Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Public Bankster - Part XIII: Gwendolyn Hallsmith Solicits a Crime!

A friend of this blog forwarded disturbing Twitter posts by a would be public official, the Executive Director of the California based Public Banking Institute and unregistered lobbyist for a small group calling itself Vermonters for a New Economy, Gwen Hallsmith, who is also an erstwhile Montpelier, VT city employee who'd been fired from her previous public position over what has been loosely described as her inability to play well with others.

It seems that now she's soliciting openly, via Twitter and her Facebook page, for hackers. Exactly who it is that she'd want hacked isn't made entirely clear. During the past year she's tangled with Montpelier's mayor, city council, city clerk and the Finance Committee of the Vermont Senate, so there's no shortage of targets for her intended crime. Certainly I've been a critic of her loopy ideas and misrepresentations. And surely the targets of her lawsuit against various Montpelier city officials should take note of her proposed criminal enterprise since it goes to the whole character issue which seems to be the very heart of Hallsmith's shortcomings.

First she posted these two Tweets,
"Hackers wanted for troll expedition. Cash bounty for documentation. Secure contact only - send details. It's a race! fb.me/6SMCzpSrL
10:57pm - 29 Jul 14

And, shortly followed by...

"Hackers wanted for troll expedition. Cash reward paid for documentation. Secure contact only - send details. It's a …"lnkd.in/dvZReYA 11:02pm - 29 Jul 14
Oh, my!

Doesn't the failed Montpelier 2014 mayoral candidate and inept architect of a supposed public banking scheme know that it's a crime to solicit, especially for hire, others to commit a crime at her behest? Hackers go to jail and do real time. So do those who hire them.

Vermont statutes pertaining to computer crimes are here:
Title 13: Crimes and Criminal Procedure
Chapter 87: COMPUTER CRIMES - 13 V.S.A. § 4102. Unauthorized access

"A person who knowingly and intentionally and without lawful authority, accesses any computer, computer system, computer network, computer software, computer program, or data contained in such computer, computer system, computer program, or computer network shall be imprisoned not more than six months or fined not more than $500.00, or both. (Added 1999, No. 35, § 1.)"
"Retrieving" information from a "hacked" computer may be punished as a felony. And it is a crime to solicit the commission of such a crime, should it occur.

Hallsmith would not be the first secessionist fellow traveler to call on hackers to commit offenses against the websites of critics. Gary "The Rocket Scientist" Flomenhoft, who was Hallsmith's partner in this year's ill-fated and contrived public banking proposition, did so in the comments section of Rob Williams' hate blog years ago, as noted in the "What Secessionists and Their Supporters Say About This Blog" section of the column to the right of this post.

I probably wouldn't have even brought this up since Hallsmith's record of successful completion of much of any of her pet desires is one of such failure but her very next Tweet eleven hours later was of a poem written centuries ago by one Thomas Rowley, um, perchance? Anyways, here is the twit's tweet:
"On Intolerance
It was the case in former times,
That men were punish'd for their crimes,
For lying, stealing,..." fb.me/2Oa9fLZKR
10:02am - 30 Jul 14
The complete poem, along with other Rowley poems, may be found here.

So, in the way of a back'atcha, Gwen, I offer, with apologies to Baroness Emma Orczy, Julia Neilson and Fred Terry:
"Thet seek him here, they seek him there,
Those Seceshies seek him everywhere!
Is he in heaven? Is he in hell?
Where is that damn elusive Pimpernel
(er, Rowley)!
He gives the Seceshies nothing but frustration
Popping in and out each week!
... LA! What cheek!"
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At Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at 4:27:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Slander is a crime also, but you must know that, otherwise you would post this under your real name. You are a coward, and I don't think you will post this.

At Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at 6:22:00 PM EDT , Blogger Thomas Rowley said...

First, slander is not a crime in the state of Vermont, while the computer crime being solicited by Hallsmith is very much a crime.

Second, no false statement has been made in this post, thus no "slander." Perhaps what you meant to say was "libel," which also is not a crime. Any damage to the reputation of Gwendolyn Hallsmith is entirely self-inflicted since she is the one who made a criminal solicitation of "hacking" for hire, a situation you seem to be familiar enough with that, interestingly, the only link you clicked on was for the Vermont Statute on computer crimes that I've provided. And the only one making a false statement here is you.

Third, you've got some serious wood about anonymity yet you post anonymously.

So, given that and your own standard and my first and second points, that would make you a lying, hypocritical, cowardly, anonymous troll.

At Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at 2:10:00 PM EDT , Blogger Thomas Rowley said...

A comment making specious legal assertions was left by someone posing as the notorious Internet windbag, William Boardman. If it was Boardman, he has plenty of places where he posts his uniquely contorted, outcome driven word salads so I see no need to provide him yet another forum here - he uses up too much bandwidth, as it is. The comment is therefore not approved for publication.

At Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at 8:26:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pretty lame, Thomas Rowley or whoever you really are. It looks like your afraid of legal issues raised by William Boardman but aren't man enough to face up to them. It figures.

At Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at 8:40:00 PM EDT , Blogger Thomas Rowley said...

Not really, anonymous "troll."

Boardman's comment contained his usual misdirection and twisting of known facts, such as Hallsmith's ongoing criminal solicitation (it still remains posted on her Twitter and FB pages), to suit his ultimate purpose. I'd have figured that even a washed up freelancer would have even a basic grasp of slander, libel and the high bar posed by Hallsmith's public figure status to make such a case but, nope, he hasn't a clue.

He closed with what must have been a parody of him being a Supreme Court justice and ruled on the constitutionality of a law. What. An. Ass.

Go troll the net and find someplace to chat with him about it since I have no intention of indulging his comment or your curiosity.


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