I've heard from the author of this much-publicized- sensationalized- article which was picked up by the AP and used by dozens of MSM outlets as the hook-of-the-day: Dave Forster of In-Forum.com wrote the original article with the following headline: Secret files may be record of past crimes, which quickly exploded, carrying the new headlines mentioned in my earlier entry.
Now, Dave Forster (and in general, the whole of In-Forum.com publications) has been one of the few media voices whom I personally lend credence to concerning the Joe Duncan case. This blog references many- if not all- of his articles regarding Duncan and his life, and the Groene murders/kidnappings.
The "Duncan= Computer Whiz/Expert/Genius" headlines came not from Forster or In-Forum.com, but from other MSM outlets which CHOSE to re-title and repackage Mr. Forster's work in order to make it more sensational.
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I've read many recent news articles from the MSM referring to Duncan as a "computer whiz" or "computer expert" based on the discovery of his "encrypted journals," and the apparent inability of authorities to "crack" the encryption.
KARE11.com's Police: Duncan a computer whiz and Seattle Post-Intelligencer's Authorities say man accused of Idaho killings is computer expert (picked up from the AP) :
"At least one compact disc and a part of his hard drive were encrypted well enough that one of the region's top computer forensic specialists could not access it, The Forum reported Monday.
"Without a doubt the most challenging system I've looked at," [Detective Jess] Schoon said of Duncan's encryption.
Most of the seized discs and computer files were accessible and revealed nothing significant, he said. But he could not get at the hidden data.
"Nobody that I know of has the ability to crack that encryption," Schoon said.
While basic encryption is not necessarily difficult to apply, Schoon said, Duncan appeared to be "very, very highly skilled" on the computer."
I'm sure there are plenty of Cellar Dwellers and generally computer-savvy readers busting a gut over those headlines. As if the authorities don't know the score? The MainStream Media is selectively editing quotes by the authorities concerning Duncan's "electronic journal encryption" in attempts to create... what? World's Scariest Monster Du Jour? Yes, that's it. Be VERY wary of computer-savvy folk out there. You never know who they may be molesting and murdering when your back is turned!
Well here's a newsflash for the MSM: my 6-year old can encrypt his "journals" as easily as Duncan encrypted his, but I'm sure nobody is interested in reading about the proper Lego pieces to use, quantity as well as placement thereof, in order to construct a Lego fortress...
PGP is, at the least, a virtually "uncrackable" cryptography program which has been available free, via the internet, for more than ten years. Philip Zimmermann, the creator of PGP, has been targeted, hounded and persecuted by the government for creating this software and making it available to the unwashed masses. The "computer-whizzes-to-be," so to speak.
Recall, from his blog entry dated 5/13/05, Duncan wrote, "I wish I could be more honest about my feelings, but those demons made sure I'd never be able to do that. I might not know if it matters, but just in case, I am working on an encrypted journal that is hundreds of times more frank than this blog could ever be (that's why I keep it encrypted). I figure in 30 years or more we will have the technology to easily crack the encryption (currently very un-crackable, PGP) and then the world will know who I really was, and what I really did, and what I really thought." (emphasis added)
Pssst! Here's a tip on how to become a "computer whiz" or "expert" as outlined in the MSM re: Duncan's ecrypted journal. Pay close attention, because this is very, very difficult for mere mortals to comprehend:
1. Go here to download the PGP software.
2. Follow the simple instructions detailed in the software description and installation. If you are 6 or younger, you may need help from your mommy with the big words. Otherwise, you know the score.
3. Congratulations! Consume a Hoodsie, or a Guinness stout and maybe some Belgian chocolates, maybe a spliff or two... Hey, whatever ices your puck. Bottom line: you are now considered a "computer whiz" and "computer expert" by MSM standards.
Let me know when you feel like a scary monster, public enemy #1, for having this knowledge, eh?
Monday, August 08, 2005