Harassed by Mikey Weinstein, Part 6: Mikey as a Spam Bot
Michael “Mikey” Weinstein’s harassment of his critics isn’t always direct. In fact, some of his “best work” is likely done by indirect harassment — that is, when he can cajole someone else into doing his deeds for him. One of his methods of harassment to achieve this end is to flood military inboxes with unsolicited emails — apparently in the desperate hope that someone will do something just to make him stop hitting “send”.
Such was the case in 2014, when Weinstein emailed US Air Force BGen David Harris with nothing more than an email copy of a recent article from ChristianFighterPilot.com. The only original content in the message (the email is even bereft of ellipses) was Weinstein’s subject line: “Latest From Dominionist “Christian Fighter Pilot” [Redacted]”:
The article itself, “USAFA SPIRE Leaders Protect Religious Freedom under New Regulation” was benign, simply discussing the US Air Force Academy’s relationship with local religious groups helping support the religious needs of USAFA cadets. Why did Weinstein think the Commander of the 96th Test Wing cared about that?
Weinstein probably wasn’t thinking straight, because the article was probably correct: Weinstein hadn’t known about the “new” regulation it discussed, nor that the Air Force was using it to protect — by name — some of the very groups Mikey Weinstein had been attacking for being the wrong kind of “Christian”.
Mikey Weinstein was ticked.
And because he was mad about the article, he hit “send” to an Air Force General officer…for some reason. He didn’t even bother to claim there was anything wrong with the article. He just wanted to harass Gen Harris with spam, potentially hoping he would annoy the General enough to force him to do something, anything, to help assuage Weinstein’s anger.
This wasn’t the only General officer to receive Weinstein’s unsolicited emails — though it seems some others ultimately had their staff block his email address from their accounts.
Again, just as before, check out the times: Weinstein’s email is time stamped 13 August, while the article within the email body clearly says 14 August. As noted last time, Mikey Weinstein is reading and reacting to the articles here at ChristianFighterPilot.com within minutes. It would seem Mikey Weinstein is a virtual ChristianFighterPilot.com stalker — and yet his lawyers are ignorant enough to claim other people are obsessed with him.
When Weinstein wrote this email in 2014, ChristianFighterPilot.com didn’t have an organic notification system for new content — meaning Weinstein either went through the trouble to create one to monitor this site, or he was almost literally hovering over the site on his computer just waiting to see what would appear.
(For anyone who isn’t quite so obsessed but would still like to know when new articles are published, this site does now have a notification feature; you can subscribe here.)
For the record, the article about which Mikey Weinstein complained can still be read in its original form right here. His spam-style harassment didn’t have an effect on this particular article, but that’s not to say there aren’t military leaders who lack the intestinal fortitude and moral courage to stand up to Weinstein, and will instead sanction their subordinates out of personal expediency. There must be — or else Weinstein wouldn’t think the technique was so useful.
Weinstein claims thousands of “clients”, has quite a few volunteers who act on his behalf, and spends a significant amount of money on marketing and publicity. Weinstein was free at any time to submit comments below the article, or, if he lacked his normal keyboard courage, he could have sent his minions instead. Weinstein could have sent out an email blast to his supporters, or issued a press release. For all the influence and power Weinstein claims he has, he did none of those things. Instead, he tried to do a quiet end-around, attacking “from the rear,” if you will. “Harassment” is an excellent word to describe precisely what Weinstein is doing.
It’s almost as if Mikey Weinstein is afraid. Now, why would that be…?
About This Series
Michael “Mikey” Weinstein’s lawyers once claimed ChristianFighterPilot.com was “obsessive” about Weinstein and his MRFF. Naturally, ChristianFighterPilot.com is about military religious freedom — and it is surely relevant when Mikey Weinstein, a public figure, makes a living by publicly attacking religious liberty, as he so frequently does.
On the contrary, Mikey Weinstein is “obsessive” with a few individual US troops, veterans, and even a couple of civilians — most of whom are private citizens unknown to any outside their circle of friends. Weinstein and those associated with his MRFF have attacked them, their employers, their families — sometimes even their children — in ongoing campaigns of harassment that have sometimes spanned years.
This series will document Mikey Weinstein’s history of harassment — in his own words, with his own formatting, filled with his own invective.