An email I received just before 9pm on Tuesday from VigilantSpectre:
I have been featured on your blog (VigilantSpectre) . I think it is hilarious first off. What I am really contacting you about is this: I have undertaken much effort to conceal the identities of myself and those that appear in my videos. This is done because of the controversial nature of the content in my videos. Everything to that respect has been going well until lately. A select group has been trying to expose this sensitive information and distribute it. They are using forums like yours to solicit this information from posts made in discussion. It has gotten to the point where I have begun to receive threats to myself, property, family and friends propagated by your discussion board. It is beginning to feel unsafe. I do not wish to compel you to remove your posts about my channel, I find them constructive, perhaps a little biased and less informed about the actual processes than I would prefer, but constructive none the less. What I would like to request is that you remove the comments about my channel on your post and lock it down to disrupt the aforementioned collective effort.
I look forward to your future correspondence.
That was in response to my two recent posts: Weapons Preparedness Training for the DERPocalypse and DERPnamic Secondary Presentation.
Oh where to begin… where to begin. First of all let me just say that probably the most rewarding thing about blogging is when people get pissed off enough to email me, or forgo that all together and remove their video(s) from YouTube, or other content from a different website that is being criticized. In my crusade against DERP, I consider that a huge victory, and it generally just makes my day. It’s even funnier when someone backs up the video (or other content) and can continue to share the laughter with the internet for years to come.
My public reply to VigilantSpectre:
So you think the posts I wrote are hilarious? Well that’s good I suppose… but it seems to me that your initial goal at least was to provide training to your friends (or as you call them “the wolf pack”) and to educate the internet on how to properly train an prepare. Am I not correct in assuming that? Hardly something I think should be taken lightly.
You say you have taken much effort to conceal the identities of you and your friends. What? How do you figure that? Not only do your videos expose all of your faces but you also run a facebook page plastered with pictures of you and your girlfriend. You’re hardly some internet greyman. With < 5 minutes worth of research I was able to pin you down as Curtis Hallstrom. Normally i’d be pretty impressed with myself, but this one was just too easy. Curtis, I know I insulted your intelligence based on what I saw in the videos, but I see you studied (graduated?) Biological Sciences at Ohio University. It perplexes me even more as to how someone smart enough to graduate high school and get accepted to a post secondary institution, would think that the VigilantSpectre Project is a good idea.
I nearly shit my pants with laughter when I saw your brother (Mr. Tactical Bacon) Kyle Hallstrom “worked at US Navy”. I’ve never served, and I normally appreciate and support those that have… but if he feels safe training (and I use that term loosely) with you and your “wolf pack” and trying to educate the rest of the internet through the VigilantSpectre Project, it kind of reflects bad on what they may or may not have taught him in the Navy. I’m sure there are plenty of active duty and Navy veterans following the blog that hopefully will chime in to help maintain my faith in the organization. Now that I think of it, I’m hoping “worked at US Navy” could even mean he had some administrative job where he didn’t train on weapons… but I’m still assuming he would have still had to go through the same basic training. Is that correct?
Last of all Curtis, in case you’re wondering, i’m not some kind of hacker. You left all this information sitting around in plain sight on facebook, and I just took a couple minutes to connect the dots.
Best of luck with the VigilantSpectre project, and your future endeavors. If you’re going to keep coming out with videos, please try not to hurt yourself or anyone else. If I were you i’d forget firearms ever existed and try and land yourself a good job in the Biology field. You’ll thank me some day.