Fwd: Dept. of Interior websites, e-mail shut down indefinitely

Mike Patterson celata at pacifier.com
Fri Dec 7 07:27:21 PST 2001

Ellen Paul wrote:


> If you are having trouble reaching a Department of Interior employee by

> e-mail or accessing a DOI website, here's why:


> December 5, 2001


> A federal judge on Wednesday evening threatened yet again to hold

> Secretary of Interior Gale Norton in contempt as he ordered her

> department to "immediately" disconnect from the Internet every single

> computer, server and system that has access to individual Indian trust

> data.


> In a sweeping action with far-reaching but unclear ramifications, U.S.

> District Judge Royce Lamberth granted the emergency request, which was

> brought on behalf of 300,000 American Indians whose assets are housed on

> a computer infrastructure so easily penetrable that a court investigator

> and his team of security experts were able to break in and repeatedly

> access, modify and even create trust data -- all without raising a

> response from the government.


> It is difficult to just pick up a phone and call DOI employees, since

> most DOI offices no longer have central switchboards with someone to

> answer the phone. You need to know the individual number of the person

> you want to reach. And since the DOI websites are shut down, you can't

> use those websites to access the phone numbers.


> Ellen


> --

> Ellen Paul

> Executive Director

> The Ornithological Council

> Mailto:epaul at concentric.net

> Ornithological Council Website: http://www.nmnh.si.edu/BIRDNET

> "Providing Scientific Information about Birds"

Mike Patterson When I despair, I remember
Astoria, OR that all through history
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There have been tyrants, and murderers,
and for a time they can seem invincible,
but in the end they always fall.
Think of it...always.
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