In a desperate effort to prevent Sam Sloan from informing the public that Virginia Governor James Gilmore is guilty of kidnapping, Gilmore signed a bill today to stop Internet "spam"

In 1990, James Gilmore was assistant Attorney General of Virginia and through his deputy, Barbara J. Gaden, Gilmore knew in advance and masterminded the kidnappings of Dr. Marjorie Sloan and Shamema Honzagool Sloan. These kidnappings took place on September 3, 1990 in Bangkok , Thailand and on October 7, 1990 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates respectively.

Ever since, Gilmore and other Virginia officials have tried to stop Sam Sloan from publicizing the fact that his mother and daughter were kidnapped by them.
James Gilmore
Governor of Virginia and former Attorney General of Virginia

For example, in 1991, they obtained a court order signed by Judge Paul M. Peatross of the Albemarle County Circuit Court prohibiting Sam Sloan from revealing that his mother and daughter have been kidnapped with the assistance of corrupt Virginia officials. This order has not had much effect because Sloan has remained out of Virginia since that time, except when Gilmore has him extradited to there.

Gilmore was Assistant Attorney General of Virginia when he masterminded these kidnappings. Later he because Attorney General and now he is Governor. The Internet did not exist when Gilmore committed these crimes and probably he did not realize the easily his criminal acts could be revealed once the Internet arrived.

Virginia law would make Internet spamming a crime

RICHMOND, Va., Feb 23 (Reuters) - Lawmakers in Virginia, home to America Online Inc. (NYSE:AOL - news) , the nation's largest Internet service provider, adopted legislation on Tuesday that would make it a crime to send mass, unsolicited electronic mailings, or spam, on the Internet.

The bill, which Gov. James Gilmore has promised to sign, would make Virginia the first state in the nation to have the power to criminally prosecute people accused of spamming.

The measure would have far-reaching implications because about half of the nation's Internet infrastructure is routed through the state.

The American Civil Liberties Union said it expected to challenge the anti-spamming bill on constitutional grounds, but Virginia Attorney General Mark Earley said through a spokesman he would defend the new law. "Spam is a scourge on legitimate Internet commerce,'' Earley spokesman David Botkins said. "This legislation is crucial to the high-tech business community, and Attorney General Earley is prepared to help with its enforcement, where appropriate.''

Dulles, Va.-based America Online, which serves about 16 million of the estimated 50 million U.S. Internet users, has filed about 40 civil lawsuits under existing Virginia laws, associate general counsel Randall Boe said. But existing laws only allow the company to seek compensation for actual, not potentially higher punitive, damages.

"We have only been able to recover the cost of sending the e-mail,'' which is a very small amount, he said.

The anti-spamming law was backed by the governor's Commission on Information Technology, which in December presented recommendations for the nation's first comprehensive Internet policy.

The law makes illegal spamming a misdemeanor punishable by fines of up to $500. "Malicious'' spamming, defined as causing more than $2,500 in losses for the victim, could be prosecuted as a felony.

Under the new law, America Online and other Internet service providers could sue the sender for damages of $10 a message or $25,000 a day, whichever is greater. A spammed Internet subscriber could seek similar damage amounts.

ACLU of Virginia's executive director, Kent Willis, said there was little evidence that spamming was enough of a problem to justify constraints on free speech on the Internet.

"Expression is protected in the commercial context as well as the noncommercial context, and no one has yet to come up with a valid or compelling state interest in limiting the way e-mail is sent,'' he said.

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