Best document freaks (2008)

John Young and Deborah Natsios

Hey, you can't stop the government from spying on us, so you might as well spy on the government. For that, you need cryptome .org, just about the greatest locally produced website of documents and photos. John Young and Deborah Natsios, partners in architecture and information gathering, run Cryptome and its affiliate sites out of an Upper West Side apartment. You may not want to keep track of the carnage in Iraq, but you should, and Cryptome offers you the photos, facts, and figures of that continuing nightmare. You're in an information war, whether you like it or not, so arm yourself. This is serious business, but Young proves he has a sense of humor with his former sales pitch for a Cryptome DVD of 18,000 pages of declassified counter-intelligence dossiers dating from 1945 to 1985: All it costs is $100 for individuals, $50,000 for poor governments, and $10 million for the rich ones. What's funnier is that Young and Natsios, while doing their tremendous public service in uncovering nefarious government activities, are very active architects and once even designed a "media center" in Manhattan for that scourge of the New World Order: the Council on Foreign Relations. There goes that conspiracy theory.


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