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News :: DNC
06 Jul 2004
A retired United States Marine is apparently behind the death threat received by David A. Lynn, Webmaster of the Shadow Protest, it was announced today.

A retired United States Marine is apparently behind the death threat received by David A. Lynn, Webmaster of the Shadow Protest, it was announced today.

Lynn said in a statement that he had been informed by FBI agent Brian Hayes that Chris Meier, a retired United States Marine, had been contacted by the FBI, and had admitted to sending the following email to Lynn:

From: Chris Meier [mailto:krmwjm (at)]
Sent: April 27, 2004 10:58 PM
To: phantom (at)
Subject: Protest

Please, please, please show up at the NYC GOP convention!
This way we can beat you to death!
I'm calling everyone I can know to show up, with their friends, for a good old head bashing!
We'll have a contest "the one with the most brains on his bat wins".
This is actually for your own good. The resultant brain injury and death will save you from a future Islamic regime which would rape and then kill you. Then again, faggots like you would relish a good fudge packing by a mullah.
Oh well, wishful thinking, you faggots will be too weak from AIDS to attend anything by November.

US Marine tired of spineless faggots

The FBI told Lynn that Chris Meier had agreed not send any more email of this type.

"I am glad to know that Chris Meier is a retired Marine, and not currently responsible for protecting our country," said Lynn. "Moreover, I am quite relieved that he is not representing the United States in a military role in a foreign country, or worse yet, responsible for the care of military detainees in places such as Guantanamo Bay, Cuba or the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq."

Lynn indicated that he had attempted to file a report about the email with the Philadelphia Police Department, but was not allowed to do so. "Corporal Thomas Young, Badge #8087 at the Sixth Police District in Philadelphia refused to take a report for the following reasons: 1) I refused to tell him if I was planning to go to New York for the convention; 2) Unlike the FBI, Corporal Young did not view this email as a death threat; 3) Although Corporal Young had not seen my site, he told me that there were no pictures of me on my site, and therefore, this person did not know what I looked like, and that I had nothing to worry about, and 4) I had written to the Philadelphia District Attorney's office, and had a copy of the letter with me, and it was his contention that the Philadelphia Police Department does not work with the Philadelphia Attorney General's Office, and that I was in the wrong place." Lynn has since filed an internal affairs complaint with the Philadelphia Police Department. A copy of the initial report can be seen at

Lynn indicated that the FBI and Philadelphia Police Department were clearly not sharing information with regard to this matter. "The duty officer at the FBI informed me several times that it was the responsibility of the Philadelphia Police Department to provide any needed protection for me, and that Corporal Young should have taken a complaint, and that there was nothing that the FBI could do about the matter. I guess this means that it was unlawful for the FBI duty officer to pick up the phone and call the Philadelphia Police Department for me, or that she was unwilling to call the Philadelphia Police Department for me. I have written to the FBI for clarification on this matter, but have received no response."

Lynn also indicated that the lack of cooperation between the FBI and the Philadelphia Police prompted him to withhold some information concerning the FBI's actions when the Philadelphia Police interviewed him for his internal affairs complaint. "I indicated that there was some information that I would not tell the Philadelphia Police. I believe that if the two agencies cannot cooperate on my behalf, then it is not my job to help them cooperate. I made it a point to be clear which questions I would not answer, and why."

Lynn said that he might attempt to press charges a second time against Chris Meier in Philadelphia. "I have been sent information from individuals who have seen my site suggesting that the residence and identity of Chris Meier, and since the Philadelphia Police Department has offered me a chance to re-file a complaint, I may do so with this additional information."

Finally, Lynn indicated that he had been in contact with Norman Brandinger, President of Global Online Electronic Services (GOES), the Internet Service Provider for Chris Meier. Lynn indicated that he was asking GOES to live up to its publicly stated terms of service that are currently posted on its site. These terms prohibit the transmission of "material legally judged to be threatening."

ON THE WEB: This press release and other documents pertaining to the history of this death threat including letters to law enforcement, a pdf file of the initial internal affairs report, and the letter to Global Online Electronic Services can be found at

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06 Jul 2004
Interesting. Obviously the e-mails author has some issues but I doubt you could succeed in having charges actually filed. Under criminal statutes threats only fly if made in person or by phone. The law hasen't really caught up to the rest of us yet. After reaing the message he sent I think he really needs some mental health treatment. It is not a logical message even to those we disagree with. I disagree with 99% of what is posted here but I would never really wish bodily harm on the posters.
In defense of the cop and the FBI you really put them in an area they are not familiar with. Apparently they, the FBI spoke to him on your behalf. Local police are neither equipped or trained to deal with this type of incident. I do sense you are trying to make an issue of it so you can go on some sort of crusade. Really your going to waster your time. No action will be taken on your internal complaint because the officer made a judgement that he did not believe there was sufficient probably cause to act. That's his absolute right. You do not make that determination. You could always go the the prosecutors office and file a warrant on your own if they agree with you, but that is the extent of your rights. Remember, no crime is committed against you. In a criminal case the crime, if any is against th state. You are merely a piece of evidence. The state, not you, decides whether to prosecute or not. You might even run into some first amendment questions. In any case, dismiss him for the crank he is and get on with your life. Trust me, you are going to have to be a lot more thick skinned if you plan to survive in the world. It's getting nasty out there. Good luck.