Real Life Stories

Lettuce entertain you. 
Real Life Stories 
by Susan Basko, Esq.

Real life stories are popular for movies and books.  This article is about real life stories based on living people.  For such a story to be marketable, the person usually has to have some newsworthy thing happening in their life and some name presence in the media.  The catch to this is that if a person is appearing in the news for a certain topic, then anyone can write a book or screenplay based on what is in the news.  Many real life movies are based on long magazine style news articles.  One cannot base a book or movie on someone else's magazine article without their permission, because that violates their copyright.  The same goes with a book: to make a movie of it, you need permission from the author.

When a book or movie is made based on one person's life story, that person's permission may not be needed if the person is in the news. However, such a story cannot delve into topics that are not in the news, as that is a violation of privacy rights.  Therefore, many movie and book stories are written with the participation of the subject.  And they are often based on a lengthy, well-researched article.  Such articles are copyright protected and if someone other than the authors were to create a screenplay based on a magazine style article, they would be sued for copyright infringement for creating a derivative work.

How does the subject of the book or movie make money?  There are several ways.  On a book the subject can be a co-author or advisor.  On a movie based on an article, the subject can act as a consultant on the movie. However, to get such a contract, the subject has to really exert effort.  Since no movie wants bad publicity, and since making a move for millions of dollars while the subject is not being paid, is bad publicity.   If the subject of the movie has special knowledge that will make the movie more realistic, it is easier to get a consulting position.  However, a film director usually does not want the subject present on the film set and does not want to give the subject any creative control.

A big consideration in real life stories are the other people in the story.  Most times, those people are fictionalized, with their names and details changed.  Often several real life characters will be combined into one.  However, if there is a real life person who is identifiable as a character in the movie or book, it is usually best to get their permission and approval of the way they are portrayed.  Failure to do so on a private person (not a public figure) will almost surely result in a lawsuit.

Companies often want to acquire optional rights to create any form of media, in case the story has legs. That might include the optional right to create a book, a movie, a TV show, and to license merchandise of any form.

Other times, only movie rights will be acquired.  This often happens by taking an option on a well-researched, lengthy news magazine article.  An option is the right to purchase the story for a set amount of time for set amount of money.  For example, an option might cost $5000 and give the right to buy the story for $100,000 any time in the next six months. That is just an example.

Film companies option far more stories than they will ever make into movies. Some companies might buy an option to keep that story away from the competition, with no intention of making a movie. This is why it is a good idea to bargain for a high option price for a short period of time. This separates those who are seriously interested in making a movie versus those who are looking to stockpile options.

When getting an initial option, the writer(s) and subject should be represented by their own lawyers There are so many considerations, including price on option, price on story, obligations, creative control, ability to approve or disapprove of a character portrayal, consulting, credits, perks.  And so much more.   If the subject is involved in creating the story or getting the option, they should look to protect not only their own image, but those of their family and friends. Respecting the dignity and privacy rights of other real life people named in the story is of utmost importance. Generally, a waiver and permission should be signed by each such person, if they will give it.  This usually must be purchased from each person.  Either that, or the characters must be deeply fictionalized so they are not recognizable, and their names changed.  That does not work with characters who are family members of the main real life character.  For those, portrayals must be done carefully and with great respect and a waiver must be gotten.  Otherwise, the story must be adjusted.

 People love real life stories.  The object is to tell a good story without harming anyone.  All sorts of considerations belong in the option. Those considerations will transfer over to the purchase contract.  If you are the writer or the subject, you cannot option and then wait till the contract or till the movie is in production to start making demands for creative control.  What you need must be spelled out from the get go.  Do  not try to do this without a knowledgeable lawyer.

Some people ask if a writer or subject will be given a percentage of "piece of the picture."  A writer who is sought after may have leverage to bargain for this. Most other writers do not.  The subject of a movie is rarely in a position to ask for a percentage.  In most cases, if the story has been in the news, anyone can make a movie about it.  The subject will be bargaining hard to be paid to consult and for other protections and perks.

Predatory Websites

The Infamatorious Nachash of Doxbin
 Predatory Websites
by Susan Basko, Esq.

Most predatory websites take advantage of  47 U.S. Code § 230, which immunizes an ISP from tort liability for statements of its users.  What the makers of this law obviously did not foresee was that predatory entrepreneurs would set up websites that invited and encouraged users to post horrific defamation of others, and also would shield the identities of those users.  This glitch in the law does not apply to federal criminal law or to intellectual property laws, such as copyright or trademark.  Therefore, the owners or admins of a  predatory website might still be held criminally liable for running a site that contains child pornography, obscenity, cyberstalking, cyber harassment, doxing, and other illegal cyber stuff.   Note: The people posting such materials can always be held responsible for tort or criminal liability, if (and it's a big if) they can be located.

47 U.S. Code § 230 was written in the early days of the internet, with the idea of ISPs and website owners being basically good people who might be set upon by wrongdoers posting inappropriate things on their sites.  In fact, this loophole in the law was noted by the most malicious of the entrepreneurial  predators, who created websites that earn a steady living in advertising revenue and "reverse extortion" payments by encouraging deranged members of the public to post horrifying defamation, invasions or privacy, pornography and obscenity, and other such attacks on innocent third parties. 47 U.S. Code § 230 was dubbed the Good Samaritan clause.  Now it can rightly be called the Predators Loophole.  There are many predatory websites. Below are a few examples.

EXAMPLES OF PREDATORY WEBSITES AND HOW THEY WORK:

 Encyclopedia Dramatica: This is a predatory website run by people in their 40s and 50s who imagine themselves to be above the law. They lack in human decency and common respect. They are known to be racist and misogynistic. The owners of the site have it set up to draw in the most mentally deranged, deeply socially sick internet users that crop up with each new generation.  Those sick people are encouraged to use the site to post pages about innocent victims, with the aim being to harm the victims' reputations, their businesses or job, and their families or relationships.  

The Encyclopedia Dramatica owners, admins, and users victimize these innocent people with outlandish lies and defamation which is made to look real.  The site does not contact the victims or fact check, and is simply a collection of the most injurious lies imaginable.  Photos of the innocent people are photoshopped to created obscenity.  

These defamation tactics are used against the victims to harm them in many ways, including coercing some into internet crime, punishing others for refusing to participate in internet crime, forcing the victims into doing things they would not otherwise do, silencing the victims about crimes they have witnessed, shaming, humiliating, destroying their reputations and businesses, and harming their families and relationships. 

Encyclopedia Dramatica is the henchman, the enforcer used by many internet predators to coerce, force, harm, and damage those who might stand in their way.  The site is like the gang members on the street corner, there to stomp on the rights of the law-abiding and those who just want to be left alone.

