Digital Archaeology: Codex (Floppy Disk) #8 (part 10)

A summary for those that haven’t been keeping up with this series:

I found a bunch of 5.25″ disks at a thrift store a number of years ago. I finally got around to acquring a 5.25″ disk drive and extracting the contents a while back. Since then I have been posting the contents here.

Based on the contents, at least some of these disks were apparently once owned by someone named Connie A. Buys who used to run the “Close Encounters” Special Interest Group (SIG) on Delphi in the mid 1980s.

A specific definition of this SIG was found in a previous document on one of the disks: “This SIG, known as “Close Encounters”, is a forum for the discussion of relationships that develop via computer services like the Source, CompuServe, and Delphi. Our primary emphasis is on the sexual aspects of those relationships.”

Everything was text based from whatever terminal program you used to dial in to Delphi’s servers. Many of these disks have forum messages, e-mails and chat session logs. All of this is pre-internet stuff and I don’t know if there are any archives in existence today of what was on Delphi in the 1980s. In any case, much of this stuff would have been private at the time and some of it is quite personal.

I’ve been splitting up the contents of this disk (descriptively labeled “File Disk”) since it contains a number of documents, some of which are pretty long. A 5.25″ floppy disk can still hold an impressive amount of info when it is just text. (see the previous parts here: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9).

The contents of this post includes the contents of a document called MINORS.DOC. It is a rather disturbing article from a local newspaper (not sure what ‘local’ is in this case…possibly Jacksonville, FL) about NAMBLA, a vile organization in my opinion but one that I believe is still around.


This article appeared in our local paper recently and I'd like to hear
your comments on it:

"Child molesters have organized groups to promote the notion that
childern of any age should be allowed to have sex.

One of those is the North American Man/Boy Love Association in New
York City.

'They need to know there are other people who have these feelings,
that these feelings are not bad or evil,' NAMBLA spokesman Bill
Andriette said.

A pamphlet describes the group's goals:  'We advocate changing
existing laws so as both to protect young people from abuse and at the
same time extend to them the right, presently enjoyed solely by
adults, to control their own bodies...

'We believe the state has no business enforcing a particular code of
sexual morality or breaking up a mutually consensual sexual
relationship of any kind.  We demand the release of all our brothers
and sisters incarcerated for consensual sex with minors.'

NAMBLA publishes newsletters, holds conventions and has an emergency
defense fund to defray legal costs for members arrested for child

Prison inmates who have been convicted of molesting or raping children
are given free memberships and subscriptions to NAMBLA publications.

Police estimate the group has 20,000 subscribers nationwide. 
Andriette said it has only about 1,000 subscribers.  He said he is not
a pedophile but agrees with pedophiles politically.

'It's a difficult issue,'  Andriette said.  'Eight-year-olds are
capable of consenting to sex, just as they are capable of saying
something feels good or tastes good.  The question obviously becomes
more difficult as the person becomes younger.

'Children do have an idea of what sex is.  Children should be taught
to say no in all situations they don't feel comfortable in.  They
should avoid coercive situations and go along with situations that are

But for an adult to force a child into a sexual act is wrong, he said.

'Clearly, a person who has intercourse with an infant, that's
coercive.  It's not something where the child could easily express

But 2-year-olds, 8-year-olds and teenagers are capable of expressing
what they want, he said.

'Some type of sexual interaction could be valid with a 2-year-old,' he
said.  'It would be limited, but he can state whether an act is
pleasurable or not.'"