Man gets six months for posting terror threat online

US man jailed for threatening dirty bomb attacks at football stadiums

A 22-year-old Wisconsin man has been sentenced to six months in federal prison for repeatedly posting online threats that dirty bombs were going to be detonated at football stadiums in seven states.

Jake J. Brahm, also was ordered late last week in a New Jersey federal court to serve six months of house arrest following his incarceration. He was also ordered to pay US$18,000 in restitution to the Cleveland Browns football team and $8,750 to the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority, which operates Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. The money covers the reported costs the stadiums incurred when they called in extra security, including bomb-sniffing dogs and extra law enforcement officers, because of the hoax.

Brahm pleaded guilty on February 28 to a one-count indictment charging him with willfully conveying false information by posting the hoax on www.4chan.org, a freely accessible online bulletin board, that terrorists would attack the seven stadiums with weapons of mass destruction and radiological dispersal devices.

Brahm's hoax message said that trucks would deliver the dirty bombs and that the death toll would approach 100,000 from the initial blasts and that more fatalities would occur as result of radioactive fallout, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. Brahm also noted that terrorist Osama bin Laden would praise the attacks as "America's Hiroshima".

According to the U.S. Attorney's Office in New Jersey, Brahm admitted composing and posting a message approximately 40 times throughout September and October of 2006. The message stated that on October 22, 2006 dirty bombs would go off in seven football stadiums while games were being held. The stadiums threatened were in Cleveland, New York City, Houston, Oakland, Calif., Atlanta, Miami and Seattle.

Prosecutors noted that Brahm admitted that the reference to a New York City stadium actually indicated Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. where the Giants had been scheduled to play on October 22.

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