Encyclopedia Dramatica is a crime website of major proportions that masquerades as "parody," except that parody does not include obscenity, cyberstalking, defamation, invasions of privacy, and other crimes and torts.  People known to be involved with Encyclopedia Dramatica include Brian Zaiger of Boston, Chris Jones, Jaime Cochran of Chicago, @Gwennyrah, and Tawnie Knight aka @Anoccam, of Arizona.  I have been told by an ED admin that the site admins run a meth ring that they use to support their activities.  The whole victimizing operation of Encyclopedia Dramatica seems criminal, and you can read about that HERE and read about 5 of its victims HERE

Cheaterville: This website is owned by Via View, a Nevada LLC owned by James McGibney. Via View is also registered as Delaware corporation.  Cheaterville is what is known as a "revenge porn" site.  The site encourages people in the public to get revenge, mostly against young women, by posting compromising photos of them and posting horrific sexual statements about them.  The purpose, obviously, is to destroy the lives of these girls and women.  Cheaterville works hand in hand with a company called Truth in Posting, or TIP, of Henderson, Nevada.  The website's victims are supposed to pay hundreds of dollars to TIP to get the revenge porn removed.  I have coined a term for this: "reverse extortion."  Feel free to use that term: reverse extortion.  At this time, McGibney and Cheaterville are engaged in filing lawsuits, restraining orders, and subpoenas against a hodgepodge of individuals who have objected online to the Via View revenge porn business.   The Via View twitter handle is @Bullyville, which is apt, since bullying is what it  does.   You can read a legal analysis HERE.

RipOffReports: This site works just like Cheaterville, but instead of posting revenge porn, this site allows anyone to post any lies about any business or professional. It works on the same economic model as the revenge porn sites.  After a posting is made, the victim is sent numerous reverse extortion letters, offering to lessen the harm for hundreds of dollars.  A legal analysis is HERE.

Doxbin:  Doxbin is the king of predatory websites. It is above ground and also on tor.  Doxbin is used by the same psychos that post on Encyclopedia Dramatica, as well as by others. The site works by allowing anyone to post invasive information or materials on others, such as name, address, social security number, bank info, accounts, and on and on.  The object is to make the victims vulnerable to crime, as well as to "aid and abet" the commission of such crimes as identity theft, robbery, rape, home invasion, and assassination.  And - the whole thing is criminal, top to bottom.  You can read about that in a legal analysis HERE , in a closer look HERE.



  

 

 

Barrett Brown Plea Deal Charges

Is that tie an Accessory after the Fact?

Barrett Brown Plea Deal Charges  
by Susan Basko 
The same people who charged Barrett Brown with 11 counts for the imaginary crime of posting a link have now charged him with being an "accessory after the fact" and "giving comfort" to someone named "o." Oh.  Lest you think an "accessory after the fact" is a scarf you add to your ensemble as you dash out the door,  it is a crime.   The superseding indictment alleges that "o" hacked Stratfor and that Barrett not only gave this hacker "comfort," but also "caused confusion" in his dealings with Stratfor.  Imagine a hacker named "o" and Barrett Brown causing confusion. Unthinkable.

The Unsinkable Mister Brown has had two new charges lodged against him.  These 2 charges are said to be part of a pending plea agreement.  Therefore, we can assume these two new charges are the ones that are the dream charges for the prosecutor and FBI agent involved in this case. These two charges are the ones that will make the prosecutor and FBI Agent feel fulfilled, happy, thrilled, if Barrett will plead guilty to these two and (presumably), the rest of the other seven still-pending charges are dropped.

Count One is for dallying with "o" and causing irreversible confusion and befuddling.

Count Two hails back to the March 6, 2012 FBI raid on his place when Barrett allegedly hid his laptop computer in his mother's dish cabinet.   See the Superseding Information below.

These are the 2 criminal charges concocted as a potion for a plea deal:

COUNT ONE 
18 USC §§ 1030(a)(5)(B) and
1030(c)(4)(A)(i)(I)
ACCESSORY AFTER THE FACT TO AN UNAUTHORIZED
 ACCESS TO A PROTECTED COMPUTER 

And the law on this is:
 18 USC §§ 1030 (a) Whoever— 5 (B) intentionally accesses a protected computer without authorization, and as a result of such conduct, recklessly causes damage; shall be punished as provided in subsection (c) of this section.

And... What does that section say the punishment is? 

18 USC §§ 1030 (c) The punishment for an offense under subsection (a) or (b) of this section is—
(4)
(A) except as provided in subparagraphs (E) and (F), a fine under this title, imprisonment for not more than 5 years, or both, in the case of—
(i) an offense under subsection (a)(5)(B), which does not occur after a conviction for another offense under this section, if the offense caused (or, in the case of an attempted offense, would, if completed, have caused)—
(I) loss to 1 or more persons during any 1-year period (and, for purposes of an investigation, prosecution, or other proceeding brought by the United States only, loss resulting from a related course of conduct affecting 1 or more other protected computers) aggregating at least $5,000 in value.

COUNT TWO

18 USC §§ 1501 and
OBSTRUCTING the EXECUTION OF A SEARCH WARRANT

And the laws on this are below: Note, we don't know what "extradition agent" this refers to, but the indictment states this is with regard to the Dish Cabinet Caper.  Perhaps one of the agents involved was actually an extradition agent poking around in Barrett's mom's cabinets to make some extra spending money?  

18 U.S. Code § 1501 - Assault on process server   Whoever knowingly and willfully obstructs, resists, or opposes any officer of the United States, or other person duly authorized, in serving, or attempting to serve or execute, any legal or judicial writ or process of any court of the United States, or United States magistrate judge; or

Whoever assaults, beats, or wounds any officer or other person duly authorized, knowing him to be such officer, or other person so duly authorized, in serving or executing any such writ, rule, order, process, warrant, or other legal or judicial writ or process—

18 U.S. Code § 1502 - Resistance to extradition agent
Whoever knowingly and willfully obstructs, resists, or opposes an extradition agent of the United States in the execution of his duties, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than one year, or both.  

THE TALLY
These three likely plea deal charges add up to a total of no more than 7 years in prison. Rumor is a deal has been struck for no more than 30 months.  Under U.S. law, federal prisoners get 54 days off their sentence for every year they serve.  Barrett has been in jail over a year and a half, which gives him 80 extra days off the sentence, or close to three months.  Under this formula, Barrett has already served about 21 months.  If the deal is for a 30 month sentence, that would put his release date at about Christmas 2014. That would be a nice Christmas present for Barrett and his family.  

