Neal Rauhauser Boasts of Access to Secret Congressional Staff ‘Policy Intel’ Network UPDATE: Don’t Believe the Hype?
Posted on | July 7, 2012 | 57 Comments
“Keep in mind policy intel for 700+ Congressional staffers runs through a system I built and I back up the natsec editor. I hear stuff average bear does not.“
Bayne interprets the phrase “policy intel” to include sensitive national-security information, which would be extremely troubling given Rauhauser’s clear connections to Anonymous, the international computer hacking conspiracy. However, leaving aside that potentially scary implication, and stipulating that this text message is authentic — that Rauhauser did indeed send it, and that his claim is not just more of Neal’s habitual bragging — Bayne still has produced evidence worthy of serious investigation. Some questions that investigators might wish to ask:
- What is this “system” that Rauhauser built? Is it an official system, paid for with taxpayer dollars?
- Have these staffers been authorized by members of Congress to access the system Rauhauser built?
- What are the names of the staffers participating in this “policy intel” system, and which members of Congress do they work for?
- Who is the “natsec” (i.e., national security) editor of the system Rauhauser built? What sort of “stuff,” unknown to the “average bear,” does Rauhauser access through this system?
- Was Rauhauser working with these congressional staffers at the same time he was harassing Patterico as “the Gaped Crusader”? Was Rauhauser being paid to operate this congressional “policy intel” system (and act as backup to the national security editor of the system) while assisting Matt Edelstein’s “Stop Rush” boycotters? If so, by whom was Rauhauser paid?
Neal Rauhauser isn’t just some random crazy guy on the Internet. He is a well-connected Democrat operative who has worked for numerous candidates and campaigns, who was a featured speaker at the 2010 Netroots Nation conference, a consultant who represents a direct link between his client, convicted terrorist Brett Kimberlin, and the official Democratic Party political apparatus.
UPDATE: Friends inform me that this appears to be a typical example of Rauhauser’s boastfulness, and that the “policy intel” mountain to which Neal refers may actually be an online molehill known as Progressive Congress News. Here is an October 2010 Daily Kos post in which Rauhauser (aka “Stranded Wind”) hypes PCN.
Of course, the administrator of such an operation could probably use his access in nefarious ways (and Rauhauser is a distinctly hinky character) but PCN itself doesn’t seem all that important.
– Robert Stacy McCain, Whereabouts Unknown