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Don't forget... (-1)

SCO$699FeeTroll (695565) | more than 10 years ago | (#7322148)

...to pay your $699 licensing fee you cock-smoking teabaggers.

Erster Pfosten fur mich... LOLOLOL OMG STFU BBQ (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7322157)

Yoda says "Of this, you shall get some!"

Funny (5, Funny)

sulli (195030) | more than 10 years ago | (#7322161)

whitehouse.com doesn't have that problem.

Re:Funny (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7322278)

neither does gwbush.com [gwbush.com]

We have to give him credit for believing in the U.S. values enough not to shut the site down.

whitehouse.org (1)

clevelandguru (612010) | more than 10 years ago | (#7322349)

this is a funny site.

who cares? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7322164)

Really - who cares.

Spare me the conspiracy theories (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7322166)

This is news?!?! Dear Lord, a webmaster changed his robots.txt, special at eleven!

I give less than 5 minutes before all the conspiracy theorists come out of the woodwork. Oops. Too late!

Drawing farfetched conclusions (4, Funny)

Armethius (718200) | more than 10 years ago | (#7322169)

possibly to prevent people from finding changes to past statements and information when archived elsewhere
Or possibly not...

And your ... (1)

burgburgburg (574866) | more than 10 years ago | (#7322333)

better explanation would be?

upside (5, Funny)

514x0r (691137) | more than 10 years ago | (#7322171)

it's good to see the whitehouse embracing technology so much.

hi (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7322172)

this is a cool website [tinyurl.com]

Re:hi (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7322189)

The above link shows us where all the Iraq-related content from whitehouse.gov has been archived.

Re:hi (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7322228)

yeah mod it up.

us ACs are all alike

Re:hi (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7322231)

*cough*goatse*cough*

My 56k meant I could avoid seeing it! Yay 56k!

If they want to crawl them... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7322174)

...they will. Who pays attention to robots.txt anyway?

Re:If they want to crawl them... (1)

Yaa 101 (664725) | more than 10 years ago | (#7322215)

crackers... lol...

Other, arguably more reasonable explanations (4, Interesting)

rot26 (240034) | more than 10 years ago | (#7322178)

Many excluded items in the robots.txt file involve mentions of Iraq, possibly to prevent people from finding changes to past statements and information when archived elsewhere."

Maybe, but I would think they might also be looking for "shady" spiders that ignored robots.txt. I wouldn't be surprised if there aren't a few honeypot pages in there too.

Re:Other, arguably more reasonable explanations (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7322261)

>I wouldn't be surprised if there aren't a few honeypot pages in there too.

On the production server of the US presidential home page? I'll go with the other theory :)

Re:Other, arguably more reasonable explanations (4, Funny)

RobertB-DC (622190) | more than 10 years ago | (#7322300)

Maybe, but I would think they might also be looking for "shady" spiders that ignored robots.txt. I wouldn't be surprised if there aren't a few honeypot pages in there too.

Oh, crap. I just plugged in /firstlady/images/iraq [whitehouse.gov] , and now you tell me I'd better watch out. Damn this static IP address!

Quick, Slashdot that link before the Agents get to my cube!

Queue somebody... (4, Insightful)

Dave2 Wickham (600202) | more than 10 years ago | (#7322180)

Queue somebody to take a crawler (hell, even a bash script using wget) to specifically archive these pages. Hell, they could even use a user-agent which doesn't look like a bot.

Of course, people would be less likely to trust random-Joe from the Internet than, say, The Wayback Machine, but I expect this is what will happen...

Re:Queue somebody... (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7322284)

Or you could cue him instead. That might make more sense.

Re:Queue somebody... (1)

Dave2 Wickham (600202) | more than 10 years ago | (#7322308)

Uhh... yes, dunno why I had queue on my mind :-/.

Why the fuck does the government use robots.txt? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7322181)

Information published by the US government cannot be copyrighted. How on earth can that be justified? WTF? Hiding from the people? This is insanity.

Re:Why the fuck does the government use robots.txt (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7322214)

What the hell are you talking about? Nothing is hidden. You just have to search using the white house search engine. Something just seems really odd about the whole thing.

