Better a Millstone

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Better a Millstone or BAM was a child advocacy website founded by Mike Echols in 1998 as the "Internet Eyes & Ears for Law Enforcement!"

Borrowing a phrase from the New English Bible where Jesus said, "As for the man who is a cause of stumbling to one of these little ones who have faith, it would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a millstone round his neck." Echols founded Better a Millstone as a non-profit organization in the state of Nevada.

Soon after the appearance of the poorly designed and disorganized BAM website, Echols began to build a list of his accomplishments infiltrating NAMBLA and gaining a copy of the membership list in 1985 which he directly published on the site. He also targeted BoyChat, posting a list of participants' nicks, which he attempted to associate with real names and other identifying information. Most of his data was wildly off the mark while a small amount was accurate.

After Echols' death in 2003, the BAM website continued, eventually going offline in early 2005. The remaining officers of Better a Millstone failed to file the required paperwork with the state of Nevada in late 2005 and Better a Millstone appears to have been abandoned as a company.

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