Pandora's Box is wide open, and truth is flying out everywhere.
What opened Pandora's Box?
Bajardi v Pincus. A mother-lode of information about how the behind-the-scenes anti-Zimmer political operation works has been, literally, dumped into the public domain.
Players may vary, but the machinery continues to this day. So, as much prurient interest exists about what's in the Bajardi documents, they serve an important purpose. The Bajardi documents reveal the inner workings of the massive, serious effort to influence public opinion on matters of public interest and effect election outcomes in Hoboken. The goal: elect Beth Mason and her allies, 'destroy' Zimmer and her allies- including bloggers. The lawsuit to silence Brice, myself, and chill Reform's online political discourse was an audacious, costly political operation discussed for years, and finally implemented. (Tom Bertoli's deposition pointed the finger at Mason's "business partner" James Barracato as threatening for years we were "gonna get sued".)
Props again to Donald Scarinci for recognizing our fight was a "defense" of free internet speech.
On that note, every peek behind the curtain confirms the truth what many of us believed was going on at Hoboken411.com. On October 10, 2010, Perry Klaussen asks Lane Bajardi:
"...would you be interested in a few new screen names? Maybe three in favor (3) and one (1) that in sort of on the fence?"That's what was going on. Orchestrated debates among multiple screen names intended to influence public opinion on matters of public interest and effect election outcomes: the stuff political operatives do.
Yes, that's the birth of Lane Bajardi's Hoboken411.com screen name "4th Ward Guardian".
Here for your reading displeasure is a collection of "4th Ward Guardian" posts on Hoboken411, (as of December 18, 2014):
Hoboken 411's political battlefield was stocked with an ever-expanding army of screen names for dispatching "anti-Lane and Perry people" whom they call "enemies." (Of course, one needs to identify the names of their "enemies;"that's for another day.)
In a May 3, 2011 email, Lane Bajardi writes to Klaussen:
"As I figured, the anti-Lane and Perry people (HoneyDew, and there will be more) are looking to cause trouble on the tow yard site. My guess is HoneyDew is one of our major enemies hiding in plain view.Klaussen grants Bajardi's request, and gives him a new screen name: Mark on Park.
If 4th Ward Guardian starts taking the lead role on this thread that name will be useless because it willbecome obvious it's me. xyzpdq is a non-political poster who generally doesn't weigh in much on politicsand has always led people to believe he/she lives "in the center of town" either in the 3rd or 6th.
Can I get a screen name just for this thread? Does a thread-specific name like "StopTheTowYard" make sense? This screen name would only be for the Tow Yard, and once that story goes away would not return.
There are plenty of take-aways from these exchanges (and many, many more in the 9,000 emails between Klaussen and Bajardi produced in discovery, which were filed as exhibits in my MSJ.)
We see an orchestrated effort to manipulate public opinion through manufactured debate; this is the definition of political propaganda. We see screen names manufactured for specific threads on specific topics to fight "enemies" that "cause trouble." We understand that "enemies" have political opinions and discourse unacceptable to Klaussen and Bajardi. We see Bajardi simply has to ask for a new screen name and Klaussen creates one. We see Hoboken411.com's behind-the-scenes propaganda machine at work in 2010 and 2011: churning out screen names to attack political enemies for an author too cowardly to do so under his own name- my opinion.
What did you say? A little louder, please.
Yeah, right. Tell that to Pandora.