FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                            December 3, 1998

          Electronic Censors Found on Library's Computers
             at U.C. Berkeley's Boalt Hall Law School

BERKELEY, CALIFORNIA.   A  team of  investigators confirmed today
that the Internet computers at the law library of Boalt Hall, the
renowned law  school at  the University  of California, Berkeley,
are configured  to censor  specific  files  in  the  Supreme  Law
Library ("SLL") at Internet URL

       While  demonstrating the  latest progress  in this  public
domain project,  the webmaster  and a  team  of  associates  were
surprised to   find  that the  SurfWatch  program  blocked  their
access to  a specific  press release  in the  SLL.  Two redundant
copies of  the press release entitled "Congresswoman Suspected of
Income Tax  Evasion" were  both censored by the latest version of
SurfWatch software.  The URL's for those files are:


       After  bringing this  problem to  the attention of the law
school's system  administrator, Mr.  Mike Levy,  one investigator
was told  that censorship by SurfWatch is the default behavior of
that software  program, and the default must be overridden before
any user can access any blocked files.

       However, when another investigator attempted to change the
default behavior  of the  SurfWatch program,  he  was  unable  to
override the  factory default  without knowing a private password
available only  to Levy  and a  limited number  of Boalt  library
employees.  This password is not available to law school students
or to the public.

      At this time, it is not known whether or not the University
of California  is paying  the  SurfWatch  vendor  for  a  network
license to  use this  method  of  electronic  censorship  on  the
computers at  its law  library.   Other Internet computers at the
Berkeley campus  do not host the SurfWatch software and, thus, do
not block  user access to any of the documents in the Supreme Law

       Freedom of speech is a fundamental Right guaranteed by the
First  Amendment   in  the   U.S.  Constitution.      Intentional
deprivations of this fundamental Right are misdemeanor violations
of the   criminal  statute  at  18 U.S.C. 242.   If two  or  more
conspire to  deprive a Citizen of such a fundamental Right, it is
a felony  violation of 18 U.S.C. 241.  The censored press release
was written  by the  Supreme Law webmaster, Paul Andrew Mitchell,
a Counselor  at Law,  Federal Witness,  Private Attorney General,
and Citizen of Arizona state.

      Further investigation revealed that the redundant copies of
the blocked  press release  appear to be the only SLL files which
are presently  blocked by  SurfWatch.   But time did not permit a
thorough test,  because the  Supreme Law  Library currently hosts
thousands of  individual documents  in as many different computer

        Levy  informed  a  project  investigator  that  SurfWatch
censorship  criteria   are  constantly  changing  with  each  new
release, and  he also  complained of the nuisance he endures when
each new release must be modified.  Nevertheless, Levy has failed
to override  the factory   default in the very latest release now
running on  Boalt Hall's library computers, resulting in the kind
of censorship  prohibited by  the  First Amendment in the Bill of

       It  is clear, therefore, that electronic censorship is now
the "default"  in the library of U.C. Berkeley's famous Boalt Law
School. Project investigators plan to search deeper for the exact
words or  phrases in  the blocked press release which trigger the
block.    Heavy  Internet traffic prevented project investigators
from   obtaining any  comments from the SurfWatch vendor by close
of business day.

      During the past year, the Supreme Law Library was certified
by home schooling advocates for containing materials suitable for
grade school  children.   Their certification  "icon" has not yet
been installed  in the  home page  of the  Supreme  Law  Library,

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TO:       Editor, Daily Cal
          University of California
          Berkeley, California

FROM:     Paul Andrew Mitchell
          Private Attorney General

DATE:     December 10, 1998

SUBJECT:  SurfWatch Censors at Boalt Hall

Dear Editor:

       We  question any  editorial policy which fails to hear all
sides before  rushing to  print.   Your haste  made waste  of key
facts in this complex subject matter.

       The files blocked by Boalt's computers were NOT blocked by
SurfWatch Software's  website  test  pad.    This  pointed  to  a
probable fault in Boalt's network setup, later confirmed.

       More  to the  merits, content  is paramount.  Law students
across the  land are routinely spoon-fed lies about IRS identity,
while trillions  of earnings  are  laundered off-shore  and  into
wealthy foreign banks.  This is the "service" the IRS provides.

      The municipal nature of the IRC (the Internal Revenue Code,
NOT Internet Relay Chat) is worthy of open discussion and healthy
debate.  This "agenda" is noble, because freedom is precious.

     Academic freedom suffers a terrible setback when you rush to
judgment and derogate victims.

       Do  we defend  a Republic, while you sustain an oligarchy?
Given  the   massive  multi-generational   fraud  which   is  now
unraveling with  clarity, Cal's  Law School  also has  a  lot  of
explaining to  do, with  or without  SurfWatch software to censor
our libraries.

     Alas, fear not the winds of change.

Sincerely yours,

/s/ Paul Andrew Mitchell

Paul Andrew Mitchell, B.A., M.S.
Counselor at Law, Federal Witness,
and Private Attorney General

copy:  the Internet
       copyright enforcement files

hard copy:  hand-delivered

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