Mobbing and the Martha Mitchell effect: When defamation in the neighborhood violates due process in the courtroom (part 1)

In 1974, Martha Mitchell, estranged wife of President Nixon’s attorney general John Mitchell, sat with David Frost to talk about Watergate on the BBC.

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A characteristic image by the Associated Press of Martha Mitchell, lampooned as “mouth of the south” as she blew a whistle few heard in the earliest days of the Watergate scandal

 

“The whole thing is incredible,” Mitchell exclaimed. “It’s like reading a James Bond novel. You can’t believe it. I can’t believe what’s happened to me.” (“Martha Mitchell speaks out about Nixon, Watergate,” in BBC News, http://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-us-canada-18436516/martha-mitchell-speaks-out-about-nixon-watergate)

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News flash: “House flippers triggered the US housing market crash, not poor subprime borrowers”

I may need another day or two to finish off the promised piece on how mobbing can undermine the due process rights of victims who wind up defending themselves in court. But in addition to the blog entry I posted today on tactics that could have been used in the “sonic attack” of American diplomats in Cuba, I wanted to get this article out that the San Francisco Tenants’ Union was kind enough to share on Twitter.

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“House flippers triggered the US housing market crash, not poor subprime borrowers” (https://qz.com/1064061/house-flippers-triggered-the-us-housing-market-crash-not-poor-subprime-borrowers-a-new-study-shows/) shouldn’t come as a surprise to any who’ve observed the appalling greed and unsavory practices of real estate speculators in the aggressive pursuit of property. In a nutshell, Gwynn Guilford’s piece elaborates on “a new NBER working paper arguing that it was wealthy or middle-class house-flipping speculators who blew up the bubble to cataclysmic proportions, and then wrecked local housing markets when they defaulted en masse.” As cited in the article, “the rise in mortgage delinquencies is virtually exclusively accounted for by real estate investors.”

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Was the sonic attack of US diplomats in Cuba a drone or “neighbor” attack?

As crime begins to incorporate digital components, presence is increasingly severed from criminal act and crime scene. The portability and affordability of the microprocessor, emblematic in the Raspberry Pi, combine with apps, the smartphone, the stick, the dongle and now the drone, to make the remoting of malicious activity tantalizingly easy. It is as though crime becomes headless; acts without state of mind that are denied by the perpetrator who can flatly and honestly say, “Not me. I wasn’t there.”

In crimes such as these, what meaning can we take from the report of an eyewitness who sees the accused depart the scene? How does the legal concept of alibi change when motion detection, radar and biometric systems are chained together to create complex systems of crime? Between the proliferation of botnets, the distribution channels for malware, tracking by hardware and software, and sensor technology, crime is transforming from an act to a system.

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Mobbing in the San Francisco Bay Area

Last night I left the house late for a drive. I avoided the impulse to head east to the Berkeley Hills, along Grizzly Peak and out to Wildcat Canyon, opting instead for a drive over the windy bridges of the Bay. It was late enough on Saturday night so that 80 West was open, and so too were the toll booths, where even without FasTrak, I would have quickly passed onto the new span of the Bay Bridge. It was a hot day yesterday, upwards of 90 inland and about 80 closer to the mudflats, in the neighborhoods of Berkeley that stretch along the highway where the wild turkeys travel. Even before I rolled onto the Bay Bridge, the wind cut through the ever-present sound of the mobbers’ verbal abuse.

This consistent amelioration of the mobbing harassment in conditions of wind is what led me early on to conclude that radio waves and air transmission figured prominently in the mobbing harassment, and those references I’ve found online to harassment such as I’ve endured as a result of a real estate mobbing in my Seattle neighborhood have tended to describe modes of delivery that involve transmission over the air, radios of varying bands, and antennas onto different kinds of speakers or surfaces that are conductive or otherwise act as speakers.

I drove over the Bay Bridge, passing the exit I usually take to work and finding my way over to Van Ness and to the route to the Golden Gate Bridge. The lights of the Golden Gate reflected through a misty cloud cover under the nighttime sky and as my small car rolled along the deck between the suspension cables it was as close to silence as I have gotten during the real estate mobbing of these last years.

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Lock down wireless access points with IoT protection

This weekend I’m in Seattle, and today I learned something new. I had realized that the verbal abuse that is the primary component of “surround-sound” real estate mobbing, at least that ordered up by the nasty neighborhood watch of NE Seattle and its speculator friends, takes advantage of speakers at the cashier’s stand. But it didn’t occur to me that the volume of those speakers could be controlled by customers.

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Next up: Put mobbers out of business by treating access points as IoT devices

I meant to get a blog on securing access points in commercial buildings done tonight, but this weekend I’m once again in Seattle, trying to catch up on gardening, maintaining the house that some scumbag speculators are trying to harass me out of, caring for my cat, and trying to enjoy this home for which I’ve had to sacrifice so much.

