A couple of days ago, I received an email from a ‘brave’ anonymous bully who threatened me simply because they disagree with my viewpoint on the vaccination issue. Below is their message:
meryl be warned we’re coming for you. and you will be sorry you filthy
baby killer. sharpening the knives now.
We are Anonymous.
We are Legion.
We do not forgive.
We do not forget.
Now there is no doubt that this is a violent, threatening message – no doubt at all. And there is also no doubt that whoever has sent this does not see me or any other parent of a vaccine damaged child as a person because if they did, they would never have sent this message.
We WILL find you
Luckily, the person who sent me that message subsequently set up a Facebook account using that same email address. They used the name of Mary January to post a pornographic image onto the AVN’s Facebook page (I will not reproduce the image here – if you want to see it, search for Lemon Party but I strongly suggest that you don’t want to do that).
Why do I say it was lucky that they set up a Facebook account? Well, the email address was from Tormail – a mail server that makes it very difficult to trace because it is as close to anonymous as you can possibly get today. But because they then went onto Facebook using that same email account, they can be traced and we were able to get the already existing investigation into the activities of SAVN right onto looking into this second travesty and are hopeful of being able to bring the responsible parties to justice very soon.
This individual responsible may or may not be a member of Stop the AVN (SAVN) and they may or may not be involved with the Australian Skeptics. But whether they are or not, the fact is that SAVN is responsible for this attack against both myself and the parents who support informed choice.
Who is the real perpetrator?
Dan Buzzard, one of the SAVN members I am currently pursuing an AVO against because of his incitement to others to send violent pornographic images to me (do you see a pattern here?) and his constant threats and cyberbullying, has been very active on a forum frequented by those who say they are associated with the hacker group, Anonymous. Remember, the person who sent me these threats and who posted the pornography claims to be a member of Anonymous.
On this forum, a page was posted back in August denigrating both myself and the AVN and many of those who were posting there are members of SAVN – some used their real names – most posted anonymously. Dan Buzzard has bragged that he has been a member of this forum since 2008 and he may or may not have been the person who posted the original message. That really doesn’t matter. What does matter is that these SAVN members have encouraged those posting on this forum to harass us and obviously, that message found a willing participant in ‘Mary January’.
The fact that SAVN members may not actually have taken this final step themselves does not exonerate them. The reality is that, were they not out there constantly inciting, bullying and harassing both myself and others who support free vaccination choice, this threat and the posting of pornography would not have happened.
SAVN believes that in a scientific debate, it is perfectly OK to abuse and threaten those who hold opposing points of view. SAVN do not believe that Australian families are intelligent enough to make health choices for themselves. SAVN thinks that parents should only be provided with one side of the information on vaccination and opposes their being able to access scientific data on the risks and ineffectiveness of vaccines. SAVN do not understand that they are responsible for the way in which this debate has spiraled down into a frightening and potentially life-threatening attack against a mother whose only ‘crime’ has been caring enough to try and ensure that those who want information and support are able to find it.
It is only a matter of when – not if – someone who listens to SAVN’s hate speech is finally crazy enough to take the action these people have been asking for. If I turn up in a body bag, they may try and comfort themselves by saying that they were not the ones who actually pulled the trigger or stabbed with the knife – but they will be as guilty as if they had done so.
A long history of abusive behaviour
There are some, like Peter Bowditch, who will no doubt celebrate should I or anyone else involved in this issue die. He was so happy when Dr Hulda Clark, a supporter of natural therapies to treat and prevent cancer, passed on (of natural causes, thank goodness!) that he posted a little jingle about the ‘happy’ event:
Ding, dong the witch is dead.
Which old witch?
That Hulda bitch.
Great news, the lying bitch is dead.
Don’t forget, this is the same man who asks parents of vaccine-injured children:
I like to put two questions to anti-vaccination liars:
1) How many dead children in a pile does it take for you to have a
2) When unloading the bodies of children from a truck into a mass
grave, do you prefer a pitchfork or do you just use your hands?
For some reason the child haters don’t like these questions.
But back to Dan Buzzard. As I said, he was involved with inciting hatred against myself and the AVN on a forum comprised of known hackers. Is it any wonder then that about an hour before I received my email (quoted above), the same person wrote to Dan Buzzard (please see below)
From: email@example.com [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Tuesday, 25 September 2012 8:02 AM
Subject: meryl dorey
nice collection of docs. want me to fuckup those cunts cyber style?
they wont know what hit ’em. i can hack their website with sql injection too. plaster it with all sorts. they lose audiance who are offended by wat i post. its how we operate. i could also organize one of our many botnets to take em down with ddos.
just ask if you need help
We are Anonymous.
We are Legion.
We do not forgive.
We do not forget.
Buzzard must have been pretty concerned about being contacted by this nut-job. This probably was not the outcome he expected because he posted the person’s letter (and his response to them) on his website and claimed that he felt it was his ethical duty to do so. Buzzard expects me to believe that this person just selected his email address at random – that he stuck his cyber-finger into an online phone book and lo and behold, Buzzard’s name popped out. But I’m not that naive. Methinks he doth protest too much.
I think his posting this information had more to do with his fear of being implicated in this crime then it did with any ethics or caring about what happened to someone who he considers to be an ‘anti-vax liar’ as he so often likes to refer to me. But he IS implicated and so are his compatriots.
Without their incitement, none of this would have or could have happened. Because of their abusive actions – because of their lying words and because of their constant harassment, they have incited someone who is obviously non compos mentis to decide that they want to follow through on what Dan and his buddies talk about all the time – seeing the end of me and the AVN – not necessarily in that order.
It’s got to stop!
SAVN does not deserve respect. In fact, many of those who are the most active in the organisation deserve a prison sentence and / or good psychiatric treatment. They are not normal. Their activities are dangerous. They have no place in a civil society. And the fact that the government and the media is openly cooperating with them (more on this later on) to take away our rights is a sign that society has gone mad and urgently needs to be brought back to sanity and democracy.
So while I accept that there are some people who are involved with Stop the AVN who are not inciting violence, being abusive, engaging in harassment or bullying, they are the exception when it comes to those who post on that page. And by continuing their support of this obvious hate group, they will and should be tarred with the same brush.
If you want to engage in a scientific debate – we welcome you. If you want to force your will on free Australians simply because you disagree with their viewpoint, you have no place in a free society.