The Police, Technology, the Media


Ever wonder what those stoic officers in the robocop gear are thinking during the average Seattle anti-whatever demonstration? SPD Officer Dan Espinoza, currently deployed with the Marines in Iraq, has a letter on the front page of the July 2003 issue of The Guardian, the newspaper of the Seattle Police Officers Guild. Espinoza included the following observation on Americans' right to dissent: "I have to admit when I found out I was getting deployed to Iraq, I was overjoyed that I didn't have to deal with those whining pathetic war protesters, but you all did and did a fine job!" When the war began on March 22, SPD's attack on several hundred peaceful Federal Building-area demonstrators and bystanders prompted numerous charges of excessive force. GEOV PARRISH


Under attack from lawsuits and legislation, spammers are striking back. And the target is a Seattle Web site that tracks them down. provides free and paid services to identify where spam comes from and files complaints on behalf of the users. On Wednesday, July 9, it was taken down for more than a day by an attack that swamped SpamCop's servers with so much incoming junk data that it became impossible for subscribers to squeeze in between the onrushing bits. By last weekend, SpamCop was again reporting on spam, but a renewed attack temporarily took it offline again on Monday, July 14. Another attack a few weeks earlier sent SpamCop and a second affected company to the FBI for assistance. To Julian Haight, who created SpamCop in 1998, being the target of spammer ire comes with the territory: "I consider it a compliment. I'm doing a good job. A good job is putting them out of business." FRANK CATALANO


In the file of Hearst Corp. v. Seattle Times Co. in King County Superior Court (see "Citizen Kane Mutiny," April 30): a report to the Seattle Times Co.'s board of directors a year ago. Times execs said they had been talking with Paul Allen's Vulcan Northwest and other developers about how to develop property in the South Lake Union neighborhood. And get this: "We will continue to evaluate the negative costs and political issues around having our headquarters located within the city limits of Seattle. From a purely strategic, logistical, and cost standpoint, it is a serious question as to whether our headquarters wouldn't be better located in the east or north suburbs to best service the next generation of Seattle Times Co. leadership. Many newspaper companies, including The New York Times, have received significant financial incentives from their cities to remain. Seattle is unlike most cities and has not only declined to provide incentives but has been punitive and made us feel unwelcome." So if the Post-Intelligencer goes away (see It Was in the P-I,"), and the Times moves to the suburbs, does that make Seattle a no-daily-newspaper town? CHUCK TAYLOR

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