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Posted by Prepostericity, Oct 10 2009, 2:59AM - Link
Brad Friedman should be investigated. Anyone who does so will see why no one with any media gravitas takes anything coming out of his website seriously.
Maybe Mr. Freedom of Speech can explain why he has put a robots.txt block on the wayback machine for bradfriedman.com/BradBlog? Is it because embarrassing questions were posed to him concerning one of his earliest hoaxes, the Clint Curtis one?
Brad doesn't want the public to realise that he was a no-name until convicted bomber and drug smuggler Brett Kimberlin started supplying him with so-called whistleblowers. Brad claimed in a Time Magazine interview that he had heard of Brett's reward offer for info leading to an election fraud conviction, and then the two of them started Velvet Revolution. Uhm, that would have been two days later according to the whois information on velvetrevolution.us.
At the end of each of Brad's Sibel Edmonds story, he has begged the public for donations. Perhaps Brad can supply how much VR has raked in from gullible new agers concerned with electoral integrity. I know of one wealthy donor named Lori Grace, an heiress to the Oliver Grace Estate, who has donated to them. Perhaps Brett's wealthy Aunt Harriet Crosby has also relinquished a small fortune to VR?
Now I understand why my extensive expose on Brett Kimberlin was completely deleted from Democratic Underground. Brad has inside power at that forum. One can look into their 2004 archives and see how he was showcased as one of their bloggers. Excuse me? Now why would someone with no journalism training be highlighted like that? Was it to pave the way for when Brett would utilise Brad's public image later on in late 2004 to start raking in the bucks?
It is very true that sincere posters with questions about Sibel Edmonds or anything else pertaining to that tabloid blog will be treated like dirt. One of the last things Brad suggested to me during my last days as a BradBlogger was to dig up dirt on himself. You see, I had come up with startling information about the Director of the Election Science Institute tying him to an astroturfing chain running the gamut from promoting Republican Matt Damschroder, people like Bev Harris and Brad, to ironically people dissing folks like Bev and Brad, to even supporting Ron Paul and talking about psychological operations. Brad buried the story. I had even come up with proof that the Director's brother, I am pretty sure they are brothers, was one of the first assemblymen to sponsor a bill for new electronic voting technology after the 2000 Presidential vote debacle in Florida. The director named Steven Hertzberg had been accused by many in the electoral integrity community of whitewashing the 2004 Ohio results.
Anyway, it didn't take too long to uncover Brad's big achilles heel, that being the Speedway Bomber Brett Kimberlin. That name may sound familiar to folks. He's the one who claimed to have sold pot to Dan Quayle. It turns out that was even made up, just like Brett's claims that Michael Connell was fearful of his life due to Karl Rove. A common theme coming out of Brett Kimberlin Productions has been of the right winger turned whistleblower. Folks new to BradBlog can quickly see the deep holes in Sibel's story. Well, check into some of the other crapola coming out of BradBlog and VR over the years, and you can see a recurrent pattern. There is a solid reason why Brad's stuff never gets any play in the mainstream media. That is because it all appears to be nothing more than the work of confidence men.
Posted by Prepostericity, Oct 10 2009, 3:00AM - Link
Brad says he can't control what the posters at his blog write. Well, he has one moderator named Agent99 who blogs quite frequently at a place called Big Dan's Big Blog. One can check that place out and then easily verify that anti-semitic memes are being astroturfed. Over the years, sources have been presented linking them all to Willis Carto, Alex Jones, Michael Rivero and other dubious right wing propagandists.
A lot of crazy stuff has found its original mojo through Democratic Underground. There is a person named Tinoire who runs a place named Progressive Independent. That place is affiliated with Michael Rivero, one of the most widely known freeper conspiracy theorists on the net. Tinoire and her group would like folks to think they are left wing communists and socialists. Funny thing about that is that again, Tinoire has been a big supporter of Michael Rivero. Not only that, she registered Republican and voted for Ron Paul. Not only that, she said on the Ronald Reagan forum that she worked in military intelligence. Not only that, her forum has been affiliated with Velvet Revolution!
I recently came across proof of Rivero having had direct ties to McDonnell Douglas, the largest military contractor at the time. Fancy that.
One more tidbit, and then I'll stop there. Brad has a close friend named Larisa Alexandrovna who is editor of a place called Raw Story. A few years ago she said that acclaimed New Yorker journalist Mark Singer wet himself with his work exposing Brett Kimberlin. She said Brett had been exonerated and won a huge settlement. All lies. Brett Kimberlin has also been trying to portray himself as an ex-political prisoner. This is the guy who created Brad friedman. No Brett Kimberlin, and we'd all be asking Brad who.
Hmmm, I see the other thread here where Brad did a mea culpa concerning Joe Lauria. I can see why Brad is trying to get Joe's article tied to his efforts to establish credibility with his own part in this story. Brad's desperate to show credibility. I think the donations are drying up as more and more people uncover who he really is, and how Brett created him. Brad Friedman isn't a journalist, far from it. He is a tabloid brand. And finally, I would like to say that it is not just the one person here claiming different gadfly types get accused of being one and the same. Brad's moderator Agent99 does that a lot. So does Larisa Alexandrovna. Intrepid reporters should contact Lori Grace and other VR donors. They should find out how much that group has raked in over the years through their various confidence tricks. While Bev Harris took a lot of heat as being a "grifter," it appears that something even worse has been going on concerning Velvet Revolution. There have been no convictions due to electoral fraud because of whatever they do, and the Brett Kimberlin aspect is simply fascinating. That is the true story behind this, that of internet convolution. To repeat, if there was no Brett Kimberlin, then there would have been no BradBlog the way it is today. Brad was a nobody before him. All roads are leading to the Speedway Bomber, if one wishes to truly understand how Brad Friedman became a successful product.
