Correspondence between Cookeville
'It has come to my attention that my social securtiy number is now posted on your Putnampit website. I am not sure just how long this information has been posted, but that is irrelevant. I cannot stress enough how important it is that you immeadiately remove this information.
'I will be contacting city hall on Monday to see just how you got this information and who gave it out.
'I will be checking back this afternoon to see what, if any, changes have been made. '
Does this appear to be a threat from a police officer? He's going to be checking back? Oh, gosh. I'd better remove the files . . . except they had already been removed by agreement with the city manager. This is almost as chilling as the other sergeant, David Dukes, who emailed me that he was watching and I didn't pray at a council meeting.
Here’s the entire exchange:
Mr. Bilbrey, I have already removed the spreadsheet and replaced it with one more to your liking. I was not going to ask you how to see the social security numbers. I was going to talk to you about another matter.
You say you cannot stress enough how important it is that the information be removed.
I would like to point out, though, that although I was not accused of any crime and not under investigation for anything, the Cookeville Police Department did a complete background check on me, including every place I ever lived, the value of the home, the value of the adjoining homes, the name of every one of my employers, my social security number, passport number, names of my children, pictures of me talking on the street with Mary Jo Denton, credit checks -- how much money I owe, EVERYTHING that the police power can dig up. The police department called the department of defense, the state department and checked driver's license records in EVERY STATE to see whether I had a ticket or license there. When the computer checks came back negative, the police department asked them to DO A SEARCH BY HAND!
Then when someone asked for public records in the Eldridge murder case, The entirety of that file was released to a third party with ALL OF THE INFORMATION, including my social security number, addresses, name of my girlfriend, photos, employers, EVERYTHING.
But when I went to see the file, Mr. O'Mara said it contained only five sheets of paper.
So, I sympathize with you that your social security number was posted, Mr. Bilbrey. And as a courtesy to you and Mr. Shipley, I have removed it.
Mr. Bilbrey, I have an absolute right to publish that information. You are asking me to censor myself. You are asking me to be considerate of your concerns. I will be.
Have a nice day.
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Subject: Re: Contact the editor
To: "Geoffrey Davidian" <geoff@MilwaukeePress.Net>
I know what question you have. "Just how am I seeing the social security numbers?"
I cannot tell you how to view these numbers as I feel this would involve me in any type of civil action if these numbers should fall into the wrong hands. However, I can assure you the numbers are there as I have viewed them and have made a hard copy to present to city hall on Monday.
----- Original Message -----
From: Geoffrey Davidian <mailto:geoff@MilwaukeePress.Net>
To: email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: RE: Contact the editor
-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Contact the editor
Hello Mr. Davidian,
It has come to my attention that my social securtiy number is now posted on your Putnampit website. I am not sure just how long this information has been posted, but that is irrelevant. I cannot stress enough how important it is that you immeadiately remove this information.
I will be contacting city hall on Monday to see just how you got this information and who gave it out.
I will be checking back this afternoon to see what, if any, changes have been made.
Have a great day,