One of the less famous members of Team Kimberlin is Neal Rauhauser. Sometime around 2010, Kimberlin brought Rauhauser on board as his IT guy/hacker. While Rauhauser has an interesting set of social engineering skills, he’ just barely adequate at IT. This post from nine years ago today mocked #NealRauhauser, Natxec Editor, an his inflated claims of influence.
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Stacy McCain has a post up about Neal Rauhauser’s claim that
… policy intel for 700+ Congressional staffers runs through a system I built and I back up the natsec editor. I hear stuff average bear does not.
If you read down to the UPDATE, you see that the system he is probably talking about is a blog called Progressive Congress News. To find out what Progressive Congress News really is click here. A bit of fisking is in order.
… system I built … probably means that he did some coding. The link above says that
Progressive Congress News utilizes existing online tools, as well as internally-developed software, to create an aggregated news feed for Congressional staff, activists, and politically-engaged citizens.
Sounds like a left-wing RSS feed or some such.
… back up the natsec editor … probably means that when the real guy went on vacation that they let Mr. Rauhauser post something.
I hear stuff average bear does not. They have meds for that.
This guy is truly a legend in his own mind.
UPDATE–I’m beginning to see tweets and posts interpreting this as Neal Rauhauser claiming to have access to national security information. I sincerely doubt that would be true. Even to have access to a federal government non-classified computer system requires a background check that I doubt Mr. Rauhauser could pass. If 20 % of the stuff I read about his background is true, a check for access to classified information would quickly turn up items that would possibly result in his immediate arrest. If he is being given access without a clearance, someone is risking a long time in jail. If Mr. Rauhauser is claiming access to classified information, I hereby award that claim a genuine Paul Klipsch lapel button.
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BTW, the idea of using pro se litigation to go after Team Kimberlin’s enemies was Rauhauser’s idea, probably the worst he inflicted on them.