Barbara Schwarz: Terrorizing Usenet (Updated May 6th, 2005) Over the past few weeks, a woman by the name of Barbara Schwarz has been terrorizing the NANAE newsgroup with her constant redundant and abusive postings about the people she does not like or agree with.
Before she was even in NANAE, she was terrorizing A.R.S. (alt.religion.scientology) for years with her babble and kookery. It wasn't until she started cross-posting to the NANAE newsgroup did anyone in the spam fighting community really care. However, she crossed from a minor annoyance to a full grown kook that has a serious psychatric history and even has the Scientologists feeling sorry for her.
FAQ Q: What are the claims that Barbara makes in her posts?
A: She claims to be the daughter of L. Ron Hubbard of the infamous Scientology cult, and the granddaughter of President Eisenhower. She also commonly goes on and on about people conspiring against her in a plot to cover up the truth about who she is. A quote from the Salt Lake Tribune:
Schwarz believes she was born in approximately 1956 at a secretive government compound "submarine base" called Chattanooga on the Great Salt Lake, the alleged daughter of Church of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard and the granddaughter of President Eisenhower, although there is no proof of any such place or relationship.
The ensuing story reads like a science fiction novel -- kidnapping by Nazis, mind control, conspiracy, hidden fortunes, faked deaths, insane asylums, cover-ups and microchips implanted in unsuspecting peoples' heads..."
Q: Have any of her claims ever been proven?
A: As far as we know, no. However, in her quest to prove her side, shes become known as a FOIA Terrorist for filing more bogus Freedom Of Information Act requests then anyone else in history. After not getting the answers she wanted, even after straining our government to comply with her requests, she decided to name in a 2,307page lawsuit over 3,000 defendants.
You can read more here (1 2 3 4 5 6 7) about her fantasy quest for the truth and how she has handled herself in misc court cases (including some in her own words).
Q: Has she teamed up with anyone else recently in her quest for kookdom?
A: She seems to have started using the infamous FreeSpeechStore, which takes away even more credibility (not that she had much in the first place...). Her actual threat level is quite low, since her nutty behavior has caused people to take her with a grain of salt.
Q: Why hasn't her ISP done anything to curb her Usenet abuse?
A: She posts from a library in Salt Lake City, that gets their Internet access from the Utah Educational Network. UEN supposedly receives MANY complains about her, but according to their policies, they will let the library where she is causing the abuse from handle the issue.
Q: How can the library get removed from the AHBL?
A: By holding Barbara to a certain level of standards that are more appropriate then her current ranting and raving that she is showing on Usenet when she uses their network. This does NOT mean we want to censor her Internet access - but rather she needs to be informed of acceptable behavior on the Internet. Cross posting to off-topic newsgroups on Usenet is unacceptable, as is being abusive and repeatedly posting the same ranting over and over just because she does not like anyone. If she can not behave properly, she should not be allowed to use the library's computers.
Q: Where can I find out more information?
A: A quick search on Google for "Barbara Schwarz" will give you a rather detailed listing of her past exploits. Russell Miller also has an excellent page with resources on her here.
Q: Is this page a statement of absolute fact?
A: No. This page is a collection of resources and opinions others have posted on the web about Barbara Schwarz, as well as information she provided herself either via newspapers, court documents, or Usenet. As such, each item is up to the reader to decide how accurate it is, and draw their own conclusions.