Oh please (0, Flamebait)

shrikel (535309) | more than 10 years ago | (#7322183)

possibly to prevent people from finding changes to past statements and information when archived elsewhere

Congratulations to simoniker, poster of the most inanely paranoid comment I have ever read here on slashdot. And that's saying something.

Re:Oh please (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7322230)

Congratulations to shrikel, who doesn't understand what that "quotation marks" are not just for fun.

Re:Oh please (5, Insightful)

phritz (623753) | more than 10 years ago | (#7322250)

Congratulations to simoniker, poster of the most inanely paranoid comment I have ever read here on slashdot. And that's saying something.

I have to admit, when I first read the story I thought someone was being paranoid. But you really should RTF robots.txt file before you accuse the poster of being paranoid. The disallowed files are extraordinarily specific. I really can't come up with a plausible explanation beyond simoniker's.

Re:Oh please (4, Interesting)

cgranade (702534) | more than 10 years ago | (#7322280)

This gets modded up as Insightful? I mean, the White House is routinely editing their trascripts, and if bots like Google and Wayback can go and find that no, Bush said that we found weapons, not a weapons program, then there goes Bush's latest FUD... *thud*. Just because it's a tinfoil hat worthy theory doesn't mean it isn't true... most aren't, but therein lies the issue: most.

Re:Oh please (2, Funny)

DrEldarion (114072) | more than 10 years ago | (#7322299)

If you think that's the most paranoid comment, you must not read any RFID tag threads here yet.

Hey, I'm famous! (1)

Thud457 (234763) | more than 10 years ago | (#7322184)

I help pay to run that website! /sarcasm

ummm, ok... (0, Troll)

Voytek (15888) | more than 10 years ago | (#7322190)

"possibly to prevent people from finding changes to past statements and information when archived elsewhere."

Yeah, that's not a baseless accusation at all...

Re:ummm, ok... (1)

FrozenDownload (687199) | more than 10 years ago | (#7322317)

"possibly to prevent people from finding changes to past statements and information when archived elsewhere."

Yeah, that's not a baseless accusation at all...

It isn't so much an accusation, it sounds more like they were just unpacking their Reynolds Wrap [about.com]

Re:ummm, ok... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7322346)

I hear Bill Gates was just seen exitting the 5th-floor executive bathroom. It's possible that he was snorting cocaine and masturbating to pictures of former child star McCauley Culkin. We may never know the truth.

A CLASSIC QUOTE... (0, Troll)

thoolie (442789) | more than 10 years ago | (#7322192)

You know, this makes me think of the quote,

"People who have done nothing wrong have nothing to hide..."

Huh. Go figure.

Thoolie

Re:A CLASSIC QUOTE... (3, Insightful)

DrEldarion (114072) | more than 10 years ago | (#7322241)

Nothing's hidden, it's all there, it's all searchable from the white house website, just not from search engines.

MOD PARENT UP (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7322348)

to +5

Careful (2, Funny)

BamaSlam (78998) | more than 10 years ago | (#7322193)

Or you'll tear his tinfoil hat and then the black helicopters will be able to find him again.

Nugs

More American Cencorship (-1, Flamebait)

mAineAc (580334) | more than 10 years ago | (#7322194)

Well what do you expect from a country that can't keep it's nose where it belongs. When it screws up it wants to hide it. I think that unless it is an immedate threat, like washington just got bombed, the American people should have some say in a situation like went on in Iraq. I didn't vote for the present administration and I would have never gone into Iraq with the sloppy intel they had.

Re:More American Cencorship (3, Insightful)

unassimilatible (225662) | more than 10 years ago | (#7322224)

American people should have some say in a situation like went on in Iraq.

They do, it's called voting, not to mention public opinion polls, which were near 70% for the invasion when the US invaded.

Re:More American Cencorship (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7322260)

I can get polls to say just what I want also.

Re:More American Cencorship (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7322337)

Based on the media parade of imminent danger of Saddam not only having but using weapons of mass destruction.

Wonder when they'll start using the radiation from the millions of tons of depleted uranium as proof of a nuclear plan.

Democracy requires educated citizens.

Re:More American Cencorship (-1, Informative)

jratcliffe (208809) | more than 10 years ago | (#7322229)

"the American people should have some say in a situation like went on in Iraq. I didn't vote for the present administration..."

