Posted by Morris Dovey on December 22, 2007, 8:37 pm
J. Clarke wrote:
| Solar Flare wrote:
|| I have had calls at 3 am and threatened with a firearm (yupp.. a
|| gun weilding USanian) from some of these "concerned posters"
|| Suit yourself.
| I got a letter bomb once from someone with whom I had been having an
| online argument. I don't use my real name (which is quite
| unusual--there are something like 5 people in the US who share it)
| online anymore.
||| -> A word of caution. You will totally destroy your email putting
||| a valid
||| -> email address in Usenet. After 3-400 spams per day you will get
||| -> one...LOL
My ISP set up some fairly effective filtering, and his software allows
me to add new rules - and my spam volume has dropped from 100-300/day
to fewer than 4/week. A conversation with your service provider might
bring some relief.
Solar Flare, I don't know where you are but forwarding a threatening
e-mail to your local authorities _and_ to www.fbi.gov here in the
states would be appropriate. I would imagine that most threats of
violence are empty, but they aren't acceptable behavior here any more
than anywhere else in the world.
John, I hope you were able to follow through with the appropriate
authorities to ensure an end to the letter bomber's activities...
DeSoto, Iowa USA
Posted by J. Clarke on December 22, 2007, 9:58 pm
Morris Dovey wrote:
I figured it for an "I know where you are" message rather than a bomb
and in the spirit of the thing took it out to the range and used a
5.56mm letter opener. Imagine my surprise when it blew up.
Unfortunately at that point there wasn't any evidence left.
to email, dial "usenet" and validate
(was jclarke at eye bee em dot net)
Posted by Solar Flare on December 22, 2007, 10:37 pm
Yeah and police tell you to take an aspirin and see if you feel better
in the morning.
Legal advice from the lawyers?...Don't go there anymore.
I don't trust the authorities to understand the Internet as well as my
dead grandmother. I've already been the victiim of them.
Posted by Morris Dovey on December 22, 2007, 10:56 pm
Solar Flare wrote:
| Yeah and police tell you to take an aspirin and see if you feel
| better in the morning.
| Legal advice from the lawyers?...Don't go there anymore.
| I don't trust the authorities to understand the Internet as well as
| my dead grandmother. I've already been the victiim of them.
I understand (and don't have any difficulty recognizing the hassle
factor involved), but if you'd like an ally in a the situation where
the sender of a serious threat is in the US, you're invited to forward
a copy to /me/ - and I'll follow up from here.
There's a hassle factor for the authorities, too - and sometimes they
need reminding that dealing with these issues is what they're being
paid to do. I've discovered that a brief, to-the-point e-mail to a
congressman's office is surprisingly effective - even tho handled by
some staff member and even tho the congressperson has no direct
involvement with law enforcement. It does seem to have a great deal to
do with purse strings and federal funding, however. :-)
DeSoto, Iowa USA
Posted by Solar Flare on December 23, 2007, 3:37 am
I am in Canada. They won't deal with it from there. It has to go
through my local police, the RCMP, the FBI and then the local police
will handle it from there.
Funny thing in Canada, the right to face your accuser has been dropped
in our laws a few years ago. Now, somebody complains and if you don't
talk right to the cop at your door, you get charges laid by the
"Crown" and now you fight the "Crown" without any witneses. Basically
your lawyyer decided what you should get for a penalty and begs the
case to a judge that goes "Ohhh OK, whatever you think" while the
Crown Attourney, goes "Let's kick his ass"
If you're lucky the cop at the door has even heard of Usenet.