ick.)

Well, quite naturally, if your first name is Dave and if you're habitually referring to your friends and acquaintances as "Brother [Insert His First Name Here.]" and "Sister [Insert Her First Name Here.]," many of them will begin, in return, to call you "Brother Dave." Or, at least, such was my experience.

Being the firstborn of four biological siblings, I'd been comfortable with the title Brother all my life. And while working at the college radio station, I found "Brother Dave" to be an appropriate and authentic-enough on-air handle.

Yes, there have been a few occasions when someone I've met for the first time had expected this particular Brother to be black or a monk or, maybe even, a black monk. But that was their problem. I'm still cool with being a Brother.

(Even during my marriage, the then-wife must've considered the "Brother Dave" appellation suitably descriptive of my true persona. Enough so, I guess, that she often called me "BD" [Or was it "B.D."?]. While still serving as a personal term of endearment and modest intimacy, the nickname "BD" avoided the odious taint of incestuousness and inbreeding that "Brother Dave" might have implied within the context of our church-and-state-sanctioned relationship.)

During the evening of August 13, 2004 — Yes, Friday the Thirteenth! — while checking out the stats pertaining to the day’s visitors to my website, I noted that one web surfer had hit my site by Googling the name “Brother Dave.”

Time

Engine

Last 20 Search Engines

13-Aug-2004 16:46

Google

http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&ie=UTF-8&q=%22Brother Dave%22&btnG=Google Search


Time

IP addr

OS

Browser

Resolution

Colors

13-Aug-2004 16:46

198.26.119.86

Windows 2000 / XP

MSIE 6

800x600

16 bits 64K

(Source: http://www.cqcounter.com/?sts,l20all,,,,brodave1, on 08/13/04.)

It's not unusual for surfers to reach my site on a daily basis by conducting similar search inquiries. So, perhaps the particular search cited above would not have attracted my attention at all if the name hadn’t been enclosed in quotation marks (indicated by the HTML code %22 in the “Last 20 Search Engines” data box above). But the inclusion of those punctuation marks, however, caused me to wonder if, just perhaps, some old friend or acquaintance might have been searching for me (instead of, say, which would be more likely, some unknown stranger was searching for pages on the late comedian Brother Dave Gardner).

Note: On Saturday morning, August 14th, when I re-created the search myself, “Brother Dave” (in quotes) elicited 2 separate links to my website on the first page of search results, links that ranked in the 5th and 6th places out of 36,800 total hits listed by Google. Hotcha! (I assume that several other pages from my site would be listed among the 36,800 total hits because they, too, cite the name “Brother Dave” or “Bro. Dave” here-'n'-there. But none of those other pages were included on the first page of search results. And besides, Google typically offers an abridged set of results first, omitting to list most multiple page hits from individual websites during the initial search.)

Anyway,...

In 5th place was a link to Brother Dave’s Home Cave, my homepage, as follows:

      Brother Dave's Home Cave
      Brother Dave's Cave: Home, ... Brother Dave's Home Cave Hey there,
      Pilgrim, I'm Bro. Dave Lister. Welcome to my web site. I've posted ...
      www.geocities.com/brodavelister/ - 17k - Cached - Similar pages

And in 6th place was a link to Your Psychic Friend, Brother Dave, as follows:

      Your Psychic Friend, Brother Dave
      Your Psychic Friend, Brother Dave ... exploring and developing it for
      some greater good of all humankind. -- Your Psychic Friend, Brother Dave.
      Brother Dave's Cave: Home, ...
      www.geocities.com/brodavelister/ - 17k - Cached - Similar pages

So okay, I was curious as to whom info on “Brother Dave” might be of interest on a freaky Friday the Thirteenth kinda day.

