While perusing around digital photography websites this afternoon, I ran across the following post on the Thomas Hawk's Digital Connection blog.
It seems that someone named Michael Crook (aka Scott Vogel) was/is the webmaster of forsakethetroops.info /.net/.com. Crook acts like a mean-spirited, pansy puke who says our troops deserve to die in war because they are stupid for joining the military.
Of late, Michael Crook has been sexually baiting men online -- pretending to be a woman. He then gets personal information from them and calls their employers, friends, spouses as a means of trying to ruin their lives. He seems to be in a battle with several websites over the use of his name and/or photograph. Not being one to shy away from a bully, I'm posting the Hawk's article and a photograph for you to see.
Here are a few quotes from this miscreant minded meddler:Michael Crook is an Evil Bully Who Should Be StoppedUpdate: The latest is that Michael Crook [you gotta see his website] has made a bogus homemade DMCA notice to try and get Boing Boing to take down his photo. Fark has now also announced a photoshop contest. Fortunately for Boing Boing, their ISP is in Canada where the DMCA sun don't shine. It is also interesting to note that the photo of Crook that he so much would like removed from websites was from when he was on Fox News [.mpg or .wmv]
REPOSITION: Michael Crook used the website Craigslist to bait men using sexually explicit ads. He then impersonated a woman under the pretenses of meeting these man getting them in the process to reveal personal informationcontact these men's employers, spouses, etc. to embarass them for sport. This is evil and the worst of what the internet represents.
When his misdeeds were chronicled on the 10 Zen Monkeys website, including a photo lifted from a public appearance by Crook on Fox News, Crook tried to use the DMCA to force 10 Zen Monkey's internet provider to take the photo down. While I can understand why someone as evil who screwed over so many men might want their photo taken off the internet, I think it's abusive to use the DMCA, a law that was meant to be used for copyright owners to have their copyrighted material take off the internet, abused and used as a tool of censorship.
So above you will find the photo of Michael Crook that he doesn't want people to see. I have no problem publishing a photo of him after he ruined so many people's lives. I may end up getting a DMCA take down notice as well, but if enough of us publish his photo, it won't matter anymore and it will be in the public domain.
The EFF yesterday filed a lawsuit against Crock for abusing the DMCA to try and silence his critics. I hope that they are successful. Bullies should not be able to operate with impunity.
Although Boing Boing says that Michael Crook is an assumed name by him (I'm not sure what kind of person would assume the last name Crook) the website Truth Luster suggests that his full name is Michael Scott Crook. With Delaney as a surname for his mother's maiden name according to a post he made in a geneology forum and Vogel another name through his mothers line. bragging about his websites which puportedly try to dismiss the Holocaust among other things. about themselves. He then used that personal information to
- "Our underlying problem is this: the military is a lifestyle these morons chose. What idiot risks their life for a country? It's what they chose. Hopefully, they knew in their hearts this is abusing taxpayers' money, and they enlisted anyway. So...Forsake our Troops! Let 'em die in combat-- we don't need their ilk in this country!"
- "U.S. Soldier= Poster child for retroactive abortion"
- "Don't military pukes learn anything? Nine more Marines bite the big one in combat. Stupid is as stupid does!"
- "Number of US soldiers killed in the Iraq War, of their own doing, because they CHOSE to be leeches: 1,586. These scumbags asked for it, and got it. Simper Cry."