The postal clerk called for the first customer. The woman walked to the counter and presented a small stack of USPS notices. The clerk disappeared for a few minutes and returned with a small stack of letters. The woman was required to sign for them individually and the clerk scanned each one with the bar code scanner. I could hear just enough of the conversation to learn that the letters were notices from the IRS. There were at least six of them (I lost count).
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Tom Alciere is the poster boy for the Tea Party.
In 2001, he was elected to the New Hampshire House. But the press did not do its due diligence in investigating him because he fanatically believes in killing police officers who disagree with him.
In 1997, three days after Carl Drega killed two state troopers, a part-time judge and a newspaper editor in Colebrook, Alciere sent a letter opining that except for the editor, Drega was ''an otherwise innocent cop-killer taking out enemy officers in battle.'' Area residents described Drega as a strongly anti-government man who objected to paying higher taxes. In 1999, Alciere posted on an Internet chat site: ''Nobody will ever be safe until the last cop is dead.'' After his election, he commented to the Valley News of Lebanon: ''It's unfortunate that cops do make it necessary (to kill them) when they're waging a war on drugs, and I view cops as enemy officers.'' Newmarket police Chief Rodney Collins called Alciere ''a hate-mongering lunatic.''
Alciere had left comments hundreds of times over several years on various Internet sites, using his own name and hometown. A typical comment was: "There is nothing wrong with slaughtering a cop. Just throw the carcass into the dumpster with the rest of the garbage. Cops are nothing but vicious, brutal thugs anyway." Even though he said at the beginning of his term that he would never resign, as well as admitting that he had been arrested for "petty stuff" years ago, he finally did resign within a month of his entering office.
He was still running for government office as late as 2010. His website states that he "is against deficit spending and wants to pay off the national debt by selling federal lands in the western United States." That would result in large tracts of the U.S. being owned by Chinese, Saudi, and Russian billionaires.
The subtitle of his political website is "Liberty - Justice - Privacy" which makes a mockery of his latest endeavors. He now publishes public data and makes it searchable via his many websites. Most of his websites involve the names and addresses of voters in Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Michigan, Ohio, Oklahoma, and Rhode Island, likely all of the states with legislatures too dense to understand the identity theft implications. The Facebook group Tom Alciere is Violating Your Privacy was one of the first to take notice.
His eight state websites all claim to be a "privately owned genealogy website ... intended to help genealogists use that public information to trace their family trees."
The instructions for removal from his websites are a hoot given that the second line of the page reads: "Calm, sensible persons will kindly remember that we must also address a few hot-headed crazies." He certainly knows crazy. He demands a notarized letter to remove a name from the list, but only a fool would do so given that a legal signature would then be in the possession of this cretin.
His other websites are equally repugnant. He lists names from the Social Security Death Master File even though the official site declares: "Access to the Death Master File is restricted and requires all users to complete the following certification form." Any normal person would realize that publishing the data could easily lead to fraud. In Cancel These Funerals, he pretends to be a friend of the American people, attempting to put the blame on the Senate for his proliferation of the data.
The data from Marriages in Texas lists the names of both marriage partners and the date of their marriage, even though the maiden name of someone's mother is a typical question asked for credit card and other loan applications.
I'm not quite sure of the point to Documents Reporting Hitler, Nazis and the Holocaust. It includes a number of stories from 1933-34 regarding the Nazis. He might be trying to paint the U.S. government as Nazis for their abandonment of the gold standard. Some news clips of the 1933 gold confiscation includes stories from 1933 on the subject of FDR's gold confiscation. One of the reasons FDR did so was to prevent other countries from demanding debts in gold. Alciere neglected to mention that Nixon, a Republican, was the one to permanently remove the U.S. from the gold standard in 1971.
Deport the Border Patrol! states: "This website does not specifically advocate the slaughter of Border Patrol goons." Not specifically, mind you.
His personal website is another hoot. He compares the 3000 deaths on 9/11 to voting for other than Tea Party candidates: "Deliberately voting for candidates who are not orthodox libertarian extremists is just as bad." His whining over a traffic ticket is another insight into his personality or lack thereof. He speaks warmly of Leonard Peltier and Andrew McCrae, both cop killers, with the latter declaring that he killed to protest "police-state tactics" and "corporate irresponsibility."
I sent a complaint regarding Alciere's websites to the attorney general in his home state of New Hampshire. I was shocked by how quickly I received a reply, especially given that I am not a resident of that state. The attorney was sympathetic but could not assist me because Alciere stays on the legal side of the fence, albeit barely. I got the impression they wished he would disappear.