Well, by double-clicking on the IP address of the visitor (198.26.119.86), I was able to perform a “Who is” lookup which resulted in the following info:

   IP Address:  [198.26.119.86] BELVOIR-SUN2.IERN.DISA.MIL
   IP Location: United States [US]

OrgName: The Defense Information Systems Agency OrgID: DISA Address: DISA/DSSO/JCLCC Address: Room BF655A, The Pentagon City: Washington StateProv: DC PostalCode: 20301 Country: US
NetRange: 198.25.0.0 - 198.26.255.255 CIDR: 198.25.0.0/16, 198.26.0.0/16 NetName: NETBLK-DISA-C NetHandle: NET-198-25-0-0-1 Parent: NET-198-0-0-0-0 NetType: Direct Allocation NameServer: AAA-KELLY.NIPR.MIL NameServer: AAA-VAIHINGEN.NIPR.MIL NameServer: AAA-WHEELER.NIPR.MIL NameServer: AAA-VIENNA.NIPR.MIL Comment: RegDate: 1992-12-05 Updated: 2004-01-13

(Source: http://www.cqcounter.com/whois/?query=198.26.119.86)

“Well, now, isn’t that interesting?” I thought to myself. “Someone at The Pentagon has been checking out my website. Imagine that.”

I couldn’t know, of course, but I supposed that, as would be more likely, some unknown soldier was simply killing time on a Friday afternoon, serendipitously searching for pages, say, on the late comedian Brother Dave Gardner. No big deal, I figured, just some low-level G.I. impatiently fretting for 14 more minutes to pass till it would finally be 5 o’clock and the beginning of a new weekend.

Still, the info was interesting enough for me to print out so I could show it to a few of the guys at work next day. You know, as water-cooler kinda conversation stuff.

And hey, momentarily at least, the guys were sufficiently impressed.

So it goes.

Then as I busied myself with my work, I forgot all about The Pentagon hit.

And so it went.

A few days later, however, one of my co-workers wanted to see my print-out again. He wanted to compare the IP address with one listed in a print-out he had made while surfing the web himself the night before. And, Christ A’mighty, the IP addresses matched! Whoa!

Following is a reprint of the article that he showed me:

*****

Is The Pentagon Keeping Tabs on Political Websites?
The Journal Times | August 2004

What started out as a simple story about a local Web site spun out into an international quest for a conspiratorially covered-up smoking gun behind Sept. 11.

Fielding calls from the Defense Department one minute and incredulous conspiracy hunters in London the next, I expected to glance up and see a "The Truth Is Out There" poster slapped defiantly above my desk. This was getting ridiculous.

Here's what happened: KenoshaOnline.net was forced to disable their anonymous posting forum last Sunday following several bombs of "comments" advertising links to Web sites featuring incest, bestiality, underage sex, and just about any other dirty and/or illegal thing you could think of.

"We suffered about 20 attacks over a two month period," said John Norquist, administrator for KenoshaOnline. "And each attack resulted in about 10 to 15 different articles ... so, you do the math, that's about three hundred attacks, total."

And, now, the punchline: according to the IP address the comments left behind, the computer generating the porn bombs is sitting in Room BF655A of the Pentagon in Washington D.C., property of the United States Department of Defense.

But before you start ripping up next year's W-2s in disgust at the use of your hard-earned tax dollars, you should probably know that the address is a familiar one to bloggers and other Webmasters and that most consider it a fake.

Not that it matters much to KenoshaOnline: traffic for the Web site has dropped significantly since its anonymous forum was disabled. "Basically our web activity has dropped down to about one-third," said Norquist, expressing concern that the dramatic downfall in traffic will affect interest from advertisers. Advertising revenue is how most Web sites providing free content, like KenoshaOnline, pay for their space, their equipment, and their staff. Without the ads, they would have to rely on paid subscriptions from their visitors or, worse yet, donations.

Norquist contacted the Department of Defense on Sunday in the hopes that they could stop the attacks ostensibly coming from their computer, but as of Wednesday, he said, "No word yet from the DOD."

The situation, though bizarre, is far from unique. This year has brought a slew of online attention from Room BF655A. The Middlewesterner, a blog maintained by accomplished writer and Wisconsinite Tom Montag, received a visit on May 18 of this year from this address. The Gospel According to Whoppo, a blog from the pseudonominal Whoppo himself, caught some of the Pentagon action way back in early February. The visits, from the same computer that attacked KenoshaOnline, were fortunately halted at Whoppo's firewall and duly recorded. Spiced Sass, a Cincinnati-based blog of right-leaning political commentary, was also hit. Zee, the blogger herself, wrote in her July 9 blog of the event that her server blocked the repeated entry attempts by Room BF655A before it could do any damage - if that is, in fact, what it was trying to do.

