November 23, 2007
First introduced in The Gotham Times (issue 1), Wearetheanswer.org was a public website that encouraged ordinary Gotham citizens to report suspicious activity conducted by Gotham police officers.
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Using the "Submit Tip Now" link, visitors could enter information into the site's database. Offering any of the officers mentioned in The Gotham Times results in a reply updating the submitter on the progress of the current investigation:
Karl Breitup or Jason McCree:
Thank you for stepping forward. It is regrettable when those invested with the public trust betray the people who look to them for protection and aid. But by exposing corruption, you are part of making Gotham better, safer, stronger.
Thank you for doing your part in making Gotham City better, safer, stronger. Together, We Are The Answer.
Francis Notaro, if tip submitted on or after April 6, 2008:
We Are The Answer will keep the citizens of Gotham informed regarding this, and other, investigations of police officers.
November 30, 2007
Site visitors who submitted a phone number with their tip were called by someone who sounded like Jason McCree, threatening them if they "squeal." A rough transcript follows:
You don't know anything about what you're talking about. They're out there. They're out there. Listening to lip, putting their lives on the line. He's working in the middle of the night and you're laying in your bed.
You see what happens next time you need one of the boys in blue. These people that you are getting all misty eyed about: you think about who they are, you think about how they might have brought it on themselves. You think about who you want on your side.
You want to know what the score really is? Check out document LC6551. You know where to look.
A few minutes after the phone call was received, a mass email was sent from firstname.lastname@example.org to participants:
Thank you for your information on suspicious activity regarding a police officer. Your information appears to possibly be very important in an open investigation* regarding the officer(s) involved. It is impossible to disclose any specific information on the investigation, but be assured that the information you have provided is being handled with the utmost seriousness and confidentiality.
If you have any further information about criminal activity that the officer(s) have or will be engaging in, you are encouraged to use the tip-line form as an ongoing resource.
Please keep this email and the information you have provided us confidential. Your information is part of an ongoing police investigation and is therefore subject to all laws governing an investigation. Premature disclosure of information could compromise the investigation.
Again, thank you for your assistance. We rely on your help. Together, we are making Gotham City better, safer, stronger. Together, We Are the Answer.
* The "open investigation" involved an audio surveillance operation at Betty's House of Pies on December 1.
- The threatening phone message on November 30, 2007 referred to a "document LC6551," which was found in the GPD SID.
- The site's email submission update regarding the investigation on Karl Breitup revealed his badge number (#6773), which proved to be the PIN number for his Gotham Cab Company voicemail account.