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Death Threat Domain Names

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emailed to: abuse@godaddy.com

Tuesday, 11 January, 2011

Dear GoDaddy:

I was very disturbed to discover some very offensive death threat domain names that are in currently in use through your service.

julianassangemustdie.com

is hosted by

GoDaddy

I’ve also been told the same is true for

killjulianassange.com

and

killassange.com

If this isn’t a clear violation of your terms of use it should be.
I want very much to see these terrible websites to be removed.

Please let me know the outcome of this terrible situation as soon as possible.

Thank you.

Regards,

Laurel L. Russwurm


[Thanks @jwildeboer & @evgenymorozov]

The disturbed young woman who registered the julianassangemustdie.com domain name is Melissa Clouthier (@MelissaTweets) acording to her Twitter Profile:

 

Frazzled mom, alternative health doc, conservative libertarian blogger, columnist, podcaster, radio host, iPhone & Mac lover, fantasy reading geek, #TCOT”

As a mother myself, I have difficulty understanding a mind set that would allow a mother to advocate killing anyone. Is this not also a criminal offense?

Is this woman a socipath? Or is it that she just lacks any shred of empathy?

Or perhaps Ms. Clouthier lacks the imagination to realize that Julian Assange has a mother too?

Sadly, it’s beginning to look as thought there’s a whole culture that thinks advocating the assassination of people who disagree with you acceptable.

Incredibly, the most bizarre thing is that @MelissaTweets believes herself to be a “libertarian”.

Libertarianism is the advocacy of individual liberty, especially freedom of thought and action.[1] Philosopher Roderick T. Long defines libertarianism as “any political position that advocates a radical redistribution of power [either “total or merely substantial”] from the coercive state to voluntary associations of free individuals”, whether “voluntary association” takes the form of the free market or of communal co-operatives.[2] David Boaz, libertarian writer and vice president of the Cato Institute, writes that, “Libertarianism is the view that each person has the right to live his life in any way he chooses so long as he respects the equal rights of others” and that, “Libertarians defend each person’s right to life, liberty, and property–rights that people have naturally, before governments are created.”[3]

Libertarianism, WikiPedia

KillAssange.com

killassange.com redircects to: http://99.14.214.54/ka/

 

Written by Laurel L. Russwurm

January 11, 2011 at 5:04 am

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  1. Clouthier seems to have changed her registration to anonymous. Or dumped the domain entirely. I have a post with the relevant screenshots here:

    http://mattcornell.org/blog/2011/01/who-is-melissa-clouthier/

    Thanks for keeping an eye on this story.

    -Matt

    Matt Cornell

    January 19, 2011 at 3:18 am

    • Wow. Thank *you* for your @MelissaTweets watch. (Your blog banner is very well done.)

      That is truly a frightening account.

      “Opportunistic” is about the only adjective that I dare use about someone who is willing to even imply another person should die in an effort to gain social media prominence.

      Laurel L. Russwurm

      January 19, 2011 at 8:41 am

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  3. […] a comment » In my initial outrage about the death threat domain names, The other day I dented: “Corporations aren’t human; if they were, the word would be […]

  4. […] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Dr. Roy Schestowitz. Dr. Roy Schestowitz said: ♺ @laurelrusswurm blogged: "Death Threat Domain Names" http://ur1.ca/2t4ad >> my complaint to @godaddy ( suggested by @jwildeboer ) […]

  5. The question is, is registering a domain name an act of speech? Moreover, is the registrant endorsing the ‘domain name interpreted as imprecation’?

    It could be the name of a site expected to discuss the ethics of those calling for Julian Assange’s assassination. Or simply opportunism.

    We have to be careful that someone is intending to incite murder, as opposed to discussing its incitement, or making a film about it, e.g. “Romeo Must Die”.

    Then again it is just a statement of inevitability, i.e. Julian Assange must die, as he is mortal and all mortals must die.

    If you wanted to incite people to violence then registering a domain name as a means of expressing this sentiment is a pretty poor means of doing so.

    The politicians & pundits with large audiences who call for Assange’s ‘liquidation’ are orders of magnitude more significant as incitements to murder than domain registrants.

    Crosbie Fitch

    January 11, 2011 at 8:52 am

    • Domain Names are used for the words they express, chosen over numeric static IP addresses. That’s why I think that it qualifies as speech.

      Certainly, ensuring that it is actually intended to incite is always an issue. I think that is the intent, but although I tell Go daddy that I want to see them taken down, I was awake enough to not express it as an order. I await their investigation & response.

      When I wrote this I was still inclined to think the possibility existed that people expressing this type of sentiment didn’t really understand that they are actually talking about living breathing human beings.

      Having since seen this article The Politica Carnival: Inexplicable edits on Sarah Palin’s Facebook page; comment justifying 9-year-old victim’s death not deleted I am less sure.

      In respect of inciting violence; the domain name is the shorthand, the ‘pet name’ by which your site can be known, and/or a title for the content. I fear it could prove to be very dangerous indeed.

      Certainly I agree that the politicians and pundits directly inciting violence via word and deed are even more dangerous. I’ve written a number of articles from my Canadian perspective in my Oh! Canada blog, and will continue to do so until something concrete is done to address the Flanagan crime.

      I fear the problem is the politicians, pundits, people uttering vicious attacks as well as those actually pulling the trigger are all aspects of the same “assassination is acceptable” mindset that I personally find abhorrent.

      Laurel L. Russwurm

      January 11, 2011 at 10:52 am


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