I found this very interesting tidbit from my sitemeter:
|Domain Name||usdoj.gov ? (United States Government)|
|IP Address||149.101.1.# (US Dept of Justice)|
|ISP||US Dept of Justice|
|Language||English (United States)
|Operating System||Microsoft WinXP|
|Browser||Internet Explorer 6.0
Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.1; SV1; DOJ3jx7bf; .NET CLR 1.1.4322; InfoPath.1)
|Time of Visit||Dec 1 2006 5:11:13 am|
|Last Page View||Dec 1 2006 5:11:13 am|
|Visit Length||0 seconds|
|Visit Entry Page||http://blog.joehuffman.org/2006/11/30/don-t-drop-your-guard/|
|Visit Exit Page||http://blog.joehuffman.org/2006/11/30/don-t-drop-your-guard/|
|Visitor’s Time||Dec 1 2006 8:11:13 am|
http://www.topix.net/forum/us/atf gathers news and blog mentions of ATF and people at the US Department of Justice (hi!) visit those websites. I wonder what they thought of me saying “The ATF has no constitutional authorization to even exist let alone enforce illegal laws.”
Of particular interest to me is that the “User Agent” string of the browser included the unusual item “DOJ3jx7bf”. This item looks like it might be a unique identifier for a particular Department of Justice computer. If so then one can find out what that particular computer/user has been viewing on all websites that you have access to the logs file for.
Hence, with the proper tools and a bit of smarts, one can watch the watchers. To that effect here is a sample which includes the search terms “harvey milk gay activist”, “guns & jenny price”, “john+pepper+ipsc”, “dirty+gun+barrel+picture”, “tannerite”, and the always popular “how to make a bomb”. We can also see some of the other sites our “friend” has been visiting. Examples include http://nfttu.blogspot.com/, http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=229822, and http://www.alphecca.com/mt_alphecca_archives/001891.html.
One must not get too paranoid about being watched. This applies to both webmasters as well as our “friend” at the DOJ. As I was reminded by a fellow blogger at the Gun Bloggers Rendezvous a couple months ago, there are known friendlies in the government. I don’t have any particular hostility toward any of the government workers I have met (certain politicians are different story–I would like to invited Schumer, Clinton, Feinstein, and some others to permanently leave the country with nothing more than the clothes on their backs). But no matter how friendly they are most Federal workers are doing jobs that have no constitutional authority.
Note to my guests from the USDOJ and/or the ATF: You are quite welcome to leave a comment, send me an email, or get a legitimate job.