Is Adams under observation by the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI)? See update below.
Mike Adams, the Health (Ranger) Danger of the arguably worst site on the internet, Natural News, wrote an insane rant that went a bit farther than usual, where he equated Monsanto and its collaborators to Nazis. A list of journalists, scientists and others were named on a site called “Monsanto Collaborators”. As we noted in the leftovers on Friday, Mike Adams is a dangerous loon. He actually wrote this:
This official ceremony sends a message to the world, and that official message from the nation of Germany to the rest of the world is that “it is the moral right — and even the obligation — of human beings everywhere to actively plan and carry out the killing of those engaged in heinous crimes against humanity.” (UPDATE: Those are the paraphrased words of the German government, not my statement.)
He emphasized “carry out the killing…” part in bold.
Steve Novella writes from Neurologica Blog:
Let me summarize Adams’ points here: Monsanto is equivalent to modern day Nazis committing their own genocide and bid for domination. Anyone who defends GMOs (or just doesn’t buy into anti-GMO nonsense) is a “Monsanto collaborator” and are just as bad as Nazi collaborators. He says directly, “These attacks all have one thing in common: they are orchestrated by paid biotech muckrakers — people I call ‘Monsanto collaborators.’”
These people should be named, their addresses and photos made public. And by the way, it is your moral right, even responsibility, to kill them.
He later claimed the list of Monsanto collaborators or “hit list” was taken from a third-party site. Well, something doesn’t quite add up about that. A writer at This Week In Pseudoscience did some digging and what turned up smells BAD, just like Adams. Adams may be the person behind the “hit list” site he used in his own piece. This will be all over the news tomorro. I DO hope it means Adams’ career is all over too.
After doing a bit of digging, what I found has convinced me that Mike Adams published MonsantoCollaborators.org himself using an offshore hosting company and domain registrar to attempt to hide his identity, and then claimed it was from a third-party to shield himself from liability for posting a “hit list” on an article saying that his followers were morally obligated to kill these people. When there was too much public backlash and the authorities were contacted, he finally claimed it was a “false flag” attack against himself and his followers, whilst leaving the site online and further distancing himself from it, as well as his previous statements.
I found that MonsantoCollaborators.org was registered hours before the article it was supposedly responding to was even put online. Furthermore, there are a number of similarities between NaturalNews and MonsantoCollaborators.org, from sharing entire files (which do not appear elsewhere on the internet), to shared graphics, to using the same proprietary fonts, to similar code structure, matching file naming conventions, and other code quirks.
This is quite damning since there are uncountable ways to style and build a page. TWIP says this matching is fairly telling and it’s probable that the same person wrote them. Take a look at the evidence documented on this site. It’s well done. So, the evidence is circumstantial, yes, but quite damning. Obviously, the domain registration information for the site was, as you might expect, well hidden making it difficult if not impossible to trace the owner.
Whoever set up the site went through a lot of trouble to make sure that everything was done through different offshore businesses, to make it difficult for authorities to determine who was actually behind the site.
Was it Mike Adams? Did he actually publish this “hit list” and claim it was a third-party so it would look more convincing and he wouldn’t be legally liable?
I think so little of Adams considering his past ethical fails and delusional thinking that this allegation does not surprise me. Orac calls Adams a “performance artist” which seems to really fit the bill like many other political pundits spouting insane rants. However, there are undoubtedly people who will follow behind this extremist and possible aim to do harm to real people thanks to warped information and worldviews.
What can be done about him?
UPDATE (28-Jul-2014) The Genetic Literacy Project has a new post up today stating that the FBI is now involved in an investigation regarding the perceived death threats by Mike Adams against pro-science journalists, scientists and activists. They state:
The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation, besieged by complaints from targets and the science and journalism communities, immediately launched an investigation of Adams and the site, with Adams facing possible felony charges of inciting violence (if he lived in a Europe or a Commonwealth country like the U.K., he would probably already have been served).
This can’t be confirmed by us. I find no other reference to it. However, if complaints have been registered by those on the “hit list”, the agency will deliver some response. This is serious stuff. The GLP site link above has a large collection of articles about the Monsanto Collaborators subterfuge. Mike Adams looks to be in some very deep, all-natural excrement.