The beginning of the end for the Kimberlin & Co crew

by Datechguy | June 24th, 2012

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The beginning of the end for the Kimberlin & Co crew

One of the things that I’ve been sug­gest­ing the “Swat­ter” needs to turn states evi­dence NOW because the higher ups in Kim­ber­lin & Co will drop him like a wet blan­ket when the heat gets turned up. Well guess what, some­body is turn­ing on the stoves:

Item: Fol­low the Connections:

One of the things that peo­ple have been won­der­ing have been why Democ­rats have been so will­ing to back peo­ple like Kim­ber­lin. It doesn’t seem to make sense, well as Stacy McCain con­tin­ues to peel the onion looks what turns up:

In attempt­ing to dis­cover the iden­tity of “Randy Hahn,” the #Sto­pRush boy­cott leader Shoq sought the ser­vices of Demo­c­rat con­sul­tant Neal Rauhauser, the e-​mails obtained by The Trenches show. Rauhauser pro­vided the group with exten­sive doc­u­men­ta­tion about a Hous­ton man named Jason, whose sur­name was redacted in the ver­sion posted by Bayne. Rauhauser then mused about expos­ing the man to harass­ment by send­ing his per­sonal infor­ma­tion to online groups.

I have been sorely tempted to point him out to var­i­ous actors — a guy like this, he could really pro­duce some high qual­ity enter­tain­ment for 4chan, Some­thing Awful, Ency­clo­pe­dia Dra­mat­ica, etc.,” Rauhauser wrote in his e-​mail reply to Shoq.

Note we are talk­ing an MSNBC host, and the Stop Rush move­ment (which Media Mat­ters has been highly involved with this). Stacy con­tin­ues to find con­nec­tions higher and higher up the food chain and as things go on, the ques­tion becomes, how high can you go?

Item: Habit forming.

In a pre­vi­ous arti­cle Stacy McCain quoted a 2000 word scrubbed piece by Neal Rauhauser. That piece in addi­tion to being all about hid­ing them­selves from the law had some rather solid insights on how one iden­ti­fies a per­son hid­ing behind an online identity

You have habits that include:
The time(s) of day you are active
The lan­guage you speak
The sit­u­a­tional knowl­edge you have when inter­act­ing with a cer­tain group
The soft­ware you pre­fer to use

I thought of this when I saw this post at Pat­terico:

The Gaped Cru­sader pub­lished a pic­ture of a naked man and said it was me; wrote posts about my wife; pub­lished my home address; and gen­er­ally made it explic­itly clear that Kim­ber­lin and Rauhauser were out to intim­i­date and harass folks like SWAT­ting vic­tim Mike Stack, me (another SWAt­ting vic­tim), and Kim­ber­lin crit­ics Aaron Walker, Seth Allen, and Mandy Nagy.

The Gaped Cru­sader is a crit­i­cal link between the harass­ment SWAT­ting vic­tims and an asso­ciate of Kimberlin’s.

And the Gaped Cru­sader is tied to Neal Rauhauser through far more than the inden­ta­tion quirk above. He is also tied through sub­ject mat­ter obses­sion; quirks of lan­guage; admis­sions regard­ings recent trips … and an IP address.

These habits along with some odder ones are mak­ing it eas­ier and eas­ier to actu­ally iden­tify what these peo­ple have been doing and that becomes impor­tant when you con­sider this:

Item: The Blog­gers Counterattack!

The Kim­ber­lin guys have (among other tac­tics) been using law­fare to go after blog­gers well turn­about is fair play:

Our first salvo in that effort has been to file a fed­eral law­suit today against Brett Kim­ber­lin, seek­ing, in part, an injunc­tion to pre­vent the state from ever again arrest­ing Mr. Aaron Walker, an Amer­i­can cit­i­zen, for exer­cis­ing his right to free speech, and to release him from any prior cen­sor­ship restric­tions imposed by unlaw­ful judgements.