Racketeering and Websites


Racketeering and Websites
Doxing, Doxbin, Encyclopedia Dramatica, and Revenge Sites 
by Susan Basko, Esq.

 I have mentioned a number of times that it can be illegal to be involved in certain ways as a user or admin or owner of a website such as Doxbin, that collects and distributes personal identifying information, or of an abusive website such as Encyclopedia Dramatica, which contains obscene or lewd pictures and writing and also posts peoples' names and personal information, or of some of the revenge sites, such as Cheaterville, that contain obscene or lewd writing, pictures, as well as some personal information.  In this blog post, I will try to explain this as simply and clearly as possible.  I will also explain how, under Federal Racketeering laws, rather than being liable for just one crime, a user, owner, or admin of such a site might be liable for ALL the crimes committed on the site.

IMPORTANT NOTE: If some other lawyer disagrees with my legal analysis, that is fine, they are free to write their own legal analysis.  PLEASE note, the possible commission of crimes on the named sites is a legal analysis, and the criminal nature of the websites' activities is alleged for purposes of this analysis.  This is for the benefit of people who may wish to avoid being involved in any way in possible criminal activity.  The criminal nature of the sites has not yet been charged in any indictments or shown in a court of law.  However, for those who wish to avoid committing any crimes, a cautious analysis of what is happening on these websites while knowing the laws, may help some people make decisions that may benefit them.  Also keep in mind, if such crimes as are listed in this analysis were ever charged, the defendant(s) would be presumed innocent until proven guilty.

DOXING AND POSTING OBSCENITY ARE ILLEGAL:  It is illegal to possess or transfer personal identifying information to commit or aid or abet a federal or state crime, as will be explained below.  It is also illegal to place any sort of obscene or lewd writing or picture onto the internet, as will be explained below.  The Federal Racketeering laws add a new dimension, where any one individual user, admin, or owner of such a site might be held liable for ALL the crimes committed on the site.

RICO LAWS: First, let's look at a recent case in which the federal racketeering laws were first used in regards to a website.  In this case, a man named David Ray Camez bought a fake drivers license on a website.  Because of the way the racketeering or RICO (Racketeering Influenced Corrupt Organizations Act) law works, the man was made liable for all the crimes of all the users on the site.  Mr. Camez paid $300 for a fake drivers license and was held liable for $5.5 million in crimes. Note, he was not the owner or admin of the site, just one of its minor users.  You can read about that case HERE on Wired, reported by Kevin Poulsen.  I think many more users, admins or owners of such abusive websites will soon be brought down using the Federal criminal statutes as well as the Federal Racketeering laws, which can magnify the liability of each user, admin, or owner.

The federal racketeering laws, 18 U.S. Code, Part I, Chapter 96, § 1961 and on,  apply to a certain list of types of crimes, which can be read at the link.  This blog post will only cover two such crimes - doxing, or placing or using personal identifying information of another person for illegal purposes, and posting or viewing obscene or lewd writing or pictures.

DOXING/ DOXBIN: When speaking of a site such as Doxbin or other sites that collect and allow distribution of personal identifying information, this is covered under 18 U.S. Code § 1028 - Fraud and related activity in connection with identification documents, authentication features, and information, which makes it illegal to possess or transfer a "means of identification" for illegal purposes, as such:

(7) knowingly transfers, possesses, or uses, without lawful authority, a means of identification of another person with the intent to commit, or to aid or abet, or in connection with, any unlawful activity that constitutes a violation of Federal law, or that constitutes a felony under any applicable State or local law; or
(8) knowingly traffics in false or actual authentication features for use in false identification documents, document-making implements, or means of identification;

A "means of identification" is defined as:

7) the term “means of identification” means any name or number that may be used, alone or in conjunction with any other information, to identify a specific individual, including any—
(A) name, social security number, date of birth, official State or government issued driver’s license or identification number, alien registration number, government passport number, employer or taxpayer identification number;
(B) unique biometric data, such as fingerprint, voice print, retina or iris image, or other unique physical representation;
(C) unique electronic identification number, address, or routing code; or
(D) telecommunication identifying information or access device (as defined in section 1029 (e));

Sites such as Doxbin collect and post peoples' names, social security number, date of birth, and on and on, so that these can be used for illegal purposes.  This is a crime under Federal law, as listed above. Under the Federal RICO law, a small time user of the site, or a person placing such info onto the site, or an owner or admin of such a site, might be held liable for all such crimes on the site if there is a "pattern of racketeering activity," which is defined as two or more such acts:

(5) “pattern of racketeering activity” requires at least two acts of racketeering activity, one of which occurred after the effective date of this chapter and the last of which occurred within ten years (excluding any period of imprisonment) after the commission of a prior act of racketeering activity;

 and if, as described in 18 U.S. Code § 1962 - Prohibited activities, the person spends or invests any money made as a result of such illegal activity in any business that is involved in interstate commerce.

So - Anyone who "transfers, possesses, or uses" someone else's "name, social security number, date of birth, official State or government issued driver’s license or identification number, alien registration number, government passport number, employer or taxpayer identification number" or other information to aid or abet any unlawful act is committing a federal crime.   Sites like Doxbin are all about such activity.  One might be charged with a federal crime for using such a  site, or, under the RICO laws, one might be charged with ALL the crimes ever committed on the site, if the requirements of the law are met.  This is basically what happened to the man in the David Ray Camez case mentioned above.

ENCYCLOPEDIA DRAMATICA AND other REVENGE ABUSE WEBSITES/ obscene materials and posting personal information: Some morally indecent websites are used for purposes of hateful revenge against victims. The admins and users of the sites post defamation (damaging lies), nude or lewd photos, obscene or lewd memes, and other such materials against people they want to harass as their victims. I use the example of Encyclopedia Dramatica, which posts shocking obscene pictures and lewd words.  Encyclopedia Dramatica posts the names and personal information, as well as photos, of the victims on the site along with the shocking obscene photos the site owners and users seem to delight in.  Revenge sites, such as Cheaterville, post lewd or lascivious writing and possibly pictures, also.  The Cheaterville site has postings calling women lewd, lascivious, or obscene words, denigrating them, impugning them as being sexual indecent, and other such lewd writings.  Some of the postings include lewd photos.   The site is shocking and must be devastatingly harmful to the women who are victimized.  Some revenge sites post nude photos of the victims.  It is illegal to post or receive, that is, view or download, any obscene, lewd, or lascivious writings or pictures on the internet.  The malicious nature of such sites as have been described, and the fact they victimize real people, would likely contribute to the materials being found obscene, filthy, lewd, or lascivious by a court.  This is not merely the fantasy sadism of a lewd photo, but real life sadism of harming the victim's life, soul, livelihood, relationships, and very existence.

