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Strickland’s ‘Victim’, Benjamin Kerensa: Hacker, Anarchist, Fabulist, Dangerous Man

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One of the supposedly key witnesses in the trial of Michael Strickland was Benjamin Kerensa.

San Francisco Police

The multiple federal and state felon  was caught in several lies on the stand in his testimony as a ‘victim’ of Strickland’s.

Strickland defended himself against the same kind of the violent “anti-fascist” “protesters” who shouted down and threatened violence against Ann Coulter and Milo Yiannopolous at Berkleley.

In Strickland’s case, however,  the Black Bloc kindred in Portland succeeded in assaulting him once and were coming back to do it again at a Black Lives Matter/Don’t Shoot PDX march and rally in Portland, Oregon on July 7, 2016.

Strickland is a videographer who records Portland events under the YouTube moniker “Laughing at Liberals.” As I’ve explained previously, anarchists, protesters and the rest of them didn’t like Strickland because he made them look stupid. Strickland’s stories have made national news.

Laughing at Liberals

On that day last July, Strickland drew his weapon to stop a phalanx of black bloc outfitted protesters. He drew his weapon once. His finger was never on the trigger. His actions may have saved his life or, at the very least, great bodily injury. (Please see an explanation by police officers who have claimed that what Strickland did was legal and prudent.)

Police cited him on two misdemeanors and let him go after processing. But when the judge –whose daughter is a frequent protester (more on that in another post)– arraigned him a few days later, suddenly the assaulters became ‘victims’ and Strickland was charged with ten felonies and eleven misdemeanors. Strickland spent ten days in jail while friends struggled to come up with bond that would cover a now ridiculous $250,000.00 bail.

But back to our fluffy fabulist.

Kerensa testified to a conspiracy in court to throw Strickland out of the protest and I independently confirmed this. It might have been the only truthful thing he said on the stand.

Here are the whoppers Kerensa told on the stand:

He testified that he was not an anarchist, a provable lie.
He testified that he saw the videographer unholster his gun up to five times, a provable lie.
He testified he wanted Strickland thrown out of the event to protect ‘the children,’ a laughable lie.
He testified Strickland was a racist, a trope to, in his mind, justify violence against him, but is without evidence.
He testified he never harmed Strickland, a provable lie on Strickland’s own video recording and first hand account.
He testified that Strickland looked “unstable” to justify his assaults.

One of the interesting things about the nearly 400 pound Kerensa is that he has an odd way of simply showing up and becoming part of stories.

After the incident last July, he gleefully bounded up to a friend and fellow anarchist who was recording the event to tell him that he made Strickland draw his weapon.

As I’ve recounted before, according to news accounts and court records, Kerensa did time in FEDERAL PRISON for making bomb threats to a former employer and to the tech confab known as Oracle World in the Bay Area. Thousands of people were forced to evacuate the event from Moscone Center.

Police say his former employer was a movie theater which had to be evacuated.

And Kerensa made the bomb threat phone calls from the offices of  man running for mayor of San Francisco where Kerensa ‘volunteered.’ Volunteers recalled in a news account that the rotund young man sat around, eating the free food and trolling the internet.  Sometimes he spent the night in the office.

Police called Kerensa an “anti establishment”  hacker. Authorities probably characterized him this way because of his attempted take over of a company called Nationhost and engaged in alleged fraud and other activities. From SF Gate:

“He has a background as a computer hacker and apparently was upset with the establishment as a whole,” said police Inspector Rich Moses. “He was taking it out on the establishment with these false threats.”

Kerensa was charged Tuesday under a federal law against “maliciously conveying false information” through telephonic bomb threats.

 

Less than five years after that Oracle World federal prison stint,  Kerensa was out and slithered up to Oregon. He was caught in several counties in Oregon doing illegal activities over a period of time, but he then he settled in on making fraudulent phone calls again — sound familiar?

According to federal sentencing documents, Kerensa pretended to be “Special (FBI) Agent in Charge Richard Ellis.” He called for a SWAT team to surround a Salem hospital and other illegal mischief that could have gotten someone killed. He particularly loved to make fake 911 calls.

