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 
celata at pacifier.com           the way of truth and love have always won.
                             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.
                                                - Mahatma Gandhi 

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