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02/20/97


This is a followup to my previous news posting of 04/08/96 concerning 
Daniel Carleton Gajdusek, recently a world-renowned researcher at 
the National Institute of Health.  He has plead guilty to charges of 
child abuse.  What is remarkable about this case is how long this
went on, and the fact that "friends and supporters" would evidently 
want to protect this criminal due to his position in the scientific
community.

Here are excepts from the February 19th Washington 
Post article:

[Start of excerpts]

Under Plea Deal, Former NIH Scientist Will Spend Up to a Year in
Jail

By Justin Gillis

Washington Post Staff Writer

Wednesday, February 19 1997; Page A01

The Washington Post

FREDERICK, Md., Feb. 18 -- A scientist who won a Nobel
Prize studying disease in far-off lands admitted in court yesterday
that he sexually abused a boy he brought back to Maryland from
Micronesia.

Daniel Carleton Gajdusek, 73, who built a remarkable scientific
career working on degenerative diseases of the brain, pleaded
guilty to two counts of child abuse. Under an arrangement with
Frederick County prosecutors, he will serve nine months to one
year in the county jail and spend five years on probation.

Gajdusek brought more than 50 youngsters, mostly boys, from
native cultures in the western Pacific region to live with him in the
United States over the course of decades. As he stood before a
judge yesterday and admitted abusing one of them, the victim
watched from the back of the courtroom. Gajdusek raced out as
soon as the hearing ended, declining to speak to reporters. "Let's
go, fast!" he said as more than a dozen supporters fled with him.
"Go, go, go!"

.........

The plea ends a behind-the-scenes struggle between prosecutors
and Gajdusek's supporters. Friends, family members and
colleagues around the world supported him loyally, citing his
generosity and his towering intellect.

Frederick County State's Attorney Scott Rolle said that
investigators tried to question a half-dozen young men about
suspected abuse but discovered that they had mysteriously found
the money to return to their distant homelands. Rolle said a
Gajdusek supporter at one point accosted the main victim in the
case, threatened him and offered him airline tickets to return to
Micronesia.

"Many of the children that we wanted to speak to were curiously
unavailable," Rolle said after yesterday's hearing. "It got to the
point where it was a joke in our office: `The planes are full of
young boys going home to Micronesia.' "

.........

Gajdusek won the Nobel Prize in medicine in 1976.
As he traveled to New Guinea, Micronesia and other remote
regions for his research, he formed powerful emotional bonds
with boys he met there and recorded his feelings in published
diaries. The diaries described close physical contact between
Gajdusek and the boys but did not say whether he had sex with
them.

He began bringing boys -- and eventually a few girls -- home
with him to Maryland in the 1960s. He would pay to educate
them in the United States. Those who returned to their native
lands, as many did, often became leading citizens there, and some
sent their own children to live with Gajdusek years later.

Gajdusek's domestic arrangements did not attract close scrutiny
until 1995, when people who had worked in his NIH laboratory
brought some of his published diary entries to the attention of a
U.S. Senate investigator. The investigator called the FBI. Under
the leadership of the FBI's Patricia Ferrante, agents began
tracking down boys and men who grew up in Gajdusek's
household.

[End of Excerpts]


02/18/97

There are some very important bills pending in Congress right now 
which need everyone's support.  Together with the recommendations 
of last years' Advisory Committee on Human Radiation Experiments, 
available at the: Office of Human Radiation Experiments
these bills represent an important opportunity to bring the topic 
of classified human experimentation into the public eye.

These bills are:

H.R. 3946 of the 104th Congress introduced by Rep. TORRICELLI

 "To amend title 28 of the United States Code to provide for a remedy
 against the United States for claims based upon conduct involving
 human experimentation, to provide a remedy against the United
 States with respect to constitutional and human rights violations,
 and for other purposes."

And S. 193 of the 105th Congress by Sen. Glenn

 "To provide protections to individuals who are the human subject of
 research."

I have a new section of my site devoted to these bills and other 
related legislative efforts at The Legislative Corner  This page 
also contains Senator Glenn's speech when introducing his bill, 
which is madatory reading. 

Let me know what you think of this.

Tom Porter

01/10/97

Well, friends (or random visitors), its been too long since I 
updated this page, but I hope the wait has been worth it.  The 
excerpts from the Estabrooks article listed in the new developments 
section are really worth reading.  Many people have said that 
"mind control" doesn't work, and that there is no proof that the 
government ever _used_ it, as opposed to just experimenting with 
methods for compelling people to act under instructions without 
their knowledge.

