4Chan Stadium Threat Hoaxer Sentenced
An ex-grocery clerk in Wisconsin who repeatedly posted threats of stadium bombings to a website will spend six months in jail.
|4Chan Stadium Threat Hoaxer Sentenced|
“4chan is a simple image-based bulletin board where anyone can post comments and share images. 4chan’s collaborative-community format is copied from one of the most popular forums in Japan, Futaba Channel,” reads the description of 4Chan. Twenty-two year old Jake Brahm claimed to be a little too immersed in the community when he posted threats against several NFL stadiums in 2006.
Fox News said Brahm pleaded guilty in February to willfully conveying false information that the stadiums would be attacked by terrorists with weapons of mass destruction and “radiological dispersal devices.”
Brahm claimed it was a joke, but the NFL wasn’t laughing at the notion of truck bombs leveling stadiums and leaving thousands dead on the ground.
Prosecutors also alleged Brahm celebrated when police arrived to arrest him, and that he bragged about the stadium threats being picked up in the mainstream media.
At the time of Brahm’s arrest, an FBI agent in the Milwaukee office said Brahm believed there was no way anyone would believe this was anything other than a hoax, Fox News said in October 2006.
“As I understand it, Mr. Brahm had put out this threat thinking it was so preposterous that no one would take it seriously,” the FBI’s Richard Ruminski said in the report. “Unfortunately, he was wrong.”