Threats to AIG: "We Will Get Your Children"

Documents reveal the level of threats against AIG employees

By Andrew Pergam
|  Thursday, Mar 26, 2009  |  Updated 10:44 AM EDT
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Protestors outside the AIG office aren't the only ones upset about executives' bonuses. The insurance giant has also been receiving harassing e-mails.

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The anger in the threats against AIG executives is palpable.

"
Get the bonus, we will get your children," someone identified only as "Jacob the Killer" hauntingly writes in an e-mail.

His is one of dozens of threats against AIG and its employees that were obtained from Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal's office under a Freedom of Information Act request by NBC Connecticut. 


Read more details on the bonus plan from internal AIG documents here.


Surprisingly, some of those making the threats left their e-mail addresses and phone numbers - making the job of law enforcement officers easier.

Here are some of the highlights (or rather, low-lights).  We've cleaned up some of the nasty language, but you can use your imagination:

-- All you motherf***ers should be shot.  Thanks for f***ing up our economy then taking our money.

-- Dear Sir: Ya'll should have the balls and come clean and give back the bonuses. I know you would never do this so the gov't ought to take you out back and shoot everyone of you crooked sonofb****es...I would be very careful when I went out side. This is just a warning. If I were ya'll I would be real afraid. Thanks, Bill.

-- I don't hope that bad things happen to the recipients of those bonuses. I really hope that bad things happen to the children and grandchildren of them!  Whatever hurts them the most!!

-- You f***ing suck. Paying bonuses to the d*****s that made bad bets losing your company billions of dollars.  I want to f***ing puke.  Publish the list of those yankee scumbags so some good old southern boys can take care of them.

-- If the bonuses don't stop, it will be very likely that every CEO @ AIG has a bulls-eye on their backs.

-- We will hunt you down. Every last penny. We will hunt your children and we will hunt your conscience. We will do whatever we can to get those people getting the bonuses.  Give back the money or kill yourselves.

-- All the executives and their families should be executed with piano wire around their necks --- my greatest hope.

-- You mother-f***ing, c***s***ing, d***l****ers need to be taken out one by one and shot in the head. There's a special place in hell for you pond scum. Watch your backs because someone will come to get you, you can be sure.

-- The Revolution is coming. The family members of your executives are not safe. Your blood will run through the streets in the coming months.

Among the documents is an e-mail from an unknown individual, who may be or may have been an employee:  "Just arrived home to several threats on the answering machine.  'Give your money back or else,' terrible things going to happen, etc.  Both private caller numbers."

The company presumably provided the threats to support their claim that testifying before a legislative committee Thursday would put their employees at physical risk.

AIG CEO Edward Liddy expressed fear during congressional hearings in Washtington D.C. last week that releasing the names of the executives who scored bonuses would put them at risk of violence from an enraged public.

So far, the only response from citizens angered by the bonus fiasco has come in the form of a small and peaceful protest Saturday in Connecticut at some of the lavish homes of AIG employees. Some executives in Connecticut have hired security firms to guard their homes, the Associated Press reported.

An agreement was reached Wednesday to have Stephen Blake, AIG's head of human resources, testify about the structure of the bonus awards.

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