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Date: Sun, 27 Jun 1999 04:07:45 -0400
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From: "Name.Space.Info" <info {AT} name-space.com>
Subject: Fw: U.S. Government Funding, etc.

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From: Jim Fleming <jfleming {AT} anet-chi.com>
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Date: Saturday, June 26, 1999 10:42 PM
Subject: U.S. Government Funding, etc.

>Are you still employed by the U.S. Government ?
>If I recall, back in the IAHC/CORE days, you listed your
>affiliation as one of the big DOE/DOD research labs
>in California. In the Chicago area, places like Argonne
>and Fermi are known havens for people that do little all
>day but play on the Internet. Have you seen that in your
>area ?
>Continuing...have you ever considered how many people
>in all of the various Internet Resource debates are either
>paid directly by the U.S. Government or derive their income
>from companies that are largely supported by the government ?
>Has it occurred to anyone that maybe people are concerned
>that the average citizen (netizen) is not really represented because
>these processes are dominated by government officials or people
>who have worked for years to exploit the government for their
>own personal gain ?
>Do people really want to live in a soviet-like society where
>"the state" controls all of the critical means of production and the
>essential resources and ordinary people are not allowed into "the party" ?
>In my opinion, that is where many of these ICANN/ISOC/IETF developments
>appear to be heading. If you track almost all of the major power companies
>and power people in these processes their pockets are lined with U.S.
>Government money. I think it would be very interesting for all people in
>these forums to disclose who pays them to participate day in and day out.
>I have a feeling that the answer will mostly be, the U.S. Government.
>Given that is likely, I think the average netizen has to accept the fact
>they will have little chance to influence the outcome of these debates.
>As a U.S. citizen, it is sad to see my Government and its various paid
>agents, steamroll the Internet. I hope that some day someone writes an
>accurate history of how the next generation Internets came about, without
>the "help" of the U.S. Government.
>In my opinion, people in Washington, D.C. should be ashamed of what they
>have done in these proceedings. People trusted that the right thing would
>be done. As we now see, we do not have less government we have more
>government and it is getting worse, not better. I hope that eventually some
>commercial companies stand up for capitalism and avoid the continued
>movement toward the soviet-like society...that some call the Internet...
>Jim Fleming