Amnet Sample

In the late 1980s, this is what a computer
Bulletin Board System would look like
on your home compute screen which would
only display text, including numbers and
punctuation found on a teletypewriter

Captured 05/01/87
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SAMPLE SESSION

AMNET COMPUTER BULLETIN BOARD

What you see on your computer screen when you call the BBS

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Nulls, if needed, (0-9)? 0

AMNET BBS
THE CIVIL LIBERTIES ELECTRONIC FORUM
—————————————
BBS – NEWSBASE 2 – CHICAGO, IL
Operating 24 hours -1200/300 baud

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Sponsored by the National Lawyers Guild
Civil Liberties Committee

With cooperation from The Center for
Democratic Renewal (CDR) & The Fund for
Open Information & Accountability, Inc.
(FOIA, Inc.)

Chip Berlet – SYSOP (System Operator)

Contributing Editors:
Howard Katz – Ann Mari Buitrago
Mark Alphonso

NewsBase BBS Program (c) 1986, R. Gaikowski

Enter FIRST Name: chip
Enter LAST Name: berlet
Checking file…

Your PASSWORD: 123456

Is today’s date 05/01/87 ‘Y/N’ ?n

Enter today’s date as MM/DD/YY: 05/05/87
Logging name to disk…

You are caller number: 464

ŠUse CTL-S or S to PAUSE, CTL-K or K to END

BULLETIN…

– – – – – – – – – – – – – – 02/14/87
The new system is up on a
Xerox 820-II utilizing nearly
four-megabytes of a hard disk.
Text files not on the main menu
can be found on Drive A: in
User Areas 0-4. Password is “STAR”
– – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

Welcome to AMNET!

AMNET is a computer bulletin board
serving the movement for democratic
change in America by providing
information about civil liberties and
civil rights.

Thanks to:
Richard Gaikowski – NEWSBASE design
Alan Fenske – system design & testing
Irv Hoff – help with BYE.COM
Dennis Recla – original RBBS.COM

Please do not compromise this
system by leaving messages that are
not public, uploading copyrighted
material, engaging in any criminal
activity, or otherwise exposing us
to legal liability.

Thanks, enjoy your visit…

-=**:[ MAIN AMNET (NEWSBASE 2) MENU ]:**=-

Private Messages [password protected] EM – PRIVATE E-MAIL

Public Messages [no privacy – open to all] DE – DEBATE

Section Menus for Electronic Newsletter
FR – FRONT PAGE
CL – CIVIL LIBERTIES
RW – RIGHT WING REALITY
OR – ORGANIZING
Š
System Commands
N – NOTES ON SYSTEM
X – TURNS MENUS OFF/ON
Z – GRAFFITI WALL
C – TO CP/M – MORE TEXT [upload/download files] / – OTHER COMMANDS

Type “BYE” to EXIT and Logoff [Disconnect]

>>AMNET [NEWSBASE 2] > fr

FRONT PAGE

1 Schoolbook Censorship Cases
2 CIA Secrecy and the Democratic Process
3 LaRouche: unravelling the Gordion Knot {ITT}
4 Jerry Falwell’s Christian Bill of Rights
5 Sanctuary Movement Converts Colonel
6 Reagan and the World Anti-Communist League

/ = Other commands | M = Main Menu

>>AMNET [NEWSBASE 2] > cl

CIVIL LIBERTIES

1 CAN WE TAKE OUR FREEDOMS FOR GRANTED?
by Richard Criley [THIS IS A LONG FILE!] 2 Censorship in the Classroom – ACLU
3 Drug Testing – Rights of Employees – ACLU
4 COINTELPRO Revisited – Spying & Disruption
by Brian Glick [This is a long File!] 5 Even LaRouchies & Crazies Have Rights
6 Nationwide Police Spy Network Exposed in Chicago
7 List of Agencies in Police Spy Network
8 Visa Denials Equal Censorship – ACLU
9 Equal Rights After the Brown Decision – ACLU
10 The Constitution Coulkd Save Us From Our Worst Mistakes!
From Civil Liberties – ACLU (Reprinted from the New Yorker)

/ = Other commands | M = Main Menu

Š1 CAN WE TAKE OUR FREEDOMS FOR GRANTED?
by Richard Criley [THIS IS A LONG FILE!]

