The Other McCain

"One should either write ruthlessly what one believes to be the truth, or else shut up." — Arthur Koestler

The Crazy Is Always There

Bill Schmalfeldt ranting, 2011. (Image via Thomas Anderson at Vimeo) Deranged cyberstalker Bill Schmalfeldt was in court today in Carroll County, Maryland, facing charges of violating the peace order that prohibited him from contacting John Hoge. Reports that Bill would be representing himself in this case inspired much mirth online. It’s strange how, from a […]

Barrett Brown, Who Threatened Me, Is Sentenced to Five Years in Federal Prison

In September 2012, days before his final epic meltdown — ranting on YouTube about his plans to “destroy” an FBI agent — Barrett Brown threatened me, warning of dire consequences if I did not call him immediately. To that I responded with an email: “Look at yourself, Barrett: Publishing error-strewn ‘documents’ on Pastebin. . . […]

Barrett Brown Pleads Guilty

September 2012: Barrett Brown vows to ‘destroy’ an FBI agent News from Dallas today: A writer and activist linked to the hacking collective Anonymous pleaded guilty to federal charges on Tuesday alleging that he shared stolen data and posted an online threat saying he would try to harm a federal agent who was investigating him. […]

Barrett Brown Cops a Plea

September 2012: Barrett Brown vows to ‘destroy’ an FBI agent More than a year and a half since the paranoid YouTube meltdown that got him arrested on charges of threatening an FBI agent, former Anonymous spokesman Barrett Brown has signed a plea bargain agreement with federal prosecutors on hacking charges: Barrett Brown, whose case became […]

‘It Is Not Journalism. It’s Crime.’

Barrett Brown promotes atheism on Fox News, January 2009 Until this afternoon, I had never heard of Catherine Fitzpatrick, but in September she put up an excellent and lengthy article debunking the Barrett Brown victim myth. Fitzpatrick first encountered Barrett circa 2005 in the online virtual world Second Life, where he was part of a […]

Barrett Brown Does Some Excellent Writing From Jail, Where He Belongs

Barrett Brown in meltdown mode, Sept. 12, 2012 “Thinking himself a sort of one-man Woodward and Bernstein who would heroically expose the Hidden Secrets of the Surveillance State, Brown instead exposed himself as a blundering amateur who got himself in so far over his head that he couldn’t handle the catastrophic result.” — Robert Stacy […]

Inmate Number 288928

Roger Shuler, Shelby County Jail inmate No. 288928 “Shuler is his own worst enemy. . . . He seems to enjoy being his own lawyer. He has given his only client some bad advice.” — U.S. District Judge William Acker, Jan. 28, 2011 “At some point during the eight years of George W. Bush’s presidency, […]

Roger Shuler: Another Kook Succumbs to ‘Investigative Blogger Syndrome’

Portrait of a Kook: Roger Shuler “Shuler has not shown that any clearly established right has been violated. His only alleged evidence is a recorded phone call that he says supports the notion that he was terminated because of the political content of his blog. However, Shuler’s own transcript of the phone call shows only […]

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