Posted on | June 14, 2012 | 29 Comments
FROM AN UNDISCLOSED LOCATION
When I read that sentence, it brought me up short.
Is Patrick Frey referring to Jen Preston of the New York Times, whose coverage of the Anthony Weiner scandal was controversial?
Brett Kimberlin’s online attack dog Neal Rauhauser has claimed to have a good relationship with Preston — he CC’d her in the September 2011 e-mail he sent to “Occupy Boston” leaders on behalf of Velvet Revolution — but (a) Rauhauser is a notorious liar, and (b) someone told me that, in fact, Preston thinks Rauhauser is as loony as a fruit bat.
Which he is, quite obviously.
Frankly, I am sympathetic to any reporter who might want to write about the Kimberlin story, but dreads the challenge of trying to explain it in a brief, concise news story that makes sense. I’ve written two American Spectator articles about it:
Both of those articles were quite an ordeal to write because the story is so complex, and it’s easy to get “lost in the weeds.” In terms of understanding the basics of Brett Kimberlin’s criminal history, the best resource is arguably Mandy Nagy’s 3,600-word article from October 2010. which cites several other articles, including the thorough 1981 account by Indianapolis Star reporter Joe Gelarden and an excellent 2007 article by Massimo Calabresi of Time magazine.
Very few reporters, however, have even tried to tell the story in any detailsed way, and the temptation to dismiss it as “just an Internet thing” — involving no political big names — is nearly as strong as the temptation to portray it as a mere squabble between Left and Right, which it most assuredly is not.
Kimberlin began his “lawfare” strategy against bloggers by filing a $2 million lawsuit against Seth Allen, a progressive who was banned from a series of liberal sites — including Democratic Underground and Daily Kos — for blowing the whistle on what he saw as dishonest claims by Velvet Revolution, the 501(c) non-profit co-founded by Kimberlin and Brad “BradBlog” Friedman. Since October 2010, Kimberlin and his associates have expanded their targets and their tactics.
Telling the story — the whole story — is certainly a major challenge. I’ve been covering “The Kimberlin Files” for four weeks as of today, and there are still huge slices of the larger story I haven’t touched. For example, Nadia Naffe is the woman who made headlines earlier this year by falsely accusing James O’Keefe of sexual assault. Naffe has also filed a baseless complaint against Patterico and — as Patterico notes — Naffe’s lawyer in that action is the same guy whom Neal Rauhauser solicited in a May 24 e-mail to file a spurious action against Patterico on behalf of SWATting victim Mike Stack.
How is Naffe’s attempt to smear O’Keefe related to her attempt to get Patterico fired, and in turn related to Rauhauser’s effort (apparently on behalf of Kimberlin) to enlist Mike Stack in a campaign of “lawfare” against Kimberlin’s critics? Remember that during the WeinerGate scandal, Rauhauser became obsessed with Patterico, who was targeted in multiple posts by Rauhauser (“Stranded Wind”) on Daily Kos:
- July 4: Weinergate: Patterico’s Penalization
- July 4: Disingenuous Chart, Dishonest D.A. (Weinergate)
- July 17: Weinergate: Patterico’s Petulance
- July 19: Patterico’s Personal Pipsqueak
- July 23: In Which Patterico Imperils Breitbart
- July 25: Patterico’s Prattling Puppets
By July 27, 2011, Rauhauser declared that Patterico “looks to be a pretty good candidate for the planner/operator behind Weinergate.” This was as baseless as it was absurd, and the question is, was Rauhauser deliberately spreading this transparent falsehood as part of a disinformation smear, or has Rauhauser’s mental condition deteriorated so badly that he actually believes this lunatic gibberish?
This is an actual debate going on among those who have followed the Kimberlin story. There are some who think that Rauhauser is entirely cynical and that he keeps ginning up these crazy conspiracy theories in an effort to distract and confuse simpleminded people. There are others — and I am among them — who believe that Rauhauser is in the advanced stages of some degenerative neurological disorder and that his deranged rantings are symptomatic of his irreversible descent into paranoid psychosis.