This article, written by a leader in the field of hypnosis, shows 
that mind control can work, and that it was used during war time 
for intelligence purposes.

In the full article, Estabrooks says that these extreme techniques 
of hypnotic programming only work on the 20 % of the population who 
make excellent hypnotic subjects.  It is my feeling that much of the 
work after WWII was aimed at a.  better determining in advance whether 
a person was part of this 20 %, and b. seeing if drugs or other mind 
altering techniques could make all people susceptible to hypnotic 
suggestion and programming.

He finished his 1971 article with these words:

"There is little doubt in my mind that people in this field 20 
years from now will consider the material presented here interesting 
or curious background  - but strictly ancient history.  All the 
present signs indicate that hypnotism, after 200 years of struggle 
for attention, has come of age."

It is ironic to see that quite the reverse is true, at least in 
most people's perceptions.  From what little I have been able to 
sift out of the masses of material on hypnosis on the net, most 
would still regard Estabrooks claims as exaggerated, but accepting 
his claims at face value would go a long way towards explaining many 
reported forms of mind control without having to resort to more 
high-tech explanations of implants, radio 'stimoceivers' and laser 
satellites.  Accepting the presence of long-term post-hypnotic 
commands aimed at cutting victims off from seeking support and help 
would also explain reports that no matter where and when the victims 
were committing "thought crime", they developed symptoms aimed at 
dissuading them from continuing in that vein.  This requires either 
an extremely sophisticated surveillance system, and transmitters 
located _everywhere_, or the presence of an _internal_ 'watcher' 
detecting the impulse towards seeking help and validation.

Given the kinds of physical symptoms that have been caused under 
hypnosis, and the ability to condition autonomic system responses 
like blood pressure drops, migraines, and tachycardia, I feel that
many of the symptoms attributed to being 'waved' or 'beamed' could
be caused by post-hypnotic suggestion.  The literature on hypnosis
has shown that in certain individuals, post-hypnotic suggestions 
remained active for more than 10 years, so even for victims that 
have not been in contact with their programmers for a very long 
time, this programming might remain in force.

Let me know what you think of this.

Tom Porter

05/01/96

I have mentioned NSA montitoring of traffic before in these pages.  Here 
is an article with quotes by a co-author of "The Puzzle Palace" covering 
this rather extensively:

Start of article:

[Want to know the easiest way... Puzzle Palace coauthor Wayne
Madsen, in an article written for the June 1995 issue of Computer
Fraud & Security Bulletin (Elsevier Advanced Technology Publications),
wrote that "according to well-placed sources within the Federal
Government and the Internet service provider industry, the National
Security Agency (NSA) is actively sniffing several key Internet router
and gateway hosts."

Madsen says the NSA concentrates its surveillance on destination and
origination hosts, as well as "sniffing" for specific key words and
phrases. He claims his sources have confirmed that the NSA has
contracted with an unnamed private company to develop the software
needed to capture Internet data of interest to the agency.

According to Madsen, the NSA monitors traffic primarily at two
Internet routers controlled by the National Aeronautics and Space
Administration (NASA), one in College Park, MD (dubbed "Fix East") and
another at NASA Ames Research Center in Sunnyvale, CA ("Fix West").

Other NSA Internet sniffers, he said, operate at busy routers knows as
Mae East (an East Coast hub), Mae West (a West Coast hub), CIX
(reportedly based in San Jose), and SWAB (a northern Virginia router
operated by Bell Atlantic).

Madsen says the NSA may also be monitoring traffic at network access
points, the large Internet gateways operated by regional and
long-distance service providers. The NAPs allegedly under surveillance
are in Pennsauken, NJ (operated by Sprint), Chicago (run by AmeriTech
and Bell Communications Research), and San Francisco (Pacific Bell).

[Quote]
"Madsen claims the NSA has deals with Microsoft, Lotus, and Netscape
to prevent anonymous email."
[quote]

"One senior Federal Government source has reported that NSA has been
particularly successful in convincing key members of the US software
industry to cooperate with it in producing software that makes
Internet messages easier for NSA to intercept, and if they are
encrypted, to decode," Madsen wrote. "A knowledgeable government
source claims that the NSA has concluded agreements with Microsoft,
Lotus and Netscape to permit the introduction of the means to prevent
the anonymity of Internet electronic mail, the use of cryptographic
key-escrow, as well as software industry acceptance of the
NSA-developed Digital Signature Standard (DSS)."