Under 18 U.S. Code § 1462 - Importation or transportation of obscene matters it is illegal to place onto an "interactive computer service," such as the internet, "(a) any obscene, lewd, lascivious, or filthy book, pamphlet, picture, motion-picture film, paper, letter, writing, print, or other matter of indecent character" or to "receive" the same, meaning view or download.  It is also illegal to produce or make such materials to be placed onto the internet,  under 18 U.S. Code § 1465 - Production and transportation of obscene matters for sale or distribution.  Such materials are described as "any obscene, lewd, lascivious, or filthy book, pamphlet, picture, film, paper, letter, writing, print, silhouette, drawing, figure, image, cast, phonograph recording, electrical transcription or other article capable of producing sound or any other matter of indecent or immoral character."

So -- it is a federal crime to make or place any obscene or lewd writing or pictures onto the internet, as well as to receive, view, download any such items.

The Federal Racketeering law  could be used to hold those using such a site liable for all the crimes committed on the site, if the requirements of the law are met, such as in the story of David Ray Camez above.

Websites such as Encyclopedia Dramatica and Cheaterville may have an  extra level of culpability because they may violate some state laws that make it illegal to post any person's name or photo on a site that contains pornographic or obscene materials, unless the person gives permission.  This might also enter the area of RICO law since the victims' names and information are posted in the commission of a state crime, and if the requirements of the RICO law are met.

CRIMINAL PENALTIES:  The doxing and obscenity crimes listed above each have penalties of up to 5 years imprisonment.  If the acts are charged under the RICO law, the penalty is greatly magnified.    The RICO laws have harsh penalties under 18 U.S. Code § 1963 - Criminal penalties, including up to 20 years in prison and forfeiture of property.

CIVIL REMEDIES:  The RICO law under 18 U.S. Code § 1964 - Civil remedies allows any person who has been damaged by racketeering activity to sue and to get an injunction to stop the offending conduct and also be awarded three times their damages, the cost of the lawsuit, and attorney fees.  The possibility of collecting attorney fees make such lawsuits possible, even for poor plaintiffs.



Encyclopedia Dramatica: 5 Victims


Encyclopedia Dramatica: 5 Victims
Death threats, cyberstalking, and a meth ring
By Susan B, Esq.

Encyclopedia Dramatica is an abusive website that is run and used by sociopaths to harm their victims.  The users and admins of the site are abusive people who choose victims, it seems almost randomly, and  post lies, attacks, malicious hate, invasions of privacy, etc. against the victims, onto the Encyclopedia Dramatica website.  Encyclopedia Dramatica seems to choose good, successful people as its victims and tries to drag them down to the level of the abusive pathetic users of the website.  The website looks sort of like Wikipedia, so viewers might mistake it as being official in some way, rather than being the malicious revenge hate site that it is.  The users of Encyclopedia Dramatica use the site to punish, defame, denigrate, stalk, coerce, force, extort, get revenge, harm the reputations of, harm the businesses of, and endanger the lives of the victims and their families and friends.  

Encyclopedia Dramatic is an obscene website, containing shocking obscenity.  In addition, the site posts compromising photos of the victims, if any are available.  Encyclopedia Dramatica posts stolen photos violating copyright, and refuses to remove them.  The site is a place of extreme hate, mountains of lies, shocking obscenity, depravity, disrespect. The site has an overall feeling of being run by sick perverts for sick perverts.

The Encyclopedia Dramatica website is run in a wholly abusive and irresponsible way.  Victims of the site who wish to complain are steered toward a page that contains shocking obscenity, as well as a bold statement claiming that the site is beyond the reach of the law.  In short, the Encyclopedia Dramatica site is an abusive, extortionate site that allows and encourages its sociopathic admins and users to use the site to harm innocent victims.   This seems to be done under the guise of being "parody."  Defamation is not parody.  Posting peoples' names and photos on an obscene site is not parody; it is  a crime.  Posting lies to harm others is not parody.  Using a website to harm the reputations and businesses of innocent victims is not parody.  Cyberstalking is not parody.  Interfering with peoples' businesses and reputations is not parody.  Invasions of privacy are not parody. Threatening to kill one's victims is not parody.   The Encyclopedia Dramatica site is chockful or crimes and civil abuses, or torts.

The sociopaths running Encyclopedia Dramatica call it "lulz."  These same people are seen all over the internet committing malicious acts against others.  Notably, the abusers of Encyclopedia Dramatica tend to use screen names, so their real identities are shielded from their victims, as well as from the decent public.  If what they are doing is legal and acceptable, why don't they attach their real names to it?

Encyclopedia Dramatica is a case where a few sociopaths created a website for their own sick purposes, and gathered other like-minded sick people to participate in choosing and harming victims.

About 16 months ago, I began being severely stalked by a racist hate group called Rustle League.  I began to look for other victims of the people who were stalking me.   Members of Rustle League are intertwined with Encyclopedia Dramatica, as well as with Doxbin, a site that gathers and posts personal identifying information of its victims to make them subject to crimes of all sorts, including identity theft for fraud or terrorism purposes.

I have had the opportunity of speaking with a good number of victims of Encyclopedia Dramatica. Keep in mind, there are hundreds or thousands of victims of Encyclopedia Dramatica.   Without revealing their names, I will tell you about 5 of them, including myself, as I, too, am a victim of this malicious website and its sociopathic admins and users:

Encyclopedia Dramatica Victim 1: Victim 1 is a woman who had a successful online radio show.  She began being stalked by a man and a woman.  The same man was stalking me, too, which is how I came to locate Victim 1.  Victim 1's radio show had drawn quite a following.  The show was something like a radio Oprah Winfrey show - a friendly woman putting on a clean, decent show.  The man and others stalking Victim 1 created hundreds of defamatory youtube videos using Victim 1's name and video footage. They created dozens of defamatory impersonation Twitter accounts using Victim 1's name and photo.  They posted a page "about" her  on Encyclopedia Dramatica. The page lied about Victim 1, mocked her, ridiculed her and her radio show. The page said she was a drug abuser who had lost custody of her children. These things were malicious lies.   The stalking was nonstop and extremely vicious.  The woman lost the sponsors who had offered to fund her show.  She and her husband were forced to move to try to escape some of the attacks.  They became extremely cautious and wary of phone calls and emails, terrified that they had been located by the attackers.  The man who was stalking her now has his own radio show as part of a racist hate stalking group.

