About Me


Welcome to the Time Out Corner. My name is Andrew McInnes, and I’m here because I have strong opinions.

On 8th January, 2011, sometime between 20:00 and 23:00 Pacific Time, Facebook decided to e-assassinate me. It’s not clear on what grounds, but I was — and continue to be — a very active and vocal WikiLeaks supporter. You can read my brief exchange with Facebook here.

Anyone who has read my posts on Facebook will know that I’m a polite but definitive person. You can ask them! Anyone new here will see fairly quickly that I represent myself honestly.

I think my profile’s deletion was political, to say the least. If you think that Facebook was being blockheaded in deleting me, you can join the Reinstate Andrew McInnes to Facebook group. Whilst you’re there, feel free to have a good time and generally help make Facebook look even dumber than they already do.

Whatever the case, here I am, in my corner. I will not be silenced. My goal on this blog is to pass on my thoughts regarding the world, WikiLeaks, and various combinations of the two. Just like I was doing on Facebook.

You can follow me on Twitter, you can contact me, and you can chat with me on Yahoo Messenger.

28 Responses “About Me” →

  1. save something

    17/01/2011

    Glad to read your comment.Also one of my concern is Julian should stay in the place were his friend have a castle.I think he took a chance even if his friend own also the frontlineclub

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    • Thank you for your post!

      I agree that Mr Assange took a risk, but he takes many risks. I have confidence that he has a plan. πŸ™‚

      Welcome to the corner!

      –Andrew

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  2. Hi Andrew,

    This is so bizarre! I am flummoxed. I cannot remember you ever saying anything that crossed the line. Could this be a mistake?

    We are still doing our video project – do you want to be a part of it? Info can be found on both sites I’ve included. You should come on board. FB is a nightmare. Wow. I’m so sorry. I’m interested in finding out what happened with you.

    Well, hope to hear from you.
    Take care,

    Tangerine

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    • Hi Tangerine,

      I agree, it is bizarre, and no, it wasn’t a mistake. I suspect that the call to delete my account was made outside of Facebook; they probably had as little a say in the matter as I did.

      Nothing really happened to me other than getting everything on my profile, and all my threads/comments, deleted. The threads were recovered by everybody on the board, and they very kindly reposted all that back onto the board! It was really very kind of them all to do that. πŸ™‚

      So, no worries about me, everything’s clicking along here. I’ll definitely look into your project — I’m really happy to hear it’s moving along! I don’t have a webcam/microphone, but if there’s anything else I can do, I’m happy to help!

      Thanks for your post, and welcome to the corner! Don’t be a stranger!

      –Andrew

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  3. Hello, Andrew!
    I’m shocked. I ‘ve seen your threads (I’ve recognized your gravatar) and enjoyed your excellent analysis within the Wikileaks’ discussion forum… EXCELLENT. I simply don’t understand how Facebook could do such a thing, I don’t even need to look into the brief exchange – the real reason will be not shown there, right?

    Do you want to join us at Crowdleaks? πŸ™‚ We need article writers, commentators…

    Here the link:
    https://team.crowdleaks.org/

    Or just send an email to contact@crowdleaks.org

    Elena

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    • Hi Elena,

      Good to hear from you! Yes, it was a bit of a surprise to me, too. πŸ˜›

      No, the real reason wasn’t given by Facebook. In fact, they said they won’t give the real reason(s) for ‘security reasons’. Great. Talk about building community and all that.

      I’ve been toying with the idea of working on Crowdleaks, but now that I’m invited… πŸ™‚

      Best to you,was
      –Andrew

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  4. :-))) …was?

