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Jan. 28, 1998
Dont ask, don’t e-mail: Mr. Boenisch goes to Washington
Navy out of line?
A look at internship in the nation's capital
Staff Writer
US Navy Senior Chief Petty Officer
Timothy R. McVeigh recently was told
by the US Navy that they were going
to discharge him for homosexuality.
Ironically, McVeigh’s recent perfor­
mance evaluation described him as an
outstanding role model and the “em­
bodiment of Navy core values.”
People need
What’s important here isn’t the fact
to remember that McVeigh is gay, but that the Navy
may have violated the Electronic Com­
that in the
munications Privacy Act of 1986 to
find this out.
The Navy found out McVeigh was
age there is
homosexual in a roundabout way. Ap­
no true
parently, in the first week of Septem­
ber, McVeigh sent an e-mail to the wife
of a fellow crewman about a Christ­
mas toy drive for the crew’s children.
Navy officials said the woman was
disturbed by the return address on his
e-mail -“Boysrch”—which presum­
ably meant “boy search.” She con­
sulted the biographical profile listed
under the screen name “Boysrch” on America Online, offi­
cials said. The profile identified the user as Tim of Hono­
lulu, whose hobbies included “driving, boy watching, col­
lecting pictures of other young studs.”
According to a transcript of McVeigh’s discharge hear­
ing -which is currently delayed so a federal judge can re­
view the case—a Navy investigator contacted AOL and,
without acknowledging his connection to the Navy, asked
for McVeigh’s full name. The investigator, Joseph Kaiser,
said a technician at AOL identified the user as Timothy R.
McVeigh of Honolulu.
Therein lies the problem. The Electronic Communica­
tions Privacy Act of 1986 bars the release of customer in­
formation by computer-service companies without a sub­
poena, a court order or the consent of the customer, none of
which the Navy had.
In addition, McVeigh has filed suit in the U.S. District
Court at Washington, claiming that the Navy is in violation
of federal privacy laws and of the Defense Department’s
“don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, which was supposed to put an
end to aggressive campaigns to ferret out homosexuals in
the military.
“That information is not given out to anyone except you,
and only to you if you can verify some account information
first,” according to an AOL technical support representa­
tive who contacted the Print.
Apparently, then, both the US Navy and America Online
are at fault: the Navy didn’t have a subpoena, court order or
McVeigh’s consent, and an AOL tech gave out the informa­
tion without verifying any account information first.
This makes me wonder: what was the US Navy thinking?
Was Kaiser simply unknowingly overstepping bounds or
was the investigator blatantly ignoring federal law? And
what was the AOL tech thinking? Or was he thinking at
Since I work as a technical support representative for
Sprint Internet Passport (Sprint’s Internet division) I can
not imagine how this breach of security could have hap­
pened, unless the technician in question was brand new or
simply didn’t care.
In this new world of connectivity and anonymity there
are still records. Someone, somewhere has all of your in­
formation. Federal laws protecting privacy are great but they
don’t mean anything if they aren’t enforced. In addition,
federal laws don’t mean anything after the damage has been
However, some of the blame needs to be accepted by
McVeigh. In a roundabout way he violated the “don’t ask,
don’t tell policy.” By sending e-mail to the wife of a
crewmember with the e-mail name of “Boysrch” he was, in
a vague way, letting people know he was homosexual. In
addition, his profile clearly labeled him as being homo­
In all, I think that people need to remember that in the
information age there is no true anonymity. Whether you’ve
been assigned a number or name, a password or a keyword,
someone knows who you are and possibly quite a bit more.
Be careful whom you tell.
Associated Student Government
President Jacob Boenisch served as an
intern for the Committee for Education
Funding, a lobby group, during the
summer of 1997.
Boenisch worked in the offices of the
committee in Washington, D.C., not far
from the White House.
Competition for access can be fierce
in Washington, probably reflecting the
level of competition at the highest lev­
els of power.
“I’ve seen the mentality, the aura of
what goes on.” Boenisch said. “They're
strutting their stuff... because they’re
trying to get to number one. It’s a dog-
eat-dog world. They are trying to beat
everyone else out and get the grand
Boenisch visited the White House
and got to know other interns who
worked for congressmen, senators and
the president’s administration.
“It’s like a rich person’s gig,”
Boenisch said, “especially when you
get into the White House. You can tell
how those women can use their persua­
Wednesday, January 28, 1998
sive power, as far as using it to their
advantage, on legislator aides, staff,
senators or congressmen or even the
President of the United States.”
Interns working at the White House
are asked to perform various office
duties, most of them office drudgery.
According to Boenisch, interns make
phone calls, open the mail and gener­
ally make themselves available to
whomever they work for.
Most interns don’t have access to all
parts of the White House or come in
contact with high-level advisors to the
President. But some interns do achieve
the highest level of contact, and to
reach that level it is considered a prize
accomplishment, if only for inclusion
on a resume.