And ok, one last point. It is highly doubtful that Brad is unaware of the anti-semitism coming from his moderator. So why does he still allow her to moderate his den of sensationalism? I also went through Brad's archives trying to figure out why and when she was granted the position. I see nothing. She simply seems to have appeared and become part and parcel of BradBlog. Why is BradBlog moderated by someone with close ties to Jew haters? Now there is some FBI dude and that CIA dude being added on as "proving" the credibility of the Sibel Edmonds piece. I don't have any paystubs to prove it, but my gut is telling me a lot of this stuff goes beyond simply grifting.
Speedway Bomber wrote:It is important that I was a political prisoner but not the facts that are behind it. My status gave me the grist to the mill to come up with a lot of the feeling and emotion within the music. I am ravidly anti-Republican here in America - I am a hardcore liberal and they just don't like me. I helped to elect Bill Clinton and had to deal with scandal and they (the authorities) did everything they could to screw me around and they threw me in jail. They did everything they could to get me in jail, I was on parole for an old charge and they revoked my parole.
These guys haven't been through any angst. I have been tortured, abused and I have had my liberty taken away, all because of speech. When I scream or sing or yell I am being real and this is what distinguishes our band. The lyrics are really intelligent you can take them on dual levels. So many bands talk about shagging chicks in high school, but there is a lot of autobiographical stuff on there.
Front man Brett Kimberlin has an interesting story. Exercising his First Amendment rights to speech and political activity, Kimberlin, without a trial, was hauled off to federal prison after being targeted by right-wingers who wanted to punish him for being a musician, writing a book and speaking out about politics.
Spending every waking minute in prison (and there were plenty of them) writing songs, he started a prison band, a band that became hugely popular with the incarcerated....
When Pollen Records released Epoxy's debut album, 'Nothing Else', front man Brett Kimberlin figured he'd seen the worst of what the government calls "free speech". After exercising his right, he was unceremoniously hauled off into prison and targeted by right wingers; punished for being who he was - a musician, a writer and someone who actively spoke out against injustice. When Brett submitted his first music video to conglomerates MTV, he once again faced the bitter taste of censorship. And like countless times before, Kimberlin is taking action into his own hands - setting into motion the plan to "educate, organize and activate".
5. Your views and political stance landed you time in prison - Did your views and/or ideas change because of the time you spent in prison?
My views about justice only got stronger in prison. I got to see and feel injustice first hand and spent a lot of time fighting for the rights of prisoners who were uneducated or from foreign countries. I have kept it up since being released, spending a great deal of resources on civil rights and liberties.
6. Many groups and organizations took up your cause and rallied for your release, did this surprise you and how did the media pick up your story?
My case is very convoluted but in essence, I was punished for exercising my First Amendment right to speech. Fortunately, many enlightened people came to my defense, along with the American Civil Liberties Union, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, and that is why my band is donating a portion of each sale to those groups. It did not really surprise because the actions of the American Government were so blatant and therefore it was hard to ignore. What does surprise me is that so many people did and do not care what happened to me. My feeling is that if people don't stand up to government sponsored injustice, it will only get worse.
How does advocating the genocide of all Israelis help the Palestinian cause? It only reinforces the idea that Israel should expand and create as big a buffer as possible between itself and the surrounding Arab states. I think this is similar to how the Agent99, Big Dan, Plunger crap also ends up serving the interests of the fascist elements in Israel. Look at how Sept. 11th gave GW and Cheney the political whatchamacallit to start illegal wars and exponentially increase the spy industry.
These people act as if they are the Palestinians' best friends, but they are their worst enemies. This type of stuff could lead one to go tinfoil and wonder if they are actually part of the Mossad.
posted by Rob: The time has come to give up hope on the future of what was called Israel. Hopefully, its end will come quickly and those who were responsible for it, possibly the dumbest idea in the history of history, should go down with the ship. The key will be that when Iran hits, they do it quickly and the rest of the Arab and surrounding states join in and make sure they do not ever come back. Bomb them and keep bombing them until there are no visible signs of life.
TreeTop007 wrote:A Jew traitor(Ben-Ami Kadish)...
Brad wrote:TreeTop007 - "Jew traitor"? Lovely. So in addition to being an unbelievable homophobe (see TT7's obnoxious comment thread beginning here) and teabagger, you're also an anti-Semite? Folks like you never fail to amaze. That's some good hatin' there, chief.
Doug wrote:If someone objects to the racist, apartheid policies of the Jewish State, they are labeled "anti-semitic". If someone notices and mentions discrepancies in the official Holocaust ™ story, such as how the sacred "6 million" number hasn't changed, despite the reduction in Auschwitz official numbers from 4 million to 1-1.5 million, they are labeled "anti-semitic". If someone notices that our supposed friends in the Jewish State are heavily involved in espionage against us and sell our military secrets to China, they are labeled "anti-semitic".
So, tell me, what's so wrong with being labeled "anti-semitic"? Sounds like it is a badge of honor in recognition of one's morality and ability to see the obvious.
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