I cannot print your webpages. The text and pictures go off the page.
Sorry, I'm not a professional webpage designer. Try out a different browser (some have more elaborate print options), print the page sideways or copy the contents to Word - that's all I can think of at the moment.
What country are you from?
The Netherlands. You know, that horribly liberal country directly to the east of England, across the channel. No, it's not a province of Germany.
What has been your motivation for building this site? And how long did it take?
Initially ISGP was put together out of curiosity, but soon the primary motivation became to make a difference. To this day I don't understand why any of the other 7 billion people on the planet haven't been able to put together the information that can be found on this website. It shouldn't be that hard for a political historian/scientist. I would have stopped instantly if others were even remotely doing the job ISGP has been doing.
A primary reason for continuing all those years has actually been to dispel the absolutely massive amounts of propaganda and disinformation that dominates the internet, books, radio shows and documentaries on conspiracy topics. As history shows, it has been absolutely impossible for anyone to see through this smokescreen, which has quite clearly been put up by various three letter government agencies.
This is especially distressing when reading about all the death squads, dictators, drug cartels, and other murderous extremists that have been supported around the world in order to protect big business monopolies and access to minerals, oil and gas. We don't live in a perfect world, but there are a lot of improvements that can be made to our democratic process. And in order to make these improvements there first has to be awareness that something is wrong. Hence, the creation of ISGP.
Guess somebody had to do it.
Then again, the Ayahuasca keeps telling me lately that love is the only answer and that I do not have to save the world. So maybe it's time for a change.
Time it took? About 11,000 hours over a 10-year period. Maybe not the most ideal way to have spent your twenties.
Are you religious?
No. Not an atheist either. A spiritual darwinist? Does that term even exist?
Here, in a compilation of Joe Rogan Podcast shows, the reader can get a sense of my general ideas on religion and life in general. The compilation was put together by me, by the way.
What are your political views?
The first thing is that I don't care about politics - at all. It should be a noble profession, but unfortunately, in reality, it isn't. The only reason I can rattle up the political history of dozens of countries around the world is because of ISGP.
My political stances? I belong to the "green-right", the "imperial humanists", the "socialist realpolitikers". In other words, politically I fit in nowhere.
Since this is a site about politics, why not describe my views in a bit of detail to offer potential solutions to the problems described on this site. Whenever I think of something, I just add it. Buckle up, because there are some unusual ideas in here.
Relatively strong labor unions is a basic human right. Without labor unions we have fascism/corporatism. Labor unions that are too strong cause anarchism/communism.
A removal of the stigma on the term "socialism". Basic, moderate socialism is simply about communication between employees and employers. It is for a minimum wage, a maximum number of working hours, the abolishment of child labor, having a pension, watchdog agencies for banks and corporations. Whoever has the money, controls the state. Remove socialism and a cycle starts in which the strong will appoint their friends and family members to power and corrupt the entire state. If one is born poor, no matter what your potential, he or she will stay poor.
Make it illegal for senior government officials to associate with their successors, except in official capacity and only with specialized television and radio channels available that record the entire conversation. A few national security exceptions can be made for the (elected) president, who is supposed to know every secret of the nation anyway. Former administration officials are not allowed to meet at corporate boards, foundations, think tanks or private conferences together. The reason for these measures are obvious: this is a large part of how old boy networks work and how they maintain influence over later governments. If persons are unwilling to make this small sacrifice, they shouldn't run for high office.
Change can only come when electoral candidates have guaranteed, unbiased access to the media. A system is needed that protects journalists and television crews from big business, the judiciary, the intelligence services, and the executive office, while at the same time promoting journalistic responsibility and accountability. This is a highly complex subject for which I haven't done enough thinking yet to come up with solid solutions. A few ideas:
Don't abolish any existing media. Reign in the paparazzi a bit though and the bullying and intimidation tactics of certain Fox News hosts. Seeing a show of Bill O'Reilly is like watching a broadcast straight from Nazi Germany.
Treat the media as a completely unique aspect of society. Investigative journalism should become a sort of civic duty with great input from the masses.
Include a basic investigative journalism course in pre-school, high school and college education programs. Take out any degree of elitism. Every citizen should be able to conduct research and write articles.
Money incentives will have to be taken out. Every citizens pays a to-be-determined sum a year that goes into a specific fund that allows several news agencies to operate.