Oh, so the important thing isn't that the American people didn't vote for the current administration (they did), but that YOU didn't vote for the current adminstration. Sorry, thought we were living in a democracy there for a second, thanks for reminding me that the other 279,999,999 of us don't really matter, it's YOUR opinion that counts.

Re:More American Cencorship (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7322283)

Actually the majority of Americans DIDN'T vote for George W.

Don't blame me, I voted with the majority. Re-elect Gore in 2004.

Re:More American Cencorship (1)

Polly_was_a_cracker (718522) | more than 10 years ago | (#7322311)

Gore isnt running, did you even realize that there was a debate on with 9 candidates in Detroit. None named Al Gore.

Re:More American Cencorship (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7322316)

We don't live in a democracy, we live in a Republic, the election reminded us all of that. AND the majority of Americans didn't vote for the President Cheney..err Bush.

Interesting allegation... (1)

unassimilatible (225662) | more than 10 years ago | (#7322196)

...if true. I'd like some proof that the WH is trying to cover-up before we put it in a posted news story though.

If true however, this would be mainstream newsworthy, IMO.

It must be true... (1)

corbettw (214229) | more than 10 years ago | (#7322270)

...it was posted on Slashdot!

Re:Interesting allegation... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7322321)

Ya, because you wouldn't want to do anything (invade Iraq) without proof (of WMD).

slashdot = yellow journalism (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7322197)

eat my poop. It's safer thatn trusting what you read on slashdot.

Don't listen folks (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7322200)

It's all a roose to point the blame at someone else when we all known in our hearts it belongs soley on Slashdot.org [slashdot.org] and Rob Malda [hick.org]

MiniTruth (0)

slyxter (609602) | more than 10 years ago | (#7322201)

Reminds me of the Ministry of Truth in 1984.

robots.txt (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7322204)

# robots.txt for http://www.whitehouse.gov/

User-agent: *
Disallow: /truth

Just Ordinary Web Activity (3, Insightful)

MechCow (561875) | more than 10 years ago | (#7322210)

There doesn't seem to be anything big about this. I understand the origins of the robots.txt file were about keeping robots out of infinite loops and unimportant large file trees, but everyone knows they are also used to prevent google from indexing stuff people would rather keep (semi) private.

If this was some crazy government conspiracy and they were trying to hide the information, why would they put it on their website? Could be any number of reasons they have done this perhaps they were getting loads of hits from google about iraq related things but if anyone really wants the information surely they can just visit it.

Re:Just Ordinary Web Activity (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7322319)

The problem is that they can't erase public data ( that"d be illegal ) so they have to keep it on the website. The WMD propaganda on WH.gov is now ridiculous but since they can't just erase it, an excellent solution is to disable the possibility to access it through search sites since people rely on these for information retrieval.

Just like Guantanamo Bay stuff : no, they can't delete stuff, they'll just wreck it beyond recognition... Fuckin' hypocrites.

Interesting line (3, Funny)

Lizard_King (149713) | more than 10 years ago | (#7322213)

Disallow: /president/spongebobsquarepants_archive

I didn't know gee-dub likes SpongeBob too! My nephew is gonna flip out when he hears this.

Re:Interesting line (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7322285)

Weak...

Devil's Advocation Follows. (3, Interesting)

mcc (14761) | more than 10 years ago | (#7322217)

Perhaps their goal is simply so that when people google or whatnot for information on the Bush Administration and Iraq, they will be likely to find the Bush Administration's current views on and actions in Iraq, rather than outdated material?

Completely ignoring for the moment the fact that these views and actions are really somewhat embarrasing for the Bush administration, this really makes sense from a practical viewpoint. Few things are as annoying as searching for something news-ish and finding primarily material from two years ago. And after all, if they ONLY were interested in people forgetting the old materials, they could have just removed those materials from the site totally. (Though perhaps they were aware removing the materials completely would cause mirrors, which would be fully searchable, to spring up.)

Re:Devil's Advocation Follows. (2, Insightful)

mugnyte (203225) | more than 10 years ago | (#7322307)

But rather than preventing the search of this information, why not mark it as such? In fact, I'll bet it's already dated per page.