Encyclopedia Dramatica Victim 2: Victim 2 was a sex worker, who is trying to move on with her life.  One of the sociopathic users of Encyclopedia Dramatica posted nude photos of her on the site.  The site also posted her personal identifying information and that of her family.  The site also posted extremely malicious, vicious attacks against her.  The woman feels, rightly so, that she will not be able to get a job or have a real relationship until the page attacking her on Encyclopedia Dramatica is removed.  She dreams that one day, the malicious invasions of her privacy will be removed off Encyclopedia Dramatica, so she can live a full and happy life.

Encyclopedia Dramatica Victim 3: Victim 3 is a computer expert.  His page on Encyclopedia Dramatica mocks his skills, trying to make him sound incompetent.  His personal information has been revealed. He has been swatted 4 times. Swatting is when a person files a false police report of a crime in progress.  Many swatters call police and claim to be holding hostages at the home they are luring the police to swat.  Police make an emergency tactical response, perhaps send a SWAT squad (Special Weapons and Tactics).  The swatting victim and all others present have their lives endangered. Aside from the extreme dangers caused by swatting, each swatting incident is said to cost a police unit $100,000.  Victim 3 has been swatted 4 times.  He has had to move.  He believes that the intention of the swatters is that he will be killed by police gunfire.  With the stalkers from Encyclopedia Dramatica and Doxbin always on his tail, his life is likely to be in danger for many years to come.

Encyclopedia Dramatic Victim 4: Victim 4 was also a victim of Jaime Cochran and the Rustle League. Cochran harassed the man, posting calling him "Aspie," implying he was mentally incompetent, etc. In fact, the man is highly intelligent and very friendly.  He has a hearing disability.  His Encyclopedia Dramatica page mocked his skills and denigrated him and revealed his personal information.  Victim 4 was swatted at his home that he shares with his family.  Young children were held at gunpoint by police.  Police and Secret Service searched the house for many hours.  The man and his entire family had their lives placed in extreme peril, and the man was placed in extreme legal danger.  The whole family is still endangered by Encycylopedia Dramatica.

Encyclopedia Dramatica Victim 5: This is me.  I am a lawyer who has given pro bono help to a number of people who have disabilities.   After helping one particular man, I have been severely stalked for 16+ months by a man using the name Travis Gosselin, as well as by many members and associates of the Rustle League racist hate group, including Jaime Cochran/ Asshurtmacfags, @5hm00p (Shmoop), Dillon Crawford/ forsaken, @Meepkittyfuck,  Rachael Perrotta / @plussone,  and many others.   I have thousands of pieces of evidence of this incessant and hateful stalking.

I have NO IDEA why this group felt it was a proper response to harass and stalk a lawyer for helping a disabled man who needed help. I assume they are morally repugnant degenerates and I have seen nothing to dispute this.

When the stalking began, I was told to be quiet, to pretend it wasn't happening. I was told that if I complained, I would be attacked worse.  I was told that the stalkers are vicious, that their attacks have no bounds. I found this to be true, that these attackers know no limits.  I found that many internet users hate these attackers, but are terrified to speak up. I have spoken up and will continue to do so.

  I personally was threatened by a person named Jaime Cochran/ Asshurtmacfags, a member of Rustle League, who I do not know and with whom I have never had any dealings, other than being stalked and attacked.  The attacks by Cochran and the Rustle League began after I assisted a man who was arrested and mentally ill.  I was told that I was being attacked because I was "Jewish" and because I was helping a "crazy man." These attacks have gone on for 16+ months.

Cochran tells in a youtube television interview of enjoying stalking and harming online victims, thinking this is a fun activity.  Cochran and a man who uses the Twitter handle @Jordstar began stalking me, saying they would write "about" me on Encyclopedia Dramatica.  These taunts were not in response to anything, as I have never had any dealings with either of these people. I sought out an email address  for "Jordstar"and emailed him, asking why he was posting threats about me with Jaime Cochran.  He claimed to be not so involved, but did not delete his taunts or post an apology for his assaults against my dignity and safety.  Apparently, attacking a helpful lawyer for no reason was his idea of fun, too, just as it is for Cochran.

Months later, I got threats and extortion regarding having defamation about me placed onto Encyclopedia Dramatica from people using the names "Nachash," who says s/he runs the crime site called Doxbin, and another one who also claims to run Doxbin and calls himself or herself "Intangir," as well as taunts from a woman who uses the twitter accounts @Anoccam and @Tawnie.  These threats were later followed up by someone using the name Chris Jones, who says he is an Admin for Encyclopedia Dramatica.  He says his Admin name is likeicare.

The person using the name Intangir sent me a detailed written death threat, in which he said s/he will break into my home,  put a cloth covered in formaldehyde over my face while I am sleeping, shoot me in the head, and dispose of my body in a very specific way, which he wrote out in detail.  This, from the friendly people of Encyclopedia Dramatica and Doxbin.

The person using the name Chris Jones, aka likeicare, Admin of Encyclopedia Dramatica, also sent me a written death and rape threat.  He also claims to be stalking my "family members." He says he is not afraid to take this to "IRL level shit," and tells me to "enjoy being raided," implying that he plans to swat me, that is, file a false emergency complaint to the police.  Again, these are the friendly people of Encyclopedia Dramatica, just saying hello to one of their victims.

They also posted defamation on complaint sites, claiming to be my clients, and then had  extortion demands sent to me demanding large sums of money.

These people created pages on Encyclopedia Dramatica dedicated to harassing me. Their point is to terrorize, defame, denigrate, lie, harm my business, harm my reputation, invade my privacy, and on.  There is no pretense of this being anything but criminal cyberstalking.   WHY would they be posting anything at all about me?  Just simply - they are criminal cyberstalkers.

Keep in mind, I do not know any of these people and would never in a million years socialize or do business with such people.   I only socialize and do business with good people of upstanding character.      

One of the Encyclopedia Dramatica admins who uses the name @Gwennyrah, in a grandiose bullying maneuver,  posted tweets claiming I should be "disbarred." He or she tweeted telling people to file bar complaints against me. This is so ironic as to be pathetically laughable.  I should be disbarred for being the victim of sociopaths running a malicious website and for letting the public know about these crimes against me?  I am a lawyer. I have a sworn oath to uphold the law.  Egregious crimes are being committed against me and against thousands of others who are victims of Encyclopedia Dramatica.  I have an ethical and moral duty to stand up to these nefarious wrongdoers.  Moreso, as a victim of Encyclopedia Dramatica myself, I have a right to let others know, to shout out and warn others of the dangerous and bad people online.

