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CHRISTINE BRIM: HOW TO HANDLE THREATENING EMAIL…….

Here’s a bit off topic subject that needs wide dissemination nonetheless, how to handle threatening emails if by just they come your way. Christine Brim, who works for the Center for Security Policy, was targeted with such an email and has given permission to the Tundra Tabloids to republish this in full, that was originally published over at Breitbart’s Big Peace. KGS
NOTE: This is the result of a person working to stop Islamization and targeted by someone not pleased with the CSP’s involvement in the recent stop the mosque rally in Manhattan NYC.
theatening letter
Christine Brim: I received a threatening email Monday, August 23 at 10:04 p.m., apparently inspired by this Daily Kos post. The post criticized the Center for having helped the Coalition to Honor Ground Zero (at the website address http://stopthe911mosque.com ) by registering the Coalition’s domain name, stopthe911mosque.com, at godaddy.com. Our reason for suggesting a possible connection to the Daily Kos post is the email’s subject line:
Subject: stop the 9-11 mosque, Center for Security Policy , GoDaddy.com, Inc. (http://www.godaddy.com/)

And also that the emailer posted a comment in the Daily Kos thread stating his intentions. Let me emphasize that it is his acting on those intentions that is of concern:

This is the information I need (4+ / 0-)

This is why I come here.

I want the names and addresses of the bigots with money.

The bigots who are trying to stop the healing.

The bigots spew hate and lies.

I want their names and their addresses so I can email them and let them know I see them.

I want them to feel exposed.

I want them to be exposed for what they are.

Thanks TBTM Julie for the great diary

“Nearly everything you do is of no importance, but it is important that you do it” Mohandas Gandhi
by CMikkelson on Mon Aug 23, 2010 at 07:17:57 PM PDT

You can review Mr. Mikkelson’s other comments at Daily Kos here.
Threatening emails have an objective: to silence, to bully, to harass. Just as House Speaker Pelosi’s demand for investigation of funding for mosque opponents aims to discourage investigation of the Ground Zero Mosque, posted earlier at Big Peace. There’s a lot of this happening now, and not just on the Ground Zero Mosque issue: the Tea Party group Freedomworks reportedly receives several threatening emails and phone calls a day, enough that they’re moving to a more secure building. Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer, founders of SIOA and organizers of a 9-11 rally to protest the Ground Zero Mosque, have been getting death threats constantly, including a very specific one on August 27 from facebook from an “Abdulaziz Sudani.”
In our case, the person who sent the email apparently sent it from his office account, complete with his automatic signature. We appreciate your attention to detail, “Christopher Mikkelson” of “K C Pacific Enterprise Co. Ltd.” I’ve included the technical header info at the end of this post for reference.
So we thought this provided a useful opportunity to give Big Peace readers a quick tutorial on “How to handle a threatening email,” based on what we learned. The Center for Security Policy’s legal counsel David Yerushalmi sent Mr. Mikkelson a letter that can also serve as a template for your own use (usual caveats, consult your own attorney, this is not official legal advice, your threatening email might not even be from Mr. Mikkelson, etc.). And we reported it to the FBI, learning in the process how they approach a report of a threatening email.
The threat in our case was judged by the FBI not to be imminent based on the information in the email itself, so it is not representative of the imminent-threat emails others may receive. Those are also often anonymous and hard to track back to the sender, this one was signed.

First here’s the email in entirety, complete with sender and signature:
From: Christopher Mikkelson [mailto:cmikkels@truemail.co.th]

Sent: Mon 8/23/2010 10:04 PM

To: Christine Brim

Subject: stop the 9-11 mosque, Center for Security Policy , GoDaddy.com, Inc. (http://www.godaddy.com)
We know you are bigots with money.

We know you are the Lowest of the Low.

We know you are afraid.

You should be.

We know who you are.

