Intimidation is, perhaps the last, desperate act of the intellectually inferior. I turn, once again, to Stacy McCain, blogging about the deplorable tactics of one Neal Rauhauser
Neal Rauhauser has attacked his enemies with a “lawfare” strategy similar to the methods his client, Brett Kimberlin, used to get blogger Aaron Walker arrested last month. Last year, Rauhauser filed a spurious criminal complaint against an Alabama man whom he accused of “inciting people to find and harm me.”
Rauhauser last year joined forces with Kimberlin’s 501(c) tax-exempt non-profit Velvet Revolution and has evidently been engaged in a relentless Internet-based effort aimed at critics of Kimberlin, a convicted felon notorious as Indiana’s “Speedway Bomber.”
In 2010, Rauhauser was involved in a scandal known as “TwitterGate.”Using a Twitter account called @WingNutWatch, Rauhauser was accused of having “organized a group of E-Thugs meant to harass, threaten, provoke, disparage, intimidate, verbally assault, berate & employ hate-speech against those not in agreement with his brand of politics,” to cite blogger Patrick Read’s September 2010 description.
One of the primary targets of the TwitterGate harassment — by a group of Twitter accounts Rauhauser called his ”beandog militia” — was an Alabama resident named Greg W. Howard. A Marine veteran and financial advisor who is also a political blogger, Howard is a popular Tea Party activist on Twitter, where his account has more than 20,000 followers. As part of an apparently orchestrated campaign of provocation, a series of vicious and obscene messages were directed at Howard in 2010. (Warning: Extremely graphic language.)
Several words come to mind upon reading this garbage. Cowardly is one, thuggish is another, as well as despicable, evil, and maybe most of all threatening. Rauhauser, not being as smart as he thought, was exposed, and, like a true Leftist, immediately went into “victim mode”, as Stacy points out here
On Aug. 31, 2010, the same day he declared his intent to go after “right wing cells,” Rauhauser created a sock-puppet account he called “WingNutWatch,” which then acted as a sort of Twitter ringleader for the effort he described. It took less than a month, however, for Greg Howard, Patrick Read and @ZapEm to document the malicious actions of Rauhauser and his “beandogs,” resulting in the “WingNutWatch” account being shut down by Twitter.
Rather than acknowledging his responsibility for the episode that soon became known as TwitterGate, Rauhauser claimed to be the victim of a right-wing conspiracy, and began plotting revenge against those who had exposed his activities. In August 2011, shortly after Rauhauser moved to Washington, D.C., and joined forces with Kimberlin’s Velvet Revolution, he sent the following complaint against Greg W. Howard to the Alabama state attorney general’s office:
Over the last eleven months, a man named Greg W. Howard, of Headland, Alabama, has constantly menaced me via the Internet. He has, in a verifiable fashion, done the following:
Published information to the effect that he knows where my ex-wife and children live, encouraging his tens of thousands of followers on Twitter to attack them in some fashion.
Published a list of my consulting customers, incited his followers to interfere with my business, and this has happened in a documented fashion on several occasions.
Appeared on a blogtalk radio show run by domestic extremist Sharon Meroni, in my home state of Illinois, inciting people to find and harm me, to interfere with my business, and so forth.
Published many sorts of libel about me, which are visible on http://scribd.com/nrauhauser, and this includes having incited Robert Stacy McCain, a man characterized by the Southern Poverty Law Center as an extremist and member of League of the South, to repeat his smears.
Incited Joe Ballard, a resident of Catawba, SC, to make a credible threat against me, which was investigated by the FBI hate crimes group in October of 2010.
He is careful that no individual crosses the line from menace to actual threat. I hope that the AG’s office will consider the frequency and duration of his conduct, as well as the fact that he successfully incited one well documented threat, and investigate more fully. There are literally dozens of victims with stories similar to mine.
This is a sick game only the lowest of the low would play. Again, this proves my warning to anyone who has a blog and intends to cover this type of thing. You can believe, with all your heart that when the left uses the term “by any means necessary”, they mean it! For Rauhauser and his ilk, it would seem that threatening people’s children is not beyond their sick minds. Nor is seeking to use “lawfare” to silence those they disagree with. So, be warned, if you are a Conservative blogger, or even a Liberal blogger be aware of what running afoul of these miscreants means. It means you might become a target of their wrath. Of course, if you, or I or any of us allow ourselves to be bullied into silence, well, then, the bullies will have won. To me, that is simply an unacceptable outcome.
Be sure to go read more of Stacy’s post
Update! Apparently Neal Rauhauser is either a SUPER SPY! Or he is just a paranoid douche nozzle. Stacy has the details, you make the call.