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Transparency at Portland Indymedia
by l
Thursday May 15th, 2014 4:20 PM
Have you had concerns about accountability and transparency on the Portland Indymedia news wire? Then this article is for you! Meet Jesse Johnson, owner of the Portland Indymedia domain hosting account
PIMC's editorial guidelines are talked up as a paean to free speech:


http://portland.indymedia.org/en/static/edpolicy.shtml

"Anyone can post to portland indymedia's open publishing newswire. News articles and media you upload using the publish form will appear in a few minutes on the righthand newswire on the frontpage. In the case of heavy site traffic or large media uploads, the time may be longer.

Articles posted to the site go straight to the newswire and are not passed through an editorial board or approval process. Once articles and media are on the site, they may be hidden according to the editorial policy. The content of posts is never edited though sometimes formatting is corrected (someone forgot to check html checkbox, or made html errors etc). Name removals requests can not be honored, as there is no editing or removing anything from the newswire unless it is a security concern"


This is an odd, nay suspiciously specific claim, and in the wake of pro KBOO nepotism active on the newswire in 2013, suggests a malicious and irresponsible agenda on the part of those running IMC. It was obvious to anyone reading the information "leaked" by KBOO employee Ani Haines to her volunteer wife Theresa Mitchell was not in the public's interest and was no more than vicious cyber harassment under the excuse of "free speech". Even if it had been newsworthy, Mitchell posting mugshots of people she didn't like was obviously done to make those people feel unsafe and qualified as a "security risk".

The people running Indymedia did nothing. A woman was run out of a job. Over lies invented and published by Mitchell.

There are other rumors of information deceptively acquired and published on the news wire and not only nothing being done, but communications ignored. Presumably those running the newswire feel comfortably insulated by their "editorial guidelines":

"general site guidelines:

no articles or post can or will be edited in any way, once you publish to PIMC it is final.
once you publish on PIMC your article will remain forever, it cannot be removed nor edited unless the original poster can provide proof of security or safety concerns.[NO EXCEPTION]"


Of course this is utter horseshit. If there is a "security or safety concern" no one is going to disclose that to a bunch of anonymous bees who have been less than responsive or responsible for years. The real reason the people running the newswire feel smug about claiming they can't be as responsive as Myspace or Facebook(and that's a very low bar) is they think no one knows who can be held legally liable for what's on the newswire and the consequences.


They are wrong.


IP address: 173.11.25.67
Host name: portland.indymedia.org
Alias: portland.indymedia.org
173.11.25.67 is from United States(US) in region North America


Comcast Business Communications, LLC CBC-CM-4 (NET-173-8-0-0-1) 173.8.0.0 - 173.15.255.255
Comcast Business Communications, LLC CBC-OREGON-13 (NET-173-11-0-0-1) 173.11.0.0 - 173.11.31.255
INFOTAGE NET - SE CLINTN INFOTAGENET-SECLINTN (NET-173-11-25-64-1) 173.11.25.64 - 173.11.25.79
# The following results may also be obtained via:
# whois.arin.net/rest/nets;handle=NET-173-11-25-64-1?showDetails=true&showARIN=false&ext=netref2
#

NetRange: 173.11.25.64 - 173.11.25.79
CIDR: 173.11.25.64/28
OriginAS:
NetName: INFOTAGENET-SECLINTN
NetHandle: NET-173-11-25-64-1
Parent: NET-173-11-0-0-1
NetType: Reassigned
RegDate: 2009-06-08
Updated: 2013-12-06
Ref: whois.arin.net/rest/net/NET-173-11-25-64-1

CustName: INFOTAGE NET - SE CLINTN
Address: 3223 SE CLINTON ST
City: PORTLAND
StateProv: OR
PostalCode: 97202
Country: US
RegDate: 2009-06-08
Updated: 2013-02-02
Ref: whois.arin.net/rest/customer/C02245026
OrgAbuseHandle: NAPO-ARIN
OrgAbuseName: Network Abuse and Policy Observance
OrgAbusePhone: +1-888-565-4329
OrgAbuseEmail: abuse [at] comcast.net
OrgAbuseRef: whois.arin.net/rest/poc/NAPO-ARIN


"INFOTAGE NET" is the owner of the account that pays for Portland Indy's hosting. This domain and servers are owned by Jesse Johnson:
http://e-person.name/search.aspx/xxxq/ href="mailto:agent.8131@infotage.net">agent.8131 [at] infotage.net

agent.8131 [at] infotage.net 3026 se clinton st portland, or 97202 us 503-830-3073 technical contact: johnson, jesse agent.8131 [at] infotage.net 3026 se clinton st portland, or 97202 us 503-830-3073 record last updated 12-23-2010 0
hightechsorcery.com domain: 20130418090720 hightechsorcery.com



Though current whois has registry listed as "Justicia Global"

