The mystery as to the whereabouts of Christian Identity Pastor Martin Lindstedt's websites (Whitenationalist.org) has been resolved. According to an e-mail received from Pastor Lindstedt on one of my accounts, his websites were taken down by the host after Bryan Reo, the serial complainant who's been plaguing Pastor Lindstedt for four years, threatened to sue CrisisHost (and possibly DreamHost). I first noticed that Lindstedt's websites were gone around April 14th when the Glenn Miller story broke and I was looking for his reaction to it.
The e-mail is actually his DMCA Counter-Notice challenging Bryan Reo's complaint. Even though CrisisHost is mentioned in the e-mail, the counter-notice was submitted to the DreamHost abuse service center on Monday, April 15th, 2014, which means that he must have switched to DreamHost in the interim. Here's the most pertinent part of the e-mail:
7) After setting up some secret web pages and forums and taking a web vacation for six months or so, Pastor Lindstedt found an actual free speech hosting company in CrisisHost.com. However, within a day of setting up the new www.whitenationalist.org, Bryan Reo was making bogus complaints against it with the new Host, Joshua Singer, even before the main web page and forum were set up. Then for the next year from June 2011 to July 2012, Pastor Lindstedt took care of these new bogus DMCA complaints by simply deleting anything claimed to be a copyright infringement or making a substitution. Once Bryan Reo claimed that Lindstedt used a picture of Reo in a ROTC uniform. Lindstedt substituted a picture of a female orang-a-tang drinking its own urine and claiming that this picture was of Bryan Reo.
8) After over a year of this intensive harassment and making of bogus and fraudulent DMCA take-down notices, Bryan Reo, changed tactics. Instead, Bryan Reo started threatening to sue CrisisHost for daring to host Lindstedt, even though the DMCA says that Hosting companies have absolute immunity from litigation if they follow the DMCA. However, after the fourth or fifth such extortionary threat, in May 2013, Joshua Singer said that he was getting out of the hosting business. Pastor Lindstedt said that his contract lasted until June 30, 2013. However, although Lindstedt bought service on another hosting company and created a backup web page and forum, Lindstedt kept his web page and forum and blogs on CrisisHost, fully intending to pay Singer for the services used.
9) On Saturday, April 5, 2014, Singer notifed Lindstedt that Bryan Reo was back to making extortionary threats to sue him. Why was Lindstedt still on his server? Lindstedt said that he would be gone well before April 15, 2014, and asked for three days time to "move along" and that Lindstedt would pay 10/12th of $55 for using CrisisHost services for ten months past the time. Joshua Singer agreed. And upon Bryan Reo's continuing extortionary demands, said that Lindstedt would be gone by Wednesday [April 16th].
A substitute link for what might be a replacement website has been provided, but it is still under construction:
In addition, Pastor Lindstedt continues to host Da Dik-Dik Show on Talkshoe every Sunday and Thursday night:
Bryan Reo's obsession with Martin Lindstedt proves that he is no friend of the white racialist community. His lack of respect for the First Amendment is appalling. Pastor Lindstedt not only provides valuable, if somewhat incisive, perspective on the Christian Identity community and its leading lights, but also posted considerable background information on his time with militia groups as well as his history of seeking elective office. Reo's action is all part of an upsurge in DMCA takedown abuses, which Film Industry Network suggests could be brought under control by four changes:
1. Charge a small fee for DMCA takedown requests (And refund that fee if it is legitimate)
2. Prevent automatic content removals without a physical review (Unrealistic at this point unless a system is put into place that discourages abuse)
3. Make it abundantly clear how a DMCA works, and when it should be used
4. Give content owners the opportunity to defend and prove the DMCA takedown is not legitimate (If no defense is available, then it should be taken down.
The entire e-mail from Lindstedt, with the exception of Bryan Reo's address being deleted, is presented after the jump: