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Why is whitehouse.gov hosted in GERMANY?

Posted on 04/03/2009 2:30:16 PM PDT by ml/nj

Why is whitehouse.gov hosted in GERMANY? I'm asking.

Does anyone have any idea? This question was posed by Scott on a closed list I am on. I think it deserves a wider audience.

The image I've presented here comes from http://en.utrace.de/?query=www.whitehouse.gov

ML/NJ


TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: internet; whitehouse; whitehousegov
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1 posted on 04/03/2009 2:30:16 PM PDT by ml/nj
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To: ml/nj

Because germany is a hotbed for islamic radicals


2 posted on 04/03/2009 2:31:23 PM PDT by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: ml/nj

Well, he is in Germany today.


3 posted on 04/03/2009 2:31:44 PM PDT by Always Right (Obama: more arrogant than Bill Clinton, more naive than Jimmy Carter, and more liberal than LBJ.)
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To: ml/nj

Just hosting the websites that Americans won’t...


4 posted on 04/03/2009 2:33:46 PM PDT by brytlea (Jesus loves me, this I know.)
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To: ml/nj

Doucheland. Sounds right.


5 posted on 04/03/2009 2:33:46 PM PDT by wolfcreek (There is no 2 party system only arrogant Pols and their handlers)
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To: ml/nj; ShadowAce

When I started a traceroute just a moment ago, whitehouse.gov resolved to 96.17.202.135, assigned to Akamai out of Cambridge, Mass. The actual host at the IP looked like it was hanging off a network located in Ashburn, Va. (one of the major Eastern U.S. data centers).


6 posted on 04/03/2009 2:34:01 PM PDT by rabscuttle385 ("If this be treason, then make the most of it!" —Patrick Henry)
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To: Always Right

The One is in Germany?


7 posted on 04/03/2009 2:34:10 PM PDT by hkp123
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To: ml/nj

The New World Order has begun.


8 posted on 04/03/2009 2:34:16 PM PDT by afnamvet (Born Again American)
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To: ml/nj

Is that where George Soros lives?


9 posted on 04/03/2009 2:36:16 PM PDT by kaehurowing
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To: hkp123

Yeah, the NATO summit today was in Germany.


10 posted on 04/03/2009 2:36:41 PM PDT by Always Right (Obama: more arrogant than Bill Clinton, more naive than Jimmy Carter, and more liberal than LBJ.)
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To: ml/nj

Because it is outside US jurisdiction there.


11 posted on 04/03/2009 2:36:46 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Socialism is the belief that most people are better off if everyone was equally poor and miserable.)
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To: kaehurowing

I was wondering that too.

But I think his primary residence is in NY.


12 posted on 04/03/2009 2:36:52 PM PDT by Califreak (111th Congress: Destroying America With Reckless Abandon)
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To: ml/nj

I just pinged ‘www.whitehouse.gov’ from a unix machine and I get IP: 96.16.242.135 which is in Cambridge, Mass


13 posted on 04/03/2009 2:37:04 PM PDT by avacado
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To: ml/nj
If you're using http://en.utrace.de to access it, it's probably going to hit a copy cached in Germany. FWIW, I'm in the US and for me whitehouse.gov resolves to a completely different IP address.
14 posted on 04/03/2009 2:37:18 PM PDT by Caesar Soze
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To: ml/nj

15 posted on 04/03/2009 2:39:35 PM PDT by roses of sharon (Pray Hussein fails!)
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To: ml/nj

You vill submit to zee New Vorld Order! Obama ist das Ein! (or maybe das Eine?, I didnt pay attention in class)


16 posted on 04/03/2009 2:40:01 PM PDT by isom35
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To: ml/nj; Beckwith; Fred Nerks; Polarik
Interestingtha White House Gov is offshore. My bet is so that the FBI and the CIA are prevebted from hacking the White House Gov site. Typical fascist maneuverinng.

There is some stuff on that site that Obama does not want the other federal agencies to have access to.

MAYBE THE KEY IS IN GERMANY.

17 posted on 04/03/2009 2:40:14 PM PDT by Candor7 (The weapons of choice against fascism are ridicule, and derision. (member NRA)
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To: ml/nj

Outsourcing, silly!

No, really... he probably just needed access because he needed to post another picture that had “hero” in the properties.


18 posted on 04/03/2009 2:41:19 PM PDT by Winstons Julia
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To: ml/nj

Because no Islamic country has hosting ability?


19 posted on 04/03/2009 2:41:45 PM PDT by riskybiz ($$$$ and votes are the coinage of Congress)
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To: Caesar Soze

If you go to the German site, and type in ‘Freerepublic.com’, it resolves to Englewood, Colorado.

I thought it was based out of Fresno, CA, but at least it doesn’t point to some gateway portal in Germany.


20 posted on 04/03/2009 2:42:52 PM PDT by perchprism
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To: pissant
Cause it's not. It's in San Jose right now.

But if you are in GERMANY, they host a version of it in Germany so it isn't so laggy. And when you use an IP lookup site in Germany, it finds the German site.