Whether Neal Rauhauser is a scheming manipulator or the victim of a mental illness, however, there is no question that he is peddling falsehoods. One of the reasons I believe Rauhauser to be psychotic is because, if he were sane, he couldn’t possibly imagine that anyone would believe his lies.
Wednesday, the “Not Brett Kimberlin” site — after having declared itself Tuesday to be on “the high road” — unloaded a 3,700-word pile of nonsense that bore the distinctive hallmarks of Neal Rauhauser’s paranoiac fixations: Patterico, James O’Keefe and Andrew Breitbart all get name-checked, causing the sane and intelligent reader immediately to ask, “What does O’Keefe have do with this, except that Rauhauser is apparently obsessed with O’Keefe?” Let’s quote the 392-word conclusion of that rant, regarding the alleged conspiracy against Brett Kimberlin:
So what is the motive you may ask? I can think of a couple of motives.
Revenge: because Brett Kimberlin has been a thorn in the side of a number of wealthy right wing organizations and Super Pacs for a number of years. Money: because a number of people have profited off of this story, namely Aaron Walker, the guy who forced himself into a civil case that had nothing to do with him. And Robert Stacy McCain, a homeless drifter who used to be somewhat of a big shot. Of course there are a number of side people collecting money such as the National Bloggers Club, which is run by Ali Akbar, and the select few hangers on who are allowed “in” to that club. Yes, it’s an exclusive club, and the only people allowed “in” are people that they deem worthy enough to get in. It isn’t a club for democratic bloggers or even average republican bloggers, it is a club that only allows a select few to be in on the game. The rest can donate and or hope for love from them later, but sadly that will probably never occur because when the money or scam dries up, those on the inside will be the ones who “cash out” while those on the outside watch it crumble. I am sure the story of its crumbling will be blamed on the left or liberals, and then of course depending on how the scam worked financially another scam will pop up to take its place with the same agenda. As for the revenge motive, that justice has already been delivered to its intended victim, Brett Kimberlin. So in a large way the story about Brett Kimberlin that the GOP and right wingers concocted over a year ago has been a big plus for them. The only time it becomes a minus is if any of them get caught for their misdeeds or end up in jail over it. Of course that will probably never happen. But if it does, those responsible for this anarchy will likely serve long prison sentences. I can say that Federal Law Enforcement is very interested in this case, and that those who are calling in or threatening Brett Kimberlin and others are all on a watch list for later cases.
Project much? The false and unfounded accusations of criminality against the National Bloggers Club would, I think, make the “Not Brett Kimberlin” site subject to legal action. The claim that Aaron Walker has “profited” from Kimberlin’s harassment is such a species of evil mendacity — 180 degrees the opposite of truth — that the vicious liar making the claim must be utterly devoid of conscience. The description of myself as “a homeless drifter who used to be somewhat of a big shot” will be laughed off as deeply ironic by anyone reasonably informed about my situation.
By the way, I spent the past two days looking at houses and found one with lots of room for the kids and dogs and cats. We hope to move in by July 1, which gives me about two weeks to hustle up the cash for the moving truck and other expenses like getting the electricity and water turned on at the new place.
Mrs. Other McCain has been hassling me because I’ve spent so much time covering this story that I’ve spent little time concerning myself with the details of our family’s unexpectedly sudden relocation. But as I’ve explained to her, I’ve always considered the Shoe Leather Fund a fee-for-service arrangement with the readers. You hit the tip jar in order to make possible my continued reporting on “The Kimberlin Files,” and I feel obligated to give you your money’s worth.
Friends keep calling me up, concerned for my safety, and I reassure them that I fear nothing. “Never Doubt That God Answers Prayer,” as I said May 21 in my first memo from the Undisclosed Location.
Furthermore, I have the confidence that comes from knowing that many people are making intercessory prayer on my behalf. I also have confidence that readers will continue to heed The Five Most Important Words in the English Language:
This is the Mother of All Road Trips — the craziest story I’ve ever covered — and I agree with one thing that the “Not Brett Kimberlin” site said: “[T]hose responsible for this anarchy will likely serve long prison sentences.” And we know who they are.
