Patriot Act Indictment Cites Football “Dirty Bomb” Threats


Jake Brahm, 22, of Wisconsin, has been indicted by a federal grand jury over prank Internet warnings of terrorist attacks against National Football League stadiums, reports the Associated Press. He allegedly posted threats to detonate “dirty bombs” at seven stadiums. Authorities said he wasted Homeland Security resources; they likened the threats to the “Internet version of yelling fire in a crowded theater.” Brahm’s attorney, Walter Lesnevich, said the incident was “greatly blown out of proportion,” adding, “This was a stupid mistake by a kid that nobody took seriously.”

The charge was filed under a provision of the USA Patriot Act that may be untested in court. Lesnevich said the statute requires that the information at issue must “reasonably have been believed” to be criminal. The indictment said Brahm admitted posting the threat about 40 times on a Web site.


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