The Colorado Springs Independent has a feature story out today about Craig Brittain and his controversial site. If you haven’t been following along, here’s a synopsis of the IsAnybodyDown.com controversy.
The article is worth a read, both because it lays out some of the controversy and because it gives Craig Brittain ample room to shed light on his side of the story. Presented with this generous opportunity, Craig dissembles. Craig is already claiming to have been significantly misquoted.
Months after this controversy began, these are the two big questions Craig has failed or refused to directly answer, and some discrepancies raised by Craig:
1. Who the hell is “David Blade, III”?
IsAnybodyDown.com has two advertisers: One is Kataishin, a band fronted by Chance Trahan (who designed IsAnybodyDown). The other is the “Takedown Hammer,” a “team” which offers to negotiate with Craig Brittain to remove photos from IsAnybodyDown for $250. Previously, the “Takedown Hammer” advertised as “Takedown Lawyer David Blade, III.” That ended after First Amendment attorney Marc Randazza voiced skepticism that David Blade was really a lawyer. Within hours of being confronted, the “Takedown Lawyer” disappeared and the “Takedown Hammer” site was launched in its place — a site registered by Craig Brittain and hosted on his server.
In the last two months, Craig Brittain, Chance Trahan, and “David Blade” have failed to come up with a coherent explanation and have instead given contradictory answers as to who “David Blade” is:
- “David Blade” claimed to be a public defender practicing in New York, operating under a pseudonym due to death threats; Craig backed this up;
- Craig claimed David Blade is actually Eric Chanson, one of his site’s competitors;
- Craig implied that David Blade never existed and that Randazza made it all up: “The ‘David Blade’ poltergeist is a complete fabrication assembled entirely by the Randazza lynch mob. There’s no neutral record of such a thing ever having existed in the manner which the Randazza/White Cult describes it, which is why I won’t answer questions about things that never happened to begin with.”
- Chance claimed David Blade was a “parody“ (of what is a mystery);
- Craig refused to confirm or deny Blade’s existence to me, replying “My legal counsel has received this email” — he told the Independent that he has no lawyer.
- Craig apparently told the Independent that “David Blade” is a friend from college who went on to become a lawyer: “The service, [Craig] says, is being provided by a former college buddy who’s now a lawyer.”
- Craig told the Independent that a friend made up a fake lawyer: “It’s one of my buddies. … They invented this lawyer, and they’ve since changed things. But I am not responsible for it. Regardless of what anybody tells you, I don’t run it.”
For Takedown Hammer, I never said that anyone “invented a lawyer”. That series of quotes is nonsense. What I said was that Takedown Hammer were, and are, ex-employees of DMCA.com and I have no idea whether or not they are actually lawyers or not, or what they do with their personal lives. They claimed that at least one of them is a lawyer – but they’ve changed the reference of such on their website because they have said they don’t actually do any legal work.
So Craig has no idea whether David Blade is a lawyer or not. Barely knows nothin’ about the guy. “David Blade” apparently quit the law business and dedicated a service almost exclusively to IsAnybodyDown (the “Takedown Lawyer” site warned it couldn’t remove photos from pretty much every other involuntary porn site). But Craig doesn’t know a thing about him.
An old college buddy, but Craig doesn’t know whether he’s a lawyer or not? Perhaps the ad on IsAnybodyDown (in which “David Blade” said: “I attended college with the administrator of this website. We are on a first name basis and regularly converse”) was a gimmick and Craig ignored that false statement of fact because it was just an ad. I doubt it.
You might start to doubt it as well when you realize that Craig expressed concern for Blade’s “multiple children” in emails to Ken White. But, no, Craig knows nothing about the personal life of “David Blade.”
Or maybe your doubt will grow knowing that Craig and “David Blade” were sending emails from the same computer in Colorado Springs In those emails, they were using the same I-think-this-is-what-a-lawyer-would-say pig-legalese to defend David Blade.
Emails with similar language sent from the same computer about a service that only removes content from Craig’s site, only advertises on Craig’s site, and whose website is administered by Craig. But it’s completely independent. Right.
Craig tells the Independent: “I’ve always been a big fan of transparency. [...] The public wants the truth, even if the truth is not as pretty.”
So, be transparent: who is David Blade?
2. How does IsAnybodyDown.com get its photos? Does Craig respond to Craigslist personals ads?
Craig asserts that half of the people on his site were posting their photos on Craigslist — part of his bizarre claim that people somehow consent to being pictured on his site. There is substantial evidence that Craig (or someone else) responds to Craigslist personals ads, then posts the pictures. If he does so, that’s disturbingly dishonest, and spinning it as “consent” is an appalling step towards blaming the victim — a victim created by the site.
Craig’s Miscellaneous Errata:
Craig, in his response to the Independent, gets almost every fact related to IsAnybodyDown.com wrong:
There is no ‘horny sluts’ category on my website.
False. The Independent was talking about how the site tags women. There is indeed such a tag.
Randazza and his cult are still full of garbage, and themselves. I didn’t say that a big porn mob hired them – I said someone is paying him. Corner him next time, media – ask him to reveal who is paying him. I don’t believe it’s some big shadowy conspiracy, but someone is putting down the bucks. He’s getting paid. Ask him who’s paying him.
While it’s true that Craig may not have said this to the Independent, his “Trolldown” website is quite explicit in its grandiose conspiracy theories:
[Randazza is f]orming a mob with other lawyers (who are also paid under the table by Big Porn), such as Kenneth White and Big-Porn-lawyer-in-training Adam Steinbaugh (whose entire college scholarship was paid for by Big Porn). [...]
[Randazza reneged on a deal with me after] Big Porn offered him more money to continue to attack IsAnybodyDown.com. In fact, a source close to the situation has revealed that Marco Randazza, Kenneth White and Adam Steinbaugh are each being paid over $350,000 to sabotage and defeat IsAnybodyDown.com.
Collectively, the sum is over one million dollars in Big Porn drug money. Mafia money. Blood money. He’s effectively getting paid with the blood of the people who have died at the hands of the mafia.
Elsewhere on the site, Craig claimed an anti-Semitic conspiracy was afoot in his being targeted by Anonymous.
Finally, Craig sputters:
We don’t attack anyone on our website.
The site as a whole is an attack on those pictured on it. Categorizing victims as having STDs or objectifying them as a “Beast of a Feast” if Craig thinks they’re overweight — that’s not an attack? Though Craig now justifies his behavior as promoting some new world in which nudity is destigmaized (but he won’t post his own nude photos and join his revolution), he once tried to promote the site (and nudity in general) as a “weapon.” But if that doesn’t do it for you, here are the emails Craig posted — then deleted — in which he mocked and insulted his victims.
The remainder of Craig’s vacuous dissembling doesn’t even merit a response. Helping people by charging them money so they don’t get harassed as a direct result of your site? Spare me.