This is only the first step in what we call the “Blog­gers Defense Team.” We are firmly com­mit­ted to expos­ing and com­bat­ing the efforts of Brett Kim­ber­lin, oth­er­wise known as the Speed­way Bomber, and his well-​funded allies on the left (like George Soros and Barabara Streisand) who will use any means of harass­ment to silence polit­i­cal opposition.

and the group that is doing it DB Capi­tol Strate­gies and Right­So­lu­tions are doing it well

–We plan on spend­ing less than twenty per­cent of con­tri­bu­tions on admin­is­tra­tion costs. The remain­der will be spent on legal fees, lawyers, researchers, and inves­ti­ga­tors.
–In the com­ing days, we will cre­ate a web­site ded­i­cated specif­i­cally to the effort to pro­vide impor­tant news and infor­ma­tion, copies of fil­ings, and more.
–Pro­vide monthly state­ments on expen­di­tures and con­tri­bu­tions on that web­site.
–Form a pub­licly dis­closed “advi­sory panel” of blog­gers, and dis­close the meth­ods and rea­son­ings for that panel and those that have been included (we will also wel­come suggestions).

This effort has got­tenlot of atten­tion on the net. Com­bine with the efforts of the NBC on Walk­ers behalf and the story becom­ing known to Sen­a­tors and Con­gress­men this is going to end up bad news for the left, par­tic­u­larly dur­ing an elec­tion year when these guys are going to be throw­ing any­thing that might weigh the down off their deflat­ing Obama balloon.

This is not going to end well legally for Kim­ber­lin & Co.

Update: Stacy includes two updates that are very sig­nif­i­cant, the first being a denial from attor­ney Imani Gandy that tells an inter­est­ing story:

How do we know that the story was legit? The proof is in the state­ment issued this week to The Trenches by attor­ney Imani Gandy.

Gandy was eager to dis­avow hav­ing been closely involved with the “Stop Rush” lead­er­ship, and sim­i­larly eager to deny hav­ing any­thing to do with the recorded phone call. Why this eager­ness? Because if Shoq was in Florida when he recorded that call, the record­ing would be ille­gal under Florida law and, as Gandy is a lawyer, it would be a clear-​cut ethics vio­la­tion for her to be com­plicit in such a crime.

Yet in the process of mak­ing those denials, Gandy ended up con­firm­ing the authen­tic­ity of both the record­ing and the e-​mails pub­lished by The Trenches — and this is impor­tant why?

Because (a) it con­firms that my report­ing is accu­rate, (b) this has the col­lat­eral effect of con­firm­ing Rauhauser’s involve­ment with the “Stop Rush” boycotters

That in itself is huge as it sug­gests the “dis­tanc­ing” has already begun in his sec­ond post he linked to a piece I first saw via the Lonely Con­ser­v­a­tive at Screed of Momus titled: A Con­ver­sa­tion with Nancy. Nancy is the ex wife of Neal Rauhauser which includes this sig­nif­i­cant tidbit:

And when Neal and Nancy divorced, Neal’s antics were suf­fi­ciently dis­turb­ing enough to result in a court-​ordered psy­chi­atric eval­u­a­tion. What the psy­chi­a­trist found was a man who was deeply dis­turbed, pos­sessed of the worst nar­cis­sism he’d ever seen. Neal had reac­tive attach­ment dis­or­der. He was socio­pathic, and his behav­ior resulted in Neal fac­ing var­i­ous dif­fi­cul­ties socially and pro­fes­sion­ally. Today, from what we’ve seen of Neal and his behav­ior online, the patholo­gies fit. The grandios­ity, the unlim­ited ambi­tion, the delu­sional sense of self-​importance, and the inabil­ity to tol­er­ate or endure any per­sonal crit­i­cism as an indi­vid­ual, or any per­sonal crit­i­cism directed at those whom Neal con­sid­ers to be allies, all fit with Neal’s cur­rent and past idio­pathic behav­ior. Only it really isn’t idio­pathic, because Neal has acted like this for some time.

Hmmm this would seem to fit with what Stacy McCain has been say­ing right along who hypo­thet­i­cally asks:

Sup­pose there was a cer­tain per­son (we’ll call him “UnSub”) who knew him­self to be impli­cated in seri­ous crimes. Sup­pose that UnSub dis­played an obses­sive inter­est in secrecy and decep­tion. Fur­ther­more, sup­pose that UnSub believed him­self to be under investigation.

