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Daniel Brandt was one of the editors of the Covert Action 
Information Bulletin.  The original name of this project was 
PowerBase:  A Power Structure Reseach Database.  Then he got
interested in trying to identify CIA agents by cross-checking 
US embassy personnel lists with other State Dept. data, then
cross-indexing the names with reports published in political 
journals, books and newspapers (Louis Wolf and Philip Agee
helped with that).  He wrote his own search engine which let
you ask for, e.g., a list of all American businessmen reported 
to be in Chile during 1971-73 who later turned up as embassy 
employees in Iran or Afghanistan.  At that point he changed 
the name to SpyBase.  But as it's grown it's become harder to 
categorize the field he's tracking.  He's certainly doing 
something potent at a grassroots level of fanaticism.


From: dbrandt {AT} crl.com (Daniel L. Brandt)
Newsgroups: alt.journalism 
Subject: NameBase Online has new features! 
Date: 6 Jun 1995 11:03:41 -0700
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                    Blythe Systems Announces...

                         NAMEBASE ONLINE!

                        FREE PUBLIC ACCESS
            via telnet or rlogin to ursula.blythe.org
                      (log in as: namebase)

                             NameBase
             A unique microcomputer name and country
                index with over 180,000 citations.

NameBase is used by hundreds of serious journalists and researchers.
For anyone with an IBM-compatible or Macintosh microcomputer, it
offers fast access to a database of 82,000 names of groups and
individuals, compiled from over 500 investigative books published
since 1962, and thousands of pages from periodicals since 1973. Areas
covered include the international intelligence community, political
elites from the Right and Left, the U.S. foreign policy establishment,
assassination theory, Latin America, big business, and organized
crime.


           NAMEBASE ONLINE NOW HAS ALL OF THESE FEATURES:

NAME SEARCH: search for names of individuals, corporations,
organizations

PHONETIC LIST: if we have it, you can find it, even if you can't spell
it

COUNTRY SEARCH: search for all names flagged for any of 145 foreign
             countries for any span of years from 1901-1995 (28,000 of
             the 82,000 names are flagged for their presence in or
             involvement with foreign countries for a period of years)

SOURCE LIST: a list of almost 600 sources, along with the total count
of
             citations from that souce, plus one-screen annotations
             for each, described by one wag as "delightfully
             idiosyncratic"

PROXIMITY SEARCH: if a particular name you specify has citations under
             it with, for example, a total of 50 pages cited, then
             this search scans the entire database to produce all the
             other names found on those same pages, displaying them in
             order of significance

HELP SCREENS: 20 screens describe the various features, plus
information
             on how to order the disk version, which is even more
             powerful

E-MAIL NAMEBASE NEWSLINE TO YOUR BOX OR TO A FRIEND: you may select
any
             of the back issues of NameBase NewsLine and tell the
             program to instantly e-mail the full text to an address
             you specify


                            Try it out today!

              telnet ursula.blythe.org     login: namebase

                       Public Information Research
                      a 501(c)(3) corporation based
                          in San Antonio, Texas
           Daniel Brandt, president     e-mail: dbrandt {AT} crl.com