Internet Dirty Tricks Target Swift Boat Vets
Someone who may or may not be in Japan has registered the domains swiftboatvets.org and swiftboatvets.com, to catch people who mistype the domain name for Swift Boat Veterans for Truth (swiftvets.com), and redirect them to the Joe Conason hit piece in Salon.
UPDATE at 8/20/04 5:28:06 pm:
Salon knows about it, and thinks it’s a great idea.
Swift rebuttal: An enterprising techie, apparently in Japan, acted quickly to respond to the political smear campaign against John Kerry by some of his fellow swift boat veterans. In addition to launching an attack ad (which Kerry has warned stations against running), the veterans set up their own Website, swiftvets.com. But by Thursday, the similarly named Website, swiftboatvets.com, had sprung up — linking to an article by Salon’s Joe Conason refuting the vets’ charges. All Salon knows about the site is what it found by looking up its information: that it was created by one Anko Siowika, in Tokyo, and that it appears to be driving perplexed surfers looking for more information about the smear to Salon. So… thank you, Anko Siowika! (swiftboatvets.com)