I agree that this is yes another step in the misinformation campaign surrounding the current administration. The policies that we've heard flip through hoops like trained seals. There's just no logic to all the reversals of focus, the "misquotes" and the public snafus we've seen happen. This is just another one of them.

Re:Devil's Advocation Follows. (2, Insightful)

Yaa 101 (664725) | more than 10 years ago | (#7322314)

It is rather emberassing to find another view of your own opinions in google cache... lol...

shut up! (0, Flamebait)

OwlofCreamCheese (645015) | more than 10 years ago | (#7322218)

oh dear lord, thats the most paranoid thing I have ever heard. lets turn off the internet now.

Are you surprised? (2, Flamebait)

wrinkledshirt (228541) | more than 10 years ago | (#7322222)

If you're surprised by this, THAT's the news, not what the White House is doing with this information control. Click here [missouri.edu] for a list of the White House's policies with restricting FOI and other related requests since Sept 11th.

This isn't partisan politics, either. The Republican party has been trying to keep Bush from violating the Presidential Records Act.

Yes, yes, the country's at war. Makes you wonder why Bush doesn't want anybody to know about communications between Reagan and his advisors.

Mmmm.. Robots.. (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7322225)

Robots accounted for well over 10% of all web traffic at a Huge E-commerce company I worked at a few years ago...

Those robots consumed Many millions in system capacity.

Of course this is completely different as our freedom is at stake.

Seriously though... (3, Interesting)

MyNameIsFred (543994) | more than 10 years ago | (#7322232)

...possibly to prevent people from finding changes to past statements and information when archived elsewhere...

While anything is possible in politics, is it possible that the web admin is trying to limit the amount of traffic on the site? Is it possible that his analysis of the weblogs show a lot of traffic from robots looking for Iraqi-related info?

Questioning any statements put out by the WH ... (3, Interesting)

burgburgburg (574866) | more than 10 years ago | (#7322233)

or even considering that previous statements might not match current statements means that the terrorists win. The WH Ministry of Truth works hard to ensure that the spin for the day gets out to the party faithful above the filters of "news" with their "facts" that don't gibe with the message we're trying to deliver.

If you persist in contemplating a world where whatever statements that the WH puts out, no matter how they might seem to contradict previous statements, are not totally true and correct, then a relocation expert from Guantanamo will be by in a few minutes. Just step away from the computer.

that's because those are bad links (1)

toddler99 (626625) | more than 10 years ago | (#7322234)

simple try to go to one of those links from whitehouse.gov they're broken. further check the http return code its 200. This looks more like an incorrect usage of http response codes and someone was nice enough to let the webcrawlers no about it. see!! HTTP/1.0 302 Moved Temporarily Server: Apache Last-Modified: Mon, 27 Oct 2003 21:29:15 GMT Content-Length: 153 Content-Type: text/html Location: http://www.whitehouse.gov/911/iraq/ ETag: "7fbd6f-1d5-3e8b0d9f" Cache-Control: max-age=1970 Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2003 21:29:15 GMT Connection: close and following the location: HTTP/1.0 302 Moved Temporarily Server: AkamaiGHost Content-Length: 0 Location: http://www.whitehouse.gov/error-404.html Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2003 21:29:46 GMT Connection: close and a little further we get the 200, which should be 404 ;) HTTP/1.0 200 OK Server: Apache Last-Modified: Sat, 26 Jul 2003 07:29:19 GMT ETag: "7432cf-4347-3f222dcf" Accept-Ranges: bytes Content-Length: 17223 Content-Type: text/html Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2003 21:30:06 GMT Connection: close so at least there is some admin nice enough to spare the crawlers and search engines the burden of loggging all these mis represented 404 pages, while also saving them the trouble of three redirects. this is a good robots.txt to fix a bad http server

Orwell (1)

mrpuffypants (444598) | more than 10 years ago | (#7322236)

All of the now non-spidered pages can be located in Room 101.

Everything Iraq.... (4, Informative)

c_oflynn (649487) | more than 10 years ago | (#7322238)

It looks like 99% of the stuff related to Iraq is filtered out in robots.txt.