How would such a per­son behave? Is it pos­si­ble — and I’m just throw­ing this out there, as a hypo­thet­i­cal pos­si­bil­ity — that UnSub would attempt to deflect atten­tion from him­self by mak­ing accu­sa­tions of wrong­do­ing against oth­ers? Would UnSub try to destroy or con­ceal poten­tial evi­dence? Could we, per­haps, expect UnSub to taunt his vic­tims or send veiled threats to poten­tial wit­nesses against him?

Just kind of think­ing out loud here, you under­stand. Purely a mat­ter of abstract spec­u­la­tion, per­haps of inter­est to the BSU ana­lysts at Quan­tico only as an exer­cise in psy­cho­log­i­cal theory.

Maybe the BSU ana­lysts could fac­tor in some other vari­ables. Say, for instance, if UnSub liked to brag about his con­nec­tion to law enforce­ment offi­cials, or exhib­ited the kind of sadis­tic per­son­al­ity that would brag about using mar­tial arts to inflict pain on a woman.

Do you think FBI crim­i­nal pro­fil­ing spe­cial­ists would be inter­ested to learn that UnSub had pre­vi­ously engaged in behav­ior “dis­turb­ing enough to result in a court-​ordered psy­chi­atric evaluation“?

The web is start­ing to close, to those asso­ci­ated I say again: States evi­dence NOW!

One of the things that I’ve been suggesting the “Swatter” needs to turn states evidence NOW because the higher ups in Kimberlin & Co will drop him like a wet blanket when the heat gets turned up. Well guess what, somebody is turning on the stoves:

Item: Follow the Connections:

One of the things that people have been wondering have been why Democrats have been so willing to back people like Kimberlin. It doesn’t seem to make sense, well as Stacy McCain continues to peel the onion looks what turns up:

In attempting to discover the identity of “Randy Hahn,” the #StopRush boycott leader Shoq sought the services of Democrat consultant Neal Rauhauser, the e-mails obtained by The Trenches show. Rauhauser provided the group with extensive documentation about a Houston man named Jason, whose surname was redacted in the version posted by Bayne. Rauhauser then mused about exposing the man to harassment by sending his personal information to online groups.

“I have been sorely tempted to point him out to various actors — a guy like this, he could really produce some high quality entertainment for 4chan, Something Awful, Encyclopedia Dramatica, etc.,” Rauhauser wrote in his e-mail reply to Shoq.

Note we are talking an MSNBC host, and the Stop Rush movement (which Media Matters has been highly involved with this). Stacy continues to find connections higher and higher up the food chain and as things go on, the question becomes, how high can you go?

Item: Habit forming.

In a previous article Stacy McCain quoted a 2000 word scrubbed piece by Neal Rauhauser. That piece in addition to being all about hiding themselves from the law had some rather solid insights on how one identifies a person hiding behind an online identity

You have habits that include:
The time(s) of day you are active
The language you speak
The situational knowledge you have when interacting with a certain group
The software you prefer to use

I thought of this when I saw this post at Patterico:

The Gaped Crusader published a picture of a naked man and said it was me; wrote posts about my wife; published my home address; and generally made it explicitly clear that Kimberlin and Rauhauser were out to intimidate and harass folks like SWATting victim Mike Stack, me (another SWAtting victim), and Kimberlin critics Aaron Walker, Seth Allen, and Mandy Nagy.

The Gaped Crusader is a critical link between the harassment SWATting victims and an associate of Kimberlin’s.

And the Gaped Crusader is tied to Neal Rauhauser through far more than the indentation quirk above. He is also tied through subject matter obsession; quirks of language; admissions regardings recent trips . . . and an IP address.

These habits along with some odder ones are making it easier and easier to actually identify what these people have been doing and that becomes important when you consider this:

Item: The Bloggers Counterattack!

The Kimberlin guys have (among other tactics) been using lawfare to go after bloggers well turnabout is fair play:

Our first salvo in that effort has been to file a federal lawsuit today against Brett Kimberlin, seeking, in part, an injunction to prevent the state from ever again arresting Mr. Aaron Walker, an American citizen, for exercising his right to free speech, and to release him from any prior censorship restrictions imposed by unlawful judgements.

