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How’s Your Gaelic, Neal Rauhauser?

Posted on | July 16, 2012 | 28 Comments

In the past week or so, readers may have noticed that I’ve relented in my non-stop blogging about convicted terrorist Brett Kimberlin and his demented associate Neal Rauhauser. On July 5, when Judge Rupp’s ruling restored Aaron Walker’s First Amendment rights, I figured this ended the original emergency that drew my attention on May 17. My family and I are now safely relocated, and it seemed a good time to return my attention to the presidential campaign that I had been covering before this emergency arose.

However, I did not for a moment suppose that Kimberlin, Rauhauser and their surrogates would cease their evil machinations. This expectation was fulfilled today when I was contacted by a blogger friend, who reported that she had received an utterly vicious e-mail sent by someone impersonating a mutual acquaintance, conveying vile falsehoods attributed to me.

That mutual acquaintance is clearly not amused, and the question of who perpetrated this mischief can perhaps permit some speculation.

Means, motive and opportunity, if you get my drift.

Who had a motive to do this evil deed? Who described himself as a “hacker” and boasted of his connection to the hacker group “Anonymous”? Who is a self-proclaimed expert in “persona management” and other means of online deception? Who has written at length about his fascination with Maltego software as a tool for mapping online connections? Who therefore would have sought to exploit such connections in this way?

Let me make clear that I do not accuse Neal Rauhauser of committing this crime. He might very much wish me to make such an accusation, thus allowing him to deny the accusation, demand “proof” of his guilt — which I don’t have — and thereby portray himself as a victim of defamation, harassment, blah, blah, blah.

Nevertheless, I hold Neal Rauhauser personally responsible, based on his own well-documented record of advocating, intructing others in, and personally engaging in such malicious online behavior.

Perhaps my suspicions are misplaced. Perhaps this particular act was committed by some random a–hole unconnected to Neal Rauhauser.

Whatever. It makes no difference to my resolute determination to see him brought to justice for his sociopathic behavior, which he had been directing at other innocent people even before I ever heard the name “Neal Rauhauser”. There is good reason to believe Neal has committed numerous sins against the innocent that will never be proven against him, his deceptions permitting him to evade responsibility. When the hammer of justice comes swinging down on his head, let no one pity him.

All this I say as preamble to the following:

  • If any of my friends should receive communications conveying negative information about me, be advised that I am apparently the target of a dishonest smear campaign. Others who have written about the Kimberlin/Rauhauser saga report that they have experienced similar smears. Be on the alert for any such deception.
  • Understanding that attacks like this may be an attempt to distract me from my regular work, I intend to continue focusing on the presidential campaign, reporting on further developments in “The Kimberlin Files” only as time permits.
  • This story is not over, and no one should mistake a momentary period of quiet for the end of the story.

Finally, I had hitherto resisted the temptation to do something I’ve only ever done once before. After what happened today, I resist no longer, and invoke the dreaded War Oath of Clan Cameron:

Chlanna nan con thigibh a so’s gheibh sibh feoil!

Good luck with the translation, Neal.