But not a problem, on google.com I just specify the site by saying 'Iraq site:whitehouse.gov' and it had 14,000 hits... the first one is the root of /infocus/iraq directory (which is dissallowed in robots.txt)

Nothing new (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7322240)

It's always been there for certain social "issues" but lately there's been alot of stuff like that in recent months. Mostly to do with business attempting to rewrite a bit of history. For now it's alright because of the achieving individuals do, soon that will be a thing of the past thanks to a benifit from DRM.

Fun, eh...

Deny Everything ! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7322242)

# robots.txt for Slashdot.org
# $Id: robots.txt,v 1.5 2003/08/29 15:21:08 jamie Exp $
User-agent: Mediapartners-Google*
Disallow:

User-agent: *
Disallow: /authors.pl
Disallow: /index.pl
Disallow: /article.pl
Disallow: /comments.pl
Disallow: /journal.pl
Disallow: /messages.pl
Disallow: /metamod.pl
Disallow: /users.pl
Disallow: /search.pl
Disallow: /pollBooth.pl
Disallow: /pubkey.pl
Disallow: /topics.pl
Disallow: /zoo.pl
Disallow: /palm
Disallow: authors.pl
Disallow: index.pl
Disallow: article.pl
Disallow: comments.pl
Disallow: journal.pl
Disallow: messages.pl
Disallow: metamod.pl
Disallow: users.pl
Disallow: search.pl
Disallow: pollBooth.pl
Disallow: pubkey.pl
Disallow: topics.pl
Disallow: zoo.pl
Disallow: /~
Disallow: ~

oh for god's sake (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7322255)

possibly to prevent people from finding changes to past statements and information when archived elsewhere.


could you even possibly consider maybe the server was getting slammed all to hell? remember bandwidth isn't free for anyone....i'm sure there could be a thousand other reasons also...

now before the men in black & the majestic 12 find you go grab your nice tin foil cap that keeps them from reading your mind and hides you from the aliens....

in other news... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7322256)

.. so-called "master hacker" Dan Gillmor, who may have ties to the Al Queda terrorist network, has been detained by the Justice Department for questioning. Due to the danger that Mr. Gillmor poses to the nation's internet infrastructure, our economy, and our lives, he will temporarily be held at Guantanamo Bay and kept a safe distance from computers, cell phones, and other communications equipment, according to FBI sources.

He will also be charged with several thousand counts of DMCA violation (one for each hidden directory he broke into). The DMCA is a copyright law passed in 1998 which protects digital content from hackers and pirates.

"I couldn't believe he bypassed our Windows security. We have been tightening that system down for months, we even have a firewall and he got around it!" said the whitehouse.gov webmaster.

John Ashcroft was not as calm in his comments: "Whether an Al Queda operative, or a self-styled 'journalist' working for the DNC and looking through our private files, the United States will not stand idly by while terrorists subvert our precious resources. Mr. Gilmore will be punished to the full extent of the law, to send a message to other would-be thieves."

President Bush had this to say at a press conference: "I'm glad they put another evil-doer away. Make no mistake, the terrorists are here among us and we must be constantably vigalents."

Mr. Gillmor worked for the siliconvalley.com and allegedly enjoyed eating middle-eastern cuisine. He has written in the past about how to steal copyrighted content from media companies.

"1984" anyone? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7322257)

Sounds like Winston Smith's job in Orwell's "1984".

Truly Frightening. (5, Funny)

Dlugar (124619) | more than 10 years ago | (#7322258)

Obviously, they're keeping people from accessing the top-secret teeball Iraq files [whitehouse.gov] ! Besides:

Disallow: /teeball/iraq/
check out these other frightening examples of censorship:
Disallow: /kids/spotty/iraq

Disallow: /kids/eggroll/iraq
Disallow: /kids/barney/iraq
Disallow: /easter/iraq
Disallow: /mrscheney/iraq
Disallow: /national-anthem/iraq

Truly frightening.

Disallow: /kids/eggroll/iraq (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7322293)

mmmmmmmm....eggrolls

Re:Truly Frightening. (2, Funny)

smackjer (697558) | more than 10 years ago | (#7322329)

Sssshhh! The terrorists will see this!