Domain Name: INFOTAGE.NET
Registry Domain ID:
Registrar WHOIS Server: whois.directnic.com
Registrar URL: http://www.directnic.com
Updated Date: -001-11-30T00:00:00-06:00
Creation Date: 2003-07-21T13:12:00-05:00
Registrar Registration Expiration Date: 2014-07-21T18:11:59-05:00
Registrar: DNC Holdings, Inc.
Registrar IANA ID: 291
Registrar Abuse Contact Email: abuse [at] directnic.com
Registrar Abuse Contact Phone: +1.8668569598
Domain Status: ok
Registrant Name: Justicia Global
Registrant Organization: Global Convergence Collective
Registrant Street: P.O. Box 66914
Registrant City: Portland
Registrant State/Province: OR
Registrant Postal Code: 97290-6914
Registrant Country: US
Registrant Phone: +1.9715551212
Registrant Phone Ext:
Registrant Fax:
Registrant Fax Ext:
Registrant Email: pdxtech [at] lists.riseup.net


But the HighTechSorcery whois on the same servers confirm this is all Jesse:

Domain Name: HIGHTECHSORCERY.COM
Registry Domain ID:
Registrar WHOIS Server: whois.directnic.com
Registrar URL: http://www.directnic.com
Updated Date: -001-11-30T00:00:00-06:00
Creation Date: 2007-12-21T09:13:02-06:00
Registrar Registration Expiration Date: 2015-12-21T09:13:02-06:00
Registrar: DNC Holdings, Inc.
Registrar IANA ID: 291
Registrar Abuse Contact Email: abuse [at] directnic.com
Registrar Abuse Contact Phone: +1.8668569598
Domain Status: ok
Registrant Name: Jesse Johnson
Registrant Organization: infotage.net
Registrant Street: 3026 SE Clinton St
Registrant City: Portland
Registrant State/Province: OR
Registrant Postal Code: 97202
Registrant Country: US
Registrant Phone: +1.5038303073
Registrant Phone Ext:
Registrant Fax:
Registrant Fax Ext:
Registrant Email: agent.8131 [at] infotage.net


And he's also a "therapist":

radicalhealing.info/author/jesse/

Contact Information
Jesse Johnson, NTP
Nutritional Therapy Practitioner
Portland, OR
503-877-3830
jesse [at] radicalhealing.info

Radical Healing also on infotage servers:
Domain Name:RADICALHEALING.INFO
Domain ID: D47138649-LRMS
Creation Date: 2012-07-09T20:46:21Z
Updated Date: 2013-07-09T06:23:12Z
Registry Expiry Date: 2017-07-09T20:46:21Z
Sponsoring Registrar:DNC Holdings, Inc. (R152-LRMS)
Sponsoring Registrar IANA ID: 291
WHOIS Server:
Referral URL:
Domain Status: clientDeleteProhibited
Domain Status: clientTransferProhibited
Domain Status: clientUpdateProhibited
Registrant ID:DN-821409
Registrant Name:Agent 8131
Registrant Organization:infotage.net
Registrant Street: 3412 SE Belmont
Registrant City:Portland
Registrant State/Province:OR
Registrant Postal Code:97214
Registrant Country:US
Registrant Phone:+1.5038303344
Registrant Phone Ext:
Registrant Fax:
Registrant Fax Ext:
Registrant Email:service [at] infotage.net


I wouldn't trust a clown paying for hosting a "news wire" hijacked by tea party conspiracy loons with therapy, but each to their own. The point is: Houston, We have Transparency.



Let's read a bit more from the editorial guidelines:

"1. advocate criminal activity indicating a specific time, place and/or manner"

Jesse should reread this and consider the consequences of letting people brag about misguided petty vandalism that he probably knows about.


But let's be honest: the response to this information will be limited to two types of people(because everyone else is gone):

1. Jesse's gang, who will be all "Portland Indymedia, Right or Wrong"
and
2. New volunteers/naive people who will be confused about why the very "nice" people lied/continue to lie them


The editorial guidelines might have been reasonable, if naive, at one time --in an age before identify theft and when Portland indymedia was providing a real service to the alternative media community. Now it is overrun with frauds, conspiracy theorists, people networking with racists groups, it's obvious who will benefit from guidelines that claim ZERO responsibility on the part of Indymedia to do anything, ever.

There's probably a very good(or very bad) reason Jesse didn't want his name connected to Portland Indymedia. A safety or security concern? That he's denying anyone who has the misfortune, through no fault of their own, to encounter fake loons in the alternative community who have been allowed to run amok with Indymedia's blessing? This will be 404'd as soon as Jesse sees this or his friends tell him.

There is a word for this: hypocrisy.


This is only the beginning.


[In retrospect, bragging to third parties about logging IPs from visitors wasn't very smart. That kinda thing just makes people dig more to find the assholes behind giving dangerous loons information. PIMC has become a menace.]
by watching
Friday May 16th, 2014 6:19 PM
"In retrospect, bragging to third parties about logging IPs from visitors wasn't very smart. "

Isn't that something the worldwide indy collective is opposed to on principle? Seems like the main org could yank Portland's subdomain. Don't know how that works.
by correction
Monday May 19th, 2014 7:43 AM
KBOO was trying to keep morale up with their brain dead zombies.

As for Portland Indymedia, it's been yo-yoing on and offline ever since this got out five days ago.
http://operationfreespeech.boards.net/thread/288/kboo-friends-portland-indymedia

Guess they're trying to hide KBOO's employee bullying and harassment of Fitch. But it's all on Theresa Mitchell aka Presswatch http://savekboo.org blog so idk what the point is.

Unless Jesse wants to stick KBOO/Mitchell with the blame. Which would be funny.