I have also told Brian Zaiger to remove all mention of me from the site. Brian Zaiger claims to be World Admin of Encyclopedia Dramatica, as well as a member of the racist hate group Rustle League, and also of GNAA (Gay Niggers Association of America), a group of white men who think ridiculing people of color is funny. Rather than remove all mention of my name from Encyclopedia Dramatica,  Brian Zaiger posted mocking and taunting tweets. This is a man with utterly no respect for other people.

 METH RING?  One admin of Encyclopedia Dramatica has contacted me many times, to tell me that the site runs a meth (methamphetamine) ring, the proceeds of which are used to support the activities of the site which he says are anti-Jewish acts and the brainwashing of young people.  That sounds about right, and is what is clearly going on with the Rustle League, which is intertwined and shares some of the same people.  The ED Admin claims to be addicted to meth, which he says he enjoys, but is also concerned about the drug ring.   This Encyclopedia Dramatica admin asked me to report this drug ring to the FBI, which I did.  

SERIOUS QUESTION: Do any of these stalkers want to quit? Do they want to apologize to me?  Do they want to remove the crap they have posted?   

ARE YOU A VICTIM OF ENCYCLOPEDIA DRAMATICA, DOXBIN, OR RUSTLE LEAGUE? DO YOU CARE TO SHARE YOUR STORY? If so, email it in. 

Rustle League, Doxbin, and Encyclopedia Dramatica attacks


Rustle League, Encyclopedia Dramatica, and Doxbin 
their attacks against me, in a nutshell
By Susan Basko

Note: If any journalists wish to cover this story, I have vast amounts of evidence of all I am writing about, including thousands of screen shots, pictures, recordings, videos, and more. I can also provide the names and other info on many of the perpetrators.  I may also begin releasing some of the evidence so the public can see how real and how dangerous these people are. 

Also: Please read Human Rights Defenders' Risks to understand that the attacks against me are part of a worldwide pattern of attacks that are launched against those of us who defend Human Rights, to discredit, denigrate, and discourage us from our important work.  This risk is something the Human Rights group in OSCE is working on now. 

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For nearly two years, I've been writing about how I am being attacked by malicious cyberstalkers.  With this blog post, I hope to explain it quickly.

First, it helps to understand me.  I am a very positive, "bright side of life" type of person. I do not smoke, drink alcohol very slightly, and don't use any illegal drugs.  I have never been drunk in my life. I have never been arrested.  I have never been in trouble of any sort. I was an Illinois State Scholar, a National Merit Student, and was offered lots of college scholarships.  I went to my choice of colleges and studied exactly what I wanted.  I earned a B.A. in Film and Video (Columbia College) and was given a lot of credit hours for my real-life professional work producing and directing television shows.  Later, I also went to law school and earned a Juris Doctorate, magna cum laude. That means a doctorate of law degree with great honors. I also completed all the courses I'd need to get a Masters in Mass Communication Media Arts, studying mostly media law and investigative journalism, and also digital production.  I am a lawyer licensed in 2 states, California and Illinois (USA). I love completing Continuing Legal Education and have taken many courses in such topics as computer law, computer forensics, social media law, music law, internet start-ups, and many more.  My legal work is about computer law, internet start-ups, music, film, video, writers, designers, music festivals, and other creative people.  I was invited to attend international meetings of OSCE in Vienna on Human Rights in Freedoms of Assembly and Speech.  At the meetings, we representatives from about 60 nations gave legislative recommendations to the member nations on improving human rights.

I have made TV, but I don't watch it. I don't watch television or listen to commercial radio.  These things are not part of my life. I do not watch anything with violent content and never have in my entire life.  I also do not watch porn of any kind, and never have.  I consider it immoral to look at porn or violence, because we should be sacred about what we put into our heads.  My head is only a place for goodness.

Think of a goody-two-shoes girl raised in Catholic schools, who is now a woman. That is me.  I pray and often offer prayers for others. It is very common for me to tweet or post on facebook asking people to pray for something.  I volunteer my time often, I respect others, I don't do anything questionable, I'd never get a tattoo, I love my family, I eat lots of vegetables, I've never smoked a cigarette.  I love babies.  I feed the birds and little animals outside.  I try to own as little as possible, because I think that is a better way of life.  Being outside in nature is my richness.

I have wonderfully close relations with my immediate family.  We love each other dearly and can talk for hours.  I feel extremely blessed to have such good people in my life.

I have been given a lot of brains and talent, and I believe in using those things for good.  I feel blessed that I was able to go to school to become a lawyer.  I give a lot of my legal help to those who need it, regardless of their ability to pay.

So, that is what I am all about.  Now, here is what was done to me by the attackers:

RUSTLE LEAGUE:  ABOUT 16 months ago, I gave some of my time and expertise to a man who needed it.  He was arrested while mentally ill and he and his family needed information and assistance. I helped them.  The group known as the Rustle League, which is a vulgar hate group, knew of the man, and began attacking me nonstop online.  Their attacks against me have been ongoing, basically nonstop for 16 months.

When the attacks first began, I had no clue who any of the attackers were. Since then, I have come to know the identities of many of them.  These are not people with whom I have had any dealings. They are just deranged, sociopathic people, formed into an online group.  The depth of their depravity becomes apparent when you see the masses of evidence.  They hold a type of malicious racism and antisemitism that I thought had long ago disappeared from society. I am continually shocked to see their displays of the most vicious, repugnant forms of racial hate, of the sort I associate with the KKK or with the days of Nazi Germany.  Their racism, combined with their obscenity and vulgarity, along with their violence, utterly repulses me, and rightly so.  I would never want to become entangled with such people or their doings.    

The Rustle Leaguers attacks against me have included, among many other things: Death threats, a bomb threat, terrorizing phone calls, thousands of vile antisemitic tweets,  vile, vulgar obscene pictures created using my nice photos.  Disgusting death threat videos.  Defamatory vulgar videos. Disgusting impersonation twitter accounts and facebook accounts.  Those accounts were usually shockingly racist and vulgar.  Posting hundreds of defamatory lies. Posting impersonation blog posts and tweets, as if me.  Creating plans to kill schoolchildren and putting my name and photo on them. These death threats against children were not a one time thing, but continued on for several weeks.   Posting dozens of entirely false statements accusing me of terrible crimes.  Hacking my accounts.  Stealing my identity.  Posting information "about" me to make me vulnerable to fraud, identity theft, stalking, rape and murder.  Posting my personal info with threats to steal from me.  Thievery of my paid accounts.  Harassment, such as placing malware onto my locked twitter account so I was unable to block their accounts.  Sneaking onto my locked twitter account and retweeting my tweets but with changed wording or out of context, this having been done thousands of times.  Impersonating me on websites, on OkCupid (which of course I don't belong to), creating a fake legal study in my name,  creating fake accounts and harassing others in my name.  Spamming my emails with hundreds of thousands of spam. Using big twitter accounts to post threats and attacks at me.  Posting hundreds of lies about me as if they were facts.  Denigrating my work as a lawyer, though my clients love me and my work.  Posting that I am "not a real lawyer," though this is, of course, ludicrous and malicious.   Holding radio shows specifically to mock me.  Creating memes and pictures that mock me, that lie and are defamatory.  Attacking my legal clients and posting lies about them.  Using a variety of websites to post lies about me and about my clients.  Stalking my clients through their phones.  Creating impersonation email accounts and sending emails in the names of my clients and others.  Applying for credit in my name. Posting my name as their lawyer, along with horrifying racist statements, to make it appear as if I would say such sick things.  Creating defamatory, mocking, hateful "rap" songs using my name and posting these on Youtube, Soundcloud, etc.   And on and on. There is much more.

