Posted on | September 11, 2013 | 36 Comments
“Especially important is the warning to avoid conversations with the demon. . . . He is a liar. The demon is a liar. He will lie to confuse us. But he will also mix lies with the truth to attack us. The attack is psychological, Damien, and powerful. So don’t listen to him. Remember that — do not listen.”
– The Exorcist (1973)
“As for [Brett Kimberlin], and his claims of libel and character assassination, I seem to recall he was convicted of perjury in federal court before he got out of high school. I seem to remember his other claims seemed to vanish under close scrutiny.”
– Joe Gelarden, October 2010
“[Brett Kimberlin] claimed he was secretly exonerated by the powers that be. A record of this surreptitious pardon is bound to surface any day now, delivered by a leprechaun in a unicorn-pulled stage coach.”
– Matthew Vadum, Sept. 5, 2013
The most important fact about Brett Kimberlin and his associate Neal Rauhauser is that they are liars. Brett Kimberlin’s dishonesty, as a convicted perjurer, is a matter of public record. Neal Rauhauser’s status as the foremost “Weiner Truther” — he named Patrick “Patterico” Frey as the alleged mastermind of the 2011 “hacking” of Anthony Weiner’s Twitter account, which we obviously now know never happened — should be sufficient to establish Neal as fundamentally untrustworthy.
On May 17, 2012, my plan had been to cover the G-8 Summit at Camp David, Maryland, but then I saw Aaron Walker’s account of how he says Brett Kimberlin attempted to “frame” him on a bogus assault charge. While I had never before heard of Brett Kimberlin, the involvement of political social-media consultant Neal Rauhauser in that story suggested a direct connection to the Democrat Party campaign apparatus, so I scrapped my G-8 plans and instead started digging in on the Kimberlin story. Four days later, on Monday, May 21, 2012, Brett Kimberlin contacted my wife’s employer, ranting about how I was “harassing” him and, when they realized that they were dealing with a convicted bomber, this created security concerns that led me to leave Maryland in order to continue reporting the story from “an undisclosed location.”
Even while law enforcement was alerted to the concerns at my wife’s workplace, while my then-13-year-old son was sleeping with a loaded shotgun beside his bed and I was a sort of journalistic fugitive, however, the liars began telling their lies, which I ignored because:
- I will not help publicize falsehoods told by liars;
- The situation involved innocent third parties who had no role in this conflict, whose privacy and safety I could not jeopardize; and
- “Avoid conversations with the demon.”
A few friends and a couple of reporters, whom I could trust to maintain confidentiality, know what happened and why I have not discussed the details. There are witnesses to everything, including witnesses to my little daughter’s tears on the evening of May 21, 2012.
Knowing the truth, and knowing that the truth is known by others, I never paid any further attention to the Kimberlin/Rauhauser lies, except to notice them as a sort of dye-marker of who is listening to the false version of events told by Team Kimberlin. And this morning I noticed Bill Schmalfeldt — who just yesterday was begging to be ignored — Tweeting out rececycled lies including a link to a July 2012 article by Alex Pareene of Salon that quoted at length the Kimberlin/Rauhauser lies, an article that included this remark:
Mr. McCain never responded to my email requesting comment, though he did write a bunch of blog posts about how I’m horrible.
Dude, it was July, by which time I was living in another state and preparing to go back on the road to cover the presidential campaign. And if you had any interest in the truth, Alex, you would never repeat anything that Brett Kimberlin or Neal Rauhauser said about anything, much less the lies they told in an attempt to discredit the guy who put his entire livelihood into telling the truth about them.
Fuck you, Alex Pareene. And fuck you, Bill Schmalfeldt.