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December 29, 2005


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Date: Thu, 29 Dec 2005 11:46:31 +0100
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Subject: <nettime> homebrew mapping of NSA monitoring

by Richard M. Smith
Dec. 23, 2005

With all of the controversy about the news that the NSA has been
monitoring, since 9/11, telephone calls and email messages of
Americans, some folks might now be wondering if they are being
snooped on. Here's a quick and easy method to see if one's email
messages are being read by someone else.

The steps are:
 	1.	Set up a Hotmail account.
 	2.	Set up a second email account with a non-U.S.
provider. (eg.
 	3.	Send messages between the two accounts which might be
interesting to the NSA.
 	4.	In each message, include a unique URL to a Web server
that you have access to its server logs. This URL should only be
known by you and not linked to from any other Web page. The text of
the message should encourage an NSA monitor to visit the URL.
 	5.	If the server log file ever shows this URL being
accessed, then you know that you are being snooped on. The IP address
of the access can also provide clues about who is doing the snooping.

The trick is to make the link enticing enough for someone or
something to want to click on it. As part of a large-scale research
project, I would suggest sending out a few hundred thousand messages
using various tricks to find one that might work. Here are some
possible ideas:
 	*	Include a variety of terrorist related trigger words
 	*	Include other links in a message to known AQ message boards
 	*	Include a fake CC: to Mohamed Atta's old email
address (
 	*	Send the message from an SMTP server in Iraq, Afghanistan, etc.
 	*	Use a fake return address from a known terrorist organization
 	*	Use a ziplip or hushmail account.
Besides monitoring the NSA, this same technique can be used if you
suspect your email account password has been stolen or if a family
member or coworker is reading your email on your computer on the sly.

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Murderous Dancesphere for Foofwa'd'I'm'mobilized Company

Project: An enormous translucent plasticine sphere 300m in diameter will be 
erected upon certain neighborhoods in Geneva. Here, dancers will perform 
without the benefits of occasional inclement weather. In the style of Niki de 
Saint Paul, dancers will perform within the fabricated and static bodies of 
dancer-avatars ranging in height from 40m to 400m, constructed of similar 
material; these bodies are partially encased and partially external to the 
Dancesphere itself. Due to the rigors of the weather, this sphere and 
accompanying avatar structures are designed to remain on site indefinitely. The 
result is a natural, perfect, and perfectly natural, space for the permanent 
housing of the FdImC.

Date: This project will be fully in place at the time of the 2006 vernal
equinox, 3m/20d/18hr/26min.

Occasion and occasional: The project commemorates, not the impresario FdIm, but 
the Companions of the Company themselves, who have repeatedly requested a 
politically murderous space for their performances. In addition, we hope, with 
good reason, for the fallout of precipitation from the recumbent surfaces of 
the plasticine architectonics; new patterns of weather will result, outlined in 
faint traces of polluting residue on the concrete and asphalt surfaces of 
certain historic sections of the city.

Please note the simulated blood and other effluvia 'coursing' through the
artificial veins (in actuality, supporting tubules) of the structures.

Addendum: Dancers' injuries are quickly absorbed, not only through self- 
absorption, but also by the Dancesphere and avatars themselves, which 
organically respond.

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