To prevent stagnation, nepotism and infiltration by intelligence agencies there needs to be a lot of forced rotation in news anchors, journalists and executives. Maybe it's not a bad idea to create a national database with millions of people willing to serve one or two years in one of these positions.
Full backgrounds need to be available to the public for every person selected in order check for any anomalies. Full disclosure on any prominent historic friends and acquaintances is mandatory.
Gay rights. Education towards making it completely acceptable. Homosexuality has been a common phenomenon throughout human history. These people aren't hurting anyone and have equal rights to be happy. Yes, I still cringe a bit when seeing two men kiss - but that's my problem and for me to get used to. I love it when two (beautiful) girls kiss, so it would be hypocritical to not allow men to kiss and do whatever else they want to do on a consensual basis.
Gay marriage? Fine. Gay couples adopting children? No, not in the foreseeable future. It's totally selfish. Chances are extreme that the child will be relentlessly picked upon all throughout his teenage years. It's as awkward as can be and one can't expect children to be able to deal with this when most grown ups have to restrain themselves not to crack a few jokes.
Pro-social security, but not to the point it makes people too comfortable. Just to cover the absolute basics.
Relatively easy access to education at any age and with any income. Certainly multiple nationally recognized high school exams a year (there are different levels of this in some countries) that allow people quick access to college educations. Scrap high school courses that are only recognized by a specific college or university. They benefit no one except the institute that offers them.
Pro-medicare as it used to be in the Netherlands until 2002/2003: government-ran for less than 30 euros a month (for young, healthy people) with all the basics covered, including the dentist, and any major procedures. After social security was privatized - the "American model" - costs mysteriously tripled within a few years and continued to rise, with little being covered anymore. That's what they call corruption.
Great focus on the development and integration of alternative medicine. Personal experience tells me that most deceases can be completely cured by working yourself correctly with the meridian system. Prevention is much easier, though.
Legalization and acceptance of Ayahuasca and Ibogaine. At the very least anyone in contact with the police or psychiatry should be given these very impressive natural medicines. In contrast to popular belief, these psychedelics can provide persons with tremendous creative and psychological insights, and have a tendency to confront people with their own unhealthy thoughts and actions. People really should have the freedom to experiment with psychedelics that are non-addictive and beneficial. Certain other psychedelics should potentially also be legalized. Unfortunately, rules need to be put in place to prevent accidents caused by people high on psychedelics. Purified DMT should also be legalized. Especially intravenously injected DMT seems to have incredible healing potential.
Legalization of cannabis/weed. It should only be illegal to smoke it at work, in public places (except in remoter areas), or any place where it becomes a nuisance to others. I personally have never smoked weed, by the way. Did eat it once, but it's not my thing.
Production of hemp should be legalized and promoted, as it is an ideal plant to produce fuel, food, clothing and other products from.
Certainly do not legalize cocaine, crack, heroine, PCP (Angel dust), crystal meth and similar drugs. This may seem obvious, but this idea has been floated around as a way to stop the illegal supply. Maybe these people should study the 19th century opium wars between Great Britain and China. Many more people, especially children, will become exposed to these drugs if they can be found everywhere (in the sense of: let's-give-it-a-try) and in many cases will be instantly addicted, or get themselves in trouble in related ways. These type of drugs should be 100 percent illegal, as they can destroy a whole culture. There's no practical value to be found here except for providing temporary pleasure at a major cost to physical and psychological health. This makes them the complete opposite of Ayahuasca and Ibogaine which alternate discomfort and euphoria with the purpose of improving the physical and psychological health of the individual, as well as to give advise on how to handle life. XTC should also be illegal, as it damages the nervous system if taken more than 2 or 3 times a year.
The tobacco plant should be legal (an ideal combination with Ayahuasca, but not to smoke or consume), but all the dozens of cancerous and addictive additives in cigarettes should be banned instantly. These additives cause DNA mutations leading to various forms of cancer and other genetic diseases, which, of course, are passed on to future generations.
A focus on sustainable development and alternative energy due to rapidly decreasing oil and gas reserves. Nuclear energy shouldn't be a problem in geologically stable areas (some day we can shoot the waste materials to the sun and luckily uranium is far from an unlimited resource). Revolutionary technologies to split water into hydrogen and oxygen (see John Deutch's bio in the intro article), as well as cold fusion type devices as the E-Cat, should become part of the mainstream discourse. An open minded can-do attitude should prevail and people should be stimulated to create home-made devices. This will increase interest in science and engineering and lead to more discoveries.
