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    Re:The ARIN Litigation War Chest of Cash Opens Up
    by Anonymous on Friday July 02 2004, @04:25AM (#13847)
    Keep in mind that ARIN uses some of the cash to
    fund NANOG (Merit.EDU).

    http://www.merit.edu/mail.archives/nanog/msg05956. html

    Note, the .EDU TLD is supposed to be for 4-year
    degree-granting institutions. Has anyone ever seen
    a diploma from MERIT University ? Of course not,
    MERIT is an ISP, originally funded by the good
    old U.S. Government's National Science Foundation.
    It is 100% pork and now ARIN helps to fatten the
    folks at NANOG.

    In return, NANOG supports what is commonly called
    the "routing mafia". This is an unsavory group
    of thugs who **think** they are running the
    Internet. In the old days (the Wild West of the
    Internet), these thugs were the law and order
    on the net. Those days are over, yet, the
    NSF-funded and ARIN-funded thugs remain. They
    show up in all of the Internet Society venues.
    They are well-funded, have zero social skills,
    and will not hesitate to hack someone off the
    net they do not like. Some run root servers and
    some run TLD servers.

    In the Wild West Days of the Internet, the thugs
    would black-hole entire ISPs who did not use
    the DNS servers they maintain. An ISP on the
    East Coast may find that all of their packets
    headed to the West Coast were silently lost,
    until the ISP followed the DNS party line.

    U.S. Government officials of course did not
    understand how the technology worked and would
    fund the thugs to strong-arm ISPs. ISPs paid
    skim money under the table to the thugs and
    to U.S. Government officials and contractors
    to keep it all very quiet and working.

    Now that the important routing is in the hands
    of responsible carriers with long traditions
    of ethical behavior and checks and balances in
    place via regulatory agencies, the thugs find
    themselves unable to strong-arm ISPs with
    black-holing and other tactics. They now gather
    at the ARIN and NANOG Union Halls to conspire
    to control anything they can find that can be
    placed under one of the sham .ORGanizations
    that have evolved to front the thugs.

    ICANN is only a small tip of the iceberg of
    the Internet Mafia.

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    Re:The ARIN Litigation War Chest of Cash Opens Up by Anonymous

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