“Computer Prodigy Pioneers Cyberspace Revisionism”
“From the bedroom of his tidy, modest home in Portland,
Oregon, a soft-spoken young computer prodigy named Dan Gannon has
been stirring things up around the globe. Jewish-Zionist groups
in the United States, and government officials in Europe, have
been keeping a close watch on his controversial messages, which
are accessed by computers around the world.
Since October 1988 he has devoted tremendous time and
energy publishing revisionist materials and arguments on
international computer networks. If anyone deserves to be called
the pioneer of Holocaust revisionism on the worldwide computer
networks, it is Gannon.
As many as two million persons around the world, Gannon
estimates, have seen at least some of his postings.
If printed on paper, his posted messages, and the debate
responses they’ve generated, would fill more than 6,000 pages.
Gannon has transcribed and made electronically available
more than 150 revisionist articles and other items into the
system, many of them from the IHR. ‘Sourced information, like
the scholarly articles found in the IHR _Journal_, is be far the
most useful’ material, he says.
In 1993, Gannon was reaching hundreds of thousands over
the Usenet ‘news groups’ sections of the Internet. Holocaust
revisionism, he reported in late 1993, is one of the five best
known and most popular Usenet topics, and was probably also one
of the three most intensely debated.
Reflecting the highly emotional treatment of the
Holocaust issue in motion pictures, television and other media,
anti-revisionists typically respond to the postings by Gannon and
other revisionists with hateful name-calling, vile invective, and
sloppy, irrational arguments. ‘For a few years I was getting a
lot of death threats–about 500 per year,’ he says.
In August 1991 Gannon started his own computer bulletin
board system (BBS), ‘Banished CPU.’ Because several ‘provider’
firms cut off his BBS from their networks, he has had to operate
‘Banished CPU’ as a local BBS.
Gannon’s activism has attracted media attention. Some
television reports have been viciously slanted, deliberately
misrepresenting what he actually says, and even giving the
utterly false impression that he promotes criminal violence.
Relatively more objective was a February 1995 television
report about Holocaust revisionism and other suppposed Internet
‘Cyberhate’ that was broadcast across Canada on ‘CBC Primetime
Magazine.’ It included portions of a film interview with Gannon
conducted at his home in Portland by host Neil MacDonald.
Gannon’s activism is not confined to the computer. He
has arranged for the showing of the video ‘David Cole Interviews
Dr. Franciszek Piper’ in college classes at two Portland-area
campuses. He also arranged for this video to be broadcast on
local public access cable television. (It was shown on the most
limited-area public access channel, on the pretext that it was
‘made in a foreign country,’ a reference to a portion filmed at
Auschwitz in Poland.)
Gannon has also distributed about a thousand revisionist
leaflets in the Portland area, including Fred Leuchter’s ‘Inside
the Auschwitz “Gas Chambers”‘ (published by the IHR), and an
illustrated IHR advertisement for the Cole/Piper video.
Gannon’s e-mail address is:
He can also be reached at P.O. Box 90151, Portland, OR
Subject: Dan Gannon in the _JHR_
The following article comes from _Journal of Historical Review_,
vol. 15 (July/Aug. 1995): 28-29.