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The report begins: "The email came to Gov. Scott Walker from the personal account of a deputy prosecutor and Republican activist in Indiana. After praise for Walker, the email - sent Feb. 19, during union demonstrations against Walker’s budget repair bill - then took a darker turn."

Walker email graphic. (image: Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism)
Walker email graphic. (image: Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism)

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+22 # Babe 2011-03-27 22:51
If an official did write those comments, he certainly did not know or understand how the Internet works. The only way someone else could fake one's email address is by using the same email address and sureptiously insert a dot somewhere in the address, or to add or omit a letter. Otherwise, someone in his household who had access to his computer would have had to of written the untoward suggestions. Maybe he could blame it on the gasman.
+7 # Steve S 2011-03-28 01:21
It's actually fairly easy to forge e-mail headers. The easiest kinds of forgeries are easiest to track, but there are more complicated ways to forge an e-mail that would be pretty much untraceable, such as taking over his own office computer remotely through use of a worm or trojan horse attack.

However, there's an update in which the prosecutor realized that he would be unable to pin the e-mail on an outsider, confessed to writing it himself, and resigned.
+19 # Nominae 2011-03-27 23:05
@ Professor Reality - Tell me "prof", are you old enough to remember the four unarmed students killed by the National Guard at Kent State after an "embedded" FBI man fired a pistol ? If not, you can Google it. That was also a "False Flag" operation. "dismiss this as a tertiary and not worth pursuing.." ? Do you have any children ? Critical thinking was a subject long ago taught in our colleges....... you can Google that as well.
+17 # earlyautumn 2011-03-27 23:32
Hey, he gets his inspiration from Jeb Bush, who disenfranchised thousands of Florida voters so his intellectually challenged brother could become president.

And there is the corruption in Ohio four years later which got the Frat Boy re-elected.

Lam just figured he could get away with it.
+35 # DaveW 2011-03-27 23:56
You really have to wonder if some form of mass insanity is gripping the nation, the world. Perhaps its some sort of "evolutionary regression." Fighting in what amounts to be three wars does not seem enough here. Many Americans seem all to eager to wage another war. Upon fellow Americans. We're like a cake left out to spoil. The frosting (the elite) still looks good and everyone wants a piece. But the inside is rotten,a debauched concoction of warped minds who won't be content until they've poisoned all of us or they die trying. Take a good, hard look around the world. Is this the fate of all mankind? The mysteries of the universe will have to wait for some other species of "intelligent" life to unravel its secrets. We have been, and always will be, trying to unravel the fabric of ourselves, other humans, in our eternal and voracious quest to apply the lash of intolerance, ignorance and brutality flush across the backs of those we oppose. In 10,000 years or more of "civilized" man, the only thing that has really changed is the technology around us. Humans themselves are the same primitive "animals" that used rocks and clubs to destroy their enemies. Now, they use e-mails.
+9 # Pat Pickren 2011-03-28 08:26
I see the human race exactly as you describe. We have all these gadgets which are depleting our natural resources at the peril of what keeps us alive - food and water. Alaska's trying to figure out whether they want gold or salmon -- wouldn't you think that would be a no-brainer? Won't be long and we'll be gone....
+26 # PatriotPaul 2011-03-28 01:08
If the roles were reversed this would most definitely be Breaking News on Fox "News" and it would be spun to reflect the views of all liberals. Instead they are silent.