Anyway, the next blog is about securing those pesky access points and speaker-enabled access points to keep hackers and mobbers off of them. No promises on efficacy; I’m no network security expert, but I’ve learned a bit these last years and from time to time have a few ideas.

Stay tuned.

Mobbing: Mobility harassment (part 2), Harassment that begins at home

Real estate mobbing, as it is practiced in my own northeastern neighborhood of Seattle where the tricks are dirty and real estate speculators run free, is stalking with the intent to drive legal residents from their homes and turn them over for speculation. When a crime is committed to turn over a property, and when the goal is to punish the victim into keeping his or her mouth shut, mobbers stalk everywhere they can, and using every device.

Mobbing may begin at home, but it is mobility harassment that follows the victim everywhere, online and off. The strategy behind mobbing appears to be to make the victim believe that she is continually being watched, until she is terrorized to the point where she flees. Because the big bad wolf chasing her is not visible to authorities, a mobbing victim who reports is easily dismissed as paranoid or mentally unstable.

Mobbing is a real estate scam. It’s the kind of wet dream that a racketeering ring of lot-seeking real estate speculators would come up with. It’s the kind of crime in which the nasty and the greedy violate their neighbors’ civil and human rights, indemnifying themselves against their crimes by using defamation of their victims. The scum who pursue mobbing, this crime I’ve called a hoax inside a con inside a scam, use a kitchen sink of methods old and new, combining the techniques of surveillance with those of cyber-thugs, wreaking havoc in the lives of their victims as they straddle the physical and virtual worlds.

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Mobbing: Mobility harassment

A lot has been going on in the last few months and I haven’t had much of a chance to write. A contract that allowed me to work remotely from Seattle ended, and I’ve started a commitment working for a firm in San Francisco, much of the time onsite. As I have often done in the past, I’m staying in the San Francisco East Bay, as I mentioned in my last post How to catch an IMSI catcher, near the Albany-Berkeley border. The mobbing harassment continues to move with me, adapting and changing with the environment, but there are some notable differences.

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How to catch an IMSI catcher

I have a theory. If scumbag speculators indeed use drones with IMSI catchers, or IMSI catchers at all, to intercept victim phone calls, and perhaps even to cross those phone calls with “calls” of verbal abuse, how can we catch them?

What better way to catch an IMSI catcher than with anther IMSI catcher? Maybe there’s a use for police stingrays after all. An IMSI catcher, being a man-in-the-middle attack, intercepts calls by having greater proximity to the victim cellular phone than does the satellite (Ask Hackaday: Stopping the Stingray, http://hackaday.com/2014/12/23/ask-hackaday-stopping-the-stingray/). It intercepts the call but must handle it by connecting it to service. Maybe a bigger fish like a stingray can intercept an IMSI catcher. Perhaps a stingray with the right technology can intercept a satellite phone that makes it easy for criminals like real estate mobbers to hide their identity while they phreak your smart phone.

Both in northeast Seattle over the waters of Lake Washington, and near the Albany-Berkeley border in the East Bay where I have been staying as I work a new contract in San Francisco, I see lit objects hovering in the night sky, objects that appear to be a few drones scattered around. IMSI catchers are an invaluable tool for rogue drones whose purpose is surveillance, hacking, and harassment, using methods that are not well known or even recognized by their victims or by local police.

In the Bay Area there is greater concern about privacy invasions. Perhaps if suspicion on the part of East Bay denizens doesn’t lead to investigation into drones that hover over residential neighborhoods night after night, the scumbag speculators who harass people out of their homes by combining cell phone “mobbing” (bullying) with the methods of dirty private investigators (parabolic loudspeakers or LRADs), will be caught in the net of larger prey, maybe even a stingray. And if not an IMSI catcher, in lieu of drone radar and transponders, perhaps police forces that use drones should make a point of intercepting and photographing unknown drones to begin to study how they are being equipped, modified and used, and how they are becoming involved in digital crimes.

Perhaps it’s time that investigators like the FBI beat the mobbers at their own game.

$5,000 for turning in the Seattle real estate mobbers

TenantHarassment.com is offering a $5,000 reward for the real estate mobbers or “tenant relocators” who continue in their attempt to harass the author of this blog out of her home in northeast Seattle in order to force its sale to real estate speculators. The reward will likely be matched and will be given for the arrest and prosecution of the mobbers themselves, or those in the neighborhood watch or in business with them who were instrumental in installing the mobbers in the houses around the author of this blog. This is a serial crime and there may be a circle of people who “clear” residents for developers or for their own ventures, so it’s possible that if you’ve experienced something similar or heard of something similar, that some of the same people may be involved.

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