For many months, the attacks were ongoing, 24/7, with many things going on at once.  There are many in the group, many associates, and their stunning hate spurred them to spend a great deal of their time focusing their energy on stalking me.  It has been a massive barrage of nonstop, misplaced hate.

Imagine having 30 or so people, each of whom is deeply malicious, each spending plenty of hours each day to create songs and videos, create impersonation accounts, posting lies, using my photos to create lying, mocking, defamatory items, to tweet antisemitic hate tweets, to plan radio shows where the one of the show topics is to spew hate at me.  And these "hate elves" are all busy working at this, every day.  This seems almost impossible.  But this is what was done and I have the evidence to prove it.

ENCYCLOPEDIA DRAMATICA: As part of the Rustle League attacks against me, some of the members threatened to put my name on Encyclopedia Dramatica. This is a horrifically obscene, disgusting website that is used by sociopaths to harm their victims. The sociopaths use the site, which I have found out is run by even more twisted sociopaths, to post lies, defamation, false light, and other violations against the victims.  All of this is illegal and criminal under many laws,  including federal and various state laws.  The sociopaths that run Encyclopedia Dramatica refer all complainants to a page that contains shocking, horrific obscene images.  That also is illegal, a crime, to post such photos. It is also a crime to post anyone's photo or name on such an obscene site, unless the person gives permission. The entire Encyclopedia Dramatica website is one big crime scene with hundreds of innocent victims.  (Don't visit the site. It immediately begins to download malware onto your computer.  You'll have to quickly power down to detach the applications and the download. )

Encyclopedia Dramatica is run and used by the most depraved people imaginable, who use it to extort, threaten, coerce, punish, defame, ridicule, humiliate, control, damage the reputations of, demand money from, and severely damage the lives and businesses of the victims.  Since the users of Encyclopedia Dramatica are so enmeshed in deep evil, they seem to often choose victims who are their opposites. The victims I know of tend to be smart, nice, good people.  It seems to be the dark depravity of those who use and run Encyclopedia Dramatica that "attracts" them to destroy the good that is in others.

My name and a page of vile defamation and cyberharassment was posted onto Encyclopedia Dramatica by the sociopaths from the site.  First, two of these psychos contacted me by email, with extortion threats. They then posted their lies and my name and photos on the site, and refused to remove it even though they were told to and also told it is criminal for them to do this.  Also, they sent me a very detailed death threat.  They also posted defamation elsewhere, made numerous threats, and made money demands.  The death threat, extortion, money demands, posting malicious stuff to cyberstalk - these are all crimes.

I have repeatedly contacted Brian Zaiger (who has claimed to be the World Administrator of Encyclopedia Dramatica,  as well as being a Rustle League member and member of GNAA, another shockingly racist group),  and @Ed_Updates, the twitter account connected to Encyclopedia Dramatica, and have very publicly told them they are required to remove my name and all mention of me and all photos of me from their disgusting, obscene website.  I have sent them VERY clear legal notices stating they are required to remove all mention of my name, information and photos from their horrifying website. Rather than comply with the law, and with common decency, they mock, belittle the extreme damage, and send armies of more sociopaths and sock puppets to post more defamation, more extreme lies, more of their sick, twisted excuses.

Rather obviously, I do not share the beliefs or values of the destructive cult of sociopaths that run and use Encyclopedia Dramatica.  I find their antisemitism and racism abhorrent.  I find their lies and manipulation repugnant. I find the way they damage their victims, their extortion and threats and constant posting of lies about their victims to be deeply immoral.

DOXBIN:  Doxbin is a criminal site in which criminal perpetrators are allowed to place the personal information of the victims onto the site. The info is also place on tor.  The info includes such things as name, address, social security number, bank account numbers, and much more. The purpose is to make the victims vulnerable to theft, identity theft, stalking, rape, and murder.  The site promotes and enables serious crimes and terrorism by providing false identity and personal information of real people.

My information was placed on Doxbin by the criminal stalkers of Rustle League. There is a IRC chat log in which they can be seen doing so, and it is clear which Rustle League members are doing what in committing these crimes.

Months later, I was contacted by 2 sociopaths from Doxbin and Encyclopedia Dramatica. They threatened me, extorted me, sent a very detailed death threat, posted defamation in several internet locations, made numerous money demands to remove the defamation, and on and on.  They said they were putting my name on a "proscription list" so that more criminals and terrorists would steal my identity and/ or attack me.

UPSHOT:  These attackers have harmed me deeply and in ways that will never be repaired.  They have stolen nearly two years of my life.  They have harmed my health beyond repair.   They have harmed several of my legal clients.  They have posted hundreds of extremely damaging lies to harm my reputation and dignity for years to come. They have adamantly refused to remove  my name and pictures and all the filth they have posted.  They have not owned up and given me the names of those whose identities are not yet known to me.   There is only one of them who has apologized.  The others continue on with mockery, hate, stalking, attacks on my dignity and human rights.  

THEN, REALIZE THERE ARE TENS OF THOUSANDS OF VICTIMS of these same predators.  They have maliciously attacked victim after victim, I am told, for over 20 years. They keep drawing in new recruits to man the sites and take over as chief predators.   As each new recruit is drawn in, it appears they are given criminal tasks to perform, so they are indelibly linked to the group and cannot escape.  Those trying to leave the group are coerced by being stalked and humiliated.  

I want people to know that serious racism and antisemitism are on the rise in the US and that it is masquerading as cool, hip, fun. 

Keep in mind, these are not people I've had any dealings with. They chose to attack me because they found it fun to attack an innocent victim.  They have attacked many others before and since.  Encyclopedia Dramatica has a whole roster of hundreds of victims, many harmed far greater than I have been.  Doxbin has tens of thousands of victims.   Please speak up if you care.  

