In February, 2010, Bill Clinton called for attacks upon leaders of the Tea Party movement. Breitbart’s Big Government site reported:
“Big Government has learned that Clintonistas are plotting a “push/pull” strategy. They plan to identify 7-8 national figures active in the tea party movement and engage in deep opposition research on them. If possible, they will identify one or two they can perhaps ‘turn’, either with money or threats, to create a mole in the movement. The others will be subjected to a full-on smear campaign.”
The article goes on further to say:
“As the Clinton’s know, ‘politics ain’t beanbag.’ Expect the counterattack soon. Don’t say you haven’t been warned.”
In August, 2009, Umair Haque published an article in Harvard Business Review, “The 10 Rules of 5G Warfare.” The article is written as an open letter to Obama, detailing tactis for using all media, but especially social media, in a new form of warfare to ensure the political destruction of the other side. (Special thanks to @TalulahStarr for locating this information for us.) The article is brief and worth reading.
Now this strategy is being utilized against less prominent, but still well-known, rank and file members of the movement toward smaller, less intrusive government. The strategy involves personal smears, harassment, and outright threats of harm to dissenters and their families. The evidence is compelling and overwhelming.
The initial phase of the investigation was reported in “Enemies Lists Being Created on Twitter.”
Nexus Of The Strategy
Meet Neal Rauhauser, (pictured on the left) a Founder of Progressive PST (PPST). Rauhauser is a Community Organizer, a network manager with Cisco ratings, a political activist, a radical environmentalist, an extreme-leftist blogger and on Twitter as @StrandedWind, @NealRauhauser, and formerly as @WingNutWatch, a now defunct account which was detailed in the prior investigation. Rauhauser admitted on DailyKOS he had created this account. KosAdmission
Beth Becker is a co-founder of PPST and on Twitter as @SpedWhyBabs, @BethABecker and @RealSped. Beth quotes on her site that she attended “Netroots Nation 09, where the ‘Blog Workers Industrial Union’ and ‘Progressive PST’ were born.”
Their company twitter account is @ProgressivePST.
Rauhauser recently wrote that the entire Republican Party, the Koch brothers, everyone with Citizens United and each person with the Tea Party are all racists who want “economic ethnic-cleansing in Arizona’s District 05.” Rauhauser’s rationale for such a statement is “SB1070 and the ugly mood in Arizona overall, but I really think that was the ‘in-district calculus.’” He actually used the term “in-district calculus,” while blaming others for controlling society. This seems to reveal a cold and calculating desire to win, regardless of consequences.
One might think that Rauhauser’s above hateful rhetoric is a rarity, that is, until one examines the rest of the evidence and the associations that have come to light with the “volunteer group of social activists” and those that appear to be paid to harass and threaten private citizens.
Rauhauser is known in the blogosphere as “StrandedWind”— an implication that “wind energy” is being laid to waste by a lack of investment into wind-mill development —an inefficient technology from the Dark Ages. He is a writer for the DailyKOS.com, who lets their writers use pseudonyms and be anonymous, thus removing the standards of responsible public speech. He also appears on the TheOilDrum.com and the CuttingEdgeNews.com.
He is member of the radical-left’s blogger campaign, Net Roots an organization with the goal to unite and fight for socialized platforms and to unionize bloggers. Apparently, in their collective mind having a union boss will somehow bolster free speech. Rauhauser was featured as a speaker at their meeting last spring which was supported by DailyKOS.
After having been a radical blogger for several years, Rauhauser realized that he may have been only spinning his tires in the mud (or stranding his wind energy without a mill) so he helped found Progressive PST in 2009.
According to its website, “Progressive PST was created by progressives, for progressives. We have developed a set of proprietary tools to create the strongest possible online presence for progressive candidates and causes.”
PPST according to its site is assisting campaigns with, “TOOLS that are active 24/7 delivering (Democrat’s) message to select Twitter audiences in novel ways” [emphasis added] and further goes on to say they use “The ability to have campaign volunteers engage others on Twitter with prescripted messaging, allowing the campaign to maintain strict message control.” [Emphasis added.]
These volunteers, “discreetly monitor likely voter conversations,” and do so on behalf of the candidates they represent while “coordinating efforts across social media platforms” in conjunction with a campaign’s strategy.
Some of the testimonials on the site include:
“Progressive PST rustled up volunteers and donors for Maine’s ‘No on 1′ campaign with equal parts ease and speed. The campaign was, frankly, floored by the support it got from the online community, and Progressive PST is sure to be an influential force in future campaigns around the country. Excellent work!” exclaims Bill Harnsberger, Core Writer for the Daily Kos & Activist, on PPST’s site.
Lainey Edmisten, Campaign Manager for Democrat Billy Kennedy states, “Progressive PST was just the social media firm we needed at the just the right price.”
Monitoring of tweets coming from the @StrandedWind Twitter account revealed that at least some of Rauhauser’s activities on Twitter have been legitimate coordination of messaging and blogging to further PPST’s clients’ interests. However, there was also a great deal of activity that appears to amount to nothing more than cyber-thuggery. The connections between the intimidation tactics of the @WingnutWatch account and Rauhauser are already conclusively proved. Again, it is by his own admission that information is available showing that he set up the account to intimidate other users of social media.
