FBI Monitored Antiwar.com For Years in Error

The Guardian is reporting that the FBI monitored the website Antiwar.com for at least six years. What makes the monitoring particularly interesting is that it only began after Managing Editor of Antiwar.com Eric Garris passed the FBI a hacking threat he received via email a day after 9/11 with the subject line “YOUR SITE IS GOING DOWN.”

As the Guardian story goes on to explain, by January 2002 this message had been characterized as “A THREAT BY GARRIS TO HACK FBI WEBSITE” by someone at the FBI field office in San Francisco. 

From The Guardian:

According to unredacted portions of the documents, that apparent mix-up was the first time antiwar.com came onto the FBI’s radar – a purview that would last at least six years.

Garris said he never heard back from the FBI, and had no reason to believe that the incident had any broader impact, until he saw what was in his FBI file. “It was pretty scary to think that in my FBI file, and perhaps other government agency files, there was a report that I was considered a threat based on that,” Garris said.

“That may follow me for the rest of my life. Any time I interact with any law enforcement or government agencies, they’re going to be able to see that, and make evaluations of me based on it. It’s very scary.”

The mix-up did not stay limited to the San Francisco field office. In 2004, FBI officials in Newark, New Jersey, compiled a “threat assessment” of Garris and his colleague Justin Raimondo.

Read Reason's J.D. Tuccille's blog post from last May on Antiwar.com's attempt to find out what the fed had on them here.  

Read the story in full here.

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  • itsnotmeitsyou||

    TOP. MEN.

  • Fist of Etiquette||


  • The Rt. Hon. Serious Man, Visc||

    I like to think there is a government database that has a file for every Hit and Run commentator handle.

  • playa manhattan||

    Isn't there a way to find out? I'd be curious to find out what is in mine..

  • CE||

    Do you think they've figured out which actual people are tied to which few dozen identities?

  • Andrew S.||

    Raimondo doesn't seem to think it was an "error"

    Justin Raimondo ‏@JustinRaimondo 6m
    Correction to Guardian article on http://Antiwar.com : FBI probe started 2 yrs after initial contact so it wasn't an "error" @attackerman

  • ||

    Raimondo doesn't seem to be giving the FBI credit for how slow and incompetent it may be. If they could fuck up the entire gist of the message, why wouldn't they be able to fuck up how long it takes them to react to it?

  • Warty||


    I wonder how many chapters Jesse devotes to Raimondo in his conspiracy book.

  • jester||

    You still have your decoder ring, right? The whole book is...well, I don't want to spoil things.

  • B.P.||

    "FBI Monitored Antiwar.com For Years in Error"

    So did a couple of the regulars here.

  • Warty||

    This link on the Guardian page is more fun. I do NOT like sex with old, obese men

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Your mouth may say no, but your stock image says yes.

  • fish||

    Yours is better!


  • Fist of Etiquette||

    You should try again, but work in the phrase "lemon party".

  • fish||

    How do you know until you try Samantha?

  • RyanXXX||

    I doubt that it's a coincidence that the people who hate Raimondo here happen to be the biggest hawks

  • Killazontherun||

    I found the site pretty useful back in the Gulf War days as it kept a constant stream of updates going. His detractors often come across as more unhinged than his worst Putin fellating columns. If you can gussy up more hate for a guy who has a few eccentric opinions than you do for a sicko bitch like Obama or contempt for a screw up like W than you are part of what is wrong with America.

  • RyanXXX||

    Exactly. And they don't actually read what he writes. They just type "JOOOOOZ" and hope it will stick. Are they aware that he opposed the recent "Israeli boycott" because it was collective punishment? That he is firmly pro-Rand Paul and is probably his most aggressive defender on twitter?

  • Paul.||

    I'm not sure about that. I have a kind of mild distrust of Raimondo which came to a head when he fell in love with Obama's narrative about Benghazi.

  • Killazontherun||

    He is certainly worth a kick or two, but you can tell the hawks who love them some war dumping on him as a distraction from their own ruiNation agenda from those with a legitimate beef pretty easily. See Warty above, that's straight up just right.

  • Cytotoxic||

    Yes. It just indicates that the peacenazis are incapable of calling out bullshitters on their own side.

  • johnl||

    Hey Eric Garris, don't you ever read reason? Never call the cops. They aren't here to help you.

  • NSA Corey||

    OH we got an entire barge just for Reason.

  • CE||

    You know who else has a barge?

  • Paul.||

    As the Guardian story goes on to explain, by January 2002 this message had been characterized as “A THREAT BY GARRIS TO HACK FBI WEBSITE” by someone at the FBI field office in San Francisco.

    Sounds like the FBI has the same IT management I have.

  • Almanian!||

    The mix-up

    Um, it's not a "mix up"...

  • CE||

    Never ask the government for help.

  • Cytotoxic||

    Why would the FBI or anyone else care about a site with as much credibility as Pravda?

  • Lucy Steigerwald||

    Simmer down, Peikoff.

  • johnl||

    You took a fine time to leave us Lucille. Four hundred children and a cop in the field.


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