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Barrett Brown Pending Charges: What they mean


Barrett Brown Pending Charges: What they mean
by Susan Basko, Esq.

March 9, 2014.  On motion of the prosecution, the Court in Barrett Brown's 3 federal cases dismissed 11 charges that were related to linking to hacked materials from the Stratfor dump.  But don't get all cushy just yet, there are plenty of charges left.  The pending charges have a maximum of 70 years in prison.  

When reading these charges, keep in mind that the Stratfor hack was initiated by the FBI, likely because the government wanted Stratfor's information made public.  The FBI got Sabu to coax or lead Jeremy Hammond to do the exploit and the FBI provided server space to hold the contents of the dump. The FBI then turned around and charged Jeremy Hammond with the hack as a crime.  Then, months later, incredulously, Barrett Brown was charged with linking to the dump so his research group (Project PM) could study the contents.

The still-pending charges, what they refer to, and the possible sentences:

 18:875(c) INTERNET THREATS  
Indictment 1, count 1
What this refers to:  Barrett Brown is a journalist and was writing a book on his laptop computer that had been taken in FBI raids of his apartment and his mother's house.  Months had passed and Barrett wanted his computer returned.  Barrett made 3 short videos that he posted to youtube, in which he stated that he wanted his laptop returned by the FBI agent.   The videos are still on Youtube.   Barrett appears high, rambles, talks trash, clarifies that he means no harm, etc.  A day later, he was raided by the FBI while on camera on tinychat, and arrested. That is also on Youtube.

This law refers to using the internet to make a threat to kidnap or injure the person of another.  The youtube videos are open to interpretation.  There was no mention of any kidnapping, and Brown clarified he did not intend to physically harm the FBI Agent.  This will be up to a judge to decide if, as a matter of law, any of the statements made could be possibly construed as actual threats.  If the judge thinks there is any possibility of this, then the Jury will get to decide if the statements were threats.

Possible Sentence: Fine or 5 years in prison, or  both.


18:371 (18:119) CONSPIRACY TO MAKE PUBLICLY AVAILABLE 
RESTRICTED PERSONAL 
INFORMATION OF AN EMPLOYEE 
OF THE UNITED STATES 
Indictment 1, count 2
What this refers to:  This is the doxing count.  This law makes it a crime to post or make public any of 6 different pieces of information about a federal employee or their family member, including home address, home phone number, personal email, social security number, mobile phone number, or personal fax. It doesn't matter that these might be found on the internet, they may not be posted further or passed publicly.  The intent DOES matter, and the person must intend to use the information or know and intend that the information will be used to "threaten, intimidate, or incite the commission of a crime of violence" against the federal employee or their family member.

In Brown's case, the prosecution is claiming there was a Conspiracy to make such information public.  The state is claiming that someone agreed to google the info, thus forming the conspiracy between that person and Barrett Brown.  Conspiracy is when 2 or more people agree to commit a crime and at least one of them takes some step in furtherance of it.  USC 18:371 is the Conspiracy statute.  USC 18:119 is the Restricted Personal Info statute.

This count will be hard to prove.  Who was googling? Were they googling for one of those 6 items? Did they plan to give the info to Brown privately, or to post it publicly?  Did Brown want the info to call the FBI Agent to ask for the return of his computer, or for some other reason? Googling for the info and giving it to Brown does not seem to meet the elements of the crime.


18:115(a)(1)(B) and (b)(4)
RETALIATION AGAINST A FEDERAL 
LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER 
Indictment 1, count 3
What this refers to:  Barrett Brown was trying to get his laptop computer returned by the FBI Agent. His actions in doing so are being construed as "retaliation."  The prosecution is claiming Brown threatened to "assault, kidnap, or murder" the FBI agent as retaliation.  If you listen to the Youtube videos, while Brown was talking trash, he clearly stated he was not going to cause physical harm.  This is open to interpretation by the Judge and jury.

Possible Sentence: Imprisonment for a threatened assault is 6 years max.  Threats to kidnap or murder are 10 years.  


18:1029(a)(3) and (c)(1)(A)(i) Access
Device Fraud; 18:2 Aid and Abet
Indictment 2, count 2
What this refers to: The prosecution is claiming Brown had 15 or  more unauthorized credit card numbers with intent to defraud or that he was "aiding and abeting" someone else to possess or defraud.  From what I have heard, those were credit card numbers that were downloaded or linked as part of a huge cache of information from the Stratfor dump. It seems unlikely there was any actual intent to "defraud," that is, to use the cards.  It seems more likely the information was being used as research to see who the subscribers were to Stratfor's publications.  "Aid and Abet" means the person intentionally helped someone else commit the crime.   

Possible Sentence: Fine or imprisonment up to 10 years, or both


18:1519 Obstruction: Concealment of Evidence; 18:2 Aid and Abet 
Indictment 3, count 1
What this refers to:  Allegedly, Barrett was tipped off that the FBI was coming to raid his place and  then hid his work laptop computer at his mother's house in her dish cabinet.  A legal question might be whether there was lawful search to begin with, was there probable cause for the FBI to seize the work computer of a journalist.  Thus far, all this search, seizure and years of criminal proceedings have not resulted in any evidence that Brown was doing anything wrong.  It appears he was a journalist doing research on companies that were illegally conducting surveillance of citizens.  

This law usually refers to "Destruction, alteration, or falsification of records in Federal investigations and bankruptcy," not to hiding a laptop computer in a dish cabinet.  I am not aware of any affirmative obligation to lay one's possessions out on the kitchen table in anticipation of an FBI raid.  This charge seems like a real stretch of this law.

"Aid and Abet" means the person intentionally helped someone else commit the crime, that being Barrett's mom.  She already pled guilty, for the strategic purpose of taking away the leverage the Feds were trying to hold over Barrett, of having his mom facing a criminal charge.  Charging Barrett and his mom with this is widely seen as a bullying tactic on the part of the FBI Agent.   

Possible Sentence:  Fine or up to 20 years in prison or both.


18:1512(c)(1) Obstruction: Corruptly Concealing Evidence: Aid and Abet
Indictment 3, count 2
What this refers to: "(c) Whoever corruptly (1) alters, destroys, mutilates, or conceals a record, document, or other object, or attempts to do so, with the intent to impair the object’s integrity or availability for use in an official proceeding."  "Aid and Abet" means the person intentionally helped someone else commit the crime.   This seems to refer to Barrett allegedly hiding his work laptop in his mom's dish cabinet when the FBI was coming to raid his place.  

Possible Sentence: Fine or imprisonment up to 20 years or both.