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T-shirts for terrorists?
2004-02-18, 2:21 a.m.

Not exactly an activist alert, but interesting:

Website access logs are wonderful things. If the Department of Justice visits us, we get a line telling us they've been there. If the Department of Homeland Security stops by a couple of hours later, we know all about it. We can see how they found us, what they looked at, and how many times they visited. We're watching them watching us - John Ashcroft would be proud!

At first we were amused that the Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security were looking at our little site. We hope they liked the Ashcroft Fascist button! But when they returned, we noticed something that wasn't so funny.

Note the line:

n021.dhs.gov - - [29/Jan/2004:08:09:55 -0500] "GET / HTTP/1.1" 200 807 "http://www.altavista.com/web/results?q=progressive+clothing&avkw=aapt" "Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 5.5; Windows NT 5.0)"

For those of you who aren't access log literate, this means that they came to us via the search engine AltaVista, where they searched on the phrase "progressive clothing." Now, maybe there is just someone working there who wants to buy our Anyone But Bush 2004 or Gay Marriage Now merchandise, but somehow, we doubt it.

It seems that the anti-terrorist division of our government is spending its time (and our tax dollars) doing web searches on people who disagree with their politics and have the audacity to say so on t-shirts. Progressive clothing = potential terrorist? Never mind that we're three pacifists running our business out of an apartment - because we don't like Bush, we might be a threat to national security. We're interested to see what happens the next time one of us tries to get on a plane!

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Anyone? - 2008-01-24
Saturday Film Series at The Free Speech Zone - 2005-12-30
SLC? - 2005-12-21
Please Post - 2005-07-24
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