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A grassroots campaign to change FBI NIPC

Rob Rosenberger, Vmyths co-founder
Saturday, 28 July 2001 THE TIME HAS come to once again make a difference. I need your help. As I reported yesterday, the U.S. Senate spanked FBI's National Infrastructure Protection Center for their cyber-incompetence. Vmyths.com offers a special resource just to document their virus antics. The agency long ago tried to create an advisory board to guide its actions, but Clinton appointee Richard "digital Pearl Harbor" Clarke rejected it. Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA) asked the General Accounting Office to look into FBI NIPC's mounting criticism. Let's just say "Grassley didn't like what he found" in the GAO report. FBI NIPC clearly needs oversight — and I will gladly serve on an advisory board if it comes to fruition. I live in Grassley's state and I want to convince him to override Clarke's veto. That's where you come in. Please ask Grassley to press for an FBI NIPC advisory board, and ask him to nominate me to serve a term. Board members typically receive no salary. See below for simple instructions and a sample letter. Nomination deadline: 24 August 2001. I've got my wife's backing on this. I need your backing, too.
  1. Write a short letter like this one:
    To the Honorable Senator Grassley, Please push for the creation of an FBI NIPC advisory board, and please nominate Iowa resident Rob Rosenberger to serve a term on it (membership type "independent expert"). Mr. Rosenberger submitted his credentials to your office by mail and he will gladly accept your nomination. Thank you for considering him.
  2. Mail or fax your letter to Grassley's homestate office:
    Senator Charles Grassley
    206 Federal Building
    101 First St. SE
    Cedar Rapids, IA 52401-1227
    FAX: (319) 363-7179
We're talking about making a tiny difference. Then again, a statue begins with one small chip in a massive block of stone. Help me put a chip on my shoulde... no wait, I mean help me chip away at... oh, you know what I mean! Let's do it.