>>CIVIL LIBERTIES>1

Use CTL-S or S to PAUSE, CTL-K or K to END

CAN WE TAKE OUR FREEDOMS FOR GRANTED?

by Richard Criley

Bill of Rights Foundation

“Congress shall make no law . . .

abridging the freedom of speech, or of

the press; or the right of the people

peaceably to assemble and to petition the

Government for a redress of grievances.”

First Amendment to the
U. S. Constitution (1)

We assume that the United States is dedicated to individual

freedoms; it’s part of our national identity.

But as individuals, we seldom appreciate our constitutional

freedoms until we are unjustly treated. An abusive police

officer, an unfair judge, an unresponsive tax auditor, or some

other person in a position of authority can vividly show us how

easily our rights can be trampled. Then we are outraged and want

to do something to defend our fragile freedoms.

FREEDOMS FOR ALL–OR FREEDOMS FOR NONE

What can we do? Our system of individual rights depends

Šupon their availability to {{{everyone}}}–including some people whose

beliefs we may not like. But if the constitutional rights of any

[story continues – edited here for space]

To read or enter public comments on this article PRESS ‘Y’ y

Sorry no comments have been entered for that file
To enter a comment press ‘E’

>> COMMENT FILE (E)nter,(R)ead,(S)can by title :e

Msg # will be 1

To (RETURN for ALL):
Subject: Informed Consent

Enter up to 40 lines of text (NO semicolons).
When finished, hit two RETURNs in a row.

1> One problem is the lack of serious education concerning
2> pluralism and democracy. How can we expect to defend democracy
3> when we don’t know what it is or what its enemies are like?
4>

(S)ave (A)bort (C)ontinue (E)dit (L)ist
(D)elete or (I)sert line (or’?’for help): s
Updating Summary file, Next Message #, Active Messages, and Message file.

>>AMNET [NEWSBASE 2] > rw

RIGHT WING REALITY

1 MONITOR – Newsletter of the
Center for Democratic Renewal (CDR)
2 CDR Statement
3 CDR Press Release
4 Lyndon LaRouche – Fascism in the 1980’s
by Chip Berlet
5 Racist Computer Networks
6 Racist and Anti-Semitic Farm Activism
by Lenny Zeskind – CDR
7 The White Racist Alliance in Illinois
by Midwest Research
8 Advice on How Right-Wing Fundamentalists
can Infiltrate the Political Process
Š – as disclosed by People for the American Way

/ = Other commands | M = Main Menu

>>AMNET [NEWSBASE 2] > or

ORGANIZING

1 Groups Researching or Organizing Against the Right Wing
by Midwest Research
2 Bugs, Wiretaps and Informers – an Overview
by Linda Lotz, American Friends Service Committee
3 Common Sense Security
by Sheila O’Donnell, Public Eye Network

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT KIT – from FOIA, INC.

4 Documentation and Instructions
5 Sample FBI Request Letter
6 Sample Federal Agency Request Letter
7 Sample Appeal of Denial or Deletions Letter
8 List of FBI Main & Field Office Addresses
9 List of Selected Federal Agency Address

10 Illinois Freedom of Information Act – Sample Letter
11 Chicago Open Records Executive Order – Sample Letter

/ = Other commands | M = Main Menu

>>AMNET [NEWSBASE 2] > em

>>PRIVATE E-MAIL BOARD<< Number of Active Entries: 2 Board's Last Entry Number: 17 ***COMMANDS USED*** E.) Enter message S.) Scan message by title R.) Read messages D.) Delete message F.) Feedback for Sysop /.) Other commands Š Hit RETURN for previous menu To Read more than one message at a time enter R;1+ or R;23+ to start reading messages from whichever number you want to start at. >>PRIVATE E-MAIL> R,S,D,E,/ or’?’:

>>AMNET [NEWSBASE 2] > de

>>DEBATE BOARD<< Number of Active Entries: 12 Board's Last Entry Number: 13 Last Entry You Read: 13 ***COMMANDS USED*** E.) Enter message S.) Scan message by title R.) Read messages D.) Delete message F.) Feedback for Sysop /.) Other commands Hit RETURN for previous menu To Read more than one message at a time enter R;1+ or R;23+ to start reading messages from whichever number you want to start at. >>DEBATE> R,S,D,E,/ or’?’: r;1