The rise is global CO2 levels is worrying. In the past few centuries we've had an average of 280 parts per million in the atmosphere. By 1960 we were at 320 ppm and by 2015 we will have reached 400 ppm. It is possible to debate to what extent CO2 will be able to increase global temperatures, as in the past CO2 levels always lagged behind global temperature changes - CO2 wasn't the cause. However, the rise of CO2 levels should be of considerable concern - it's a greenhouse gas, after all - and is one more reason to push for the introduction of green energy and possibly new revolutionary energy devices.
In addition to the meridian system, many millions a year should be made available for the study of near death experiences, out of body experiences, past life regressions (and verifying them), the "in between state", and half a dozen other subjects in order to create a new, non-cultish, fact-based world religion that combines darwinism and creationism.
A military that is designed along the needs of the United States and the rest of Europe. Maintaining a considerable technological edge over the rest of the world should be considered absolutely essential, especially when it comes to facing undemocratic countries.
Vatican City should cease to be a sovereign state and be stripped of its diplomatic status. The Catholic Church should only have the right to exist as a non-government religious group. The problem with the church is that it has been abusing its power for the past 2000 years and is a danger to both the democratic process and the evolution of modern society. It's also a danger to the world with its refusal to support any birth control measures.
Continental and global integration along political and economic lines, but at a slower pace. Not too many poor countries should be allowed to join at once and democracy should not be sacrificed. The European Parliament, for example, is very weak.
A virtual stop to third world immigration combined with strong re-education and integration programs for everyone who is already here (language, culture, raising of children, attitude towards women, spreading people out, providing of education). Skin color is not what is keeping people apart - cultural differences do that. Only when large numbers of immigrants have fully integrated and intermarried (which only has benefits) and today's growing immigrant ghettos have disappeared, more third world immigrants can be allowed.
Cooperation with China and India in promoting responsible birth control measures in the western world. Without cooperation from these countries - especially China - it is too much of a security threat to limit the growth of our own populations. Women rapidly need to become equal to men in these Far Eastern societies to prevent child murders. For the next two centuries the United Nations should advise all world citizens to only take one or two children, without people being forced. Instead, re-education programs are preferred that instill a sense of responsibility for the planet in all humans. As for the Third World, they either dramatically lower their birth rates or face ever increasing poverty. As long as the West can afford it, Africa should not be abandoned when it comes to preventing the worst conflicts and temporary food shortages, but it's ultimately up to the people of that continent to help themselves. If they dramatically lower their birth rates, eventually there should be enough food for everyone.
World population of less than 1 billion people - most likely 500 million people - at least with the present state of technology. Every person should be allowed to go out in nature and hunt animals and gather edible nuts and plants. Everyone should know how to build a basic wood cabin and live off the land when times get rough. We deserve it, the animals deserve it and the planet deserves it. No more non-biological bio-industry, no more nuclear accidents, a Great Pacific Garbage Patch, third world ghettos without sewer systems, homeless people, forced 8 to 16 hour working days - you name it. Humans were meant to be part of nature. Technology is essential, however, for luxury, entertainment and keeping everyone connected all over the planet. Fundamentally it should not change much in our modern western society, except that people will be happier and healthier. Access to nature is essential in that. As long as everyone has access to biological food (including biological versions of pizzas, bread and hamburgers), large cities can continue to exist - there will just be less of them.
Gun laws of the Netherlands are more than fine. No guns are allowed to protect personal property, although it is possible to acquire bows and crossbows for people who fear burglars (it's not advisable to shoot the burglar though). It's extremely uncommon that people do this, however. If you want to own a gun you'll have to be a member of a shooting club for at least one year or follow an one-year hunting course. In both cases weapon permits are only given after extensive background checks with the police occasionally checking if guns are properly registered and stored at home. Hunters need to be active. Most likely the only area of improvement is to do more extensive psychological background checks and banning anyone with a history of serious psychological treatment. The same model should work in the United States. It's an entirely different country, however: a superpower regularly involved in wars, still a lot of places to hunt and a centuries-long indoctrination that guns are needed to protect oneself against the government and burglars.