Best Regards,
Christopher Mikkelson

K C Pacific Enterprise Co. Ltd

XXXXX

And here you can download the reply from the Center’s legal counsel, which, for your convenience, I am also posting below:
August 24, 2010
Christopher Mikkelson

K C Pacific Enterprise Co. Ltd

XXXXX

Re: Formal Response to Threatening Email and Criminal Complaint
Dear Mr. Mikkelson:
I write to you in my capacity as general counsel to the Center for Security Policy.
Attached is a copy of your email in which you apparently have taken upon yourself to respond to a false and irrational DailyKos blog entry by emailing the Center’s Chief Operating Officer and quite evidently issuing what can only be termed a poorly-veiled physical threat.
Animated political discourse in our society is of course a cherished liberty and indeed a sine qua non for a vigorous representative government of a concerned and engaged people. Communication, however, may not be used to threaten others into silence. Specifically, the use of email correspondence to issue threats to a political adversary’s physical safety is neither political nor civil discourse but a criminal means to destroy that liberty through fear and intimidation.
Your email below is a threat to instill fear and intimidation. As such, your email represents a violation of federal criminal law. I direct your attention to Title 18, United States Code, Section 875(c), which states:
Whoever transmits in interstate or foreign commerce any communication containing any threat to kidnap any person or any threat to injure the person of another, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than five years, or both.
Informing the Center’s Chief Operating Officer that you “know [she] is afraid” and that this fear is prudent (“You should be”) because “We know who you are,” is manifestly an effort to use an interstate communication to threaten her by putting her in fear of imminent harm.
As such, I hereby put you on notice. One, your email represents a poorly veiled physical threat to my client and a violation of the federal criminal law. Two, you are hereby advised that any further efforts on your part or on your behalf by any other person to communicate in any manner with my client or its employees will result in immediate legal action to restrain you. Finally, my letter to you, along with your threatening email, will be forwarded to federal law enforcement officials immediately to lodge a formal criminal complaint and to open up a criminal investigation. You are advised to take this matter seriously and to retain legal counsel.
Sincerely,
David Yerushalmi
On August 24, after the letter had been sent to Mr. Mikkelson, I called the local FBI office for Washington, DC. I spoke first to “Operator at Console #2″ (the FBI intake staff do not provide their actual names). She asked me to read the email, but was clearly trained to screen threats that may not be imminent. On behalf of the FBI here, let me suggest this is probably reasonable; they need some kind of filter to decide what to log and what to dismiss. She suggested that since the emailer was not specifically threatening “to blow you up or shoot you” that it was not specific enough in mentioning “doing harm.” However, she consulted with an agent, and then asked that a copy be sent to their office. I sent them the original email, and a copy of Yerushalmi’s letter to Mr. Mikkelson.
A few hours later I received a phone call from a Duty Agent For The Day (again, no names used). He politely explained that the email did not have a specific threat (the blow-you-up-shoot-you requirement), nor was the threat specific as to the place and/or time of the intended harm (the I’m-coming-over-to-the-office-next-Tuesday-can-you-check-your-calendar requirement). He did agree to log the threat for future reference. A nice young man who sensibly suggested that if I thought the threat really was imminent, I should call my local police and not the FBI. Good advice.
So, here’s the point: no one should accept being threatened because we oppose the Ground Zero Mosque. And the reverse is true – no threats against those who support the mosque. This is a struggle for the norm, and for one law and one set of standards for all. If you receive a threatening email, that is outside the norm, and you have every right to act to protect yourself and not to accept being threatened.
Even if the email does not meet the imminent harm requirement – the “Let’s meet at Starbucks next Thursday, I’ll be the one with the Smith & Wesson Model 29 Revolver” test – a threatening email like the one from Mr. Mikkelson is still outside the norm.
People who send threatening emails want you to experience fear and anger. Both are great time wasters. Don’t give them the satisfaction.
Call the police if the threat is imminent, send them a letter and report them to the FBI whether it is imminent or not, and get back to your life and your work.
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And now as promised, the technical header info on that email:
Microsoft Mail Internet Headers Version 2.0

Received: from psmtp.com ([64.18.3.146]) by mail.centerforsecuritypolicy.org with Microsoft SMTPSVC(6.0.3790.4675);

Mon, 23 Aug 2010 22:04:28 -0400

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Mon, 23 Aug 2010 19:04:27 PDT

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Reply-To: <cmikkels@truemail.co.th>

From: “Christopher Mikkelson” <cmikkels@truemail.co.th>

To: “‘Christine’” <brim@securefreedom.org>

Subject: stop the 9-11 mosque, Center for Security Policy , GoDaddy.com, Inc. (http://www.godaddy.com)

Date: Tue, 24 Aug 2010 09:04:27 +0700

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