Friday, March 07, 2008

M-x spook

So after I made my wiretapping post yesterday, I had the strangest feeling of deja-vu. It took me while to figure it out, but I finally did.

It turns out that way back in 1987, there was an extension written for the emacs editor called "spook", that would insert suspicious keywords into whatever you were editing. The idea was that if everyone did this, the NSA computers that were believed to be monitoring traffic on the internet would become overloaded. I remember using this back in the early 90s, when emacs was my email client.

21 years later, and the only thing that has changed is that what was previously only believed, we now know as fact.

For old time's sake, here's some spook output.
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smuggle security Nazi Project Monarch Ruby Ridge munitions Paula
Corbin Jones genetic Treasury PLO Qaddafi FBI SCUD missile strategic
Ron Brown

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