Use CTL-S or S to PAUSE, CTL-K or K to END

Msg #: 1
Date: 09/22/86
From: Allan Fenske
To: ALL
Re: TERRORISM AND DRUGS

I’D LIKE TO SEE PEOPLE’S COMMENTS ON THE FOLLOWING
PROPOSITION. THE TWO MAIN ISSUES BEING PUSHED BY THE
PRESENT ADMINISTRATION ARE TERRORISM (FORIEGN POLICY)
AND DRUGS (DOMESTIC POLICY). IT SEEMS CLEAR THAT WHILE
BOTH OF THESE ARE GENUINE AREAS OF CONCERN INFACT THEY
ARE BEING USED TO COVER A HOST OF MORE IMPORTANT ISSUES.L
IN A REAL SENSE BOTH OF THESE ISSUES ARE BOGUS. NEITHER
ŠOF THEM SPEAKS TO THE REAL CRISIS’ FACING THE AMERICAN
PEOPLE AND THE HYSTERIA SUROUNDING THEM ONLY STIFLES REAL
DEBATE. WORSE, THE SOLUTIONS PROPOSED WILL ONLY SERVE TO
REDUCE CIVIL LIBERTIES AND CUT CHANNELS OF COMMUNICATION
PROGRESSIVE ACTIVISTS SHOULD TRY TOEXPOSE THIS FRAUD AND FOCUS
ATTENTION ON THE REAL ISSUES.

Message Number: ( 1- 13) to Read (RETURN to quit) : 2

Msg #: 2
Date: 10/23/86
From: Ben Masel
To: ALL
Re: #1

bravo. a couple weeks back thea cop shot a guy, handcuffe
d on the groumnd, for having picked 3 wid plants.
This was the day after ron and nacncy”s tv show.
Marijuana and anti-urine test rally we held on Wisc. ca
Capitol grounds has become an issue in governor”s race.
the republican challenger says we should never have been
allowed to hold it.
Why are they so sanctimonious when all their pals push
cocaine?
Virginia Hill, girlfriend of Buggsy Siegal, in autobiogr
aphy, refers to reagan introducing Siegal to “Unofficial
Mayor” of SF Chinatown, which link, i suspect , played
a part in SE Asia to USA Heroin traffic. (Koumintong mai
ntains an army in Golden triangle area of Burma which
dominates upstream end of eroin flow. Remember, Reagan
remained loyal to Koumintang long after Nixon “s trip
to Peking. And then there”s the Contras.

Message Number: ( 1- 13) to Read (RETURN to quit) : 3

Msg #: 3
Date: 11/26/86
From: David Orme
To: ALL
Re: Issues

What do you think that the other real issues are?

I agree that the cop shooting the guy while he was handcuffed
was not a good idea, but is that really a widespread issue
like the drugs we hear about at work, at school, and elsewhere?

Dave

Message Number: ( 1- 13) to Read (RETURN to quit) : 4
Š

Msg #: 4
Date: 11/26/86
From: Ben Masel
To: ALL
Re: same

What is becoming widespread is the attitude that the au
thorities can do no wrong, so long as they are fifghting
the drug menace. Thus the reedom of Information act is
wiped as a rider in the drug package.
And the 4th amendment deserves a decent burial. (Anyone
know a stonecarver?)

>>AMNET [NEWSBASE 2] > c

COMMANDS used on this system:

