[ RadSafe ] Man Pleads Guilty to “Dirty Bomb” Hoax

Clayton J Bradt cjb01 at health.state.ny.us
Mon Mar 3 08:32:59 CST 2008

Friday, February 29, 2008

Man Pleads Guilty to “Dirty Bomb” Hoax

A Wisconsin man could be sentenced to five years in prison after pleading
guilty yesterday to claiming online that terrorists planned to use
radiological “dirty bombs” against seven National Football League stadiums,
the Associated Press reported (see GSN, Oct. 23, 2006).

On about 40 occasions from September to October 2006, Jake Brahm posted a
message on a Web site claiming that attacks were planned on Oct. 22 of that
year in Atlanta, Cleveland, Houston, Miami, New York, Oakland and Seattle.

“The death toll will approach 100,000 from the initial blasts and countless
other fatalities will later occur as [a] result from radioactive fallout,”
the message stated.

A federal grand jury one year ago indicted the 22-year-old Wauwatosa man
under the Patriot Act for willfully conveying false information regarding
attacks on the stadiums involving weapons of mass destruction and
“radiological dispersal devices.”

He is scheduled for sentencing in federal court in New Jersey on June 5.
Along with up to five years in prison, Brahm could be fined $250,000.

“This was the Internet version of yelling fire in a crowded theater, but to
a much wider audience,” U.S. Attorney Christopher Christie said in a
statement.  “I don’t think anyone needs to be reminded in this day how
serious and dangerous such conduct is” (Jeffrey Gold, Associated Press/USA
Today, Feb. 28).

The US government have been the real perpetrators of this hoax.  This guy
was dumb enough to believe it.  So was the jury, apparently.

Clayton J. Bradt
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