Posted on | September 4, 2012 | 27 Comments
But I repeat myself. A sudden change of plans requires me to leave soon for Charlotte to cover the Democratic National Convention.
After the car trouble that turned my trip home from Tampa into a three-day ordeal, I had hoped to spend a few days at home before going back out on the campaign trail, but . . . well, a sudden change of plans.
Meanwhile, it appears that the ever-amusing Barrett Brown has decided to throw in with Neal Rauhauser. Yesterday, Brown popped up on Twitter threatening to sue me, demanding I call him, etc. Readers may recall that Brown made himself the public spokesman for the international criminal conspiracy known as “Anonymous,” and was subsequently raided by the FBI at the time of the LulzSec arrests. Brown himself, however, was not arrested, which led to the obvious suspicion that he was one of the “unindicted co-conspirators” cited in the charges against the hackers. In case you’ve forgotten why this matters, I’ll remind you of the headlines:
- Feb. 14, 2011: Is the FBI Watching Barrett Brown? (And If They’re Not Already, Shouldn’t They?)
- March 9, 2011: Has Barrett Brown Scammed NBC News?
- June 27, 2011: Arrest of British LulzSec Hacker Renews Questions About Barrett Brown’s Activity
- March 11, 2012: Erstwhile #Anonymous Spokesman Barrett Brown Scores Six-Figure Book Deal, Raided by FBI, Denounces Snitch
- May 15, 2012: Was #Anonymous Busted Because of Barrett Brown’s Betrayal — or Blunders? UPDATE: Hacker ‘Anarchaos’ Pleads Not Guilty in Federal Court Appearance
- May 24, 2012: Sources: Fed Probe of ‘Anonymous’ Hackers Continues; ‘LulzSec’ Case Could Yield New Indictments in HBGary Case
Barrett Brown evidently considers it libelous to suggest that he would actually co-operate with law enforcement to help apprehend and prosecute criminal hackers. Therefore, I will state for the record that Barrett Brown hates cops and, in fact, Barrett Brown wishes violent death on all law enforcement officials. He is a dangerous outlaw, a menace to society and Public Enemy Number One.
This probably won’t be accepted as a “retraction,” however — it’s damned if it you, damned if you don’t with this guy — so whether I describe Brown as a violent radical anarchist, a gutless snitch, or a laughably pompous douchebag, he’ll still threaten to sue me, which was the subject of my e-mail to him last night:
First of all, spare me your lawsuit threats. Ever the publicity-seeking opportunist, you chose to make yourself the spokesman for an international criminal conspiracy, and if the consequences of that foolish decision did not cross your mind, that’s not my fault.
It was blindingly obvious to me, the minute I heard of this, that you could not speak for Anonymous unless you were in communications with its members and privy to their plans. The FBI seems to have reached the same conclusion.
The references to an “unindicted co-conspirator” in the LulzSec indictments? Well, who else could that possibly refer to? If not you, then it must have been Gregg Housh, with whom you announced a six-figure book deal shortly before the LulzSec raid went down.
While I am not aware of exactly how the FBI solved the case, I assume it was pretty easy once you announced yourself as the Anonymous spokesman: All they had to do was get a wiretap warrant to monitor your communications and, eventually, you would lead them to members of Anonymous. Once other members were identified, they would in turn be put under surveillance, and so on.
This was a typical narcissistic error, and a typical narcissistic response: You think you’re such a fucking intellectual giant that all your schemes will succeed, and when they fail, you start hunting around for scapegoats to blame, because it’s impossible for you to accept responsibility or admit to yourself that you’re not as smart as you think you are.
Your narcissism and your anti-social resentments are thus inextricably intertwined: You consider yourself superior to others and blame society for not recognizing your superiority. In the last e-mail I had from you, in March 2011, you wrote: “Why should the states hold a monopoly on violence? As long as it’s directed towards the state and those who act with it, violence is quite appropriate. … [I]t’s hard for me to get upset about my fellow anarchists attacking armed riot cops for any reason they choose.” This hatred of authority is symptomatic of an anti-social personality and yet, in typical narcissistic fashion, you think of such an attitude as evidence of your superiority: “All smart people think like me. I hate cops. Therefore, anyone who doesn’t hate cops is stupid.”
Or consider, for example, your use of YouTube: Arrogant lectures, the basic theme of which is your own superiority and contempt for anyone you dislike. You bounce from one embarrassing failure to another, yet none of your failures ever convinces you that you’re on the wrong path, or that you have overestimated your own abilities. You have no real friends because, knowing your own inner worthlessness, you have a special contempt for anyone who admires you. You serially alienate would-be friends until eventually your enemies list encompasses the entire world, but the root of your problem is not other people — it’s you, hiding your emotional weakness behind a fragile façade of bravado.
You don’t need a lawyer, Barrett. You need a psychiatrist, or perhaps a priest to exorcise your demons. You are traveling a road to destruction, as harmful to yourself as to any of your chosen enemies. Get help.
Arrogant sociopathic punks think they can go around threatening people and if you dare say a word back to them, you’re the bad guy.
Speaking of punks, an obscure talentless assclown named Bill Schmalfeldt is threatening to sue Aaron Walker.