[ga] Fw: We Are Mad As Hell And Doing Something!
This got posted on the NETSOLS list early this morning and was swiftly
followed by the entire list being closed by VeriSign - for good. Anyone have
any insight as to what is going on here?
----- Original Message -----
From: "flip levin" <derrat0123@HOTMAIL.COM>
Sent: Thursday, May 24, 2001 5:27 AM
Subject: We Are Mad As Hell And Doing Something!
> NOTE: NSI is refusing to post this email message for over 10 hours. This
> a disgrace and an attempt to supress information from the readers of the
> Domain Policy list. This same message has been posted on www.ICANNWATCH
> www.ICANN Public Forum. So, as well,I am sending it directly to you and
> others frequently on that list who can post to the Domain Policy List.
> Committee For Fair Play From ICANN And DOC
> I am a real person and I sent the Mike Johnson information because
> should know what is going on with Verisign and its buddies at National
> Telecommunications Information Agency, the Department of Commerce and
> We don't want or intend to politicize this forum.
> However, none of us can remain in the dark to the harm that is being done
> the name of competition and improvement for our industry and the Internet.
> We understand why NSI dumped us off the posting last night and now want
> everyone to know that we are taking steps to be everywhere so we will be
> heard on this.
> We are not asking anyone for anything in our effort to obtain a fair
> for everyone who chooses to compete against Verisign, and for ICANN and
> Department of Commerce to do the right thing in fully investigating every
> instance of abuse by the dominant Verisign. There are documents available
> now that prove Verisign has cheated and is abusing its position of
> dominance. This information will be turned over to the Department of
> this week with a request for a formal antitrust investigation.
> We have asked Congresspersons to insist that a fair investigation be
> undertaken to determine how ICANN and the Department of Commerce can be
> and independent for this industry, and remain a dependent of Verisign.
> potential for conflicts of interest and interrelated personnel offers
> pregnant possibilities that wrongful conduct might never be fully and
> investigated by these bodies from here on.
> Some of us are lawyers and former NSI employees with friends inside
> who were outraged after learning of the details in the Mike Johnson
> litigation. We spoke to Mike Johnson today and learned that he has been
> provided assistance in preparing his recent filing, and despite
> executives and employees being told yesterday not to render such
> to him, access to information needed to support his Complaint is assured.
> Copies of the Johnson lawsuit was placed on the internal Verisign
> and printed and distributed to its employees even after Stratton yanked
> the posted materials from both the external and internal server. The
> won't be quietly and easily silenced by Verisign because of its despicable
> conduct described in the recent lawsuit.
> There is no question that Verisign still is violating laws, and this is
> a simple personnel matter as claimed by someone willing to remain blind to
> the realities we face living in this society. Having this lucrative
> government contract carries with it the responsibility to obey the laws
> designed to protect minorities and to give them a fair chance for
> and retained employment security free of discrimination.
> Since this grievous conduct is obviously not deemed to be an important
> matter for Verisign and its buddies at ICANN and the Department of
> we are announcing our support to make sure every newspaper and
> and each relevant organization we can find, knows of this litigation
> Verisign, and to organize whatever support we can to force ICANN and the
> Department of Commerce, the White House, and Congress to investigate and
> explain why there is no investigation to these horrendous facts and
> We can't let ICANN BOD and DOC ignore its respoinsibilities to call them
> they are and take the appropriate actions to even replace Verisign with
> another entity more willing to comply with all laws.
> There can be no serious reason advanced why Verisign's behavior disclosed
> ICANN and the Department of Commerce before the final negotiations were
> signed off last Friday was not disclosed to all Members of this House
> Commerce Committee before they voted approving this new transaction. The
> odor from this silence must be quickly investigated to reassure everyone
> that ICANN's independent role is still viable. We will be asking
> Congressmen Dingel and Markey to continue asking questions, as they voice
> the same concerns as others in the Senate who are now beginning to look at
> this situation. More than a whiff of fresh air is needed.
> Flip Leven
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