Realpolitik should become part of the public discourse. We need the resources from Third World countries and make sure we continue to get them. The only alternative is that western society collapses and we can all go back to tribal warfare. In turn, however, western societies should do whatever they can to work on scientific breakthroughs in every area of sustainable development. It should also actively become engaged in reducing the world's population through birth control measures.
Centralized control over the distribution of pets to counter abuse, stress from barking dogs, and the ever increasing amount of abandoned animals. People who want a dog, a cat, a rabbit or other animal, will need to contact a special government-ran agency. This agency:
will conducts interviews with the applicant at his or her home with the entire family present;
will talk to the neighbors to get an outside perspective on the person or family;
does financial and criminal background checks;
will first introduce the family to older animals that need a new home the most (and which are many times cheaper than young animals);
will educate the person or family about everything it needs to know about the pet: food, how to clean it, and how it needs to be trained (maybe to cut costs: let people take an exam);
will not give licences to anyone if there is a chance that the animal will be mistreated, abandoned, or become a problem to neighbors.
will take the animal away if there are many complaints from neighbors or signs of abuse.
Legalization of prostitution.
If it's illegal, the mafia and other criminal groups will get involved in the business, meaning long hours, slave wages, beatings, forced addiction with payments in heroin, human trafficking and sketchy customers. Clearly this should be avoided at all costs. Sex, as well as love and affection, is an incredibly powerful need and a lot of people can't get it, or not enough.
As a 21th century society we should at the very least create opportunities for insecure, lonely, depressed (due to a break up, for example), or disabled persons. At the same time, how is it possible that consenting adults can have sex for free, but both become criminals if even $1 is exchanged? What if the "customer" buys bread for the "provider" in return? Or gives the "provider" a place to live in return? All of a sudden we're talking about a large percentage of relationships. Some ideas:
Regular, thorough inspections of "pleasure houses" and escort services. The financial books should be available to the justice department at all times.
As is the case in various countries, prostitutes absolutely cannot be forced to work a certain number of hours. They come and go whenever they want. They don't even have to show up for appointments. If they're late, so be it. It may not be the best for character shaping, but 100 percent free will has to be guaranteed.
Maybe prostitutes shouldn't pay tax: they need to make enough money to quickly follow an education and certainly need to be financially independent. They have to deal with a somewhat unpleasant crowd for much of the time: older, overweight, often a bit vulgar men who cheat on their wives or have various psychological issues that prevent them from finding a wife. Quite possibly they fulfill the most thankless, yet one of the most essential needs of society.
Having seen what goes into a neighborhood "pleasure house": by law, maybe standard prices should only go for people within certain age ranges and below a certain fat percentage (better yet: lean body mass/fat percentage ratio). This is quite easy to measure in case of disputes. A person decides never to work out, to have a 30% fat percentage and never to go to a tanning salon? Fine, but make him, by law, pay triple the amount as when he has 10% body fat and is working out. Why? Besides making the job much more enjoyable for the girls, because someone who visits prostitutes must at the same time be stimulated to be the best version of themselves in order to find a real girlfriend and wife.
Escorts as the psychologists and motivators of the 21th century? Look for ways to integrate escorts (with or without sex) with psychotherapy, fitness centers and dating services. Certainly with today's contraceptives it shouldn't be a problem anymore. Remove the stigma, but don't see it as the norm either. Don't forget to integrate everything with strip clubs. More luxury, more protection, more fun. Only without the stigma, of course.
Can you summarize what you do believe in and in what you don't when it comes to topics discussed on this site?
I think there's more than evidence pointing in the following directions:
Large scale historical drug and arms trafficking to fund covert operations, both by the CIA and communist elements.
Regular collaboration between mafia and gangs, intelligence agencies, diplomats and military and government officials.
Sexual and pedophile entrapment operations by the CIA, which started out as an aspect of Cold War psychological warfare programs as MKULTRA.
That the KGB/FSB carried out sexual entrapment operations also, as the case of Yuri Skuratov shows. Can't vouch for pedophile entrapment in their case, but I'd be surprised if weren't involved in that.
False flag terrorist operations as a standard modus for governments throughout history. A government always wants to be able to explain to its own population that it was not the one who started the conflict.
That the Russian government, with Vladimir Putin at the helm, was behind the 1999 Russian apartment bombing, without which he would not have gained the popularity necessary to be elected president.
