Indict Jason Goodman for the Port of Charleston dirty bomb hoax
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Congressman Mark Sanford, Congressman James E. Clyburn, Congressman Joe Wilson, Congressman Ralph Norman, S.C. Senator Hugh Leatherman, S.C. Senator Larry Grooms, S.C. Lt. Gov. Kevin L. Bryant, S.C. Rep. Bill Sandifer, S.C. Chamber of Commerce CEO Ted Pitts and the South Carolina Ports Board
The truth behind the Port of Charleston dirty bomb hoax.
For Internet celebrities willing to create hoaxes based upon deceptive information (labeled as “news”) their drama can be wrapped in an “investigative journalist” wrapper. This enables such channels to be in the center of the news, rather than merely just report the news.
On June 14, 2017 New York-Hollywood motion picture elitist Jason Goodman was having fun as an amateur investigative journalist on his YouTube reality show known as "CrowdSourceTheTruth".
Apparently to increase the show's drama, Goodman began reporting on the possibility of a dirty bomb somewhere in the United States. He then asked his viewers to call the duty officer at the Charleston U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Sector with a "dirty bomb" warning.
Then after USCG Charleston confirmed to Goodman by phone that the "dirty bomb" threat was received, Goodman then asked his 2,000 viewers to tweet an additional warning to the 7th District USCG Unified Command with this message:
"DIRTY BOMB ... PLEASE INVESTIGATE ... MAERSK MEMPHIS"
The tweeting and re-tweeting of the second dirty bomb warning created a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack ("Twitter Storm"), which led to 8,000 Twitter impressions flooding the 7th Distict Unified Command Twitter account.
The USCG immediately ordered the closure of a massive marine terminal at the Port and initiated a sequence of events that included a full-scale radiological disaster response. Hundreds of police, fire, emergency medical services, public works and hazardous material response workers were needlessly alerted and deployed at significant cost to the taxpayer.
The sterling reputation of the U.S. Coast Guard and the Port of Charleston has been forever stained in the International maritime and cargo shipping community by this YouTube thrill seeker chasing fame. Goodman has never apologized for his deplorable conduct and the resulting impact his dirty bomb hoax had on the economy of the City and Port of Charleston.
Goodman continues his hoaxes to this day, which usually involve the activation of public safety resources to increase the allure of the perceived threat for the audience. This creates a strong emotional bond between the audience, actors and the story line.
But, the law is the law, and Goodman has broken the law.
In 2017 a 21 y.o. Columbia, S.C. volunteer fire fighter began a 12 month federal prison sentence for texting he had heard of a bomb placed at the Veteran's Administration Medical Center in Columbia pursuant to 18 U.S.C. 1038.
In 2016 a 26 y.o. California graduate student was charged with causing a DDoS attack on a San Francisco chat service and is facing 5 years in jail pursuant to 18 U.S.C. 1030.
Goodman deserves the same -- to be indicted for violations of federal law.
When public panic, unnecessary and needless emergency response is activated by profit-driven hoax channel operators, there should be consequences.
It is time to INDICT Goodman pursuant to the TERRORIST HOAX IMPROVEMENTS ACT OF 2007 and the COMPUTER FRAUD AND ABUSE ACT to send a crystal clear message to other social media thrill seekers that the critical infrastructure of the United States is off limits.
Concerned Citizens of the City of Charleston
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