    Look, may be this was the possible reason behind fb-motivation: There was an analysis of yours on fb, which started “I have a thought as to why the …”, remember? Simple and impressive as all genial creations.
    I’ve copied the full text because i was so impressed I wanted to contact you at that time and ask you to write an article with this analysis. I’ve saved the link (http://www.facebook.com/topic.php?uid=108734602494994&topic=2211) which now delivers to me: “Beim Aufrufen des gewΓΌnschten Themas ist ein Fehler aufgetreten.” (~Failure to retrive the site)

    You can publish simultanuously here and there. Crowdleaks helps to translate. The world consists not only of US πŸ™‚ I am sure, many people would like to read the analysis i’ve just told about.

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    • Hi Elena,

      That primary source was recovered, but I’ve since rewritten it to incorporate new thoughts. Its been awhile since I wrote the rewrite, so I’ll give it a look over, and bring in new thoughts and events which have occurred since then. Things like, oh, say, the Egyptian Revolution πŸ™‚

      Indeed, despite the US government and population believing the contrary, there are in fact [gasp] other countries, with people who speak [gasp] different languages! I’m happy to get that piece into shape again, and submit it to Crowdleaks.

      Best,
      –Andrew

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  5. πŸ™‚ I promise you to translate to russian and german πŸ™‚
    Here is the backoffice for the whole team:
    https://team.crowdleaks.org/
    You are free to enter and interact in any editor-/translator-/writer-/volunteer-group you want.
    Here: https://research.crowdleaks.org/research/submissions/
    is the general form to submit an article, but you can also create and use a WordPress-login and get later on permission rights to the backoffice for full access.

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  6. Hi, Andrew,

    did you see this (about “Persona management”-Software and “Bandwagon”-Technique):
    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/02/16/945768/-The-HB-Gary-Email-That-Should-

    About government solicitation for this “Persona Management Software”:
    https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=d88e9d660336be91552fe8c
    1a51bacb2&tab=core&_cview=1

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    • Hi Elena,

      I hadn’t seen that until you posted it. Thank you for passing it on. It’s definitely something we should all get very angry about! It also goes to show 1) how desperate these people are, and 2) how stupid they are, as well. No sockpuppet could long withstand a well-considered logical argument, or indeed a detailed quiz about the puppet’s supposed ‘home’.

      Morons… At least we know, now. Forewarned is to prepared!

      Best,
      –Andrew

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  7. Robyn Banx

    19/02/2011

    Andrew typed:

    “It’s definitely something we should all get very angry about!”

    I realize that you were probably making a rhetorical statement, but in case of otherwise, I would stridently advise against ‘anger’ as an appropriate response.

    Obviously, a “WTF?” response is a natural one, but I think it should be followed with a very frosty, analytical process of clearly answering the question; i.e., using due diligence and concentration in finding out precisely, with as much exactitude as possible, “what the fuck is going on?”

    I find anger to be very dangerous beast. It can throw us off-balance, get us mired in unstable, emotional territory.

    And as it is, we must work very hard to keep our balance on constantly shifting ground.

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    • Hey Robyn,

      That was indeed a rhetorical statement, and I agree that a frosty response is the best!

      Anger is indeed the mindkiller, if you’ll forgive the quote. We all live in very exciting times, and I absolutely agree with you: we must work very hard to keep our balance.

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  8. Dear Anrew,
    yesterday I have discovered this and since then started really to worry about you:
    http://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2010/08/government-monitors-much-more-social-networks

    Here is an encrypted email-form anyone can use for working with us:
    https://crowdleaks.org/contact/private-communication/
    Using Tor helps with the rest.

    If you have questions how to use, please ask for advise here:
    https://irc.semisecure.org/?channels=crowdleaks

    … they are NOT stupid and getting angry is indeed dangerous …. This idea with Personas, is a real danger.
    Nobody would be able to trace them as such. They ARE real people at the end, there are operators using their very human mind to make argument and spread whatever information everywhere in the world, multiplying their messages through the numer of faked individuals, professionally using social networks and media…

    And just let them fall under “classified information” and “interfere with the operation or success of the armed forces of the United States”: nobody would be able to make research about them or even write and warn about them…

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    • Robyn Banx

      20/02/2011

      E-Lena Typed:

      “… they are NOT stupid and getting angry is indeed dangerous …. This idea with Personas, is a real danger.
      Nobody would be able to trace them as such. They ARE real people at the end, there are operators using their very human mind to make argument and spread whatever information everywhere in the world, multiplying their messages through the numer of faked individuals, professionally using social networks and media…”

      Welcome to digital crowd control.