Re:Truly Frightening. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7322341)

/kids/abc/popups/iraq
- it's all to stop robots finding out that our kids are getting subliminal popups obviously

is that legal (1)

seriv (698799) | more than 10 years ago | (#7322259)

aren't there laws that stop the government from blocking that sort of thing? I could be wrong, but that could be illegal.
-Seriv

Friendly crawlers only (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7322263)

The use of the robots.txt file by crawlers isn't madatory, at no point is it ever enforced, it's merely a curtesy.

All you'd have to do to continue indexing their site is to write a crawler that ignores robots.txt.

That's nothing! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7322265)

The RIAA has apparently somehow bullied ALL of the major search engines into blocking all searches of underground but widely-influential 80s industrial group The The! One can only imagine their nefarious purposes in doing this. I assume that they do not want people to know about industrial's roots, hoping that if they are not aware of the true range of options, instead people will simply buy the uncreative sanitized corporate pablum that industrial music has become today.

I urge all of you to boycott Linkin Park, P.O.D and similar bands until this RIAA-sponsored blanket search-engine blackout on The The ceases!

not that far fetched (2, Offtopic)

happyfrogcow (708359) | more than 10 years ago | (#7322268)

Consider the fact that GW Bush has banned media (hello?? freedom of the press? 1st Amendment??) coverage of returning killed soldiers. Why? Because seeing dead soldiers makes people realize that the war is real and people are dieing.

The current administration is trying its damndest to control infomation that it doesn't like

I, for one... (5, Funny)

wardomon (213812) | more than 10 years ago | (#7322269)

welcome our White House Robot Overlords. It would be funnier if it weren't true.

Break out... (1)

Vyce (697152) | more than 10 years ago | (#7322274)

The tinfoil hat, here comes the conspiracy.

Diff between fact and fict: Fict must be believed (2, Insightful)

release7 (545012) | more than 10 years ago | (#7322276)

From 1984:

Winston's greatest pleasure in life was in his work. Most of it was a tedious routine, but included in it there were also jobs so difficult and intricate that you could lose yourself in them as in the depths of a mathematical problem -- delicate pieces of forgery in which you had nothing to guide you except your knowledge of the principles of Ingsoc and your estimate of what the Party wanted you to say. Winston was good at this kind of thing. On occasion he had even been entrusted with the rectification of the Times leading articles, which were written entirely in Newspeak. He unrolled the message that he had set aside earlier. It ran:

times 3.12.83 reporting bb dayorder doubleplusungood refs unpersons rewrite fullwise upsub antefiling

In Oldspeak (or standard English) this might be rendered:

The reporting of Big Brother's Order for the Day in the Times of December 3rd 1983 is extremely unsatisfactory and makes references to non-existent persons. Rewrite it in full and submit your draft to higher authority before filing.

It does seem questionable... (3, Insightful)

Captain Morgan (160029) | more than 10 years ago | (#7322279)

It could be something innocent but really, why would anyone want to keep search engines out of a publicly funded website? People have been accusing the poster of "baseless accusations" but the guy does have a point. I've seen a couple of GW's speeches and afterwards the transcripts of those speeches and noted that gramatical errors were corrected. While this is only a minor offence in editing history it does make you wonder what other opinions and information may have appeared and then later have been edited. Seriously, these are our government officials here, we deserve to have an unedited record of what they say and to hold them to it. A little bit of speculation on the reasons for excluding various terms is far from paranoia.

Chris

conspiracy (1)

netbornmusic (710332) | more than 10 years ago | (#7322281)

that's strange... cause if they wanted to hide some information, they'd found a much more effective way to do that. As they are possibly doing with some really important information.

No Christian Holidays (1)

Ridgelift (228977) | more than 10 years ago | (#7322286)

From the robots.txt file:

Disallow: /easter/iraq

Does this mean they're going to ban Christmas in Iraq too?

related links (4, Interesting)

js7a (579872) | more than 10 years ago | (#7322288)

A couple of web sites that (1) have in the past done a great job of catching these kind of things, and (2) have mailing lists you can subscribe to:

Here's a minor example of something those two sites didn't catch: Remember Iraq's so-called "mobile biological weapons factories" [fas.org] ? A month after the story broke that they were for weather balloons [slashdot.org] , the CIA moved their report's URL [informatio...house.info] .