That the cruise ferry Estonia was sunk with the help of explosives and that clandestine Russian arms shipments had a lot to do with its sinking.
CIA-mafia-Cuban exiles involvement in the JFK and RFK assassinations, most notably Ted Shackley and his team.
Nepotistic old boy networks.
The powerful influence of the Israel Lobby in the U.S.
That the Israelis attacked the U.S.S. Liberty on purpose.
That the Israelis have been obtained a considerable arsenal of nuclear weapons.
That the international Zionist network has deep ties to the Jewish elements of the Russian and American mafias, and that in general the Zionist network is stacked with extremely criminal figures.
Voter fraud, even in the United States, at least during the election of George W. Bush in 2000 and 2004.
ISGP's four-establishment model.
Short and long term economic growth problems due to a peak in the world's remaining conventional oil and gas supplies. However, more expensive shale oil for now has saved the world from the oil peak.
That Osama bin Laden originally plotted 9/11, but that U.S. elites cooperated with the Saudis and other international elements to allow the attack to happen.
That it is impossible to explain the molten pools of steel, the temperatures of 2,800 °F (1540 °C) that took months to cool down, and the heavy local sulfidation attacks on certain steel beams, without bringing huge amounts of thermate into the equation.
That it's impossible to brush off the fact that everyone that day thought that bombs were located inside the WTC buildings, with both collapses being preceded by loud explosions. This was the case until mayor Giuliani denied it.
That the conspiracy community, from Kennedy to 9/11 and everything in between, is almost completely controlled by counter-intelligence through a network of compromised authors, website owners and extremist online comment posters. They all link to each other, fight among each other, promote many of the same non-sensical theories, and ignore unique research of outsiders. Many have moved from the Kennedy assassination or the UFO community on to topics as 9/11, always pushing bogus theories in order to confuse anyone who takes an interest in these subjects. Radical online posters and real life activists continually stigmatize and stereotype those who are open to the question of conspiracy.
That Alex Jones is a Christian conservative activist/operative who refuses to talk about groups as Le Cercle, the American Security Council, the John Birch Society, the Heritage Foundation and the Council for National Policy.
That Rense is an incarnation of the pro-Nazi Liberty Lobby - which goes a long way to explain his continuous support for the holocaust-denying Institute for Historical Review.
That Coast to Coast AM somehow is an extension of Laurance Rockefeller's and Maurice Strong's new age and conservationist ideas.
That the same is true for the Disclosure Project of Steven Greer, who was funded by Laurance Rockefeller and in the 1990s ran his "Project Starlight" at the Baca Ranch in the San Luis Valley of Strong and Rockefeller.
I think the following is absolute nonsense:
Fake Moon landings.
Illuminati and bloodline theories.
New World Order talk.
Satanic conspiracies (although some ritual abuse comes close).
Nibiru or Planet X.
Annunaki and Reptilians.
Freemasonry having any political significance in the present day.
That bankers as the Rothschilds and Rockefellers rule the world by themselves.
So prominent because of the Liberty Lobby and its legacy: the Spotlight, the Institute for Historical Review and American Free Press. Ignore the many discussions about concentration camp Auschwitz; instead, read about Babi Yar and the eastern European extermination camps of the Nazis and the Ustasa.
John Coleman's Committee of 300.
Pod and no-plane-at-Pentagon theories of 9/11.
The Cathy O'Brien and David Icke's Queen Mother stories.
Everything that has come out of Ted Gunderson's mouth.
In other words, the kind of stuff that completely dominates the internet and "alternative" books and has been put out for years by the huge Art Bell/Coast to Coast AM show.
What came first? Wikipedia or ISGP?
Often people forget the absolutely gigantic resources we have available in the modern world. If a particular group has been mentioned briefly in three books and four newspaper articles worldwide in the past 50 years, there's a good change today that all these sources are listed in a Wikipedia entry on this group - giving off the impression that there never was any secret in the first place. Fact is, in order for a particular group to be known, it generally has to be discussed thousands of times in newspapers, the media, and preferably, in school books. For example, Bilderberg has been mentioned many hundreds of times in English language newspapers from the 1970s to the late 1990s, but at least in Europe nobody had heard of it until broadband internet came along. And even it this case, we only know about it because of McCarthyite John Birch-type propaganda that stimulated discussion. Compare this to information on Le Cercle or the 1001 Club, which have literally been discussed 100 to 1,000 times less than Bilderberg - yet today they still have Wikipedia entries with some basic information.