And that's up for debate. While most people believe the Room BF655A address is spoofed, there are others who say that it is nothing short of naiveté to believe that Big Brother isn't watching. Simon Aronowitz, editor of the London-based political conspiracy hunting Web site ThoughtCrimeNews.com, is one. "I seriously doubt these people are spoofing government addresses," he told me. "That's asking for trouble." And besides, what about the logged visits to his and related Web sites from NASA offices and that of the President of the United States? Are they all faked? Considering reports in the media of Internet-based terrorist organizations, not to mention the incendiary material on Aronowitz' and others' sites involving September 11th and the war in Iraq, it isn't very farfetched to believe that the U.S. is keeping an eye on them.

Such is also the case with Fathers4Justice, a Canadian activist site devoted to paternal rights - and, yes, associated with the same Fathers4Justice responsible for the flour-bombing of Tony Blair earlier this year. Among the list of many other British and Canadian government offices who have visited the site, the IP address for Room BF655A is listed and denounced as an arm of "the United States and their Terrorist government agents."

Considering the Flour Bomb Incident, it isn't impossible that some Internet surveillance agent in the Pentagon has the Fathers4Justice site bookmarked on his PC. But that doesn't explain the Federal government's sudden interest in flooding KenoshaOnline with porn. The fact is, pirating compromised computers belonging to the Feds is nothing new to the spamming and anti-spamming communities; and IP spoofing software is easily available on the Web. Programs such as Blitznet are excellent for flooding Web sites with political tirades, pornographic links, advertising spam - you name it. And because programs like this are not based on a specific connection, it is fairly simple to attach any IP address one wants to the assault. All you need are the numbers.

Which are pretty easy to get if you have access to a visitors' log — if, say, you are a disgruntled political blogger or online commentator and happen to notice the Defense Department's IP address repeatedly noted on your server's record. You probably wouldn't be too happy about such visitations in this hypothetical situation. You might, in fact, if you were so inclined, decide to write a flooding program full of abusive or pornographic text and imagery, attach the government IP address to it, and send it round the globe. It would be the virtual equivalent of writing a nasty, confessional note in your worst enemy's carefully forged handwriting and passing it around the whole school.

But it's just a theory. I could be wrong.

-----------------------------

Simon Aronowitz has issued a rebuttal to this article....

Are the specific websites listed in Rachel Campbell's story being targeted by the Pentagon with pornographic postings? Only one was suffering from pornographic postings, whilst another suffered a security loophole exploitation. I don't know if it is the Pentagon, but it is certainly worthy of further investigation.

Is it possible that the Pentagon would do such a thing? Of course it's possible. The office in question is the Defense Information Systems Agency, but also listed under the IP lookup is the Defense Logistics Agency Special Studies Office.

When I spoke to Rachel Campbell at the Journal Times, I was not made aware of which websites had apparently been visited or bombarded by the Pentagon, as mentioned in her article. I did not at that stage do a Google search, as she told me she had done to find my site and others hit by Room BF655A at the Pentagon.

I was speaking to her generally about people spoofing the identity of a government office such as Room BF655A, in that it would be a pretty brainless thing to do. The military would obviously have offices which look at what information is available in the public domain — you would expect them to be on the look-out for any type of a breach of security.

The US military owns the internet. The Pentagon can track down whoever they want, if they want to. I would have thought that impersonating a government office was a big deal, and a pretty stupid thing to do. It's just asking for trouble.

So wouldn't the Pentagon want to know who's impersonating their Defense Information Systems Agency online? Maybe deal with the situation?

My logs indicated that back in January, ThoughtCrimeNews.com was repeatedly visited by the Defense Information Systems Agency, based in room BF655A at the Pentagon.

The IP was logged as

bu-wcs2-kelly.nipr.mil

and the lookup gives the following details:

     OrgName:     The Defense Information Systems Agency
     OrgID:       DISA
     Address:     DISA/DSSO/JCLCC
     Address:     Room BF655A, The Pentagon
     City:        Washington
     StateProv:   DC
     PostalCode:  20301
     Country:     US

NetRange: 198.25.0.0 - 198.26.255.255 CIDR: 198.25.0.0/16, 198.26.0.0/16 NetName: NETBLK-DISA-C NetHandle: NET-198-25-0-0-1 Parent: NET-198-0-0-0-0 NetType: Direct Allocation NameServer: AAA-KELLY.NIPR.MIL NameServer: AAA-VAIHINGEN.NIPR.MIL NameServer: AAA-WHEELER.NIPR.MIL NameServer: AAA-VIENNA.NIPR.MIL Comment: RegDate: 1992-12-05 Updated: 2004-01-13
This site does not have any forums for people to post porn or inflammatory messages. The only possible explanation for these hits was that the Pentagon was indeed looking at this site.