Paul Harris
Author, "Diary From the Dome, Reflections on Fear and Privilege During Katrina"
+12 # dr.david 2011-03-28 02:47
If Lam sent it, he's taken a page from the Nazi playbook with their burning of the Reichstag to inflame the public against their enemies. If he didn't send it, then he's the victim of a fiendishly clever opponent.
+17 # kalpal 2011-03-28 03:35
The first time I ran across this sort of behavior on the part of the GOP was more than 40 years ago. It is a staple for right wing America. GW Bush offered to try something like it to create a casus belli with Saddam who he intended to attack even before his bogus election.
+11 # Gary Ray Pierson 2011-03-28 07:37
My favorite dirty deeds done dirt cheap by the Three Ring Circus the GOP, who else has an elephant besides a circus? Some guy from Nazarene road a Donkey... It was when they asked Iran to keep the hostages until the election so as to make it look like Ronny Raygun got em out instead of Jimmy Carter.. Carter, was the only moral President we ever had since JFK, but they got him out the way too.. CIA didn't want to get disbanded.. Hoover didn't want every one to know he's in a closet and Cuba really pissed off some security people.. Prescott Bush goes to trail for aiding and abetting the Nazi's in 43, along with many Americans, (sic) The guy testifying against him had a sudden heart attack. Prescott made money off concentration camps and then was elected Senator of Connecticut, no mention of his involvement with the Nazi's.. The nut doesn't fall far from the tree.. The hole runs deep and wide... And some of the bastards are untouchable.. Cpl. Pierson. 101st Airborne,Vietna m. draftee! by the way, we had an under ground radio station on the internet first, we could track any one that got on our site,so can they.. IPS..
+17 # overanddone 2011-03-28 04:01
My thought goes to the stipulation that he was involved in Republicn politics in Indiana for 18 years, & his experience led him to believe this was a good idea.
Indiana Pess Take Note, there is probably a trail of dirty tricks in this guys past worthy of review.
+18 # Ralph Averill 2011-03-28 05:13
The closing salutation in the e-mail in question, "May God bless," speaks volumes, doesn't it?
The term is "agent provocateur". An agent working for one side, usually the entrenched power, is inserted into the ranks of the other side, usually a popular movement aspiring to power, and incites or even causes violence and destruction to discredit and provide justification for a violent crackdown. AP's were used against the American labor and anti-war movements. Violence at G-7 conferences, as in Seattle, is likely incited by AP's.
+7 # Reductio Ad Absurdum 2011-03-28 09:39
I noticed that creepy salutation, too. It's kind of like putting "Yours in Christ" at the end of a death-threat letter, and the fact that the irony is lost upon them is indeed indicative of their self-righteous blindness and rabid delusion.
+29 # liberalman 2011-03-28 05:20
The right wing toadies of the United Corporations of America have no decency or sense of fair play. Turn on Fox News or any of the GOP blowhards & you will hear distortions, manipulations, outright lies & suggested acts of violence. Of course he signed off in the letter, God Bless. Carrying the cross & wrapped in the flag, these standard bearers of decency & family values (tongue firmly implanted in cheek) continue to march to the beat of their own corrupt hearts. Wake up Americans before this country is but a memory of the freedoms by the people that these phonies are attempting to steal.
+15 # Randal Marlin 2011-03-28 05:45
Why no mention of the Mother of All False Flag Scenarios, "Operation Northwoods"? Has this been expunged from collective memory? It should not be, in the light of the subsequent Gulf of Tonkin events, leading to the ill-fated Vietnam war.
+12 # todd williams 2011-03-28 06:50
What a PIG! Glad he resigned. Need to keep track of this SOB! This is an example of warped Repug thinking. Typical idea in the anti-union movement. Nothing new but still f-ed up.
+15 # genierae 2011-03-28 08:10
The Republicans of today have no conscience, they operate from egos which are amoral in nature. Yet they use Christianity as a disguise, mouthing religious pap as they steal food out of the mouths of children. As if Jesus would approve of such thievery:

"Whatever you do for the least of these, you do also unto me."
+9 # fredboy 2011-03-28 08:28
No surprise here.

I recall meeting a young FBI "protestor" during a Vietnam invasion protest gathering. Guy was wearing a terrible hippie wig, and you could see his clean shaven hairline just behind his ear.
+6 # BishopAndrew 2011-03-28 08:40
The Republican thugs will try anything after all according to some historians it was members of Linclon's own cabinet that actally plotted his assanation with Booth being the fall guy!
What we need to do is call them what they are at every turn and hold them accountable in the public forums.
-8 # forparity 2011-03-28 09:31
Well, that is really pathetic. Politics has no bounds. On the other side, one doesn't have to have much of an imagination to sense what must be being proposed, talked about, etc., from union and Democratic activists.

