Authorities arrested a Californian man Friday accusing several death threats of Ajit Pai, the Federal Communications Commission chairman appointed by Donald Trump, of net neutrality's death
According to a press statement from the Department of Justice, the person concerned is the 33-year-old Markara Man of Norwalk, to whom DOJ sent at least three e-mails to Pai threatening the chairman and his family in December 201
The first e-mail accused Chairman Pai of being responsible for a child allegedly committing suicide for lifting net neutrality. The second e-mail named three sites in or around Arlington and threatened to kill the chairman's family members. The third email contained no message in her body, but contained a picture showing Chairman Pai and, in the foreground and slightly out of focus, a framed photograph of Chairman Pai and his family. The FBI tracked the emails to Man's home in Norwalk, California, and when confronted in May 2018, the FBI was told that he sent the email to Chairman Pai's family for "angry." the lifting of net neutrality was wanted to "scare" Chairman Pai.
According to a copy of the affidavit, which was published on the Washington Post website, the first e-mail contained a picture that featured a news article claiming that two children had committed suicide Result of net neutrality rollback, as well as a picture of Pai eating popcorn. It read:
Two children have [the Official Action] been killed so far.
There you are the tiebreaker voice …
* Starr frightening past you *
* Slowly raising arm and pointing straight to
Your blood is in your hands forever.
The second email titled "Cheers" contained the names of three preschools in or near Arlington, Virginia and read: "I will find your children and I will kill them."
The FBI wrote in the affidavit that they were able to track the email address that sent the threats [email protected] to an IP address associated with Mans House. They also wrote that Man has admitted that he had sent the e-mails when he was approached by law enforcement agencies, saying that he had chosen this grip to sound "tougher."
"They ignored 80 percent of the comments," the man allegedly said prosecution. "They ignored us and we just did not care."
This seems to be a direct indication of how Pai and his Republican commissioners ignored overwhelmingly negative public feedback on the role reversal of net neutrality. After the FCC's public comment system crashed in 2017 when it was flooded with comments on net neutrality, officials spread lies to support dubious claims that downtime was the result of a cyberattack.
According to the affidavit, the police also provided a handwritten letter of apology, which reads in part: "I am sorry that I have made a threat to your children, this has crossed the line."
Condemned for Threats to assassinate the family of an incumbent US official with a view to intimidating or avenging her to fulfill her duties prompted the DOJ to submit to a maximum sentence of up to 10 years in prison
Pai repeatedly alleging that net neutrality activists have targeted him and his family for harassment wrote including a series of death threats. The FCC hearing, in which Pai and his Republican commissioners abrogated the rules of net neutrality, was briefly interrupted by a bomb attack. In January, Pai dropped out of an appearance at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show, and sources that spoke to Recode cited death threats as the reason.
[DOJ via the Verge]