It is a federal crime, punishable by up to 5 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000, to transmit any communication containing a threat to injure the person of another, via the Internet and e-mail (as well as the telephone, beepers, and other means of communication).
Here’s a message to all those who hide behind the Internet’s anonymity to make death threats against bloggers:
Your days are numbered. The police will find you and put you in jail, where you belong.
That’s what a pro-Obama “progressive” hater named Adam Eugene Cox of Knoxville, Tennessee, discovered.
Last October (2011), an anonymous person left numerous comments at ObamaReleaseYourRecords (ORYR) threatening to kill various individuals who have pursued the Obama eligibility matter. One comment was directed at Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his family:
“I plan to kill Joe Arpaio first.. He will be filled with a thousand bullet holes before the year is out., I promise you this. He won’t fuck with Obama. He will be buried 10 feet under and his whole family will be murdered along with him. Don’t like it? Come stop me. Come die before me.”
Here’s ORYR’s account of what happened next:
“Right after that comment was submitted, we grabbed the IP address from the commenter and the location was in Tennessee. We then sent the pertinent information and the actual death threat to Dr. [Jerome] Corsi, among others, and informed them we were not 100% certain that was the commenter but we were pretty sure it was and it could be easily verified by contacting Blogger owner Google to confirm. Dr. Corsi later informed us that Sheriff Joe’s office was now investigating the death threat.”
The police determined that the death-threater is Adam Eugene Cox. Here’s his charming mug shot:
Clayton Klapper reports for Arizona’s KTAR.com, Jan. 27, 2012:
A 33-year-old man in Phoenix has been arrested for threatening to kill Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his family.
Deputies in Knoxville, Tennessee worked with Maricopa County Sheriff’s deputies to serve a search warrant and seize a computer and other evidence from the home of Adam Eugene Cox.
The investigation into an internet death threat started in October, and Cox was arrested Friday on an unrelated warrant for assault. He is now being investigated in the internet death threat of MCSO Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his family. Deputies obtained a search warrant at Google, where they were then connected to Cox.
His threat reads in part: I plan to kill Arpaio first. He will be filled with a thousand bullet holes before the year is out. I promise you this. He won’t f**k with Obama. He will be buried 10 feet under and his whole family will be murdered along with him.
The threat comes in response to the Sheriff’s office’s investigation into the legitimacy of Obama’s birth certificate. Cox’s mother confirmed with police that he is an avid supporter of president Obama and police say he has a history of assault.
“Every threat will be taken seriously, and the Sheriff knows that his position often attracts threats but he draws the line when his family is threatened,” says Deputy Chief David Trombi, whose detectives oversaw the threat investigation.
Fellowship of the Minds (FOTM) has had our share of death threats, especially from a commenter who has used a series of IP addresses and aliases. He first came to our attention as “LetsKillBirthers” when he threatened to kill conservatives who question Obama’s eligibility. He later also made a death threat against Sheriff Arpaio, about which I promptly notified the sheriff.
His real name may be Tom Manning. We have reported his name, aliases, and IP addresses to the police. Since he has used, by my count, at least 25 aliases on FOTM, I’ve dubbed him “Legion.”
Come to think of it, some of the IP addresses Legion has used are in Knoxville, Tennessee! Nor has Legion returned to FOTM since his last appearance as “Tom Franks” on January 1, 2012.
FOTM’s most recent death threat came from a commenter who calls her/himself “Laura“. Laura excoriates me for being “intolerant” of transgenders/transsexuals, then promptly tells me to “go die.” Such tolerance!
Message to Laura:
“We have reported your e-mail address and IP address in St. Austell, Cornwall, to the UK authorities. Cheers!”
Should any reader of this blog threaten harm to our writers, we will report you and your IP address to the police. Count on it.