This is only the first step in what we call the “Bloggers Defense Team.” We are firmly committed to exposing and combating the efforts of Brett Kimberlin, otherwise known as the Speedway Bomber, and his well-funded allies on the left (like George Soros and Barabara Streisand) who will use any means of harassment to silence political opposition.

and the group that is doing it DB Capitol Strategies and RightSolutions are doing it well

-We plan on spending less than twenty percent of contributions on administration costs. The remainder will be spent on legal fees, lawyers, researchers, and investigators.
-In the coming days, we will create a website dedicated specifically to the effort to provide important news and information, copies of filings, and more.
-Provide monthly statements on expenditures and contributions on that website.
-Form a publicly disclosed “advisory panel” of bloggers, and disclose the methods and reasonings for that panel and those that have been included (we will also welcome suggestions).

This effort has gotten a lot of attention on the net. Combine with the efforts of the NBC on Walkers behalf and the story becoming known to Senators and Congressmen this is going to end up bad news for the left, particularly during an election year when these guys are going to be throwing anything that might weigh the down off their deflating Obama balloon.

This is not going to end well legally for Kimberlin & Co.

Update: Stacy includes two updates that are very significant, the first being a denial from attorney Imani Gandy that tells an interesting story:

How do we know that the story was legit? The proof is in the statement issued this week to The Trenches by attorney Imani Gandy.

Gandy was eager to disavow having been closely involved with the “Stop Rush” leadership, and similarly eager to deny having anything to do with the recorded phone call. Why this eagerness? Because if Shoq was in Florida when he recorded that call, the recording would be illegal under Florida law and, as Gandy is a lawyer, it would be a clear-cut ethics violation for her to be complicit in such a crime.

Yet in the process of making those denials, Gandy ended up confirming the authenticity of both the recording and the e-mails published by The Trenches — and this is important why?

Because (a) it confirms that my reporting is accurate, (b) this has the collateral effect of confirming Rauhauser’s involvement with the “Stop Rush” boycotters

That in itself is huge as it suggests the “distancing” has already begun in his second post he linked to a piece I first saw via the Lonely Conservative at Screed of Momus titled: A Conversation with Nancy. Nancy is the ex wife of Neal Rauhauser which includes this significant tidbit:

And when Neal and Nancy divorced, Neal’s antics were sufficiently disturbing enough to result in a court-ordered psychiatric evaluation. What the psychiatrist found was a man who was deeply disturbed, possessed of the worst narcissism he’d ever seen. Neal had reactive attachment disorder. He was sociopathic, and his behavior resulted in Neal facing various difficulties socially and professionally. Today, from what we’ve seen of Neal and his behavior online, the pathologies fit. The grandiosity, the unlimited ambition, the delusional sense of self-importance, and the inability to tolerate or endure any personal criticism as an individual, or any personal criticism directed at those whom Neal considers to be allies, all fit with Neal’s current and past idiopathic behavior. Only it really isn’t idiopathic, because Neal has acted like this for some time.

Hmmm this would seem to fit with what Stacy McCain has been saying right along who hypothetically asks:

Suppose there was a certain person (we’ll call him “UnSub”) who knew himself to be implicated in serious crimes. Suppose that UnSub displayed an obsessive interest in secrecy and deception. Furthermore, suppose that UnSub believed himself to be under investigation.

How would such a person behave? Is it possible — and I’m just throwing this out there, as a hypothetical possibility — that UnSub would attempt to deflect attention from himself by making accusations of wrongdoing against others? Would UnSub try to destroy or conceal potential evidence? Could we, perhaps, expect UnSub to taunt his victims or send veiled threats to potential witnesses against him?

Just kind of thinking out loud here, you understand. Purely a matter of abstract speculation, perhaps of interest to the BSU analysts at Quantico only as an exercise in psychological theory.

Maybe the BSU analysts could factor in some other variables. Say, for instance, if UnSub liked to brag about his connection to law enforcement officials, or exhibited the kind of sadistic personality that would brag about using martial arts to inflict pain on a woman.

Do you think FBI criminal profiling specialists would be interested to learn that UnSub had previously engaged in behavior “disturbing enough to result in a court-ordered psychiatric evaluation“?

The web is starting to close, to those associated I say again: States evidence NOW!

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