The fact is, when ISGP first wrote about Le Cercle, the 1001 Club and the Pilgrims Society, entries on Wikipedia about these societies did not exist. In each case these were added shortly after the ISGP articles had been uploaded and widely read. Virtually no other information existed on these groups at the time.
Wikipedia's Sun Valley/Allen & Co. entry was created years after ISGP had identified 100 plus visitors and wrote an article about the group.
Wikipedia's JASON Group article did exist, but was far from complete. At least half of the members were taken from ISGP. In a later stage references to ISGP were removed, giving the impression that the JASON Group has always been straightforward about its membership. Looking at the way the JASONs treated me after ISGP's article on the group, should tell anyone that the JASONs were forced out into the open due to the internet.
Details about the Bohemian Grove camps and the visitors also came from ISGP. Although membership lists have leaked in recent years, back in 2005/2006 none were in the public domain and names were scattered all over the place.
ISGP has been responsible for other information on Wikipedia. Often this information was removed, but it appears that Wikipedia suffers from relatively little censorship if the sources are good - which I applaud it for.
Anno December 2012: Wikipedia doesn't have a page on the American Security Council; only the American Security Council Foundation. Almost no members are mentioned, while ISGP just published an extensive membership list with a just as extensive article about the history of both groups. Let's see how long it takes before the Wikipedia article is expanded.
Are you supported by other researchers?
From conspiracy circles? Little to nothing. There was quite a bit of initial support from the "gurus" that - sadly - form the New York Times and Washington Post of the conspiracy community, Alex Jones and Jeff Rense - respectively progenies of the McCarthyite John Birch Society and the pro-Nazi Liberty Lobby (both with deep ties to the conservative establishment). Their support, however, completely disappeared when my articles became more in depth and they apparently realized I was an independent person. There's just absolutely no way that they would not have been interested in the later published material, which Jones also demonstrated when he incorporated an oversight created by ISGP in one of his films.
I did receive support from a limited number of professional investigators and journalists who provided me with crucial documents. Other material was provided by ordinary persons without websites or any kind of name for themselves.
Reader feedback has always been near 100 percent positive without any skeptics trying to debunk the articles. Sure, when you write about 9/11 there are regular exceptions to that rule: you're bound to get 5 page emails from "architects" and "physicists" willing to debate you on every single statement you ever made on the subject - but that's just how national security works.
What writers do you support?
Hmmm, let me think. George Seldes' 1943 book Facts and Fascism should be required reading for every high school student internationally. Seldes also came up with one of the cleverest and most telling book titles ever: Tell the Truth and Run. He showed how journalism ought to be: to the point, hard hitting and instead of being "objective", with enormous bias towards rational, moral thinking.
Other more modern ones? A few, I think. Daniel Hopsicker, Dr. Peter Dale Scott, Rodney Stich, Joseph Trento and David Teacher come to mind as authors whose works I have found really insightful.
And I really love the older lyrics written by James Hetfield. Does that count?
What is your relation to Lyndon LaRouche's organizations, mainly Executive Intelligence Review?
I'm not a member, nor will I ever be. They were very interested in my Cercle work and therefore I used to keep in contact with one of the members to whom I've regularly passed information in return for small favors (primarily the translation of French-language texts). The contact lasted from 2006 to 2008 or so.
Where has the criticism on the Disclosure Project gone?
Copied it all to the archives 2006 page, where one of Steven Greer's books was extensively reviewed. Simply put, Greer is a major scam artist, caught manipulating on numerous occassions.
Some new information: Search ISGP's 1001 Club membership/biography list for the term "Baca" and you will stumble on a San Luis Valley events log. It shows that Steven Greer's UFO contact group, partly financed by Laurance Rockefeller, was centered at the Baca Ranch in the San Luis Valley. The ranch was owned by Laurance Rockefeller and Maurice Strong. They two built a new age-like community there that has representatives from every religion in the world, whom Strong also invited to his United Nations conferences. Greer, as a leading member of the Baha'i faith, obviously shares Strong's philosophies.
Has anything strange happened?
Not a whole lot. A few interesting things did happen, mainly early on.