      What worries me most is ‘infiltration,’ the tried and true double-agent tactic; a serious vulnerability to Wikileaks and to Anonymous and any other activist group on the scene of any scene. It can be virtual, or it can be physical. Either way it’s a serious problem and very dangerous.

      Recent street protests in Canada had police officers infiltrating the protest groups and agitating for violence to occur. Fortunately, they were unmasked, but unfortunately, the practice continues on a vast scale.

      So this gives some focus to one of the larger problems with WWIII; getting the very best intelligence possible before making a move.

      Patience, vigilance, timing and all the other field tested war strategies can be brought into play.

      This is way bigger than a scientology takedown, and yes, encryption and other communication strategies may become mandatory.

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  9. Sorry, this is a link to the chat:

    https://irc.semisecure.org/?channels=crowdleak

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  10. pm earnest to talk to

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    • Hi Elena,

      Your concern is very kind! I’ve taken steps to ensure my computer’s security, as well as my various online accounts.

      I agree that personas/sockpuppets/suckpuppets are a problem and a concern. A real danger? Perhaps, although I suspect the only real danger is to themselves for their stupidity. One stupid people controlling 10 fake stupid people can’t turn out very well, I think.

      But leaving archness aside, yes, there are real people at the other end of the persona, and they can be traced. The suckpuppets cannot mask the real IP from a careful inspection, these bozos at the other end can be exposed. Too much has already been revealed about these puppets for the USG to crack down on the information by calling it ‘national security’. That would be far too obvious, and far-sighted, both of which is impossible for the USG to wrap its collective mind around.

      I’ll catch up with the links you gave to me later on this evening, and thank you for them! πŸ™‚

      Chat with you soon.

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  12. Hi, πŸ™‚
    I think, we shouldn’t count on any stupidity, because even as such it amounts to power if backed by enough money.
    … The weak point to consider is another one. Looking forward to chat with you…

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  13. …and: not all IP’s can be traced (to an accountable individual). Just read again the technical requirements within the solicitation paper : there is a plan. …and a wide range of possibilities a citizen can’t even dream of.

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  14. Hi, Andrew, missing you! πŸ™‚
    Here is probably nothing new for someone from the CFZ but may be you want to read this:
    http://crowdleaks.org/the-logic-of-power-al-qaeda-versus-wikileaks/

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    • Hi Elena,

      I’m getting back in the swing of things here.

      Thanks for the link! I think overall the article is very good and well-written, but there is a fundamental issue which I find disturbing. It’s all well and good to say that the “War on Terror” is attacking human rights, but the question should not be “how can the war be more ethical?” There should be no question at all. The war is unethical, full stop.

      This is the big problem: the “War on Terror” has become accepted as part of everyday reality. The root of the problem must addressed, because Guantanamo Bay and torture are merely symptoms, not the disease.

      Sorry, hot-button issue there πŸ™‚

      Best,
      –Andrew

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  15. I do fully agree with you about the symptoms and the “real deseases”. Do you think, the political elite of the Western Europe and USA don’t agree, at least privatly? Do they really think, that waging wars and putting numerous people into secret jails would stop terrorist attacks? … Whatever the answer is, the conclusions is not flattering to our democracies anyway.. Just rethoric questions πŸ™‚

    I’d like to give you access to an online-tool for writing in collaboration. Can you access me with jabber, if /whenever you are interested? (within Volunteer-Group in https://team.crowdleaks.org there is an article “How to set up…” explaining . It’s quickly done. My jabber ID starts surprisingly with e-lena… πŸ™‚

    If I annoy you, tell me straight πŸ™‚

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    • Hi Elena,

      I think there is no real separation between the elites of the US and the rest of the West. simply because the elites are corporate elites. and all important corporations are multinational. That owe their allegiance to no one country, and therefore no country at all.

