This part deals with some of my online activities which were not done under my own name.
I’ve been banned or left in endless moderation on some birther web sites when I posted under my own name or as Dr. Conspiracy. I rarely used other identities, but there were a few exceptions.
Probably the first was “Malcolm” or “Malcolm Fredrickson.” I knew a fellow named “Malcolm” in college, and “Fredrickson” just sounded like a name of a white guy. Malcolm primarily appeared at Orly Taitz’s site, and posted low-key comments. My favorite was from 2012 posted here:
Frankly, I thought the LA Times article was pretty crummy. It was mostly warmed over stuff from the Associated Press. Fair and accurate reporting is more than finding two people to say the opposite thing, it involves finding the truth and then reporting it.
They say “Joe Arpaio embraced the widely debunked contention that President Obama was born outside the U.S.” Debunked by whom, how and when? I can go to somebody’s blog to get news as authoritative as that.
I wonder whose blog that would be? 😉 Note the double meaning. I also used one other sock puppet at Orly’s site, Carmen Montoya. She was a more supportive fan girl of Taitz. I used Carmen when I was traveling in Central and South America so that the IP address would appear to be that of an authentic person with a Latino surname.
While I have been free to post at Birther Report for quite a while, it was not always so. I did a lot of work untangling sock puppets at Birther Report (one birther posted at BR under as many as 100 sock puppets, using names such as “julio schwartz” at BR, “redd” at Repubx, “greg” at the Post & Email and “Judy” at Orly Taitz Esq.). There were many accusations that certain individuals were sock puppets at BR. No one suspected mine: “ZuluBravoTango” (a name with no significance except a vague military sound to it). After I got banned at BR in the Fall of 2015, I cranked my earlier experiment back up, and was stunned when Sharon Rondeau of the Post & Email made one of my comments the lead for a feature article! I couldn’t stop laughing.
My first “front” web site is one I disclosed before: obots.org. To my knowledge, no one figured that out before I disclosed it here on this blog in February of 2012. Follow the preceding link for details on what Obot1 represented and why that site.
OARPA (Obot Advanced Research Projects Administration) is the technical arm of the anti-birther movement, developing and employing advanced technical means to expose, disrupt and counter the subversive birther movement that threatens to drag American into an unending flame war on the Internet.
Sock puppet Montoya gets a shout out in this OARPA article.
The third is something that only a few people knew about: I am the author of the satirical Orly Taitz Super PAC web site. That is a site that I was very intentional about keeping anonymous. Orly even named it in a filing before the federal court in Mississippi! I hosted that site with a different company than hosts my other sites, and the domain registration was anonymous. I also used different CMS software than I use on my other sites. When I announced what I had done at a Fogbow meetup in Philadelphia, I could hear the gasps of surprise. That site exists today only on the Wayback Machine.
There are two other sites that I created, not anonymously. They are Gerbil Report™ (now departed) and Dr. Con’s Leftist Propaganda Blog. The former was sort of a spoof of Birther Report, and the latter was named for what BR commenter RamboIke liked to call this blog.
For further reading:
Rather than one massive article released on January 20, I thought I’d do a series and start it sooner. Frankly, I am still on the fence about publishing some of the material.