21 posted on 04/03/2009 2:43:02 PM PDT by mbraynard (You are the Republican Party. See you at the precinct meeting.)
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To: Caesar Soze
www.whitehouse.gov uses Akamai which caches multiple live copies of the site across multiple locations (wherever Akamai has a presence, which is everywhere), in order to improve performance. This will obviously produce different traceroutes and pings according to your location.
22 posted on 04/03/2009 2:46:07 PM PDT by angkor
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To: avacado

Lookup has started ...

; <<>> DiG 9.4.2-P2 <<>> whitehouse.gov any +multiline +nocomments +nocmd +noquestion +nostats +search
;; global options: printcmd
whitehouse.gov. 7200 IN A 63.161.169.137
whitehouse.gov. 172800 IN NS use6.akam.net.
whitehouse.gov. 172800 IN NS ns1-176.akam.net.
whitehouse.gov. 172800 IN NS asia9.akam.net.
whitehouse.gov. 172800 IN NS usw6.akam.net.
whitehouse.gov. 172800 IN NS usw5.akam.net.
whitehouse.gov. 172800 IN NS usw1.akam.net.
whitehouse.gov. 172800 IN NS zc.akam.net.
whitehouse.gov. 172800 IN NS ns1-145.akam.net.
whitehouse.gov. 7200 IN SOA ep.eop.gov. postmaster.whitehouse.gov. (
2009033101 ; serial
900 ; refresh (15 minutes)
300 ; retry (5 minutes)
604800 ; expire (1 week)
7200 ; minimum (2 hours)
)
whitehouse.gov. 7200 IN MX 105 mailhub-wh3.whitehouse.gov.
whitehouse.gov. 7200 IN MX 100 mailhub-wh2.whitehouse.gov.
asia9.akam.net. 78208 IN A 220.73.220.2
usw6.akam.net. 89915 IN A 96.17.144.195
usw5.akam.net. 88938 IN A 63.147.175.19
usw1.akam.net. 46957 IN A 96.17.144.195
zc.akam.net. 87809 IN A 64.211.42.196
use6.akam.net. 89003 IN A 208.44.108.136


23 posted on 04/03/2009 2:47:40 PM PDT by HangnJudge
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To: HangnJudge

right.

that long list is the Akamai nameservers, which are clearly in different global regions.


24 posted on 04/03/2009 2:49:59 PM PDT by angkor
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To: mbraynard
But if you are in GERMANY, they host a version of it in Germany so it isn't so laggy.

And that's important because?

ML/NJ

25 posted on 04/03/2009 2:51:11 PM PDT by ml/nj
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To: ml/nj

It’s made in Germany. You know the Germans always make good stuff.


26 posted on 04/03/2009 2:52:36 PM PDT by Creme Brulee
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To: ml/nj

They bid cheaper that the Indians! LOL.


27 posted on 04/03/2009 3:00:09 PM PDT by 2harddrive (...House a TOTAL Loss.....)
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To: ml/nj

If you click the IP (http://en.utrace.de/whois/92.122.34.135), it shows that the netblock that IP address is from is owned by Akamai Technologies, a company (an American one, by the way) that provides content mirroring services for many large, high-profile sites, apparently including whitehouse.gov for better performance. The site that you used to look it up is hosted in Germany, and thus gets a server hosted in Germany for lower latency.


28 posted on 04/03/2009 3:02:14 PM PDT by lolwat
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They must have multiple servers. I traced it to 118.215.58.135, which is in Singapore.

http://www.ip-adress.com/ip_tracer/118.215.58.135


29 posted on 04/03/2009 3:06:21 PM PDT by KarinG1 (You're just jealous because the voices don't talk to you.)
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To: angkor
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Akamai_Technologies

Akamai Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: AKAM),
pronounced [ɑkɑmɑɪ][2], i
s a company that provides a distributed computing platform
for global Internet content and application delivery,
headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts
30 posted on 04/03/2009 3:06:54 PM PDT by HangnJudge
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To: ml/nj
Why perhaps?

Dick MORRIS: Yes, Obama. This was so unbelievable. Obama was the one pressing for less regulation and more spending. And he had to convince the Europeans. But eventually -- but Obama himself is a socialist, I believe, and he had no problem really with this.

This truly creates a global economic system. From now on, don't look to Washington for the rule making, look to Brussels.

Gordon Brown announced the creation of a "new world order" after the conclusion of the G20 summit of world leaders in London.

"Today’s decisions, of course, will not immediately solve the crisis. But we have begun the process by which it will be solved," Mr Brown said. "I think a new world order is emerging with the foundation of a new progressive era of international co-operation,"

31 posted on 04/03/2009 3:07:39 PM PDT by OafOfOffice (We don't see victims. We don't see people we want to exploit. What we see is potential,Rush Limbaugh)
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To: rabscuttle385

>>When I started a traceroute just a moment ago, whitehouse.gov resolved to 96.17.202.135, assigned to Akamai out of Cambridge, Mass. The actual host at the IP looked like it was hanging off a network located in Ashburn, Va. (one of the major Eastern U.S. data centers).<<

In the olden times it was always hosted at MIT in Cambridge - my guess is there may be a European mirror.