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?

"Well, Net traffic is routed from God knows where to God knows where
around the world," says George Washington University Professor Lance
Hoffman, a professor of Communications and Telecommunications Systems
Policy at George Washington University. "So if the NSA is doing this,
they could say they are not violating their charter not to spy in the
US. That's the thing. Intelligent routers send stuff any which way."

End of article.

[RANT MODE ON]

Well, I got a very interesting message the other day, concerning more 
of the same and thought I would pass it along:

It seems that not only is traffic being sucked in, but PGP traffic, easily
identified, is being attacked and broken as well.  All serious discussions 
about cracking PGP refer to "how long" and not "if" it can be broken.  
It seems that there are clever lads making all sorts of jokes about their 
machines and the set up at the major NAP's.

The large cracking computers at these locations, are "..chewing their 
cuds(codes)..."  and so are all named after cows.  Elsie is at Mae-East, 
Elmer elsewhere.  (Named Borden and the Glue peopel respectively.)  
Evidently there are jokes about being tied to Gateways (the NAP's) and 
references to the famous manufacturer in Dakota with the black and 
white shipping boxes.  They may actually have Gateway PC's as front 
end terminals, since Gateway 2K is a large government supplier.  
(Anyone out there know if they have sold any machines to No Such 
Agency?)

At any rate, analysis of PGP traffic appears to take about 9 - 11 months, 
mostly spent waiting on prioritization and jockying for scarce 
computational resources.  Actual cracking of keys takes about 10 days.  
Not sure how much traffic needs to be assembled  to do this effectively.

These fellows are patient though, and have a _lot_ of Hierarchical 
Storage to save messages on until they can get to them.

ALL OF THIS BEING THE CASE, CHANGE YOUR PGP KEYS AS OFTEN 
AS YOU SHOULD CHANGE THE FILTERS ON YOUR FURNACE, AT 
LEAST TWICE A YEAR!  USE THE LONGEST KEY POSSIBLE, 
2048 CAN BE ENTERED WHEN ASKED FROM THE "pgp -kg" PROMPTS.

I am now revoking my current key and posting a new one.  Please update 
your key rings if you have my public key.

[/RANT MODE OFF]

04/08/96

Well,  I want to apologize to all the people who watch this page for the recent 
lack of activity.  Work has a way of intruding into the time I want to spend on 
this in a most inconvenient way!

Special thanks to those of you who have written to me with your stories and 
questions.  I hope I have been of some help to you.  If you wrote to me and 
haven't gotten an answer, please feel free to bug me again.  I _do_ read all my 
mail but sometimes need a nudge to answer it promptly.

I am still trying to work out the logistics of attending the conference in Dallas 
next weekend.  Wish me luck, and I hope to see some of you there.

Just a day or two ago a high ranking researcher affiliated with the NIH was 
indicted on child abuse charges involving bringing over 50 children into the 
country over the past 20 years.  Just another case of a possibly bad apple being 
in an influential position in medical research.  Excerpts from the news story as 
follows:

The Globe & Mail April 6, 1996
NOBEL WINNER CHARGED WITH CHILD ABUSE
U.S. Doctor brought overseas children home

Associated Press (Baltimore):  For years, Nobel laureate, Dr. Daniel
Carleton Gajdusek, brought children home from his research trips to the
South Pacific -- 56 in the past 20 years -- and paid for their education in
the United States.  As a pediatrician and researcher, he studied their
development and health.  When he accepted the 1976 Nobel Prize in medicine
with eight boys in tow, he promised to use the award money to send them to
college.  Now the 72 year old has been accused of molesting a teen-ager he
brought home from Micronesia in 1987.  And investigators are taking a closer
look at all the children he brought to the United States in the past two
decades.  "There are a lot of people who we want to talk to," Maryland
Attorney-General Scott Rolle said.

The FBI said its investigation of Dr. Gajdusek grew out of a probe of child
pornography on the Internet. Agents would not say how the two were related.
Dr. Gajdusek was charged after the alleged victim, now aged 23, agreed to
cooperate with the investigation.  During a phone call last month, the boy
asked Dr. Gajdusek whether he knew what a pedophile is.  "I am one," he
responded, according to court papers, before pleading with the boy not to
report him.  He was charged Thursday with child abuse and perverted sexual
practices.  His bail was reduced from $1 million to $350,000 yesterday...

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