Maybe Patterico’s right and the “big media reporters” are scared of Kimberlin. Not me. That cowardly punk doesn’t scare me at all.
– Robert Stacy McCain, Whereabouts Unknown
- May 17: Is Democrat Operative Neal Rauhauser an ‘Associate’ of Convicted Terrorist Brett Kimberlin? (And Why It Matters)
- May 17: Convicted Terrorist Brett Kimberlin Received $70,000 From Tides Foundation, $10,000 From Streisand, $20,000 from John Kerry’s Wife
- May 18: Who Warned Us About Brett Kimberlin?
- May 19: Domestic Terrorist Now Using ‘Lawfare’? Convicted Felon Kimberlin’s 501(c)3 Raised $1.8 Million in Six Years UPDATE: ‘Convicted of Perjury’
- May 20: Deadline Loometh, and the Raven Is Croaking Brett Kimberlin’s Name
- May 20: ‘Other Computer Savvy Activists’
- May 21: Never Doubt That God Answers Prayer
- May 22: Brett Kimberlin Saga Takes a Bizarre Turn, Forcing Me to Leave Maryland
- May 23: ‘He Has No F–king Soul’
- May 24: Lying Felon Can’t Stop Lying
- May 25: KimberlinFiles.org
- May 26: Kimberlin v. Walker Hearing Scheduled: 8:30 a.m. Tuesday in Rockville, Maryland
- May 27: Brett Kimberlin’s Heiress Aunt Helping Fund His Tax-Exempt Harassment
- May 27: ERICK ERICKSON GETS SWATTED
- May 28: Somebody Tell Nina Totenberg Her Buddy Brett Kimberlin Is Making News Again
- May 29: Matthew Vadum Talks Brett Kimberlin
- May 29: REPORT: Aaron Walker Arrested After Maryland Hearing on Kimberlin Case UPDATE: Walker Now Released
- May 31: Aaron Walker Court Hearing Confirms Kimberlin-Rauhauser Collaboration
- June 1: Radicals Justify Their Evil by Invoking Their Presumed Moral Superiority
- June 2: When Neal Rauhauser Complained About ‘Menacing’ and ‘Cyberstalking’
- June 3: The Profoundly Dishonest Brett Kimberlin
- June 3: Raw Story Disavows Ties to Kimberlin
- June 3: Inside Neal Rauhauser’s Twisted Mind
- June 4: ‘A Faint Whiff of Vigilante Hysteria’: Weinergate’s Kimberlin Connection
- June 5: Ali Akbar Says, ‘World War Three’
- June 5: Fear and Loathing on Capitol Hill: The GOP Caucus Is Decadent and Depraved
- June 6: Walker Files Appeal in Kimberlin Case; Ali Akbar Says: ‘We’re Not Stopping.’
- June 6: Sen. Saxby Chambliss Requests DOJ Investigate SWATting
- June 7: CNN Gets Scooped on Its Own Story UPDATE: ACLJ Joins the Fight!
- June 8: NATIONAL DAY OF BLOGGER SILENCE UPDATE: Remember Seth Allen
- June 8: @AceOfSpadesHQ BREAKS SILENCE: #BrettKimberlin’s Escalating Threat
- June 10: Brett Kimberlin, Neal Rauhauser, and Their Transparent Empire of Lies UPDATE: ‘Anonymous’ Connection
- June 11: Florida Rep. Sandy Adams Leads 85 House Republicans in ‘SWATting’ Letter
- June 11: #BrettKimberlin Says He Was ‘SWATted’; Why Do Maryland Cops Say Otherwise?
- June 11: HUGE! Neal Rauhauser’s Vicious Lies Exposed by Yet Another Leaked E-Mail
- June 12: ‘Team Kimberlin’ Meltdown Continues
- June 13: A High Time on the Low Road: Smears Target Brett Kimberlin’s Enemies List UPDATE: SWATting Supect ID’d?
- June 13: Time to Ask: What Did Brett Kimberlin Know and When Did He Know It?