Phony uses phony creds to threaten CA State senator

| March 15, 2013

Tom sends us a link to an article in the Mercury News about Everett Fred Basham who used his phony story to threaten California State Senator Leland Yee in regards to Yee’s support for gun control;

An engineer by trade, Basham’s alleged email reads as a methodical attempt to derail the senator’s latest efforts to tighten state gun laws. It was signed with the name “Tran Cho”– presumed to be another alias.

“If you succeed in passing a bill that bans AR15 weapons in california (sic) just know these things,” the email begins.

The message proceeds with a nine-point list in which the author claims, among other things, to be a trained Marine sniper with “over 200 rounds of ammunition” and a high-powered rifle that “can hit a spinal cord at 1.5 miles making a head become red mist.”

The numbered points grow increasingly specific: “I know where your office and where the state capital (sic) building is in Sacramento. I have hiding spots around both with clean view,” followed by “I can wait hidden for you to walk past my mil dot scope,” the latter part referring to a specific type of rifle targeting scope.

The email ends by telling Yee to “Check 6 every day” — borrowing a military term to say “watch your back” — and to read the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution

The Mercury News says that they couldn’t verify his military service at the time of his arrest, but that he had admitted to police that he’d served “in the 80s”. A search of his home turned up some enhanced “bird bombs” along with some long guns and handguns. And some things called “assault weapons” but I don’t know what an “assault weapon” is, so…

When he was arrested, Basham had an Army ID with his photo but the name “Robert Richter,” which officers confirmed with Army officials were fake. At the Humbolt Avenue home, they found medical records and other military records that did not belong to Basham, along with “blank military ID cards with microchips, printers and failed attempts of counterfeited military ID cards.”

I guess the “crazy vet” meme gets you some creds in San Francisco.

Category: Phony soldiers

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  1. NHSparky says:

    Stolen Valor = victimless crime. You ri-tards keep trying to tell us that.

  2. MCPO NYC USN (Ret.) says:

    Bird Bombs … “Yummy”

    Sorry wrong thread!

  3. OWB says:

    Ooooh. Scary! (Really)

  4. Hondo says:

    I wonder if Federal authorities might be interested in talking to the guy about those fake military ID cards.

  5. Ex-PH2 says:

    His rifle can ‘hit a spinal cord at 1.5 miles turning the head into a red mist’???????

    Now THAT is an assault weapon. You pull the trigger and the rifle goes flying toward the target and upon impact instantly disperses its molecules.

    But seriously, folks, the best way to threaten these polticians is to tell them that you voted and they didn’t live up to your expectations so you will never vote for them again, or you don’t vote for them, never have and never will, because they’re stupid, useless and wasting your tax money.

  6. Flagwaver says:

    I’m more curious how he obtained the ID card blanks and the med records… Those things are all considered sensitive materials. I know, I had to sit through a 3 hour long powerpoint class when my armory got the CAC printer from Big Army… only to have it taken by State the next week.

  7. Adrian says:

    “blank military ID cards with microchips, printers and failed attempts of counterfeited military ID cards.” I’d be more interested in just where he got those little things.. sounds like someone or a whole lot somebodies going to staying at substandard government housing with a roommate named Bubba for a long period of time..

  8. LostOnThemInterwebs says:

    @6 Flagweaver, I don’t know if they are sensitive materials, but you can find the IDs on the internet (at least images of real military ids good enough to use as a base)

    On blank military IDs I would guess they talk about blank ID cards with chips (makes no sense to print a white card only half way, the next print could be out of sync and look horrible), if you were to do a SE assessment (hypothetically speaking) you could take something like this:

    And go to a place like this to get some white cards with chip:

    make sure you get a printer like this:

    and a reader/writer like this:

    And then create the entire id, print it and even write crap on it, if you are hardcore enough you can even grab a valid id, read it keep the file give it back and just modify that with the reader/writer software.

    Now tell me that is a victimless crime … is idiots like this that will antigun guys will pick as a “what can go wrong” scenario to “prove a point” on how guns should be restricted.

    Jonn if you feel this comment is controversial because of the steps feel free to remove it or censor it. Thank you.

  9. Roger in Republic says:

    Can anyone tell me if there is a sniper rifle aside from a Barret 50 that can hit a head sized target beyond a mile and a third? That’s the longest confirmed kill I ever heard about, and the Canadian shooter said it was more luck than skill. My dad had a Springfield 1903-A4 in 30-06 he always claimed was a killer out to a mile. I never believed him. There are some new guns in 338 lapua that will reach out over a thousand yards but I never saw one that claimed a one mile shot, much less a mile and a half. Why do we give credence to stupid claims such as this loon made. I suppose the reason is the general ignorance of the public on all things military.

  10. TMB says:

    #9, Craig Harrison made a 1.5 mile kill in 2009 with an L115A3 firing .338 Lapua.

  11. USMCE3TLCPL says:

    Ive heard a few claims to a mile out target shot but even then either he is god armed with a “sniper rifle” (frankly i dunno what a sniper rifle is, i just know rifles, not assault, not sniper, just a simple rifle.) or the conditions would have to be absolutaly perfect. And his position, breath control, amongst other things would have to be expert level. Hell he would have been on the Marine Corps rifle team with skills like that.

    And the blank IDs? Thats a federal offense buddy you can go sit in prison and have fun with Tito’s cousin (since hes in CA its a mexican version of bubba, im convinced Bubba is just a mid-west figure to the hulking top sodomist of the prison system, in every movie ive ever heard of out here on the west coast where someone does time it always involves some latin guy named Tito and his cousin.)

  12. JohnE says:

    This yutz isnt helping legal gun owners anywhere, he is only hurting us. A few more meatheads like this and we will relaize the old adage “When guns are outlawed only outlaws will have guns…”

  13. Sparks says:

    Oh all the dumb asses! Writing threatening letters to a CALIFORNIA lawmaker. This give the CA cause lots of yardage to run with their “assault rifle” ban. It is true that a dedicated person, with the right and readily available equipment on the internet, can make an ID, a passport, just about anything you want. And there are internet undergrounds that will make it for you. It is not illegal to have this equipment, it is the use that becomes illegal as in this guy’s case. What an ass hat retard. Thanks you moron for helping the non 2nd Amendment folks further their cause!.