Event #1) In 2005, I did an article on the JASONs. For some reason I ended up on the mailing list of one of the JASON members in the weeks after that. Together with dozens of JASONs I got an email with all kinds of details on nuclear power plants and how they could be protected from enemy attacks. These blueprints - or whatever they were - were extremely complex with so many scientific terms in them that I couldn't understand them at all. It might well have been the most hard-to-understand material I've ever come across. Anyway, I closed the email within two or three minutes, letting it sit there in my inbox. I thought about notifying the JASON who had put me on his mailing list, but at the time I considered the possibility that the JASONs were involved in other, shall we say, more "exotic" engineering projects - so I kept quiet. I never had the slightest intention of distributing or uploading the information in the email. All I did was wait and see if they would send me something else.
A week or ten days later something interesting did indeed come my way. I opened my email program and found that my inbox was completely empty. Although I immediately suspected this had something to do with the JASON mail, I did check my deleted items and other folders. Everything was still exactly the same in these other folders, so the missing emails in my inbox, including the JASON email, had mysteriously skipped the deleted items folder.
Although I'm still not 100% sure that I didn't do anything wrong, I knew this had never happened before and basically made a bet with myself that this would never occur again. And, of course, it hasn't. My guess: a JASON or someone at the DOD or NSA corrected the mistake. Although, it probably wasn't a mistake at all. Most likely it was intimidation or an excuse to tap my email, phone, etc.
Event #2) Sometime in the first half of 2006 all of a sudden it had become impossible for me to order any books from Great Britain. Actually, to be more precise, I could order them, but they would never arrive. In a brief period I ordered three different books from three different book stores: none of them ever arrived. The book stores in question all assured me they had shipped the book I ordered and in one case they sent me a scan of their post office receipt. This book store also returned my money.
Now, I had ordered numerous books before that time, both from the US and Britain, and I've never had any problems with delivery. What's the chance that three books from three different book stores all get lost at about the same time? (Actually, I don't know. But I bet the odds are not very high.)
I reordered the books from the US and, as usual, there weren't any problems. I also recently again tried to order books from Britain, and it seems the delivery problems are over. I still wonder where those three books are that I ordered.
Event #3) In about the same period--give or take a few months--that I had these shipping problems from England, something else happened that was very interesting. One day I picked up the phone to call someone. I dialed the number, but instead of hearing the person I wanted to speak with, I ended up talking to a room with humming noises in the background, like a bunch of servers were running there. After maybe 10 seconds either I hung up or the connection was broken--can't remember anymore--and I redialed the number of the person I wanted to speak with. This time I was successful. The person I called hadn't heard anything the first time.
In the book 'Enemies of the State' (a book that recently actually did arrive from Britain), written in 1993 by the British author Gary Murray, we find stories of anti-nuclear energy activists being intimidated by British intelligence. On page 220 we can read about experiences of a person whose phone was tapped. One experience was very similar to my own, except for the fact that I did not hear anyone on the other side:
"She [a victim of serious harassment] also had the fairly common, and unnerving, experience of dialing a number and hearing not a ringing tone but people moving about in a room."
Has my phone been tapped? I don't know for sure. As a Dutch documentary showed a few years ago, the number of phone taps per person in the Netherlands is higher than anywhere in the world.
Event #4) As for more recent experiences, the fact that the ISGP domain was taken down for a week in early 2010 was probably another one of these strange episodes. At Eurid they said my living address wasn't correct anymore and I needed to provide documentation as to my current address. The strange things about this episode were:
That in Brussels they couldn't have known (as far as I know) that I was living at a different address, because social services and city hall where I live hadn't changed the address in their own database at that point. I regularly called city hall on this issue, because I needed a parking permit. Each time they asked for more information and additional steps had to be taken before they could process the information in their database. As far as they could see (and there supposedly are no others), I had never moved. But somehow Eurid in Brussels knew...
The persons hosting my site (whom I knew personally) and the company who in turn provided their hosting space and bandwidth, all thought it was unheard of what Eurid was doing. In their experience it (almost?) never happens that a domain is taken down over minor issues like this, and only after one notification.
It also took quite a bit effort to get the domain back up again. Multiple scanned documents had to be sent to Brussels that proved where I was living. It took days for them to respond and they didn't answer the question how they could see I had moved when local administrations in the Netherlands couldn't. It's not a company, that's for sure. With those customer service standards they'd be out of business in no time.
Oh well... you get used to these things. Maybe it's something; maybe it's nothing.