FOREWORD.BY JIM ROBINSON.
HILLARY'S SECRET WAR by Richard Poe is the first book I've read that really pulls together thestory of the Internet underground during the Clinton years. I was thrilled to read it. This story has never been told before, and I'm proud to say that I was part of it, in my own small way.We poured a lot of blood, sweat, and tears into building FreeRepublic.com and organizing a cyber-community of tens of thousands of Freeper activists all over the United States. We didn't do that job towin medals or accolades. We did it because it had to be done, just like we went to Vietnam - those of uswho went - because that job had to be done, too.To tell the truth, I was ready to go to my grave knowing that everything we accomplished atFreeRepublic might be forgotten. That was okay with me. What mattered was doing the job, not gettingcredit for it. Still, when I read Richard's book for the first time, it kind of choked me up a little bit, because I saw that somebody had been paying attention; somebody recognized what we were doing.Somebody knew that the Freepers were fighting for liberty on the Internet, just as we veterans foughtfor freedom in Vietnam. That made me feel pretty good.For me, it was fascinating to read about the lives and struggles of others involved in this movementthat Richard calls the New Underground - people like Chris Ruddy, Joe Farah, Matt Drudge, DavidHorowitz, J. J. Johnson, and all the rest. Believe it or not, I don't really know any of those people. Tmet Drudge once and J. J. Johnson once. But as for Ruddy and Farah, it's been an e-mail here, a phonecall there. And I don't think I ever communicated with David Horowitz at all.Hillary says that we're a vast right-wing conspiracy, but if there's a conspiracy going on, they surenever let me in on it. I hear Richard Mellon Scaife has given money to a lot of fine causes andorganizations, and good for him, but he sure hasn't thrown any my way.When it comes to networking and conspiring, I'm not much good at it. It's hard enough just trying toget Freepers to work together. How do you get tens of thousands of individualists to cooperate onsomething, each with his or her own opinion and agenda? Trying to keep the Freepers pulling in thesame direction is like trying to herd cats.I love all the details in Richard's book about the other Web sites and their owners. Reading their stories was eye-opening for me. I was so busy fighting my own skirmishes, I didn't have much time tosurvey the battlefield as a whole. Hillary's Secret War showed me that the persecution we endured atFree Republic was part of a bigger picture.Of course, I knew about Hillary and her secret police. We all knew that. Way back in the early '90son the Prodigy message board, we were already talking about how it seemed that Hillary was pullingall the strings. But her war on media dissidents, both on and off the Internet, really was a secret war, just as Richard says. Most people in America had no idea it was going on. They didn't know what kindsof pressures and harassment people faced when they tried to speak out and tell the truth about Clintoncorruption. Even many of us who were directly involved in the dissident media didn't always have the