He moved to Portland where at some point he got into the protest scene.

He got himself a nice camera and called himself a photographer.

Here’s one of his photos.

Ben Kerensa via Oregonian

Here’s the Oregonian’s explanation of the photo:

Members of the Metro bomb squad detonated a small improvised explosive device outside the Montavilla United Methodist Church, located at 232 Southeast 80th Avenue, Tuesday morning. The ATF and FBI, along with arson investigators with the Portland Fire Bureau, are investigating. Photos by Benjamin Kerensa

The man who went to prison for bomb threats and pretending to Special Agent in Charge Richard Ellis, suddenly became a witness at the discovery of a pipe bomb at a Portland church in 2013. The Oregonian reported:

A witness, Benjamin Kerensa, said an officer told him the device was a pipe bomb.
Kerensa said he saw agents with the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the FBI take away at least 10 bags of evidence from the scene.

 

Kerensa tried to remake himself as an open source hero and techie. He joined a “collective” of supposed open source acolytes and now fancies himself a tech blogger. He writes frequent comments on tech blogs in an attempt to assert his ‘credentials.’

And it’s in this capacity that a Portland newspaper quoted Kerensa — now identified as a “web developer” — as finding a problem in the state of Oregon’s website. The Portland Tribune reported:

“For approximately a month, the state has been assessing the impact that an update would have on people with old web browsers. Benjamin Kerensa, a web developer in Portland, contacted the Department of Administrative Services Feb. 6 and told staff he had noticed encryption protocols were outdated. Richards said Kerensa’s calls and emails caused the Department of Administrative Services to look into the issue, but it was also his understanding employees at the state data center were already aware of the outdated encryption on some websites and were working on a solution.”

Imagine that, the hacker found a problem in 2015. I wonder if the State of Oregon hired him to fix it?

Kerensa’s wild stories and fabulist psychological issues could put a man in prison.

Michael Strickland will be sentenced tomorrow for defending himself against this very, very dangerous man.

Bomb Threats, Activism, Anarchy: ‘Victim’ in Strickland Gun Case Is a Convicted Liar

In October of 2003, then 19-year-old Benjamin Kerensa was an angry man. Nothing much has changed between then and now.

Photo provided to Victoria Taft  by San Francisco Police Department

The 11th grade drop out was proficient at coding and had appeared to have become beguiled by the computer and online culture of Silicon Valley.

When he came to his volunteer job for a San Francisco mayoral candidate Jim Reid, co-workers remembered that he spent time on the computer and eating the food donated to the campaign.

Kerensa told the candidate he was homeless and appreciated the his stance on the prolific homelessness issues that continue to confront San Francisco. He was said to be an “enthusiastic” volunteer and kept the office open “day and night.”

But his online life wasn’t so sanguine. When Kerensa was given only limited credentials to attend the prestigious Oracle World computer confab in San Francisco, the 19-year-old apparently thought, ‘Well, if I can’t go, they can’t go.’

He called in a bomb threat to the Moscone Convention Center. The entire place, including the thousands assembled for Oracle World as well as other conventioneers, were evacuated.

And it wasn’t a one-off. While San Francisco Police told me the reports from the incident were difficult to get their hands on, an article on the bomb threat at the time made clear that Kerensa was a pro at this.

Kerensa made threats to his former employer, the AMC 1000 Theater,  the Moscone Center, a building at the UN Plaza, a federal building and the Navy vessel, the USS Cleveland. And he did it all from the mayoral candidate’s office:

The threats were lodged in computer messages to the FBI and the Police Department on an electronic network run by MCI that is designed to help hearing-impaired people make telephone calls over the computer via the Internet. Authorities said they were hindered in their investigation by the confidentiality that had been afforded to users of the system. Managers of the service, IP-Relay.com, did not return calls seeking comment.

The threats began with a series of telephonic messages against the AMC 1000 Theater on Aug. 27, prompting the evacuation of 1,000 moviegoers.

New threats were made to the theater Aug. 30, two days after a pair of pipe bombs exploded at Chiron Corp.’s Emeryville headquarters. The threats said a bomb would go off “just like the Emeryville explosion,” authorities said.

