With all the news coming from the Middle East here is a story that I think was much overlooked. Googlewatch.eweek.com reports: Feds Retrieve Google Records after Gmail Used for Hate Speech
The following email was sent to the Washington Bureau of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) on May 22,2006:
You are no match for our numbers and our power. We will come out of the night and rise from the dirt to murder you in your sleep. Meet us on 6/6/06 to seal your fate. The end is at hand, accept your place at the foot of the true masters throne. The kingdom of god is for naught, Hell will rule the earth soon enough. We will meet you at the center of sin, Washington on June 6th or you can hide and die like the insignificant mortals you are. Christ is Dead.
The NAACP was not amused and even though it may very well be that the majority of their membership believe that Christ rose again and is still alive they did not forward the message to the Rev. Jesse Jackson for evaluation but instead sent it to the FBI.
The FBI was not amused either.
Federal agents requested a federal grand jury subpoena and retrieved records from Google concerning the Gmail account that sent the threatening speech. They did not need to storm Google offices and apparently everything was handled via the internet. Terms of Service (TOS) were violated and the subpoena did that which it was supposed to do.
Ain't technology wunnerful?
And lets give a hand to the court system that is much maligned these days!!!
Randall C. Ashby II evidently set up the Gmail account on the same day the email was received. When the "Send" button was punched from a law office in Weston, West Virginia it was a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 875c (Interstate Communication of a Threat).
The account used the name AntiChrist Millenium and as a secondary email account - email@example.com - was used. URLs and timestamps put everything together for the FBI. -
I could not find word if RandyBaby was hauled off to Gitmo or was instead placed on a list of possible secondary actors for Conspiracy Theory II.
A Google Search on - firstname.lastname@example.org - brings up this tidbit most news reports seemed to have missed. Geek.com/news/gamenews[Game Geek tab] - has a post on New York discusses fat tax and in it is this comment from email@example.com
Rex... (12:57am EST Mon Jun 23 2003)
We have freedom, but our political system is a joke.. any bipolar system where there is a 1 % representation of other ideas (Jesse Ventura anyone) is not a representative democracy. We do need a revolution, a political upheval, to give the American People real freedom and liberty, not the fascist state we are living under at the present time... fascism = government controlled economy (military industrial complex, Alan Greenspan) + programs for societal control(Patriot Act)... wake up unless freedom is absolute, we have nothing. firstname.lastname@example.org - by Wake UP
It sounds to me like a few days in a Russian Reprogramming Center will fix this joker's idea that the U.S.'s capitalistic society is all wrong and needs revolution. People like him should have been raised under communism so they could get a first hand look at a political system that REALLY doesn't work. Or perhaps ship him to North Korea. I'm sure he would love it there.
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