Rauhauser appears to be the leader of a group of E-Thugs using social media to harass, threaten, provoke, disparage, intimidate, verbally assault with hate-speech and berate anyone (and their children) on Twitter who is not in agreement with the progressive left’s collective thought pattern. The question is: Are they acting on the instructions of any of the clients listed below?
While presenting himself to be acting on behalf of the listed Democrat candidates, Neal Rauhauser appears to have enlisted a squalid group of anonymous twitter users as a means to attack the tea party and conservatives alike — even if not posting anything relative to Rauhauser’s list of clients.
At this point the reader should be warned that any further clicks on links will expose them to extremely graphic language. The individuals involved are obsessed with masturbation, pedophilia, excretory functions, violent threats, racism, religious bigotry, and complete disregard for social norms in general. In fact, some of these individuals, in fact, appear to be sociopathic. They have a penchant for exposing personal information about their targets and misrepresenting any partially factual information that they might have. In other words, libel, slander, and defamation are the norms with this group of social misfits.
Please take a few minutes to look at this collection of screen shots that has been amassed. The reader can click on and enlarge the screen shots. Also dragging while clicking can be used to scroll up and down in the long lists of members of these groups. Take the time to note the conversations between these various characters and Rauhauser’s two accounts in question, @StrandedWind and @WingnutWatch. Note how he offers to provide payment for services to these persons.
By no means is this the extent of the documentation and evidence assembled in our investigation. We have cached all web pages referred to in links, cached entire sites if they should be taken down, and cached the last 30 days of tweets from each one of the members of the “Legumes of Mass Destruction” list assembled by Rauhauser. If our information is disputed, we will be more than able to provide additional proof of these outrageous acts.
In a recent article, Rauhauser says his children and family have been threatened as result of the extreme, racist “tea-baggers” and conservatives. Note the haphazard use of a pornographic term to describe those with whom he disagrees. However, even though he has been asked for proof of this threat, he refuses to provide it. We offered repeatedly to assist in taking proper action if an actual threat had occurred. He went so far as to tie the unamed individual to one of the authors by stating he had “received a threat from one @GregWHoward’s associates.” However, he has not proved the actual threat, nor has he proved any association. We suspect that the only association involved would be the follow/follower Twitter relationship that exists between the author and over 14,000 individuals using Twitter.
As a matter of fact, Rauhauser may have cried wolf in his latest (and seemingly last) article because he was aware that an article of this nature was being prepared. This band of e-thugs has literally incited the masses on twitter, threatened violence, rape and pedophilia. They have employed heated racism, religious bigotry, intimidated private citizens by exposing personal information (a tactic learned by KOS and Alaskan bloggers via the meteoric rise of Sarah Palin), which is now apparently being used by desperate Democrats in losing campaigns as a last resort. They cannot stick to issues because their issues are losers.
So Rauhauser looks like he’s employing the age-old tactic of pointing a finger at others before being exposed. Note the last paragraph in his article: he is still apparently trying to intimidate others by saying he has underground connections through his ex wife in Iowa, who “knows cops” that he recently contacted. Also note that he has yet to provide proof of any legitimate threat — no names, no dates, no screen shots. Again, to date, we have seen no threat, credible or otherwise, directed at Rauhauser or his family, while we have a great many threats collected in cached pages and screen shots directed at private citizen users of Twitter’s service.
It should be noted that Rauhauser, while serving in his capacity to handle the above campaigns “social media needs,” also listed @TeaPartyTracker and appeared to follow them very closely. Apparently, part of his own agenda intertwined with his goal to get progressives elected, appears to be to incite and provoke others to react negatively so that the NAACP funded “discreet monitor of the Tea Party on social-media” could document their reactions to Rauhauser’s associates’ vile assaults.
Based upon this evidence, Rauhauser appears to not only endorse, but use extreme tactics against normal, every day users of social media in order to effect his goals, with no regard for any societal norms of behavior.
According to PPST’s web site, these campaigns hired Rauhauser and PPST to represent them. Rauhauser is shown in the evidence to offer to pay these cyberthugs for their “services.” Is this what the candidates intended to be done with the hard-earned money of their contributors when they hired Rauhauser? We have repeatedly asked the David Cozad campaign to either endorse or deny affirmatively their involvement in this street level thuggery. Thus far, we have received no response.
Any person who has evidence to contradict any of the foregoing is urged to provide that to us. Otherwise, we let this article and the supporting evidence stand on its own merits.
According to the PPST site client page, the following are listed as clients and have hired Neal Rauhauser’s company to represent their message and to handle their social-media interests:
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Rodney Glassman Candidate For Senate, AZ
David Cozad Candidate For TX-06
Billy Kennedy Candidate For NC-05
Lois Herr Candidate For PA-16
Hank Gilbert Candidate For TX Agriculture Commissioner
Brett Carter Candidate For TN-06
Lance Enderle Candidate For MI-08
Scott McAdams Candidate For Senate, AK
Manan Trivedi Candidate For PA-06
John Bottoroff Candidate For IN-09
Ryan Bucchianeri Candidate For PA-12
Joe Hoeffel Candidate For Governor, PA
Connie Saltonstall Candidate For MI-01