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My mom sent an e-mail yesterday to my sister and me. It was a collection of pictures of the World Trade Center, both on fire and not, surrounded with words saying Oliver North had warned us about Osama Bin Laden, and Clinton had freed Mohammad Atta. Here’s the text:

Thought you might be interested in this forgotten bit of information……….
It was 1987! At a lecture the other day they were playing an old news video of Lt.Col. Oliver North testifying at the Iran-Contra hearings during the Reagan Administration.

There was Ollie in front of God and country getting the third degree, but what he said was stunning!

He was being drilled by a senator; “Did you not recently spend close to $60,000 for a home security system?”

Ollie replied, “Yes, I did, Sir.”

The senator continued, trying to get a laugh out of the audience, “Isn’t that just a little excessive?”

“No, sir,” continued Ollie.

“No? And why not?” the senator asked.

“Because the lives of my family and I were threatened, sir.”

“Threatened? By whom?” the senator questioned.

“By a terrorist, sir” Ollie answered.

“Terrorist? What terrorist could possibly scare you that much?”

“His name is Osama bin Laden, sir” Ollie replied.

At this point the senator tried to repeat the name, but couldn’t pronounce it, which most people back then probably couldn’t. A couple of people laughed at the attempt. Then the senator continued. Why are you so afraid of this man?” the senator asked.

“Because, sir, he is the most evil person alive that I know of”, Ollie answered.

“And what do you recommend we do about him?” asked the senator.

“Well, sir, if it was up to me, I would recommend that an assassin team be formed to eliminate him and his men from the face of the earth.”

The senator disagreed with this approach, and that was all that was shown of the clip.

By the way, that senator was Al Gore!

Also:

Terrorist pilot Mohammad Atta blew up a bus in Israel in 1986. The Israelis captured, tried and imprisoned him. As part of the Oslo agreement with the Palestinians in 1993, Israel had to agree to release so-called “political prisoners.”

However, the Israelis would not release any with blood on their hands, The American President at the time, Bill Clinton, and his Secretary of State, Warren Christopher, “insisted” that all prisoners be released.

Thus Mohammad Atta was freed and eventually thanked the US by flying an airplane into Tower One of the World Trade Center. This was reported by many of the American TV networks at the time that the terrorists were first identified.

It was censored in the US from all later reports.

If you agree that the American public should be made aware of this fact, pass this on.

Subj: 9/11

Do Not Break – it is 3 years strong

This is why I always say I love YOU….

This has not been broken since 9/11/01, please keep it going…
This has been kept alive and moving since 9/11. In memory of all those who perished this morning; the passengers and the pilots on the United Air and AA flights, the workers in the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, and all the innocent bystanders. Our prayers go out to the friends and families of the deceased.

Send this to at least 10 people to show your support.

PLEASE DON’T BREAK IT!!!!!!

Ah, yes. A chain e-mail!

I originally sent my mom this in reply: “Funny how they don’t mention any of the mistakes Bush and his folks made regarding terrorism.” But I was foolish for not picking up on the stink of this e-mail from the start. Hey, what can I say? I was very busy yesterday!

We all know that any information contained in chain letters is wrong. False. Lies. Unless it’s one of the ones with pictures of kittens and puppies in cute poses, cuddling and playing and hanging from trees, with a message about how important friends and loved ones are and this note is to share with everyone you love about how you are thinking about them today and don’t break it or you’ll die in the fires of regret!!!!! Okay, while you won’t die in any fires because you did not pass along a treacly dispatch, it is true that friends and loved ones are important and you should tell them that whenever you can.

I love you, mom!

But back to Ollie.

I woke up at 5:45 this morning because I’m getting old and can’t seem to get through the night without having to use the bathroom. When I’d finished that task and was back all snuggly in my warm, warm bed, I started thinking about the e-mail. And I thought, “Huh. So staunch conservatives, who of course see Oliver North as some kind of hero, decided to ignore that he was being questioned as part of the whole Iran-Contra scandal, wherein we sold weapons to Iran and used the money to supply terrorists in Nicaragua.” I say “terrorists,” but anyone who would write an e-mail like this would say “freedom fighter.” Just like we call Al Qaeda terrorists and they call themselves freedom fighters.

Then I remembered that this was an e-mail chain. Who do you turn to to prove or debunk such chains? Snopes.com!

That was it. My mind was at work, and I could not, despite my own protestations, get back to sleep for those precious extra 45 minutes I wanted, darn it all. But I did, as a result, get up early and get to work by 7:45 so I’d have time to post this post I’m posting.

So what does Snopes say? Why, that both the Ollie warning and the Atta freeing are false.

In the first link, you’ll even see a letter from Ollie himself denying everything in the e-mail. Read it and weep. There’s also some more info here. After some poking around myself, I couldn’t find any info confirming that Al Gore was even part of the hearings.

The second Snopes link above shows that the Atta thing is all mistaken identity, as if, say, George H. W. Bush had been accused of the crimes of George W. Bush. Perhaps you can’t blame the e-mail writer for including this info because, as the Snopes article shows, the major news media made the huge mistake of not confirming that that Atta was not the other Atta.