For access at that level an intern is
scrutinized by the FBI and rewarded
with the coveted Blue Pass. This docu­
ment allows the intern access to all ar­
eas of the White House except the sec­
ond »floor, the residence of the
President’s family. A Blue Pass offers
the intern the greatest opportunity to
meet and work for high level adminis­
trators, including Hillary Clinton and
the president.
To receive a Blue Pass is to reach
the highest reward as an intern.
“Your goal as an intern is to beat ev­
ery other intern out, to be in on the top
prize,’’Boenisch said. “To be in on the
top prize as an intern is to be able to,
like, just see President Clinton or shake
his hand or just talk to him.”
Boenisch visited the White House on
several occasions while working for the
Committee for Education Funding and
had the opportunity to observe interns
working there.
“They worship at the hands and feet
of their bosses. The interns at Hillary
Clinton’s office were abuzz when she
came in, the interns trying to get her
attention, [trying to be] the first one to
state a fact, to like say, “the trash man
called,” anything, to get as close to the
power as possible.
“It is also the same with congress­
men and senators, the closer you get to
that person, that personal power, the
better... because you have a connec­
tion with that person.
“This is what an intern’s responsi­
bilities are: they push paper, answer
telephone calls, and they kiss the ass
of the person they work for.”
News Briefs
Financial Aid is holding a one-hour
class each week on Tuesdays in B 114
at 3 p.m. on how to file the Free Appli­
cation for Federal Student Aid. No
registration is required, and help in
answering questions will be available.
Volunteers are needed to tutor adults
in reading and writing approximately
two hours a week. Contact Joe
VanZutphen at ext.2724.
the entry. All entries will be consid­
ered for the literary magazine Synes­
thesia. Submit entries to Allen
Widerburg in M233 or call ext.2359.
Qualified math tutors are wanted who
have completed MTH 111, calculus, or
pre-calculus. Starting rate is $8.02 per
hour. Stop by the Math Lab for an ap­
For information about the college’s
scholarship application process, join
Sharon Sample, Scholarship Coordina­
tor, during January on Thursdays from
3-4 p.m. in Bl 14.
The deadline for the writers’ club con­
test is Feb. 18. Students may submit
up to three poems, one essay, and one
piece of fiction. Submit four copies of
each entry. Include a cover page for
each. Specifically, manuscripts should
be prepared as follows: A cover page
with the title, category, student’s name,
social security number, address and
phone number. The first page of the
story should only include the student’s
social security number and the title. Do
not put your name on the first page of
The following recruiters will be com­
ing to the campus: United Parcel Ser­
vice, Wednesday, Jan. 28 and the Old
Spaghetti Factory, Thursday, Jan. 29.
The college and High School Relations
office are offering an opportunity for
home school and underage students on
campus to get acquainted. The college
invites these students for pizza on Jan.
28. For more information, contact
Cathy Stempski, Transition Advisor in
High School Relations.
day from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Com­
munity Center representatives from
over 20 clubs will be available to speak
to and ask questions. It is the perfect
opportunity to join in campus activi­
ties. Free pizza and the music of Dan
Ross will be featured for the event.
Winter term Authors’ Night will be
held in the McLoughlin Hall Theater
Feb. 4 at 7 p.m. Three Oregon play­
wrights—Charles Deemer, DMay Rob­
erts and playwriting instructor Sue
Mach—will be featured. For more in­
formation, contact Allen Widerburg at
ext. 2359.
New scholarships available for a
variety of situations and needs
Students in need of extra cash
have new options.
There will be open enrollment
from Feb. 16 to April 3. Workshops
for scholarship information will
continue through the end of Janu­
Family Pioneer in Higher Educa­
tion (three full tuition awards avail­
The purpose of these scholar­
ships is to provide assistance and
special recognition to students who
are first in their immediate fami­
lies (grandparents, parents, sib­
lings) to attend college. Require­
ments are that the applicant be a
new or returning Clackamas stu­
dent, enroll in 12 or more credit
hours per term and maintain a mini­
mum 2.5 GPA.
New Pioneer Scholarship For Spe­
cial Needs Individuals (three full
tuition awards available):
The purpose is to provide finan­
cial assistance and opportunities for
success for individuals facing
physical, emotional or social chal­
Requirements are that the appli­
cant must enroll in six or more
credit hours per term, maintain a
minimum 2.0 GPA and document
physical, emotional or social chal­
Sharon Sample, scholarship co­
ordinator, suggests that students
who will be transferring next year
should check the scholarship table,
contact the college they will be
transferring to, look on the internet,
Computer Information Systems,
and reference books.
“Don’t think you're not going to
be eligible. They [the scholarships]
are not all need or academic based.”
Sample said.
Sample also urged everyone to
apply because each year many
scholarships go unapplied for and