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Daniel Brandt

Public Information Research (or PIR), not to be confused with the Public Interest Research Group, is a company owned and operated by Internet provacateur Daniel Brandt, of San Antonio, Texas. According to statemaster.com (a source that may be a Wikipedia mirror, entry found here) and its own website, it is a registered (501c3) charity with revenues under $20,000 per year.Whether that dollar figure is true or not, PIR (a follow-on of Brandt's previous company, Micro Associates) operates the website NameBase.org. Described by Wikipedia as "focus[ed] on the post-World War II era and on left of center, conspiracy theory, and espionage activities", the website purports to contain hundreds of thousands of entries with clippings and documents, scrounged up or received via FOIA requests, about "all sorts of spooks, military officials, political operators and other cloak-and-dagger types." (The Nation, 1988).

Somewhat less known, however, is that Mr. Brandt is the prop…