Kerensa went to federal prison in Lompoc for several years for the threats:

Kerensa Docket 3-03-cr-00333-JSW

The charges against Kerensa said that he meant to “intimidate individuals and unlawfully …damage and destroy buildings and other real and personal property by means of fire and an explosive.”

The candidate was shocked:

“If I knew he was going to make bomb threats from my office, I wouldn’t have let him in for a second.”

It was an M-O he would use in Oregon and again against another former employer, but more on those later.

Now Kerensa is one of the ‘victims’  of Mike Strickland in his case in Multnomah County.

He’s here, one of several of his compatriots in black block who rushed the journalist when they saw him recording a Black Lives Matter/Don’t Shoot PDX event:

Photo Credit: Screengrab/YouTube

As I explained in my previous post:

“Strickland drew his legally obtained and licensed concealed Glock pistol, never placing his finger on the trigger, but drew down on the people advancing toward him, stopping what he believed was going to be an attack. He withdrew, walking backwards away from the threat and holstered his weapon when he believed the immediate threat was over.

Since then, the Portland area journalist has been jailed, his tools of his trade–cameras, recording equipment and his own recordings, which are exculpatory evidence in his case, have been confiscated–and Strickland has been ordered to stop working in journalism, thus depriving him of his ability to make a living.

This heavy-handed attack on the rights on one man has been done by the Multnomah County District Attorney and is due to what some involved in the case believe is a political agenda.

Absurdly, the case is also based on the testimony by some of the very people who were rushing to attack Strickland.”

And now Kerensa and some of the very same bad actors who had roughed up Strickland before and were coming back for more are depicted by the Multnomah County DA’s Office as ‘victims.’

But, the prosecution’s faith in Kerensa to tell the truth is belied by his criminal past and the fact that he has a personal grudge against Strickland. More on that next time.

Witness Against Strickland In Gun Case Is Federal Felon; Anarchist

Mike Strickland faces a hearing today in Portland, Oregon for drawing his weapon on anarchists who roughed him up during a July 7th  protest and were rushing in for a second go at him.

Strickland drew his legally obtained and licensed concealed Glock pistol, never placing his finger on the trigger, but drew down on the people advancing toward him, stopping what he believed was going to be an attack.  He withdrew, walking backwards away from the threat and holstered his weapon when he believed the immediate threat was over.

Since then, the Portland area journalist has been jailed, his tools of his trade–cameras, recording equipment and his own recordings, which are exculpatory evidence in his case, have been confiscated–and Strickland has been ordered to stop working in journalism, thus depriving him of his ability to make a living.

This heavy-handed attack on the rights on one man has been done by the Multnomah County District Attorney and is due to what some involved in the case believe is a political agenda.

Absurdly, the case is also based on the testimony by some of the very people who were rushing to attack Strickland.

Some of those people are planning to testify against the Portland journalist in court.

Here’s one of them.

Image Credit: Screenshot/YouTube

Ben Kerensa has recently become a fixture in the last couple of years at Portland protests.

Here he is yesterday blocking access to all vehicles and then surrounding one car targeted  by protesters. These photos come from KOIN TV’s live shot at the airport:

Before you go thinking Kerensa’s  just some gadfly protest fan-boy, let’s consider his dangerous and violent past.

Here’s the thumbnail sketch. Kerensa has a history of calling in phony bomb threats, phony police reports and impersonating an FBI agent. He’s spent time in at least one California federal prison and convicted in Oregon on federal charges of impersonating an FBI agent–more than once. He was also under parole and probation officials in Oregon.

He has been in trouble with the law in at least three counties, Multnomah, Curry and Marion.

And that’s just for starters.

He’s also a hacker, so if anything happens to this website, I’ll consider him the #1 suspect.

And this man with a history of lying, phoning  in false threats, filing false police reports, impersonating authorities and much, much more is a person on whom the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office is relying to prosecute Mike Strickland.

Next time: When Kerensa phoned in a  SWAT call to a Salem hospital and his antics at a huge San Francisco Tech fair.