An intriguing fact about this whitehouse.gov/*/iraq thing is that they do in fact cover some of the important statements [bway.net] which are apparently not duplicated in the press release, conference, and briefing directories. Perhaps there was a "unique urgency" to cover up some poor choices of words?

Isn't this virtual paper shredding? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7322306)

If Bush intentionally lied to the public about the reasons for attacking Iraq, he could still potentially face impeachment. If this is true, then now we have him destroying evidence.
Why? What is being hidden from the people? What could be possibly be going on? It couldn't all go back to Enron --could it?

Put The Tin-Foil Hat Back On (0)

thelizman (304517) | more than 10 years ago | (#7322312)

possibly to prevent people from finding changes to past statements and information when archived elsewhere.

Or, could it possibly have something to do with why everyone else uses robots.txt files - to limit server loads?

let's rejoice george (1)

Triumph The Insult C (586706) | more than 10 years ago | (#7322313)

by sipping some Victory! gin and smoking some Victory! cigarettes.

wow, a webmaster changed his robots.txt. i'm amazed.

Important link. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7322315)

The Memory Hole [memoryhole.org] .

A lot of stuff that's otherwise ignored by the mainstream media and the Whitehouse.

Whitehouse doing something right for a change (1)

Ridgelift (228977) | more than 10 years ago | (#7322320)

From the robots.txt file:

Disallow: /kids/barney/iraq

Thank goodness they're limiting the export of that blasted purple dinosaur!

Already done :((( (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7322322)

Looking at how the news were handled by the Murdoc's networks, you understand that there is no need of such a tool to manipulate most of people mind.

Anyway, maybe they just don't want to let US citizen understand where their money is going :(

Now, we all know that mass destruction weapon was a mock. Because all this war was just an $ story !

Those guys have bloody hand. And now it is even G.I. blood :((( But they don't care as they got tons of green paper that clean any kind of stain !

Possibly to prevent people.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7322323)

Gawd, if you're that easily fooled it wouldn't take a robots.txt file to mess you up, now would it?

Ahhh, the sweet smell of desperation on the Left. First Marxism goes tits up and now the Socialist Republic of Kalifornia kicks out a card-carrying lefty Governer for the Terminator, of all people. What could be next, Dubya getting reelected over Dean in a landslide?

HAA HAA

Not just paranoia (1)

Carnildo (712617) | more than 10 years ago | (#7322324)

Look at the robots.txt file. It's pretty amazing: it excludes the normal stuff for a robots file: dynamically-generated pages, and pages like FAQs. It also excludes a whole mass of specific pages and groups of pages: ones relating to Iraq. Something's up.

Didn't work. (2, Funny)

Quasar1999 (520073) | more than 10 years ago | (#7322328)

You found it didn't you? It failed... congratulations, you have somehow circumvented the government's website security system, prepare for the wrath of the DMCA, backed by none other than Bush himself!

Well either that, or it's simply preventing search engines from indexing honeypot type pages used for mis-information... Either or... but I like the first version... since it's more paranoid, and I have plenty of tinfoil ready to be shaped into hats... ;)

Or (1)

SuiteSisterMary (123932) | more than 10 years ago | (#7322330)

Many excluded items in the robots.txt file involve mentions of Iraq, possibly to prevent people from finding changes to past statements and information when archived elsewhere."

Or maybe, just maybe, they're doing it to save their server from being constantly crawled by paranoid conspiracy-theorists looking for changed statements and information.

SHHH!!! (2, Funny)

jpmahala (181937) | more than 10 years ago | (#7322335)

Goodness knows we can't have googlebots archiving all of those top-secret/confidential web pages at the whitehouse [whitehouse.gov] . I guess we'll just have to live with the top-secret info that has already been archived.

What's that? Oh, all of the real top-secret stuff is at the NSA website [nsa.gov] ?

Never mind then.

No wonder I couldn't find info on Iraqi teeball! (1)

mattbot 5000 (645961) | more than 10 years ago | (#7322336)

Disallow: /kids/baseball/teeball-20020923/iraq

1984 (1, Flamebait)

spektr (466069) | more than 10 years ago | (#7322345)

The technology they introduced in 1968 allows them to rewrite the books and the newspapers. The next step is to make sure that the old copies get burned reliably. America was always in war with Iraq, you know...
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