32 posted on 04/03/2009 3:11:09 PM PDT by gondramB (Preach the Gospel at all times, and when necessary, use words.)
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To: angkor

Dude, no need to yell at me. I’m not one of the Fifth Reich-NWO-whitehouse.gov conspiracy theorists.


33 posted on 04/03/2009 3:12:20 PM PDT by Caesar Soze
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To: Caesar Soze
Dude, no need to yell at me

Not yelling at you.

Sorry that's what it looked like.

THIS IS YELLING.

This is emphasis.

34 posted on 04/03/2009 3:16:51 PM PDT by angkor
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To: Caesar Soze

A copy cache? It is more than that if the domain is pointing to it. It has to be listed as a name server for the domain to pick up that IP.


35 posted on 04/03/2009 3:19:39 PM PDT by Calpernia (Hunters Rangers - Raising the Bar of Integrity http://www.barofintegrity.us)
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To: gondramB

A mirror that is a listed name server.


36 posted on 04/03/2009 3:20:40 PM PDT by Calpernia (Hunters Rangers - Raising the Bar of Integrity http://www.barofintegrity.us)
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To: Candor7
MAYBE THE KEY IS IN GERMANY.

Revelation 2. The throne...is now in Berlin.
37 posted on 04/03/2009 3:25:43 PM PDT by TheRiverNile
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To: ml/nj

The whois database sez:

Massachusetts - Cambridge - Akamai Technologies


38 posted on 04/03/2009 3:25:49 PM PDT by upchuck (I'm glad I'm old. Thus I can remember when America was a decent, moral, God fearing country.)
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To: ml/nj

Because Wookees are not from Endor.


39 posted on 04/03/2009 3:29:13 PM PDT by mbraynard (You are the Republican Party. See you at the precinct meeting.)
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To: mbraynard

My recollection was that Whitehouse.gov was located in Sterling, VA and backed up in other places.

Can’t traceroute through my router without turning things off or I could help.


40 posted on 04/03/2009 3:36:13 PM PDT by Vendome
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To: Vendome

Remember UUNET?


41 posted on 04/03/2009 3:36:49 PM PDT by Vendome
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To: roses of sharon

You just need O’s face instead of Hitler’s.


42 posted on 04/03/2009 3:38:57 PM PDT by dljordan
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To: Vendome
Nope. Tracerting to San Jose.

For the Bush admin, likely Sterling.

43 posted on 04/03/2009 3:42:33 PM PDT by mbraynard (You are the Republican Party. See you at the precinct meeting.)
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To: mbraynard

That is San Jose 1, ATT. 1/2 of the building is Government account.


44 posted on 04/03/2009 4:01:15 PM PDT by Vendome
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To: ml/nj; Fred Nerks; null and void; pissant; george76; PhilDragoo; Candor7; MeekOneGOP; ...

Why is whitehouse.gov hosted in GERMANY?


45 posted on 04/03/2009 4:31:29 PM PDT by LucyT
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To: ml/nj

Why is Merkel all buddy buddy with him all of a sudden?


46 posted on 04/03/2009 4:44:09 PM PDT by autumnraine (Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose- Kris Kristoferrson VIVA LA REVOLUTION!)
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To: ml/nj
I just checked it:

Domain: whitehouse.gov IP Address: 96.7.250.135 Region: Cambridge

47 posted on 04/03/2009 4:52:10 PM PDT by Las Vegas Ron (I'd rather the world hate us then laugh at us)
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To: LucyT

Maybe they wanted to honor the birthplace of Mrs Chief Engineer? Sorry I couldn’t resist.


48 posted on 04/03/2009 5:08:01 PM PDT by Chief Engineer
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To: ml/nj; Beckwith; LucyT; Polarik; null and void; STARWISE; Fred Nerks; Jim Robinson

IMPORTANT CROSS LINK TO THREAD:

PING:

Should Obama Control The Internet? (Free Speech Alert)
Mother Jones ^ | 4/03/2009 | Steve Aquino

“The Cybersecurity Act of 2009 (PDF) gives the president the ability to “declare a cybersecurity emergency” and shut down or limit Internet traffic in any “critical” information network “in the interest of national security.” The bill does not define a critical information network or a cybersecurity emergency. That definition would be left to the president”

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2221963/posts?page=1

US Internet shut down will not effect white house site.This looks like the white house will still have world Internet access out of Germany while the US internet is shut down by executive order. Same as shutting down the phone system.

Very Scarey Stuff. We as citizens also lose contact with our troops posted abroad.

Jim Rob, time to have a mirror FR site off shore.STAT


49 posted on 04/03/2009 6:27:53 PM PDT by Candor7 (The weapons of choice against fascism are ridicule, and derision. (member NRA)
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To: Las Vegas Ron

Trace Routes can be spoofed. And routes don’t dispute a domain point. And domains only point to listed name servers. IOW, that domain in Germany is a listed name server.


50 posted on 04/03/2009 6:42:30 PM PDT by Calpernia (Hunters Rangers - Raising the Bar of Integrity http://www.barofintegrity.us)
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