NOTE: You can not re-enter the BBS from CP/M
You must redial to re-enter BBS

A>BYE <---To sign-off A>DIR <---To get a directory of the software on the drive A>DIR $L <---To list all files in all LIBRARY files on drive A>TYPE <---For Type menu A>KMD <---For KMD menu for uploads & downloads A>HELP <---For detailed instructions CHECKSUM PROTOCOL USERS NOTE: Most MS-DOS, PC-DOS and APPLE users use the Checksum file accuracy algorithm (Most CP/M folks use CRC). IF YOUR PROGRAM USES CHECKSUM RATHER THAN CRC PROTOCOL: The KMD commands to use to send NewsBase a file is KMD RC filename To have NewsBase send you a file the command is: KMD SC filename For MS-DOS user to send a file from within a library file KMD LC libraryname filename.ext NewsBase supports the Christensen, XMODEM & KMD protocols! Entering CP/M... Booting AMNET RCP/M... Type HELP for assistance Š Minutes left: 42 BYE .COM 8K | DIR .COM 8K | HELP .COM 8K | INDEX .COM 8K KMD .COM 16K | TYPE .COM 8K | USER .COM 8K | XMODEM .COM 8K >>> DRIVE:A USER:0 FILES:8 SPACE USED:72K (3288K FREE) <<< Maximum Directory entries: 512 of which 8 were found used and 504 left. A0>user 1

PW=
A1>dir

PRIBBS .005 16K | PRIDATAM.006 8K | PRIEND .009 8K | PRIINTRO.001 16K
PRILAWEN.004 8K | PRILIABL.003 8K | PRIORWEL.008 8K | PRIPRIV .002 16K
PRISURV .007 24K
>>> DRIVE:A USER:1 FILES:9 SPACE USED:112K (3288K FREE) <<< Maximum Directory entries: 512 of which 9 were found used and 503 left. A1>user 2

A2>dir

FARM .CDR 32K | MONITOR1.CDR 16K | MONITOR3.CDR 40K
>>> DRIVE:A USER:2 FILES:3 SPACE USED:88K (3288K FREE) <<< Maximum Directory entries: 512 of which 3 were found used and 509 left. A2>user 3

A3>dir

F1INST .FOI 16K | F2FBIREQ.FOI 8K | F3GOVREQ.FOI 8K | F4ADMAPP.FOI 8K
F5FBIADD.FOI 8K | F6GOVADD.FOI 8K
>>> DRIVE:A USER:3 FILES:6 SPACE USED:56K (3288K FREE) <<< Maximum Directory entries: 512 of which 6 were found used and 506 left. A3>user 4

A4>dir

LGHTBULB.TXT 16K | MANUAL .ASC 88K | VISA .TXT 16K
>>> DRIVE:A USER:4 FILES:3 SPACE USED:120K (3288K FREE) <<< Maximum Directory entries: 512 of which 4 were found used and 508 left. A4>user 0

A0>help

AMNET CP/M RBBS HELP

Type “BYE” to say Goodbye and break connection with AMNET
Š
Type “DIR” for sorted directory of files
Type “DIR A:” for sorted directory of files on Drive A:
Type “DIR A: $L for sorted directory of Library files (.LBR)
Type “DIR A: $A for sorted directory of files on all User areas

Type “USER 2” for changing to USER area 2
Public user areas are 0-4
Password for public user areas PW=STAR

Type “TYPE” for help in screen display of text files
Use this to capture ASCII text by modem
Type “KMD” for help in Uploading or Downloading
Use this for “XMODEM” type binary transfer

Sorry, you cannot return to the first AMNET menu from here….

A0>user 4

PW=
A4>dir

LGHTBULB.TXT 16K | MANUAL .ASC 88K | VISA .TXT 16K
>>> DRIVE:A USER:4 FILES:3 SPACE USED:120K (3288K FREE) <<< Maximum Directory entries: 512 of which 4 were found used and 508 left. A4>type visa.txt

TYPEL v3.2 (c) ESKAY 05-23-84
P& VISA DENIAL VICTORY SETS STAGE FOR SWEEPING LEGISLATION

by Susan Blank From: “CIVIL LIBERTIES”,
American Civil Liberties Union,
No. 357 Spring, 1986

In 1983, Nino Pasti, an Italian peace activist who had been a Senator and
NATO general, was invited to the United States to address an antinuclear
rally. Invoking the McCarran-Walter Immigration and Nationality Act, the U.S.
State Department refused Pasti a visa on the grounds that he was seeking to
enter the country to engage in activities that “would be prejudicial to its
interests or endanger its security.”

This spring the State Department’s assertion that it has the authority to
impose such a ban was significantly undercut. In a case brought by the ACLU,
a federal court of appeals ruled that Pasti and three other foreigners should

[story continues, edited for space]

A4>BYE

THANKS FOR CALLING AMNET…PLEASE HANG UP NOW!