I can see a blind conservative thinking that perhaps Snopes is politically motivated toward the left. However, just for fun, I looked up the issue of Osama Bin Laden’s family being flown out of the U.S. immediately following the 9/11 attacks, when most air traffic had been grounded. Snopes says this, too, was false. Here, it quotes heavily from the 9/11 commission. Members of the Bin Laden family, the commission concludes, were not flown out before air space were re-opened.

But Snopes, via the 9/11 commission citations, does show that the Bin Ladens were flown out September 20th. The FBI questioned them, but then let them fly out. The commission also says one of the FBI agents who questioned the family was a pilot for the flight, though the vagueness of the report could lead one to conclude that the FBI agent was a pilot in general and not the pilot of the flight. Which begs the question, why mention it at all unless they meant that an FBI agent was the pilot flying the Bin Laden escape plane in question…

Anyway, the point of the whole Bin Ladens leaving the States is that they were allowed to leave so effortlessly and with our government’s help. It sounds great to say the government flew them out when all air traffic was grounded, but that’s just icing. That Snopes claims the rumor is false while the underlying point that the U.S. flew the Bin Ladens out of the States is true shows that Snopes is no more left-leaning than right-leaning. It’s admirable. They seem to take the tack that “if part of statement is false, the whole statement is false.” Very mathematical.

Snopes is not biased, and so I will continue to rely on it for these kinds of matters. In fact, everyone else should rely on them too. I mean, can you believe someone actually sent me an e-mail not too long ago telling me about that ludicrous Microsoft paying for sending e-mails thing? Puh-LEEEZ!

The world is so full of disinformation and non-truths that it’s hard to take any of it seriously. Certainly, none of us should ever trust anything sent via e-mail or posted on a blog. Unless it’s my blog, because, you see, I do such a good job of citing sources.

I love you, mom!

I have never liked Friendster very much. I don’t know why. Something about the design of the site, the way it works… being pressured to write nice things about people ( :) )…

About a week ago, I got an e-mail from a friend who is already linked to my profile in Friendster. It was a “reminder” of his inviting me to join. Huh. I ignored it, of course.

So half an hour ago, Ken here at work asked me about Friendster and if he should join. He was asking because it seems I had sent an e-mail asking him to join. I never had, of course. Then I read an e-mail sent to me from someone else, saying he didn’t remember the first invite, but had gone ahead and joined thanks to this “reminder.”

The e-mails legitimately take people to Friendster to sign up. Or so I have been able to determine without creating a whole new account.

How did these e-mails get sent? Most importantly, how did my friends’ e-mail addresses get harvested?

I have to blame my PC. I only ever go to Friendster on my PC at work, since that’s the e-mail it uses to helpfully remind me that I haven’t visited in months. I have to suppose some kind of e-mail from them or appearing to be from them installed something on my PC that was able to cull my addresses and use that to send out the spam.

I sent them a nasty note asking what the hell was going on.

I hate Friendster. You can tell because I’m not even putting a hyperlink to them in this rant.

Well, gents and ladies, my database was hijacked yet again. I wanted to set a password for posting, but it only works with comments, not with posts. Now, why is that considered a helpful feature?

Man, I GOTTA get the new Wren Forum up and running!

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Man, oh, man! The hackers did something really weird this time! There was a “too many users connected” page that came up instead of the Forum. When I went to check my databases, they were gone! The only backups available were the hacked databases.

Panic time!

I sent in a help ticket, then, for fun, I tried deleting one of the dozen or so new database user accounts that had been created. That did something, ’cause then my databases were back and the page was up again.

But I’m now afraid there’s been some kind of back door opened into my database and one of those remaining user accounts can be used to get to the Forum. What the hell?

Well, I have started work on a more robust and, hopefully, secure Wren Forum. It’s complicated to change the CSS page to get the design how I want it, so it may take some time.

This is all so annoying!

Ha ha! One of my anti-hack features actually worked! Ha ha ha! Eat that, dumb-ass!

#@*%! HTTP-EQUIV=”refresh” CONTENT=”1; url=http://www.XXXX.at/flash/”>

I see baiting no longer works…

You know, I have not had any trouble with hackers since making my “security changes.” However, I feel compelled to keep adding Bait messages until the inevitable day arrives when the hackers figure out my clever ploy and start hacking again. I’d hate to keep losing posts.

Bait

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It has happened again. Time to get to work and fix this problem. (Now the comments below make no sense.)

I am turning off HTML for now.

Yes, I’m back, and how nice to see my Forum was hijacked again. This time, they altered the actual database, so I will have to remove access to that somehow. Idiots. Well, Happy New Year everyone! And I promise to be in a better mood once I fix this hacking problem!

Wouldn’t it be nice if hackers could finally get laid so they would stop being such geeks!

Hackers suck.

[Yes, the original post was lost. They DO need to get laid!]

My original post is missing, thanks to some dumb-ass hacker. What was it even about? Oh yes. It was about how I haven’t posted in a while.

This is ludicrous. My Forum was hijacked! Some dumbass posted a comment containing code to forward the forum to another page saying “You’ve been hacked. Call me for help.”

Idiot! I had to go into my database directly to delete the entry. This is silly! I hope I don’t have to add a security feature, like a password or CAPTCHAS.