Ian Pace in Concert
I had noted in an earlier post than an Ian Pace had been linking my blog on The Guardian commentary of opposite views on the Norman G. Finkelstein tenure denial. I had also seen his comments on a progressive listserve and wondered if it were the concert pianist based in England. My speculation was obviously accurate. I responded that I could not discern any blockage or obstruction of access to my blog. Yet this is America and who knows whether its extraordinary rendition and Gulag Archipelagos throughout the world will begin to cast a net over academicians who protest the growing militarisation and deterioration of civil liberties here at home and its status as a preemptive, terrorist warrior nation abroad.
From: Ian Pace [mailto:ian@xxx]
Sent: Mon 6/18/2007 9:00 PM
To: Kirstein, Peter N.
Subject: From an interested party re your blogs on the Finkelstein case
Dear Professor Kirstein,
I have been reading your blog with great interest over the last week and, as I know you noted on the blog, posted a link to it on the Guardian Comment is Free blog. Now I find I can’t access it any longer (I get a message saying that I do not have permission to access that). Could you possibly tell me why this is the case? The report from the De Paul Political Science Committee on Norman Finkelstein’s work is quite devastating (especially with respect to Novick’s criticisms, which potentially carried the most weight). I am thinking of writing an article on the whole affair. Would you tell me if it might be possible to access this again, or alternatively would you be prepared to send that report to me?
Many thanks in advance,
Update: Mr Pace got this message when he attempted to see my Blog:
You don’t have permission to access /sites/kirstein/ on this server.
Apache/2.2.4 (Unix) mod_ssl/2.2.4 OpenSSL/0.9.8c PHP/5.2.3 Server at
english.sxu.edu Port 80
I then contacted Dr Angelo Bonadonna, an expert on computers, blogs and cyberspace and this was his response:
Hi, Peter–Thanks for the note, and sorry for the difficulty. I’m
pretty sure the problem here has to do with a past (and now no longer
necessary) restriction put on two IP address ranges (80.xxx.xxx.xxx
and 81.xxx.xxx.xxx). Those ranges were restricted from accessing the
server as a result of excessive, automated hack attempts from
abroad. But now other security measures have made the broader
restriction unnecessary. Ian Pace most likely was trying to access
your site from a computer that has an IP address beginning with 80 or
81. Anyway, I was easily able to remove the restriction, so access
should be open now. The “Forbidden” message came from the server, so there was no external censorship here. But as I said, access should be open now. Thanks, and sorry again for the inconvenience–Angelo [Emphasis added]