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Photos of Poindexter's House: 10 Barrington Fare,
Rockville, MD

The photos of John Poindexter's house are found here:,1283,56860,00.html

Keeping Track of John Poindexter

By Paul Boutin

02:00 AM Dec. 14, 2002 PT

The head of the government's Total Information Awareness project, which 
aims to root out potential terrorists by aggregating credit-card, travel, 
medical, school and other records of everyone in the United States, has 
himself become a target of personal data profiling.

Online pranksters, taking their lead from a San Francisco journalist, are 
publishing John Poindexter's home phone number, photos of his house and 
other personal information to protest the TIA program.

Matt Smith, a columnist for SF Weekly, printed the material -- which he 
says is all publicly available -- in a recent column:

"Optimistically, I dialed John and Linda Poindexter's number -- (301) 
424-6613 -- at their home at 10 Barrington Fare in Rockville, Md., hoping 
the good admiral and excused criminal might be able to offer some insight," 
Smith wrote.

"Why, for example, is their $269,700 Rockville, Md., house covered with 
artificial siding, according to Maryland tax records? Shouldn't a Reagan 
conspirator be able to afford repainting every seven years? Is the Donald 
Douglas Poindexter listed in Maryland sex-offender records any relation to 
the good admiral? What do Tom Maxwell, at 8 Barrington Fare, and James 
Galvin, at 12 Barrington Fare, think of their spooky neighbor?"

Smith said he wrote the column to demonstrate the sense of violation he 
felt over his personal records being profiled by secretive government agencies.

"I needed to call Poindexter anyway, and it seemed like a worthy concept 
that if he's going to be compiling data that most certainly will leak 
around to other departments and get used, one way to get readers to think 
about it was to turn that around," Smith said.

What Smith didn't realize was that Poindexter's phone number and other 
information would end up on more than 100 Web pages a week later as others 
took up the cause.

Phone-phreaking hackers supplied details on the Verizon switch serving the 
admiral's home. The popular Cryptome privacy-issues website posted 
satellite photos of the house.

Poindexter could not be reached for comment for this story, and calls to 
his home phone now reach a recording: "The party you are calling is not 
available at this time."

Since the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency began awarding 
contracts for the Total Information Awareness project in August,,2100,54342,00.html

the effort has been criticized by both civil rights advocates and data- 
mining experts.,1283,56620,00.html

The dispute over TIA seems to fall not along straight political party 
lines, but between advocates and opponents of the government's right to 
monitor its own citizens. Former President Clinton expressed support for 
the project in a recent public appearance, while conservative New York 
Times columnist William Safire recently wrote a pointed editorial 
criticizing the idea.

One Bush voter, speaking on condition of anonymity, said of the pranks on 
Poindexter: "If they're making him as uncomfortable as we are, good."

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