From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Andrew VK3BFA)
Subject: Re: HELP - My missile wont work!
Date: 29 Dec 2002 00:51:05 -0800
NNTP-Posting-Date: 29 Dec 2002 08:51:05 GMT
Jim Yanik wrote in message news:...
> Spehro Pefhany wrote in
> > On Sat, 28 Dec 2002 17:03:03 +0000 (UTC), the renowned Jim Yanik
> > wrote:
> >>If those Arab techies are so smart,how come they can't Google search and
> >>find those URL's? Or figure out how the missile works from examining
> >>them,or from data found on the web?
> > "Real" military technology is pretty safe to talk about- those that
> > have classified information are certainly not going to divulge it, and
> > a lot of information is openly available from various official and
> > less official sources. I never seem to find this
> > kind of cool surplus at C&H though. I've heard stories of stuff
> > turning up at less formal venues that really ought not to be there.
> > Best regards,
> > Spehro Pefhany
> This Andrew guy sent me a private e-mail saying I was potentially aiding
> terrorists in activating old MANPADS missiles,by relating info and URLS I
> gleaned off Usenet and the WWW. That's where all this nonsense comes from.
Jim, I emailed you off the group because I was concerned about the
information you were supplying, and cheerfully acknowledge that you
have not given any "classified" information. I did not accuse you of
deliberately aiding terrorists. I merely asked you think about the
potential misuse of the posted information. You ignored this, and
persisted in posting more information, so I wrote "My missile wont
work" spoof in order to encourage debate.
I have great respect for your postings on matters relating to
electronic engineering, but wonder about your capacity to think beyond
matters technological. This in itself is not a bad thing, I have many
friends in this category whom I like and respect, but when you
promulgate information that could be misused I wonder where you are
at. Probably I am wrong, and it was an innocent query from the
original poster, but would it really have been too much effort on your
part to hold back on this subject?