Or is Ms Campbell suggesting that someone is pretending to be the Pentagon, just to give me and others a buzz?

According to the article, "most people believe the Room BF655A address is spoofed", however I can't seem to find anyone convinced of this from a Google search, the same method used by Rachel Campbell to find my site with regard to the story. In fact, many of the references to the online activity of Room BF665A seem to suspect that the Pentagon was indeed responsible, even if it may only have been a solder with too much spare time on his or her hands.

The logs available to me now are not detailed enough to indicate which pages were looked at by the Pentagon, but I suspect it was my page about the `pod' on the bottom of the alleged Flight 175 which hit WTC Tower 2 on 9/11.

Is this what the Pentagon found so interesting?

Or was it the story about the suicide of the woman who accused George W Bush of rape?

Is Ms Campbell suggesting that I would be responsible for these malicious postings and attacks in her last paragraph, having conceded I probably was visited by the Pentagon? I certainly hope not. That could have serious implications...

As for her suggestion that hijacking the Fed's computers is nothing new — we're talking about an office in the Pentagon here, whose whole gig is providing secure electronic communications systems and probably a lot more besides.

Have a look at their website.

The notion that mere mortals could hijack their systems is preposterous in any case. These guys probably INVENTED firewalls. Is she really saying that their security is so crap that they don't even have Norton Internet Security installed? The Pentagon is easily hijacked? You read it in Racine first.

In the meantime, don't believe the propaganda. This is not a "conspiracy hunting website", as the article may have you believe. It's a free thinking website. Hence the name.

The fact that conspiracies are discussed on this website together with other subjects is simply the product of a free mind.

--------------------------

Comment from another reader:

Hello Paul,

I saw the Journal Times article: Is The Pentagon Keeping Tabs on Political Websites?

I am a "chemtrail" researcher. I wanted to share with you that I, too, get hits from Pentagon Room BF655A. The page they visited last is about the history of my site visitors to a page about an issue the government says is not "real".

The most current I have on record came to my page http://users.ev1.net/~seektress/hits.htm

The info is below:

8 5 2004 9:28:4 Mozilla/3.01 (compatible;)
198.26.119.85 wcs2-belvoir.nipr.mil
Search results for: 198.26.119.85

     OrgName:     The Defense Information Systems Agency
     OrgID:       DISA
     Address:     DISA/DSSO/JCLCC
     Address:     Room BF655A, The Pentagon
     City:        Washington
     StateProv:   DC
     PostalCode:  20301
     Country:     US
     8 5 2004 9:28:21 Mozilla/3.01 (compatible;)
     198.26.119.84 belvoir-sun1.iern.disa.mil Search
     results for: 198.26.119.84

OrgName: The Defense Information Systems Agency OrgID: DISA Address: DISA/DSSO/JCLCC Address: Room BF655A, The Pentagon City: Washington StateProv: DC PostalCode: 20301 Country: US
Thank you for running this article and getting this information out.

(Source: http://www.propagandamatrix.com/articles/august2004/260804keepingtabs.htm)

*****

So it goes.

And now, m’Dear, it’s me again: Ol’ “Brother Dave” — the little brother that BIG BROTHER in Room BF655A at The Pentagon may have some unknown and unexpected interest in. Whew! (I mean, I'd expect the Feds to data-mine the 'Net for terrorist-related keywords and search-phrases, of course. But, "Brother Dave"!? I just don't get it. It's a nickname that makes a much better nom de plume than it does a nom de guerre! Dontcha think? Or dontcha?)

(And by the way, where’s Fox Mulder when we really need him!?)

Oh, well....

And now, m’Dear, I’m outta here.

Be well, be happy. Know peace, know love. Find joy wherever it awaits you. Live in light, live in bliss. Bless your heart.

—Love ‘n’ sticky stuff, Brother Dave

PS: Yeah, it could be The Pentagon is really interested in some other Brother Dave. It may be a simple case of mistaken identity caused by post-WWII overproduction that resulted in a national glut of just Too Many Daves. —BD

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