      The political agents of our many countries range from being marginalised to bought-off, so what they think is actually pretty unimportant. Only Egypt and Tunisia have a chance for truly responsible government. No offence meant to them, but it is a gruesome commentary, nonetheless.

      In all honesty I don’t think there is any interest at all to ending terrorist attacks. This is a “war” without end, because everyone is the enemy. 😦

      Sounds good on collaboration! I’ll try to get myself setup soon! Got any plans or ideas?

      You’re not annoying me at all, have no fear. πŸ™‚

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  16. HUG!

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  17. Hi, Andrew,

    i’ve just read the 3 of your latest articles and couldn’t wait to send you this fan post!!!! πŸ™‚
    Now i know why you’ve been so busy and wish you more and more supporters and fans!!!!!

    I agree with you, banks but also private investors are behind transactions in private, business and political life. Not transparent, nothing-to-do-with-democracy and purely monetary orientated. Lending needed money to a person or company as such is important, but it is different if a bank or an investor exercises control over a company and decides about its fate without having any interest in its employers, history, products, duration and without having any knowledge (do the bankers know anything except of accounting and speculation? πŸ™‚ and relation to it.

    Reducing all of us to financial products and gambling with it behind the facade of providing “services”.
    When i read your articles, i feel hope that something is starting really to change this time..

    I think, we need in Crowdleaks a column for “Opinions” and there a column for you. As you’ve chosen to publish under your name, than it might be better for you to publish in as many sources as possible: it creates bigger publicity for you (those people who would support you worldwide in any difficulties as they would know who you are!), strengthens your status as a journalist and is good for the SEO (search machine optimization) for the topics you write about and serves better for the distribution of your analysis on the internet. What do you think? I’d like to bring the issue of columns at Crowdleaks anyway, but you would be my proposal for the first column, if you like the idea πŸ™‚

    If you don’t care about exclusive rights and licences, why not publish simultaniously? This is why i joined crowdleaks – i think we need tools to distribute the truth and outweigh the trolls. Imagine, there would be a whole fuzzy net of websites able to publish analysis like yours in a second all over the world? Imagine how it would change the world if it prevents millions of people from beeing blind? … I think, we – the nameless, the crowd – urgently need such distribution tools to prevent us from beeing fooled and manipuated by super powers and their trolls…

    Best to you! πŸ™‚

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    • Hi Elena, πŸ™‚

      Wow, thank you so much! You’re very kind! I’d be honoured to be part of your proposal for an Opinions column at Crowdleaks. That would certainly solve the problem of my writing not being exactly in keeping with the very careful approach of Crowdleaks. I have absolutely no problem with posting the same thing in multiple places. I’m doing that right now with a couple websites and this blog. It makes good automatic backups, at the very least!

      So I’m totally on-board with that, and I’m continuing to work on my promised piece. Getting the flu put me behind somewhat, but I’m getting everything sorted back out. I should be able to put in concerted effort into that project very soon.

      Getting to the rest of your comment… yes, too much of public concern is controlled in quasi-secrecy by an economic elite. We know they’re there, of course, and what they’re doing. We just need more proof to show to the world. That’s what Cablegate is, and all these other leaks. And that’s what we have to write about!

      As an aside, have you given thought to including the HBGary leaks in Crowdleaks? There are also Bank of America leaks coming out at http://www.bankofamericasuck.com which are very important. They show BofA is part of a massive racket to defraud borrowers and force foreclosures, very nasty stuff.

      Talk to you soon. I’ll make a point to try and get on IRC to chat with you sometime, I apologise for not having been there in awhile.

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