Forwarded from: Rob Rosenberger <junkmailat_private> >>I for one know where my local Infragard outreach coordinator >>was, he was contacting members within minutes of the attack >>and kept us up to date with everything that was going on. Don't confuse a successful outreach program with FBI NIPC's previous incompetent administration. Director Michael Vatis co-opted Infragard just to make him & his cronies look good. Idiot savant Richard Clarke, speaking at a Senate hearing last month -- a hearing I attended, by the way -- all but admitted Vatis got fired before 9/11. And Clarke further stressed FBI NIPC completed an all-important management shakeup after 9/11. I've gone on the record multiple times as a strong supporter of Infragard. Vatis co-opted it for all the *wrong* reasons but, after Ron Dick took the helm, he made a strong effort to co-opt it for all the *right* reasons. >>Negativism of this sort is based on a lack of knowledge, >>become involved and you will see that the government was I'll make two vague assumptions from your one lone message. First: you perhaps only know FBI NIPC via Infragard. Second: you perhaps don't know how much I cover FBI NIPC (no big deal). As for the former, I hope you'll visit http://www.fbi-nipc.info when you get a chance. It'll increase your knowledge. As for the latter, I've got a not-so-disgruntled-anymore source sitting inside HQ FBI NIPC, not to mention two sources (one high, one low) who regularly had to put up with Vatis. (And Clarke.) It took an enormously embarrassing low-tech infrastructure attack to force FBI NIPC to focus on their true presidential charter. They still need to work a lot more on obeying their charter, but at least they pay something more than lip service to it these days. I mean absolutely NO insult when I say "9/11 was the best thing to happen to Dick's reign at FBI NIPC." Do we need a National Infrastructure Protection Center? You bet. Oklahoma City proved it. Do we need a National *Internet* Protection Center? You bet. Nothing has yet proved its need, but it'll come someday. Right now, though, I'm a tad more concerned about Osama bin Laden, not Osama bin Virus. I can't restore my family from backups, knowhatImean? It pains me to see FBI agents working to find website defacers and drawing guns on 14yr-old keyboard surfers when they should be working to find sleeper cells and drawing guns on 28yr-old Al Qaeda suspects. >>I can back this up with 370 members of our local >>infrastructure group. You win on scale, Mike. Our Des Moines, IA Infragard chapter sucks by comparison. Rob PS: why don't you look me up in your database. You'll find me at First Command since 1984. Don't worry: Donald Gene Burleson didn't delete my record in 1987. - ISN is currently hosted by Attrition.org To unsubscribe email majordomoat_private with 'unsubscribe isn' in the BODY of the mail.
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