Serh8tred tried to post a comment here, which went to my email, that would have posted what he believed to be private information about my colleague/co-blogger and friend Laci, as well as information about MikeB and Jadegold.
I don't know very much about my colleague Jadegold, but I know a bit more about MikeB, and quite a bit about Laci, enough to know that his information was badly flawed, inaccurate, in some cases badly out of date.
What offends me here is that the publication of that data, which he boasted about having done on his own web site, is an attempt to intimidate, to invade someone's privacy, to make them vulnerable to the kinds of actions that we have seen occur to politicians after the health care reform legislation.
If it were not that the information was so distinctly inaccurate, I would have taken it to his internet provider as a complaint. Further, whether he realizes it or not, he is in some respects leaving himself open to litigation for tortious interference. I will leave it to Laci to expound on how that works in greater detail, as necessary, but by trying to involve his readers - or anyone who 'indexes' his blog in the personal and business activities of another party, THAT could be tortious interference.
Keeping it simple, which wikipedia does well for complex subjects:
Tortious interference, also known as intentional interference with contractual relations, in the common law of tort, occurs when a person intentionally damages the plaintiff's contractual or other business relationships. This tort is broadly divided into two categories, one specific to contractual relationships (irrespective of whether they involve business), and the other specific to business relationships or activities (irrespective of whether they involve a contract).But more than that, I object to ANYONE, regardless of their point of view, attempting to harass or intimidate a blogger, or a commenter, by posting private information that could leave them vulnerable to a person harming them or their family or their property, or their occupation.
Tortious interference with business relationships occurs where the tortfeasor acts to prevent the plaintiff from successfully establishing or maintaining business relationships.
And THAT was what Serrh8tred tried to do. It was done to me, in a different form, when I first began writing on this blog by someone else. It has been done to my friends, including to the conservative blogger who has encouraged me to blog and who got me started doing this. One of my co-bloggers on Penigma was not only personally threatened but also his wife and children were threatened. I have objected strenuously in EVERY instance, regardless of agreement or disagreement, or political view point, as I do here.
So long as Serh8tred behaves in this fashion, including his attempts to intimidate or harass or interfere with people's private lives in such an unethical manner, which only serves to underline his lack of character, I am banning him from commenting here.
When and if he agrees to conduct himself differently, that will end. Keep trying this tactic of bullying and invasion of privacy, Serh8tred, and you may be both surprised and unhappy with the consequences. In any case, it won't work, it won't change what we do or what we write. You lose.