We already had one Congressman Cupiano (D), who called for blood in the streets.

Needless to say, the death threats to Republicans (always more that direction, than the other) have been rampant. Letters, e-mails, phone calls, and e-mails. The most publicized (with no national media coverage to speak of) was directed to 17 R's, calling for their deaths, mentioning bombings and direct death threats to their families:

"..So we have also built several bombs that we have placed in various locations around the areas in which we know that you frequent. This includes, your house, your car, the state capitol, and well... YOU WILL DIE!!!!”

Who makes the first move to be civil?

May Geraldine Ferraro, who broke down so many walls, rest in peace. She was brave one, and had been outspoken in her shame over the language and the race baiting and sexism, especially from her own left. It's driven me away.
0 # Robert Griffin 2011-03-28 13:07
"U.S. Rep. Michael Capuano expressed regret Wednesday for his choice of words at a Tuesday rally to support Wisconsin workers, after national and local Republicans pounced on him for “over-the-top and inflammatory rhetoric.”
from the Boston Herald, 2/24/2011
+1 # forparity 2011-03-29 09:38
The question here, is why does the national media - for the most part - not only generally completely skip such outrageous comments - and then as time goes on, and such events pile up, the media continues to act as if nothing happened?

I knew he apologized - the majority of national media readers and watchers, never heard of the incident - not the death threats - nor the Nazi signs, etc.
+6 # DaveW 2011-03-29 09:49
forparity, "On the other hand, one doesn't have to have much of an imagination to sense what must be being proposed, talked about,etc.,from union and Democratic activists." "I know you are but what am I?" You speak in terms a five year old can relate to. In YOUR imagination, middle class people trying to earn a living and retire with something more than a "Thanks for the Service" plaque are the enemy. Please produce your evidence for all these death threats via letters, phone calls and e-mails. If Newt(hang Clinton by the balls, my mistress is fondling mine)Gingrich, got on Fox today and simply made up a story that he had received a "death threat" yesterday, you'd be foaming at the mouth with indignation. And then the faux attempt to eulogize Geraldine Ferraro in a positive light. It doesn't take much imagination at this end to know what a load of tripe that is.
"It's driven me away"...if only we could be so lucky.
+1 # Ralph Averill 2011-03-30 07:36
So you believe that all those death threats, etc. are coming from union activists and Democrats? More likely it's Republican agent provocateurs like Carlos Lam.
+5 # Wanda 2011-03-28 09:51
One of you said the Repubs were amoral. Yes, how can one describe a party with leaders who are having affairs of their own going after Democrat for immoral turpitude and continue to act like hypocrits? They have no shame and they do it because they can...because God forgives them exclusively.
I don't blame politicians for the state of the country. I blame voters. The masses of them who are one issue voters, who vote loyalty without question. They desire a black and white world without question and any attempt at critical thinking or truth is considered treason, un-American. They desire a cleansing of humanity where work is liberty and a state of war somewhere, yet ignored is necessary.
Walker and his party have shown blatant contempt for citizens. Rightly so. It's what the "people" want.
Democracy ensures that the people get the government they deserve.
0 # Observer 47 2011-03-30 07:42
Except for the stolen and rigged elections, that ensure that the voters aren't getting who they vote for....
+4 # fredboy 2011-03-28 10:04
Make sure this guy files an official police report claiming someone else wrote and sent the e-mail. Then insist that the police and FBI (e-mails are sent over the Internet which is interstate, thus also have federal jurisdictional coverage) to identify who, when, and how the e-mail was sent. If they find proof that he was mistaken and did send it, prosecute him for filing a false report.

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