29 August 2008

Operation Nobama !

I tried to post this the other day but hit the wrong button. *Poof* went the post, and then Bill Clinton came onstage at the DNC Convention, so we'll try it again, even though it might now be irrelevant considering that the CAACR news has exploded in the mainstream media. Even so, I’d like to point out another coincidence.

If you're not familiar with "Operation NOBAMA!" (so evocative of "Operation Chaos," no?), it's an element of "mission: NOBAMA!," a rallying cry for Just Say No Deal and Clintons4McCain. Webpages began echoing with "Operation NOBAMA!" following a press release authored by Ms. Adkins on 09 June, which stated:
The Just Say No Deal is made up of over 20 grassroots organizations and over 1 million subscribers thus far with one unifying mission: Operation Nobama

Guess who registered a site titled “Operationnobama.com” (as well as "America's Hope Foundation) that very same day? Let's see:

Domain Name.......... operationnobama.com
Creation Date........ 2008-06-09
Registration Date.... 2008-06-09
Expiry Date.......... 2010-06-09
Organisation Name.... Jonathan Davis
Organisation Address. 166 blue mountain rd
Organisation Address. front royal
Organisation Address. 22630
Organisation Address. VA
Organisation Address. UNITED STATES

Ladies and gentlement, it's jdawg/Jonathan Davis! Despite the registration's timeliness, the site owner never developed it beyond a “this site brought to you by Earthlink” banner. You can see a cached copy of that front page here; the site has, along with the rest of “jdawg’s” sites, gone completely down.

Although "operationnobama.com" is dark, an "operationnobama.org"is live (though barely so. See below). Someone registered the second site on 07 July. Who registered the site? Someone in Madeira, Portugal. Rather, that’s the address given in the site’s whois registration.

Domain Name:OPERATIONNOBAMA.ORG
Created On:07-Jul-2008 23:32:00 UTC
Last Updated On:29-Aug-2008 11:59:27 UTC
Expiration Date:07-Jul-2009 23:32:00 UTC
Sponsoring Registrar:Register.com Inc. (R71-LROR)
Registrant Name:Domain Discreet
Registrant Organization:ATTN: operationnobama.org
Registrant Street1:Avenida do Infante 50
Registrant City:Funchal
Registrant State/Province:Madeira
Registrant Postal Code:9004-521
Registrant Country:PT
Registrant Phone:+361.19027495331
Registrant Email:[a whole lotta numbers]@domaindiscreet.com

Essentially, the info is fake. The address seems to be an all-around shell address. It’s used for an eccentric variety of websites, such as “nekkid.info” “swisscashbiz” etc., anti-Obama sites such as “nowewont.org,” and the site of a group opposing Florida beach development. It’s also used for offshore finance services. See, for example, this listing:

Citco Corporate Management (Madeira) Limitada
Avenida Do Infante 50, 9000 Funchal, Madeira
Telephone +351 [redacted]

The address is the same, but something's wonky. The phone number. Once again, we have a phone number that can't be traced. We can’t locate a country that has “361” as a country code. Of course, as Portugal’s country code is 351, this might be a repeated typo (the number appears more than once). We'll give the registrant the benefit of a doubt. (Aside: When you look under the “underlying” whois information, you discover that the newer “operationnobama,” is web.com).

This information prompts a significant question: why on earth would someone want to mask his or her ownership of an anti-Obama site so thoroughly that they decide to give it an overseas registration? Aren’t the anonymous services in the USA sufficient? Especially when you consider that the site is so...basic?

As noted earlier, “OperationNobama.org” is rather minimalist. It offers a "welcome message" of sorts, and appears to present itself as a "clearinghouse" for people's anti-Obama sentiments. See:

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Something to think about
I really, really hope that American Citizens are smart enough to realize how phony Senator Obama is.

If we don't step up to the plate and educate the public, especially voters, we're in for a very rude awakening. Time is running out my friends. Please send an email to the link on this page. I will include your comments and opinions exactly as they appear in the email.

Thank you fro visiting, and God bless the United States of America.
5:34 pm est
2008.07.01

(Aside: notice the irregularity between the post's date, "July 9" and the comment's date, "2008.07.01"?)

The site includes a hotmail address towards which you can direct your objections to Obama, a link to a video, and claims that the site will begin selling anti-Obama materials in the future, but, other than, it's bare bones.

Ah, the site does repost the debunked email from US CPT Jeffrey S. Porter--you know, the one that claims Obama blew off troops in Afghanistan so he could play basketball (in case you didn't know, Porter, who is a real person, has recanted. He explains that he passed an unsourced, anonymous email on to his family, and it began circulating with his name attached. On 25 July, a second email from CPT Porter appeared in The New York Daily News blog:

“I am writing this to ask that you delete my email and not forward it. After checking my sources, information that was put out in my email was wrong. This email was meant only for my family. Please respect my wishes and delete the email and if there are any blogs you have my email portrayed on I would ask if you would take it down too. Thanks for your understanding.”

As the email clearly states, CPT Porter wishes people to cease forwarding "his" email and for bloggers who have posted "his" email please remove it from their blogs. As Porter's email was posted to "Operationnobama.org" after Porter recanted, we can assume that the person(s) behind the site is either unaware of Porter's request or said person just doesn't care and prefers to propel debunked rumors.

Anyway, the other day, wondering about “operation nobama,” I took some time to Google the term. Guess what came up at Mahalo?

Guide Note
Clintons4Mccain is an organization, founded by Cristi Adkins, that opposes the decisions of the DNC on the Florida Michigan Delegates Controversy and feels that "the media and Hollywood" unfairly influences the election process.1

Since the nomination of Barack Obama, members of the group, most of which are registered Democrats, have pledged their support for John McCain.

Fast Facts

Founded by Cristi Adkins

Administers a large number of individual websites under "Operation NOBAMA"

I think it’s interesting that Clintons4McCain “administers a large number of websites under ‘Operation NOBAMA.’”

It's also interesting that "jdawg," once again, happens to pick up on the Clintons4McCain angst and lays quick claim to the "Operation Nobama" name--the very day of the press release.

I do think these are totally unrelated; it's mere coincidence. Anybody could have created the second site. The point of the post? To provide another example of a "Hillary Trojan" site--just more Astroturf.

Aside: Please note that the site quoted above is one of two Clintons4McCain entries at Mahalo. Cristi Adkins's bio links directly to the second entry (here) , and mentions "Mission: Nobama" rather than "Operation Nobama."

2 comments:

Inquisitive said...

Great post, M! You're really tying things together. JDawg and Cristi must be best buds!

mpandgs said...

Hi Inquisitive.
I think that maybe CA and MD were brief associates, and chances are that, when she became aware of his criminal record, she distanced herself from "jdawg" as quickly as possible. At this point, there's no reason to think otherwise, really.
Thanks for coming by, and thanks for commenting!